Artwork

Art-o-carton

by Anh-Minh on December 18, 2014

art-o-matI can’t resist an Art-o-mat. The few times I’ve come across one, I’ve made a beeline for the machine and never been disappointed in the little works of art it dispenses. For those unfamiliar with Art-o-mat: They’re retired cigarette vending machines that have been converted to purvey original art. Although there are more than 100 of them all over the country—you can see the locations here—it’s not always easy to get to one. Which is why I was thrilled to learn that you can buy an Art-o-carton. For $99.99, you get a box of 10 works that are selected for you based on a questionnaire you submit during your purchase transaction.

I might have to order an Art-o-carton as a gift to myself!

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{ All images from Art-o-mat; the photo above shows a sample Art-o-carton. }

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Kerri Rosenthal

by Joanna on November 25, 2014

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Talk about impactful. These paintings by Kerri Rosenthal are just plain gorgeous. Rosenthal’s background is in fashion and communications, which I think lends an interesting slant to her work. These pieces rely so strongly on the movement and the colors that it’s all you really need. According to Rosenthal’s site, her works “are inspired by her amplified interpretation of the colors she experiences on her daily travels passing through the vistas of the Saugatuck Valley as well as the beach areas of Long Island Sound.” With such a strong color palette, it’s tough to pick a favorite, isn’t it?

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{ Images via Kerri Rosenthal }

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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.”

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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.

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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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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

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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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