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Sheri Wheeler - Artist of the Month
Wednesday, February 12, 2014 • Posted February 14, 2014

Sheri Wheeler, daughter of Craig and Patti Grote and granddaughter of Stanley Grote, has been named the featured Artist of the Month at the Mason Co. M. Beven Eckert Memorial Library for February. Sheri says that her earliest memory of drawing and sketching was in kindergarten. Instead of just drawing the letter the teacher told them to do, she drew the letter plus the little picture that went with it. She has been sketching and doodling ever since. It wasn’t until high school that she learned other media such as pastels, ink, and acrylic. Big Lake schools did not have art classes. “But in high school,” she said, “I was lucky to be able to take a few lessons from a local artist, and I also learned quite a bit from my mom who is a talented artist herself. Several of the works I’m displaying are from that time.”

Sheri began college at Angelo State University where she got additional instruction, then transferred to University of North Texas where she graduated magna cum laude from with a BFA in Interior Design. While getting her degree, she was schooled in weaving, water color, and more drawing as well as art history and design. After moving back to San Angelo, she met and married her husband of thirteen years Tim Wheeler. She worked at Shirley Floral four years and painted the wall murals for the window display. She also painted wall murals for the Southgate Mall Snuggle Factory Build-a-Bear and for individuals’ nurseries and children’s rooms. Sheri became a first-time mom in October 2012, and her decision to stay home with their daughter Ella has allowed her the time to rediscover her love of creative art. This past year Sheri was commissioned by the Friends of the Library to do three paintings for the Gipson Room of the library. Sheri commented, “I was very excited for that opportunity and for this opportunity to show some of my other works.”

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