Into the Fog: A Studio Visit with Bridgette Meinhold

Bridgette Meinhold’s studio and her dog, Cooper

By Veronica Vale, Fine Art Consultant

It’s a sparkling summer morning when I turn off of Guardsman Pass and into Bridgette Meinhold’s drive. The sun filters through green aspen trees as Meinhold’s dog, Cooper barks his hello. Stepping out of the car, a wave of chilly air reminds me of just how high in the Wasatch mountains we are. It feels like a different season up here — a phenomenon encaustic artist Bridgette Meinhold is more than familiar with. She waves warmly from the porch of her cozy A-frame cabin, dressed in flannel and holding a hot coffee.

Bridgette Meinhold’s A-Frame Cabin off of Guardsman Pass

Bridgette Meinhold welcomes me into her studio, a recycled shipping container turned half encaustic workshop, half frame woodshop. Freshly finished encaustic paintings surround us, some lying across her table, some propped up against the walls. The natural, atmospheric scenes in her paintings reflect the landscape we just stepped out of, and I find myself staring at them as if they’re windows. She holds up a large creamy blue piece and I feel the sense of soft atmosphere wash over me.

“I want people to experience Nature in a different way through my work.”

Bridgette Meinhold in her studio with one of her latest works

“I want people to experience Nature in a different way through my work,” she says. Living up in the Wasatch mountains where it snows all but two months of the year, Bridgette Meinhold experiences nature differently, perhaps more intimately, than most. The scenes she paints are her experience, and she strives to share that experience of this world with others. “Yes, I’m painting trees,” she says, “but really I’m painting air.”

“Yes I’m painting trees, but really I’m painting air.”

Her latest work aims to get closer to the heart of what these landscapes look and feel like — they’re more subdued, quieter than the paintings currently hanging at Gallery MAR. Meinhold explains that she wants her latest work to feel like “walking into the fog,” with all the “uncertainty of the future. [There’s] more sense of adventure when you go even if you don’t know what’s going to happen. You just have to keep going.” Her upcoming November show “Forging Ahead” seems all the more aptly named.

Bridgette Meinhold scooping raw beeswax pellets

Meinhold’s supply of crystallized resin

Matt Meinhold’s woodshop where he makes frames for Bridgette’s work out of reclaimed wood

With natural inspiration all around her, Meinhold brings a sketchbook wherever she goes. Her adventures in skiing, biking, and hiking present her with endless scenes to capture — which she does masterfully in watercolor and ink. Every encaustic work that she paints begins with a watercolor study, which are often taken from watercolor sketches she paints on location.

Meinhold’s watercolor studies

“I have found that I can use my skills to help save land, and I plan to keep doing it.”

Her passion for nature and the environment is apparent. Before she was an artist, Meinhold was a sustainable consultant and wrote and edited for a blog on sustainable living for eight years. She then reveals that she wrote and published a book on sustainable housing solutions called Urgent Architecture, mentioning this accomplishment with the air and gusto of someone mentioning that they just got their oil changed. Her book seems all the more relevant in light of the hurricanes plaguing our coast and the wildfires burning in the west. When asked how this passion for the environment informs her work, she replies:

“I care about the environment a great deal and it is always an influence and an inspiration for me. There is nothing complicated about my interest and devotion to the natural world. It heals me and I do what I can to help it. Specifically, in the last year, I have done a lot of work to help protect open space, namely Bonanza Flat, and I have found that through art I can help raise awareness and funds for specific causes. Basically, I have found that I can use my skills to help save land, and I plan to keep doing it. We all need a cause to rally behind and open space and protecting the environment is mine.”

Urgent Architecture by Bridgette Meinhold

 

To experience Bridgette Meinhold‘s encaustic paintings for yourself, and to meet the artist in person, join us for her upcoming show with sculpture artist Bryon Draper, “Forging Ahead,” on November 24th at Gallery MAR.

End of Summer Selections

Today may mark the (say it isn’t so!) end of Summer, but we in the gallery are still enjoying warm and long days. Each week brings us new work from our artists, who come from us from all across the country.

Fresh from Montana, we have two new paintings in wax encaustic by Shawna Moore, below.

Shawna Moore, “Skybridge”

 

Shawna Moore, “Earth and Sky”

 

Some of the most highly-anticipated works of the summer are here, from Jylian Gustlin. It’s a vibrant assembly of works from several of her series, a few selections below.

 

Jylian Gustlin, “Entropy 22,” 60″ x 60″

 

Jylian Gustlin, “Equus 24″ 60″ x 48”

 

Jylian Gustlin, “Entropy 10″ 36″ x 60”

Please visit the gallery soon to view all of these new paintings, and of course — more! We will continue to be open late on weekends: Friday and Saturday until 9pm. As summer ends, there is more beauty to come in our Park City Autumn… but we will enjoy the end of summer as long as we’re able to.

S’well Summer at Gallery MAR

Eileen Treasure, Fine Art Consultant

It’s a S’well summer at Gallery MAR!  We want to show our appreciation to our amazing collectors with a S’well gift.  We love to search for the perfect piece of art for your new home or renovation. We love it when you visit and bring your friends. We love to share our new collections with you and see your enthusiasm. We love making our artists happy when pieces are beautifully installed in your home.

Enjoy this S’well gallery tour, and if you have purchased from Gallery MAR — we look forward to seeing you.

Nina Tichava’s new series “Borrowed Landscapes” features vintage postcards embellished with her iconic grid and dot patterns.

 

Richard Taylor “Suite Bergamasque”  Sculpture, Mixed Media,  89″ x 21″ x 12″

 

James Penfield  “4D Travel Object”  Two-Sided, Mixed Media,  10″ x 8″ x 3.5″

 

Wayne Salge “Together”  Bronze,  26″ x 11″ x 8″

 

Christopher Jeffries “Forms in Nature”  Glass, assorted sizes

 

Joe Norman “Dancer #3″  Bronze,  16″ x 10″ x 5”      Nina Tichava “Ever Since Happiness Heard Your Name”  Diptych, Mixed Media,  60″ x 80″

 

Bryon Draper “Broken Amulet”  Stone and Bronze  30″ x 5″ x 10″   “Left Handed Offering”  Stone and Bronze,  31″ x 13″ x 7″

 

Aaron Memmott  “Forging Forward”  Oil,  48″ x 36″    “Park City Purr”  Oil,  24″ x 30″

 

Weston and Victoria with their S’well bottle in front of Cristall Harper’s “Golden Days of Summer”  Oil  48″ x 48″

We look forward to seeing you!

 

 

 

 

 

 

Live Painting at Gallery Stroll

Glen Hawkins painting on Main Street at Gallery Stroll

By Veronica Vale, Fine Art Consultant

Local artist Glen Hawkins gave us all a treat this Gallery Stroll with a bit of live painting in front of Gallery MAR. The Utah-based oil painter rode into town on his motorcycle and set up his plein air easel on Main Street to paint the hustle and bustle of Park City’s monthly Gallery Stroll. Gallery strollers enjoyed watching as the artist painted, with palette knife in hand. the entire July evening scene alla prima.

Glen Hawkins’ finished work, “The Stroll” oil 14″ x 19.5″

Hawkins is renown for his moody, atmospheric city scenes in which he uses suggestive palette knife strokes and a sharp eye for color and light to capture the beauty and energy of his scenes, rather than render them precisely. The chiaroscuro of the city streets and the subtle texture of the sky breathe life into each one of his paintings.

Visit our website’s Artists page to see Glen Hawkins’ full body of work or to inquire about the gallery’s freshest (still slightly wet!) piece “The Stroll.”

Glen Hawkins in front of his finished work “The Stroll”

“Familiarity” Show by Cristall Harper and Aaron Memmott

Cristall Harper “Star Trail” oil 48″ x 72″

By Veronica Vale, Fine Art Consultant

Cherished are the sweet, fleeting moments of our memory, whether it be the endearing tilt of a dog’s head or the afternoon sun’s glisten off of a familiar road. Cristall Harper and Aaron Memmott aim to immortalize the ephemeral, capturing the joys of a moment and the heartfelt pang of nostalgia with every mastered stroke of the brush. Their joint show “Familiarity” here at Gallery MAR features the latest work from these two local Utahan artists.

Aaron Memmott “Main Street Bustle” oil 36″ x 48″

Aaron Memmott uses a rich palette and an acute awareness of light to paint scenes of illuminated neighborhood intersections, glowing streetlights, and wet, reflective streets. Whether inspired by his travels or his Park City hometown, Memmott preserves stilled moments in time in each of his dynamic urban landscapes – moments that somehow always feel achingly familiar.

Cristall Harper “Pure Sunshine” oil 30″ x 30″

Cristall Harper aims to portray the beauty of everyday scenes, inspired by play of light, color, and man’s best friend. With elegantly simple, understated brush strokes, Harper brings life and joy to her flower and canine subjects. When she and her husband welcomed their dear yellow lab, Buttercup, into their lives, Cristall Harper discovered her artistic purpose. Although Buttercup has since passed, the memory of her lively spirit continues to inspire Harper to paint scenes that are sure to resonate with anybody who has ever known the pure joy and unconditional love of a dog.

Cristall Harper and Aaron Memmott’s show “Familiarity” will be on display here at Gallery MAR from late July to late August.