GALLERY HAPPENINGS April 2011
Off The Wall Gallery -Spring Events
After the dormancy of winter, spring is a fresh beginning, a time for trying something new. If this season of renewal has triggered the urge to discover the artist that has been hiding inside of you - why not sign up for a class or workshop at The Off The Wall Art Gallery?
J.C. Borders loves to show his students how to use pastels to create a beautiful landscape. He always welcomes beginners, who have the desire to express themselves in art, and he enjoys working with more advanced artists, too. Pastels are a great class for beginners because the medium is more forgiving and easily worked over, which allows for more experimentation with color and techniques. They also have the advantages of not drying out and are less expensive. The Wednesday morning class is full, but J.C. will add another day, either in the morning or evening, if enough interest is shown.
After continuing her art education in Durango and Boulder, Colorado, Chrissy Kinslow has returned to Moab, and she is highly energized to share her skills in drawing and block/lino printing. She will be teaching Drawing 101 on Monday evenings from 6:00 to 8:30, and block printing on Tuesday evenings from 6:00 to 8:30. Both classes will start as soon as enough students have signed up.
Janice Reich, a gourd artist from Mancos, Colorado, was originally attracted to the sound and texture of drums, and she began taking drum-making classes. It was through those instruments that she discovered the art of designing gourds. Returning by popular demand, Janice will present another workshop on April 10th. She has a wide repertoire of surface design techniques, and materials will be provided to make your gourd look unique. If you would like to decorate your creation with your own embellishments, don’t hesitate to bring them to the workshop.
“Auto art” is the featured theme for the month of April. Warren Egbert’s new creations have been designed from car and truck parts, and other artists have also created “new art” out of old cars.
Five new artists are on display this spring. Yrma Vanderstreeten and Kristy Smith are both jewelers with vastly different styles and materials. Jonathan Reckling and Gino Bassette specialize in fine wood working, while Willy Brandt uses oils for his abstract paintings. Mark your calendar for the art walk on April 9th from 6:00 to 9:00 where you can enjoy food, drinks, and music. This is also a great opportunity to socialize with other artists and art lovers.
Off The Wall Art Gallery, which offers a wide array of mediums in metal, clay, glass, watercolors, pastels and oils, is open Tuesday through Saturday from 11:00 to 6:00. It is conveniently located at 225 South 400 East, not far from Milt’s and Dave’s Corner Market.
There has been some difficulty with the website “offthewallartmoab.com”, so please check back if it doesn’t have the updated information on classes and events, or e-mail Collette at “firstname.lastname@example.org. You can also call 259-6656, or stop in at the gallery.
Paintings by Page Holland Featured at Dead Horse Point State Park
The Bighorn Gallery at Dead Horse Point State Park will exhibit Page Holland’s paintings from March 2nd through May 1st, 2011. The exhibit, entitled ‘Desert Trails’ includes paintings depicting the detailed landscapes and warm scenes of western life. A reception is planned for Friday, March 4th between 6:30 p.m. and 7:30 p.m. For more information about the artist, visit http://www.moabartists.com/page-originals.htm.
Page Holland, born in Moab, Utah, was raised in the area. She has been painting since she was a young girl, remaining essentially self-taught. Her fascination with horses and the majestic scenery of the Colorado Plateau spans half a century and more. Drawing inspiration from her pioneer ancestors, Page and her family continue to raise horses, which have remained an important part of their lives. “Even if I am painting a simple landscape,” Page says, “It’s likely by horseback that I was able to acquire the inspiration and reference shots. It’s because of horses that I’ve been able to experience some of the most amazing places in the desert and the La Sal Mountains.”
Page’s work already graces many homes across the southwest and she recently completed a painting for a western book cover. This painting is part of the exhibit and copies of the book will be for sale. Her work has been featured in articles in the Los Angeles Times, the Chicago Tribune and Salt Lake City Television News. Page has also lent her artistic talents to museum displays, theatre sets, graphic design, and film projects. She is currently a member of the Oil Painters of America and is represented by The Western Image in Moab.
Dead Horse Point State Park is located nine miles north of Moab on US 191, and 23 miles south on SR 313. The visitor center is open daily from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. and 8 a.m. to 6 p.m. from March 15 to mid-October. Park admission is $10. For more information, contact the Dead Horse Point State Park at 435-259-2614 and be sure to mention you read about it in Moab Happenings.