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Gallery HAPPENINGS November 2017

“Points of View” Exhibit Extended
at Dead Horse Point State Park


The Bighorn Gallery at Dead Horse Point State Park is proud to extend the two-artist show called “Points of View” through January 31st, 2018. Local artists Sandi Snead and Margie Lopez Read are passionate about landscapes. Their show features new paintings of the desert southwest as well as other places they love. Works on display include paintings done in oils, pastels and watercolors: created both in the studio and en plein air.

Margie Lopez ReadMargie Lopez Read paints in oils, pastels and watercolors. She expresses herself through a combination of realism and impressionism. Her passion for hiking and painting on location are revealed through her thoughtful color choices and exuberant brushwork. “A good painting comes out of personal experience and emotion.” Read’s work invites you in and tells the viewer a story. Margie uses art as a means to raise funds for programs that improve the condition of our world through her donation art. Find out more about Margie and donation art at

Sandi SneadSandi Snead paints in oils and pastels and describes her work as dramatic and energetic. Some might say those qualities describe the artist herself. “I paint what moves me. Usually that involves wonderful light, alluring shapes and shadows.” Snead infuses warmth and color to emphasize her visual statement while simultaneously provoking a personal and emotional response. She is influenced by the imaginative elements in Surrealism and the ardent, glowing intensity and sensuality that the old masters painted. Find out more about Sandi at

Art inspired by life. “Points of View” reveals the way these artists see and interpret the world. During the eight-week exhibition, paintings will be available for purchase as well as prints and notecards.

Dead Horse Point is located nine miles north of Moab on US 191 and 23 miles south on SR 313. The visitor center and Bighorn Gallery are open daily from 9am-5pm. Park admission is $15 per vehicle for three days. For more information, please contact the park at 435-259-2614.

And be sure to mention you read about it in Moab Happenings

November at Gallery Moab
Margi LucenaGallery Moab’s November guest artist is Margi Lucena, a pastel artist from San Antonio, New Mexico. Residents and visitors alike are fortunate to view some of Margi’s New Mexican landscapes in person at the gallery. On November 11, the gallery will host a reception for Margi Lucena during the final Art Walk of the season from 5-9 pm.

Margi Lucena knew by age 6 that she wanted to be an artist. She was exposed to art early in life, watching her father paint at his easel. Coming along with him at times to his job as a lifeguard at Cabrillo Beach in San Pedro, CA, she would spend the day on the pier and watch a woman she knew as “Mrs. Hess” painting seascapes and portraits. Her family later moved to Independence, California, located on the eastern side of the Sierra Nevada Mountains. There she was exposed to and influenced by the paintings and sculptures of Dorcas Birchim, another woman who made her living with her art.

After she married, moved to Hawaii, and raised a family, Lucena continued with her art, but not until 1990, when she and her military husband, Dado, moved to Oklahoma did she make painting her fulltime pursuit, winning honors in various art events. Later came moves to Arkansas, and finally to San Antonio, New Mexico in 2002, where Lucena resides today.

Margi writes, “I’ve always drawn and painted. When I was little, I would watch my Dad at his easel. The smells of paint, turpentine, and linseed oil were as comforting as the smell of home cooking. In recent years, I have found the pure color and amazing versatility of pastels have made it my favorite medium. The amazing and magical landscape of New Mexico keeps me simultaneously grounded and floating on air. The light, atmosphere and color in the southwest are constantly changing. “

In 2003 Lucena joined as part owner of Fullingim, Isenhour and Leard Galleries, and later Curious Crow Gallery, in Socorro, New Mexico. She painted and demonstrated there through 2013. During these years, she gained representation in the Selby Fleetwood Gallery in Santa Fe, NM, Cobalt Fine Art Gallery in Tubac, AZ, and RSHanna Gallery in Fredericksburg, TX. For the years 2012 and 2013 Lucena was also an Artist in Residence at the historic Inn at Loretto in Santa Fe, New Mexico.

Lucena’s impressionistic and representational style of painting comes from a love of the landscape, which has grown tenfold since moving to New Mexico. The beautiful land, diverse culture, and simplicity of life in general has influenced her art in many ways. She paints en plein air, and in her San Antonio studio. Lucena also teaches plein air workshops, with emphasis on working with pastels on applied textured surfaces.

Gallery Moab, a co-op gallery founded by a group of local artists in March of 2014, showcases the work of a diverse group of artists who live and work in southeast Utah, and who cooperatively own, operate, and staff the gallery. The gallery, open daily from 12-9 pm, is located at 87 North Main Street in Moab.

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Artist in Residence at the MARC

  The Moab Arts & Recreation Center is hosting artist in Residence Dania Morris, Internationally Recognized Installation Artist and Educator. Art, music, and the expression of ideas, are a way of both connecting to and interpreting our environments and communities. I strive to understand and illustrate the interconnected nature of our universe via frequency, vibration, and human interaction. Born and raised as both musician and visual artist, I enjoy combining my skills to produce interactive sound installations and windstruments. Dania will be creatig 3 installations for her residency program: at the CommuniTea Garden, WabiSabi and the Moab Arts & Recreation Center. For more info visit or follow me on instagram to view my latest adventures:

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