Sheila L. Kalkbrenner
Creating Affordable Art, Programs, and Events for the Sustainable Independent Wellness of Your Home and Business, fellow Spinal Arachnoiditis Survivors, and others living with Chronic Pain. In addition to Creating Affordable Fine Art, Independent Studio Artist and Owner, Sheila L. Kalkbrenner, is also a Creative Wellness Program Provider and UNIFY Global Sisterhood SisterCircle Facilitator implementing the power of sacred unity, intrinsic beauty of wild abundance, and practical application of Indigenous Knowledge for Modern Wellness and Sustainable Autonomy in Upstate New York.
Awards and Affiliations
Host and Curator for Art For Arachnoiditis.org providing healing art activities and coping tools for Survivors(2007); Sheila is a thriving Spinal Arachnoiditis Survivor, a VIDA Voices Fashion Collection Artist, 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.
Founder of the Belfast Organization for Artists (2009), Sheila celebrates and supports local 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 and sell her art at local community events, on her website and at Patreon.
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.
Causes and Organizations
Founder and Project Manager for the Art For Arachnoiditis Project~ A charitable art project to Empower Fellow Spinal Arachnoiditis Survivors; it is fiscally sponsored by the New York Foundation for the Arts. Featuring Art by Arachnoiditis Survivors, the Project will be accepting YEAR 3 Entries for The Survivors' Art Exhibit from Nov. 1, 2016- April 9, 2017.
OTHER CAUSES AND ORGANIZATIONS
I Stand For Love Day Global Annual Activities, The Slow Music Movement, American Legion Post 702 member, Paralyzed Veterans of America, The Foundation for Art and Healing, The Veteran Artist Program (VAP) member, The Christopher and Dana Reeve Foundation, World Pulse member