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Gallery Moab
by Thea Nordling

Gallery Moab, Main Street’s vibrant hub for artists and art lovers, showcases a wide variety of creations by over twenty local artists. The walls glow with paintings and photography rendered in different mediums and styles, and the shelves display wood carvings, weavings, ceramics, metalwork, concrete castings, jewelry, cards, prints, and more. Each month we feature different artists, so there is always something new. Visit us often to see the latest from our creative community!
Our Guest Artist for May is longtime Moab resident and pastel teacher, J.C. Borders. When he’s not in his studio, you might find Borders camping and painting in the desert somewhere between Moab, Phoenix, and northern Nevada. He masterfully captures the rich colors, changing light, and botanical details of the desert in a luscious rainbow of oranges, salmons, reds, silvery greens, sky blues, and way beyond fifty shades of gray. “From an old fence in Spanish Valley to the blooming brittlebushes down in Phoenix, I want to live forever to paint all the light, shadows, and desert colors that excite me,” he exclaims. “And soft pastels are just the medium to make all that light and color pop.”

Karen Chatham is a versatile artist who works in several mediums including watercolor, alcohol ink, oils, acrylics, photography, and concrete, from which she creates shimmering leaf castings. While her subject matter is varied, her special love is flowers. Art has always been a vital part of her life. In her own words:
“There is a place, I can go.
When I’m there, art is made.
Anyone can go, but not many do.
It’s simple, it’s who I am, it’s what I do.
It’s Art. It’s Zen.”

Deborah Hughes draws inspiration for her poetry and photography from her hikes in the canyon country. “The camera is an appendage through which I explore, experience, and share the stark allure of desert environs and wherever else my sandals will take me,” she explains. “I aim to create poem prints of extraordinary scenes or features found in the landscape using natural light and color, at times incorporating abstract compositions or alternative capture techniques. … Colors bounce, patterns pop, lines dance and draw me into the non-human, yet expand my humanity beyond its fleshy bounds. This is what I wish to share.”

Join us at Gallery Moab to meet these three remarkable artists at a reception from 6:00 to 9:00 P.M., Saturday, May 9, during Art Walk. Check out classes offered by our artists: Karen Chatham (alcohol ink), Saturday, May 2, 10:00 a.m. to noon; and Kristi Ellen (concrete and mosaic garden art, Tuesday –Thursday, May 12 -14, noon - 2:00 or 3:00.) Stop by or call the gallery for details, costs, and to sign up.


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