About Cheryl Merz & Enchanted Eye Studio
Artist Statement: If I could sculpt and preserve water, I imagine the end result would be similar to what can be created with glass - fluidity, movement, depth, color, reflection, texture, and mood all playing with the light and dark of our world.
Art changes its face to meet our perspective or to meet us at a new intersection. Access to light influences the scope of what we see, much like the nuances we meet in glass. The versatility and complexity of this medium allow me to express the insights that life and spirit show me.
Cheryl has worked in a broad variety of media: watercolor, acrylics, clay, plaster, collage, fabric and paper, and now finds her creative home with glass. Growing up near Corning Glass Works in New York state probably has something to do with her long time fascination with the material. The kiln-formed art brings together Cheryl's creative experiences as she flourishes in the studio among the sparkling shards of glass.
Cheryl began her journey with glass at Reflective Arts Studio with Sarinda Jones and expanded with the influence of artists Michael Dupille, Jayne Persico, Kerry Transtrum, Bob Leatherbarrow, and Tony Glander. She has shown her work in the Patrick Moore Gallery, Red Butte Garden, St George Art Museum, CONCEPT-Smart, Artful Living, Finch Lane Gallery, The Contemporary Art & Design Gallery, Salt Lake City Library, The Riverton Arts Museum, Springdale Gallery, Shemer Art Center, and the Fountain Hills Community Center.
Cheryl received Honorable Mention for her piece In the Glow at the Fountain Hills Art League Juried Art Exhibition in January 2023. She was awarded Best of Show at Red Butte Garden's Glass in the Garden exhibit for Parallel Universe IV in 2013, an Award of Merit for Helios II in the 2012 Red Butte Garden Show, an Award of Merit for her Black and Green Bracelet at the 2008 Salt Lake City Library show, and the Award of Merit at the Gathering of Glass show at the Patrick Moore Gallery, all sponsored by the Glass Art Guild of Utah.
Partnership for Global Well-being
Pax Natura (Peace with Nature), the planet's largest organization committed to preservation and restoration of our rainforests has selected Cheryl as the creator of their annual award acknowledging individuals who exemplify the highest ideals of Peace with Nature. In addition, Cheryl has created a limited edition series of gift plates for Pax Natura board members, champions, and supporters.
The award bowl and plates were inspired by and created in honor of the Golden Toad, the first species whose extinction is directly attributed to the effects of global warming.