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“Cheer Clay Studio” on billboard for one year!

Many Thanks to ArtPop Street Gallery and Banana Factory in Bethlehem, PA ! I am one of 12 winners for 2019 who will have their artwork on a billboard for the entire year, beginning this month, across northeastern PA! So, keep your eyes open and let me know if you see it in your travels. Thank you all!!! #ArtPopEasternPA

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Two day Workshop w/ Guest Artist “John Cheer” at Art Center Manatee, Florida

John Cheer teaching on Ebru TV Blank Canvas


John Cheer, full-time clay artist whose distinctive work is in a class by itself, presents a trans-formative 2-day workshop for those interested in exploring design and techniques in both hand-building and wheel-throwing. The 1st day begins with John explaining why he creates and his philosophy and mental process involved in creating his uncommon ceramic works.


Techniques That Inspire:

A Hand-Building Workshop

Beginner – Intermediate

Approach clay differently! John will guide you in seeing the creative path as you discover and realize your own project. Explore hand-building, texture-making, movement and flow, as avenues to express creativity. John will also share his methods for constructing sculptural components of the face.


Techniques That Enable:

A Wheel-Throwing Workshop

Beginner – Intermediate

Have you ever tried to throw on the wheel and been quickly discouraged? In this workshop, John teaches his technique to center the clay in 3 seconds. That is correct. You will center the clay in 3 seconds, using a systematic, practical approach that will leave you confident even after the workshop ends. Are you already confident with centering? John takes you to the next level, learning techniques to throw bigger and better forms.

Guest Artist Workshop w/ John Cheer

“special workshop in REHOBTH BEACH ART LEAGUE, DE” Come join me if you can  OCT-31-NOV-1-2015

John Cheer Teaching Clay and Glass Art

CLAY ART workshop
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Cheer, John


Are you already pretty good at pottery? John Cheer will teach you how to make larger forms and explore new ways to approach the clay with unique forms and styles.
Hand building: Design your own project and learn different hand-building and texture making techniques suited toward your project. Are you imagining faces or flowers? It is all possible. Lets awaken your creative spirit.


10/31/15 until 11/01/15

9:00 AM – 6:00 PM


I received “Second place awarded”!!! On February-14 -15 , 2015






Thanks to “Sanibel-Rotary Club Florida, Fine Art Show”    On Feb. 15, 2015,  I received “Second Place awarded”

Great show!…..Thanks for all of you working so hard to putting this together. What a wonderful show!  I will definitely return to the show next year!



“Second Place” Thank’s to Englewood Rotary Fine Arts Show – (click here to leave a comment)

Englewood Rotary Fine Arts Show

Englewood Rotary Fine Arts Show


Thanks to Englewood Rotary of Florida! March 29-30, 2014.

I have been awarded “Second Place”  Thanks to the 33nd Annual Englewood Rotary Fine Arts Show on March 29-30, 2014. The Englewood Rotary did a great job!  Their wonderful  organization makes  this a successful show!  I will be back to this show next year.   Thanks.

“Best of Show” Thanks to Community Arts Center of Media, PA – click here to leave a comment

2013 FACF 014 Thanks to Paul Downie, Executive Director of Community Arts Center of Media, Pa,  for  running this show smoothly.

The 11th annual  “Fine Arts and Crafts Festival” in Media, PA.

On  Sept. 28 , 2013,  I received “Best of Show”!!!

Thank you for your incredible competence and organizational skills.  Everything worked  out beautifully.   I will  definitely return to the show next year!.. Good show, thank  you!!!

Best In Show! Thanks to Englewood Rotary Fine Arts Show – click here to leave a comment

john cheer3Thanks to Englewood Rotary of Florida! March 23-24 2013.

I have been awarded “BEST IN SHOW“!!   Thanks to the 32nd Annual Englewood Rotary Fine Arts Show on March 23-24, 2013. The Englewood Rotary did a great job!  Their wonderful  organization makes  this a successful show!  I will be back to this show next year.   Thanks.

“FIRST PLACE”! Thanks to Manatee Art Center, Florida – click here to leave a comment

photo-meThanks to Manatee Art Center, Florida! March 16-17, 2013.

I have been awarded “FIRST PLACE”!!   Thank you to  the 12th Annual Lakewood Ranch Fine Arts Show.   The Manatee Art Center did a great job.  Beautiful layout,  plenty of booth space and the organization did everything they could to make this a successful show!  I will be back to this show next year definitely.

“Award of Excellence” Thanks to Sun Coast Art Festival, FL – click here to leave a comment

photo-man1Thanks to Sun Coast Art Festival on January 19-20, 2013

 I have been awarded  ” Second Place”!   What a wonderful show!  The organization understands the financial  difficulties of the artists and have kept the space admission fee low and did everything they could to make us welcome.   They even gave out water and snacks during the show. Thank you to all of you working so hard to make this show the best!!  Art Fest Co-Director “Pam Marron” –  you are the best!!

Mandalas for World Peace – click here to leave a comment


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Thanks to the Commission for support for our very unique community project!!!

North Port City Commission,  Jim Blucher-Mayor

North Port City Commission, Tom Jones

Sarasota County Commission,  Christine Robinson, District-3

North Port Art Center Grant Writer President, Louise Hall 

Jane Hendrickson-PHD

North Port Art Center President, Mary Alspaugh


Statement from Cheer on “Mandalas For World Peace”:

Eighteen individual mandalas spiral against a backdrop of thousands of glittering blue cups:   eighteen individual visions and human strivings for a better world in the foreground of an infinite, heavenly galaxy.    The birds in flight represent freedom in thought, spirit, and choice while still being held within the form.  These eighteen mandalas have been imagined, designed and created by people spanning ages 12 through 70.

At this point, humanity has reached the height of technology, but our hearts, minds and imaginations are slowly slipping away. Many people have stopped imagining world peace is possible.   They have even stopped imagining peace in their own life is possible. My vision for “Mandalas For World Peace” sculpture is that we will rekindle our artistic imaginations which is the path to new beginnings.

There are four cornerstone plaques on the sculpture.   These cornerstones are:  Truth, Love, Wisdom, Balance.   “Mandalas For World Peace” is the very first outdoor sculpture the city has ever owned, and now displayed at Warm Mineral Springs,  a treasure that should make North Port very proud.


Mar 29, 2013  NORTH PORT, FL — After nearly 14 months in the planning, fundraising and creation process, the sculpture  ‘Mandalas for World Peace’ was officially revealed at the Warm Mineral Springs Day Spa late Wednesday afternoon.  Installed March 15, the artwork weighs between 500 and 600 pounds, according to local clay artist John Cheer, who created the piece.   A mandala is defined as ‘a graphic and often symbolic pattern, usually in the form of a circle.’  The sculpture consists of 18  3-D clay circle designs (mandalas),  each measuring 12 inches in diameter.  Individual mandalas were made/designed by John Cheer and by 14 other artists ranging in ages from 12 to 69, including students whose clay circle designs were selected in a contest.  Each mandala symbolizes each artist’s vision of world peace.  Cheer said it took him three months to finish the work.  He hoped he did justice to all the other artists who contributed to the piece.  “This is all about vision, determination and courage,”  he said.   Materials used for the entire sculpture include  clay,  glass,  copper wire, stainless steel, aluminum and wood.

The artwork seeks to encourage thoughts toward world peace, and possibly attract more national and international tourists to the Springs and its mineral-rich, 87-degree lake.


North Port, Florida –  “Mandalas for World Peace”,  designed and created by clay artist John Cheer, North Port Art Center instructor, has been completed and officially turned over to the City of North Port, Florida, and County of Sarasota at Warm Mineral Springs.   This magnificent 9 x 5 foot sculpture weighs between 500 and 600 pounds.  Eighteen  mandalas executed by artists from near and far will now find its permanent home at the Springs, and will stand as our contribution to our community’s commitment to world peace among nations.  “It is truly a piece of art of which we can all be justifiably proud! Not only for its beauty, but also for the positive and hopeful message it conveys to all who view it.” says Mary Alspaugh, North Port Art Center president.   Warm Mineral Springs is planning to install a “Peace Garden” around the sculpture to further enhance its beauty.

The Art Center wishes to thank our own Louise Hall who worked tirelessly as “Mandalas” Project Coordinator  and whose efforts to find funding for this project made it all possible.   Kudos also go to “Mandalas” designer and creator John Cheer who guided the entire project through its completion.  Wonderful job, both of you.   And we also thank Gene Vaccaro, manager of Warm Mineral Springs, for his patience and kind support as we worked out the inevitable kinks along the way.

This project was funded by the North Port Art Center,  Gulf Coast Community Foundation,  North Port City Commission,  Sarasota County Commission,  Sarasota County Tourist Development Council, and by private donations.   Thanks to all of you!!!

Mary Alspaugh, North Port Art Center President,  Board of Directors


North Port, Florida – “Mandalas for World Peace”/  October 13, 2012 / 10:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m.  –   The public is invited to observe artist John Cheer and several of the other 14 contributing artists as they make decisions as to the placement of the eighteen individual clay mandalas on the 5′ X 9′ “Mandalas For World Peace” wall sculpture  at Warm Mineral Springs Day Spa.   A mandala is a graphic design and often symbolic pattern, usually in the form of a circle.  The North Port Art Center’s goal is to inspire world peace thoughts and attract additional tourists to Warm Mineral Springs.   On October 13,  you will be able to visit with clay artist John Cheer  and converse about the undertaking of this large project.  The project was made possible, in part, from donations by a Gulf Coast Community Foundation Grant, City of North Port Art Fund, Sarasota County, Sarasota County Tourist Development Tax revenues, local corporations, and individuals.   John Cheer’s vision for “Mandalas For World Peace” sculpture is that our artistic imaginations will be rekindled, as a path to new beginnings.    The North Port Art Center invited artists to submit a mandala design concept for consideration.     Steve Miller and Catherine Beausoleil of North Port,  Frances Smith and high school student Madisyn Alberry of Venice,  Carla O’Brien and Brenda Smoak of Sarasota,  Laurel Neth of Punta Gorda,  Elizabeth Mitchell of Tampa,  Tiffany Adams of Rhode Island,  Joseph Yeh of California,  Michael Manthey of Pennsylvania, and Hunter Curtis, Ashley Payas, and Gabriella Gobbo, all students of North Fort Myers Academy for the Arts, had their designs accepted to inspire world peace.   John Cheer, the North Port Art Center, participating artists, and the many donors look forward to this first -ever sculpture owned by North Port to be located in a Peace Garden on the Warm Mineral Springs property.   For more information, contact John  Cheer at (610) 782-9880.


* Jane Hendrickson – Some years ago, Jane had a vision of a “Mandalas For  World Peace” sculpture to be cooperatively created by both United States and Turkish clay artists and then to be displayed in Istanbul Square for worldwide travellers to view.  A prototype for her “Mandalas” vision was designed by John.  While the North Port “Mandalas For World Peace” is not this same design, it evolved and flowered from it.  Thank you, Jane.