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Gallery HAPPENINGS September 2018

Gallery Moab

Gallery Moab has been a cool retreat this summer for local residents and visitors from all over the United States and the world. Members of the gallery take pride in showing the public how this magnificent landscape inspires our creativity. We also enjoy selling our work and having it taken home to far off places as a reminder to visitors of the magic of red rock country.Cynthia Sampson

The gallery’s September guest artist is Colorado resident Cynthia Sampson, an award-winning artist who specializes in brightly colored, vibrant pastels and acrylic paintings of animals. In her website artist’s statement she writes, “I use pure brilliant color in layers juxtaposing color opposites to create a bold unique style of painting. My artwork becomes a visual record of my emotions and memories of the individual animals that I have had the pleasure of experiencing in life.”

Cynthia is often asked how she comes up with her colors. “The painting “Horsing Around With Pastels” is a fun play on that question. It is a portrait of two wild horses from the Book Cliffs herd by Grand Jct. who are coloring themselves and drawing on the walls. The palomino horse is rolling on my pastel painting “Wild Horses” that is on the14 Hands wine label.” By giving viewers a glimpse into her world through her imagination, Cynthia hopes to spark their own creative journeys.

Her bold use of color expresses the excitement and wonder she feels when she looks at life. Even as a child Sampson was drawn to use the brightest crayons in the box. She would draw zebras in vibrant colors and tigers in purple and yellow. It was her intense use of color that grabbed the attention of Ste. Michelle Wine Estates. Cynthia Sampson’s pastel painting “Wild Horses” graces their 14 Hands wine labels, as well as their new Stampede wine label.

Cynthia’s Sampson’s artwork continues to win awards. It has been published in the Wildlife Art Magazine, the Pastel Journal, Horses in Art, Spirit of the Road RV Magazine, and Telluride Style, as well as numerous newspaper articles. She has also had several solo shows and has paintings in private and corporate collections across the United States, Canada, and Europe. To view more of Cynthia’s artwork, go to

On Saturday, September 8, between 5 and 8 pm, Gallery Moab will host a reception for Cynthia Sampson during Moab’s September ArtWalk. Viewers of all ages will enjoy Cynthia’s colorful, animal-themed paintings.
Gallery Moab, located at 87 North Main Street, is open daily from 12-9 pm. Work by gallery artists can been seen at and on Facebook or call 435-355-0024.

JW Frank Photo Exhibit

On September 6th the Canyon Country Discovery Center is very pleased to be opening a new permanent photo exhibit celebrating the work of Jacob W. Frank. Over the last decade, Jacob has utilized his talents as a photographer in conjunction with being a ranger and volunteer photographer for the National Parks Service, to capture a stunning collection of images that celebrates the beauty of the American landscape. His photographic work spans the National Parks and Monuments system from Denali National Park, Alaska to the Everglades National Park, Florida, and through out the American West.Jacob W. Frank

In 2013, Jacob became a part of the Canyon Country Discovery Centers team as an Americorp Vista member. During his time in Monticello Jacob wasted no time exploring every corner of the Colorado Plateau and beyond.

Our permanent exhibit is a collection of over 90 stunning images by Jacob from the surrounding national parks and monuments, including but not limited to… Canyonlands, Arches, Great Sand Dunes, Bryce Canyon, Black Canyon Gunnison, Dinosaur, Capitol Reef, Mesa Verde, Rocky Mountain, and Cedar Mesa.

Located in our interactive exhibits rotunda, Jacobs images are displayed in direct correlation to their geographical location and the viewers’ gaze. As a result, when you are looking at the photograph of Inspiration Point in Bryce Canyon National Park, you are facing in the direction you would travel from the Discovery Center to find yourself in Bryce Canyon National Park. Please join us for this celebration of Jacob W. Frank and the spectacular landscapes of the Colorado Plateau.

For more information on Jacob W Frank and to view his portfolio, please visit:

To learn more about visiting the Canyon Country Discovery Center, please visit:
And be sure to mention you read about it in Moab Happenings

Ladies of the Canyon
3 Women Artists at Dead Horse Point State Park

The Bighorn Gallery at Dead Horse Point State Park is exhibiting original paintings by three women artists entitled “Ladies of the Canyon.” The exhibit is a collection of plein air oil paintings by Carolyn Dailey, pastels by Sonya Johnson and watercolors by Barbara Klema, and is on display from September 7th through October 31st, 2018. An opening reception will be held in the Bighorn Gallery on Saturday, September 8th from 3:00 to 5:00 p.m. Tom Klema will be playing original songs on acoustic guitar during the reception and refreshments will be served.Carolyn Dailey

Carolyn Dailey grew up in the east but came to college in Boulder, CO to be near the mountains. Taking art classes while working on her degrees in psychology, Carolyn left a career in educational research to become a fulltime artist in 1987. Her primary training using oils in the plein air tradition was by workshop study at the Fechin Institute of Taos, NM with Mark Daily, Michael Lynch and Ned Jacobs. Carolyn lived in Durango, CO and Moab, UT before moving to Guatemala in 1990 for 16 years. Carolyn has participated in numerous one woman and group shows in the USA and Guatemala, including a one woman show at the National Ixchel Museum in Guatemala City in 1999. She moved back to the states to Crestone, CO in 2006 and then to Moab in 2010 where she enjoys painting outdoors in the spectacular canyon country, as well as the greater Southwest. She frequently wins top awards at regional juried art shows.

Sonya JohnsonSonya Johnson is a pastel painter living in Durango, CO. Despite a lifelong interest in art, her path as an artist was anything but direct. While attending the University of Arizona, she took two art classes that gave her a foundation with drawing skills and exposed her to color, but she is otherwise primarily self-taught. Later, while attending podiatry school in San Francisco, she did commissioned scientific illustrations for journal articles and presentations. Since 2011, landscapes have been her preferred subject, and, specifically,the canyon country of the Colorado Plateau. Preferring to paint on location when possible, she will sometimes hike several miles with her gear to paint. She has had work accepted into numerous juried shows and has won several awards, including a Best in Show. Her work in the Bighorn Gallery show is a combination of plein air and studio works, many based from images taken on backpacking and hiking trips.

Barbara Tobin KlemaDuring the last 40 years of working as a professional artist, Barbara Tobin Klema has been the former owner of two art galleries and one teaching studio. She has worked with botanical illustration and graphic design, taught watercolor, drawing, and design in many venues as well as at Fort Lewis College in Durango, Colorado. Barbara has had paintings shown in the prestigious Rocky Mountain National Watercolor Society Exhibit and the very competitive Colorado Open. The current exhibit at Dead Horse Point reflects her appreciation of the canyons of southwest Utah. Barbara loves living and working in these dramatic and beautiful southwest landscapes.

During the exhibit, both framed and unframed original paintings and cards are available for purchase. Dead Horse Point State Park is located nine miles north of Moab on US 191 and then 23 miles south on SR 313. The Visitor Center is open daily from 8 a.m. to 6 p.m and the Bighorn Gallery is downstairs. Park admission is $10. For more information, contact the park at 435-259-2614.

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