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Gallery HAPPENINGS April 2019


Gallery Moab

Gallery Moab again welcomes Shari Michaud as guest artist with a new series of paintings and sculptures she’s calling "Words and Images." Her large, colorful acrylic paintings are accompanied by ceramic wall plaques which contain only a word or two. As both a ceramic artist and painter she often discovers an intersection between the two mediums. While making volumes of ceramic magnets and whimsical ceramic animal sculptures, which can be quite repetitive, she’s often thinking of paintings, ideas for paintings, titles of paintings. She says, “my head is filled with words, lots of words and lots of images." Shari has turned these words into wall plaques. She likes the idea of having the words stand on their own and letting the viewer conjure their own image.

Deborah McDermott is the featured gallery artist this month. She has rolled out some new paintings and relief prints that have sprouted from a special attachment she has for the Needles District, Canyonlands. "The Needles is a place I like returning to again and again. I find something very appealing about the scale of the place." Deborah has discovered that satellite maps afford her a bird's eye view, allowing her to see the lay of the land in a different and exciting way. "As seen from high above, the Needles is made of graceful curves, branching forms, long, linear cracks, flat shelves, and sculpted nodules, all delineated by bright light and shadow. It's a complicated and absorbing challenge to try to paint it."

Gallery Moab will host a reception for Shari Michaud and Deborah McDermott on the first Art Walk of the 2019 season, Saturday April 13, from 5-8 pm. The gallery is located at 87 North Main Street and is open Daily Noon to 9pm. Join us!

Work by gallery artists can been seen at gallerymoab.com and on Facebook or call 435-355-0024.


“Between Dream & Reality”
Exhibit at "The Bighorn Gallery" Dead Horse Point State Park
March 3- April 28, 2019

Being raised in the Dauphiné region of France enabled Patrick Paul René to develop a passion for hiking and exploring in the Alps. His interest in photography was piqued in 1982 when he accompanied his parents on vacation to the American Southwest. In a sense, Patrick never left. Over the next two decades he dreamed of capturing the desert grandeur of the Colorado Plateau, which he visited numerous times before moving to Moab in 2005.

As a progressive self-taught photographer, Patrick devoted several years to large format photography. He now explores all prospects of the digital era producing a palette of pseudo ‘paintings’ that brings an eclectic update to his traditional photography.

His conceptualization and mastering of new techniques has led Patrick to an enticing variety of photographic possibilities. Where we see a broken down vehicle, a deserted ranch, or even familiar landscapes in Canyon Country, he sees captivating lines, textures, pensive moods, and the opportunity to develop tantalizing visual experiences.
Working with his emotions, he offers us his vision of the magnificence of light in the American southwest as it changes from day to day, season to season. While he continues to explore and expand his areas of research, Patrick often revisits his favorite territories to capture the varying moods of these vast and wild desert landscapes.

More artwork by Patrick Paul Rene can be seen here patrickpaulrene.com

Dead Horse Point is located nine miles north of Moab on US 191 and 23 miles south on SR 313. The visitor center and Bighorn Gallery are open daily from 9am-5pm. Park admission is $20 per vehicle for three days. For more information, please contact the park at 435-259-2614.
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