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Gallery Moab
by Sarah Hamingson


This month we are featuring two Gallery artists, Dell Crandall and Page Holland, as well as guest artist Kelly Pugh. Come meet the three of them at a reception on Saturday, August 8th from 6 to 9 pm.

After Dell Crandall retired, he became interested in archeology and Native American rock art and began volunteering to document rock art sites, first in Colorado, and then in the Moab area. He focused on sites that received heavy visitation and were in danger of being vandalized. Eventually this inspired Dell to create his scrap iron art. He says, “ Using simplicity as my model, I try to duplicate the art that these people made with stone tools, natural pigments and yucca brushes.” You’ll just have to come in and ask Dell how he makes his “rock” art.

Page Holland’s fascination with the landscape of the Colorado Plateau stems from her pioneer ancestry. Six generations have lived in the southeast Utah desert since the late 1880’s, and she often draws inspiration from their stories. Page’s painting style is traditional and representational in oil and acrylic. She often paints plein-air (outdoors) where subtle color shifts are most easily sensed. The resultant paintings vibrate with color.

Page won a recent “Best of Show” award at the John Wesley Powell River Museum at the 2015 River Runners Show. Page’s work has been featured in articles in the Art of the West Magazine, the Los Angeles Times, the Chicago Tribune, and on Salt Lake City Television News.

Kelly Pugh hails from Blanding, where he paints and creates photo montage art in Photoshop. His background includes a masters of fine arts degree, as well as time apprenticing as a muralist. He went on to paint many murals in Las Vegas mansions. He was featured as the main artist at the Museum of Ancient History at Thanksgiving Point, where he created most of the dinosaurs. He likes to paint church history events.

Coming up soon is the Moab Studio Tour, which features 17 local artists, including 3 showing at Gallery Moab. Visit the artists in the gallery and in their home studios in Moab and Castle Valley on Saturday, September 5 and Sunday, September 6 from 10 am to 4 pm. You can visit Gallery Moab for maps and more info, or go to

In October, take part in le Petit Plein Air, as an artist or an art lover. There will be workshops, paint-outs, and an art sale. Visit the gallery or for details.

As always, we look forward to seeing you at Gallery Moab!

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