If you’ve never heard of Rachael Ellis, it’s time to review your Arizona history. The wife of Arizona pioneer George Ellis, who in 1936 purchased a property near the Arizona Canal that grew into a haven for art and artists called Cattle Track Arts Compound, Rachael Ellis was a multi-talented pioneer woman, raising greyhounds with her husband, running her home, teaching, playing the violin and making boots for children. Among other things, she sewed, designing and revamping beautiful articles of clothing for her daughter Janie as well as costumes for the theater company she ran with Janie until the 2000’s.
Now through April 30 in an event that celebrates Arizona’s 100th birthday, a special exhibit highlighting these masterful pieces (and the work of a Valley forerunner) is on display at Cattle Track Arts Compound in Scottsdale. In Cattle Track Couture, Janie exhibits over fifty gorgeous, multi-hued ensembles, outerwear, dresses, and vests Rachael stitched over the years from several luxurious fabrics. In addition, a handsome array of Victorian attire that Rachael created or renewed for various occasions at her home will also be exhibited.
Presented with a coffee-table book titled Cattle Track Couture – Fashion by Rachael Ellis, the show and the tome is perhaps one of the best tributes to Arizona history and one of the rarest, most comprehensive celebrations of Arizona’s centennial yet. Peek into this timeless demonstration and visit an Arizona treasure 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Tuesday through Saturday through April 30. For more information, click here or email [email protected] to reserve viewings for private parties.
Cattle Track Arts Compound | 6105 North Cattle Track Road, Scottsdale, AZ | 85250