Local painter, Donna Jordan, makes rocks art
by Lisa J. Church
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Jan 31, 2013 | 2038 views | 0 0 comments | 7 7 recommendations | email to a friend | print
Donna Jordan has been creating art for most of her life, but two decades ago, the Moab-based painter began looking for a way to express her creativity on a different type of surface. She found it when she began painting on rock.

“I was looking for something different to paint instead of canvas,“ said Jordan, who helped found the Canyonlands Arts Council in Moab in the 1980s. “I started experimenting with painting on sandstone and it worked out well. I can use the different variations in the sandstone and it gives [the painting] a bas relief feeling.”

Beginning on Monday, Feb. 4, Jordan’s sandstone paintings will be on display at a special exhibit at the Museum of Moab, 118 E. Center St. The museum will host the exhibit through April and a meet-the-artist reception is planned for the first Moab Art Walk of the season, said museum director Travis Schenck.

Jordan said all the paintings in the exhibit are different views of Delicate Arch in Arches National Park. Since she began the rock paintings, Jordan has frequently given them as gifts to friends or to co-workers who are retiring from the Moab Bureau of Land Management office. She also has donated paintings to benefit local non-profit groups.

Most of the paintings in the upcoming exhibit were borrowed from area residents who had received them as gifts, but Jordan said a few of the paintings were shipped to the museum by people who now live in other parts of the U.S.

“It’s a really unique art form,” Schenck said. “Not many people paint on stone. And the result is really interesting to see.”

The Museum of Moab is open Monday through Saturday from noon to 5 p.m. through Feb. 28. Beginning in March, the museum will be open Monday through Friday from 10 a.m. until 5 p.m. and Saturdays from noon until 5 p.m.

For more information about the museum, call 435-259-7985 or visit the museum’s website at www.moabmuseum.org.

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