RAA to feature artist Cherie Burris
Cherie Burris completed this mural in the alley off Sixth Street.
Redlands Art Association hosts a show every spring in collaboration with the Redlands Horticultural and Improvement Society. This year will feature floral paintings by artist Cherie Burris as well as some portraits and animal scenery to go with the theme “Garden Treasures.”
“My great-grandfather was a self-taught oil painter in Wisconsin,” Burris said. “He did commissions for churches. When I was 11 and on a family vacation, my grandmother brought out some of his paintings and I said, ‘I want to do that’ and when I was done, she goes, ‘Oh, you got talent!’”
And there the passion for art and expression began. In 2018, Burris painted a commissioned mural in the alley off Sixth Street by Molinos Coffee. It is a motif of the San Bernardino Mountains with the sun, orange trees and two cats.
Even though her college education and work life took Burris away from art, she always stayed creative within choir, dance, piano, painting, drawing and writing poetry.
For several years she was a single parent and worked for Redlands Unified School District and for the nonprofit organization Building a Generation, where she created workshops for kids and families. After surviving cancer, she worked as a part-time tutor.
In 2009, she slowly became more serious about her art and took water-color classes. With her husband’s and friends’ encouragement and support, she began to work for friends for free. In 2016, her husband said, “Cherie, I know you love your paintings, and you give them away to everybody. They are so good though, why don’t you start going to festivals?”
Burris beamed, and with that she began to share her talents at local art festivals. This was also the time she became a member of Redlands Art Association.
She paints using both realism and abstract styles and sometimes adds a poem that fits with the painting. In the current show, if there is a poem attached to the painting the buyer gets both.
Burris has won several awards including best of show, honorable mention, merit award at shows in Redlands, Banning and Fallbrook. And she was chosen to be a part of the A.K. Smiley Public Library’s art lending program. Besides the mural in Downtown Redlands, she also made a large painting for Habanero Mexican Grill in Riverside.
Her dream is to open her own art studio and café and offer art classes for kids when both she and her husband retire.
Redlands Art Association
Open house: April artist Cherie Burris and jewelry artist Camille Meldrum will be featured from 1 to 5 p.m. Saturday, April 3 at the Redlands Art Association, 215 E. State St., Redlands. The show will continue until Friday, April 23.
Where to find Cherie Burris’ art: Redlands Art Association, Yucaipa Vision Quest Art Gallery, San Bernardino Art Association and her website, cherieburrisart.com.
Hours: 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. Monday through Saturday.