Contact: Wendel Sloan at 505.562.2253
PORTALES – The artistic talents of Cheryl Hicks of Rio Rancho, N.M., will be featured from Oct. 4-Nov. 7 in the Golden Library at Eastern New Mexico University in Portales. Examples of her work span more than 30 years of fine art, portraits, inspirational pen and inks, whimsical graphics and gifts, creative and functional calligraphic pieces, textile and more.
Having majored in Spanish and Russian Language and Literature at the University of Michigan, and achieving secondary education certification there, communicating with others has always been of major importance to Cheryl. While her language career was brief, the ability to reach others through varied creative expressions of art has endured, despite an ongoing struggle with rheumatoid arthritis.
She has exhibited and sold pieces with the New Mexico Art League, and Escribiente (Calligraphic Society); taught adult education classes in calligraphy through the Albuquerque Public Schools; her non-denominational church bulletin cover art has been distributed internationally by Communication Resources Inc. of Ohio; and she spent 10 years doing commissioned greeting card/gifts for Courage Center in Minnesota; she has also been featured in Kaleidoscope Magazine (1997).
She is proficient in several mediums: among her favorites are black and white pen/pencil portraiture and graphics, and the design and construction of thematic liturgical banners and altar cloths. Her work with The United Methodist Church has spanned more than 20 years, and she is recognized as a significant Christian artist and professional calligrapher.
Cheryl currently makes a living as an administrative assistant in the Office of Church Development for the United Methodist Church, New Mexico Conference Office in Albuquerque. She considers her talents to be gifts, which she hopes to share with others for many years to come.
The exhibit is free and open to the public. For more information, call Jeremy Gardels at the Golden Library at 505.562.2624.