Last night we were fortunate to host an event for the no-kill shelter local to Park City, Friends of Animals.
Their shelter is where owner Maren Mullin was fortunate enough to find her own dog, Molly. They have a wonderful program, both in town and at a ranch out in Brown’s Canyon, and a supportive group of volunteers and fans. They care for and adopt cats, dogs, and even horses.
Gallery MAR donated a beautiful painting by Cristall Harper, and local comedienne and supporter Kim Page won a photography book (above) as well. Guests enjoyed mocktails and delicious canapes from Savoury Kitchen.
Thank you to everyone who joined us in supporting the care and adoption or our local animals!
I’m sure I’ll get an irate artist or two commenting here. I’ve spoken with some artists who feel the art completely stands on its own and should have nothing to do with the decor. Here’s the simple fact. No matter how irritated artists get by the subject of art-matching-the-sofa, your art will always look better and have greater impact in the space when the decor supports the art. Here are techniques you can use in your decor to support your art and make it even better.
3. Use multiple works of art. Combining multiple works of art by the same artist or that have a very similar style creates greater impact. Here the art above the fireplace and the red painting on the wall work together to contrast their strong horizontal and vertical lines, balancing each other and drawing your eye first to one, then the other, and back again. Together they create a stronger look than each would have by itself.
4. Use furniture placement. Placement of your art is important, but so is the placement of your other furnishings around the art. This painting would have looked great on the wall all by itself. But the wavy bench underlines the painting and gives it emphasis, the same as underlining a word in a sentence.
5. Use reflection. Through the placement of mirrors on the wall and ceiling, walking down the hall you get this painting repeated in reverse and upside down. It’s a pretty dramatic way to get you noticing the reflections then studying the painting to see how it looks when it isn’t turned upside down and backwards.
7. Use the color palette. Going beyond just picking up a single color from a painting, this room has used all of the colors in the art for the room’s entire color palette. This artwork is by the homeowner, so she was able to surround herself with colors that she loves. The rug seems to pick up all of the colors of the painting on the left. I wonder if it is custom or just a very lucky find?
8. Use style. The art above the stairs is contemporary, with clear and bright colors. The yellow open stair treads feel just as fresh as the artwork and complements it beautifully.
This large painting of a boy picking his nose is pretty outrageous. The chair below it is pretty outrageous too, with the wild contemporary print on a traditional chair style. Don’t be afraid to have a little fun with your art and decor. It doesn’t need to be serious all the time.
Combine techniques. Using a combination of the above techniques creates a very strong design. This room is so expertly done and supports the art so uniquely. The large black rectangle of the art is found in the shape of the pillows and again in the pattern in the rug. Notice how the art is not centered behind the sofa. That staggering of rectangles is picked up in the pattern of the rug — in the placement of the pillows to one end of the sofa — and again in the off-center placement of the coffee table. It combines repetition of color, repetition of shape, and furniture placement to add emphasis.
This room also employs a few techniques. The sculpture in the corner and the painting share several colors so they work beautifully together. A very subtle touch is the shape of the black chandelier repeating the curves of the women’s bustiers in the painting. Subtle, but very effective.
The eyes are the window to the soul, so are our windows the eyes of our soulful gallery? Absolutely.
At our Park City gallery, we have enjoyed putting together a few memorable window displays, as have our artists. But I recently decided it was time to leave the work to a true professional– an artist! Which is why we have hired Lynsey Jones Schlegel of OWD Design Studio as our new window display artist. Ms. Schlegel is an artist and designer based in Salt Lake City. OWD Design Studio specializes in event styling, store display, and visual installation.
Born in Denver and raised in Fountain Hills, AZ, Ms. Schlegel has had creativity in her blood for as long as she can remember. In 2010, she graduated with a Bachelor of Science in Industrial Design and a Minor in Business from Arizona State University. She has since worked as a product and graphic designer, a visual display and merchandiser at Patagonia, a visual stylist at Nordstrom, and now as Designer and Owner of OWD Design Studio. Plus, she’s super cute (see photo below)!
You can expect a variety of styles and looks for the next 12 months. This month, in honor of the upcoming Main Street improvements and construction, OWD installed a series of bright orange poppies, created from construction site materials. And we would love your feedback! Let us know which displays are your favorite. We’ll be posting updates on our Facebook page as well as on this art blog.
Gallery MAR & the National MS Society
Team Up for Love Utah Give Utah – March 22
Park City, Utah –Park City’s Gallery MAR, together with the National MS Society’s Utah office, will host a reception Friday, March 22 from 6-8 p.m. to celebrate Love Utah Give Utah, a special day of giving supporting the important work nonprofits do to make Utah a wonderful place to live.
Come enjoy the great ambiance of the popular contemporary art gallery while also learning more about multiple sclerosis and how the Society helps people affected by the disease including funding important research and providing for local programs and services that help people with MS and their families move their lives forward.
MS is a chronic often disabling disease of the central nervous system (brain, spinal cord, optic nerves). It interrupts the flow of information within the brain, and the brain with the rest of the body. MS stops people from moving. It is not known what causes MS and there is no cure …yet! Join the movement and help do something about multiple sclerosis.
|WHAT:||Gallery MAR & the National MS Society Celebrate Love Utah Give Utah
Reception – appetizers and beverages
|WHEN:||Friday, March 22
436 Main Street in Park City
|CONTACTS:||Maren Bargreen Mullin (435-649-3001 or info@galleryMAR.com)
Juliann Fritz (435-640-8379 or Juliann.Fritz@nmss.org)
By Bridgette Meinhold, re-posted from Ette Studios
I have a small studio – it’s only 150 sq ft. This last week I completed the biggest painting I’ve ever done – a 60 x 40 inch megalith called Space In Between. The painting was completed in advance for my upcoming show at Gallery MAR, “Atmospheric Intentions” in conjunction with my mentor’s work, Shawna Moore. The painting itself is 16 sq ft, meaning while I was working on it, it took up 10% of my studio. I am thrilled with how it came out, but am also happy to see it hanging on the wall in the gallery ready for the show and out of my studio.
|cutting the top board requires a special set of skills|
Building the frame was a two person job which required lots of space, ladders and being careful. I had to clear all my working spaces in order to make room. Once we started on this painting, there was no more space for anything else.
|the reclaimed wood frame waiting for the top board|
Working on the painting in the studio was it’s own special experience. As an encaustic painter, I work with my paintings flat on a table. This is so my wax doesn’t drip when I heat it and so my painting layers dry flat. So when an encaustic painter works big, it’s a really BIG deal. Moving, scraping, and painting become more complicated and often involve acrobatic maneuvers, feats of strength and delicate balance.
|mixing colors to create the sky|
|half way done|
Getting it out of the studio and into the gallery is an entirely different affair. As our home is snowed in during the winter, paintings are often taken out in the back of a toboggan that is pulled behind our snowmobile. This painting was a bit too big to fit in the toboggan though, so I enlisted the help of my husband and pro frame builder to help me carry it out to the car. It’s not a super long walk – but it’s long enough to feel the burn from carrying it.
|carrying the painting out through the snow|
Once to the car, we loaded it flat into the bed of our truck and drove very carefully down the mountain and into Old Town Park City. After unwrapping, it took 2 people to hang on the wall. It was a relief to see it in the gallery and be able to stand back and enjoy it from a distance.
|hanging Space in Between at Gallery MAR|
Space in Between will be hanging throughout March (or until it sells) as part of my shared show “Atmospheric Intentions” at Gallery MAR. The show opens on March 29th in a public reception from 7-9 pm. If you’re around, please stop by and say hi. Shawna Moore will also be there to show off her new work.
This March, we have two exciting events to celebrate our local artist Bridgette Meinhold. Join Gallery MAR as we host our artist Bridgette Meinhold for a book signing, for her new book Urgent Architecture, on March 12th from 7:00 to 9:00 pm. Light refreshments will be served and books will be available through Dolly’s Book Store, also on Main Street. You can pre-order the book from Amazon as well.
And two weeks later, on March 29th, we will open a new show for the accomplished artist. “Atmospheric Intentions” will showcase new works by this encaustic artist, as well as our other encaustic artist Shawna Moore.
The encaustic paintings of Bridgette Meinhold and Shawna Moore are a product of place. Both artists live, love, and work at high altitude, amongst the trees, on mountain tops. The ability of encaustic (wax) paint to reveal and obscure creates mysterious surfaces and depth-filled fields of line and color. A well-collected and established artist, Shawna Moore is inspired by the landscape of Montana. Layering her wax-based paintings on panel, the result is warm and inviting, as if one may reach into the painting to discover their own personal meaning. Bridgette Meinhold is an emerging encaustic painter working out of reclaimed shipping container art studio here in Park City, Utah. She creates atmospheric, mysterious landscapes inspired by her surroundings. Both artists will be in attendance at their opening reception, with coincides with the Park City Gallery Stroll.
Who: Shawna Moore and Bridgette Meinhold with Gallery MAR
What: “Atmospheric Intentions” exhibition
When: Friday, March 29th, from 6 to 9 pm
Where: 436 Main Street, Park City, Utah
More information Urgent Architecture by Bridgette Meinhold:
Disaster-proof, environmentally friendly housing solutions for a changing climate.
How can we adequately provide housing when disaster strikes, whether that disaster is weather related, like hurricanes, floods, and droughts, happens in a matter of minutes from an earthquake or tsunami, through a slow process like rising sea levels, or is the result of civil disorder or poverty? There is an urgent need for safe, sustainable housing designs that are cheap to build, environmentally friendly, and hardy enough to withstand severe environmental conditions. Not only is there climate change to contend with, but there are millions of people, right now, who do not have safe or adequate housing.
In Urgent Architecture Bridgette Meinhold showcases 40 successful emergency and long-term housing projects—from repurposed shipping containers to sandbag homes. She surveys successful structures as well as highlighting promising projects that are still being developed. Every one is quickly deployable, affordable, and sustainable. This book is an essential resource for those who are interested in green building, sustainable design, eco-friendly materials, affordable housing, material reuse, and humanitarian relief.
We are getting excited here at Gallery MAR for our upcoming show with painter Matt Flint, In This Moment. And just in time, an online magazine called Visual Language is publishing a feature on the Lander, Wyoming-based artist. Check out the interview below – we even got a mention at the end!
For those of you that are unfamiliar with Matt Flint’s work, the artist describes his oil paintings of nature and wildlife scenes as moments of shifting focus: “I paint the way I explore the rugged mountains by my house, always pushing to see what is over the next hill, searching for the unexpected.”
When did you realize you loved art and wanted to be an artist? When I was young I always felt like I had to make things. I spent my free time drawing, building tree houses, forts, “inventions”, and wandering around in the woods. I never really thought about art as a career until my junior year of high school when I realized that I had no aptitude for math like the rest of my family and that I really loved making art.
Who has been your mentor, or greatest influence to date? My greatest influence to date has been a professor at Wichita State (where I attended grad school), Professor Ron Chris Ron practices what he preaches and I admire his professionalism and drive. He taught me how to analyze and construct a good painting.
Who is another living artist you admire and why? I have always liked the work of Jim Dine. He is able to work in such diverse media while maintaining a consistent approach that I really relate to.
What is your favorite surface to paint on? I paint on 2” thick basswood stretched birch panels wrapped in canvas. To ensure the best quality, I have my stretchers made to museum standards. I like the rigidity of the panels, but I also like the texture of the canvas, so it is the perfect solution for me.
What is your favorite brand of paint to use? I use Windsor Newton most of the time. If I had an unlimited budget, I would use Old Holland.
Do you have a favorite color or palette? Not really. I tend to stay towards earth tones and blues.
What is your favorite color in your closet? Brown
You seem to paint a lot of water lilies. What prompted this? I don’t paint water lilies per se, but I do use an elliptical shape sometimes in my work. It is more ambiguous and could refer to a number of natural things.
How often do you paint? How many times a week? I have two full-time jobs: teaching and painting. My studio time is blocked out like a job. I spend anywhere from 20-40 hours a week painting.
What is the one thing you’d like to be remembered for? Being kind.
There are many culprits that can crush creativity, such as distractions, self-doubt and fear of failure. What tends to stand in the way of your creativity? I think self-doubt is always near, but that is why I keep making work. Doubt in my abilities, vision, etc. is a motivator for me; I certainly do not let it crush my creativity.
How do you overcome these obstacles? I accept obstacles as part of the artistic process/ I try not to let a day go by that I do not work, the continuum is important for me.
What are your inspirations for work? Present and past experiences in the outdoors. The rural setting I grew up in and the rural mountain setting I live in now.
What is your favorite way to get your creative juices flowing? I make work. Again, the making the process is where I like to be. As I work, ideas snowball, and suddenly I am working on 10 or more paintings all headed in a direction that is exciting, undefined, and optimistic.
Which work of yours is your favorite? The work I am making right now for my show at Gallery MAR in Park City in February. Ask me the same question in a few months and it will be whatever work I am creating then.
Up Close and Personal
What book are you reading this week? I listen to books on CD in the studio. Right now I am listening to “The Pearl” by John Steinbeck.
Do you have a favorite television show? Not really.
What is your favorite food? Coffee!
What are you most proud of in your life? My family.
Who would you like to interview? J. M. W. Turner.
Do you have a passion or hobby other than painting? What is it? I love to mountain bike and cross-country ski. I also really enjoy working out at Lander Cross Fit.
Who would you love to paint? Maybe Giacometti, but that would be a lot of pressure.
If you were an animal, what would you be and why? A wolf. I love to paint them. They are shrouded in myth and controversy and yet so close to our domesticated family pets.
If you were stranded on a desert island and could only take three things, what would they be? Unlimited food, water and shelter.
Share something that few people know about you. I once designed kid’s clothes for a company called Chocolate Soup.
If you could live anywhere in the world, where would you live? Right where I live now.