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June at Gallery Moab

Lise MacGregorGallery Moab is pleased to present the work of Colorado resident Lise MacGregor, our guest artist for the month of June. Lise’s passion for pastels is reflected in her photo realistic paintings of primarily florals and fruit still life, although she began by painting landscapes and skyscapes in pastels. She is fascinated by the way in which light plays off an object or scene and she never tires of trying to give life to the spellbinding illusion light plays on those objects. She believes that powerful light creates drama which excites the soul, and when that light effect exists in nature, it creates an emotional, impressive scene. In her florals and still life paintings, the powerful light off the dark creates a strong, sometimes breathtaking display. Lise strives to captivate and impact the viewer to ignite that impassioned response.

Raised primarily in Colorado, Lise spent much of her adult years on the east coast where she attended Virginia Polytechnic Institute & State University. She has won numerous awards, including several Best of Show awards, and the prestigious Grand Champion Award at the Glenwood Springs Fall Art Festival in 2007. Lise is a Signature member of the Pastel Society of Colorado and an Associate Member of the Pastel Society of America. She has shown her work in various venues in the Grand Valley, including The Blue Pig Gallery, Main Street Gallery in Grand Junction, in many local businesses, and in private collections around the country.Lise MacGregor

The gallery will host a reception for Lise MacGregor concurrent with the June Artwalk, Saturday, June 10th from 5-9. Don’t miss seeing Lise’s luminous pastels.

Gallery Moab is a co-op gallery located at 87 North Main Street. Open daily from 12:00-9:00 PM, one of our members is there to answer any questions you may have regarding the diverse creative work of our members and consignment artists. We offer pottery, pastels, paintings, jewelry, photographs, block prints, scrap iron wall art, wood, and ceramic sculpture, fabric bags and scarves, glass art, cards, and reproductions. There’s something for every taste, affordably priced, and locally made.

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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