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Cheryl Cooper relies on her unique artistic skills to create distinctive pieces by painting realistic scenes onto antiques that she and her husband, Scott, seek out.

Christmas creations

Perryville artist transforms antiques into works of art
by Paul Newton | pnewton@ruralmissouri.coop

business plan as well, and Cooper Crafts was born. "
While she does paint on canvas occasionally, the bulk
of her energy is poured into the combination of two of her
here could be a piece of art out there you didn't
favorite things: art and antiques.
know you needed to have. And if that's the case,
Cheryl and her husband, Scott, keep a keen eye on
Cheryl Cooper might have had her hands involved
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in it.
items on which to paint. " Sometime I'll see something and
The Perryville artist has dabbled in many different art
know immediately what I want to paint on it, " the juried
mediums since she was a teenager, but she now
artist with Best of Missouri Hands says. " Other times it
specializes in hand-painting items such as
might sit around for a year or two before it hits me. "
antiques, baseball gloves and sleds and turning
Her pieces of art range in size from small meathem into unique keepsakes.
suring spoons to entire tractor fenders. The smaller
" Art has been a constant in my life, " she says.
items she might be able to complete in under an
" What I do is more realistic. I classify it as narrahour, and her bigger, custom projects can take
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Perryville
up to 20 hours.
paint. If I'm painting on an oil can, I'll do something
While Cheryl does the painting of the items,
automotive. It kind of tells a little story of what its
it's a team effort in the Cooper household. " Scott
original purpose was. "
is more than just my roadie, " she says with a laugh. " He
Cheryl turned her passion into her side job, Cooper
preps items for me, and a lot of times he'll paint the base
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evieve. In her gifted education class, she tasked students
The holiday season is a busy time for Cheryl. She
with creating a business in an entrepreneurship unit.
specializes in Christmas items that are mainstays in her
" I usually tried to do things right along with the stucustomers' homes every December. She creates beautiful
dents, " says Cheryl, who has since retired. " So I created a

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