Carolyn Dailey is Gallery Moab’s Guest Artist in December. The public is invited to an opening reception with Dailey on Saturday, Dec. 9, from 5 to 8 p.m. [Courtesy photo]

Local artist Carolyn Dailey is the Guest Artist for December at Gallery Moab.

Her show “Winter Wonderland” is a collection of winter paintings of the Moab area done since she moved back to Moab in 2010. The paintings celebrate the beauty of the winter landscape, and document the snowfalls of the past in Moab.

This is the third time that Dailey has been the Guest Artist at Gallery Moab, 87 N. Main St. Her show will run from Dec. 1 until Christmas, when the gallery will be closed for the holidays.

The public is invited to an opening reception on Saturday, Dec. 9, from 5 to 8 p.m., with food and refreshments. Both framed and unframed original oil paintings will be for sale.

Dailey has been painting the surrounding red rock canyon country since the late 1980s. Her plein air landscapes are known for capturing the natural light and beauty of Moab’s favorite places. A dedicated plein air painter for over 30 years, Dailey paints in oils and has studied with some of the top landscape painters. Her work is shown both locally and regionally where she often wins awards. Two of her paintings are part of the Grand County Public Library’s permanent collection.

Dailey first moved to Moab in 1987 for five years. It was here that she became a full-time artist and learned to paint outdoors on location. She remembers working outside during those winters because her hands would get so cold that she had to use a Thermos to warm them before she could clean up her paints and brushes.

One day, she asked herself what she was doing and why she didn’t go someplace warmer for the winter. So she went to Guatemala. which led to her living there 16 years. She still maintains a residence in Panajachel and visits there twice a year. And when she paints outdoors in the winter now, she sits inside her old painting van to stay warm.

Public invited to Dec. 9 reception with Guest Artist Carolyn Dailey