Rachel Unruh has spent most of her life in Independence, graduating from IHS, then teaching there for 25 years in the art department. She loves all forms of art and has been especially interested in collages, mixed media, painting, calligraphy, ceramics, printmaking, and batiking. During the first ASTRA Festival she was chosen to be the apprentice for the mural painted at the intersection of Locust and Penn Avenue.
Rachel has made many banners with fabrics, some of which are displayed in the Independence Presbyterian Church. Creative greeting cards with calligraphic words in abstract presentations, Pet Portraits, and realistic watercolors have been her most recent focus.
Rachel loves to garden, and plans to use photos she has taken from her yard and others to incorporate into paintings. Healthier eating habits and becoming a Wellness Counselor spurred the creation of a children’s book which she wrote and illustrated: McGrew and the Big Zyme Meet. Her formal training was at the University of Arkansas in Fayetteville, where she earned her MFA degree in design.