Workshop Success in California

Gallery MAR artists Bridgette Meinhold and Shawna Moore joined Jeff Hirst in his studio this weekend for an encaustic and screenprinting workshop with a focus on urban interventions. The artists were meant to explore the urban inspiration and imagery. But of course, Ms. Meinhold still chose trees.

The three of them passed on a few photos of the weekend’s success to us, and we are happy to share the fruits of their labors below.

Shawna Moore, encuastic workshop

Shawna Moore, encaustic workshop

Encaustic workshop leaders and their experiments

Encaustic workshop leaders and their experiments







The Greatest Scale of Looting Since WWII

Antiquities in Palmyra, Syria.  Photo: courtesy UNESCO.

Antiquities in Palmyra, Syria.
Photo: courtesy UNESCO.

Courtesy of ArtNews, written by Sarah Cascone

The FBI is warning collectors that buying Iraqi and Syrian artifacts could help fund ISIS activities, as the militant group has been plundering important historic sites and selling stolen items on the black market.

In October, UNESCO confirmed that ISIS was partially funding its activities through the sale of such stolen artifacts, the blood diamonds of the Middle East. The following month, US lawmakers proposed creating a cultural property protection czar position, that would look to preserve the world’s endangered cultural sites.

“This is the greatest scale of looting we have seen since the Second World War,” former Christie’s director Robert Jenrick told the Art Newspaper in January, as the UK looked to crack down on smuggling following the discovery of $58 million-worth of stolen Middle Eastern artifacts.

UNESCO’s United Nations Security Council Resolution 2199, passed in February, is attempting to place new legal measures in order to stop ISIS from funding itself through antiquities trafficking.

“Every person needs to know that the purchase of property from Iraq is punishable, but also that it supports and finances terrorist activities,” German state minister Maria Boehmer told the UN this May, during a General Assembly meeting.

Art and antiquities dealers in the US are being asked to spread the FBI’s message in the hope of cutting off a lucrative income source for the jihadist group.

“Check and verify provenance, importation, and other documents,” Magness-Gardiner told the FBI. “What we’re trying to say is, don’t allow these pieces that could potentially support terrorism to be part of the trade.”

The Aqua Affair for Recycle Utah

Gallery MAR is pleased to help sponsor Recycle Utah’s first ever gala dinner and live auction, The Aqua Affair, to benefit recycling programs and education outreach in Summit County.

Bridgette Meinhold's "Multiverse" painting, to be auctioned off at the Aqua Affair, 9/13

Bridgette Meinhold’s “Multiverse” painting, to be auctioned off at the Aqua Affair, 9/13

On Sunday, September 13th at 5 pm please join us in celebrating 25 years of teaching locals to lead sustainable lives. Gallery artist Bridgette Meinhold is getting in on the fun, donating a stunning work of art, painted on a recycled door from the Recycle Utah Warehouse. Her piece will be sold in the silent auction portion of the evening and is featured above.

Click the “RESERVE YOUR TICKETS” link below to join us at this inaugural event.


To learn more about the event, and to purchase tickets ($175 each), visit the Recycle Utah website:

Studio Visit with Shawna Moore

Shawna Moore's Montana Studio

Shawna Moore’s Montana Studio

I’ve always wanted to visit Montana in the summer, and this year my family and I had the chance to sneak a few days up north. We split the difference between Flathead Lake and Whitefish Lake and stayed on a beautiful property, the Broken Leg Ranch.

Shawna Moore's Montana Studio

Shawna Moore’s Montana Studio


Shawna Moore's Montana Studio

Shawna Moore’s Montana Studio — fresh works

The highlight of the trip was our day on Whitefish Lake visiting with and touring the studio of Shawna Moore, one of our longest-showing artists in the gallery. We were able to see her studio, located near the railroad yard in Whitefish, and her on-mountain home by the lake. Moore just completed a new series of work for Gallery MAR and she had a few new starts in the gallery for us to peek at.


Shawna Moore's garden and home

Shawna Moore’s garden and home

Outside her studio, Moore has a beautiful garden, which was brimming with tasty options and sweet smelling flowers. It was the perfect time to visit her and explore this gorgeous area of the West.



Miss Kitty’s Barking Ball


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Reserve your tickets now for the 2015 Miss Kitty’s Barking Ball, Friday, August 28 at the Montage, Deer Valley.

Celebrating their 25th year of saving animals lives, they have come up with a fun idea for a silent auction: Doggie Bags and Kitty Clutches that you can bid on, live, at the event.

We were so pleased to have an artist donate his time, energy, and artistic expertise to create a special piece for this event. Here is the back pack by our own local artist, Ron Russon:

Russon Back Pack