As a youth, Cheryl’s home was always where she parked your shoes. Her mind is a palette, full of color, and memories collected while traveling Europe. Memories were the one item that never had 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 a signature that is bold and colorful, utilizing watercolor and acrylic mediums. She exhibits locally in San Diego County, several states, and remains active as an avid arts advocate for the United Nations, (UNESCO), art organizations, 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, of 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 Cultural Arts department, curating 52 exhibitions a year. She was awarded the 2014 Volunteer of the Year by the Encinitas 101 Mainstreet Association, and is 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 BLOG newsletter ARTBUZZ1, as a vehicle of communicate to artists.
In honor of her mentor, who left an indelible impression on her, decades later, Ehlers formed The Stardust Arts, a joint ventured program which broke ground with an artist’s grant from the Kenneth A Picerne Foundation. She continues to share the gifts she received from her teacher long ago. Since 2009 she has served over 12650 underserved students and is funded by individual sponsorship and grants, Within one year, The Stardust Arts was recognized by the California State Assembly and the San Diego Board of Supervisors for it contributions to youth for art in the communities of North San Diego County. Ehlers believes, that art can have a tremendous impact 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.
Visit The Stardust Arts thestardustarts.com. (click on The Stardust Arts and join in and have fun with the students).
"The success of the Stardust Arts Program is not an accident. She works tirelessly, communicates well, and demonstrates a special ability to encourage others to get involved. Her tremendous ability as a teaching artist is demonstrated in many examples of visual art created by her students." Victor Nelson, Kenneth A. Picerne Foundation
Visit her entire gallery portfolio at Fine Art America.
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