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Gallery HAPPENINGS October 2019

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Gallery Moab’s October guest artist is Barbara Churchley, a well-known painter and workshop instructor in western Colorado. Her oil and pastel paintings are interpretive and impressionistic. She has been nationally recognized in Southwest Magazine as a “Nationally Emerging Artist.” Barbara will be conducting a workshop in Moab on October 1&2 at the Moab Arts & Recreation Center. During the workshop, she will encourage participants to enjoy being more loose and expressive in their painting and pastel technique. Barbara is a Master Signature Member of the Pastel Society of Colorado, Signature Member of the American Impressionist Society, International Plein Air Painters, Plein Air Artists of both Colorado and New Mexico, Contemporary Fine Artists International, and an Associate Member of Oil Painters of America and the Pastel Society of America.

Larry Christensen, a gallery member, is one of two featured artists for October and will show some new landscapes. “I started out as a kid on a farm in southeast Idaho near the little town of Moore. My teachers and even the Principal at Moore Elementary encouraged and mentored my interest in drawing, taking me with them on painting trips, getting books from the library in Idaho Falls some 70 miles away, and teaching me about shading and perspective. When my family moved near Salt Lake City, I was able to take art classes in school, and with some interruptions I continued earning a BFA from Brigham Young University, and later a MFA from the same school. I taught at BYU and what is now UVU for ten years covering courses in Drawing, Watercolor, Oil Painting, Art History, Figure Drawing, and Humanities.”

Larry has won some Best of Shows, and some other prizes in his career, has been honored to judge in the Utah High School Sterling Scholar Art Contest, and several other shows. He has works in permanent collections at the Utah State Capital, State and County Buildings in Utah County, and the Springville Museum of Art. He now teaches occasional classes in Moab at the Grand County Senior Center and shows his work at Gallery Moab.

Marsha Modine, another member of the gallery, is also a featured artist for October. Marsha says that painting for her can be relaxing, rewarding, and creative. Interpreting how beauty makes her feel is often fun, frustrating, and satisfying. “It’s a lot like life. What I think, see, and feel are not the same as anyone else. It’s a good way to express your uniqueness. I’ve done art all my life. I guess I’ll keep on keeping on.” Marsha has recently switched from pastels to painting with acrylics. Her new landscapes and still life paintings are bold in color and brushwork.

Gallery members will host a reception in honor of Barbara Churchley, Larry Christensen, and Marsha Modine during Art Walk, Saturday October 12 from 5-8 pm. Gallery Moab is located at 87 N Main Street, and is open every day from 12-9 pm.

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

Bighorn Gallery Presents:
Dustin LeFevre & Steven Michael Howa

Dustin LeFevre
I grew up in the foothills of the Oquirrh Mountains and developed a deep love of the outdoors through a childhood of exploration. My mother always had a camera in hand, so it didn’t take long before I was asking to borrow it. Soon I got one of my own and I was hooked. My passion for photography and my love of the outdoors have grown together ever since and at times have bordered on obsession that has shaped my life in many ways. I even met my wife Emily through photography by purchasing a lens from her on the local classifieds. Any chance I get, I can be found wandering the desert, looking for cool rocks and seeking conditions that make for unforgettable images and experiences.

Steven Michael Howa
A native Utah photographer who started photography late in life while serving with the Army in Iraq. Documenting my experiences and capturing fellow soldiers became an obsession which carried over the landscape photography after retirement. The camera has taken me places I’ve never dreamed of going or even existed. It’s like a divining rod, always pointing to the treasure, and the west is full of treasure. I’ve had the luxury of learning the art of landscape photography from two of the best; Dustin Lefevre and Chad Dudson. So much more to learn and so much treasure to seek...

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 $20 per vehicle for three days. For more information, please contact the park at 435-259-2614.


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