Cheryl Rogers-Tadevich is a Portland, Oregon Batik, Block Print, Mixed Media Artist.
Cheryl’s artistic journey began to flourish after moving to Southeast Asia. She had the privilege to study with and to learn from the Masters and Great Artisans of the World. She also had the opportunity to live and travel the world taking every opportunity to learn, study, teach and exhibit her work with internationally renowned artists from many cultures.
Cheryl is an innovative leader in Creative Aging programs which use artistic expression to encourage good health and vitality throughout life. As a skilled artist, Cheryl has illustrated her passion and expertise in art-related community initiatives through her past work with Spirit of ’45, Action Without Borders, and as the Director of Programs and Creativity for the Geezer Gallery.
Cheryl has a certificate in Gerontology from Portland Community College, a certification from the National Center for Creative Aging Artist Training in Arts and Aging as well as being trained in Batik in Malaysia and Indonesia. She has presented programs on Creativity and Aging at Regional and National Conferences, as well as in numerous public and academic settings.
As Director of Programs and Creativity for the Geezer Gallery, Cheryl co-created, developed and implemented two innovative curriculums, Capturing Time and Vibrant Elders. These programs are now being used in research trials sponsored by Oregon Health and Sciences University to document the effects of creative activities on the health and wellness of elders. During the trials, Cheryl acted as lead facilitator and key researcher. These trials will document what Cheryl has seen first-hand over her lifetime: the significant improvements in health and wellness that occur when seniors participate in creative activity programs facilitated by professionals.
Before beginning her work in Creative Aging in Portland, she lived in Argentina, Malaysia, Siberia, Indonesia and Pakistan. As an innovative batik, block print and mixed media artist, Cheryl has worked with some of the great traditional artists/craft-masters of the world. She designed and implemented art programs for the National College of Arts and the Pakistan School of Fashion Design.
In addition, Cheryl continues to create artistically today experimenting with textiles, paper, printmaking, metals and mixed media. Cheryl created a multi-dimensional Sculpture piece that reflects her work in creative aging. The two piece Sculpture, The Gift ofWisdom was exhibited in a collaborative exhibition at Oregon Museum of Science and Technology in June 2014 thru December 2014. Cheryl’s work has been exhibited both in the States and abroad and her unique style embraces the world and its many cultures. Her hope is to inspire others with her own robust creative spirit and open opportunities for elders to thrive through creative expression. Cheryl is currently a teaching artist, facilitator for therapeutic arts programs, trainer and artist-in-residence at The Geezer Gallery Art in Action at Southwest Waterfront in Portland, Oregon.