Bridgette Meinhold’s “Bountiful World” Preview


Bridgette Meinhold - Awe and Wonder

Above, “Awe and Wonder” diptych in encaustic on panel, 2014, currently hanging at Gallery MAR.

Bridgette Meinhold, a local Park City artist, was recently featured in Anthology Magazine. Below, we have an excerpt from the article. Ms. Meinhold is bringing a new show of work to the gallery on Friday, November 28th from 6 to 9 pm, so be sure to stop by the gallery to view the artwork in person!

Courtesy Anthology Magazine…

Those of you who have been reading Anthology since the beginning may remember that Bridgette Meinhold appeared in Issue No. 1/Fall 2010. In the course of writing the travel story on Park City, I really wanted to team up with a local—someone who could show me around and share her favorite spots. I was lucky enough to connect with Bridgette, a writer and an artist. Whenever I’m in Park City, I still visit some of those establishments that she introduced me to. (Be sure to check out Bridgette’s current list of must-visits at the bottom of this post!)

Earlier this year, while I was out there for a family vacation, I was thrilled to see her encaustic paintings at Gallery MAR, which has become one of my favorite places in town. Bridgette has a new exhibition opening next Friday, November 28, at Gallery MAR. It’s a joint show with Joe Norman, entitled Bountiful World, and like the rest of her body of work, it is deeply rooted in nature. “I spend a lot of time outdoors—hiking, skiing, climbing, biking, watching clouds—and the main point of my work is to connect others with the outdoor world, even if they can’t live in the woods, like I do,” explains Bridgette. “I feel so incredibly thankful for nature, the mountains, the trees, and their amazing, calming effect on me. If I’m having a difficult day, a long hike makes it better. If I’m having a great day, being outside is the cherry on top. So the inspiration for the show really comes from my gratitude of the natural world and all the gifts it offers up unconditionally.”

– You can see the entire feature, here:

Anthology Spread by Bridgette Meinhold

The Painted Screen Society of Baltimore

By Jennifer Hughston, Sales Manager


While watching one of my favorite Sunday morning shows (CBS Sunday Morning) accompanied by my morning joe of course, I watched one  of the most intriguing stories. Painted window and door screens. For the fine art connoisseur it doesn’t sound like much but wait… this tradition of painted screens has been going on for over 100 years. The following is directly from the Baltimore Screen Society and it is a wonderful story of urban folk art with function and beauty.

In the summer of 1913, the corner grocer at Collington and Ashland Avenues in the heart of Northeast Baltimore’s Bohemian (Czech) community, was the first place to introduce colorful scenes on woven wire. William Oktavec painted the front doors of his shop with the meat and produce he sold inside.

A neighbor admired his artwork and its practical bonus of preventing passersby from seeing inside his store, while she could see outside. Wishing to maintain privacy in her rowhouse, she asked Oktavec to paint a screen for her front window and presented him with a colorful scene from a calendar. Each of her neighbors demanded their own — for every window and door of the house. Adjacent communities in turn had at least one enterprising painter eager to imitate the new trend, accommodate clamoring residents, and make some easy cash. Artists and dabblers have continued the tradition ever since.

In 1922, Oktavec opened The Art Shop at 2409 East Monument Street where in he sold painted screens by the thousands and taught art classes to neighbors of all ages. This was in addition to his church restoration and retail framing and art supply businesses. One of his students, Johnny Eck assisted three generations of Oktavecs when business was especially brisk. In the heyday of painted screens in the 1940s and ’50s, resourceful men and women plied the streets of Baltimore by foot, by car and from modest storefronts, supplying as many as 100,000 screens to eager homeowners.

Over the years the popularity of painted screens ebbed and flowed. First the World Wars dealt a blow, then air conditioners, then changing demographics and changing definitions of modernity. Today renovation, replacement windows, and the rising costs of custom art work add to the toll. At the same time, a revolution in crafting and entrepreneurship has found an eager audience of artists and admirers to take the art form into the 21st century as its popularity spreads far beyond Baltimore.

If you are interested in watching the featured story that made me a fan and want to visit Baltimore you can find it here:

CBS Sunday Morning TV Features Baltimore’s Painted Screens


Peace Tree at Gallery MAR – Benefiting Peace House, Park City


With an art purchase at Gallery MAR, you can select an item on the Peace Tree that will be donated to Peace House in your name.

Calling art aficionados with an interest in helping Peace House!

In observance of Domestic Violence Awareness month, Gallery MAR (436 Main Street) will donate an item selected by each art buyer from the Peace Tree, to Peace House. The Peace Tree bears all different types of “fruit,” from “new pillows” and “new adult backpacks” to “new women’s winter boots’’ and “an assortment of storage bins.” After purchasing your art, pick a piece from the Peace Tree and it will be donated to Peace House in your honor. The project will continue through the month of October—Domestic Violence Awareness Month. Gallery MAR shows the art of well-known local regional like Bridgette Meinhold and Amy Ringholz. Find out more by going to

Peace House shelter

Peace House provides a safe haven for women and their children when they have no other viable option to escape domestic violence. The shelter provides temporary safe housing for families while they acquire the skills and resources necessary to start their lives anew, free from violence and fear.

Last year 44 women and 66 children found safety at the Peace House shelter where they were protected from domestic violence for 2,800 days of shelter, a substantial increase over the year previous.

In The Studio with Fran Nicholson

Fran Nicholson bronze dogs


Our inbox brought us two photos of the studio of bronze artist Fran Nicholson today.  Her sculptures are all about dogs doing what they do best – living in the moment, un-selfconsciously, and at peace being themselves.

These virtues, which come so naturally to dogs, are often life-long goals for their human companions (Gallery MAR staff, included!). Luckily for us, dogs are brilliant teachers.

In the photo above, you can see a few of Fran Nicholson small bronze dog miniatures, in the metal chasing segment of the lost-wax process. And below, a few examples of the artist’s work.

Fran Nicholson - Seated Angel Dog

Says the artist, “Both of my dogs are mutts, and my perfect dog doesn’t ever have to fit the perfect breed standard. I’m more concerned with conveying their nature, expression, and heart. The really important qualities!” We agree. Must love dogs.

Fran Nicholson - Seated Corn Dog

Let it Snow! Warren Neary Shines

As I type this, it’s over 60 degrees on Main Street; but, this weekend will bring our first snow, signally Winter is coming. We are ready for the frosty days here at Gallery MAR, with new paintings by Warren Neary, out of Illinois, below.

The soft touches of light glows in each snowy vista, landscapes that surround Historic Park City, Utah. Can you see your own home?

Warren Neary - Lost Prospectors Gold

Warren Neary – Lost Prospectors Gold

About “Lost Prospectors Gold” (above), Neary says: ” I really enjoyed creating this one, “Lost Prospector’s Gold,” 30″x24″ — this vantage point is from the Lost Prospector’s Trail overlooking Park City. It was a beautiful site in the evening with the freshly fallen snow … admittedly, it was tough to let this one go out of my studio. I love views like this.”

Warren Neary - Winter's Charm

Warren Neary – Winter’s Charm

Warren Neary’s work primarily focuses on realistic impressions of the figure, landscapes, cityscapes and still lifes. He has an intriguing history and a lives a life dedicated to serving others.

“I’m moved by the grace and beauty of the figure, and I’m learning to capture the emotion filled
moments in relationships we share with each other. I enjoy being a son and student of a loving
Heavenly Father and master creator.”

Warren Neary - Most Wonderful Time of Year

Warren Neary – Most Wonderful Time of Year

“It is exhilarating to explore scenes of subtle or dramatic light, color and design. I appreciate
warm low-level lighting such as in the evening or candle lit situations. In drawing and painting
from life, it is a challenge and delight to capture what I see in my artwork.”
After graduating from high school as the Art Sterling Scholar, he attended Utah State in 1994
where he received a Bachelor of Fine Arts degree on a two-year art scholarship. Warren
accepted a commission as an officer in the United States Air Force upon graduation. Warren
served for eight years on active duty in the service of his country as an officer, and deployed in
support of Operation Southern Watch to Eskan Village, Saudi Arabia, and Operation Enduring
Freedom to Joint Task Force Guantanamo Bay, Cuba.

In the summer of 2006, Warren separated from active duty in the U.S. Air Force to finish a
Master of Fine Arts degree from Academy of Art University and pursue a career as an artist and
Air Force Reserve officer assigned to Air Force Space Command.

While attending AAU Warren studied with William Maughan, Mark Tennant, Warren Chang,
Tae Park, William Whitaker, Ron Hicks and Thomas Blackshear II. Warren has also studied with artists including Zhang Wen Xin, Michael Albrechtsen, C.W. Mundy, David Leffel, Sherrie McGraw and Daniel Gerhartz. Currently, Warren is living in Colorado Springs, Colorado, with his wife and children.