After an early career as an educator, Cheryl Baxter studied Design and Metalsmithing at Alberta College of Art and Design and holds degrees in both Education and Fine Art.
Working for years as a designer/goldsmith in major cities inspired Cheryl to open her own shop in Nelson, BC...a venture that quickly developed into a commercial art gallery.
Her engagement with community initiatives began there, as president of the Nelson and District Arts Council and board member of the Kootenay Gallery.
An ongoing instructor position at Kootenay School of Art allowed Cheryl to continue teaching, while still practising her craft.
Since making Canmore, AB home in 2000, Cheryl has developed the Elevation Gallery. Employing her passion for original art and fine craft, Cheryl promotes the incredible breadth of talent that this country has to offer. The gallery adheres to a vision of exposing innovative work with few boundaries on media or scale. The gallery and it’s partnership initiatives offer an opportunity for both well established and completely emerging artists to develop their professional practice.
As a career arts professional, Cheryl believes in mentorship and continues to support artists through career development initiatives. From 2003-2010, she established and directed The Corridor Artist's Collective. This project was an incubator for many of Western Canada’s most recognized young artists, allowing them an opportunity for both studio and gallery space while learning the basic principles of being professional artists.
Cheryl has Chaired the Canmore Public Art Program and has been a board member with the Whyte Museum of the Canadian Rockies as well as Contemporary Calgary. She maintains status with the Professional Art Dealers Association and has presented in professional and academic settings across Canada.