Sharon Webber, president of children’s publisher Super Duper Publications, believes home is where the art is
One step inside speech-language pathologist Sharon Webber’s foyer is all you need to see just how far this Upstate native has come from designing a living space out of a shoe box for her sister’s Barbie.
While the arts and craft project helped spur her love of interior design, the first glimpse inside her Greer home underscores a decidedly grown-up sensibility and epic evolution beyond construction paper and glitter. Shoe box this ain’t. The entryway of Webber’s Barrington Park home soars more than two stories high, furnishing the president of Super Duper Publications with a generous canvas to display some of her most treasured works of art. The stately staircase coiling up from the hardwood floor is flanked with sculpted iron handrails on one side and on the other vestiges of family in the form of medieval cameos. She commissioned an artist in California to produce the installation that represents each of her six children, as well as her and her husband.
The publisher of educational therapy materials for special-needs children regards the spiral staircase leading to the cameos as mysterious, yet at the same time inviting: “As it winds and you ascend, my favorite art pieces can be closely viewed and enjoyed.”
Webber, who is well known locally for her eccentric and whimsical décor throughout Super Duper’s corporate office, says the space provides a soothing counterbalance. “This room says, ‘There is a quiet reverence obtained by slowing down and appreciating art, family, and the history that binds us all together,’” she says.
Throughout her home are links to a time gone by. She draws inspiration from her late nineteenth-century oil paintings, which for her evoke a personal sense of wonder about the artists who created the vision: “My paintings are special to me because they make me feel connected to the creativity of artists who lived long ago.”