SEDONA.BIZ – When an artist relocates to Sedona, it is a given that the red rocks and local Native American culture will influence their work. But when basket weaver and multimedia artist Shirley Eichten Albrecht moved here from St. Louis, Missouri, in 2001, she did not realize just how big of an influence it would be. Not only has her work become more colorful, it has also moved far beyond traditional basketry to incorporate raku pottery that she makes herself, deer antlers, stones and, most prominently, gourds.
Shirley, known locally – and with much affection – as “the basket lady,” is the newest member of Rowe Fine Art Gallery’s esteemed family of artists. In August, Shirley will be the gallery’s featured artist, kicking off a monthly series that continues through 2020 with a different artist spotlighted each month.
She earned a degree in art and music from St. Cloud State University, and she wound up teaching in Minnesota and then in Texas, where she also developed a freelance art business.