And now, for something very different, to whet your appetite this week!
With the holidays coming, cocktail parties, and social get-togethers are on everyone’s minds (and lips!). Here, a few favorite libations from our Gallery MAR staff.
You really can’t go wrong with champagne. Ever. So a champagne-based cocktail, especially one as refreshing as this, is perfect for the start of a meal. Serve with French cheeses for an appetizer course, or enjoy one on a sunny deck (Montage Deer Valley, anyone?) after a day of skiing.
WHAT YOU’LL NEED
1 1/2 oz gin
1/2 oz simple syrup
HOW TO MAKE IT…
Make a lemon zest curl with a pairing knife. Cut and juice the rest of the lemon. Combine the lemon juice, gin, simple syrup and ice in a cocktail shaker. Shake vigorously, then strain into a glass. Top with champagne and garnish with the lemon curl.
When you want something a little sweet and a little spicy, this local Park City favorite is just the ticket. A modern classic, born in the Wasatch Range of the Rocky Mountains, High West’s executive Chef James Dumas created this drink as the perfect expression of Rendezvous Rye whiskey. The Spiced Lemonade is made with a sugar syrup mulled with vanilla, cinnamon, nutmeg and cloves – spices that marry well with Rendezvous’ taste profile.
WHAT YOU’LL NEED
1.5 oz Rendezvous Rye Whiskey (can also use vodka)
High West Simple Syrup
High West Simple Syrup
Sugar – 5 cups
Water – 4 cups
Lemon – 2 ea
Whole Cloves – 4oz
Cinnamon Sticks – 4 ea
Vanilla bean – 1 ea
Whole nutmeg – 1 ea
HOW TO MAKE IT…
Cut the lemon into half. Put all of the Simple Syrup ingredients together in a pot and make sure to mix it well, so they won’t burn at the bottom. When the mixture starts to boil, lower the heat and simmer it for 30 mins. Strain and cool. In a rocks glass add 1.5 oz of High West Rendezvous Rye then fill with the Simple Syrup and add ice. Garnish with a fresh mint sprig. Is also delicious with hot lemonade on a cool night!
WHAT YOU’LL NEED
3/4 oz Scotch whisky
3/4 oz cherry brandy
3/4 oz sweet vermouth
3/4 oz orange juice
Orange slice for garnish
HOW TO MAKE IT…
Pour the ingredients into a cocktail shaker filled with ice. Shake well and strain into a chilled cocktail glass and garnish with an orange slice.
The German government said Monday that it had been informed months ago about a valuable trove of art discovered in a Munich apartment, which a German magazine describes as a collection of hundreds of works confiscated by the Nazis or sold cheaply by people desperate to leave Germany.
Around 1,500 works of art worth an estimated billion euros ($1.35 billion) have been found sitting in homemade closets amid trash and piles of food in a Munich octogenarian’s apartment, according to a new report by German news magazine, Focus. Among them them are works by masters from the impressionist, classical modern, and pre-war periods, including Henri Matisse, Marc Chagall, Emil Nolde, Oskar Kokoschka, Paul Klee, Pablo Picasso, Ernst Ludwig Kirschner, and Max Beckmann as well as Old Masters such as Albrecht Dürer.
The works — which were allegedly confiscated or looted from Jewish collections during the Nazi regime’s reign or sold under duress by their Jewish owners — were found in the apartment of Cornelius Gurlitt, son of art dealer Hildebrandt Gurlitt, who is reported to have acquired them in the late 1930s and 1940s. At least 300 are said to have been officially condemned as “degenerate art” (a blanket term used by the Nazis for most modern and avant-garde art movements).
Two hundred of the works have outstanding requests for their return by families who claim to have had them in their possession before the rise of the Third Reich. Among the claimants is Anne Sinclair, granddaughter and principal heiress of the Jewish collector Paul Rosenberg, and ex-wife of former IMF chief Dominique Strauss-Kahn, who is said to have claim to a Matisse portrait of a woman among the discovered works.
Remarkably, the works were actually discovered in spring of 2011, but were kept secret from the public until now. The trove has been under the control of Bavarian customs officials, and Berlin-based art historian Meike Hoffmann has been attempting to identify and evaluate the hundreds of works. The officials performed a raid on Gurlitt’s apartment based on suspicion that he was evading taxes, a prosecutor in Augsburg told Focus. E.U. customs officials had stopped Gurlitt during a random check of the amount of cash being carried by passengers on a train from Switzerland to Munich in September of 2010, and found him to be carrying an envelope with a suspiciously large amount of cash.
According to a second report published by Focus on Monday, Gurlitt had previously sold works from his collection to the Bern, Switzerland, based dealer Eberhard Kornfeld, though no definitive connection was made between the money Gurlitt was carrying on the train and works sold. Near certain, however, is the probability that more works from the collection are now in other collections, as Gurlitt is said to have sold various pieces throughout his life in order to support himself. These may weel have have been relatively minor works, since more prominent ones would have been likely to attract attention from agencies charged with the return of stolen artworks like the Art Loss Registry.
Focus claims that at least one painting from the collection, Max Beckmann’s “The Lion Tamer,” was sold by the Cologne-based auction house Lempertz after the raid occurred, for €864,000. The house did not immediately respond to BLOUIN ARTINFO’s request for comment, but noted in comments to other publications that the work was not listed on the registry for artworks stolen by the Nazis at the time of the sale.
Halloween on Main has grown into a truly Spooktacular event, with more and more trick-or-treaters visiting every year. Of course, Gallery MAR gets in on all of the fun and hands out candy too.
This year, our wonderful event was highlighted by Travel and Leisure Magazine, in their list of top Halloween towns in America… and we came in third!
Squirrels, bees, sheep with Bo Peep, and bratwursts with mustard on buns: these are a few of the elaborately costumed dogs that march with their decked-out owners in “Bark” City’s Howl-o-Ween street party. It’s part of the bewitching charm of this old silver-mining town east of Salt Lake. Park City Ghost Tours takes visitors hunting for spirits while sharing ghastly tales of their lives and deaths.
Here are the details of this year’s Spooktacular event, courtesy of Historic Park City:
3–5 pm Trick-or-Treating
Bring your little ghosts and goblins to Main Street for fun and safe Trick-or-Treating, compliments of all participating merchants! Main Street will be closed to vehicle traffic between Heber Avenue and the Brew Pub Parking Lot.
5–5:30 pm Howl-O-Ween Dog Parade
Bring your costumed doggie (on a leash please) to the Post Office at 4:30. Parade will proceed up Main from the Post Office to the Brew Pub Parking Lot. Come one, come howl!
This week’s blog is a scoop from the well-known Goop blog, written by none-other than Gwyneth Paltrow. The Blog, and newsletter, are typically fashion and lifestyle focused, with a few hidden gems on collecting and appreciating art. Her fine art tastes are varied, and she often works with her own fine art consultant, to purchase works. Check out Ms. Paltrow’s interview with artist Ellsworth Kelly, in Interview Magazine.
But back to Goop. In the most recent issue, Amy Boyle, the Education Manager at the Nogucki Museum in New York offered some tips on how to make visiting a museum with little ones intriguing and enriching the experience as you view the artwork. She has some great ideas. Below, the interview with Ms. Boyle.
Jamies Burnes’ “Eddie” is popular with gallery visitors, both young and seasoned
Q: When you have a group of kids at the museum, where do you start? Any questions or discussion starters to get the ball rolling?
A: The methodology that we use is called inquiry and we generally start by asking “what” questions like “what do you notice?” Set the discussion so they feel they already have the tools for it. With figurative art especially, it’s great to imagine it as a story – who are the characters, what’s happening in the scene, what are the visual clues that are telling you that story?
With abstract art it’s harder to “read,” so I start out with physical characteristics – what you see. And then we move on from how those things make you feel. Ask about the visual cues like shape, color, texture, and then, “if this were a person, what kind of person would it be?” Trying to make abstract art more narrative is a good approach. In short, you are “scaffolding” the discussion: starting on one level and then building on what the kids say to move up to the next.
You always want to find what we call “hooks” or “connections” that are the things that make kids excited. For instance at the Noguchi Museum, there is a great Noguchi sculpture that’s made from basalt, and talking about the material can often hook kids into a piece. For example, they learn that basalt is a rock formed by cooled lava, that it’s from a volcano (which is very cool to a kid) and they get excited to talk more about the piece.
Q: Association is a very natural method to fall into when looking at abstract art with kids (seeing a round sculpture with a hole in it and saying “that looks like a donut,” for example) but how do you push past that initial point of engagement?
A: We call what you just described “cloud-naming.” Even if it’s a fun thing to think about, it helps to take the discussion beyond this point because it can be a conversation stopper. Try to get them to see what they’re really looking at first before addressing what it reminds them of. Or, if they do say “it looks like a donut,” then say “why does it look like a donut?” Take them back to the visual cues – to the shape and color, etc.
Q: Are there any activities you can do before the museum to enrich the experience once there?
A: Many museum websites have resources you don’t know about, drop-in classes, materials to take into the galleries, etc. A “celebrity” factor is always good: showing them a painting or sculpture before going gets them really involved and excited. There are also many great children’s books that introduce art concepts in really fun, playful ways.
It’s easy to love downtown Park City. It’s the most dog-friendly and artsy town I’ve ever been in, all wrapped up in colorful mountains, trendy store fronts, and perfect weather.
Buttercup and I enjoyed the early afternoon together on a business trip to Historic Park City. We headed first to Gallery MAR to hand deliver a batch of my newest dog paintings. Buttercup herself is the star in many of them. I was pretty relieved as we were leaving that Buttercup didn’t destroy any expensive masterpieces while perusing the gallery. The owner of Gallery MAR is named Maren, and she is a delight! She’s one of the sharpest and fairest gallery owners I’ve ever worked with and she has curated a great collection of originals in her downtown gallery. You can’t miss it – look for the signature yellow signs and prepare to be amazed.
Did you know that Gallery MAR won Best Gallery in Park City this summer as voted by the Park Record newspaper readers?
|Gallery MAR carries my original dog paintings. Visit them on historic Main Street in Park City or at www.gallerymar.com|
|outtake #2…the dog can’t pose on demand.|
After dropping off the art, we walked up and down Main Street to people watch and get a bite to eat at the 501 on Main (great hummus!) What is it about dining al fresco in a beautiful city that makes everything feel like it will be OK?
|Park City is a city that loves dogs and art, so of course, we had a great day!|
|Even the post office in Park City is cute. It’s so Candleford…|
|Driving home with Mt. Timpanogos in the back ground and a snoring dog in the back seat that had a great day downtown.|
The gallery staff headed down to Alpine today for a morning tour of a foundry. Their primary specialty is bronze casting, but they also work with steel and even 22 karat gold. Donning safety glasses, we were led from room to room to follow the more than 9 steps that make up the casting process, from clay sculpture all the way to finished and patina-colored sculptures.
We were able to witness nearly 100 foundry artists working in each stage on the castings, each one more friendly than the next. Thank you to Adonis Bronze for our enlightening tour!
One of our favorite magazines that highlights the west is Western Art and Architecture Magazine. They have highlighted several of our top artists, including Amy Ringholz, Matt Flint, and Shawna Moore.
This summer’s edition features a stunning home “Hayley’s Hideaway” in Montana, and several encaustic paintings by Shawna Moore are displayed within the beautiful home.
Some highlights from the article…
A local client surprised his wife on her 50th birthday today with Carol Alleman’s gorgeous bronze vessel, “Voice of Wisdom”. We dressed the piece up with a ribbon and a card where it could be seen as the couple and their daughter “coincidentally” passed by the gallery window. Needless to say, she was delighted with the gift!
Consider stopping in to see us if you have loved ones celebrating a birthday. Art can make a beautiful and meaningful gift, and we would love to help you to select the right piece for that special someone. We are also more than happy to facilitate fun surprises like this one!