“Bountiful World” Preview from Joe Norman

Joe Norman has some wonderful new updates for us this week, as well as three new sculptures for the gallery… one of which was sold within hours of delivery. We are slowly bringing in new work from his Colorado-based artist, for his November show with Bridgette Meinhold: “Bountiful World.”

“Ever since I spent time in the Great Basin of Nevada I gained an appreciation for the work of Michael Heizer, especially Perforated Object in Reno.  My series of Perforated Basins began my own exploration of linking the manufactured past to the present, in my case using the manufacturing remnants from ice climbing equipment fabrication.

As I was working, it led me to a somewhat academic question:  what makes a ‘surface’?  For example, how many holes can you put into it and still feel like there is a surface there?  How much can you bend it and still call it a ‘suface’?  Do the planes of a basin have to even meet for it to be interpreted as a enclosed object?  Since most of my work is made of surfaces, it seemed like a useful question to figure out what ‘surfaces’ even are.  And, it is a nice mental break from obsessing about the political and human rights issues that much of my other work involves.  Below are the latest iterations that I call Perforated Sail I & II, currently on display at Gallery MAR in Park City, UT.”

Joe Norman, Perforated Sail I

Joe Norman, Perforated Sail I

Norman is honored to be a part of an upcoming show, called the Loveland Studio Tour. This runs over the weekend of Octpber 10-11, and he will have work displayed in various stages of completion. If you are in the area, it will be an opportunity to hear him speak about his process, as well as see first hand all all of the time and processing that goes into creating his sculpture work.  Details on the event, and a map of participating studios can be found here:  http://www.lovelandartstudiotour.com/index.php

Another exciting (maybe even heart-pounding!) show that Norman will “compete” in, is th Sculpture Games (think Iron Chef but with sculpture) from October 3-5. This competition will be a part of the NoCo Mini Maker Faire, and more information can be found here: http://us8.campaign-archive1.com/?u=e46b1e88e88f421dff7d9b5b6&id=05bc7b743b&e=1a429da5fc

Joe Norman - The Architect

Joe Norman – The Architect

And describing a new series (exhibited above) Norman writes… David Young is a fantastic artist here in Loveland who has done extensive work using spheres, what he terms ‘approximations of the unknown’.  In other words, we use spheres as  a way to help represent things we don’t fully know understand; think about models of tiny molecules and far away planets in science textbooks, all represented by spheres.  This phrase has stuck with me and I’ve started creating some work using smaller steel balls as a building block to explore ideas and people in my life I don’t understand but ‘approximate’ with the spheres.


An Extraordinary Heart – Juniper’s Cata Dog

One of our artists, Mary Scrimgeour, was recently commissioned to paint a very special piece for a family that has been through seven months of excruciating challenges, as their infant daughter awaited a heart transplant. It is impossible to imagine what this family has been through. I will allow the artist, in her own words, to tell you more…

"Cata" commission for Juniper's family, by Mary Scrimgeour

“Cata” commission for Juniper’s family, by Mary Scrimgeour

One of the highlights of my art career has been to be a part of the collection of art at Children’s Hospital in Denver. They currently have 24 of my paintings hanging. Recently I was contacted by the grandfather of Juniper, a seven month old baby who has been waiting for a new heart for six months and has been at the hospital for that whole time.


Her grandfather commissioned me to paint a portrait of Cata, their beloved dog, thinking it might cheer them along. So I did. And then Joni, Juniper’s mother, contacted me and shared with me that my art at the hospital played a big part in their everyday life.

Beautiful, Strong Juniper after her heart transplant surgery

Beautiful, Strong Juniper after her successful heart transplant surgery, 9/17/14


On their small walks up and down the corridors they would see my paintings and talk about the them and that my images made them feel happy and uplifted. I am so grateful that I have been given this gift so that I can, in return, gift it back. Today [9/17/14] Juniper received her new heart!! And here is the painting of Cata who sadly passed away during the process of painting her…but now they have the painting that I did which bought joy to them and it was all brought about by a loving grandfather!!! You can follow Junipers story here.

Juniper at Seven Months, with her Berlin Heart machine

Juniper at Seven Months, with her Berlin Heart machine

Arf! Miniature Dog Portraits by Cristall Harper

How can you resist these faces? Contact Gallery MAR to commission your own portrait.

Cristall Harper - Tennis

I got Buttercup, my yellow lab, in December of 2005, three days after moving into my first house. She was eight weeks old and an adorable ball of yellow fluff that loved to snuggle and play. She had plenty of yard to run around in and quickly stole my husband’s and my heart. I began doing a few paintings of her for fun, and it has blossomed into a larger opportunity where I now paint her regularly for galleries and shows. I am so happy to be working with Gallery MAR. They have found fellow dog-lovers who collect my work and it is so rewarding to know that paintings of my yellow lab bring joy to others. I now take opportunities to paint other breeds and my neighbors are good sports when I show up in their yard with a camera. I love painting commissions and Gallery MAR can arrange all of the details for you to get a portrait of your own furry friend. Thanks, and give that dog of yours a kiss for me!          

That’s One Chic Nursery!

What a lucky baby…

Amy Ringholz - "White Rabbit" Installed

Amy Ringholz – “White Rabbit” Installed

One of our collectors just sent us this gorgeous photo of her daughter’s nursery. I don’t know about you, but we are ready to move in! Who doesn’t love a pink chandelier?!?

Amy Ringholz - "White Rabbit" Installed

Amy Ringholz – “White Rabbit” Installed

The painting by Amy Ringholz seals the deal — great taste in decor comes with fabulous taste in artwork.

We love receiving these photos of our collector’s homes. Please, keep ‘em coming!

Amy Ringholz - "White Rabbit"

Amy Ringholz – “White Rabbit”

Creating a Balanced Home for Art and Everyday Life

Courtesy of Decorator Kishani Perera, on ArtSpace.com, this interview offers advice on decorating for and around fine art. At Gallery MAR, we often are brought in as the “finishing touch” to a new home’s decor. But when you begin with a work of art, and base your decorating decisions around the painting,,the results are spectacular.

"Flight" by Rebecca Kinkead, was selected to set the tone for this Deer Valley home's room

“Flight” by Rebecca Kinkead, was selected to set the tone for this Deer Valley home’s room

Los Angeles-based interior designer Kishani Perera is not only an author, boutique proprietress, and decorator to the stars, she’s also an art lover. Perara works with celebrities such as Rachel BilsonMolly SimsJosh Duhamel,Kate BosworthBen and Christine StillerJason Statham and Rosie Huntington Whiteley, and Emily Deschanel to create youthful yet tasteful interiors—but she keeps an eye toward her clients art collections as well. 

When working with art collectors, what are some factors to keep in mind when planning a room? 

Non-art-collectors focus first on the interiors, thinking on the patterns, colors, and textures of the textiles, the overall look and palette, then consider adding art in to complete the space. But when working with serious art collectors, I find that the art is their primary focus in designing the room; the furnishings are secondary. If they have a valuable piece, in particular, we develop a palette that doesn’t compete with the piece, neutrals and solid versus patterns and vibrant colors that might overpower it. As a designer, I don’t feel that art has to match an interior, or vice versa, but it must compliment. Art should be its own entity within a room. My best advice is to allow the art to breathe, not to clutter the space around a special piece in particular, and to let it shine.

What decor advice would you give to those looking to enhance the presentation of their art collection? 

I find with art there’s strength in numbers, so I like to group a smaller pieces together for effect. Often there is a concern that by grouping several pieces together, each will lose its individual impact, but in fact the opposite is true. When grouped with complimentary pieces, the collection can tell a story, or at the very least create conversation and interest, drawing the viewer further in than if displayed independently. Framing is also not something to be ignored, and I take great care to select just the right frame for each piece not only to bring out the beauty of the artwork itself but to add a component to the design of the space.

Your book shows how to mix old and new, high and low all within the same surroundingshow does art fit into that equation?

My design philosophy is based on the idea that layering creates a unique space, and art is one of the most important components of the layering process. I find art in a variety of places, in galleries near and far as well as online. The provenance of a piece is not as important to me as the emotion it evokes, so if I find a beautiful piece at a flea market, it’s just as valuable to me as one that I purchase with a noteworthy pedigree.