This studio is a dream come true for Cheri, but is was a long journey to bring her here. Cheri had discovered her love for art in high school and college, and spent years working mostly with snow and sand sculptures, then adding acrylics and painting glass. Knowing she was paying her own way through college, she had to put art behind her to choose a career that would pay the bills. Although it was a sad decision, she worked hard to achieve a successful career in the Business Management and Information Technology field. After 20 years, with the last 11 traveling almost every week as a consultant, Cheri was facing spinal surgery and knew she would have to make a change.
What to do next … that was a tough one. After investigating and eliminating many non-travel jobs near her home in Swedesboro, her sister took her to a “Paint and Sip” studio in upstate New York. As she walked through the doors, the grey clouds in her mind parted, the sun came out, and the birds started to sing. It was a very powerful moment, nearly bringing her to tears, and by the end of the class she had no doubt and had started thinking of viable locations. After a few months of planning, she combined her love of business with her passion for art, and opened Burgundy And Brushes to be able to share this joy with others.