The title image of Orr's exhibit. The words "Summer Ester Orr: geomancer" are pictured on top of a collaged image of a topographic map and sandstone towers.
The title image of Orr's exhibit, "Geomancer" Credit: Courtesy photo

This year’s third Artwalk will take place from 5 p.m. to 8 p.m. on Saturday, June 11. Art browsers are encouraged to wander to the Moab Museum (118 E. Center St.), Moab Bag Co. (55 E. 100 S.), Gallery Moab (58 S. Main St.), Tom Till Gallery (61 N. Main St.), Moonflower Co-op (39 E. 100 N.) and the Moab Arts and Recreation Center (111 E. 100 N.). The Fiery Furnace Marching Band will be playing at various locations throughout the night as well to accompany any walkers. 

The Moab Museum will showcase an exhibit called “Butch Cassidy Was Here: Historic Inscriptions of the Colorado Plateau.” The exhibition displays “the confluence of history and photography,” according to museum staff: it’ll display photographs of inscriptions created in the Colorado Plateau area before 1900, while also paying homage to the photographer, Jim Knipmeyer, and his friend, Mike Ford. 

Moab Bag Co. is a company started in Moab years ago that’s only recently made a resurgence. The company will showcase its own work—zippered bike pouches—as well as art from various other local artists. The space is also shared with local artist Suzy Williams, a jewelry maker. Her studio will be open during the walk, and she welcomes any questions about her process. 

Each month, Gallery Moab picks a guest artist and a featured artist to showcase. This month, the gallery chose two artists as the guests: friends Bruni Mason and Sue Rydman. Both paint with watercolors, and usually at Rydman’s kitchen table—their art is abstract, an experiment of what watercolor can do. The featured artist this month is Carolyn Tibbets, a landscape painter, who “enjoys the challenge of painting cliffs, skies, and river reflections she sees every day in the landscape,” according to Gallery Moab. 

Tom Till Gallery will showcase Till’s new photo, “Arches Spring Primrose,” which captures a field of primrose flowers in Arches National Park at sunrise. Visitors to the gallery during the Artwalk will be entered to win a Tom Till print. 

Andy Savarese, a landscape oil painter, is Moonflower Co-op’s featured local artist. Savarese will be present at Moonflower during the Artwalk to chat about his work; light refreshments will also be provided. 

The final location, the MARC, will display a new exhibit created by Summer Ester Orr, a multidisciplinary artist based in Green River. Her work “often utilizes ceramics, illustration, and printmaking to document living in an increasingly hostile environment—the American West,” according to the MARC. 

Orr’s exhibit, titled “Geomancer,” will explore and document a hypothetical future where the American Southwest has succumbed to the ever-continuing megadrought. The exhibit uses found-object, made-object, illustration, and photocollage to tell the story. 

“As institutions and companies collapse, remaining fringe-dwellers have taken up folk magic traditions and occult-based rituals to find sources of deeply-hidden water and other precious objects underground the surface of an inhospitable planet,” the exhibit description reads. 

If you miss this month’s Artwalk, don’t worry: most exhibits will be on display throughout the month of June. The next Artwalks will take place on September 10, October 8, and November 12.