As a youth, Cheryl’s home was always where she parked your shoes. Her mind is a palette of snapshots, full of color, and memories collected while traveling Europe extensively. Memories were the one item that never have to be left behind, simply because they wouldn't fit into a suitcase".
Ehlers is an award winning, and well published artist, that paints in an array of styles; impressionism, contemporary and abstract, with her signature of bold and colorful works, utilizing watercolor and acrylic mediums. Ehlers also creates unique sculptures in gourds for her collection of Whimsical Gourds that are an exceptional item, and registered with the United States Library of Congress. She exhibits in local North and South San Diego County, several states, and remains active as an avid arts advocate for charities, youth groups, and city programs.
She tirelessly champions artists and art students, in local communities, and enriches their lives in the process. She likes to bring art together with people, and bring awareness, and the value it brings into everyone’s lives; Presently, she enjoys a position with the City of Encinitas, as the Arts Program Assistant for the Civic Arts Program, managing 52 exhibitions a year. She was awarded the 2014 Volunteer of the Year by the Encinitas 101 Mainstreet Association. A dynamic force in North County, Cheryl reaches out, and is a dedicated example of giving back to artists, emerging and professional and provides a local newsletter ARTBUZZ1, as a vehicle to communicate to artists.
In honor of her mentor, who left an indelible impression, decades later, 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 2009 she has served over 12650 underserved students and brought the “Angels” program into the element, with individual sponsorship and grants, providing 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. 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 might think”. She stresses the importance of creating confidence first, and talent second, in order that students feel empowered to succeed.
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 tasks at hand and simply put one foot in front of the other. The rest will follow. Creativity is contagious, and so is happiness".
Visit The Stardust Arts thestardustarts.com. (click on The Stardust Arts tab above and join in and have fun with the students).
Visit her entire portfolio at Fine Art America.