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Sheryl Cotleur

I am constantly investigating the power of stories and how they are well told and by whom. Mostly indigenous cultures have carefully nurtured their storytelling history. Elements of Oceanic, African, Native American and Celtic culture inform my work.

Stories teach us who we are. Stories invite imagination and imagination opens up possibilities. Good storytellers can cross the boundaries between the worlds. They are guides to what is both familiar and truly mysterious, as the stories they tell simultaneously seem utterly new yet deeply ancient.

I am surrounded by Mystery when I create my artwork. My gift is that I am a vehicle for this Mystery to be made manifest, in some part, in physical form in the shape of The Storytellers. My mission is to bring The Storytellers forward introducing them to as many circles and communities as I can reach. I believe they have a healing presence and serve to help restore balance to our wounded world.


M.F.A. Kent State University. Kent, Oh. 1986

B.A. cum laude. Case Western Reserve University. Cleveland, Oh. 1972.

Solo Exhibitions

The Blue Room Gallery. San Francisco, Ca. Oct. – Dec. 7, 2003.

Commonweal Gallery. Bolinas, Ca. May7 – July 3, 2003.

Group Exhibitions

“Interpretations: 8 Artists & The Figure.” The Blue Room Gallery. San Francisco, Ca. May 19 – June 26, 2005.

Commonweal Gallery Reunion. Commonweal Gallery. Bolinas, Ca. Nov.8 – Dec 31, 2004.

Winter Show. The Blue Room Gallery. San Francisco, Ca. Dec. 2 – Jan. 9, 2005.

“Mythic Imagination in the Modern World.” I. T. A. Conference Gallery Show. Palm Springs, Ca. June 13- June 18, 2004.

Winter Show. The Blue Room Gallery. San Francisco, Ca. Dec. 5 – Jan. 12. 2004.

“Animal Heat.” Gallery Route One. Pt. Reyes, Ca. Sept. 11 – Oct. 19, 1998.

Marin Arts Council Membership Shows. Corte Madera, Ca. Dec. 1991 thru 1997.

“String Art Show.” College of Marin Gallery. Kentfield, Ca. May – June 1991.

2Person Show – Wood Sculpture. Lidija Grzac Gallery. San Anselmo, Ca. Sept. – Oct. 1990.

Group Show: Glass Sculptors. Contemporary Crafts Gallery. Portland Or. Sept.- Oct. 1988.

Group Show: Sculpture. Robert Kidd Gallery. Birmingham, Mi. April – May, 1987.

“Glass Sculpture National.” Traver-Sutton Gallery. Seattle Wa. August, 1985.

“Pilchuck Glass.” Traver-Sutton Gallery. Seattle Wa. Dec. 1984, 1983, 1981.

“Diversities 1983.” Designs Recycled Gallery. Fullerton, Ca. April – May 1983.

“Art Glass.” San Francisco Co-op Gallery. August, 1982.

“Picture Windows: Five Artists.” College of Marin Gallery. Kentfield, Ca. Mar. – Apr. 1981.

“Working With Glass.” Triton Museum. Santa Clara, Ca. Oct.- Nov. 1980.


Inquiring Mind (Journal) 20th Anniversary Issue Oct-Dec. 2003 pg. 37

Goddess (Book) Stewart,Tabori & Chang Publishers 1997 pg. 132

Corning New Glass Review 7 Corning Museum of Glass Publication Spring 1986

Author “Tesselations:How They were Created” Stained Glass Magazine Vol. 72 No.3 Fall 1977


Ludwig Vogelstein Foundation Grant. November, 1987.

National Endowment for the Arts Crafts Apprentice Grant. May. 1981.