Summer Dining on Main


If you haven’t yet enjoyed dinner on Main Street (yes, actually on the street) you have two opportunities to enjoy.

With summer in full swing, it’s the right time to enjoy a meal on one of our Park City outdoor dining decks and watch as the world passes you by as you savor both the cuisine and the beauty offered by the surroundings.

Once a year, Main Street closes to vehicular traffic and is filled with tables bearing the best of Main Street’s restaurant offerings; the event is called Savor the Summit. This is our second year partnering with Purple Sage, and we will host a private cocktail party in the gallery, prior to the dinner, for those who plan to dine with them.

Savor 2

Another Main Street dining option, which takes place all summer long, are the ever-popular dining decks. 13 of Main Street’s best spots construct decks on top of parking spots, allowing dining guests to be out in the fresh air. Reservations are not required, so you can plan a trip to Park City to see the galleries, and find your own perfect spot at a dining deck.


As seasoned pros to outdoor dining in Park City, we have a few tips to ensure your experience is perfect.

  • Bring a sweater or light jacket for evening dining, as it does get cool as the sunsets over the mountains.
  • Request an outdoor space when making your reservation. The dining decks are quite popular and tend to fill quickly during busing summer evenings.
  • Allow yourself more time to enjoy your meal. It is quite easy to loose track of time in Park City during the summer months.

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