ANDOVER – Cheri Campbell-Godfrey has been an artist her whole life, with a project always in hand.(From March 3 edition of The News).
“I have to be doing something constantly,” said Campbell-Godfrey. “I keep busy, I can’t keep still.”
For her this means a variety of different projects and positions, including her part-time job as a bus driver for Pymatuning Valley School District, two graphic design businesses she’s had for many years called Campbell’s signs and Cheri Campbell photography, along with a hobby for painting furniture that she finds at flea markets.
Her newest venture is a business that she started in October of 2016 called Paint and Swill which offers the public options to paint together through classes she teaches, either at her 16 capacity studio or elsewhere.
“I like the teaching part and I like to see people’s reactions,” said Campbell-Godfrey. “I try to make it simple and fun. I just want people to leave satisfied.”
Before establishing Paint and Swill, Campbell-Godfrey said she had looked into working for franchises but eventually found that it was cheaper to host her own events in the area, which she said has really taken off in the past year and a half.
Her classes she said are geared for adults as well as children and are often great for events like birthday parties, bridal or baby showers, bachelorette parties or fundraisers.
In order to host a party Campbell-Godfrey said usually the event starts after the hostess contacts her and that they usually setup details so that she can create a Facebook group event.
Later on she said she will provide supplies to teach the event itself and often includes options for stencils or assistance in drawing outlines.
Campbell-Godfrey said she also requires that the hostess invite at least six people willing to pay $30 each for the event and allows for the hostess to bring in snacks, as well as permits for them to choose from a variety of different paintings ideas including her popular beach and nautical themes, owls, landscapes, as well as can be selected by finding a painting on the internet.
Campbell-Godfrey said children are $20 each for the first six participants and then $15 after that.
For fundraisers she said the fee is $40 per person which allows for $12 to go back to the organization, as well as further recommends hostesses use a large venue in order to try to accumulate a large amount of donations.
Before moving to Andover Campbell-Godfrey said she earned a Bachelor’s degree in Communication Graphics and a minor in photography at Edinboro University, which has led her into the sign industry by 1987.
Her first work with signs she said involved creating lettering and mural drawings in Erie, has experienced in vinyl and previously worked at Braendel Services Inc for about 14 years in Erie, Pa., JPS in Girard, Pa. and Cicongna electrical sign shop in Ashtabula.
Today Campbell-Godfrey also continues to work on hand murals for bedrooms and also creates various signs for vehicles, businesses, as well as designs t-shirts for various small and large businesses in the Andover area.
In her free time Campbell-Godfrey is involved in Drum Corps in Erie, Pa, which she said is where she met her husband Howard Godfrey before settling in Andover.
Between the two of them she said they have four children and four grandchildren.
For more information about Campbell-Godfrey’s businesses please contact her by calling (440) 645-7971 or by checking out her businesses on Facebook.
Pictured: Three varieties of paintings that are popular right now in Cheri Campbell-Godfrey’s Paint and Swill classes. According to Campbell-Godfrey, she also has a private sign and a photography business as well.