Cheryl Becht- Ceramics
Cheryl Becht was born into a talented family, growing up surrounded by artists and musicians. Her grandmother was an accomplished pianist while her other grandmother and an aunt were porcelain painters. She often jokes that her mother was a "hooker" (rug hooker that is). Cheryl was only eight years old when she painted on porcelain for the first time at her aunt's kitchen table.
While at Augustana College, Cheryl selected music as her course of study with a minor in art. Following college, she remained in Rock Island, Illinois initially teaching vocal music. Later she entered the elementary classroom and completed her career in education as a school counselor. Upon retirement, Cheryl's first purchase was a kiln that took her back to china painting. She painted on plates and cups, but has moved from that to painting pictures on tiles that have been framed or incorporated into pieces of art for homes. Also, many a Christmas gift has been wrapped and tied with her hand-painted ornaments which are sold exclusively at the Blue Dolphin House.
Moving to Door County inspired Cheryl to branch out to other mediums and she now paints with watercolors, draws with pen and ink and uses photography as other ways to portray her beautiful surroundings. Her rendition of the Eagle Bluff lighthouse in Peninsula State Park was selected to be sold on cars and other items at the lighthouse's gift shop.
Cheryl spends many hours each day at the kitchen counter painting for pleasure and for other people's enjoyment.