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Gallery Moab
by Thea Nordling

Bid adieu to winter at a free concert hosted by Gallery Moab on Wed. March 2. As part of its “Winterlude” concert series, the Moab Music Festival is sponsoring the internationally acclaimed duo of violinists, Hasse Borup and Kasia Sokol-Borup, in a live performance at the gallery from 7:00 to 8:00 p.m. We invite you to enjoy casual, intimate chamber music while perusing the latest works by our gallery artists.

Carolyne TibbettsSix Gallery Moab artists will be featured at the Spring Equinox Show at Dead Horse Point State Park. Their oil and acrylic paintings of local subject matter will be on display from Sunday March 6 to Sunday May 1. This group of talented painters includes Larry Christensen, Page Holland, Shari Michaud, Sandi Snead, Robin Straub and Phil Wagner, each of whom has a unique vision and style of expressing their connection with our remarkable landscape. Celebrate the first day of spring by joining them at a reception on Sunday March 20, 2:00 to 5:00 p.m., at the Bighorn Gallery, located in the park Visitor Center.

Our Guest Artist for March is Dave Manley, who has spent many years photographing the landscape and archeological treasures of the Colorado Plateau. His work has been shown at Edge of the Cedars, in Blanding, UT. Mr. Manley won the 2010 CNHA photo contest, and was recognized by the American Rock Art Research Association in 2012 for his work on rock art documentation. Meet him at a reception at the gallery on Saturday, March 12, 6:00 to 9:00 p.m.

Dave ManleyStop by to see work by our newest artists! Long-time Moab resident Carolyn Tibbetts has been making the most of retirement by painting colorful landscapes, portraits and still life in oils and acrylics. Gayle Houston creates beautiful ceramics inspired by the southwestern landscape. Australian-born Julie Foster creates glowing fused glass pieces and striking jewelry.

Check out the bargains at our spring cleaning yard sale on the morning of Saturday, March 12th, in the tent behind the gallery. We will be offering a variety of display pedestals, lights, peg boards, etc. On March 15 mosaic artist Kristi Peterson will teach a meditation mosaic art mandala class at the gallery from noon to 4:00 p.m. All supplies included, $75. Call her at 435/260-9598 for details and to sign up.

Local artists and artisans -- joining our cooperative gallery is a great opportunity to display your work to the public at a highly visible location. If interested, call to set up an appointment to meet with our board, show your work, and discuss details.

Julie FosterCome in and enjoy the variety of artistic expression the beauty and grandeur of the Colorado Plateau inspires in our local artists. Large and small original paintings are for sale, as well as prints, cards, metal work, ceramics, jewelry and fabric gift items. We look forward to seeing you at the gallery!

March 1 – 15: Open 12:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m., Thursday – Saturday; Sunday 12:00 to 4:00 p.m.
March 16 – 31: Open 12:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m., Wednesday – Saturday; Sunday 12:00 -4:00 p.m.

87 North Main Street • 435-355-0024
Open Thursday through Sunday 10:00 a.m. – 6:00 p.m.
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Spring Equinox Show - Big Horn Gallery

Phil WagnerThe Bighorn Gallery at Dead Horse Point State Park will be exhibiting original artwork by local artists from Gallery Moab. The Spring Equinox Show is a collection of original artwork on display from March 6th through May 1st, 2016. An opening reception with the artists will be held in the Bighorn Gallery on Sunday, March 20th from 2:00 p.m. to 5:00 p.m. Park entrance fees will be waived for those attending the reception.

Gallery Moab is a cooperative art gallery with the mission to ‘enrich, empower, and support Moab artists and build community through the arts’. Six painters will be displaying their artwork during the show.

Phil Wagner is ex-Peace Corps, a poetry teacher, parent, lecturer in psychology, a custom home builder, world traveler, socialist and documentary film maker. He believes that “successful art isn’t just another pretty picture.”
Robin Straub’s oil paintings are a personal celebration of natural beauty where she lives and often include landscapes of rock, river, mountains, clouds, plants and cityscapes. Sharing her work with interested friends continues to be the icing on the creative cake.

Sandi SneadPage Holland is a Moab native with pioneer roots. She and her family raise horses to ride in the back country. She has learned that young horses take offense with a paint kit rattling in the pack, so instead she usually relies on a camera for reference shots to paint in the studio. She spends way too much time volunteering on boards, but has narrowed them down to three that are art related.

Shari Michaud prefers clay over most other mediums and she also enjoys picking up a paint brush. Shari holds a BFA in Studio Art from Chapman University. Her paintings reflect her visual interest in rusting machines. Michaud enjoys a machine’s clean lines and the similarity of rusted metal tones and hues to the local desert landscape. She feels as though the desert is actively reclaiming its minerals.

Sandi Snead believes that some people are born artists. It is in the way they see the world, react to it and reinvent it. Snead’s colorful landscapes sometime reflect her Larry Christensenlove for the surreal and always offer the viewer her unique point of view. “There’s no lack of inspiration in the southwest,” she says, “sometimes I just like to give it a twist.”

Larry Christensen has shown work in galleries all over the western United States, had over twenty one-man shows, won that many “Best of Show” awards in contests and exhibitions, and has works in collections in Europe and South Africa as well as America.

During the art exhibit at Dead Horse Point State Park, each work of art is available for purchase. Learn more about each artist at or visit Gallery Moab at 87 North Main Street in Moab.

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, please contact the park at 435-259-2614 or Gallery Moab at 435-355-0024.

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