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Cheryl Pelow


 Artist's Biography

Cheryl Pelow is a classically trained fine artist who lives and works in Mount Chesney just north of Kingston. She specializes in painting (murals) and calligraphy. Her colourful images can be seen in collections world wide and in several illuminated books.

Teaching experience includes work in Yukon Territory, Quebec and Ontario, with artists of all ages developing their technique under her guidance. She promotes methods or assisting disabled students while maintaining the integrity of their original ideas and personal style. Cheryl is currently working on a project inspired by the victims of Jack the Ripper. These works have opened lines of communication with women living and working in today's sex trade.

Art related awards include:

  • Municipal: Commendation from City Hall (Kingston) for work with Women's shelters
  • Provincial: Citizenship award for facilitating art therapy programs for Alzheimer victims
  • Federal: Secretary of State Award for coordinating at programs and mural projects for children
  • Bookworm Publication: Award for outstanding book illustration
  • Agnes Etherington Art Centre: Winner of juried competition and exhibition (John Boyle)

Artist's Statement

South Shore

She survived her own death

So that we may know the truth

That there are those who wish us ill And creep up on us from behind

To strike a coward's blow

For they've no guts to face us square

She survived her own death

His wing would not allow the fall

But laid her gently on the ground

Calling for his man to come

To frustrate the murderer's plan

And from his cage he shields us still