Sandra Hopper is a founding member of Encina Art Center. A native Uvaldean, mother of four and grandmother of seven, she has always had a passion for art.
After graduating from Uvalde High School, she attended Southwest Texas Junior College, where she signed up for every art class available. Her plan was to get a degree with an elementary education certification by attending Sul Ross State University Rio Grande College in Uvalde. Wehn she had to go to Sul Ross State University in Apline to take an art appreciation class required for her degree, though, she was the art department and her goals changed along with her major, which became a Bachelor of Arts degree with an all-level art education.
While at Sul Ross she met her late husband, Steve Hopper. The two took several art classes together. After graduation from Sul Ross, Sandra and Steve moved to Uvalde, and Sandra waited for an art opening in the school district. She soon started teaching art at Uvalde Junior High School. She retired after 32 years of teaching art, reading, dyslexia intervention program and special education.
Sandra enjoys painting with different media, pen and ink, and sewing. She teaches calligraphy classes and children’s classes and oversees children’s painting parties at Encina Art Center.