CHERYLEE DUNCAN

ART BY CHERYLEE

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I strongly believe that immersion in art, should begin in the earliest years of life. Further believing that everyone has artistic ability, if only they could embrace it. Expressing oneself creatively is a most effective human therapy. I began my art education later in life when I volunteered as a docent at my children’s elementary school. I’ve enjoyed many creative activities throughout my life, but my interest was piqued when I learned of the “Art Docent Program”. When I took a simple drawing class, I was amazed and thrilled to learn that I could draw, which prompted me to enroll in a watercolor workshop. Years later, taking my first college art class…I fell in love with art history and acrylic painting.  I enjoy being a multi-media artist who embraces representational, non-representational and abstract painting. I relish painting in a very textured manner. Recently I began incorporating thread and bits of fabric left from rug making—into my “Threadscapes” series…inspiration comes from nature’s rhythmic art. I’ve specialized in painting and crocheted rug making, using my colorist instincts to combine design, texture and color.     Notable Events:   Cherylee won the Ambassador Award—two years in a row. She has participated multiple years in the juried “Town and Country Studio Tour” in Spokane, Washington. She’s been juried into “Art On The Green” annual art show and was also featured in an article (2012) in the Spokesman-Review. She displays her work at various art fairs and local businesses. She is a permanent member of Pottery Place Plus, an artist cooperative in downtown Spokane.     CHERYLEE DUNCAN    ART BY CHERYLEE   each1uniqueart@gmail.com  509-747-0867

I strongly believe that immersion in art, should begin in the earliest years of life. Further believing that everyone has artistic ability, if only they could embrace it. Expressing oneself creatively is a most effective human therapy. I began my art education later in life when I volunteered as a docent at my children’s elementary school. I’ve enjoyed many creative activities throughout my life, but my interest was piqued when I learned of the “Art Docent Program”. When I took a simple drawing class, I was amazed and thrilled to learn that I could draw, which prompted me to enroll in a watercolor workshop. Years later, taking my first college art class…I fell in love with art history and acrylic painting.

I enjoy being a multi-media artist who embraces representational, non-representational and abstract painting. I relish painting in a very textured manner. Recently I began incorporating thread and bits of fabric left from rug making—into my “Threadscapes” series…inspiration comes from nature’s rhythmic art. I’ve specialized in painting and crocheted rug making, using my colorist instincts to combine design, texture and color.

Notable Events:

Cherylee won the Ambassador Award—two years in a row. She has participated multiple years in the juried “Town and Country Studio Tour” in Spokane, Washington. She’s been juried into “Art On The Green” annual art show and was also featured in an article (2012) in the Spokesman-Review. She displays her work at various art fairs and local businesses. She is a permanent member of Pottery Place Plus, an artist cooperative in downtown Spokane.

CHERYLEE DUNCAN

ART BY CHERYLEE

each1uniqueart@gmail.com

509-747-0867

CHERYLEE DUNCAN

ART BY CHERYLEE


(from the Spokesman-Review 2012)

On Sept. 15 and 16, six artists on the South Hill will open their homes to the public during the ninth annual Spokane Town and Country Studio Tour. At each stop on the self-guided tour, artists will be exhibiting their wares in a variety of media including painting, pottery, photography, wearable art, and sculpture. Four of the studios have been on the map before, but two are opening their doors for the first time.

“Opening my home studio just sounded like a great way to meet other artists and to share what I love about art,” said watercolorist Joy Gruenewald. “Spokane has an incredible arts community.”

Gruenewald is stop No. 4. At stop No. 3, Cherylee Duncan will be opening her door to strangers for the first time.

“I feel proud that I’m not only going to be in it, but that I’m jumping in feet first by being one of the host houses,” she said, “and I don’t feel afraid to be doing it.”

Duncan has known fear – she’s lived through a house fire in Missouri and a magnitude-6.5 earthquake in California. Duncan found art to be therapeutic in times of uncertainty.

“Between the death of our dog, the house fire, the first move to California, my husband Brian’s parents’ deaths, my mother’s cancer, death, and funeral, the move back to Missouri and all the gut-wrenching waffling indecision about what to do, the move back to California, the remodeling of the house, the depression, menopause, the earthquake, the first stages of empty nest and finding out our dog Roley had diabetes, I felt numb and paralyzed. I could barely function,” she said, “It wasn’t until I forced myself back into my art room that I was able to begin to get better.”

A homemaker, Duncan home-schooled her children and learned to quilt, play the piano, decorate cakes, turn broken pieces into mosaic masterpieces, use wax and dye to adorn eggs, crochet, carve and paint. She took art classes whenever she could. She’s won a few awards and shown her work sparingly.

About four years ago, she and her husband studied a U.S. Geological Survey Map and found that the Spokane/Coeur d’Alene area had the fewest earthquakes. They moved to Spokane’s South Hill. She has since started painting again and filling up pages in art journals.

“I feel ready to start a new phase of my life and never again let making my art take a back seat, but to always make it a top priority.” She will be exhibiting her paintings, crocheted rugs and individually created greeting cards during the tour.

Six other artists will join Duncan at her home including Duncan’s daughter Cally, 26, who bought her first camera at 13.

“I love photography because it captures moments in time that might otherwise be forgotten,” she said.

For both Duncans, the studio tour is only the beginning.