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Gallery Moab
by Thea Nordling

Gallery Moab is hosting Moab watercolor painter Cheryl Jenkinson as our November Guest Artist. Also featured this month will be gallery artists Marsha Modine, Peggy Harty, and Jess Dye. Come meet them at a reception during Art Walk on Saturday, November 14, 6:00 to 9:00 p.m.

Cheryl Jenkinson has always been captivated by nature’s diversity and splendor. Sketching and painting allow her to intimately touch and profoundly experience a specific landscape or moment. In trying to capture the dynamic play of light and shadow as well as the complex patterns of shape and color, Cheryl seeks to absorb and connect with her surroundings. She enjoys the unique challenge that watercolor demands, producing work that has been accepted into juried shows and has garnered numerous awards.

Marsha Modine is inspired to paint her inviting pastel landscapes by the beauty she finds exploring the red rock arches and pinnacles surrounding Moab. When asked “Why paint?” she answers “Why not? It’s relaxing – sort of. It’s rewarding – somewhat. It’s creative … It’s fun. It’s frustrating. It’s satisfying. It’s a lot like life. What I think, see, and feel are not the same as anyone else. It’s a good way to express your uniqueness.”

Through the years Peggy Harty has explored color, form and texture through quilting, photography, ceramics, and painting. She has always been enthralled with landscape, and finds back country hiking, roadside stops, and chasing wildflowers with camera in hand a necessary fix. She loves pastel as a forgiving medium which allows both spontaneity and precision. Her luscious pastels have won awards in shows and are in private collections.

Ceramic artist Jess Dye makes delicate stoneware cups, bowls, mugs and carafes glazed and textured to evoke the color and feeling of nature. It’s always a delightful surprise to see and touch the latest creations fresh from her kiln.

Starting November 1 the gallery will be open Thursday through Sunday 10:00 a.m. to 6:00 p.m. We offer a wide variety of original art, gift items, prints and cards for sale. Come in and enjoy the work of our many talented local artists, or stimulate your own creativity by taking a class.

Improve your drawing skills, sense of composition and values, and learn to put life and fun into your art. Join Victoria Fugit for a series of sketching/drawing/watercolor classes on Mondays and Tuesdays, November 2-3, 9-10 and 16-17 from 2:00 to 4:00 p.m. at the gallery. Twelve hours of instruction will be taught in six two-hour sessions. Materials are included. Class size is limited to seven. Get details and sign up at the gallery, or call Victoria at 435-259-9417 for more information.

Kristi Peterson will be offering mosaic classes during November. Call her at 435-260-9598 for details.
We look forward to seeing you!
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2nd Annual Upcycled Art Party!
Presented by Canyonlands Community Recycling and Third Space Moab

In 2014, Canyonlands Community Reycling (CCR) hosted the first Upcycled Art Party (UAP) at the MARC. The event was a huge success by both raising money for CCR and presenting a venue to showcase local and regional talent in the salvaged art / upcycling creative world.

This year CCR has teamed up with local nonprofit Third Space Moab to present the 2nd annual Upcycled Art Party. CCR, whose mission is to enhance sustainability by empowering the Moab community to reduce, reuse, and recycle, has been active in Moab for 24 years. Third Space Moab was founded by Nara Bopp and Serah Mead in January of this year and is under the umbrella of the Moab Arts Council. TSM is a collaborative studio that supports low cost and DIY arts in Moab, Utah and strives to redirect items bound for the waste stream into the art stream. Collaborating on an event that embraces and showcases local, DIY, upcycled creativity was a no brainer for members of both nonprofits.

On Saturday November 21st, from 6 to 10 PM the entire MARC (Moab Arts & Recreation Center) will transform into a wonderland upcycled art and crafts. The Dance Room will be dedicated to local artisans selling and displaying their wares, and will feature a Make-Your-Own-Toast bar with home made sourdough bread donated by Kaki’s Kitchen, and gourmet spreads donated by dip-master Sarah Perez-Sans of Youth Garden Project.

The Stage Room will feature live performances from Moab Taiko Dan, Jeff Gutierrez & Tamara Freida, and will host the Community Arts Contest, and a student artist showcase featuring work from HMK Elementary School, Grand County Middle School, Moab Charter School, BEACON After School Program, and more

The entrance/Foyer of the MARC will feature the Moab Art Walk’s November Artist of the Month JR Lancaster. Lancaster is a self-taught outsider artist, photographer, painter, sculptor, installation artist, with seventy four exhibitions around the country with work on collection with NY MOMA photo archives, the Carnegie Institute, and more. JR recently installed “Fractured Fairytales” in Bluff, UT. Many of the sculptures and paintings in this 1000 sq ft. installation, which focuses on storytelling, come from “upcycled” materials.

The entrance fee for UAP will be a sliding scale of $5-$10 and includes all of the above amazingness.
Want to submit a piece to the Community Arts Contest and have a chance to win amazing prizes? Want to be a vendor or simply display a series of work? Contact Serah Mead of Third Space Moab at (650) 703-8563 or For more details on the event contact Claire Core from Canyonlands Community Recycling at

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