Andrea Chebeleu was born in Montebello, California, lived in Guadalajara Mexico for 4 years, Birmingham, Alabama for 4 years before settling in Central Oregon, and later moving on to San Jose, California. Attending school in Oregon, Washington, Illinois and Texas certainly contributed to Andrea’s love of travel and adventure. Her degree in Liberal Studies contributed to her pursuit of turning her creative hobbies into a full time career.
Andrea started “A Work of Heart” in 1998. At that time her focus was on scrapbooking and paper arts but the business has grown to include many types of art and now is a marketplace, workshop and makerspace for mixed media, art & jewelry.
A Work of Heart celebrates 16 years in a commercial space in December 2018. A Work of Heart is a hub of creative activity and home to more than a dozen teaching artists and workshop leader.
Andrea has been married to Livius for 26 years and their 3 kids, Emily(17), Hannah (20) and newly married Nicholas (22) are often involved in the family business in some way or another.
When not in the studio Andrea enjoys traveling, snowskiing, hiking, reading and fostering baby kittens for the Santa Clara County Animal Shelter.