Sharon Richards and Cathi Borthwick work together to lead the artistic committee that plans the It’s Elemental fine craft exhibition. They have worked on this team since its inception in 2001.
From the nomination letter:
I joined the committee 7 years ago and have seen their commitment, concern and strength in bringing about the It’s Elemental Fine Craft Exhibition and Fine Craft Sale each year. This exciting, encompassing fine craft show would not be here if it were not for the dedication of Sharon Richards and Cathi Borthwick.
Cathi and Sharon have excellent communication skills, working in a group or board situation, their comments are insightful and practical when planning the exhibit. They keep the board members and Flagstaff Arts Council staff up to date with organizational needs and goals for an outstanding exhibit. Sharon and Cathi provide leadership in getting the job done right. Because they are themselves artists, Sharon and Cathi bring a strong vision, sensibility and attention to detail that allows for the ongoing success of It’s Elemental. Over the years It’s Elemental has evolved from a local craft guild exhibit (Wood, Fiber, Clay and Glass), to the conception of a juried fine craft exhibit that is enjoyed today by artists and the Flagstaff community.
These two artists have worked to maintain the original elements of the exhibition while at the same time sharing analysis and ideas for the continuing evolution of It’s Elemental. As a result, It’s Elemental has become a dynamic exhibit, adapting and making timely changes to reflect a modern fine craft show. Many of these timely changes are the direct influence of Sharon and Cathi from their participation in other exhibitions and shows throughout the Southwest. They bring to the organization new concepts and trends as well as contacts for potential jurors back to the board. At the committee meetings, these new concepts bring fresh ideas and grow to both the planning of and opening for It’s Elemental. The contacts are enriching and keep a contemporary edge to the success and growth of It’s Elemental.