About the Artist:
I believe I have always sewn. My earliest memories are visiting my great-great Aunt Lida in Keokuk, Iowa. She always kept a sewing basket under the secretary and I would sit there to make clothes for my dolls. I have a quilt that she her mother, Sarah Belle Hiller make in 1913. I have had very strong, independent women in my life and have always been encouraged to sew. It is my “happy” place next in line to time with my family and friends. I started thinking about quilting when my children were teenagers and I had a big box of material scraps left from sewing clothes for them. If you looked at that first quilt, it would be obvious I didn’t have any idea about quilting, but when it was finished all my children wanted it because it had so many memories in the fabrics. In 2004, my next project was a class I took with a friend at a library. There I learned about all the wonderful tools used in quilting and how to start with a pattern. I am obsessed with quilt rulers and gadgets and fabric – it all calls my name! I am fortunate to have a family who doesn’t seem to get tired of receiving them and friends who say “when do I get mine”. I don’t sell them because they just have too much love in them – love for the person I think it would be just right for or love for the challenge of learning something new – maybe just the love of the feel of the fabric. Setting up a sewing machine at the doctor’s office isn’t practical so I have also learned to knit and crochet for the times I have to sit and wait. Tatting is one of my next challenges.
(A new exhibit every six weeks)
Cherry took a long but interesting road to becoming the person and artist she is today. After being voted “Most Unique” in high school in Chickasha, Oklahoma and following her love of learning through college and graduate school, Cherry ended up in Dallas, Texas for almost 15 years. After many lessons learned and a career as a sporadically employed technical writer, Cherry’s life took some pretty drastic yet welcomed turns. When finally beaten down by her addiction to alcohol and pills, and she started on a new, sober journey in 2009. Part of that journey included the return to her fear of and love for art. Currently, Cherry is back in Oklahoma City, loving all the familiar and newfound happiness around her, including loving on her three elderly Chihuahuas, being close to old friends and family again, and of course, spending time on art.
Much of this collection speaks to Cherry’s amazingly hectic, spasmodic, lovely journey through becoming reacquainted with various facets of herself. Strongly influenced at first glance by her love and respect for Frida Kahlo and for the Mexican holiday Dia de Muertos, her intense religious undertones and curious fascination with self-imposed human suffering keeps one wondering what’s next. A common thread in this collection is that we all make choices, good and bad, every single day. While creating many of her characters, Cherry often daydreamed about why they took so very long to make good choices (not unlike her younger self).
Cherry’s newfound love for continuing her spiritual journey, while trying to notice the roadblocks and shortcuts that beg her to make choices along the way, keeps her full of frenzied ideas of creatures and their choices yet to come.
FB: Cherry’s Bad Ass Boutique – Art and Paintings
The Stewpot Art Program
Serving Second Chances
The Stewpot Open Art Program offers a safe studio where artists of all skill levels, from professional artists to people who just want a safe place to enjoy creating, are welcome to come and explore their creativity. The program is open to all homeless and at-risk adults.
The studio is a place to create trust and to foster an environment that is conducive to developing creative skills and freeing artistic expression.
The program supplies art materials, field trips to art museums, and volunteers who are artists themselves and are present to help.
The Stewpot is a service provider and day shelter for the homeless and provides casework services, dental, job search assistance and many other services to aid the homeless in the Dallas area.The Stewpot now serves approximately 1700 meals a day at the “Second Chance Café” located at the city run homeless shelter, The Bridge, and serves 7 days a week. The Stewpot is a community outreach program of First Presbyterian Church.
To Purchase Art
Horizon receives twenty percent of each sold piece of art. To purchase an artwork, please contact the artist. If paying by check, make out the check to the artist. (Be sure to make a notation on your check about the piece of art you are buying and mark the card below the piece of art “SOLD.”) Horizon Art Coordinators, Patti Burns or Nikki Henderson are happy to assist you.
Guidelines for our Exhibitions:
Our space can accommodate 15 – 20 large to medium works of art and more smaller works, depending on size.
Each exhibition is for 6 weeks beginning on a Sunday, and the work must be hung during the week prior, and picked up promptly during the week following the show.
Any work sold, generates a 20% commission to the church.
Two dimensional work only.
Must be ready to hang, with wire, no sawtooth.
Nothing over 50 lbs.
Any theme or subject matter will be considered.