Current articles and gallery shows featuring Deborra Marshall Bohrer's art, paintings and poetry.

Moments in Transit e-Booklet

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Dear Visitor,

The desire to exhibit Contemporary folk Art has been there since the impact of Purvis Young in my mind. So, in 201 8 FRIEZE New York I met Deborra Marshall Bohrer and her artwork attracted me to the point of taking the risk of shipping the heavy vintage automobile body panels all the way from Sun Valley, Idaho to Miami, Florida. ModArt is exhibiting art pieces inspired by the simplicity and majesty of a small and beautiful town, its folks, its untamed animals and nature. Welcome to a soft and beautiful journey in "Moments In Transit". A collection that is uniquely authentic and that is rarely found.

Wishing to be in snow covered Sun Valley, Idaho. Enjoy!

-Norka Martinez Luque
Owner & Curator
ModArt Gallery

"Art is the reflection of life that resides in all of us. It is the wooden spoon that stirs emo­tion. It calms the soul or curdles your blood. A piece of art can be a gentle friend, a stern companion, or a way to escape or revere "normal."

My paintings are a glimpse into the core of human perception with color and images that provoke thoughts and memories of the past ... and hopes that linger just our of reach in the future. Adding layer upon layer of color with a palette knife, brush or hand the depth of paint reveals the life of the subject. And then there is that wonderful moment of recogni­tion ...

“Ah .... there you are."


Moments in Transit

SUN VALLEY, IDAHO—Idaho artist and Sun Valley resident Deborra Marshall Bohrer presents “Moments in Transit” at ModArt Fashion and Art Gallery in Miami, Fla. with an opening reception on Friday, Jan. 26, from 5 to 8 p.m. with Bohrer in attendance.

            “Moments in Transit” is a multimedia exhibition, which represents Bohrer’s love of nature, Idaho and her fascination with automobiles. Through salvaged doors she sourced from vintage cars in Montana and Ketchum as well as at L L&L Classic Auto, one of the largest car yards in the U.S. in Wendell, Idaho, Bohrer has created vignettes on her view of the world and a few key people who are in it. The exhibition, which is comprised of nine doors and car parts and six paintings as well as a video on the making of “Moments in Transit,” offers a look into an artist and her process in an intimate and telling presentation.

            “I’m thrilled to have ‘Moments in Transit’ by Deborra Marshall Bohrer as she is a significant contemporary folk artist and represents what is happening in the contemporary folk genre today,” said Norka Martinez Luque owner of ModArt Fashion and Art Gallery.

“The Shepherds” Model AA Ford Truck 1933 - Paintings: Acrylic on board - 2018

“The Shepherds” Model AA Ford Truck 1933 - Paintings: Acrylic on board - 2018

The concept of the doors started when Bohrer first found one in an antique shop in Bozeman, Mont. many years ago. In creating “Moments in Transit,” Bohrer wanted to capture the past as well as show the romance of the automobile. However, she is also using “Moments in Transit” to show how the West needs to be protected and honored in the issues of the 21st century. Most of Bohrer’s art is impasto painting where she uses a palette knife to place layers upon layers of paint and color to present her subject.

            “My family was in the oil industry and my mother was the largest jobber, a wholesaler, in Kansas City,” said Bohrer. “My father was also an executive in the oil industry and held many positions in the oil business as did my grandfather. For me, it was the service station that has always been something I have held on to throughout my life, it’s where you took care of your automobile. Women were not allowed to work at a service station, but I would sneak out when I could to pump gas. It’s the end of era and no longer do people work and tinker on their cars as a daily function unless it’s a hobby or pastime. America’s history is linked to the oil industry as well as culture and glamour, which has created and supported many characters. I love characters, and it’s the characters who love cars.”

             A combination of found objects and doors, which are an homage to vintage automobiles, as well as paintings on a variety of subjects from western wild fires and Sandhill cranes to wild horses and sockeye salmon as well as all the characters, Bohrer has discovered while constructing “Moments in Transit” are all represented in this show.

            “Moments in Transit” will be on exhibition through March 23. For more information, visit For press or media inquiries, email Sabina Dana Plasse at


About ModArt

ModArt was founded by Venezuelan musical artist Norka, a passionate art collector, turned experiential dealer. Her vision to create a collaborative gallery that showcases a curated collection of modern, contemporary art with an urban flair alongside haute couture fashion became a reality in 2018.

Located between Miami’s vibrant Wynwood and Design District, ModArt is idyllically situated at the epicenter of South Florida’s arts and cultural scene. The brilliantly warm space welcomes art lovers, collectors and fashion aficionados to enjoy exhibitions with a true and refreshing story.


Lipton Fine Arts - Sept. 2017

KETCHUM, IDAHO—Lipton Fine Arts presents new works by Deborra Marshall Bohrer in a solo show for Gallery Walk on Friday, Sept. 1, 5-8 p.m., in Ketchum, Idaho. Marshall Bohrer will be present for Gallery Walk, and her works will remain on exhibition through the end of September. Marshall Bohrer’s work is also on exhibition at The Community Library in Ketchum for its “Art in the Lecture Room” series, which is ongoing.


“I’m inspired at the amount of effort of work that Deborra does to produce a painting,” said Lipton Fine Arts owner Gary Lipton. “Priming, scraping and grinding with power tools and the almighty palette knife with layers upon layers of paint. When looking at the paintings, you can just see so much depth. The artistic visual description of her realistic imagery on the canvas is clearly a joyful wonderful outpouring of expression by Deborra. Her paintings express a stylistic resemblance of love and tenderness.”

Marshall Bohrer will show pieces from her Sandhill crane series and others and new works, “Scenes from the Hidden Garden,” inspired by her own gardens. Marshall Bohrer’s fascination with form and figure as well as years of skill and experience allows her to present the elegance of cranes and nature through her own style of painting, which is mostly performed with a palette knife. She will use brushes, her hands and mixed media, but she’s mostly crafting with a knife mixing it up between board and canvas for her surfaces.

 “When I started the painting the poppies in “Flourish,” it was the middle of winter,” she said. “It had dark colors, and it was harsh. It eventually progressed and the painting came out from underneath. I had to scrape back and forth all the time for that to happen. It’s really an important process of where I need to be in all my paintings.”

“Scenes from the Hidden Garden” is refreshing work amongst the day-to-day chaos for Marshall Bohrer. Her experimentation with flowers was a new challenge, as she did not know what form they would take. She says her style changed and became looser within this series, where a great deal of texture can be seen.

Marshall Bohrer has made Sun Valley her home for almost 30 years and her work has been featured in gallery shows in Sun Valley since 2009. She has experimented with many mediums including vintage car doors and metal along with her painting. Her work also exists within private collections across the nation and abroad.

Lipton Fine Arts is open Fridays and Saturdays from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. and by appointment.

WaterWays Smithsonian Exhibit

WaterWays Smithsonian Exhibit

“Water is a defining feature in the arid American West, and here in central Idaho, our local waterways include the wild Salmon River, the renowned spring-fed Silver Creek, the freestone Big Wood River, as well as irrigation ditches and the massive Magic Reservoir,” said Jenny Emery Davidson, the Library’s executive director. “This excellent exhibit prompts us to pay attention to these waterways in new and deliberate ways. It’s perfect for here and perfect for this summer.”

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Community Library’s Sun Valley Museum of History Exhibit

Abstract realist painter and Wood River Valley resident Deborra Marshall Bohrer has several works on exhibition at the Community Library’s Sun Valley Museum of History as part of the library’s installation of the Smithsonian’s traveling exhibit “Water/Ways” July 16 through Aug. 28. The high-quality exhibit explores water from a wide variety of perspectives – ecological, historical, cultural, social, spiritual—and around the world.

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