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Gallery Moab Gears Up Online Presence
By David L. Brown
Local artist Karen Chatham is a member of Gallery Moab. She works in a variety of media and is a specialist in alcohol ink drawings.

At the deadline for this edition of Moab Happenings, like most of Grand County, Gallery Moab was facing uncertainty due to COVID-19. At the time of this writing the gallery was closed by order of the Utah Department of Health at least through the end of March and possibly into mid-April or even beyond.

But from adversity comes opportunity. As everyday affairs ground to a halt, for many of us this was a chance to carry on our lives in the virtual world of the Internet. Gallery Moab has responded by increasing its online presence, and in that way it is open 24/7 in the virtual world. You can experience the work of many talented area artists in the comfort and safety of your home. Besides its website at, it has virtual homes on Facebook and Instagram.

We hope the gallery will soon be open for April, but even if it remains closed, by guiding your search engine to the website you can enjoy the work of April guest artist Mary Pusey and featured artist Karen Chatham. You can also see the work of all the members of this local artist’s co-op, read articles about art and artists, follow a blog and even contact the gallery to make a purchase.

This painting by Karen Chatham is on display at Gallery Moab. Karen, the gallery’s featured artist for April.

Mary Pusey, April’s guest artist, is a native Utahan who is a member of Art at The Main, a co-op gallery in the Salt Lake City Main Library. She is known for her colorful watercolors including many of Moab area scenes.

“I love painting the outdoors,” she explains. “As I travel I make quick sketches or paintings and try to remember the wonderful colors and light. As a result, my paintings are representations of what I see and feel, not necessarily of what is actually there.”

Mary Pusey is April’s Guest Artist at Gallery Moab. She often paints plein air (in the outdoors) as shown here in Zion National Park.

Pictured are two examples of her work. First shows a mountain bike parked in front of a coffee shop, a familiar sight in Moab. The other is titled “Spring on Park Avenue,” a popular view in Arches National Park. These and others will be displayed at Gallery Moab assuming it will be open. Otherwise, they and more examples of her art can be viewed on the website.

Karen Chatham is a local Moab artist who is a long-time member of Gallery Moab. She teaches art classes in her studio and says art has always been a part of her life.

Karen works in a wide range of media, as she explains, “depending on where my creative

Mary Pusey’s painting titled Bike and Coffee captures a scene familiar in Moab, known for its mountain biking enthusiasts and always fresh coffee.

passion takes me.” She paints, pours, photographs and even works in clay sculpture. She is an expert in the use of alcohol inks.

The examples shown here include “Night Raven” and “Purple Tree,” typical of her control of rich, saturated colors and fine detail. Many of her works are on display at Gallery Moab and on the gallery’s website.

If the town has returned to normal, come visit the gallery in its new location at 59 S. Main. The gallery is staffed by its members and is normally open from 12 noon to 9 p.m. daily during the tourist season. Meanwhile, stay safe and stay well.

For more information about Gallery Moab, visit their web site at where you can read more about the artists and view examples of their work.



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