Twist and Shout

Twist and Shout
Life is never straight (Joey Kulkin photo)

Wednesday, October 31, 2012

Vignettes from Vermont: Cheryl Conklin's Escherism part 3

Cheryl Conklin after one of her pieces sold. (Joey Kulkin photo)

BENNINGTON -- How did Cheryl feel after her first major sale?

Well, let's just say her smile would have powered rockets to the moon. Seriously. The girl's giddiness was beyond extreme as I handed over $80 -- her cut of the transaction. The agreement was 75/25, but this being her first gallery sale and all, I threw in a little tip.

And why not? Cheryl makes beautiful art. She's a disciple of M.C. Escher, which we pointed out HERE. I also wrote about Cheryl HERE and HERE.

Who bought Cheryl's piece? Her brother, Charles Conklin, who is the plant manager at Wheelabrator in Spokane, Washington. Wheelabrator creates renewable electricity by burning trash.

Now despite what you may be thinking, Charles has lived in the Apple State for years and hadn't heard about his sister's Escheristica, and didn't know her pieces were on display at Fiddlehead until he read the story that appeared in the Bennington Banner on October 13.

The point is, Cheryl makes beautiful art, and her brother wanted one of her 6 pieces that hangs in the old marble bank turned art gallery in downtown Bennington. 

Cheryl's now-5-piece exhibit at Fiddlehead has attracted dozens of people who stand and stare at her pointillism for minutes at a time.

This best part of the moment is when Cheryl got paid:

She said she plans to go shopping next week in Saratoga Springs with her Bible group.

If you'd like to support Cheryl's art, click HERE.