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Gallery Moab Featured Artists
By Sarah Hamingson

Ever wonder how a painting comes to be? During the October Art Walk at Gallery Moab, Helen Becker will be sharing the process of how she creates one of her pastel paintings. You’ll be able to see photos and notes of this artistic journey, as well as the completed painting, on October 11 from 6-9 pm. Helen’s earliest artistic memory dates back to when she was three, and her parents “bought me a roll of butcher paper and unrolled it across the kitchen floor. I was thrilled with what seemed to be endless paper and set about drawing my visions from left to right.” Nowadays, Helen is still thrilled as she paints landscapes with soft pastels.

Karen Chatham will be the other featured artist during the October 11 Art Walk. “My favorite mediums are watercolor, alcohol inks, photography and leaf castings,” says the 5-year resident of Moab. Karen will be explaining how she takes leaves from her garden and other spots and casts them in concrete.

In honor of Plein Air Moab’s annual event (running from October 3- 11), during the month of October, Gallery Moab will be featuring works created en plein air by the Gallery’s member artists. Plein air painting means that painting is done outside, on location, often in a single session. This style of painting first caught on with the Impressionists in the late 1800s, about the time that paint became available in tubes, and thus was portable. While plein air works can range from impressionistic to realistic, they tend to have a fresh, spontaneous quality due to changing light and weather and the involvement of all senses experiencing the outdoors. Come see what our artists do when they get out of their studios!

Also happening at Gallery Moab this month will be open mic night for the Moab Poets and Writers on Friday, October 24, beginning at 6:30 pm. You don’t have to be a poet or a writer to come listen to the local talent. Tuesday, October 14 at noon to 4 pm, visiting artist Jeff Mathison of Pennsylvania will be leading a figure drawing workshop. Space is limited, so call the Gallery for details if you’d like to attend.

The work of Gallery Moab artists can also be seen at the Gallery Moab Autumn Equinox Show at the Bighorn Gallery in Dead Horse State Park through the end of October.

Big Horn Gallery - Dead Horse Point State Park


The Bighorn Gallery at Dead Horse Point State Park will be exhibiting original artwork by local artists from Gallery Moab. The “Gallery Moab Equinox Show” is a collection of artwork on display from September 3rd through October 31st, 2014.

Gallery Moab is a cooperative art gallery with the mission to ‘enrich, empower, and support Moab artists and build community through the arts’. Artists include Helen Becker, Karen Chatham, Larry Christiansen, Mary Collar, Victoria Fugit, Sarah Hamingson, Peggy Harty, Page Holland, Margie Lopez Read, Marsha Modine, Tim J. Morse, Thea Nordling, Sunnie Sheff, Sandi Snead, Robin Straub, Larry Thomas and Phil Wagner. On display will be artwork in oils, pastels, acrylics, water color and 3-dimensional pieces. There will also be cards and prints of original art work for sale in the gift shop.

During the art exhibit at Dead Horse Point State Park, each work of art is available for purchase. Learn more about each artist at or visit Gallery Moab at 87 North Main Street in Moab.

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 8 a.m. to 6 p.m. Park admission is $10. For more information, please contact the park at 435-259-2614 or Gallery Moab at 435-355-0024


BraVa Moab! Art Show


In honor of Breast Cancer Awareness Month, Moab Regional Hospital (MRH) and Moab Arts & Recreation Center (MARC) are hosting the BraVa, Moab! Art Show to raise awareness about the importance of mammography screening in Grand County. Opening Friday, October 24th at the MARC, the show will feature decorated bras that have been crafted by local individuals, businesses, and artists. Currently, Utah has the 2nd lowest mammography rate in the United States, and Grand County has the 4th lowest mammography rate in the state of Utah. However, clinical studies show that early breast cancer detection (localized stage) boosts treatment success and five-year survivorship rates to 98% (National Cancer Institute, 2012).

Many of the bras that will be on display at BraVa, Moab! were decorated in late September at BraDazzle, Moab’s first annual mammography awareness bra decorating party. Hosted at the MARC by MRH and WabiSabi, over 30 bras were painted, glittered and glued at the inaugural event by participants of all ages. Each designer was asked to name their bra and provide a short description of the design’s inspiration. Some creations are playful visions of a favorite animal or movie; others reflect a deeper and more personal muse.

There is still time for those to participate who did not attend the BraDazzle. Additional art show entries will be accepted through Friday, October 17th at a drop-box located at the MARC. All submissions are automatically entered into a contest in which the top bras will be recognized in categories spanning from “Best in Show” to “Cream of the Creative Crop”. Winners will be determined by community voting that will begin Monday, October 20th and will conclude at the official show opening on Friday, October 24th. It promises to be an exciting and meaningful night.

MRH began offering digital mammography services in 2011 to help ease local screening accessibility and convenience. The hospital also honors vouchers offered through the Southeastern Utah Health Department that cover the cost of an annual mammogram. MRH hopes that engaging the community in a creative, participant-based advocacy campaign will increase the rate of mammography screening in Grand County.

To get involved or if you have questions, please contact Sarah by phone (435) 719-3683 or email:
Additional information can also be found on Facebook on the Moab Regional Hospital Facebook page, under events.

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