Generations on the Ranch, That’s What I Love

Maura Allen, "Reign It In," 32" x 48", mixed media

Maura Allen, “Reign It In,” 32″ x 48″, mixed media

A story by artist Maura Allen

The painting titled “Reign It In” has a sweet story… I was on a ranch last summer and saw this young cowboy. 

I started talking to him and said — “Hey. I know that hat. That’s Carl’s hat.” 

“Yes ma’am,” he replied. “He’s my grandpa.” 

Generations on a ranch. That’s what I love.

Now in the gallery, new works by Maura Allen below.

Maura Allen – 8mm Wild West


Maura Allen – Longhorn Love


Maura Allen – State Champ


Maura Allen – Longitude (framed in steel)

How To Move a 900 Pound Sculpture

By Eileen Treasure, Fine Art Consultant

Recently, we shipped a 900 pound wood and Cor-ten steel sculpture,”14 Piece Ring,” by Jamie Burnes to a ranch in Texas. The artist builds his work for Gallery MAR to within an inch of exact dimensions so each large-scale piece will fit through the front doorway of Gallery MAR.

Since it rolled in the front door (with 9″ of snow on top!) during the Sundance Festival in January, we knew it would roll out. Jamie always provides construction-weight roller skates for his large-scale work, and that is how the journey to Texas began.

“14 Piece Ring” by Jamie Burnes, exits the gallery on its way to Texas



The sculpture was then rolled onto the lift-gate of the Navis truck (our shippers in nearby Salt Lake).  The “roller skates” had to come off at this stage so the ring would clear the height of the truck opening.

The next step involved three pairs of extra hands who happened to be walking by. We were all nervous that the first movement of the lift-gate might jolt the ring into a free fall — yikes! The professionals from Navis tethered the top of the ring, and one man kept the rope taut from inside the truck as the gate lifted.

Brute strength shimmied the sculpture into the truck. The hard part was over.



The beautiful sculpture “14 Piece Ring” now rests in a picturesque meadow overlooking this spectacular swimming pond. Thank you to all the helping hands, the collectors, and to the artist, Jamie Burnes.

We anxiously await the next large-scale piece that will roll into the gallery.

Don’t Hang Your Art

Dave Berry with Aisling Installation works his magic in a collector's home.

Dave Berry with Aisling Installation works his magic in a collector’s home.

At Gallery MAR we relish the opportunity to visit your home and install the artwork you select from our gallery. Sometimes a little extra assistance is needed and we call upon one of our specialize art installers, such as Dave Berry with Aisling Art Installation. But a new trend is popping up — and one we have taken advantage of too! Leaning your art against your walls, on bookshelves, or against a window is refreshing and allows you to change up your collection on a whim. Below, enjoy this article we discovered in Architectural Digest where you can read and see how this trend can amplify your art collection. Happy leaning!

How to Display Art Without Hanging It!

 of Architectural Digest

May 17, 2017

Put away your measuring tape, your hammer and nails, your fear of putting holes in your walls—it turns out that you don’t have to hang your art at all. One of the most popular ways to display artwork these days requires far less commitment than that. Simply set the art on the floor, or on a shallow shelf, and lean it up. The result is casual-looking but refined, with a little bit of treasure-hunt intrigue mixed in. And you can switch it right up without worrying over the holes you’ve put in the wallpaper.

“I tend to lean my art even more than I hang it these day,” says designer Leanne Ford. “This allows for a constant and easy rotation of what is displayed, where and how.” Below we’ve rounded up some of our favorite ways to try out the trend.

To hide “unsightlies”

Ford leans art to over up chords, cable boxes, and even unused wall outlets that are so often at floor level.

Photo: Nicole Franzen for Leanne Ford Interiors

Against glass or other tricky surfaces

Leaned-up art in Todd Alexander Romano’s Manhattan living room gets around the whole “you can’t hang art on windows” catch.

Contemporary Living Room by Todd Alexander Romano in New York, New York
Thomas Loof

To add height on shelf vignettes

Without having to put a hole in the bookshelf.

Photo: Heredwelling for Leanne Ford Interiors

In conversation with hanging art

A look that will prevent your cloud art from floating away.

Photo: Heredwelling for Leanne Ford Interiors

To give off a casually elegant air

Leaned art is the opposite of stuffy but can look very elevated if you select the right piece.

Photo: Genevieve Garruppo

New Artists Julia Morgan-Leamon and Faye Mylen

Julia Morgan-Leamon “Transitioning” oil 24″ x  36″

By Veronica Vale, Fine Art Consultant

Gallery MAR is proud to now represent the work of artist Julia Morgan-Leamon and of artist Faye Mylen. Allow us to introduce you to these two talented individuals:


Julia Morgan-Leamon‘s work aims to capture everyday movement and gesture with loose brush strokes and a lively palette. Her painterly approach exemplifies the sense of adventure and risk-taking which she aims to capture with her subject matter. Morgan-Leamon uses both painting and time-based media to study and beautifully preserve “aspects of the unanticipated choreography” of the human experience.

Julia Morgan-Leamon “Preparing for the Blue” oil 24″ x 36″

While based out of Massachusetts and New Mexico, Morgan-Leamon’s work has been exhibited at venues all across the globe, demonstrating her work’s universal appeal in its endeavor to capture the essence of “human vulnerability and resilience.”


Faye Mylen‘s work, meanwhile, focuses on nature, landscapes, and the connection therein using oil paint on metal.

“The language of art for me is more about connection than beauty, although beauty resides in that connection. The connection is with the subject that I paint, which is mainly nature. I study the view that I am painting and this develops within me an even greater reverence for the raw beauty and grace nature holds.”

Faye Mylen “Daisies” oil 36″ x 36″

In her studio in Connecticut, Faye Mylen not only explores the connection between herself and her natural subject, but also the connection between herself and her viewer. Mylen channels her reverence and deep appreciation for nature into her work, allowing the emotions that nature bestows upon her to reveal themselves on canvas. These emotions help her to bring abstract qualities to the natural landscape which she hopes enhances the viewer’s experience of the work by connecting them with “the raw beauty and grace that nature holds.”

Faye Mylen “Still Marsh” oil 24″ x 24″

We are thrilled to add the lively, adventurous work of Julia Morgan-Leamon and the tranquil, graceful work of Faye Mylen to our Gallery MAR team of artists, and we invite you to see for yourselves the beauty of their latest work.

Sarah Winkler’s Commission at New Scottsdale Resort

The sunken lounge at Hearth ’61, restaurant and lounge, at Mountain Shadows, Scottsdale, AZ.

Besides looking forward to her exhibition at Gallery MAR this summer (“Past/Present” opening June 30), Sarah Winkler has another big announcement — the installation of her commissioned painting in the restaurant and lounge, Hearth ’61, at the new resort, Mountain Shadows in Scottsdale, AZ. The hotel found her work through her Instagram artwork!

Sarah recently shared her thoughts about the process for this large-scale work:

“I was working on this art commission during a snowy January in Colorado. The earthy reds warmed my studio as I created the wow piece for the lounge area in the bar/restaurant at Scottsdale’s newest resort – Mountain Shadows in Paradise Valley, Arizona.

The large scale painting/triptych in Winkler’s studio

My large 60″ x 180″ desert art commission is installed on the right at the swanky Hearth ‘61 sunken lounge at Mountain Shadows. The painting echoes the view outside the windows of the impressive Camelback Mountain rising behind the resort.

It was a project I’d been selected for in 2016 by a New York art consulting firm for a resort hotel remodel in Paradise Valley near Scottsdale, Arizona. The approval process had taken several months, and I got the news in late December that I had been selected to produce a 5′ x 15′ painting for the main gathering area of the resort — the sunken lounge.

Large scale tools and brushes for a 60″ x 180″ painting

The hotel, Mountain Shadows, is a modernist era icon in the valley with breathtaking views of Camelback Mountain. The interior designer on the project chose a painting of mine from 2015, “Sedimentary Slice,” that resembled the geology and landscape of the area surrounding the resort.

Sarah Winkler’s “Sedimentary Slice” was the inspiration for the commissioned 60″ x 180″ painting in the Hearth ’61 lounge

As soon as I saw pictures of Camelback mountain range, I knew it would work too with some modifications on the ridge lines. The original inspiration painting was 30″ x 30″ which meant cropping the image and increasing the scale of everything 600%. Tools had to be specially fabricated like the carving teeth used to make the mountain shape and the width of brushes in order to recreate the effortless gestures and texture achieved at a small scale. It took 5 attempts at the mountain before I felt it was just right.”

A specially fabricated tool Winkler calls “the carving teeth” to achieve her beautiful linear textures resembling geology

We congratulate Sarah and look forward to her new collection soon arriving at Gallery MAR. Sarah will be in attendance at her opening in Park City on June 30, so please plan to join us.