December 30th, 2018

By Victoria Slagel, Fine Art Consultant

Greetings and salutations from the newest member at Gallery MAR. I was tickled pink when Maren called while on vacation in Miami offering me the fine art consultant position. Being an artist/photographer myself, working in a gallery was something I knew I would do in this life time. Prophesy fulfilled. It has been a whirlwind of a month, learning all the artists, meeting amazing clients, and having two of the best mentors to learn from; I feel at home in my new job. All the artist represented by Gallery MAR are phenomenal, but a few have stuck out more than other as my “favorites.” Mary Scrimgeour, an artist that really caught my eye right away.

 

“A Conference of Birds,” 48″ x 30″ by Mary Scrimgeour

The beautiful pigments and simplicity of the pencil over oil is a feast for the eyes.

 

Before accepting the job with Gallery MAR, I had been in the gallery once before to admire a work of art. The artist turned out to be Jylian Gustlin. Her color usage and how she applies complex layering affects to the canvas is other-worldly. It’s easy to get lost in a work of art by Gustlin.

“Sirens 9,” 48″ x 48″, by  Jylian Gustlin

 

Last but not least, I want to pay homage to Pamela Murphy. My opinion of this Northern Wisconsin artist perhaps is biased being that I myself spent my childhood in the northern region of the dairy state. Murphy collects vintage photographs which she uses as inspiration for her paintings. The scenes are all too familiar and feel like home away from home. A home where everything is detailed with silver and gold leaf paper.

 

“Wax and Wan,e” 32″ x 31″, by Pamela Murphy

 

These are just three out of 30-something artists the gallery represents. I love them all and will do my best in finding good homes for all the artists creations. Until then, I bid you adieu.