March 2015 kicks off Gallery Moab’s second year as a cooperative gallery showcasing the work of local artists. The interest and support of our art-loving community during our start-up year has been most gratifying. Generous donations in response to our “Unleashing the Light” fundraiser are enabling us to improve our gallery lighting to provide a better viewing experience and reduce our energy use. Many thanks to all who have helped us!
Three new artists have recently joined us. Ceramic artist Jess Dye creates delicate wheel-thrown stoneware cups, bowls and carafes subtly textured and beautifully glazed in the colors of desert rock, flora and sky. They are a visual and tactile delight. Dell Crandall’s “Scrap Iron Images,” shamanistic figures cut from metal and finished in glowing epoxy colors, are inspired by petroglyphs and pictographs, or arise from his imagination. Kristi Peterson creates glass mosaics, her best-known piece being the giant coffee cup in front of Eklecticafe. She will be showing her smaller works at the gallery.
Yrma van der Steenstraeten will be our March guest artist. She works at her Blue Rain Studio in Castle Valley, expressing herself in many mediums including oils, acrylics, encaustic, mixed media, photography, jewelry and gourd art. At Gallery Moab she will be showing original mixed media, oil and acrylic paintings inspired by her fascination with wild creatures. She says of her subjects “I am captured by their eyes that confront you with their beauty, spirit and in some cases dangerous side. You also get a feel of their vulnerability, as they can be threatened into extinction.” Yrma will also have new beadwork and imaginative Steampunk necklaces at the gallery.
A reception for Yrma will be held at the gallery on March 14, from 6:00 to 8:00 p.m. Come help us celebrate the advent of spring and the start of our second year as Moab’s popular meeting place for artists and art lovers.
Gallery Moab offers a variety of classes and workshops to help aspiring artists nurture their own creativity. Recent classes have included drawing, watercolor, and alcohol ink painting. Check at the gallery to see what is scheduled in coming weeks. The gallery is also available to rent for classes and workshops, music performances, meetings and social gatherings. We are here to help sustain a creative community however we can.
Interested in a great opportunity to show and sell your work? Consider joining our fun, friendly, supportive group of creative people as a member or guest artist. Think you have no talent? Try one of our classes, and maybe you’ll find you do. Or support Moab’s art scene by being a patron of the arts. Donations large and small are welcome to help us keep the new lights on and the doors open.
Gallery hours in March: Thursday through Sunday,
12:00 noon to 6:00 P.M.
87 North Main Street
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