14th annual Moab Artists Studio Tour runs this weekend, next week
by Jeff Richards
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An interpretive landscape oil painting by Moab-based artist Sandi Snead. 
					            Photo courtesy Sandi Snead
An interpretive landscape oil painting by Moab-based artist Sandi Snead. Photo courtesy Sandi Snead
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A total of 17 local artists will open the doors of their respective studios for the 14th annual Moab Artists Studio Tour, held during the Moab Music Festival, Sept. 2, 3 and 9, from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.

Members of the public are invited to visit the artists in their work environments. A total of 14 different studios will be featured: a dozen in Moab and two in Castle Valley.

“It’s a way to meet local artists and learn about their process, see where they live and work, and discover their sources of inspiration,” said Linn DeNesti, one of the tour’s featured artists who are helping publicize the event.

“The art on display at each studio covers a wide range of media and styles,” DeNesti said, noting that the artists’ works include acrylic, oil, and watercolor paintings, ceramics, photography, jewelry, sculpture, woodcarving, and collage.

The Moab Artists Studio Tour is a free event created by the artists, with support from the Moab Music Festival and the Moab Arts Council. For maps of the studio locations, artwork photos, and information about the artists, visit the Moab Artists Studio Tour’s website at moabstudiotour.com or the tour’s Facebook page.

The tour’s participating artists will be celebrated at a reception at Moab’s Star Hall on Friday, Sept. 1, during the Moab Music Festival’s opening night, sharing a sneak preview of their works during the concert’s intermission.

Although all 17 highlighted artists will be participating during the tour’s opening weekend (Saturday and Sunday, Sept. 2 and 3), landscape painter Sandi Snead and sculptor Michael Ford Dunton will not be showing the following Saturday, Sept. 9. The remaining artists are all scheduled have their studios open on Sept. 9.

During the open hours of the tour, members of the public are encouraged to visit the various studios, ask questions, watch the artists at work and purchase artwork directly from them.

“Stepping into a studio opens doors to understanding an artist and growing an appreciation for their process,” said DeNesti, who shares her studio on Johnny Way with Greg MacDonald. DeNesti specializes in ceramics and collage art mirrors, while MacDonald will showcase his paintings, prints, cards, and 2018 calendars, all of which will be available for purchase.

Another pair of artists who share a studio is pastel painters JC Borders and Kathy Grossman, who live on Peartree Lane. Grossman also specializes in colorful scratchboard drawings.

Phil Wagner and Robin Straub are another pair of tour artists who share a studio, located at 99 North 400 East. They specialize in oil paintings.

Other participating artists in the Moab area include the following: Tim Morse, who is well-known for his plein-air paintings that capture surrounding landscapes in both watercolors and oil; Helen Becker, whose oil and acrylic subjects range from still-life to abstract expressionist; pastel landscape artist Sarah Hamingson; wood sculptor Nick Eason; renowned photographer Bruce Hucko, also known as “Art Coach”; ceramists Barb Gregoire and Joanne Savoie, who both specialize in creating colorful pottery and other works of fired clay, and Karen Chatham, who captures still life, landscape, and abstract works in a variety of colorful media.

The two featured Castle Valley artists are Dunton, who specializes in abstract sculptures made of stone and metal, and Yrma van der Steenstraeten, who will be showcasing her colorful oil paintings in a wide variety of subjects, along with jewelry, prints and note cards.

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