"When I feel myself trying to conform to some unknown box of expectations…I throw paint on the canvas and see what turns up…even if it is a canvas that might look nearly “finished” to somebody NOT living inside my head. It is rare for me to just white out an entire canvas once it is begun…I prefer to add on so that the ideas from beginning to end transform within the process until I reach a closing point. The “closing point” is sometimes just a place where I stop because I know the rest needs to be expressed in a different media or on another canvas."~slk
"Independent Studio Artist and Owner, Sheila Kalkbrenner, is an ACCESS-VR Small business grant recipient, a graduate of the ACCORD Business Center Entrepreneurial Assistance Program (2010), and a graduate of Alfred University (BFA in painting and ceramics). She has an MS in Education, with a thesis based on using visual arts to demonstrate the elements of literature. Sheila is a Youth Advocate and New York State Certified Teacher.
By invitation, in June 2016, in alignment with her Creative Wellness and Global Unity Goals; Sheila began allowing the licensed use of her artwork in the Voices Fashion Collection at VIDA Design Studio.
Sheila hosts a FREE Monthly Creative Wellness Circle at her studio.
Founder of the Belfast Organization for Artists (2009), Sheila celebrates women in the arts on SWAN Day and promotes Community Action as she works to keep the many benefits of Art Affordable to all members of her local community via the Barter For Art Program in her studio. A member of the Allegany Artisans Studio Tour (2013) & Selected as the official artist for the Official Great Wellsville Balloon Rally 2013, she continues to show her art at local community events.
Her work has been published in the Journal of Pain & Palliative Care Pharmacotherapy (2014), in Around Now In A Square Time, a Collaborative Show with Allison Midgley (2013). Her work has also been Featured at One Five 4 Gallery, At the See Exhibition Space Exposure Exhibition in Long Island, NY (2013), and exhibited in New York City's Times Square Artist Wanted 2012 Campaign to replace advertising with Art, Wellsville Art Association Exhibits, Belfast Library Shows, the Exposed Series traveling exhibit 2009, in the Jones Memorial Hospital rehabilitation clinic, and in local Main Street Windows Exhibitions.
With a back ground in observational drawing, nature study, Conceptual Expressionism, Impressionism, Sythetism, European and African Art History, children's literature, and domestic cultural studies; Sheila has a diverse portfolio demonstrating utilization of the following methods and media:
Painting-acrylic, watercolor, kool-aid, and finger paints.
Drawing-graphite on paper, colored pencil, mixed media.
Sculpture- paper sculpture, Sculpey/polymer clay, some ceramics, recyclable materials. Collage and Digital Photography
After enlisting in the US Army for four years, Sheila wore many hats: a single parent of three children, she served as a volunteer classroom assistant, developer of Classroom Critique programs, events coordinator for the Wellsville Area Chamber of Commerce, library clerk, manager and youth advocate for After School Programs at ACCORD Corporation, and founder of the Belfast Organization for Artists. Her talent and artistic gifts have carried her through various life situations, and have served as an impetus for her survival and her advocacy for others sharing similar experiences.
In 2014 Sheila launched the Art For Arachnoiditis Project to Empower fellow Survivors via Participation in the Arts. Sheila hosted and curated The YEAR 2 Survivors' Art Exhibit at her studio from April 30-May 28, 2016. April 2015, Sheila offered a Workshop, Art+Adaptability = Healing, at the Opening Reception of the FIRST Art For Arachnoiditis Project Exhibit. This project was awarded Fiscal Sponsorship by the New York Foundation For The Arts (Feb2015).
Sheila is an Arachnoiditis Survivor(2007) and Advocate for Prevention of Spinal Adhesive Arachnoiditis.