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Sarah HamingsonGallery Moab, an artists cooperative showcasing about 20 local artists working in a variety of 2D and 3D media, is becoming known for the “Artists in the Window”. From 1:00 to 9:00 pm Wednesday through Monday, you can actually see one or two of the artists set up and painting in the window. “Just like visiting Paris,” commented one visitor. Oils, pastels, acrylics, representational to abstract, whatever the medium, whatever the style, it’s sure to be fun to watch the artists create.

Gallery Moab is now launching weekly activities to add to the excitement. On Friday, June 6, from 5-9 pm, the Gallery is hosting the Plein Air Moab Fundraiser. Small works of original art and photographs from local and national artists will be for sale. Enjoy snacks, beverages, and artist demonstrations.

The lecture series with former university art teacher Larry Christensen continues on the second and fourth Thursday. (June 12 and June 26) from 7-8 pm. Learn the essential concepts in creating great paintings.

On the third Thursday (June 19), there will be a paint party from 7-9 pm. Follow along with Tim Morse to create your own Moab landscape painting. No experience is necessary. Supplies, snacks, and beverages are included for $50.

The monthly Art Walk continues on the second Saturday of each month (spring and fall). The featured artists for the June 14th Art Walk are Tim Morse, Thea Nordling, and Mary Collar.

Tim Morse, a longtime fixture in the Moab art scene, displays oil and watercolor studio and plein air paintings. Among Tim’s honors was being selected for the Grand Canyon Celebration of Art, Plein Air on the Rim, in 2013. Tim will be displaying works from the Grand Canyon as well as the Moab area.

Mary CollarThea Nordling and Mary Collar both work in pastel, and both focus on our landscape, but their art journeys have been quite different. Thea can’t remember a time in her life when she didn’t make art, while Mary had no art experience until she took pastel lessons in 2011. Both paint luminous scenes inspired by their time spent hiking our remarkable landscape.

Whether you come to the Gallery for Art Walk or one of the other events, see the artists in the window as you’re strolling Main Street, or are just stopping by to see what your neighbors are up to, Gallery Moab encourages you to come in and see the paintings, metal sculpture, leaf castings, prints and cards created by all our local artists.

Tom Till: Photographing the Moabscape

Tom Till GalleryI’m proud to have been one of the first people to recognize the photographic potential of the Moab area. My reward was visiting Delicate Arch at almost any time of the year and being completely alone, heading out on the White Rim whenever I pleased without a permit or assigned campsite, and making discoveries of locations that no one had photographed before. I also got a career where I could make a living doing what I loved for my entire adult life. I have won life’s lottery, no doubt.
I suppose I deserve some of the credit and blame for the hordes of photographers visiting our area now. Most are captivated by the same things that drew me--the world’s most interesting subjects and most beautiful and clarified light. I’m happy to say that I think these people are among those with the least impact on the area, while leaving behind a good contribution to the local economy. . These photographers visiting even for a few days, (after they’ve obtained their mandatory image of Mesa Arch), must somehow realize that photographing the Moab area is a odyssey that could take many lifetimes. Frankly, I think the possibilities are truly endless.

The Universe loves irony, and it has not been lost on me that as my photography experience, skills, and instincts have increased, my power to physically get to the all the places I’ve dreamed of photographing under the Moab sun has waned. Young photographers take note. Time is the conqueror.

Also, threats to the beauty of this area are ever-present. If you come here to photograph the landscape, even with iPad on a drive-by, think about adding your voice to the chorus of those who work for its protection. Ansel Adams, our patron saint, worked tirelessly to preserve he scenery he loved to photograph.

For now though, I can enjoy the desert’s manifest gifts. In forty years I have never seen a bloom of primrose in Arches like the one going on now. The amount of biomass created by a few seeds, some sand, and a rainstorm is absolutely stunning. Lawrence of Arabia said, “There is nothing in the desert, and no man needs nothing.” He was so wrong.

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