Work Of New Artists Up At Gift Shop

Laura Gabaldon can sketch any photograph, creating custom gift pieces. Her work is available at Crafters Cubbies.

Photo by Alexis Bechman. |

Laura Gabaldon can sketch any photograph, creating custom gift pieces. Her work is available at Crafters Cubbies.


After being open less than three months, the artisan shop Crafters Cubbies has added the work of four more local artists.

The shop, at 626 N. Beeline Highway, now has the work of 32 Rim Country artists and crafters for sale. Each artist’s work covers a different area, from knitters, jewelers, scrapbookers to now a scrimshaw, pencil artist and photographer.

Owner Rebecca Acord said her goal for the shop is to offer a place for local artists to sell their wares and give residents a place to pick up a one-of-a-kind gift or collectible.

The shop will soon be expanding, adding more room for new mediums. The response from residents has been great, she said.

“People are excited to see something fresh and this is a way to support local talent.”

The shop’s new artists include pencil drawer Laura Gabaldon, photographer and embroiderer Alice Wrobley, scrimshaw artist Homer Neuen and custom pet magnet creator Shari Cody.


Using just about any photograph, drawer Gabaldon can recreate the image in pencil.

A sketch, Gabaldon finds, makes the subject pop out, giving it a unique feel you can’t get with a photograph.

“There is just something about sketching,” she said. “It lends a feeling of timelessness.”

Selling her work is a first for Gabaldon who has dabbled on and off in the field for years. She started drawing in the third-grade, at first on the walls in her family home.

Her mother brought her plywood and told her to paint a mural of a flag. That image would hang in the family room for years and inspire her to keep drawing. In the fifth-grade, however, Gabaldon got discouraged with drawing after her mother sent back a beloved easel and drawing supplies. For years, she didn’t draw at all. Finally, her brother encouraged her to pick the pencil back up and start sketching again. The same brother introduced her to Acord, who agreed to sell her work at Crafters Cubbies.

Gabaldon says she loves having a creative outlet again and a place to sell her work. “The shop is so wonderful,” she said. “There is nothing better than homemade.”

To have a photograph recreated in pencil, contact Crafters Cubbies at (928) 978-0640 for more information.


Alice Wrobley recently started selling her photographs and custom embroidered dishclothes at Crafters Cubbies in the Swiss Village Shops.


New to Crafters Cubbies as well is the work of Alice Wrobley.

Wrobley has a collection of southwest and Rim Country photographs and embroidered dishcloths.

Like Gabaldon, Wrobley has drifted away from art on and off in her life. While displaying photographs was put on hold for many years, photography “has been the only constant thing in my life,” she said.

From childhood, Wrobley watched her grandfather make photographs and develop them in the darkroom. His passion was passed on to Wrobley in the form of a Kodak camera and eventually his darkroom equipment.

At times, photography was a career for Wrobley and others, a hobby.

Today, it is both. Wrobley has photographs of Gisela from the 1980s on display as well as a collection of machine-embroidered dishcloths.

The dishcloths are a fun pastime for Wrobley, who said she got into the craft after buying a set from a Pine crafter years ago.

Today, Wrobley has 250 designs to customize dishtowels.


Homer Neuen


Homer Neuen has brought something prehistoric to Crafters Cubbies — scrimshawed mammoth ivory.

Using fine rotary tools, Neuen etches designs in to mammoth ivory and elk antlers, putting the designs onto belt buckles, knives, key chains and other items.

While the ivory is 10,000 years old, it is legal to work with, he said.

Neuen started scrimshaw after finding he was quite a good whittler.

“My hobbies during my working career had been in woodworking, woodcarving and drawing,” he said. “Soon after my retirement, I discovered the carving techniques using rotary tools. Because of the versatility of the rotary tools, I began line etching in synthetic ivory and enhancing the work with inks and paints.”

A scrimshaw class with Jim Stevens solidified Neuen’s new passion.

“Jim opened a world of possibilities for me.”

For more information on any of the artists, call (928) 978-0640.

Ask about Shari Cody’s custom drawn pet magnets.


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