NE Oregon Arts


Cheryl North Coughlan

Executive Director


heryl and her family moved to Wallowa County in 2001 and live in Joseph.  She was raised in St. Louis around Art and Photography books, the St. Louis Art Museum, photography and paintings.  She received a B.A. from Bard College (Annandale-on-Hudson, New York) in 1991 with a major in Art History.

10334305_10153095488302244_1961954557700724019_nAfter graduating she moved to Brooklyn where she worked at a public relations firm, Michael Shepley Public Relations which promoted PBS documentaries and series such as “Where in the World is Carmen Sandiego?” as well as “Mystery” and “Masterpiece Theatre”.  Her interests grew more towards photography and began working at Photonica, a world-wide photo stock agency as a salesperson.  While there she began taking photography classes at School of Visual Arts in New York.  After Photonica, she worked for several photographers organizing their collections. After ten years in New York, the Coughlan’s made their way to Joseph with a newborn, Ella.

Once settled here, Brian and Cheryl started EONL– Eastern Oregon Nursery and Landscaping, with Terry and Irene Bates that’s composed of a wholesale nursery, a successful garden center in La Grande called EONL and a Landscaping company that serves most of Eastern Oregon. Cheryl loves traveling, taking pictures and reading as well as spending time with her family on the ski slopes or at Wallowa Lake.   Cheryl and Brian have two children, Ella, 11 and Henry 8 and both attend Joseph Charter School.

Her past volunteer efforts include starting the “Wallowa County Cine Club” in 2011 which raised funds for the OK Theatre façade.  She also served on the board at Safe Harbors from 2003-2004.  She also started her own book club in 2009 with some of the nicest gals in Wallowa County.

Cheryl says “I have been looking forward to the day that we can all come together and be welcome to a Center where people can learn, be creative and give to the community all at the same time.   It’s really a dream come true.”