Meet the Team: Docent Cheryl Reif

Cheryl Reif spent over twenty years in Boston at Mass General Brigham working with graduates in medical education. She reviewed residencies and fellowships to maintain accreditation and taught many workshops.  Cheryl always had a goal to move to Maine in her retirement after enjoying many vacations here and retired and moved here fulltime in 2014. Through friends, Sally Pearce and Rachel Zoller, Cheryl was introduced to the docent program at the Farnsworth five years ago, which allowed her to explore and learn more about art. Cheryl particularly likes working with kindergarten and first graders as she loves their creative imaginations. She fondly recalls looking at Red Grooms’ Slab City Rendezvous, 1964 and the students responded to the artwork that to them, it was a picnic and baby shower featuring hot dogs, potato salad.

Cheryl is a gifted basket weaver and studied Nantucket baskets twenty years ago before becoming interested in Black Ash basketmaking. She feels fortunate to have taken a class at the Abbe Museum with Molly Neptune Parker, a matriarch of four generations of Passamoquoddy basket makers and one of the first female lieutenant governors of the Passamoquoddy Tribe.  When not creating baskets or quilts, Cheryl is an avid year round tennis player.

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