Auntie Cherie is of Kaurna and Ngarrindjeri descent and was born in 1939, on Ngarrindgeri land at Tailem Bend, South Australia
and currently resides in suburban Adelaide.
A self taught artist, Cherie has been influenced by her Kaurna and Ngarrindgeri heritage, language, culture and stories. Auntie Cherie was a founding member of the South Australian Aboriginal Artists Cooperative and first exhibited in 1974 at Kingston House in South Australia. A trained Social Worker from 1971 to 1990 she assisted Indigenous People living in the Port Adelaide region, and also as a Registered Teacher from 1993, she specialised in Kaurna Language and Culture until her retirement. Since then Auntie Cherie has devoted countless unpaid hours to serving the community, volunteering her time to pass on her skills, passion , knowledge and experience to Indigenous and non indigenous people. In 1998 she was recognised by the Salisbury Council as a Living Legend. Auntie Cherie has skills in Basket Weaving, Silk Painting, Dot Painting, Story Telling, and Songs in Kaurna language. She still passes on her skills to adults and children in workshops. She also continues to paint and produce craft items. She has exhibited her work at: 2010 Salisbury Council- Aged to Perfection Art Exhibition 2010 Mental Health Fellowship South Australia (mifSA) - Schizophrenia Awareness Week Art Exhibition 2010 Tea Tree Gully Celebrating Indigenous Artists Art Exhibition Auntie Cheries works are currently on display at Marra Dreaming Indigenous Arts, 22 Commercial Road Salisbury.
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