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GALLERY HAPPENINGS June 2008

Enjoy the Refreshing Experience of Original Art

At Cat’s Lair Collection Contemporary Art Gallery of Moab we feature local, regional, and international artists. You will find here sculptures, beautiful pottery, glass, wood and metal works, most unique photographs and thought-provoking paintings, azurite crystal roses, hand spun wool & silk, light & color.

Moab is a small town located in the red rock desert of southwestern Utah. It is world - famous for its spectacular natural beauty and is one of the greatest places for hiking, biking, river trips and jeeping adventures. Nevertheless, in this beautiful surrounding there are many talented and devoted artists who live and work here, quietly interpreting the natural beauty around them into stunning works of contemporary art.

So, we are searching for the hidden and known talents in our region and beyond, so you, our visitors, will enjoy the refreshing experience of original art.

This month we would like to talk about our new 2 artists whom we are delighted to represent in our gallery.

Heidi Watson


The Softer Side of Winter

Heidi was born into an artistic family, her dad a photographer, her mom enjoyed various mediums, and her aunt and grandpa were both painters. Surrounded by artists and their friends. Heidi’s love for art and photography grew harmoniously into passion. That eventually brings her to major in photography in Black Hill State University.

Heidi since then had many photography shows at various places including The Dahl Fine Arts Center and The journey Museum in Rapid City, S.D. At the Spearfish Art Center, she is one of their signature artists now. She has won various awards at the Dahl Mt. Photo Contest in 2006, and in 2007. Some of Heidi’s work has been published for South Dakota Magazine, Photographer’s Forum, The Black Hills Pioneer, Rapid City Weekly News and The Rapid City Journal.

“I am always expanding my horizons, and growing as an artist everyday. The one thing I wish for my viewers when they see my work is to enjoy the simple things in life that make our world so great to live in and appreciate nature in each moment taken throughout time. ”

Mark Watson

Crouching Cougar - Hidden Hiker
Crouching Cougar - Hidden Hiker

Mark began his photography career behind the lens of a video camera shooting for his college and Wyoming Public TV. It wasn’t until he enlisted in the Army as a journalist did his passion for still photography bloom from a hobby.

“While in the Army I learned to tell a story with a single photo and how to shoot that photo in ways that better illustrate the mood of the moment. Once off active duty I began to shoot for myself until I began as a reporter with my hometown newspaper. Telling the story of the day is an amazing experience, but people are not going to stop when walking by a newsstand for words alone. Enter the photos.”

Mark won several regional awards for his photography, including best feature photo, best sports photo and several second place finishes for the Dakotas Associated Press contest. Mark’s photography has been featured in Climbing Magazine, the Black Hills Pioneer, Rapid City Weekly News.

As long as you are here in the gallery, check out the new and unique jewelry by Olga Martinova. Olga works at her jeweler’s bench and greets her customers, who appreciates the opportunity to meet the artist and watch her work. She makes custom jewelry upon request; you can watch her make your piece while you wait.

She also spins wool and silk. Often you can see her spinning when you walk into the gallery. She will give demonstrations to customers who have never seen this ancient art practiced in real life.

If you’re passing through Moab, we’d like to invite you to take a few moments to stop in and enjoy the refreshing experience of original art!....

We are located in the Eddie McStiff’s Plaza, “when you see the big yellow cat above its rocky lair, you know you’re in the right place!”

Cat’s Lair Collection
59 South Main St.
Moab, UT 84532
(435) 259-2458
www.catslaircollection.com

 
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