Cheryl Riello has been a Hamden resident since 1989. She lives with her husband Christopher and has two daughters, Susan and Kristen. She is a graduate of Quinnipiac University. She has been a doll maker since childhood. This hobby led to a life-long love of the arts. As a young adult she took art classes at Creative Arts Workshop and John Slade Ely House. Later she became a member of the New Haven Arts Council and volunteered to keep the biographies of member artists. In the late 1980’s she began publishing in national doll magazines and that has continued since. In 1995, Jones Publishing Inc. published her book “Sculpting Dolls in Super Sculpey”. Cheryl taught arts and crafts and “How to Get Published” classes at Hamden and Cheshire Adult Ed for many years. She maintains a website, “Dolls by Cheryl Riello” and currently writes a blog titled “A Crafter for All Seasons”. Around 2000, her love of costuming dolls led to a passion for quilting and she became a member of the Hamden Quilters. Shortly after she founded Hamden Crafters. Later she became a member of SCBWI (Society of Children’s Book Writers and Illustrators). Cheryl was invited to be a Commissioner on the Hamden Arts Commission in 2013 and is having some of the most memorable experiences of her life.