- Website: Rachel Yoder
Rachel Yoder was born in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania in 1981. She received her BS in Art Education from Tyler School of Art and Architecture in 2011. Yoder spent three years teaching art in the inner city of Philadelphia before deciding to return home to Berks County, where she has deep Pennsylvania Dutch roots in the Fisher and Deturk families. She wanted to be closer to the palpable Pennsylvania Dutch culture and heritage of this area. She is currently pursuing an MFA in Communication Design at Kutztown University. Yoder is an active folk artist specializing in contemporary interpretations of fraktur style paintings and portraits of der Belsnickel. Yoder has exhibited at Tyler School of Art and Architecture, Kutztown University and The Hex Factory gallery. She just finished writing and illustrating her first bilingual children's book, Penny Olive, in December 2015, which was written to engage young people and help preserve Pennsylvania Dutch language and culture. Penny Olive was published by Masthof Press in January 2016. Her work has been featured in Deitsch, Side Arts, and reviewed in The Philadelphia Inquirer. Yoder lives and works in Boyertown, Pennsylvania with her three children and husband.