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Folk Art Highlights October Artist of the Month Showing

October 07, 2019

The Charlotte Hungerford Hospital (CHH) Auxiliary is featuring the artwork of folk art painter Cheryl Bartley now through early November in the hospital’s main lobby hallway at 540 Litchfield Street, Torrington.

The public is invited to view and buy the works during regular visiting hours as part of the Auxiliary’s ongoing “Artist of the Month” program. A portion of the proceeds from sales of the artwork support the CHH Auxiliary and Charlotte Hungerford Hospital.

Cheryl Bartley’s artistic talent was apparent from an early age when she produced her first works of art as a means of communication. Raised by a French Canadian speaking family, she relied on a paintbrush to express herself to her English speaking friends. Her early love of expressing herself with her art resulted in working for over 45 years as a professional artist.

Cheryl unleashes her imagination and creativity from her “Folk Art Spirit” studio in Winsted. Her preferred medium is acrylic on canvas or wood, and watercolor on paper. The inspirations for her lifelong fascination of telling stories with paint is revealed in her folk art spirited creations. Each painting will enchant you with its detailed happy scenes of simpler times. Cheryl utilizes mixtures of vibrant colors to produce scenes from her imagination and actual places that are warm and inviting, vibrant and exciting.

Cheryl holds a B.A. in psychology with a minor in fine art. She teaches art for recreation departments, private venues and hosts painting parties for adults and children in her studio. Cheryl licenses her folk art images through Art Licensing International for manufacturers to put on products such as puzzles, fabric, needle point, home décor, poster, canvas, prints, greeting cards, garden flags and much more. Her folk art collection can be seen at her studio in Winsted and here.

The Auxiliary’s “Artist of the Month” program has been featuring paintings, photographs, and artwork each month from local artists for over 25 years. Their over 200 member supporters assist in raising money for the hospital through dues, donations, volunteering at the gift shop, and a variety of events including an annual fashion show.