About the Artists
Rachel is a long time resident of Flagstaff, working as an artist and arts organizer for over twenty years. She trained as a painter, but has moved into mixed media installation work and printmaking as well. Rachel has exhibited extensively in juried shows across the country, and has created temporary large-scale installation pieces of painted fabric in parks, public spaces and urban settings from Florida, to Connecticut, to Colorado, Arizona and New Zealand. Her work has been seen frequently in Arizona including the Shemer Art Museum, the Phoenix Art Detour, ASU, U of A, the Burton Barr Gallery, the Herberger Theater, Dead Horse Ranch State Park, the Arboretum at Flagstaff, the Coconino Center for the Arts, and many Flagstaff community shows, galleries and art tours. She has been awarded two Professional Development Grants by the Arizona Commission on the Arts, and enjoyed artist residencies at I-Park, CT., New Pacific Studios, NZ, the Hubbell Trading Post and the Grand Canyon.
Rachel has been an active organizer and volunteer teacher of the arts, establishing and acting as district coordinator for FUSD’s Masterpiece Arts Program for many years, and was awarded a teaching residency at Marshall School, Flagstaff. She was a founding board member of the Artist Coalition of Flagstaff, and organized their art exhibits, as well as those for the Diablo Trust at the NAU Art Museum, ACF shows at CCA, and most recently a new art series at Willow Bend Environmental Center.
Sharon Richards learned to sew on her aunt's treadle sewing machine at age 6. Ever since then she has spent many hours creating handmade items, sewing clothing, costumes and household items.
More than 20 years ago Sharon started exploring hand dyeing and art quilting. The magic of creating unique fabric, designing art pieces using these fabrics, and inventive stitching took hold of her and has held on tight. It has been a journey of expanding art fundamentals, color theory, and composition. The actual or implied conversation between artist and viewer continues to excite her.
Sharon has shown extensively in juried and invitational shows all across the U.S. as well as in South Korea. She and Cathi Borthwick have combined fabric and ironwork into original and well-received collaborative works that have been included in many exhibits including three of the national Contemporary Crafts Show in Mesa, AZ. Sharon is an active long time member of the Artists Coalition of Flagstaff, and a juried member of Art35N and has participated in many of their Flagstaff Open Studio Tours and exhibits.
All of this has made for a most rewarding life.
Cathi started creating hand forged ironwork for the home in 1982 and has concentrated on showing her work at juried art shows throughout the United States including the Beverly Hills Affaire in the Gardens, the Contemporary Crafts Market, the Scottsdale Arts Festival, the Park City Kimball Art Show, the Southwest Arts Fair, and the Sun Valley Arts Fair. She has won numerous awards in the metal category at shows including the Scottsdale Arts Festival, the Indio Southwest Arts Festival, the Sedona Arts Festival, and the Mountain Artists Rendezvous in Jackson Hole.
She has also shown her work in various gallery settings including the Columbus Art Museum (Ohio), Shemer Art Center, Prescott College Art Museum, the ABANA Conference galleries in Flagstaff, La Crosse WI and Salt Lake City, and in various shows at the Coconino Center for the Arts. Cathi’s work has appeared in Metropolitan Home, Bon Appetit, The New York Times Magazine, AmericanStyle, Arizona Highways, and San Francisco Magazine. She has demonstrated blacksmithing at various regional and national blacksmithing conferences and is a past president of the Arizona Artist Blacksmith Association.
The gallery is free and open to the public Monday through Friday during business hours, 9:00am to 5:00pm.