HAPPENINGS April 2008
Contemporary Art in Moab
At the Cat’s Lair Collection ,local, regional, and international artists are featured. You will find here sculptures, beautiful pottery, glass, wood and metal works, most unique photographs and thought- provoking paintings, azurite crystal roses, hand spun wool & silk, light & color.
Moab is a small town located in the red rock desert of southwestern Utah. It is world - famous for its spectacular natural beauty and is one of the greatest places for hiking, biking, river trips and jeeping adventures. Nevertheless, in this beautiful surrounding there are many talented and devoted artists who live and work here, quietly interpreting the natural beauty around them into stunning works of contemporary art.
So, we are searching for the hidden and known talents in our region and beyond, so you, our visitors, will enjoy the refreshing experience of original art.
This month we would like to talk about 3 new artists whom we happy to represent in our gallery.
Marie Fouche` was born and raised in San Diego. She have lived all over the country including Florida, New York, Texas, New Mexico, Pine Ridge Indian Reservation, Canada and now she lives in Western Colorado.
“Many people ask me where my ideas come. I don’t sit down and plot out the images that I paint. Most of them come to me in my dreams, and they hang around until I finally commit to working with them. I would say that 95% of the time the image chooses me for some unknown reason to paint it; which is a blessing to me. Every animal that I paint is also an animal that I have had some sort of interaction with. Behind each painting, there is a story behind it…they are stories that I learn as I paint. The story rarely comes to me before I begin the painting, and each one has been a huge lesson for me. All of my paintings are prayers. My adopted Unci (grandmother) on the Pine Ridge Reservation taught me to put prayers into every single bead of my beadwork. I do the same with every single stroke of my paintings. If I have to label myself and my art, I would call it Shamanic Art….”
Tim Wilson has been an Artist his whole life. He has explored a wide range of mediums and most recently adding torch working glass to his experience as an artist.
“There is something mesmerizing about glass. The color qualities, depth and light-play make glass a very special medium. Add fire and you will have an art form that is exhilarating and ALIVE.”
Tim has an extensive background in metalworking and is skilled welder and jeweler. He relates his numerous hours of torch working metal to his success in torch working glass. He has spent thousands of hours “playing with fire” and bringing his ideas to life using this very demanding tool.
Jack Bowman moved to Utah From Michigan and here in Utah he finally realize his life long dream of working with hot glass. He start his study with Gerry Newcomb, Mark Ditzler at The Studio at the Corning Museum of Glass in Corning, NY. Then he went to study with patty Grey in BritishColombia. His desire to expend his knowledge in glass working techniques led him to a Stevens Hot Glass Studio and more study in Corning, NY with Rudi Gritsch, Roger Thomas, Josh Simpson, and Gabrielle Kustner. From now on He was able to combine furnace working and kiln working techniques which expand his horizons tremendously.
“I receive inspiration from everything around me. When I see something I try to imagine it in glass. I hope to use my knowledge and inspiration to create pieces that will be cherished long after I am gone.”
As long as you are here in the gallery, check out the new and unique jewelry by Olga Martinova. Olga works at her jeweler’s bench and greets her customers, who appreciates the opportunity to meet the artist and watch her work. She makes many custom beaded earrings and necklaces upon request; you can watch her make your piece while you wait.
She also spins wool and silk. Often you can see her spinning when you walk into the gallery. She will often give demonstrations to customers who has never seen this ancient art practiced in real life.
We are located in the Eddie McStiff’s Plaza, “when you see the big yellow cat above its rocky lair, you know you’re in the right place!”
Cat’s Lair Collection
59 South Main St.
Moab, UT 84532