Art Walk Featuring Chad Niehaus

Date: September 08, 2012

Time: 6:00 PM

Location: Back of Beyond Bookstore. 83 N. Main St. Downtown Moab.

Price: Event is free to the public

Art Walk Featuring Chad Niehaus

Our company name is inspired by the Waterpocket Fold, a dominant feature of Capitol Reef National Park in southern Utah. Chad Niehaus, the company’s owner and artist, had a memorable experience here in 2006, while participating in the Everett Ruess Days’ Plein Air Competition. While he was creating his artwork entry, a record-breaking rainstorm hit. He attempted to drive through a flooding wash at the base of the Waterpocket Fold (bad idea) and had to jump out of his truck as the water entered the cab. He stood on the bank and watched as his truck slowly moved downstream and the muddy flow made its way through the vehicle. He named the pastel drawing of the Waterpocket Fold that he created that day, “Water in my Pockets.”

We are proud to be an independent business in the small town of Moab, Utah. Moab serves as the gateway to Arches and Canyonlands National Parks, Dead Horse Point State Park, the Colorado River, and hundreds of thousands of acres of wild high desert country. If you haven’t been here before, you should make plans for a visit someday. We are deeply inspired by our Big Backyard, and are excited to share the results of this inspiration with customers from around the world.

We use hand-carved linoleum blocks to create unique art prints, note cards, and our featured item, individually pressed T-shirts. Initial enthusiasm for block printing the desert landscape came from the linoleum block prints of young explorer and artist, Everett Ruess. Waterpocket Press artwork is clean, bold, and, typically focuses on details within the desert landscape. We prefer to work with the individual pieces of this enchanting puzzle called Life.

Chad Niehaus is a multi-media artist committed to producing art that is accessible and relevant. His passion for printmaking was sparked during a four day solo backpacking trip along the Escalante River, Utah, in which he carried a piece of linoleum, his carving tool, a loaf of bread, and a bit of water.

Chad has lived in Moab, Utah since 1999 and has successfully created and ran a number of ventures including:

Green Solutions, Moab’s first and only pick up recycling service.

Community Artist in the Park (CIAP),an immersive artist residency connecting local artists with National Park visitors. 

Subvert, a line of clothing and products  promoting the act of thinking through the things you do.