Ellen Dahlberg was born in 1972 and raised in Chicago, Illinois,
the City of Broad Shoulders. She attended Chicago Public Schools,
graduating from Lane Technical High School in 1989. After a
short stint on scholarship at the University of Illinois @ Chicago,
she transferred to Northern Illinois University in DeKalb where
she attained a Bachelor of Fine Arts Degree in Painting in 1994.
Ellen married her college sweetheart, Chad Roberts, atop a
sandstone bluff called Starved Rock, overlooking the Illinois
River, in July of 1995, and shortly thereafter the two packed up
their gear, 1987 Toyota 4Runner, pop-top camper and 1973 VW
Superbeetle, and headed west to Arizona.
They lived in that camper in the national forests all summer and
autumn, and then when winter winds blew cold they moved
indoors, renting a small cottage in the unfashionable east side
"barrio" of Flagstaff, AZ. They lived there for 2 years, before
packing up their gear again and heading to Jerome, AZ., a tiny
picturesque mountainside "ghost city" in Yavapai county, once
notorious for its copper heyday of miners, prostitutes, bar brawls.
Ellen was accepted into the Jerome Artists Cooperative in March
of 1997. She also had a couple 'a successful solo shows in Sedona,
AZ in 1998 and 1999. Later featured artist shows at the Co-op
occured in 1998, 1999, 2003, 2010 and 2013. Ellen left the
Coperative in 2013.
Currently her artwork may be seen and purchashed at
Old Town Red Rooster Cafe and Mimi's Antiques in Old Town
Cottonwood, m a d e contemporary craft gallery in Stinson
Beach, CA. and via her Etsy shop, Ellen Jo
The Beetle long having given up the ghost due to excessive
Illinois rust ("rest in peace/ rust in pieces" read the headstone),
the Volkwagen fetishism lay dormant until 1998, when they
acquired a dreamy 1973 Karmann Ghia from a family in
Clarkdale. They've since put nearly 100,000 miles on the beast,
having driven it to Chicago, Mexico, and California.
The Roberts lived in Jerome until February of 2001, when they
closed escrow on a cool historic brick bungalow in neighboring
Clarkdale, where they reside with a cat named Ned, three dogs--
Floyd, Ivan and Hazel-- and a parking lot full of vintage VWs.
Since 2002, Roberts has been employed full time as Group
Coordinator for the Verde Canyon Railroad, and since 2005, she
has written a featured column, "The Outs", for the Northern
Arizona Creative Arts & News monthly, "The Noise". Maybe
you've seen it.
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about Ellen J.D.Roberts
Wrightwood Parkway, Winter 1975,
Ellen & Chad Roberts. March 31 2006
County fair 2007