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March at Gallery Moab
by Thea Nordling

The canyon country has long been a magnet for adventurers of all sorts, artists included. Creating art takes an adventurous spirit whether you are a rank beginner taking that first step of making your mark on paper or canvas, or you are already an accomplished artist pushing your boundaries toward new ways of expression. At Gallery Moab there is always something new and intriguing on our walls, as our artists explore and push into unfamiliar territory, experimenting with new and different styles, mediums and processes. As in life, art is so exciting if you never stop exploring!

Sarah Hamingson, skilled as a realistic landscape pastel artist, has lately forged into new territory, creating striking new works by using pastels on different surfaces and combining them with other mediums. She says “My journey as an artist has taken me on a path of exploration, both geographically and artistically.” She describes her process in creating “Moonflower,” a recent painting: “I used some different techniques to create this painting. I started with a layer of white oil paint over the whole paper. Next, I layered pan pastels on top of that, and scraped away with a razor and various other tools to create texture. Last, I added more pan pastels and some stick pastels. I’ve been exploring this method lately and have been doing some landscapes as well as florals.”

Helen Becker, after years of painting abstract oils and impressionistic pastels, now creates whimsical contemporary art collages using layers of acrylic, paper, fabrics and foil. She explains, “The sound of music in my studio orchestrates how my brush combines glue and acrylics into unique collage paintings. Music is an inspiration that allows ideas to flow into the final work. I like to show how my internal rhythm affects collaging and painting; and how creating the best beat for each part of the work is instrumental in successful art-making. And so, my title and process direct me. How do I know when the collage painting is finished? When my mind hears the painting play a lively finale.”

Our gallery artists are taking the leap into spring with a showing of new works on the theme of “Emergence.” Come in and join these creative adventurers along their journeys. Besides fine art, you’ll also find a colorful diversity of unique prints, photography, ceramics, wood carvings, fused glass, sculpture, jewelry, fabric art, cards and more. One of the artists is always on hand when the gallery is open to help you or answer your questions. We love to talk art!

For your safety and ours, Gallery Moab follows COVID safety protocols by requiring masks indoors, social distancing, and sanitizing. We offer a colorful selection of 100% cotton masks in different styles made by our artists. Sale of these masks helps us keep the lights on!

Open 12 noon to 4:00 p.m. Sunday – Thursday; 12 noon – 7:00 p.m. Friday & Saturday. Call 435-220-0891 and we will gladly open by appointment during other hours.

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Moab Museum Hosts Charter School Pop-up Art Exhibition
by Mary Langworthy, Moab Museum Membership
& Community Outreach Coordinator
From left to right, Avi'Onna Higareda Chavez, A'Laya Bylilly, and Beoncye Chavez Aldaba show off their work on February 16th

The creative and versatile young artists of the Moab Charter School brought a pop of color to the Museum for a full week. From February 15th through 19th, the Museum hosted a temporary pop-up exhibit of student art ranging from paintings to sculpture, which was open to the students, families, staff, and friends of the Charter School. The exhibition featured artwork from all grade levels.

Kindergarteners, exploring with collage and acrylic paints, created abstract pieces which were then combined together into a sculpture suspended from the ceiling. First through sixth graders created watercolor paintings inspired by the stunning scenery of southeastern Utah. Classes were provided with a photo of an iconic landmark such as Monument Valley or Delicate Arch as inspiration, and each student brought their own personal style and imagination to creating their own renditions. The contrasts between students’ differing depictions of the same landscape evoke the magic of the region, and the versatile color schemes the desert can contain.

Tara Baker, "Ms. T", the art teacher who put it all together for the students.

“I can’t believe my art is in a Museum!” Remarked one visiting third grader.

Charter School art teacher Tara Baker is very proud of the students’ artwork displayed at the exhibition and their creative efforts.

“The opportunity to display student artwork in the professional setting of the Museum is really fun, I think it’s very special for students to see their work alongside other objects and artworks that are important to this community.”

Baker, known in her classroom as “Ms. T,” joined the Charter School staff in the fall of 2020. A versatile artist of a wide range of media, Baker began teaching elementary level art in 2013 at the Art Association of Jackson Hole, in Wyoming.

In total, about 100 visitors attended the special exhibit. COVID-19 accommodations were implemented and include masks, cleaning and frequent sanitization of surfaces, and a limited capacity to ensure physical distancing.

Moab Museum is proud to host exhibits that support the efforts of our schools and their teachers and students. Watch for more events coming up this spring by visiting our website:
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