Cheryl D. Bollenbach Is coming to Searsport to Teach in 2/8-2/10-25


This Class is sold out and wait list only
Class size will be limited to 16 and no exceptions

The wait list will be started once all spots are spoken for with a deposit
or paid in full by November 1.
Class is 9-4 with a break for lunch provided by Searsport Rug Hooking.
It is an open class so it’s a great time to take advantage of learning something new and get outside your box. We highly recommend something sculptured as this is her specialty. Faces, floral, animals or a small self portrait is a great suggestion. 
Below is an outline from Cheryl of how she sets up the day :
I will bring lots of handouts and talk a lot about art and ways to access your own creativity when designing your own pattern or modifying another.
I will bring rugs I have created and talk about what stimulated that design and how long the design process takes me and what steps I took in that design creation. I talk about ways to use the internet in design creation.
***After a short demo to begin the day, I hand out a mini kit each day to use for busy work so students are never idle as I work my way around the room. I am high energy, but maintain a laid back teaching style. I stay on my feet and move around the class all day.
Although my specialty is in sculpting, I am adept at all kinds of techniques from fine shaded fine cuts to wide, hand-torn primitive rugs. I am good at teaching the subjects of portraits to landscapes and anything in between. I love open classes!

***If you would like to do a small self portrait to be sculpted like the faces below
she would love to work with you.
 If students are interested in doing a self portrait then they would need to send Cheryl a photo of themselves. The size could be 12” x 12”
A 12x12 pattern will run $60 with a 4” border. You will contact and work directly with Cheryl for this. 

We are so excited to add Cheryl Bollenbach to our 2025 class schedule!
Below is part of her bio and specialties:
I have been driven to create things with my hands since I was a young child, and was so blessed to have an artistic grandmother that I adored. Effie taught me how to laugh, cook, garden and to paint in oils — but more importantly she taught me how to see the world around me.

Born and raised in Florida, I have spent my adult life living in Florida, Texas, Maryland, Hawaii, and for the past 28 years, Colorado. I graduated from the University of Hawaii in 1990, earning a Bachelor of Fine Arts with an emphasis on figurative sculpture. It was at the Lakewood Heritage Center’s Cider Days in 2002 that I was introduced to Patty Martinson and watched as she demonstrated the art and craft of rug hooking. I was enthralled, but waited 3 more years before giving hooking a try. Once I did it was all over! Hooking has been my high fiber passion since 2005. My business – cdb Studios, Inc., can be accessed via the web at I hand-dye and sell beautiful wool, silk, velvet and nylon out of my home studio. I received my McGown certification in 2010 and am comfortable teaching all cuts from #3 to hand-torn. I love and appreciate all styles of rug hooking, and enjoy all aspects of the art form from designing a pattern to finishing the edge on the final product. If I have to have a specialty then it would probably be sculpted wool in a figural form. 

My rugs have been featured in Rug Hooking Magazine, ATHA Art of Rug Hooking, and Celebration XXII, XXV and XXXII. I am also the current editor of ATHA Art of Rug Hooking magazine, a job I have held for over eleven years. I am the past director of South Central McGown Teacher’s Workshop which is held every November in Pottsboro, TX. I am also a member of the following ATHA chapters: The Colorado Rug and Fiber Guild and the Natchez Trace ATHA guild in Tennessee.

 I am comfortable teaching figurative gesture, portraits, animals, landscapes, florals, geometrics and still life subject matter. I find open classes are a lot of fun offering a wealth of learning for students and teacher alike. Living in Hawaii during the 1980’s, I attended the university at Manoa on Oahu and earned a BFA in 1990 — majoring in sculpture. I now live in beautiful Tennessee
Check out our lodging page for info on that. We have added some photo of VBRO listings in our area with 3-4 bedrooms, some with pools so a 3-4 sharing a place makes a very inexpensive lodging option. 
Class fee includes, instructions from the teacher, morning snacks, lunch, afternoon snacks, worksheets, demos and mini kits from the teacher. Students are responsible for travel, lodging, projects, wool and evening meals.