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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

"One for the books"

It is my privilege to present to you a woman of intellect, beauty and strength. Here was a woman of great versatility and independent thought. She was a master of several languages and could carry on a conversation and debate with people from all walks of life.

There was a streak of rebellion in her coupled with an unusual sense of humour. She was curious, loved new experience, and quite determined to achieved her goals. A woman so powerful that after more than a century she can still ignite our imagination and capture our hearts.

It has been said that on occasion she liked a little drink, so let us now lift a glass. Ladies and Gentlemen:  Elizabeth Stride