Lyrical landscapes are on exhibit at Dead Horse Point State Park
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“Stairway to the Top” by Margie Lopez Read is among the many pastel paintings on display at the Bighorn Gallery.                        Courtesy photo
“Stairway to the Top” by Margie Lopez Read is among the many pastel paintings on display at the Bighorn Gallery. Courtesy photo
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Works by members of the Moab Pastel Guild are on exhibit at the Bighorn Gallery at Dead Horse Point State Park through June 29. The guild is a group of like-minded artists who meet weekly to paint, and they share a “deep love of the surrounding landscape and its ever-changing light and colors.”

The guild’s artists began learning to paint with pastels under the tutelage of accomplished Moab pastel painter J.C. Borders, and have been working together for years developing their skills. They have enthusiastically embraced opportunities to learn and experiment with different techniques and approaches to composition. Over time, each has developed a unique vision and style.

The resulting works range from detailed realism to more loosely rendered impressionism. Art pieces will include regional landscapes, as well as animals, flowers, and more distant landscapes that have inspired the artists. Works on display will include both paintings created in the studio and en plein air (on location).

Guild artists participating in the exhibit are Helen Becker, Peggy Harty, J.C. Borders, Marsha Modine, Mary Collar, Thea Nordling, Victoria Fugit, Margie Lopez Read, Sarah Hamingson, and Larry Thomas.

During the exhibition the paintings will be available for purchase. Prints and notecards are also available.

Dead Horse Point in located nine miles north of Moab on U.S. 191, and 23 miles south on state Route 313. The visitor center is open daily from 8 a.m. to 6 p.m. through mid-October. Park admission is $10. For more information, contact the park at 435-259-2614.


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