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August at Gallery Moab
by Thea Nordling

Valley Aspens by Barbara ChurcleyWhat ignites the creative spark? Every artist has a different answer to this question, as each responds to their particular muse in a unique way. The same is true for the viewer. What kind of art speaks to you? Paintings or photography? Wearable or utilitarian art? Whimsical, or realistic? Visit Gallery Moab, a cooperative gallery of local artists, for a sampling of all of the above, and much more.

In August Barbara Churchley is in the spotlight as our Guest Artist. Her colorful oil and pastel paintings reflect her personal connection with the western landscape she calls home. She paints in an interpretive and impressionistic style. She is a Master Signature Member of the Pastel Society of Colorado, Signature Member of the American Impressionist Society, International Plein Air Painters, Plein Air Artists of both Colorado and New Mexico, Contemporary Fine Artists International, and an Associate Member of Oil Painters of America and the Pastel Society of America. Her works have been accepted into prestigious juried shows and have won numerous awards. Churchley also generously shares her talents as a dynamic and engaging workshop instructor.

Helen Becker, our Featured Gallery Artist, creates playful collages out of “anything that can be glued down.” Describing her process, she says “The sound of music in Not Alone by Helen Beckermy studio orchestrates how my brush combines glue and acrylics into distinctive collage paintings. Discovering the unique in a minute part of the universe is my inspiration. Music allows ideas to flow into the final work and give movement to the elements in my compositions. My internal rhythm determines the still lifes, landscapes and other subject matter I love to collage. I create the best beat by printing much of the collage paper I use. I like intensely colored and deeply layered papers. That and other materials such as foil, doilies, and acrylic skins form the musical score for the work. I like to tear most of the papers, instead of cut, so the improvisational music develops into a lively collage painting. By gluing all my pieces to a wood panel, I complete the score. When I hear the melody and bass harmonizing in a single performance, I know the collage is finished.”

Join us at Gallery Moab on Saturday, August 14 from 5:00 to 8:00 p.m. to meet Churchley, Becker, and our other talented artists. Browse the gallery, and you just might find that special piece of art that sparks a personal connection with you.

With the easing of Covid protocols, masks are now optional indoors, but we ask that you respect the choices and personal space of others by avoiding crowding inside the gallery.

Open Sunday 10:00 a.m. – 2:00 p.m. ; Monday to Thursday 12 noon - 4:00 p.m.; Friday and Saturday 12 noon - 7:00 p.m. One of the artists is always on hand to answer your questions or help you find that perfect gift or memento of your visit. Call 435-220-0891 and we will gladly open by appointment during other hours.

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