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As a youngster, Cheryl’s home was always where you parked your shoes. Traveling Europe extensively, art was the one item that did not have to be left behind, because it wouldn't fit into a suitcase. Her mind is a palette, full of color and memories.
Ehlers is an award winning and published artist that paints a vast array of styles in impressionism, contemporary and abstract art. Her signature is bold, colorful and versatile, utilizing watercolor and acrylic mediums. Ehlers also creates unique sculptures in gourd art for her collection of Whimsical Gourds that are an exceptional item and registered with the United States Library of Congress. She exhibits in local venues in San Diego County, several states, and remains active as an avid arts advocate for charities, youth groups, and city programs.
She tirelessly champions for artists and art students in the local communities and enriches lives in the process. She likes to bring art together with people and bring awareness of its value; thus drives to support the community events that bring art awareness to the forefront. Presently she is the Arts Program Assistant for the City of Encinitas managing 46 exhibitions a year. A dynamic force in North County, Cheryl reaches out to all and is a dedicated example of giving back to artists emerging and professional as she provides a local newsletter ARTBUZZ1 that is filled with opportunities for artist’s to participate in.
In 2009, in honor of her mentor who left an indelible impression, Ehlers formed The Stardust Arts, a nonprofit-joint ventured program which broke ground with an artist’s grant from the Kenneth A Picerne Foundation. She continues to share with North County youth the gifts she received from her teacher long ago. Since she has served over 11650 students and recently brought the “Angels” program into the element, with individual sponsorship and grants, supporting underserved children with an art education. Within one year, The Stardust Arts was recognized by the California State Assembly and the San Diego Board of Supervisors for it contributions to art for youth in the communities of North San Diego County. An amazing accompaniment is such a short time.
Ehlers believes that art can have a tremendous impact on lives and advises students “don't be afraid to explore yourself, or be concerned what others think.” She stresses the importance of creating confidence first and talent second, in order that students feel empowered to succeed. Visit The Stardust Arts at www.thestardustarts.com.
Her inexhaustible drive to succeed is a trait shared with her extremely accomplished family elders. In making time to create her own artwork, the self-professed scheduling fanatic says, “ I believe you need to learn to focus on your tasks at hand and simply put one foot in front of the other'.
Visit Ehlers website at www.cherylehlersart.com and enjoy the activity of this very active art advocate.