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Gallery Happenings November 2012

Savage Spirit! Group Show
by Cathya Savage-Haas

In an era of mass manufactured, impersonal things, Savage Spirit! stands out as a unique venue for one-of-a-kind pieces hand crafted with love. Opened last year, Savage Spirit! was created to be a place with a more personal connection to unique, hand crafted clothing, jewelry, gifts and objet’s d’art made locally & regionally. Savage Spirit! features a group of Moab artisans with a range of crafts.

Store owner, Cathya Savage-Haas designs & creates beautiful clothing. Since moving to Moab in 1996, Cathya has been creating delightful, colorful clothing. If she seems familiar, her clothing line “Desert Savage” was carried by Cave Dreamers here in Moab, a store owned by her & her late husband, Jim Haas. After closing Cave Dreamers, Cathya created Savage Spirit! silks, a line of silk clothing designed, sewn & hand dyed by Cathya. Along with her Savage Spirit! silk clothing and scarves, Cathya has been playing with new dye techniques and creating an updated line of Desert Savage cotton clothing inspired by the glorious colors of nature.

Cathya Savage-Haas
Wilma Sliger

Brittany Sheain should have been nicknamed “Crafty”. She creates a diverse range of products from recycled denim visors to bead jewelry, bookmarks and crystal sun catchers. Living in Moab for 30 plus years, everything Brittany has hand crafted through the years, has been given as gifts. When Brittany and her beloved chihuahua, Bug, came to work at Savage Spirit!, she was inspired to share her creations and is enjoying having a place to display & sell her work

Michaelene Pendleton
Pam Lynch

Pamela Lynch is a newcomer to the Moab area.  She is a self-taught soft-sculpture doll maker and artist and the creator of “Back in the Day Originals”. She has been a doll maker since childhood, and loves working with natural materials such as cotton and wool. Her one of a kind original dolls are easily recognized due to her use of colorful fabrics, whimsical elements, and vintage linen and lace. She loves making seasonal dolls, but her heart belongs to fairies and angels. When Pam is not creating her original dolls, she loves to ride her motorcycle, cook for her family, and she volunteers for a local non-profit organization.

Wilma Sliger creates fabric & mixed media collages, incorporating photos and found objects with fabric to produce unique wall hangings. Crafting & art have always been Wilma’s favorite indulgences. Several years ago she discovered a fabric collage class on the internet and decided to give it a try. Wilma seems to have found her niche and is continually playing with new ideas & inspirations.

Leigh Metz

Michaelene Pendleton creates gourd art using local gourds and a variety of techniques to embellish them. A displaced Alaskan, Michaelene says “The desert and the Arctic both teach you how to be alone with yourself. You have time to think, and thinking takes up about 90% of my creative time. I usually know where I want to go before I start a piece. If it’s a story, I know the ending before I start writing. If it’s a piece of artwork, I do test pieces before I start fabricating or sanding or painting. That said, sometime your materials will surprise you and take you in a different direction. That’s part of the fun of creation.”

Leigh Metz, creates captivating jewelry from porcelain. After taking a class at the MARC (Moab Arts & Rec Center) with local ceramic artist & teacher, Joanne Savoie, Leigh’s childhood passion for clay was rekindled and she began creating handmade tiles whcih then evolved into jewelry. Always experimenting, Leigh delights in exploring texture, glazes & colors. In addition to her one-of-a-kind wearable art, Leigh also creates garden art and tile tables.

Savage Spirit! also features bead & sequin eggs and ornaments created by Diane Schumaker, mosaic art by Kristi Peterson and bead jewelry by Marsha Marshall.

Come and meet the talented Moab locals who create unique hand crafted items and get Holiday gift ideas during the Art Walk November 10th. If you’re not able to make it to Art Walk, their work is always available at Savage Spirit! 87 N Main. We will be open through December for your Holiday shopping.

Big Horn Gallery at Dead Horse Point State Park

Bruce Hucko PhotographMoab photographer and art educator Bruce Hucko is exhibiting photographs at the Bighorn Gallery at Dead Horse Point State Park through November 30th, 2012.

Hucko has entitled his exhibit “What’s the Point? Photographs from in, around, below and beyond Dead Horse Point.” An art educator in Moab, Hucko is “always looking for Bruck Hucko photograph 2a teaching moment. Using this title allows me the opportunity to play with the questions of: What’s the point of Dead Horse Point; What’s the point of photography; and What’s the point of life? All good questions.” Hucko’s exhibit includes both color and black & white images which he printed himself.

The collection of images spans a rich and fulfilling photographic career. Hucko has published 15 books that feature his work exclusively and has created interpretive slide shows for Arches National Park and Organ Pipe Cactus National Monument. He has also had numerous other images published in books, magazines and calendars. In addition to his photographic work Hucko owns and conducts the annual Moab Photography Symposium and participates in the annual Moab Artists Studio Tour. Hucko serves as the Beverley Taylor Sorenson Visual Art Specialist at Helen M. Knight Elementary School in Moab where he is affectionately referred to as the “art coach.”

During the exhibit, each image will be available for purchase. For more information about the artist, please visit

Dead Horse Point State Park is located nine miles north of Moab on US 191,
and 23 miles south on SR 313.
The visitor center is open daily from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Park admission is $10.
For more information, please contact the park at 435-259-2614.
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