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January at Gallery Moab
by Larry Thomas

January, that month when we all are recovering from the holidays, we burrow down and wait for the harsh winter to slowly evolve into spring. This is a perfect time to rejuvenate our senses by immersing ourselves in art. Gallery Moab at 87 N. Main has paintings of the local landscapes to remind us that the canyon country will soon burst into spring. Replicating the grand vistas and intimate views of flowers on canvas promise all is well. Gallery Moab is a co-operative with over twenty artists. We have something for everyone; Paintings and photographs to hang on the wall. Pottery and ceramics are decorative and useful. Silk scarfs make a perfect gift for any woman. Coffee mugs patterned after license plates catch the mens attention. There are jewelry items in a variety of price ranges.

Some of our artists work in unexpected ways. Peggy Harty paints landscapes in brilliant pastels. She also enjoys playing with fabric combining colors, patterns and textures. Her fabric card wallets are available in the gallery. Robin Straub recently went outdoors in Arches National Park to paint a 3 x 5 foot oil painting by laying the canvas flat on the ground. Larry Christensen won a fourth place on Fine Art America. Mary Collar returned from a two-week visit to Cuba. She reports it was a wonderful experience. Fortunately for the rest of us she brought back new ideas for paintings. Page Holland thinks her most unusual art experience was painting a sculpture at Moab’s City Hall. The Gallery Moab will be offering classes in January.

Stop by the gallery and look at the vibrant alcohol-ink paintings that are the specialty of Karen Chatham. Then sign up for one of her classes. Karen will be teaching classes on Sun. January 15th 2 to 4 pm; Mon. January 16th 2 to 4 pm and Tuesday January 17th. 6 to 8 pm. The cost is $40. Class size is limited. All materials will be furnished. Call Karen at 435-210-8240 to register.

These classes can be enjoyed by anyone. No previous experience is necessary. Victoria Fugit will be teaching both beginning watercolor and drawing classes. Water Colors will be on Monday January 30th, and Monday February 6, 13, 27, and March 6 . All classes will be 12:30 to 4:30 pm and will cost $150. Drawing classes will be on Tuesdays January 3, 10, 17, 24, and 31st. Times will be 12:30 to 4:30 pm and cost $150. All materials will be provided for both classes. Contact Victoria at 259-9417 to register.

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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Catch of the Day - Ancient Fish

The Museum of Moab is the Moab Valley’s center for cultural and natural history of eastern Utah and the Moab area. The exhibits include everything from a Jurassic dinosaur found just south of town to archaeological artifacts to tools and historical artifacts from pioneer settlement to mining equipment and geologist Charlie Steen’s bronzed boots commemorating the day in 1952 that he found the Mi Vida mine deposit.

Turn left as you enter the Museum of Moab and wander into the Virginia Fossey Room (Virginia was our first and longest employed employee) and you step WAY back in time. The Moab area was not just home to dinosaurs, but fish! Today here in our dry desert environment, it’s very hard to imagine enough water for fish, corals and reptiles, but we have proof.

Our Ancient Fish exhibit shows the scales and fins of a fossilized fish skeleton. This partial skeleton was found on the east edge of Moab in 1993. It is probably from the Late Triassic-age Early Jurassic formation. Our rock is estimated to be about 190 million years old. If you look closely, you can see the body spines, scales, tail and dorsal fin. During the time that our fish lived, Moab was surrounded by many lakes and rivers with forests of conifer trees and he probably lived in one of those lakes.

The next exhibit is our Moab Coral Reef. This chunk of rock was found near Arches National Park north of Moab. This Horn Coral is estimated to be about 300 million years old. These corals lived in a reef in a shallow sea that existed in our area, west of the Ancestral Rocky Mountains, during the Pennsylvanian Period. Such shallow seas contained corals, brachiopods, crinoids, bryozoans, and rare trilobites.

So stop on in, check out the Virginia Fossey Room see how you fit into the ‘Tower of Time’ and see what else is new. If you’ve not visited us yet, come and check out the Museum of Moab at 118 East Center Street!
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