A Painting to Save Bonanza Flats

“Under Their Protection” auction at Gallery MAR

In an effort to help raise more funds to Save Bonanza Flats, I am auctioning off a new original painting, entitled “Under Their Protection.” In collaboration withGallery MAR, my local gallery here in Park City, we are donating the entire proceeds of the auction to help Save Bonanza Flats. This is 1,350 acres of critical alpine wilderness that we have an opportunity to save forever. If we can raise $13 million as a community, we can help the city of Park City buy this land and protect it.
photo JP Gendron, Mars Ramp Productions
Description of the Painting: “Under Their Protection” is a new, original encaustic painting by Park City-based artist, Bridgette Meinhold. The 25×40 inch painting features the dramatic features of the Bonanza Flats property and gives the sense of what it’s like to enjoy the mountains during the winter. Meinhold’s encaustic painting features beeswax mixed with damar resin in alternating layers with milk paint to create an atmospheric, 3D effect in a 2D space. The name of the painting, refers to the three peaks in the background, which serve as guardians for those in the valley. Likewise it references our act as stewards of the land to protect the mountains in return.
“Under Their Protection”

As a resident of Brighton Estates, a neighborhood located adjacent to the Bonanza Flats property, I am deeply connected to this land. I am doing everything I can to help save this special place and keep it wild. If you are interested in purchasing this painting and helping save open space, please contact Gallery MAR. The gallery is located at 436 Main Street, Park City, UT or you can call them at 435-649-3001. The starting bid for this painting is $3,800 and opens on February 7th, 2017.


photo JP Gendron, Mars Ramp Productions, with Bonanza Flats in background
Detail of “Under Their Protection”

For more information about the effort to save the open space and to make a tax deductible donation please go to www.SaveBonanzaFlats.org.

To inquire about purchasing this painting, please contact Gallery MAR.

Palm Springs “The Modern Tour”

Albert Frey House II

My family has been visiting the Palm Springs area for decades but this February’s visit was the first time we delved into the architectural history of the area.

We hooked up with Michael Stern, a vivacious and knowledgeable tour guide who has written two architecture books and runs The Modern Tour (sometimes fourteen times a week!) from his desert home. With four other passengers, my husband and I were driven through Palm Springs proper and visited and toured through more than twenty significant properties, including the innovative Albert Frey House II (the original “tiny house” — but much cooler), which is a part of the permanent collection of the Palm Springs Art Museum. One home-owner was perusing his emails and we walked through his modern gem.

Frank Sinatra House

The highlight of the trip for me was the Frank Sinatra home, which is owned by friends of Michael Stern and available by rental for events or vacations.

Frank Sinatra’s piano-shaped pool

Sinatra initially requested designs for a Georgian-style mansion, complete with a brick facade and column. The architect architect E. Stewart Williams  was appalled. Sinatra had just made his first million and wanted to celebrate in grand style but didn’t have a clue about what Palm Springs design was all about.

However, with renderings of a house composed of long horizontal tines and non-traditional building materials, the architect Williams was able to lure Sinatra away from the idea of a Georgian house towards something more “desert appropriate”. Later, Roger Williams, Stewart’s architectural partner and brother, reflected “We’d have been ruined if we’d been forced to build Georgian in the desert.”

Though the house was only accessible to Hollywood’s elite, the rest of the world caught a glimpse of Twin Palms in Joan Crawford’s 1950 film The Damned Don’t Cry. Sinatra apparently repaid a favor he owed by permitting his house to be used in the movie, though he was insistent that only shots of the exterior could be taken. The house received additional exposure when it was photographed by renowned architectural photographer Julius Shulman. Shulman’s stunning images of Twin Palms capture the allure and simplistic grace of Williams’ design.




Apres Sundance 2017 from Gallery MAR

By Eileen Treasure, Fine Art Consultant

The Sundance Film Festival of 2017 has come and gone, and we at Gallery MAR want to take a moment to remember the good, the bad, and the ugly.

A little “Singin’ in the Snow” across the street at Park City Live. We have very few celebrity sightings to report,  but it was amazing to see mama moose and baby moose having a late night snack right next to City Hall. Where did they come from, and where did they go?

The highlight of the week? It snowed almost every day of the festival. Great for skiers, but a challenge for our guests who came to watch the films, and didn’t bring the right footwear. That was the ugly part — brown slush piled everywhere, which made walking to and fro a challenge and parking almost impossible!


Thousands filled Main Street Saturday morning for a peaceful display of free speech for Park City’s first ever “Women’s March.”

We chose to celebrate strong women with a new collection from San Francisco artist, Jylian Gustlin. The beautiful painting in the front window, “Aphrodite 3,” is now on its way to Connecticut, where it has found a home with a new art collector.

We also welcomed these new “Sundance-themed” paintings of Main Street from Salt Lake artist, Aaron Memmott:

“Sundance Days”   24″ x 24″  oil on canvas by Aaron Memmott



“Morning Light on Main”  24″ x 30″ oil on canvas by Aaron Memmott



And so we say “Au revoir” to Sundance, and we’ll see you next year.

Mountain Living Magazine Feature on Sarah Winkler

Sarah Winkler's "White Water Canyon," 60" x 60", acrylic on panel, 2016

Sarah Winkler’s “White Water Canyon,” 60″ x 60″, acrylic on panel, 2016

Sarah Winkler recently earned the honor of a feature in Mountain Living Magazine. The piece highlights her show, coming to Gallery MAR this summer 2017, as well as the painting “White Water Canyon,” (above) which we just received at the gallery.

Winkler is an emerging British-American contemporary landscape painter, based in Colorado. Winkler has lived out West for nearly two decades and her paintings have focused predominantly on its expansive nature and regional geology.

Winkler has recently exhibited at The Thoreau Center for Sustainability, Fouladi Projects Gallery and Gallerie Citi in San Francisco. She was commissioned for a San Francisco City Public Arts project in 2015 and her paintings are in private, corporate and public collections including Chevron, Marriott, Hyatt Regency Group, Viceroy Resort at Snowmass and The Cosmopolitan Hotel of Las Vegas.

Below, take a look at the artist’s inspiration for the painting series, as well as her interview.



Jylian Gustlin: Turning Passion into Process

Jylian Gustlin “Entropy 2,” mixed media, 60″ x 60″, diptych

By Veronica Vale, Fine Art Consultant

A single conversation with mixed media artist Jylian Gustlin leaves one guffawed, marveling at just how many passions and interests a single person can have. When Gustlin is not wrapped up in creating beautiful textures and colors in the studio, she can be found diving into a multiplicity of seemingly contradictory passions and interests, nearly all of which find themselves introduced back into her artwork.

With an engineer’s mind and a strong interest in computer science and mathematics, Gustlin often turns to analytical subjects for her artistic inspiration. Before applying paintbrush to canvas, she begins her work on the computer. Using mathematical concepts like the Fibonacci Sequence as a springboard, she gliches, changes, and manipulates digital comps in order to create her compositions for abstract paintings.

In her latest show “Entropy,” now featured at Gallery MAR, many of her works are inspired by the concept of entropy as used in statistical thermodynamics, or else the natural logarithm that determines the degree of disorder or randomness in a system. If that explanation seems convoluted or downright wrong, it’s most likely because I didn’t explain it well — but trust me when I say that an understanding of her works’ underlying concepts is not necessary to appreciate the beauty of her work.

Jylian Gustlin “Entropy 1” digital comp in progress


Jylian Gustlin “Entropy 1″ mixed media 48″ x 72”


Jylian Gustlin “Fibonacci 362” digital comp in progress


Jylian Gustlin “Fibonacci 362″ mixed media 24″ x 60”

Within the same show, Gustlin displays more of her wide-reaching range with her latest figurative work. Inspired by dancers like Prima Ballerina Misty Copeland, Gustlin explores the intriguing motion of bodies through highly textured figurative work. Her fascination with the human body is amplified by her own personal exploration of its capabilities. Gustlin dances, rock climbs, hikes, runs long distance, and lives in accordance to the ideology that “the body is the truth.”

Jylian Gustlin “Aphrodite 3″ mixed media 60 x 36”

Gustlin’s work embodies her many passions and demonstrates for us how a well-rounded life leads to a boundless pool of creative inspiration. We hope you’ll join us in appreciating the elegant results of these combined interests at our artist reception this Friday, January 27th from 6-9 pm.