Spring Has Sprung!

By Victoria Kennedy, Fine Art Consultant

Welcome to spring in Park City — where the winter crowds slowly leave the slushy mountains behind, and Main Street stores breathe a sigh of relief after surviving another wild winter.

Though we might (slightly) reduce our hours here at Gallery MAR, we are packed full of art for the spring and summer seasons in Park City! Take a sneak peak below — and pray for better snow next year — or feel free to visit us in your flip-flops, shorts, and dresses. Visit us daily, from 11 am to 7 pm, and on Fridays until 9pm.

Bob and Harold 40x40

Kollabs – “Bob and Harold”

 

Up Swing

Laura Brzozowski – “Up Swing”

 

Rush_Lake_Island

James Penfield – “Rush Lake, Autumn Island”

 

Meditation

Ron Rogers – “Meditation”

 

Screen (Rust)

Nina Tichava – “Screen (Rust)”

 

River Stone Vessel Opal

Jared Davis – “Riverstone Vessel – Opal”

 

Swim at Your Own Risk

Mary Scrimgeour – “Swim At Your Own Risk”

 

Pyramids

Aaron Memmott – “Pyramids”

Are We Slow to See?

Visitors at Gallery MAR take their time to browse...

Visitors at Gallery MAR take their time to browse…

By Eileen Treasure, Fine Art Consultant

Did you know that the average museum visitor spends just 30 seconds looking at a work of art?

Museums all over the world are inviting visitors to slow down and focus on the art of seeing.

Alex Darais (1918-2007), professor of art at Brigham Young University, taught “seeing” by example. Nothing escaped his notice or opinion. Design was life to him. He saw it in the paint swirling down the drain after a painting studio. He saw it in a crushed soda can on the side of the road and gave it a place of prominence on his desk. He saw poignant memories in the scratches left behind by his young children in the kitchen table. He even needed to see what his soon-to-be-planted trees would look like from the roof of his house. Perhaps he wanted to see what God’s view would be.

There is so very much to see everyday, everywhere. Take some time to not only smell the roses, but SEE their beauty.

Is Blue the new Orange?

 

Courtesy of http://blog.martinbellander.com/

Courtesy of http://blog.martinbellander.com/

In modern art, blue may be the new orange. Martin Bellander, a PhD student in psychology at the Karolinska Institutet, created this visualization of how the most common colors used in paintings have changed since 1800. Bellander says he was inspired by data visualizations that looked at the colors in movies, by extracting colors from movie posters or trailers.

This is based on a total of 120, 013 images, and Bellander added a histogram on the top to show the number of images used for each year. The spikes at each decade might be because the uncertain dating was registered as an even decade.  The graph shows a clear trend toward more blue paintings toward the end of the 20th Century, with all colors increasing except for orange. Bellander’s source was this BBC site that allows you to browse through more than 200,000 paintings. He then used R to scrape data from the site about each of the paintings.

Bellander considers a few explanations for the increase in blue. The most persuasive are that the aging of resins has changed the color of oil paintings over time; that the pricing of different pigments have changed over time, with blue getting less expensive; or that it represents an artistic trend in the use of color. Make sure to check out the comments section at the bottom of his blog entry to see the conversation and some important insights on blue paint, as well as the yellowing of paint pigments over time.

Bellander can’t say definitively which of these explanations is right, but perhaps Picasso’s Blue Period (1901-1904) had a much wider influence than is commonly imagined. If you’re an art or history buff, let us know what you think in the comments section!

This blog contains excerpts from the Washington Post.

90% From Scratch – The Lander Bakery Story

Just when you thought you knew an artist…

Matt Flint (WY) surprised us last year when he announced that his wife was opening a bake shop, filled to the brim with her home-made goodies. As any (good) spouse knows, an endeavor such as this is never something you do alone, and Flint has graciously helped his bride with much of the building renovations, opening tasks, and of course taste testing. We look forward to a visit this summer!

Lander Bake Shop 1

From County Ten News Stream:

Angie and Matt Flint decided to open the Lander Bake Shop a year ago, but the idea had been in Angie’s mind for much longer than that. She attended culinary school at the Johnson County Community College in Overland Park, Kansas and has always had the dream to open her own deli/bakery. Now her dream is finally coming true.Angie and Matt moved to Lander 12 years ago when Matt got a job teaching art at Central Wyoming College.

Lander Bake Shop 3

They’ve raised their two daughters in this community and can’t wait to open the doors to their new bakery.Ninety percent of their baking is made from scratch. In addition to bagels and desserts, the Lander Bake Shop will feature paninis, wraps, cookies, soups, and a full coffee bar.

Lander Bake Shop 2

Give them a shout on Yelp!

http://www.yelp.com/biz/lander-bake-shop-lander

Reminiscing on Winter with Pamela Murphy

Here in Park City, the snow is beginning to wane, and we are looking forward to celebrating the spring season to come… but are soaking up every ounce of snow we can get our skis on!

If you, like us, are waxing romantic about winter, then feast your eyes upon our newest selection of artwork from Wisconsin-based painter Pamela Murphy.  Ms. Murphy’s career has taken her afar; she received her M.F.A. in India, lives and works on a farm in Door County, and works with collectors all over the world.

"Winter Games"

“Winter Games”

From the artist: “I collect old photographs and choose figures from them for my paintings. The people whose lives are recorded in those pictures are strangers, yet they are familiar to all of us and remind us of ourselves and our families.  Many layers of paint reveal the history of the canvas and create a space that serves to isolate the form of each figure. My subjects have been disconnected from their original context and are recreated as icons for the viewer’s personal connection. Each viewer brings with them their own specific history, so a single image can mean different things to different people. The figures in my paintings exist in situations—or as objects—in which I hope the viewer will find a little of themselves.

 

"Expedition"

“Expedition”

In some of my new work, I focus on animals and old barns and houses rather than people.  In some of those paintings I use silhouette to explore another facet of form. The solid, simple, black shapes convey a surprising amount of information and can be read either as negative space or as positive and dimensional. They are a strong visual contrast to the distressed and textured background; the detailed linear elements of the botanical transfers; the areas of bright color and gold leaf; all of which combined offer the viewer a visually rich and interesting surface with potential narrative content.”

"Arboreal"

“Arboreal”