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Rhonda Kuhlman — San Anto’s one-woman Fabergé of vintage bottle caps, comic-book images, and scrap metal — died on Sunday, September 6. She’d long fought cancer, and recently underwent heart surgery. She’d made it to her friends Chris Sauter and Rick Frederick’s wedding in June, the last time many of us would see her in person: fragile-seeming, but with brilliantly colored hair and her unforgettable megawatt smile. Kuhlman studied at the Chelsea College of Art & Design in London and at Parsons before she and husband Chris Ake opened Recycled Works and RC Gallery here in SA. In the last years of her too-short life, she showed Early American embroidery samplers fashioned from candy wrappers at Unit B Gallery, and exhibited a collection of black-and-white drawings at Cactus Bra. True to her credo, “Recycle, Reuse, Redeem, Reborn!”, Rhonda has donated her body to the University of Texas Health Science Center, and stipulated that there should be no funeral or memorial. Chris asks that, “If you still feel the need to make a gesture, take the money you would have spent or donated and spend it on your loved ones, donate blood, become an organ donor.”


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