Three remarkable artists with a shared reverence for nature bring their unique visions together in images, structures and texts. Yavapai College presents Inner Geographies, open now and continuing through Friday, March 4, at Yavapai College’s Prescott Campus Art Gallery.

Artists and longtime friends Diane Gilbert, Carol Rawlings and Bonny Stauffer all share a deep connection to the natural world. But each artist expresses that relationship through a different creative process. Gilbert’s fiber, wire, and paper sculptures recreate the feel of forests, gardens and natural spaces; Rawlings’s one-of-a-kind calligraphic books blend the written word with colorful, rhythmic design; and Stauffer brings nature to her work in painted, shaped forms on Plexiglas, as well as digital paintings.

Yavapai College's Prescott Campus Art Gallery is located in Building 16, within the Performing Arts Center, 1100 E. Sheldon Street, Prescott 86301. For more information call (928) 776.2031.

Shown together, in Inner Geographies, their 23 works resonate with one another in a complete, compelling examination of the natural world.

“I have a strong desire to work with space and create luminous environments.” Diane Gilbert said. “My inspiration is the beauty of the natural world in which I live. Walking through the forest, surrounded by changing light and shifting patterns, I feel the seemingly impermeable boundaries of my body dissolve.”

All three of the featured artists share deep ties with the Prescott community and Yavapai College in particular. Rawlings is a former manager of the College Art Gallery and also taught courses in calligraphy and the handmade book at YC; Gilbert, a longtime Prescott resident, taught weaving as part of YC’s Art program, and Stauffer taught visual art and served as dean of the College’s visual and performing arts programs.

“My art reflects the energy, spirit, and space of the natural world made present through meditative observation.” Stauffer said. “I am drawn to intimate places along a creek with tumbling water and lush undergrowth, reminders of the places of childhood where imagination flourished.”

“My books always have something to do with the natural world, often with a very specific place – like Granite Mountain.” Carol Rawlings said.

Admission to Inner Geographies is free. Gallery hours are Tuesdays through Saturdays, 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. The Gallery will also host an Opening Reception as part of the 4th Friday Art Walk, January 28, from 5 to 7:30 p.m., with an artist Q&A at 6 p.m. An additional 4th Friday Art Walk event will be held February 25, from 5 to 7:30 p.m.