Visual Arts: Murals
Ukiah artist, Elizabeth Raybee has been creating mosaics for over thirty years; personal narrative work and commissions, public and private. Her work appears in several books of contemporary mosaic art and has been exhibited in galleries and museums nationally. She has also taught painting, drawing, batik and Business for Visual Artists in the San Francisco and Mendocino Community Colleges. Raybee has organized many Community-Built mosaic mural projects in Mendocino County and beyond, which have engaged the participation of hundreds community members.
She was frequently involved in the Get Arts in Schools Program by the Arts Council of Mendocino County, who chose to honor her with the Artist of the Year Award in 2010. In 2015 she was one of six Americans invited to join sixty mosaic artists from 22 countries who collaborated on a huge mosaic project in Santiago, Chile.
In 2022, she was invited to give a presentation at the Community Built Association’s national conference about the Art From the Ashes project she led after the Redwood Complex Fire destroyed hundreds of homes and killed several people in her community. Raybee received a California Arts Council grant to give free mosaic weekend workshops to many strongly affected, most incorporating melted or broken remains of cherished items, created a large community mosaic on the front of the Redwood Valley Grange, where many survivors met and received help during and after the fire, and coordinated four exhibits of fire-related artwork displayed in the RV Grange, Ukiah Art Center and Library and in the Mendocino County Museum.
Elizabeth Raybee’s work has also been exhibited at the San Francisco Crafts Museum, the National Jewish Museum, San Francisco’s Yerba Buena Gardens and Museo Italiano, Museum of Man in San Diego, Chicago’s Navy Pier and Ukiah’s Grace Hudson Museum. Her commissions include the San Francisco Arts Commission, Laguna Honda Hospital, Eden Housing Inc., The San Geronimo Valley Cultural Center, Willits Skate Park, Orr Hot Springs and numerous private homes.
Her work has appeared in Bay Area newspapers, on the cover of Artweek Magazine, in television spots and in several contemporary mosaic books. Raybee continues to create residential works for people locally and out of the area.