This month Gallery Moab features the work of Shari Michaud. Shari is no stranger to the gallery. Her Eager Bike painting series once graced our walls, and she continues to display her ceramic sculptures as a consignment artist. Shari returns to the gallery walls yet again with a new series of paintings and sculptures she’s calling Long Story Short. Large, colorful acrylic paintings are accompanied by storybook-shaped sculptures.
Unlike the bicycle paintings of her past, these works are less realistic, mostly filled with animals, dogs in particular, and all of which appear to have more to say then what’s readily apparent. She says these new works are her first attempt to paint for herself. Previous paintings were more about what she thought people would want, not what she truly wanted to paint. She quotes Miles Davis who is noted for saying, “sometimes you have to play a long time to be able to play like yourself,” and Phil Wagner, a local artist who says art is 98% courage. “Painting for the market is easy,” she says. “There’s no skin in the game.”
When asked what or who inspires her, she says artist Andrew Wyeth, in particular his painting titled Master’s Bedroom. It’s a dog on a bed, that’s all. But every time she looks at it she wonders what the story is. And in her mind, depending on her mood, that story is always changing. “I want to paint like that. I want paintings that maintain interest long after you’re tired of seeing the same image – you, know – not just another pretty face.”
In some instances, the combination of the painting and sculpture adds more to the story of her characters. Though some stand completely independent. Regardless, this combination certainly illustrates her claim of being a ceramic artist with a painting problem. Shari uses her sculptures to help her paint, to see. “I didn’t think it was right to just disregard them after that. They are part of the story after all.” But mostly, she finds no value in defining her work for the viewer. In fact, she thinks it defeats the purpose. “The art is about me only so long as it’s in my studio, in my mind. After that it’s all yours – peace out.”
Coinciding with the May Artwalk, Gallery Moab will host a reception for Shari Michaud on Saturday May 12, from 5-8 pm. The gallery is located at 87 North Main Street and open daily from 12-9 pm.
Open daily from 12-9 pm, the gallery is located at 87 North Main Street. Join us in a reception for Greg on the first 2018 Art Walk, Saturday, April 14th from 5-8 pm.
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Gallery Moab is a cooperative gallery founded by a group of local artists. We are a diverse group of award winning painters, sculptors, ceramicists, photographers and jewelry designers. The magnificence of the towering cliffs, snowcapped mountains, vast open spaces and the mysterious hidden canyons of the Colorado Plateau, inspire our creativity and artistic vision. You owe it to yourself to discover the artistic side of Moab. Come in and visit with the artists. One of us is there every day and we look forward to sharing the beauty of Canyon Country and the creativity of its artists.
The Big Horn Gallery at Dead Horse Point State Park is featuring the works of artist Ted L. Sorensen through June 30th.
Ted Sorensen grew up in central Utah in a ranching and farming family. Most of his time, when not in school, involved working with cattle and horses. Long days in the saddle, moving cattle to the summer range and back provided a background which would late influence his field of interest as an artist.
A local artist got Ted involved in painting as a youngster but, although he always held an interest, it was much later in life when he finally found the time to pursue art seriously. His second career, as an artist began about fifteen years ago, while living and working on the White Mountain Apache Indian reservation.
Ted now resides with his wife Lynda in beautiful Moab, Utah. Working in oils, he draws inspiration from his lifelong closeness with nature, his experience working with cattle and horses and his interest in the history and culture of the Native Americans.
My life long experiences in the mountains and deserts of Utah, as well as being fortunate enough to have lived and worked among the White Mountain Apaches have been an incredible influence on the type of paintings that I create. The extended time I’ve spent observing the nuances of plants and animals helps with technique but, there’s something more. Something that nature teaches you if you let it. It’s something that Native Americans understand.
I also love western history. I love the story of the American cowboy, the pony soldiers, the Indian nations and their interactions with each other. There are so many stories to tell and I strive to tell them with my art. Each image I create is the beginning of another story, an attempt to elicit an emotion which leads the viewer to finish the story as only they can.
Each painting is done in oil, usually depicting a scene from a bygone or disappearing western culture or way of life, a scene that suggests a relationship with our earth. Again, it’s something that Native Americans understand.