Shari M. Urquhart Obituary – Racine, WI|Kenosha News –

29November 2020

Shari M Urquhart 9-21-40– 11-21-20 KENOSHA – Shari M Urquhart was born in Racine, Wisconsin on September 21, 1940, died November 21, 2020. Child of the late Kenneth J. Urquhart and Mildred (Mason) Urquhart.

Shari will be dearly missed by brothers, George (Janet), Donald, and Lane Urquhart of Kenosha, Wisconsin. Nephews, Joseph (Maryory) Urquhart and Benjamin Urquhart and 5 great nephews.

Her family is grateful to valued friends, during and at end of life: Jayne Rench, John Fritsch, Judy Vaughn, Ellen Ferwerda, and Sherri Wistrom. With her fury dog, Lillibear, constantly at her side.

And special thanks to dear pals and colleagues for their many years of personal and expert relationships


She got her Bachelor's (1962 ), Masters (1966 ), M.F.A.( 1967 ), degrees from the University of Wisconsin, Madison.

Graduated Mary D. Bradford High School 1958.


Shari was going to artist teaching Painting at UW Madison in the late 1980's. And on the professors in the Department of Painting and Printmaking at Virginia Commonwealth University, Richmond Virginia, from 1972-1974.

Much loved art trainer at Wm Horlick High School, Racine, Wisconsin 1962-1964.

During her 25 years (1982-2007) at the St. Francis Residence in New York City, which offered irreversible real estate to the psychologically impaired, (the first of its kind), Shari brought art to St. Francis and created a complete art studio, teaching day-to-day classes.

She inspired the lots of tenants to discover and develop their own artistic capabilities to an exceptional degree, in a safe and supportive environment.

Shari continued her own studio practice throughout her working career. She reworked portraits of Medici princesses, princes, goddesses and northern Renaissance altar pieces utilizing hooked fiber. Her one-person exhibit, “The Fuzzy Museum” at Cheryl Pelavin Fine Arts in NYC, in December 2005 showed the artist's work filled with humor drawn from non-art pop culture and her own feminine take on art and life.

Throughout her remarkable profession, she had lots of solo and group exhibitions with prominent galleries around the country; her fiber tapestries astonishing the viewer with layers of texture and an opulence of color. These lavish life-size tapestries are filled with narrative images narrating to excite the imagination.

In 2007, upon her retirement, Shari went back to Kenosha, where she continued to develop new and fascinating narrative threads on a smaller scale. She continued her work till her death, leaving a tradition of profound storytelling. An exceptional body of innovative artistry.

Personal Services will be held at a later date.

Memorials to one's favorite charity are recommended.

Special wholehearted thank you's to Shari's caretakers at Hospice Alliance for their caring and compassionate care.


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Published by Kenosha News on Nov. 29, 2020.

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