Art Scene: Unexpected Moab
Artists have been drawn to Moab for centuries. The Anasazi decorated the area’s rocks with petroglyphs and, today, the tradition of creativity continues. More than two hundred artists have made Moab their home and their presence is reflected in the number of galleries in town. Here are some of my favorite galleries in Moab’s art scene.
Till’s photography transports you to locales such as Yellowstone National Park, Angkor Wat, and Iceland. That said, much of his work is Utah and nature-focused; his images are suffused with color and movement. The gallery offers metal, canvas and paper prints of Till’s work. If you’re hunting for a souvenir rather than a larger scale piece, check out his posters and notecards, which start under twenty bucks.
Earth Studio focuses on metalwork and has a low key, no pressure vibe. Several different artists craft their pieces in the store’s factory and products range from night lights to jewelry trees, and bicycle art. Earth Studios is a good fit for those who like their art functional as well as fabulous.
As the name suggests, this gallery sells Native American Art from tribes such as the Navajo, Zuni, Hopi and Zia, to name a few. It’s interesting to compare the tribal specialties, be it variations in styles of pottery or Zuni fetishes (small carvings of animals and icons that traditionally have a ceremonial use). Prices reflect the handcrafted nature of the pieces.
It’s easy to spot Hogan Trading Company, thanks to the metal whirligigs dancing and twirling near the entrance. The store is arranged into several rooms and the nature of the artwork is diverse. Keep an eye out for Curtis Yanito’s unusual ceramic pottery, Pat Shannon’s mesmerizing copper wall art and wooden wind instruments. As the store also sells fountains, water provides a trickling soundtrack as you browse.
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Lane & Juliet
The writing and photography team behind Southwest Compass, the travel blog for the American Southwest.