The Bighorn Gallery at Dead Horse Point State Park will be exhibiting original artwork from six local artists from Gallery Moab from Sunday, March 6, through Sunday, May 1.
An opening reception with the artists will be held in the Bighorn Gallery on Sunday, March 20, from 2 to 5 p.m. Park entrance fees will be waived for those who attend the reception.
Gallery Moab is a cooperative art gallery whose mission is to enrich, empower and support Moab artists and build community through the arts.
Phil Wagner is a former Peace Corps volunteer, a poetry teacher, a parent, a lecturer in psychology, a custom home builder, a world traveler, a socialist and a documentary filmmaker. He said he believes that “successful art isn’t just another pretty picture.”
Robin Straub’s oil paintings are a personal celebration of natural beauty where she lives and often include landscapes of rock, river, mountains, clouds, plants and cityscapes. Sharing her work with interested friends continues to be the icing on the creative cake, she said.
Page Holland is a Moab native with pioneer roots. She and her family raise horses to ride in the backcountry. She has learned that young horses take offense with a paint kit rattling in the pack, so she usually relies on a camera for reference shots to paint in the studio. She said she spends way too much time volunteering on boards, but has narrowed them down to three that are art-related.
Shari Michaud prefers clay over most other mediums, but she also enjoys picking up a paintbrush. She holds a BFA in Studio Art from Chapman University. Her paintings reflect her visual interest in rusting machines. Michaud enjoys a machine’s clean lines and the similarity of rusted metal tones and hues to the local desert landscape. She said she feels as though the desert is actively reclaiming its minerals.
Sandi Snead said she believes that some people are born artists. It is in the way they see the world, react to it and reinvent it. Snead’s colorful landscapes sometimes reflect her love for the surreal and always offer the viewer her unique point of view.
“There’s no lack of inspiration in the Southwest,” she said. “Sometimes, I just like to give it a twist.”
Larry Christensen has shown work in galleries all over the West, had more than 20 one-man shows, won that many “Best of Show” awards in contests and exhibitions, and has works in collections in Europe and South Africa, as well as the U.S.
Local artwork on exhibit at Dead Horse Point through May 1
During the art exhibit at Dead Horse Point State Park, each work of art will be available to purchase. Learn more about each artist at gallerymoab.com, or visit Gallery Moab at 87 N. Main St. in Moab.
Dead Horse Point State Park is located nine miles north of Moab on U.S. Highway 191, and 23 miles south on state Route 313. The visitor center is open daily from 8 a.m. to 6 p.m. Park admission is $10. For more information, contact the park at 435-259-2614, or Gallery Moab at 435-355-0024.