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Gallery HAPPENINGS July 2019

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Roberta Brown ShaderSweetwater by Roberta Brown ShaderDuring the month of July, Gallery Moab will display the colorful artwork of Guest Artist Roberta Brown Shader. Roberta moved to Colorado from Florida where she studied art and began to exhibit her work. Since moving to Colorado she has been impacted by the “mystifying, infinite vastness.” Freely representational, she uses a saturated color palette and a patchwork of textures and patterns. Working with acrylic, oil, watercolor, pastel, and collage, she paints a variety of subjects in many locations.

“In some of the figure work, the perception of the human form is a subject of intense color interpretation. Sunsets and moonscapes are transformed into abstracted explosions of color and forms. A sense of awe is the impetus for these paintings, and an invitation to draw in the observer. As the artist-painter, I intend to keep moving on to more varied and diverse approaches.”

Charlotte QuigleyGallery Moab’s Featured Artist for July is member Charlotte Quigley. “I love creating works of art and find the enjoyment of the process is just as important to me as the final product. After receiving aPainting by Charlotte Quigley Masters in Art History, working in several art museums and for arts councils, and teaching art in an elementary school in New Mexico, I came to Moab, where I found a wonderfully supportive pastel group.

I have worked in many other media, but have come to love the vibrancy of the pastel colors and the diverse way in which you can use it to depict the incredible landscape that surrounds us here. Besides working in pastels, I have found a rewarding use of creativity by teaching fourth grade at HMK. I’m enjoying the process of growing and developing as an artist and feel fortunate to have such amazing subjects so close at hand.”

The gallery will host a reception for both artists on Saturday, July 13 from 5-8 pm. Meet the artists and enjoy a mid-summer bite in the cool, artistic ambiance of Gallery Moab. Located at 87 North Main Street in Moab, Gallery Moab is open daily from 12-9 pm.

Work by gallery artists can been seen at and on Facebook or call 435-355-0024.

Bighorn Gallery Presents: Ted L Sorensen
Ted Sorensen grew up in central Utah in a ranching and farming family. Most of his time, when not in school, involved working with cattle and horses. Long days in the saddle, moving cattle to the summer range and back provided a background which would late influence his field of interest as an artist. A local artist got Ted involved in painting as a youngster but, although he always held an interest, it was much later in life when he finally found the time to pursue art seriously. His second career, as an artist began about fifteen years ago, while living and working on the White Mountain Apache Indian reservation.Painting by Ted Sorensen

Ted now resides with his wife Lynda in beautiful Moab, Utah. Working in oils, he draws inspiration from his lifelong closeness with nature, his experience working with cattle and horses and his interest in the history and culture of the Native Americans.

Artist’s Statement
My life long experiences in the mountains and deserts of Utah, as well as being fortunate enough to have lived and worked among the White Mountain Apaches have been an incredible influence on the type of paintings that I create. The extended time I’ve spent observing the nuances of plants and animals helps with technique but, there’s something more. Something that nature teaches you if you let it. It’s something that Native Americans understand.

I also love western history. I love the story of the American cowboy, the pony soldiers, the Indian nations and their interactions with each other. There are so many stories to tell and I strive to tell them with my art. Each image I create is the beginning of another story, an attempt to elicit an emotion which leads the viewer to finish the story as only they can.
Each painting is done in oil, usually depicting a scene from a bygone or disappearing western culture or way of life, a scene that suggests a relationship with our earth. Again, it’s something that Native Americans understand.
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