About Rhonda

A native Coloradoan, Rhonda and her husband, Ray Fallen, now live on a small ranch 26 miles northwest of Canon City, Colorado.  Out “in the middle of nowhere” they are “off-grid” using solar and propane and cell phone coverage, living in a house they helped build.  They recently “retired” from raising a small herd of beef cows, but still have a variety of animals including 5 horses, 2 pet goats, 2 dogs and 3 cats. Inspired by the beauty and majesty of a large local mountain feature called Cap Rock, of which they have a view right out their bedroom window, Rhonda started her small business, Cap Rock Inspirations, LLC.

 

Rhonda has a studio in their walkout basement where she does her creating.  She loves fiber art, currently focusing on art quilts. She has won awards for her art quilts and several have been published in books.  Rhonda assembles her beaded décor creations there as well as designs and constructs her other artistic expressions.  Rhonda has always loved to create things, but she started serious (but light-hearted) creating around 2004 at the urging of her husband Ray.  His support, as well as their move to their ranch, has allowed her to explore art more fully and express herself with her creations.  

 

Rhonda’s life experiences provide her with an endless source of ideas.  As a young girl, Rhonda had the opportunity to live overseas in Kenya, East Africa and 40 years later, after reconnecting with family and school friends there, she took several trips back as an adult to revisit the area.  Her working career in the field of Information Technology (IT) and her time in the US Army and US Army Reserves supplied her with a variety of adventures. Growing up with three brothers and two sisters, the many trips the family took together, as well as the many animals the family had as pets when growing up provide inspiration as well. Rhonda has lived in several different states across the United State over the years, but always returned to her home state of Colorado. She traveled to several different countries on short trips as well. All of those experiences have influenced Rhonda’s appreciation for the various cultures and architectures around the world. Rhonda has always loved animals and children, and she enjoys incorporating them into her art.

 

When Rhonda discovered quilting in 2004, she started exploring the use of fabrics as her art palette. She likes creating art quilts and playing with various colors and textures.  However, Rhonda’s expansive nature ensures that she dabbles in many other modes of creativity, thus all the items available on her web site!  Rhonda uses many different means, along with a variety of artistic techniques, to create art that is an expression of her – a multi-faceted individual with mercurial depths of whimsy and seriousness. She also likes to share her enthusiasm of artistic creation with others as an instructor/teacher/advisor.

 

Rhonda’s latest work involves large fiber art pieces that explore a theme called “The Eyes Have It”.  These large (typically 30″ by 40″) dramatic pieces focus on the eyes of various animals, reptiles and insects. Rhonda uses a combination of fabrics and pigments, along with stitching, in a technique she calls “Pigment Patchwork”.  She continues to evolve her techniques with each fiber art piece she creates.  Rhonda offers 2- and 3-day workshops where attendees create their own fiber art piece in the process of learning Rhonda’s Pigment Patchwork techniques.  Contact her if you are interested in having her teach her workshop in your area.

 

Rhonda is a member of the Studio Art Quilt Associates (SAQA), the American Quilters Society (AQS), the Alliance for American Quilts (Quilt Alliance), the Front Range Contemporary Quilters (FRCQ), the Westcliffe Contemporary Quilters and Fiber Artists (WCQFA), the Sangre Artist Guild (SAG), and Quilters Above the Clouds (QAC).  She has taught classes on art quilt techniques in Colorado as well as internationally.

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Work Shown and Awards

Gallery / Dealer Representation

Some of Rhonda’s fiber art pieces (as well as limited edition fine art giclee prints and blank notecards of her work, and other creations) are displayed at several galleries in Colorado, including:

  • The Blue Heron Art Gallery, Florence, Colorado
  • Strictly Guffey Gallery and Bakery, Guffey, Colorado
  • 2nd Street Art Gallery, Westcliffe, Colorado
  • The Sol Shine Gallery, 1501 Boulder Street, Denver, Colorado (through March 2017)

You can also go to Rhonda’s web site, www.CapRockInspirations.com, through the Shopping Catalog.  You can contact Rhonda through the Contact Me link on her web site or email her at Rhonda@CapRockInspirationsLLC.com.


Work Shown in Magazines, Books & Show Catalogs

Cover of Martelli Enterprises catalog The Quilt Life 2017 (also article on my work)
(Golden Moments)

 

Front Range Contemporary Quilter (FRCQ) Portfolio 2017 – Best of 2016
(Bighorn Sheep)

 

The Lion King Cherrywood Challenge book, published photos of 120 quilts selected from Lion King Challenge – 2016
(Pride)

 

Front Range Contemporary Quilter (FRCQ) Portfolio 2016 – Best of 2015
(Golden Moments, Bear Paws)

 

Nature Inspired: Winter Edition 2015

(Early Morning Winter Light)

 

Front Range Contemporary Quilter (FRCQ) Portfolio 2015 – Best of 2014
(Ashaka B&W)

 

FRCQ “Creation” Health 2014
(Environment)

 

Front Range Contemporary Quilters (FRCQ) Portfolio 2014 – Best of 2013
(Movement)


Selected Honors & Awards

Second Place, Art Quilts, Quilters Above the Clouds (QAC) Quilt Show 2016, Woodland Park, CO
(Cheetah)

 

Second Place, Special Quilt Contest – Master category, Colorado State Fair 2016
(Bighorn Sheep)

 

Part of Final Selection of 120 pieces included in Traveling Exhibit and 138 pieces to be published, The Lion King Cherrywood Challenge, 2016
(Pride)

 

Third Place, 2016 Blossom Fine Arts Exhibit, Fremont Center for the Arts, Canon City, Colorado
(The Eyes Have It: Cheetah)

 

First Place, Special Quilt Contest – Master category, Colorado State Fair 2015
(Golden Moments)

 

Reserve Champion, Quilts, Fremont County Fair 2015
(Early Autumn Morning – Winery at the Abbey)

 

First Place, Open Division, Machine Quilted Wall-hanging (Professional) category 1201, Fremont County Fair 2015
(Early Autumn Morning – Winery at the Abbey)

 

First Place, Open Division, Machine Quilted Wall-hanging (Professional) category 1202, Fremont County Fair 2015
(Bear Paws)

 

Best Colorado Wall Quilt, Denver National Quilt Festival 2015
(How Sweet It Is, Buzzing With Bees)

 

Judge’s Choice, Zonta’s Artful Women Exhibition, Canon City, CO 2014
(Above & Beyond)

 

Honorable Mention, The Alliance for American Quilts (Quilt Alliance), Inspired By contest 2014
(Selfie – Ashley and Dr. Pecker)

 

First Place, Notable Women Quilt Initiative 2014, Thorndike Gallery Show, 2014
(Let Us Begin – Mother Theresa)

 

Second Place, Quilt Open 1 Person, Div 10815, Class # 412, art quilt, original design, machine quilted, Colorado State Fair 2014
(Ashaka B&W)

 

Third Place, Quilt Open 1 Person, Div 10815, Class # 436, art wall hanging, original design, hand or machine quilted, Colorado State Fair 2014
(Sweets)

 

Fourth Place, Quilt Open 1 Person, Div 10815, Class # 437, wall hanging, hand or machine quilted, Colorado State Fair 2014
(Movement)

 

Second Place, Special Quilt Contest – Master category, Colorado State Fair 2014
(How Sweet It Is, Buzzing With Bees)

 

First Place, Ricky Tims Miracle Fabric Challenge 2014
(Rosemary)

 

First Place, Machine Quilted Wall-hanging category 1195, Fremont County Fair 2014
(Ashaka B&W)

 

Grand Champion, All Quilts, Fremont County Fair 2014
(How Sweet It Is… Buzzing With Bees)

 

First Place, Quilt Original Design category 1186, Fremont County Fair 2014
(How Sweet It Is… Buzzing With Bees)

 

First Place, Quilt Small quilt/wall-hanging category 1201, Fremont County Fair 2014
(Movement)

 

Honorable Mention, Zonta’s Artful Women Exhibition, Canon City, CO – October 2014
(How Sweet It Is – Buzzing With Bees)

 

First Place, Art Quilts, Fiber Fabrications show, Fremont Center for the Arts, Canon City, CO 2014
(Above & Beyond)

 

Second Place, Art Quilts, Fiber Fabrications show, Fremont Center for the Arts, Canon City, CO 2014
(Let Us Begin – Mother Theresa)

 

Third Place, Art Quilts, Fiber Fabrications show, Fremont Center for the Arts, Canon City, CO 2014
(Quilted in Honor – So Kids Can Be Kids)

 

Champion, Quilts category, Fremont County Fair 2013
(Above & Beyond)

 

First Place in One Person Quilts category, Fremont County Fair 2013
(Above & Beyond)

 

First Place in One Person Quilts category, Colorado State Fair 2013
(Above & Beyond)

 

Second Place in Art Quilt category, Firehouse Quilts 8th Annual Quilt Show, Castle Rock, CO 2013
(Above & Beyond)

 

Best Surface Design, Quilted In Honor Giving Quilt 2013
(Quilted in Honor – So Kids Can Be Kids)

 

Special Story Award, Once Upon A Time: Grimmly Inspired. Edsel & Eleanor Ford House, Grosse Pointe Shores, Michigan 2012.
(Hans My Hedgehog)

 

Excellence in Innovation, MicroCosmos: Little Worlds, Tims Art Quilt Studio, La Veta 2007
(Hope After Maelstrom Triptych)


Invited Shows

Westcliffe Contemporary Quilters and Fiber Arts (WCQFA) Guild Show, Florence Library, Florence, Colorado, October – November 2016
(Various Pieces)

 

Local Color, Collaborative Show of Art Galleries, Bell Tower, Florence, Colorado, September – October 2016
(Bighorn Sheep)

 

Westcliffe Contemporary Quilters and Fiber Arts (WCQFA) Guild Show, Bell Tower, Florence, Colorado, August – September 2016
(Various Pieces)

 

Circularity – Westcliffe Contemporary Quilters and Fiber Arts (WCQFA) Guild Show, Westcliffe, Colorado, September 2016
(The Eyes Have It: Bulldog, Cheetah, Eagle, Zebra, other various pieces)

 

Quilters Above the Clouds (QAC) Quilt Show 2016, Woodland Park, Colorado, August 2016
(The Eyes Have It: Bulldog, Cheetah, Eagle, Zebra)

 

Many Hands Fiber Arts Festival, Telluride, Colorado, July 2016
(The Eyes Have It: Cheetah, Eagle, Zebra)

 

Branching Out – 5 New Visions, aBuzz Gallery, Denver, Colorado.
19 November – 12 December 2015
(The Eyes Have It Series: Eagle, Cheetah and Zebra)

 

FIBER+ART=FUN Westcliffe Contemporary Quilters and Fiber Arts (WCQFA) Guild Show, Fremont Center for the Arts (FCA), Canon City, Colorado October 2015
(Various Pieces)

 

FIBER+ART=FUN Westcliffe Contemporary Quilters and Fiber Arts (WCQFA) Guild Show, Westcliffe, Colorado September 2015
(Various Pieces)

 

Fiber Fabrications art show, Fremont Center for the Arts, Canon City 2014
(Above and Beyond, Quilted in Honor – So Kids Can Be Kids, Let Us Begin – Mother Theresa)

 

Notable Women Quilt Initiative celebrating women who have made a difference throughout history. Sponsored by the Rogue Art Quilters of Ashland, Oregon. Shows throughout the Northwest in 2014
(Let Us Begin – Mother Teresa)

 

Fabric Play, Westcliffe Contemporary Quilters and Fiber Arts (WCQFA) Guild Show, Westcliffe, Colorado 2014
(Various Pieces)

 

Triple Play – Westcliffe Contemporary Quilters and Fiber Arts (WCQFA) Guild Show, Fremont Center for the Arts (FCA), Canon City, Colorado 2013
(Various Pieces)


Selected Juried Shows

2017

Studio Art Quilters Association (SAQA) Regional Show “Under The Western Sun”, HandiQuilter, Salt Lake City, Utah
(Bighorn Sheep)

 

Studio Art Quilters Association (SAQA) Regional Show “Under The Western Sun”, The Macey Center, Socorro, New Mexico
(Bighorn Sheep)

 

Studio Art Quilters Association (SAQA) Regional Show “Under The Western Sun”, Rocky Mountain Quilt Museum, Golden, Colorado
(Bighorn Sheep)

 

2016

Contemporary Fiber 2016 – Niza Knoll Gallery, Denver, Colorado
(Zebra – The Eyes Have It)

 

Studio Art Quilters Association (SAQA) Regional Show “Above and Beyond”, Lakewood Cultural Center, Lakewood, Colorado
(Bear Paws, Golden Moments)

 

2016 Blossom Fine Arts Exhibit, Fremont Center for the Arts, Canon City, Colorado
(The Eyes Have It: Cheetah, Eagle, Zebra)

 

American Quilters Society (AQS) Quiltweek 2016, Paducah, Kentucky
(Golden Moments)

 

2015

Denver National Quilt Festival, Denver, Colorado
(Buzzing With Bees, Rosemary II)

 

FACE of Fiber in the Rockies, Estes Park, Colorado
(Bear Paws, Rosemary II and Buzzing with Bees)

 

2014

Studio Art Quilt Associates (SAQA), Small Vision Big Voice 2014 (Environment)

 

American Quilters Society (AQS) Lancaster quilt show 2014
(Above & Beyond)

 

2013

Denver National Quilt Festival, Denver, Colorado
(Above & Beyond, Hans My Hedgehog)

 

Firehouse Quilts 8th Annual Quilt Show, Castle Rock, CO
(Above & Beyond)

 

2011

Denver National Quilt Festival, Denver, Colorado
(Zebra Study in Sepia)

 

2007

MicroCosmos: Little Worlds, Tims Art Quilt Studio and Gallery, La Veta, Colorado
(Hope After Maelstrom Triptych, Western Heritage Triptych)

 

Denver National Quilt Festival, Denver, Colorado
(Sunrise Over Cap Rock)

 

Fremont Center for the Arts, Canon City, Colorado
(Sunrise Over Cap Rock)

 

2006

Au Naturale: Visions of Nature, Tims Art Quilt Studio and Gallery, La Veta, Colorado
(Between the Linez, Sunrise at Cap Rock)

 

2005

Quilts and Fine Woodworking, Colorado Springs Pioneers Museum, Colorado Springs, Colorado
(Sunrise at Cap Rock, Fireflies at Night, Kitty’s Delight)