Moab Made describes itself as “a shop dedicated to the local artisan community.” I would add that the Main Street store is hand-crafted for the individual who appreciates singular items. Moab Made’s wares have soul and personality.
Moab Made was founded by Rebecca McAllister in 2016. “It was created out of a personal desire to do something that I knew I would feel really passionate about for the rest of my life,” McAllister said. “It was something that I felt would thrive, providing a platform for local artisans to showcase their work. We have the constant influx of visitors, and I believe people really want something authentic from the place they’re visiting.”
There is a large diversity of items for sale, including the vivid landscape paintings by Adeline Guay, the small and delicately stitched zodiac hoops by Chelsea Greene, the hand painted animal pendants by Sue Sternberg, pottery by Hayley Knouff, beautified trucker hats by Erin Trim, and handbags, clothing,and elegant wire-wrapped stone jewelry. The Art Club of Grand County High School had a display of greeting cards for sale to raise funds so they could tour art museums in LA.
Artist Stacie Sheets has a unique approach to her art. She mostly paints on used wood from pallets and barns. Scrap wood because it’s “easy to come by,” and also adds texture and depth to her paintings. Her artwork’s themes come from nature. There are both joyful
scenes, like sunflowers dancing in a breeze, brilliant orange orchids enticing a hummingbird; and darker ones, with black birds, full moons, and leafless trees clawing for the sky.
“Ravens, I love painting ravens,” Sheets exclaimed. She only took up painting about three years ago when she and her husband, Timmy, were cutting a black walnut branch into slabs.“I thought, well, I’ll paint a picture on one,” Sheets recalled.
While new to painting, Sheets is not new to craftsmanship. She said her whole house is
furnished is wooden furniture that she and her husband made. “We got the wood off the (Manti-La Sal) mountains, built our own bed, the couches and the table. It only cost about $150 to furnish the whole house.”
Sheets said she has been selling her art through Moab Made since soon after the shop opened, and that she appreciates Rebecca McAllister’s receptivity to her work. “It’s so awesome to have Moab Made to put your stuff out there,” she said.