Personality, Nostalgia, and Fred Calleri

By Victoria Kennedy, Fine Art Consultant

Fred Calleri - Arresting DevelopmentsArresting Developments: 34″ x 19″, $3,950

 

It is quite often that we hear collectors exclaim, “Hey, this reminds me of Norman Rockwell!” when looking at a Fred Calleri painting. While Calleri’s subjects are reminiscent of the twentieth-century painter, Calleri takes most of his inspirations from older master painters: Vermeer, Sergent, Zorn, and Sorolla among others. The Rockwell aspect of his work comes from a general feel -– an evocation of the past through brief, joyful moments. Like photographs or posters advertising “the good ol’ times.” Calleri’s work continually captivates audiences with his quirky subjects, simple colors, and picture-perfect scenes.

The diversity in style and subject is what continually enchants the viewers of Calleri’s paintings. Although few modern-day collectors immediately gravitate towards portraits, Calleri’s character constructions focuse less on the portraiture aspect of the painting, and more on a scene. His works tell stories -– sometimes they are humorous, nostalgic, gentle, or meditative. But they all share one thing in common: they all have personality.

Fred Calleri - Mountain HolidayMountain Holiday: 48″ x 30″, $6,850

Fred Calleri - Snow AngelSnow Angel: 24″ x 12″, $2,650

 
Fred Calleri - Patty CakePatty Cake: 20″ x 20″, $3,025

 

Fred Calleri - Table FourTable Four: 24″ x 30″, $3,750

Berkshire Hathaway H.S. Interview with Gallery MAR

What do great Art and great Real Estate have in commmon?  In the case of Gallery MAR and The Lange Group — they are family. In Conversation with Maren Mullin, Owner of Gallery MAR on Main St. 

Park City Gallery, Gallery MAR

Park City Gallery, Gallery MAR

  1.    What do you find inspiring in art at present?

Artists who take risks and work with media in new and interesting ways. Like many collectors, I love to be surprised.

  1. What art trends are taking place currently? What are some of your current favorite artists and why?

I try to avoid trends at Gallery MAR and work with artists whose work and careers will have a lasting legacy. We are seeing a resurgence of encaustic (wax) work across the board, and one of my personal favorites in the gallery is Bridgette Meinhold, who works in this media and is a local artist. Her paintings are serene and evoke a feeling of being lost among the pines in our beautiful backcountry.

  1. What inspired you to open Gallery MAR in Park City?

I always knew that I wanted to run my own business, and the art world is an always-changing, fascinating business. I love working with artists, and seven years ago felt that the time was right to take a risk and go out on my own. We have an incredible group of female business owners and entrepreneurs here in Park City, and I continue to be inspired and encouraged by them.

  1. How has Park City’s art community developed in recent years? Do you see Park City as an artistic community?

Thankfully, we are seeing more and more destination visitors who are coming to Park City to expand their art collections. Indeed, we ship artwork allover the world. Park City is a town full of creative souls, but most of our artists at Gallery MAR are from all over the country.

  1. What’s your background?

I moved here to live with my (now) husband Matt Mullin. I grew up in Seattle and lived in LA prior to moving here and was gratefully exposed to fine art and music in my childhood.

  1. How do you think art improves interiors?

I believe that we should surround our selves with beauty — our decor should bring us joy. Artwork is a way to express yourself and improves our interiors and lives. There is no doubt that a household that has been staged with fine art will sell faster.

  1. Which art trends and artists should homeowners buy into that would have the highest return on investment?

I always say, “buy what you love!” We each have such personal and interesting tastes, and with artwork you should always go with your heart. If you are just starting your collection, look around and visit our beautiful Park City galleries. You will find a plethora of options, at all price points.

  1. What’s your process when you select artists to showcase in your gallery?

I work with artists whose artwork will fit a contemporary mountain home. We are very careful curators and only bring in a few new artists every year. Our variety is great, but each artist is highly credible and high quality.

Rapid Fire Questions:

  1. Park City resident since: December, 2003
  2. Favorite Park City Restaurant: My neighbor, Purple Sage
  3. Favorite thing to do in Park City: You’re asking this mid-winter? Spaaaahhhh!
  4. Biggest source of inspiration: My incredible husband
  5. Your passion: My Family; especially my newly toddling daughter Jane

Creative Conversations by Shawna Moore

Shawna Moore, "Land Divide," 40" x 40", encaustic on panel, 2015

Shawna Moore, “Land Divide,” 40″ x 40″, encaustic on panel, 2015

Working in encaustic, and out of Montana, Shawna Moore has continued to be a wonderful inspiration for our gallery collectors and staff since she first brought work to us six years ago. I am grateful to say that a friendship has blossomed, and we always look forward to seeing Moore each time she delivers work or is able to make a visit to Park City.

We are exhibiting a new body of work from Moore this summer, and in the meantime have a beautiful selection of paintings that you can see on our website, here, or in the gallery. Below, is a blog post that she recently shared with her readers. I found it inspiring, and wanted to help her “share the love” from her studio in Montana…

Oh I get by with a little help from my friends
Mm going to try with a little help from my friends
Oh I get high with a little help from my friends
Yes I get by with a little help from my friends
With a little help from my friends — John Lennon

Thanks for the walk MO!

Last spring I was on a blogging roll!  I had begun “Creative Conversations,” which consisted of answering questions from students and musing about art and life and the business of art.  The practice of weekly writing and then receiving feedback was interesting and rewarding.  And then, I stopped.  I felt too busy.  I sent a post titled “Out of Office Reply,” and never really returned.  So as I drag myself back to partial engagement with my computer and the act of writing, how do a get started?

I don’t consider myself much of a writer and I often catch myself misspelling things, making snippy replies on Facebook (which were not meant to be snippy) or staring at a blank page on the computer screen without anything to say.  I do consider myself an artist and if I were in my studio what would I do?  I would start somewhere, and not necessarily relying on the mythical creative spark that is supposed to ignite at moments of creative need.  I am more of a grab and go kind of girl.  So today, I am grabbing a few of my favorite friends and starting.  It will be interesting to see where this walk takes us, what we see and where we end up.  Remember it’s the journey, Right?

Matt Flint Artist

During the last 20 years of making art, I have met so many great people along the way.  Matt Flint is one of those artists who produces beautiful work and inspires fellow artists and his many collectors to see nature and animals in a new way.  He is a family man, a university teacher and generous with his knowledge and connections.  We recently exchanged emails about gallery representation, trying to keep our art alive and engaged and the general state of western art markets.  Matt is currently preparing for a show at Gallery MAR in Park City, where we both show with other friends Michael Kessler and Bridgette Meinhold.

Paintings by Shawna Moore and Matt Flint at Gallery MAR

 

 

 

 

 

 

At Gallery MAR the wacky collection of artists (the art is sublime, the artists are wacky) is held together by the smart and beautiful Maren Bargreen-Mullin.  She took me into her artist stable as she first emerged as a force of art in the Park City scene.  Through several incarnations of her gallery, and the addition of her stylishly dressed daughter Jane, Maren guides this unique gallery with finesse and friendship.  I think I can say we have both enjoyed watching each other grow as art lovers and mothers.  You need friends like that in the art world.

Jane and Maren

 

Finally, I’d like to thank my friend and web gal, JJ Walburn of Fly Girls Media who inspired the “going for a walk,” metaphor in this rambling post. We grabbed her dog MO yesterday and hit the newly melted sidewalks of Whitefish, jabbering and reconnecting after both of us had busy work days.  In an older blog post on my website, a student asked me what sustains me.  Here is my list:

 

 

 

  • Physical Health (diet and exercise)
  • Mental clarity (yoga and meditation)
  • Friends and Family
  • Engagement with Nature
  • Deep Creative Practice (my art and constant experimentation)
  • Travel and exploration
  • Rest and Relaxation (a good massage)
  •  Hope and Amazement
  • Financial Stability and Planning
  • Participating in the Larger World of the ArtsJJ Walburn of Fly Girls Media

So in my walk with JJ, I knocked out a few of these in one go.  Same with Matt and Maren, they keep me connected to art and supported in the work I do.  My suggestion today, whether you are on a roll or stuck, is to remember a few people who have supported and encouraged you.  Reach out to a friend who might need the same in return.  Take your dog for a walk.  At the very least hum along with a John Lennon tune!

 

 

 

Truly, Madly, Artfully

Bridgette Meinhold, "Cherished" Encaustic Painting

Bridgette Meinhold, “Cherished” Encaustic Painting

Often times we feel overwhelmed with the predictable nature of Valentine’s Day. As a holiday that had humble and saintly beginnings in ancient history, it’s ironic that commercialization has swallowed the true nature of giving that defined the celebration of the life of Saint Valentine. While the giving nature of the celebration has subsisted over time, the true spirit of Valentine’s Day remains the giving of our time or a gift that will last.

A beautiful dinner will last two hours; a box of chocolates, several days (or minutes); a bouquet of roses, a week, but a work of art — generations. Perhaps hundreds or thousands of years. The thoughtful and tasteful gift of a piece of art epitomizes the true nature of giving: it is a gift that graces and becomes a part of your everyday life. It is a symbol of love that will stand the test of time as a reminder of shared and cultivated love.

This Valentine’s Day – Express your love with art! Please contact the gallery so that we may assist you with finding the perfect piece for your sweetheart.

Here’s just a sampling of lovely works of art from Gallery MAR:

Carol Alleman, "Marriage of Spirit" in Bronze

Carol Alleman, “Marriage of Spirit” in Bronze

 

Fred Calleri, "Shift In Momentum" in Oil

Fred Calleri, “Shift In Momentum” in Oil

 

Jylian Gustlin, "Caelum 72"

Jylian Gustlin, “Caelum 72″

 

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

Jared Davis, “Jupiter Swan, Purple” Mouth Blown Glass

 

Kollabs, "Sophee" in Mixed Media

Kollabs, “Sophee” in Mixed Media

 

 

 

Viewing the World Minimally with James Penfield

By Victoria Kennedy, Fine Art Consultant

The brevity and stillness of Penfield’s work often reminds me of moments in time. Brief moments that we try and remember – an image that we try and capture within our minds and memories. And yet here they are on a canvas.

The stripped down memory of a place, the feel of it in your senses – the simple beauty of colors and lines is what attracts me to Penfield’s work. It is a peacefulness that we rarely encounter in modern art. With Penfield, this chaos is stripped away, until we are left with suggestions and imitations of the form’s true essence.

Stillness

“Stillness” 8″ x 10″, $425

Golden_Eternity

“Golden Eternity” 8″ x 10″, $425

Moon over Mammoth

“Moon Over Mammoth” 24″ x 12″, $625

Badlands_Aerial_perspective

 

“Badlands (Aerial Perspective)” 18″ x 36″, $1,250