Shere Coleman

My father was an architect and my mother a painter, sculptor, potter, and lover of literature. Both were exceptional craftspeople. There was no television in our house so my sisters and friends and I were our own entertainment. My childhood included building structures out of anything available and designing and performing theatrical events.

I believe we are all storytelling creatures, that story is the underlying structure of all our expressions. I believe in the power of the individual voice in the chorus of humanity and our creative works are windows to the soul.



2020 Portland Textile Month, co-collaborator with Sea Stories, Emily Miller. A community distributed project of Puppet stores.

2020 House Special costume construction

2019 Wendell and Wild costume construction

2012 TEDxManhattanBeach2012, presenter

2011 Aspen Summer Words Literary Festival, Project Manager and Curator, Doer Hosier Middle East Art Installation: Papyrus

2011 Aspen Eco-Fest: line of eco-friendly recycled whimsical creatures

2011 Roaring Fork Open, Aspen Art Museum

2010 Eco-Fest juried art show

2010 AWF Story Swap artist

2010 Red Brick Juried Exhibition

2008 Out of the Box, Red Brick Invitational

2006 Costume Design Consultant and interim Lead Costume Designer, Coraline, LAIKA Entertainment, Portland, OR

1996-2005 Will Vinton Studios/LAIKA Entertainment, Portland Oregon: WB and Fox Network animated TV series, “The P J’s”. Commercial assignments including: NFL, Korn Nuts, Varivax, Samsung South Korea. ESURE UK. Coca Cola Argentina

1980-Present Exhibited drawings, paintings, and sculpture: CO, OR, IN, KY


2011-12 Spellbinders Storyteller Trainer

2000-06 Foundation Faculty, The Art Institute of Portland, Portland OR

1983-91 Taught after-school and TAG children’s art classes



2005 Master of Arts in Education, Argosy University, Seattle, WA

1994 BFA Painting, Pacific Northwest College of Art, Portland, OR


2009-11 Aspen Writers Foundation Board Member, Ben Haggarty Storytelling workshops, London, UK

Member UNIMA




For me, life and art unfold like the unfolding of stories. The depth of experience feeds the richness of the journey. Minor characters in early chapters may reappear later as wizened wizards. The art of puppetry is wise and magical and has trailed me, pointing out that I have, by the way, been exploring components of this art for much of my life. It has my attention now and I wonder where this will lead.