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Everett Ruess Block Prints: Exhibit and Programs Throughout the Winter
by Moab Museum Staff


With a chill in the air already creeping into town, the Moab Museum is thrilled to present the special exhibit Block Prints by Everett Ruess, now on display through the winter months. This traveling exhibit includes a selection of block prints created by artist and writer Everett Ruess, depicting his travels throughout the western United States in the early 20th century. His writings and block prints are records of his experiences and interactions in the landscape that so deeply inspired him. These artistic works, which Ruess traded and sold as he moved from place to place, allowed him to maintain his vagabond lifestyle, and has preserved his memory as a well-known figure within the artist community.

Ruess’s wanderlust, deeply intertwined with his art, still inspires artists and lovers of the desert, even still, nearly a century later. The prints in this collection chronicle his travels between the Californian coast, the Sierra Nevada Mountains, and the canyon country of Utah and Arizona, and are among those he created during the five year period prior to his disappearance in the Escalante canyons. They show an evolution of his work and talent as he captured the natural world around him. The words of Ruess and his art have inspired generations of desert wanderers since his disappearance in 1934 at age 20.

Printmaking for the Community
In conjunction with our temporary exhibit, a variety of programs will offer a window into the creative legacy of Everett Ruess. Join the Museum staff in the spirit of Ruess’s art by creating printed postcards and bookmarks, using historic printing materials from the Times-Independent newspaper.

There will be two Postcard Printing Workshops in December:
December 6th from 5-7pm and December 13th from 1-4pm at the Moab Museum

Additionally, the Museum hopes community members stay tuned (and get excited!) for an Introduction to Printmaking class in January from the Moab Arts and Recreation Center in collaboration with the Museum and a Ruess-inspired Writer’s Workshop series later this February.

Block Prints by Everett Ruess is made possible thanks to the Utah Department of Arts & Museums’ Traveling Exhibit Program, a statewide outreach program that prvides schools, museums, libraries, and community galleries with the opportunity to bring curated exhibitions to their community. This program is supported in part by a grant from the National Endowment for the Arts.

The Moab Museum is open Tuesday through Saturday from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m.
To learn more about Museum membership, programs and exhibits, and to read the Museum’s blog and explore online archives and collections, please visit

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Movie & Western Memorabilia Museum at Red Cliffs Lodge

Indiana Jones PosterRed Cliffs Lodge, on the banks of the mighty Colorado River, is home to the Moab Museum of Film & Western Heritage. The lodge is built on the old George White Ranch, a key location for nine of the big westerns including Rio Grande, Cheyenne Autumn, Ten Who Dared, The Commancheros, and Rio Conchos.

The late George White was founder of the Moab to Monument Valley Film Commission, the longest ongoing film commission in the world.

In the museum one can learn more about film locations, how the sets are built, and how the filming process is managed on nature’s own sound stage. On display in the museum are production photographs, movie posters, autographed scripts, props from the many pictures filmed in the area, and displays about the western ranching heritage. For information, call Red Cliffs Lodge at 435-259-2002.

Rio Grande Through the magnificent landscapes of southeastern Utah, writers have been inspired and stories born here. Zane Grey, the famous western novelist, traveled through the area in 1912. His visit inspired him to write his book Riders of the Purple Sage. The book was made into a movie starring Ed Harris and Amy Madigan, and filmed on locations around Moab.

A partial list of stars that have made movies in Moab
John Wayne, Maureen O'Hara, Henry Fonda, Lee Marvin,
Rock Hudson, Jimmy Stewart, Richard Boone, Anthony Quinn,
Mickey Rooney, Shirley Temple, Kris Kristofferson, Billy Crystal,
Robert Duvall, Gene Hackman, Bill Murray, Jack Palance, Susan Sarandon, Geena Davis, Ted Danson, Tom Cruise, and many more.

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