The event is now in its 15th year, designed as a way for people to meet local artists and learn about their processes, see where artists live and work, and discover their sources of inspiration, according to a statement from event organizers. The art on display at each studio covers a wide range of media and styles. Viewers will find paintings in acrylic, oil and watercolor, ceramics, photography, jewelry, sculpture, collage art and more.
“If you’ve ever been curious to see the home or work space of an artist, pay a visit to a few or all of them over the three days of the Studio Tour. It’s a rare opportunity to be able to visit a studio of a working artist, and experience first hand how different it is from viewing artwork in a gallery,” said a statement release from the organization. “Each artist has a unique space in which to work, from borrowed or shared spaces, to studios that are designed and built to the artists’ specifications and particular needs. It’s there you can ask questions, and watch as an artist works on a painting or throws a bowl. And you can purchase works directly from the artists. Stepping into a studio opens doors to getting to know an artist and growing an appreciation for their art and process.”
This year’s tour will feature 12 artists in nine studio locations. Yrma van der Steenstraeten of Castle Valley will be showing her oil paintings in a wide variety of subjects, also while offering jewelry, prints, and note cards. Back in town event-goers you can visit the studios of nine artists in town and two in Spanish Valley.
Nick Eason’s wood sculptures are the result of many years observing nature and working with wildlife. Sandi Snead, who is well-known for her plein-air paintings, is showing a new series of animal and figurative works this year as well as her popular landscape paintings. Additional landscape and plein-air painters are participating, including Tim Morse, Sarah Hamingson, Robin Straub and Phil Wagner. Morse captures the surrounding landscapes with both watercolors and oil paints, while Hamingson spends time exploring the land creating pastels that reflect a wide range of special places. With their shared studio, Straub and Wagner have colorful canvasses reflecting their roots in their art with many hours devoted to painting outside.
Three artists will be showing at Desert Sun Ceramics this year. Barb Gregoire will share her processes and unique style in functional as well as decorative pottery. Deborah Hughes’ impressionist photographs are interpretations of landscape and nature’s surroundings. Karen Chatham captures still life, landscape, and abstract works in a variety of media, and has added ceramic masks to her eclectic mix of offerings.
In Spanish Valley, viewers will find the studio of Helen Becker whose colorful and textural mixed media oil and acrylic subjects range from still life to abstract expressionist. Joanne Savoie’s textural, colorful and organic ceramics style captures elements of the desert where she lives and works.
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 more information visit moabstudiotour.com for maps and more information about the artists or find it on social media.