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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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Tower of London Poppies

by Anh-Minh on November 11, 2014

tol_poppies1When I was in London last month, one of the things I could not miss was the Tower of London poppies installation, which commemorates the centenary anniversary of Britain’s involvement in World War I. (November 11 is Remembrance Day, Armistice Day, and Veterans Day.)

Paul Cummins is the ceramic artist behind the 888,246 handmade poppies—one for each British and Commonwealth military fatality during the war—and stage designer Tom Piper devised the scheme. Over the course of several months, the poppies gradually filled the Tower’s moat.

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I’ve watched the “making of” video a number of times now, and continue to be in awe of this massive project, which is truly an incredible sight to behold.

The installation will be dismantled starting tomorrow. You can purchase one of the very ceramic poppies that comprise the display, the sales of which support six service charities.
{ Video via the Historic Royal Palaces }

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Renegade Craft Fair

by Anh-Minh on November 7, 2014

renegade_headerIf you’re in the Bay Area and looking for something to do this weekend, head over to the Renegade Craft Fair. It will be held at the Fort Mason Center in San Francisco tomorrow and Sunday, November 8 and 9. Over 300 indie makers will be selling their wares, ranging from jewelry and apparel to artwork and furniture. You can read up on some of the makers on the Renegade blog, and see the roster here.

Between now and mid-December, Fairs are also scheduled for New York, London, Austin, Chicago, and Los Angeles. So mark your calendars if you’re in any of those cities!

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{ Photos of goods sold at past events via Renegade Craft Fair }

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Napa Valley Showhouse

by Anh-Minh on October 17, 2014

jrachman_napashowhouse1Not that any of us probably need another reason to visit the Napa Valley—the dining scene alone makes it a great destination!—but now through November 16, there’s this: Traditional Home‘s Napa Valley Showcase at Caldwell Vineyard.

One of my favorite local designers, Jonathan Rachman, is participating in the event. (The space was photographed by regular Anthology contributor Thayer Allyson Gowdy.) “I am an old-school and romantic person, so as soon as I entered the cheesebarn’s breakfast room and explored the bathroom, the entire mood of the rustic space inspired my soul,” he says, adding that the “intention was to preserve the most nostalgic and rustic elements of the barn, while keeping it current.”

If you’re going to be in the Napa area in the coming weeks, don’t miss this great opportunity to see some incredible rooms in a stunning setting.

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{ All photos by  Thayer Allyson Gowdy for Traditional Home‘s Napa Valley Showcase }

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Tom Killion Woodcut Prints

by Anh-Minh on August 18, 2014

killion1I was recently looking at the list of exhibitors for this weekend’s Palo Alto Festival of the Arts, and was excited to see Tom Killion‘s name. Killion is a local printmaker who specializes in woodcut works. His subjects include some of my favorite places in the Bay Area—like Big Sur, the Marin Headlands, and Pt. Reyes National Seashore.

Influenced in part by the Japanese art of ukiyo-ëKillion carves his landscapes out of linoleum and wood. He then prints them on to handmade kozo paper, employing oil-based inks and a hand-cranked proofing press. Over at Wanderfoot, they’ve got a great profile on Killion with photos taken in his Pt. Reyes studio. I love seeing a glimpse of his process, and am looking forward to checking out his work in person at the festival. (Good news for those who are unable to go to the event: Killion sells his prints through his website.)

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{ Print photo via Tom Killion. Studio photos by Klea McKenna via Wanderfoot. }

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