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Gallery HAPPENINGS March 2019

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Margie Lopez Read, a local Moab artist, is Gallery Moab’s Guest Artist for the month of March. Margie shows a few pieces of her art for donation in the gallery on an ongoing basis, but in March a greater sampling of her work will be shown on the guest artist wall.

Art has always been important to Margie. She was influenced at an early age by her grandmother who was an accomplished artist. Over the years she indulged in a variety of media and styles – traditional, contemporary, surreal, pop -- all that was around and developing in the 60’s and 70’s. She also did a fair amount of illustration, cartooning, and silk screen art with social and political commentary for high school and university newspapers.

During the RedRock Art Festival, Margie provides first timers with the opportunity and encouragement to paint landscapes on location, or en plein air.

Even though Margie has had work in a number of exhibits and shows, juried and open, and has even won awards at times, she made the decision to use her art for something permanently meaningful that helps others live better. She writes, “My husband Bob and I created “Donation Art.” My paintings, and/or giclée prints and notecards are traded for a check made out to a worthwhile organization agreed upon with the buyer. For the show at Gallery Moab, I will send my portion of the sale amount directly to “Adopt-a-Native-Elder,” Utah Dine Bikeyah, and Southern Utah Wilderness Alliance. Other organizations could be considered as well.”

Featured Artist

Carolyn Tibbetts is Gallery Moab’s Featured Artist for March. A member of the gallery and a native of Utah, she moved to Moab in the early 1970s and raised her family here among the red cliffs and rugged backcountry of the area. With her family, she continues to explore the southeastern part of Utah and has found some truly hidden and wonderful places. It is those times out on the desert that have inspired her most recent paintings. The color, texture and symbolism of the desert surrounding Moab are made visible in her compositions. She also enjoys the challenge of painting the cliffs, skies, and landscapes that she sees every day. Her love of those areas shines through in each painting she finishes.

Gallery Moab will host a reception on March 9th from 5-8, during which the public is invited to view the work of and meet both Margie Lopez Read, and Carolyn Tibbetts. Gallery Moab is located at 87 North Main Street, and is open daily from Noon to 9 pm. And be sure to mention you read about Gallery Moab in Moab Happenings. Work by gallery artists can been seen at and on Facebook or call 435-355-0024.

Gallery Moab is located at 87 North Main Street. We are open Daily from 10 am-6 pm and be sure to mention you read about Gallery Moab in Moab Happenings. Work by gallery artists can been seen at and on Facebook or call 435-355-0024.

2019 Community Artist in the Parks Selected

The National Park Service Southeast Utah Group is pleased to announce Antonio (Tony) Savarese as the 2019 Community Artist in the Parks (CAIP). Created in 2009, the CAIP program highlights the connection between a local artist and surrounding landscapes, particularly at Arches and Canyonlands national parks and Hovenweep and Natural Bridges national monuments.

Hiking around Monument Valley, Bluff, and Moab in his youth, Antonio found an early and unique appreciation for the rare beauty only found on the Colorado Plateau. He believes that a daily dose of scenery is the best form of medicine anyone—especially artists—can find. “This is a place where, if one looks closely, they may see through the red rocks and into themselves, as nature intended.”

As Community Artist for 2019, Antonio will create original work within the parks for a minimum of 24 hours per month, April through October, and share his inspiration and creative process with visitors. His works will be sold in the Canyonlands Natural History Association bookstores at Arches and Canyonlands national parks during his tenure.
For more information about the program and a schedule of Antonio’s 2019 park activities, visit General program inquires may be directed to Karen Garthwait at 435-719-2142 or emailed to Chad Niehaus, the Community Artist in the Parks liaison, may also be contacted for program information via email at

For additional information about Southeast Utah Group parks, visit our websites:
Arches National Park:
Canyonlands National Park:
Hovenweep National Monument:
Natural Bridges National Monument:

“Between Dream & Reality”
Exhibit at "The Bighorn Gallery" Dead Horse Point State Park
March 3- April 28, 2019

Being raised in the Dauphiné region of France enabled Patrick Paul René to develop a passion for hiking and exploring in the Alps. His interest in photography was piqued in 1982 when he accompanied his parents on vacation to the American Southwest. In a sense, Patrick never left. Over the next two decades he dreamed of capturing the desert grandeur of the Colorado Plateau, which he visited numerous times before moving to Moab in 2005.

As a progressive self-taught photographer, Patrick devoted several years to large format photography. He now explores all prospects of the digital era producing a palette of pseudo ‘paintings’ that brings an eclectic update to his traditional photography.

His conceptualization and mastering of new techniques has led Patrick to an enticing variety of photographic possibilities. Where we see a broken down vehicle, a deserted ranch, or even familiar landscapes in Canyon Country, he sees captivating lines, textures, pensive moods, and the opportunity to develop tantalizing visual experiences.
Working with his emotions, he offers us his vision of the magnificence of light in the American southwest as it changes from day to day, season to season. While he continues to explore and expand his areas of research, Patrick often revisits his favorite territories to capture the varying moods of these vast and wild desert landscapes.

More artwork by Patrick Paul Rene can be seen here

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.
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