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April at Gallery Moab
by Thea Nordling

April is such a sweet month! Winter has lost its grip, and summer’s blistering heat is far off. Guest Artist Louise Seiler expresses this joyful mood in her colorful, whimsical paintings celebrating nature at its most buoyant. Recalling her first memory of her emerging “Art Spark”, Seiler says, “In fifth grade American History I was paying some attention to the lesson, while sketching Native American pueblos atop ledges and in hidden rock pockets.” Later a high school art scholarship allowed her to attend Utah State University in Logan, Utah, where she studied design, illustration, and figure drawing. Her amazing instructors and student discounts on art supplies stoked her enthusiasm and creativity. As a co-owner of Moab’s Overlook Gallery for years, she gained experience in the retail business aspects of art and had the opportunity to meet and work with many gifted artists.

Seiler says, “I am happy living here in Moab for 30 years, where inspiration and natural wonders inspire me every day. If my work makes you smile, then I have succeeded.” Come meet her at a reception at the gallery during Art Walk on Saturday April 9 from 5:00 to 8:00 p.m. She surely will bring a smile to your face!

This month’s Featured Artist is Nick Eason. His one-of-a-kind sculptures often flow directly from his many years of observing and working with wildlife in their natural settings over a 30-year career with the National Park Service. Drawing upon those experiences, he works to blend the smooth curves and subtle lines of the natural world with the unique characteristics of the hardwoods that he carves. Through years of study and experimentation he has developed a distinctive simplified style which captures the key form and behavioral characteristics of the subject.

Typically he starts a piece with a quick clay “sketch” and then progresses to working with wood using traditional tools such as chisels and mallet, and in final stages anything from dental tools to power grinders and a chainsaw. His work has won numerous awards from competitions and juried shows, and his sculptures can be found in private and public collections across the country. Eason states, “The challenges of researching a new piece, finding the right material to match the concept, and following through to a finished piece are what drive me. Capturing the essence of a subject drawn from nature to create a unique, one-of-a-kind wood sculpture is something of which I have never tired.”

Gallery Moab offers a wide selection of locally made original fine art and artisan crafts. Our talented member artists work in many different mediums, and each has a unique vision and personal style of expression. There is something here for every taste and budget. One of the gallery artists is always on hand to answer your questions and help you find the perfect gift or memento of your visit.

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