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Gallery Moab
by Sarah Hamingson

Visiting Moab? Are you enjoying the beauty of this amazing place? Perhaps you’ve hiked the trails, rafted the river, driven through the National Parks and you’re wondering how you can remember your incredible vacation? Maybe some original local art would be just the thing.

Gallery Moab’s local artists range from a fourth-generation Moabite to those of us who were just passing through, got caught up by the beauty of the place, and came back so many times they finally figured out a way to live here full time. We find our inspiration all around us. You might find us out plein-air (on location) painting, photographing some amazing weather, or in our studios, turning the inspiration of this place into paintings, pottery, mosaics, wood carvings, weavings, photographs, and more.

When you come into Gallery Moab, you’ll always have the chance to meet and visit with one or more of the artists, who are often creating art when they aren’t helping you find the perfect piece to take home.

If you are here on June 13, come enjoy the Art Walk from 6:00 to 9:00 pm, and meet Sandi Snead, our guest artist for the month, as well as featured Gallery artists Mary Collar and Victoria Fugit. You’ll find a plethora of pastels, as well as the occasional oil.

Sandi Snead says she is “deeply influenced by the energy of things--people and places, and not just by visual beauty or impression.” She continues, “my goal in painting is to translate that sensation to the viewer through my choice and use of color. Lately I am enjoying painting landscapes, portraying both the subtle and vivid aspects I perceive. I find that pastels and oils convey my voice the best.”

Mary Collar’s primary medium is pastel because “the array and intensity of colors appeals to my eye. Light and shadow are a big part of my work. I look for scenes where I can emphasize the bright highlights and deep shadows and use more intense color.”

Victoria Fugit, a pastelist noted for her paintings of animals in the wild, says, “I am deeply grateful for the gift of being able to live in this place, where every morning, the canyons turn a hundred different shades of red, gold, orange, violet and indigo and the amazing blue of the skies can change to the deep slate of a coming storm.”

Don’t forget to mark your calendars for Moab Studio Tour, September 5 and 6, when you can visit local artists in their studios, and la petite Plein Air Moab, Oct 5-10, which includes workshops, outdoor painting, and an art sale.

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The Bighorn Gallery at Dead Horse Point State Park is exhibiting original paintings by three members of the Plein Air Painters of the Four Corners (PAP4C). This collection of paintings is titled, ‘Three Artists, Three Media, One Landscape’ with oil paintings by Carolyn Dailey, pastels by Sonya Johnson and watercolors by Barbara Klema, on display through June 30th, 2015.

Carolyn Dailey was born in Virginia, but has lived in the southwest since she went to college. She has been a full time and professional artist since 1987 and a plein air painter for 25 years. Her primary training in the plein air tradition was by workshop study at the Fechin Institute of Taos, NM with Mark Daily, Michael Lynch and Ned Jacobs. Over her career Carolyn has participated in numerous one woman and group shows in the USA and Guatemala, including a one woman show at the National Ixchel Museum in Guatemala City in 1999. She has also won top awards in recent plein air shows and festivals. Carolyn currently lives in Moab, UT but also resided in Colorado and Guatemala.

Sonya Johnson is a landscape painter living in Durango, CO. She was born in Bethesda, MD, but grew up in Prescott and Tucson, AZ. Despite a lifelong interest in art, her path as an artist was anything but direct. Primarily self-taught, she took two art classes while at the University of Arizona that gave her a foundation of drawing skills and color techniques. Later, while attending podiatry school in San Francisco, she was hired to do scientific illustrations, including some commissions for journal articles and presentations. Since 2011, the landscape of the Colorado Plateau has been the focus of her subject matter, done on site whenever possible. She has had work accepted into numerous juried shows and has won several awards. Her current medium is soft pastel, with her style falling between representational and impressionistic.

During the last 30 years of working as a professional artist, Barbara Tobin Klema has been the former owner of two art galleries and one teaching studio and worked with botanical illustration and graphic design. She taught watercolor, drawing, and design at Fort Lewis College, and teaches privately. Barbara has recently completed a new body of work focusing on music and musicians, two of which were chosen for the Durango Bluegrass Meltdown posters. Barbara has had paintings shown in the prestigious Rocky Mountain National Watercolor Society Exhibit and the very competitive Colorado Open. The current exhibit at Dead Horse Point reflects her appreciation of the canyons of southwest Utah. Barbara loves living and working in dramatic and beautiful southwest landscapes.

During the exhibit, original paintings and cards are available for purchase. 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, contact the park at 435-259-2614.
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