December 7th, 2019
By Victoria Slagel, Fine Art Consultant
Friday, November 29th marked the start of our winter season in the gallery with a snow storm and incredible artwork by our own Park City artist, Bridgette Meinhold. “Among the Trees” explores and celebrates the nature of forests, through layers of wax and paint, Meinhold expresses her love for the natural world and how to gain a better understanding of life through the wisdom of mother earth. Inspired by the poem “When I am among the trees,” you can feel the depth of each work of art crying to be seen as an expression of our humanity, mirroring each other, the forests have much to teach us about ourselves.
When I am Among the Trees, by Mary Oliver
When I am among the trees,
especially the willows and the honey locust,
equally the beech, the oaks, and the pines,
they give off such hints of gladness.
I would almost say that they save me, and daily.
I am so distant from the hope of myself,
in which I have goodness, and discernment,
and never hurry through the world
but walk slowly, and bow often.
Around me the trees stir in their leaves
and call out, “Stay awhile.”
The light flows from their branches.
And they call again, “It’s simple,”
they say, “and you, too, have come
into the world to do this, to go easy,
to be filled with light, and to shine.”