Our mission is to inspire, nurture, promote and support the arts for
the education, enjoyment and enrichment of the citizens of Sherwood.
ART IN EVERY FORM – VISUAL, MUSICAL, CULTURAL – INSPIRES A COMMUNITY TO COME TOGETHER FOR THE BETTERMENT OF THE WHOLE.
That’s why the SFA presents a variety of original events that engage a wide array of community members.
From the summer musical that casts local actors, musicians and crew members to the Altered Art Festival that draws both local and regional art enthusiasts to Old Town Sherwood and the puzzle competition that brings the community together for a day of friendly competition, SFA events offer opportunities to be entertained, to be creative and to be part of a unrivaled community.
A strong arts presence is vital for a healthy community, and the Sherwood Foundation for the Arts strives to nurture Sherwood’s creative aspirations – both individual and collective. Programs and events open up opportunities, while SFA scholarships for children wishing to participate in programs and grants to schools, artists, individuals, and organizations empower citizens to think beyond traditional boundaries and transform their lives and the lives of those around them.
WHAT IS THE SHERWOOD CENTER FOR THE ARTS?
Many of the performances the SFA supports are held at the Sherwood Center for the Arts, which serves as the centerpiece of the Sherwood arts & culture community – a hub for cultural activity. The Center will also serve as an upscale community center for the residents of Sherwood and the surrounding community.
BOARD OF DIRECTORS
SFA co-founder, Linda is a native Oregonian who attended Oregon State University for her undergraduate degree, received an MBA from the University of Oregon and spent nearly 10 years working in human resources at high technology firms. A Sherwood resident since 1998, Linda was elected to the Sherwood City Council in 2004 and 2008 and serves as the Council’s liaison for the Cultural Arts Community Center Steering Committee and the Sherwood Public Library. She is also a board member of the Friends of the Tualatin River National Wildlife Refuge. A passionate appreciator of the arts, Linda credits a neighbor who took her to see the Boise Philharmonic at age seven with planting the seed for a lifetime love of live performances.
After a successful career as a naval aviator and systems engineer, Brian retired and moved to Sherwood in 2007. Looking to become involved in the community, Brian jumped into volunteer service by becoming a member of the City of Sherwood Parks and Recreation Board and the Parks and Recreation Board representative on Sherwood’s Cultural Arts Community Center Steering Committee and the Tonquin Trail Steering Committee. In addition to his position with the Parks and Recreation Board and the SFA, Brian is a volunteer at Evergreen Aviation and Space Museum. He has been instrumental in the set construction for the SFA’s summer musical productions as well as the Voices for the Performing Arts production of “Annie.”
Vice President, Performing Arts
Christopher has been a Sherwood resident since 2010. Growing up in a very small Texas town, he was thrilled to find a place that had the same small town feel. In an effort to get involved in the community, he decided to revisit his love for singing and become more acquainted with his fellow Sherwoodians. In 2013 he joined the VPA’s Sherwood Chorale singing in their Christmas and Benefit concerts. The following year he auditioned for his first SFA Musical “Les Miserables and was cast as the Bishop and put in the Ensemble/ABC Gang. Christopher’s love for theatre was rekindled, and he was thrilled to be a part of the SFA Family. The next year, Christopher was able to check off an item on his bucket list by being cast as the Baker in “Into the Woods.” Growing closer and closer to his new SFA family, Christopher joined the SFA board and is thrilled to be a part of the performing arts planning which includes being the Production Manager for “My Fair Lady” and “Anything Goes”
When he is not busy with theatre life he volunteers as a City of Sherwood Planning Commissioner. Christopher also recently started his own event planning business, presentJoy Events + More, and is very excited for what the future holds.
Michael Godsey moved with his family to Sherwood in 2015. Over the last few years, he has appeared with the SFA as Horace Vandergelder in Hello, Dolly! and as Henry Higgins in My Fair Lady. In six years as the Artistic Director of Portland Actors Ensemble, the area’s original Shakespeare-in-the-Parks troupe, he guided the organization to new heights in reach and fundraising. He is the director of SFA’s 2019 production of Annie.
Vice President, Visual Arts
SFA co-founder, Shelly has been a resident of Sherwood for over 20 years. She has been an active volunteer with Sherwood schools and civic organizations including eight years as a member of the Sherwood Cultural Arts Commission. She is a local business owner and arts advocate.