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Gallery Moab
by Thea Nordling

Although art walks are suspended during the heat of July and August, Gallery Moab, at 87 N. Main will have an exciting show in July. A silent auction of selected paintings on the evening of July 9th leads the evening. Several of the 15 artists with paintings in the gallery have donated a painting to raise money for the gallery.

The guest artist this month is Charlotte Purcell Gary. Although Charlotte currently lives in St. George she grew up in Moab and has many family and friends here. A fine artist working in fabric and watercolor, she brings a new look to the art scene in Moab. To create fabric art Charlotte often starts by drawing on a piece of white muslin then uses watercolors and fiber to paint her picture. She layers cotton fabric topped with quilt batting and sprinkled with finely cut cotton confetti in the background color. The end result is truly wonderful and exciting. Come meet Charlotte and learn the details of fiber painting at a reception on July 9th. from 6 to 9 pm.

The gallery is also featuring a new line of locally made polymer clay necklaces. The artist wishes to be known as Mud Pie. Ms. Pie’s jewelry compliments Kate Thompson’s polymer clay earrings that have become so popular.

Gallery Moab is a co-op featuring 23 local artists who work in oil, watercolors, acrylic, pastel and alcohol- ink. Photography of enchanting light in a slot canyon and awe inspiring views of Canyon Lands captures every visitor’s attention. Woodcarvings, clay sculptures, coffee mugs and unique jewelry await the opportunity to capture your attention.

Open 12:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m., Wednesday – Saturday; Sunday 12:00 to 4:00 p.m.
Closed Monday and Tuesday
87 North Main Street. 435/355-0024
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Utah Artist Vandy Singleton featured at the Bighorn Gallery

The Bighorn Gallery at Dead Horse Point State Park will be exhibiting original artwork by Utah artist Vandy Singleton. “Vandy’s Nature” is a collection of acrylic and colored pencil artwork on exhibit from July 2nd through August 31st.

Vandy Singleton’s artwork is inspired by her observations of her surroundings. She lives in the middle of Fish Lake National Forest in Clear Creek Canyon where she has “seen cougars walking side by side down the middle of the road and a pair of golden eagles [living] behind the house. I live within a sacred space. I am blessed to be surrounded by so much beauty. I cannot help but be inspired by what I see and how the canyon makes me feel. The Earth speaks to me here.”

Singleton was raised by a family of graphic and fine artists, and was always encouraged to express herself creatively. “I have never known life without art. I always have some kind of creative project I am working on as a means of expressing who I am. It has been a long journey for me to recognize the artist within myself.”

Singleton has a Bachelor’s degree in English from the University of Tulsa and a Master’s degree from the University of Oklahoma in Administrative Leadership. She has worked as an instructor and as an advisor for over 20 years empowering others through education. “I was raised by nationally-recognized artists as parents, and although they discouraged me from pursuing art as a career, after the last recession, I began to work on my “art” in earnest.”

Singleton has had numerous art shows and was featured in Elan magazine. In addition, she was a finalist in The Artist Magazine Annual Art Competition in 2012. Along with her artwork, she creates one-of-a-kind jewelry pieces as well as art pendants and key chains.

During the art exhibit Singleton’s paintings, prints and jewelry pieces will be 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, please contact the park at 435-259-2614. Be sure to mention you read about it in Moab Happenings.



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