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Chella is a graduate of Ball State University with a Bachelor of Science in Art Education. She came to California in 1956, and over the past 50+ years, while teaching, also exhibited and won many awards with her own work in competitive regional and national art shows. Her works are in many private collections.
This Indiana Hoosier is an accomplished artist in various media and styles including non-representation and abstraction, but she prefers "en plein aire" oil painting, working in ag-related subjects that is part of the vanishing landscape. She also has illustrated a cookbook, poetry book and is an illustrator for an international professional essay journal. With two well-known local authors, she illustrated story books for Modesto's historic McHenry Mansion.
Chella was two-term President of Central California Art Association/Mistlin Gallery in  Modesto, CA. She was also President of the Modesto Branch of National League of American Pen Women and Beta Sigma chapter of Delta Kappa Gamma Society International. As an active aide in two youth art contests, she continues to work as a strong art educational advocate in various community agencies. She conducts workshops in all art media, lectures, judges and advises art regional projects and exhibitions.
As an associate member of Oil Painters of America, Chella has studied with nationally known artists I. Rice Pereira and Margo Hoff, as well as California artists Art Sherwyn, Brian Blood, Bob Gerbracht, Stan Goldstein, E. John Robinson, Gerald Brommer, Dan Petersen, Alexander Nepote, Peggy Knoll Roberts, Robert Burridge, William Scott Jennings, Gil Dellinger, Randy Sexton and Doug Lawler. Chella is also an

Indiana Plein Air Painter, an associate member of American Women Artists, And National Association of Women Artists.

Recent Events in Chella's Art World

Critique Sessions:

Description: Artists bring 1-3 works of art for a friendly discussion about their works.

When: First Tues of each month.

Where: Art Barn (1349 Crawford Rd Modesto)

Other Info: $45 for 6 sessions or $10 each.

Mendocino Open Paint Out:

When: September 17th - 23th, with Quick Draw on Saturday the 22nd. Show & Sale Sunday, 23rd.

First Annual Paint Out with Art Buds:

When: September 23rd - 29th

Open Artists Studio Tour:

Description: Chella’s studio will show: oils, en plein air (framed and unframed), small matted watercolors (traveling sights), large non-objective works, note cards, sketchbook pages matted; all for sale.

When: April 7-8th. Sat & Sun 11am-5pm both days.

Other Info: Cost is $10. Tour book; can be purchased at CCAA/from an artist.

Galleries where you can find Chella’s works: 


  • Fine Art America:

  • "Pursuit of Light IX" One woman exhibition;

    • Trewin Framery, inside Shelton/Lee Flooring. Showroom:

      • 5170 Pentecost Dr. Ste 1, Modesto. 209-491-0310. Open during business hours Dec. 4th - Jan. 19th, 2018.

      • Reception for Artist Chella, December 6th, Thursday, 5pm-8:30pm

  • Central California Art Association/Mistlin Gallery: (Monthly Shows), Modesto Ca

  • Trewin Gallery, inside Shelton Flooring in Kiernan Business Park: North Modesto

  • Andre David Hair Salon on McHenry Ave: Behind Farmers/Merchants Bank

  • Zwahlen Dentistry on Orangeburg Ave: Modesto ( Private Collection)

  • Carnegie Art Center: Gift store, Turlock CA

  • Crave Cafe: 2020 Coffee Road, Modesto CA (209-596-1222)

  • Art Barn at 1349 Crawford Road, Modesto CA (off Coffee Rd, not McHenry).(call for appointment (209-985-5200)

  • John Natsoulas Gallery: 521 First Street, Davis, CA.



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