Perfect Pairing

By Eileen Treasure

An art collection usually begins with paintings, but when sculpture is introduced, there is magic—a perfect pairing.  If you are unsure about what pieces “go” together, look for similarities in color, texture, shape or theme. Even juxtaposing two oddities can be a clever composition, as it never hurts to have a sense of humor in your collection.

Here are some examples from Gallery MAR’s current collection on display.

Above is a striking example of similar colors and contemporary style with Jared Davis’ glass sculpture, “Jupiter Vessel – Amethyst” along side the photography of Ace Kvale, with “Tranga Towers.” The warm, purple tones shift from 3-d object to 2-d photography.


The above painting, “A Perfect Day,” by Matt Flint is paired with a bronze sculpture by Carol Alleman, called “Voice of Wisdom.” Both pieces show the glories of nature and feel related to one another in color, tone and texture. Note that the large scale of the bronze (28″) stands its ground next to the 60″ x 48″ painting.


Here, above, the fluid bronze of Wayne Salge’s “Finish” shares the dynamic energy of Nina Tichava’s painting, “I Am the Envy of the Gardens.” The cool, sage-blue patina on the bronze also draws on similar color tones in the mixed media painting.


Another perfect pair — Jared Davis’ glass sculpture “Badlands and Crow” next to Michael Kessler’s “Synapse.”  They look made for each other! Pairing these two pieces, across the room from one another, would add color and dimension to any space. As both pieces are inspired by natural land formations, they would also “ground” a space in your home.

Let Gallery MAR assist you with adding sculpture to your art collection and discover your own perfect pairings; we’re open every day to assist you, and love to deliver artwork on approval to our collectors. Happy pairings to you!


Paintings by ‘Animal Artists in Residence’ at San Francisco Zoo Head to Auction

Have you ever wanted a painting by a mandrill or a Sumatran tiger? Then look no further than the San Francisco Zoo. These animals, among a variety of others, have produced a collective body of paintings in what the zoo calls their “Animal Artists in Residence” project, which has been a source of controversy for the institution. The San Francisco Zoo has been struggling to create new ways to raise funds.


In “ZooFest,” roughly 50 paintings created by zoo animals will be auctioned at the zoo to support its annual budget. Until then, the zoo is hosting a public auction on eBay.

Painting by unnamed crowned lemur.<br>Photo: Courtesy of the San Francisco Zoo.

Painting by unnamed crowned lemur.
Photo: Courtesy of the San Francisco Zoo.

The zoo states that the animals’ creative output “provides enrichment,” but members of the public might not be so quick to agree. Recent interest in the phenomenon has prompted a number of questions and concerns regarding the ethics and possibilities of turning a profit, that emerged from animal-made art.

The United States Copyright office explicitly notes that objects created by non-humans are ineligible for copyright. This 2014 decision set a precedent for how humans could approach animal-made art objects. Photographer David Slater, for instance, was denied attempts at claiming the copyright for an Indonesian monkey’s selfie that year.

Here, locally, at the Salt Lake City Hogle Zoo, paintings by the zoo’s elephants are also available for sale.

See more images of the animals’ works below.


Asian-Rhino-1024x1024Painting by unnamed Asian rhino.
Photo: Courtesy of the San Francisco Zoo.



WolverinePainting by unnamed wolverine.
Photo: Courtesy of the San Francisco Zoo.


Coachella 2016 Art Tour

Coachella 2016, Indio, California

Coachella 2016, Indio, California

Courtesy of ArtNet News. All photos courtesy of Getty Images.

When it came to this year’s art installations, the Coachella Valley Music and Arts Festival promised to do it bigger than ever—and from the looks of it, they delivered.

Festival-goers were surrounded by colossal works this weekend, including four pillar-like structures called Katrina Chairs by Cuban artist Alexandre Arrechea, who New Yorkers may remember from a series of towering steel installations in 2013 titled “No Limits” at the Park Avenue Mall.

There’s also a series of flashy glass installations on display by Palm Desert-based artist Philip K Smith III, whose mirrored neon towers pulsed under the desert skies at Coachella in 2014.

There’s also Jimenez Lai’s jumbled “Tower of 12 Stories” and R&R Studio’s lustful “Besame Mucho” installation to take in. See them, and other arresting artworks below.

A night view of the art installation Portals, by Philip K Smith III

A night view of the art installation Portals, by Philip K Smith III


Jimenez Lai's Tower of 12 Stories

Jimenez Lai’s Tower of 12 Stories


Katrina Chairs by Alexandre Arrechea of Cuba

Night view of Katrina Chairs by Alexandre Arrechea of Cuba


Snow College Student Show


Last week, owner Maren Mullin (I) had the honor of selecting the juror’s awards for the annual Snow College art show, and speaking to their art students. I rarely have the time and opportunity to speak about my career, but always relish the opportunity to share my background with students.

What a thrill — thanks for your great questions! I look forward to seeing these budding careers progress.


Jurying the show was indeed a challenge, as the talent in this group is far-reaching, across a broad spectrum of media. Snow College has done a wonderful job of utilizing their spaces for classes. Although the staff is small, they are incredibly engaged and actively support their students. The connections between student and professor, that I was able to see, are strong. This leads to great work, and selecting the winners proved difficult.

Snow College Arts and Humanities staff

Snow College Arts and Humanities staff

I was sorry to miss the opening, the timing of which coincided with work at my Park City gallery. Adam Larsen, the head of their department, was able to send me a few photos so that I could see the action.

If you are ever in Ephraim, take a visit to their college and view their student galleries.

Juror's Award winner

Juror’s Award winner

Glassblowing — An Ancient Art Continues Through The Ages

By Francine Valline, Fine Art Consultant

What is it about glass that entrances us?  Visit a glory hole (glass blowing studio) and you will find yourself captivated.  Watching the glassblower is mesmerizing, as hypnotic as watching a snake or a fire, and everyone that visits Gallery MAR is intrigued by the glass art of Colorado sculptor Jared Davis.

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The history of glass making can be traced back to 3500 BC in Mesopotamia, where the earliest known glass objects discovered were beads.  The earliest evidence of glass blowing was found in Iran, where many bottles were found in excavations from the 2nd millennium.

Jared Davis, "Jupiter Swan, Purple" Mouth blown Glass

Jupiter Swan, Purple

Glass blowing refers to the expansion of a molten blob of glass by introducing a small amount of air into it through a long rod.

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Jared Davis, in his Colorado studio

There are many ways to apply patterns and color to blown glass.  Artists roll molten glass in powdered color or larger pieces of colored glass.

Jared Davis - Jupiter Vessel AmethystJupiter Vessel, Amethyst

Complex patterns can be created using cane (rods of colored glass) and murine (rods cut in cross sections to reveal patterns.) Etching with an abrasive substance creates art on the surface of glass after it is blown.

“The fragile grandeur of the desert southwest to me is like an open book, allowing a close up inspection of the forces of creation.”  – Jared Davis

Jared Davis - Sentinal - Canyonlands