October 16th, 2020
Eileen Treasure, Manager
Color is the most impactful aspect of a piece of artwork. Each year industry experts at leading paint brands reveal a palette of color picks they call “The Color of the Year.” This year the winner is Classic Blue, “a rich, dreamy, dark and beautiful shade of azure.
“We are living in a time that requires trust and faith. It is this kind of constancy and confidence that is expressed by Classic Blue, a solid and dependable blue hue we can always rely on,” says Leatrice Eiseman, Executive Director of the Pantone Color Institute. This particular shade of blue is reflective, anchoring and self-assured. It’s relaxed and restful, and meant to offer us all a sense of needed tranquility.”
Wow! Who knew blue said so much about life?
Even though a new color will be chosen in December for 2021, let’s explore blue — through the eyes of Gallery MAR artists, starting with Shawna Moore. Moore unabashedly states blue is her favorite color, as “it is the color of the sky and the water and the two together. And it is my most popular color.”
Another gallery favorite, Michael Kessler’s work is inspired by the sea and sky as well. His new collection of wet-on-wet techniques evokes even the sounds of water, like a mountain stream running through an aspen forest or the last light on a horizon line at sunset.
There are countless shades of blue in the snow-covered mountains of Utah, and Bridgette Meinhold captures them all from her mountain top studio. Again, encaustic beeswax is the perfect choice for subtle variations. One guest described it this way: “I want to float into her paintings.” We couldn’t agree more!
Taking a look through the gallery today, here are more blues from our artists:
“Blue is reflective, anchoring and self-assured. It’s relaxed and restful, and meant to offer us all a sense of needed tranquility,” and we would add that’s only the beginning of the artistic possibilities of blue. Come see the sky and water and every other beautiful blue through the lens of 36 different artists now at Gallery MAR. Open, safely, every day.