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April at Gallery Moab

Gallery Moab is excited to showcase the paintings of three wonderful landscape painters: Carolyn Dailey, Robin Straub, and Phil Wagner. A reception will be held for the artists during Artwalk, May 13th from 5-9. Gallery Moab is located at 87 N. Main Street.

Carolyn DaileyOur Guest Artist in May is local resident Carolyn Dailey who has been a plein air landscape painter for 30 years. Her primary training in the plein air tradition was by workshop study at the Fechin Institute of Taos, New Mexico. New Mexican artist Frank LaLumia was her main mentor. A full-time artist since 1987, Carolyn lived in Durango, Colorado and Moab, Utah before moving to Guatemala in 1990, where she still maintains a residence. In 2006 she returned to the USA, and settled in Crestone, Colorado. In 2010 she moved back to the Moab area and now resides at Pack Creek Ranch in the foothills of the La Sal mountains. She has exhibited her award-winning work in numerous juried as well as solo exhibitions since 1983. 

Carolyn “paints to express her vision of the land and its people.” Using oils as her primary medium, Carolyn prefers working outdoors from nature to capture the beauty and light of the landscape. She travels and paints throughout the Southwest. This exhibition will have work from the Moab area, both framed and unframed. “Peaceful and serene, her paintings bring a glimpse of spirit and wonder to the busy world.”

Robin StraubGallery member Robin Straub also paints outdoors in the landscape. Robin writes that she “is having an amazing life-long love affair with desert landscapes, storm clouds and ravens by way of plein air oil painting “in her own back yard!” She invites you to share her latest love efforts (paintings) with her at Gallery Moab.

Phil Wagner, also a member of our co-op says: “Art has everything to do with “courage” and not much to do with “talent”. And, like the postman, an artist, rain or shine, “shows up”.  Good art is a conversion experience. Like love, laughter, poetry, and music, the art-experience is about relationship, direct and immediate. Yes!  Art and the art-process demonstrate a way of ‘seeing the real world anew’ – a world which is not a fear-whipped place inhabited by boogey-men, but one filled with wonder and appreciation, a world which ‘welcomes’ you.  Amen.”  

Phil WagnerMeanwhile, a long time ago, Phil Wagner did go to graduate school and law school.  He was in the Peace Corps, made documentary films and built many houses.  Phil also wrote and taught poetry, fell madly in love, laughed heartily, made and taught music.  Like everybody else he had his ups and downs, but continuously dabbled with watercolors, until 1994, when he progressively took up oil painting as a full-time occupation.  He loves it --- and for good reason!

Gallery Moab is open Daily 12-9. See more of us at and on Facebook.

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Moab Pastel Guild featured at Dead Horse Point State

Sarah HamingsonThe Moab Pastel Guild will return to the Bighorn Gallery at Dead Horse Point State Park from May 2 through June 30 with a new show entitled “Lyrical Landscapes.” The Guild is a group of like-minded local artists who meet regularly to paint, offer mutual support, inspire one another, and critique each others’ work.

The group has been working together for several years, enthusiastically embracing opportunities to learn and experiment with different techniques and approaches to composition. All share a deep love of the surrounding landscape and its ever-changing light, moods, and colors. Over time, each member has developed a unique personal vision and style. Several have received awards for art entered in shows in Utah and Colorado. The artists all initially focused on honing their skills with pastel, but now some are expanding their repertoire by working in watercolor and oils as well.Thea Nordling

Pastel is often mistakenly confused with chalk. It is quite different. Pastel is pure pigment mixed with just enough binder to hold it together in stick form. The purity of the pigments lets their brilliance glow. Pastel is a very vibrant and versatile medium that mixes well with other mediums. Some artists use only dry pastel on paper. Others apply it over underpaintings rendered in watercolor, acrylic, or pastel dissolved in turpenoid or alcohol on heavier, textured surfaces. The resulting works are varied, ranging from detailed realism and more loosely rendered impressionism to abstraction.

Subject matter includes our beloved local landscape, as well as animals, flowers, and more distant landscapes which have inspired the artists. Works on display will include both paintings created in the studio and en plein air. During the exhibition the original paintings will be available for purchase, as well as prints and note cards.Mary Collar

The Guild members invite you to join them for an opening reception at the Bighorn Gallery on Sunday, June 4th from 11:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. Entrance to the park will be free for those attending the reception.
The participating artists are: Helen Becker Mary Collar, Victoria Fugit, Sarah Hamingson, Peggy Harty, Margie Lopez-Read,
Marsha Modine, Thea Nordling, Charlotte Quigley, Larry Thomas.
Dead Horse Point is located nine miles north of Moab on US 191, and 23 miles south on SR313. The visitor center is open daily from 8 a.m. to 6 p.m. Park admission is $15 per vehicle for three days. For more information, please contact the park at (435) 259-2614.

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