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Gallery MAR Bridgette Meinhold

Those of you who have been reading Anthology since the beginning may remember that Bridgette Meinhold appeared in Issue No. 1/Fall 2010. In the course of writing the travel story on Park City, I really wanted to team up with a local—someone who could show me around and share her favorite spots. I was lucky enough to connect with Bridgette, a writer and an artist. Whenever I’m in Park City, I still visit some of those establishments that she introduced me to. (Be sure to check out Bridgette’s current list of must-visits at the bottom of this post!)

Earlier this year, while I was out there for a family vacation, I was thrilled to see her encaustic paintings at Gallery MAR, which has become one of my favorite places in town. Bridgette has a new exhibition opening next Friday, November 28, at Gallery MAR. It’s a joint show with Joe Norman, entitled Bountiful World, and like the rest of her body of work, it is deeply rooted in nature. “I spend a lot of time outdoors—hiking, skiing, climbing, biking, watching clouds—and the main point of my work is to connect others with the outdoor world, even if they can’t live in the woods, like I do,” explains Bridgette. “I feel so incredibly thankful for nature, the mountains, the trees, and their amazing, calming effect on me. If I’m having a difficult day, a long hike makes it better. If I’m having a great day, being outside is the cherry on top. So the inspiration for the show really comes from my gratitude of the natural world and all the gifts it offers up unconditionally.”

Anthology Gallery MAR Bridgette Meinhold

Bridgette’s paintings entail a series of wax layers that, together, create stunning landscapes: weather, atmosphere, mountains, and trees. All of her pieces are done on a hard wood surface, and the frames are built by her husband using reclaimed wood. I am such a fan, and was curious about her process. Here’s what she told me:

I start by painting on a base layer of wax, which is liquid at 200 degrees. As the wax cools, it hardens, and I scrape it flat and fuse it with a torch for a smooth finish. Then I rub in pigment to add color for the sky and paint on my first landscape layer with milk paint, which is an old-fashioned casein-based paint that acts like a thick-bodied watercolor. When that is dry, I paint on another layer of wax, and the process starts over again. I keep adding layers until I’ve created my entire scene. This can be anywhere from three to six layers, depending on what I’m trying to achieve. As a viewer, you can easily count these layers and see how the wax can act the part of the atmosphere that it builds up.

Anthology Gallery MAR Meinhold Process

CITY CONFIDENTIAL

“Park City has so much to offer,” says Bridgette. “Obviously, if you’re into the outdoors, there’s fun activities all year round. Now that it’s winter, it’s time for skiing, snowboarding, snow-shoeing, cross-country skiing, and snow biking. But if you’re not especially outdoorsy, there’s still a ton of great activities.” These are some of her recommendations:

  1. Hit up Atticus Coffee and Teahouse for your morning dose. It also doubles as a great book store.
  2. The Kimball Art Center is our local art museum, offering world-class exhibits and really wonderful workshops and art classes—even short ones for those visiting from out of town.
  3. High West Distillery makes its own vodka on-site in historic and reclaimed buildings. They make a really well-known rye whiskey, too, and serve up small plates.
  4. I’m also a big fan of Shabu, which does amazing Asian fusion food.
  5. For shopping, I like Olive & Tweed as well as Exchange Consignment.
  6. And if you’re looking for something else to do, go on an art tour with Soltesz Fine Art to get the insider info on the best of Park City’s art scene.

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Anthology Gallery MAR Storefront

This post is sponsored by Gallery MAR, one of my must-visits whenever I’m in Park City. Whether you’re a local or a visitor, be sure to check it out if you haven’t already. Bridgette Meinhold and Joe Norman’s joint show, Bountiful World, opens next Friday, November 28. To purchase pieces, please contact Gallery MAR.

{ Studio, process, and portrait images by Claire Wiley; trolley image from Anthology;
all other images courtesy of Gallery MAR }

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David Baerwalde

by Anh-Minh on October 30, 2014

davidbaerwalde1Yesterday, while browsing at one of my favorite local shops, Hudson Grace, I came across the work of David Baerwalde—the Atlanta artist behind these wonderful wooden cakes. (I’m kicking myself for not taking a photo at Hudson Grace, where his pieces were beautifully displayed on domed cake stands.)

According to Hudson Grace proprietor Monelle Totah, Baerwalde creates the slices with a wood form that he embellishes with wood shavings and such to mimic the look and texture of a layer cake. In this YouTube clip, you can see part of his process (and learn more about the artist). But if you’re in the Bay Area, be sure to pop into Hudson Grace’s San Francisco or Larkspur locations to check out Baerwalde’s cakes—available in “chocolate” and “vanilla”—in person.

P.S. Tomorrow, we’ll be posting a recipe for a real sweet treat that you won’t want to miss!

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{ Images via David Baerwalde }

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Jim Darling

by Joanna on October 22, 2014

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There’s something so exciting and romantic about the act of traveling, especially when you’re lucky enough to snag the window seat. This could possibly explain why I am so in love with these paintings by artist Jim Darling. Darling treats airplane windows as the perfect portal with which to view the world. So, whether it’s the skyscrapers of New York City or the green patchwork of the midwest, these works inspire thoughts of travel and adventure.

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{ Found via Design Crush }

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Kim Baise Mobiles

by Anh-Minh on October 16, 2014

kimbaise_mobile1Los Angeles artist Kim Baise‘s work appeals to me on an aesthetic and a nostalgic level: one of my earliest memories involving decorative objects is my childhood mobile (it was a polka-dotted umbrella with animals suspended from it), and I can’t even tell you how many elementary school projects I did that involved papier-mâché (a reindeer for a holiday scene stands out).

Back to Baise: How ridiculously cute are her ice-cream mini mobile strands (shown above)? Each one consists of five treats, among them an orange creamsicle with a bite taken out for extra whimsy. If you’re on the hunt for a cool mobile and already have a particular motif in mind, good news: Baise allows for customization. In addition to what she offers in her Etsy shop, you can see more of Baise’s creations on her blog.

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{ All images from Kim Baise }

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Petra Börner

by Anh-Minh on October 9, 2014

pborner_autumnredI was in London last week, which explains why I’ve had UK-based designers and artists on my brain lately—including Petra Börner. Currently based in London, Börner hails from Sweden. And I think you can really see a Scandinavian influence in her beautiful illustrations. I love her bold and graphic interpretation of nature-inspired imagery.

In addition to prints—the above is entitled Autumn Red—Börner offers notebooks, textiles, and other paper goods in her online shop. I might have to pick up a copy of her sketchbook for myself (it includes 18 illustrations from her sketchbook), as well as a couple of coloring books as holiday gifts (yes, December will be here before we know it!).

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{ All images from Petra Börner }

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