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by Sarah Hamingson


Be sure to mark your calendar for the week of October 5-10, first for Plein Air Moab, and then for the October Art Walk.

Plein Air Moab, an annual Moab event since 2010, is shifting focus this year. Titled ‘Le Petit’ Plein Air Moab this year, it’s your chance to take workshops from nationally known artists and attend paint outs hosted by local artists. Beginning as well as experienced artists are invited to take part in education, camaraderie and an art sale. If you’ve ever wanted to try plein air (outside, on location) painting, this is a great chance to do it in a welcoming atmosphere. There’s also the ever popular Downtown Quick Draw on October 8, and the art sale at the MARC October 8-10.

Join us at on Saturday, October 10 from 6 to 9 pm for the Art Walk featuring guest artist Jacci Weller and featured Gallery artists Sarah Hamingson and Thea Nordling. A love of the local landscape is a theme that runs through all their work.

Jacci Weller has been absorbing the rock, sand, sky, plant and people culture of Moab for 22 years and has been painting all but the people for nine of those years. While she has a lengthy background in art, she is self-taught in the medium of acrylics and never tires of her subjects, of the vibrancy of her chosen medium or of her joy at being able to live here and be part of the growing art community. She wants her paintings to express that joy, as well as her love of observation and attention to detail.

Sarah Hamingson’s pastels focus on a sense of place and the natural world around us. Rocks, clouds, and changing light and weather are frequent motifs in her work, but lately she has also been exploring some more intimate views in her pastels. She says, “Hours spent hiking and cloud-watching may not immediately result in a painting, but they are the threads running through the fabric of my creations. Other times spectacular light, building clouds, shapes and forms of rocks right in front of me, felt through all my senses, will shape my next painting.”

Thea Nordling says, “I can’t remember a time when making art was not a vital part of my life. As a child, I delighted in playing with colors, lines, and shapes with whatever materials were on hand. I’ve never grown out of it. Over the years I have worked with several mediums, my current favorite being soft pastel, which combines what I like best about drawing (directness) and painting (color!). I especially enjoy drawing and painting outdoors, on location, where I feel most closely connected to our remarkable landscape.”

Kristi Peterson will be teaching mosaic art classes on Oct 15, 16 and 17. Contact the Gallery for more information.

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

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Photo Exhibit continues at Big Horn Gallery

The Bighorn Gallery at Dead Horse Point State Park is exhibiting images by Utah photographer Chad Dutson. The exhibit, ‘Moments in Nature’ features both popular and unique perspectives of diverse landscapes discovered throughout the United States and Caribbean: desert, forest, and coastal scenes. The artwork will be on display through November 2nd, 2015 and includes more than twenty-five images.

Dutson is a Utah-based wilderness photographer whose admiration for nature grows with each photographic adventure. He has spent all but three years of his life living in the West, providing him incredible opportunities to enhance his self-taught craft. He has an insatiable desire to wander the wild, seeking solitude and serenity away from the bustle of city life. His deep passion for photography pushes him to extremes to capture the right shot. After each excursion he shares his experience with others, hoping they may fall in love with nature as he has. Dutson philosophizes that “quality photographic moments require three elements: the right experience, the right tools, and the right moment,” but the artist also admits that “the right moment is often nothing more than good luck.” According to Dutson, “Some say they lose themselves in one thing or another; however I find myself through photography, losing only the sense of time.”

Dutson has been published in USA Today, Popular Photography, and recently was featured with an Editor’s Choice award by the prominent photographic website, During the exhibit, each image is available for purchase. To learn more about the artist visit

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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