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June at Gallery Moab
by Thea Nordling

"The Shape of Things" Shari MichaudGallery Moab, an artist-owned and operated cooperative gallery, features a colorful diversity of original fine art and artisan crafts by local artists inspired by our remarkable canyon country landscape. Each artist has a unique vision and style of expressing their connection to this landscape, so there is always something new and different to pique interest. This month’s featured artists certainly view our environs with very different eyes and express themselves in their own personal ways.

Shari Michaud, our June Guest Artist, never fails to surprise with her imaginative, humorous creations. She brings us “The Shape of Things” this month. Her tiny ceramic sculptural renditions of the desert landscape and still life paintings are a play on words and are an honest reflection of our southwest surroundings. Within a backdrop of mesas, arches, and mountains she places all manner of little ‘things’, including bikes, dinosaurs, and airplanes. Her imagination draws a smile from the viewer even as reality rears its head with her inclusion of dump trucks, bulldozers and other earth moving equipment. When asked about her Shape of Things, she says she’s just drawing inspiration from what she sees.

Peggy Harty, this month’s Featured Gallery Artist, is a founding member of Gallery Moab, manages the gallery, serves on its 5-member executive board, and still finds time and energy for many creative pursuits including quilting, beading, watercolor journaling, and most notably pastel painting. She started using pastels in 2008 under the tutelage of JC Borders, and loves this very forgiving medium, which allows both spontaneity and precision. The landscape and the flora within it have been her lifelong inspiration. “My earliest memories are sitting in the backseat on road Mules Ear Daisies in Arches, pastel by Peggy Hartytrips composing scenes with my imaginary camera” she reminisces. She likes to say she is “wild for wildflowers, but trees aren’t bad either!” She finds back country hiking, roadside stops and chasing the wildflowers with camera in hand a “necessary fix.” As seasons come and go, she seeks out meadow fixes, wildflower fixes, aspen fixes, and like all photographers and artists the perfect light! If only she was an early riser! Peggy works both in her studio from reference photos and on site.

In addition to original paintings in different mediums, Gallery Moab offers a wide selection of metal and wood sculpture, photography, prints, cards, jewelry, ceramics, fabric arts and more. Join us during Art Walk, Saturday June 12 from 5:00 to 8:00 p.m. to meet our artists, enjoy their creations, and maybe even win a prize!

For your safety and ours, we continue to follow COVID safety protocols by requiring social distancing and masks inside the gallery. Open Sun. 10 a.m. to 2:00 p.m.; Mon. – Thurs. 12 noon to 4:00 p.m.; Fri. & Sat. 12 noon to 7:00 p.m. Call 435-220-0891 and we will gladly open by appointment during other hours. One of the artists is always on hand to answer your questions or help you find that perfect gift or memento of your visit. Gallery Moab LCA • 59 South Main Street #1, Moab, Utah 84532 • 435-355-0024 - Visit us on Facebook and Instagram.

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