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April at Gallery Moab
by Thea Nordling

Sweet Springtime! Our spirits rise with the longer days, blooming flowers, singing birds and fresh new art at Gallery Moab! Our artist-owned and operated cooperative gallery showcases a colorful diversity of original fine art and artisan crafts inspired by our remarkable canyon country landscape, all hand made locally. We offer paintings, prints, photography, ceramics, wood carvings, fused glass, sculpture, jewelry, fabric art, cards and more.

April’s Guest Artist, Karen Chatham, will be displaying her hand-built pottery and sculptures. She says “I love to make whimsical figures such as funny face pots or small animal sculptures. I have recently discovered ‘Jizo’ statues, which are so sweet.” She explains that “O-Jizo-san,” is a beloved deity in Japan, whose primary role is to protect the souls of unborn babies and children who died before their parents from evil spirits. Jizo statues are found in many surprising places throughout the Japanese countryside and cities and are a calming presence and a comfort to everyone, especially people who are in trouble. Karen’s whimsical pottery evokes a similar gentle, benign spirit. Pottery lovers might enjoy taking one of the classes she currently teaches at Desert Sun Ceramics.

Featured Artist Julia Buckwalter, is the 2021 Artist in the Park for Arches National Park, Canyonlands National Park, Natural Bridges National Monument and Hovenweep National Monument. She works with oil on canvas and panel, drawing from years of emotion and memories from childhood watching storms roll in across the horizon from the car on family road trips, and playing in the New Mexico landscape of Georgia O’Keeffe - a prime influence on her work and love of clouds. Other painterly influences on her work include European colorists Gauguin and Matisse, and American Western artists Maynard Dixon and Edgar Payne. Living in Moab surrounded by wilderness provides her with endless inspiration to paint and convey her experience of “the ever-changing shape of sky, rich variation of hues found in ‘red’ rock, the winding rivers, mountains, and energy of the desert.”  Julia’s Artist in the Park term runs from April 1st - October 30th. Every Thursday she’ll be at a different location, looking forward to meeting travelers to the region from near and far! Check out her schedule online:
Please stop by Gallery Moab during Moab’s first Art Walk of the year on Saturday, April 10 from 5:00 to 8:00 p.m. Some of our artists will demonstrate their skills outside the gallery, and there will be a raffle for prizes. For your safety and ours, we will continue to follow 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 pay the rent!

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. One of the artists is always on hand when the gallery is open to answer your questions or help you find that perfect gift or memento of your visit.

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