Shari has always been a gypsy. Her father was a sergeant in the Army and her husband worked as a mechanical engineer on both domestic and foreign assignments. Over the course of more than seven decades, she has called a multitude of places across the United States—as well as Europe, the Middle East, and Asia—home.
When the Shah fled Iran in 1979, Shari, her husband Gordon, and their daughter Debbie, were evacuated from the country. The family next landed in Indonesia, followed by Saudi Arabia. Once back in the States in the early eighties, there were more moves—including life on a boat in Friday Harbor on San Juan Island. Shari eventually returned to her home in the Missoula area and cultivated a life there—until she felt the call to northern New Mexico.
Arriving in Santa Fe in 2010 and becoming a part of Sand River is a decision she has not regretted. In addition to her active role within the community, Shari volunteers with the International Folk Art Market, Desert Choral, and Serenata.
Her talent as a fiber artist has led her to develop a relationship with two wolf sanctuaries and their wolves, who provide her with shed fur, which she spins, cards, and knits into winter hats. She teaches knitting classes as well.
While Shari’s 16-year-old cat, Salaam, crossed the rainbow bridge in 2020, she now has a worthy canine companion—aptly called Mate—who gets her out walking on a daily basis on the surrounding trails, including the nearby Arroyo Chamiso Urban Trail.