Julie Nester, Gallery MAR and Park City Fine Art plan exhibits during film fest
Ryan Summerlin January 10, 2014
When the Sundance Film Festival comes to Park City, many of the local art galleries rent out their spaces and either leave town or enjoy a 10-day staycation.
A few, however, choose to remain open and embrace the festivities with extra events or exhibits of their own.
Some of these galleries —the Julie Nester Gallery, Gallery MAR and Park City Fine Art — are located in town or closer to town, while others such as McMillen Fine Art Photography and Don Hoffman Fine Art (see accompanying story titled "Galleries at Redstone have plans for film-festival week") are located a few miles away from old town Park City.
Julie Nester Gallery, 1280 Iron Horse Dr.
The Julie Nester Gallery will show some original paintings and sketches by Robert De Niro, Sr., who is the subject of Perri Peltz and Geeta Gandbhir’s short film "Remembering the Artist: Robert De Niro, Sr.," which will premiere during the Sundance Film Festival.
Edward DeLuca, director of the DC Moore Gallery in New York said the exhibit came about because of the film.
"Mr. De Niro’s estate, his son Bob (Robert) thought it would be terrific to have an exhibition of the works when the film premiered," DeLuca told The Park Record. "We thought it would be nice for people who were interested in seeing some of Mr. De Niro’s paintings in person after they saw the film."
The DC Moore Gallery also helped provide information and images of Robert De Niro, Sr., to the filmmakers.
"We wanted to show concise, but beautiful and important, De Niro paintings from the 1960s through the 1990s," DeLuca explained. "Several of the works in the exhibit are in the film. So there is a parallel so people could get a good sense of the expressionistic quality of his work and the beautiful way he would use color."
De Niro studied early on with Hans Hofmann and was influenced by abstract and expressionistic artists, DeLuca said.
"When you see the paintings firsthand, the colors are rich, vibrant and very saturated," he said. "Hans Hofmann dealt a lot in colors and color theory, so De Niro was influenced by that train of thought."
In addition, viewers can see how De Niro engaged himself in the act of painting and the subject matter at the same time.
"You see a lot of brushwork in the paintings," DeLuca said. "You can see he was totally committed to what is in front of him and the pure pleasure and abandonment of that experience."
The exhibit will open Thursday, Jan. 16, and run through Jan. 26.
Gallery MAR, 436 Main St.
Amy Ringholz, who is known for her ink and paint works of Western animals created a new exhibit called "Wonderland" specifically for film festival week.
The artist, who calls Jackson Hole, Wyo., her home, has been represented by Gallery MAR for six years.
The idea for "Wonderland" came from her fascination with author Lewis Carroll’s classic "Alice in Wonderland" and the idea of walking in a Winter Wonderland.
"There will be 20 works that will be in the show, and there are a few more rabbits in this one, because of the Wonderland theme," Ringholz said. "There are also some wolves that will be a featured piece and a Cheshire Cat bobcat."
The artist’s trademark are her subjects’ eyes, which she uses to draw viewers into the paintings.
"The most three-dimensional part of the works are the eyes and when I get to them, I know I need to humanize the animals," she said. "So they actually become the heart of the piece."
Ringholz recently began using spray paint to highlight her works.
"I use ink and oil and wanted to find a third friend to these mixed media and wanted to find something that would make them more urban, and, duh, [I thought of] spray paint," she said laughing. "The quick motion of the spray can mimics my ink lines, and I can get something down quickly and powerfully."
In addition to her paintings, the opening reception, which is free and open to the public, will be on Friday, Jan. 17, and will feature an interactive element.
"Having a show during Sundance is extra exciting, and there is a lot of energy in the town," Ringholz said. "So to pull off an art show during that time, I know I have to take things a bit further."
Those who come see the art will have the opportunity to don some rabbit ears, Mad Hatter hats, bows and crowns.
"They become a part of the show in a way," Ringholz said.
For more information, visit www.gallerymar.com.
Park City Fine Art, 577 Main St.
Many who are fans of film are familiar with the white Hollywood sign that oversees West Hollywood and Santa Monica Blvd.
Park City Fine Art will have bits and pieces of the original sign, which was erected in 1923 as a marketing device for a company called Hollywoodland, on display throughout film festival week.
"The first sign that was taken down in 1978 and put into storage," said Colby Larsen, owner of Park City Fine Art. "The contractor looked for someone who could take the sign and do something with it."
Enter internationally renowned artist Bill Mack.
"Bill ended up buying the original sign and disassembled it," Larsen said. "He took the panels and put them through a press to flatten them and then coated them to preserve the white paint."
Then Mack, who is restoring the sign’s original H, began painting celebrity portraits of Marilyn Monroe, Clark Gable and other silver-screen icons on top of the coating.
"Bill won’t paint the same image twice, so these are the ultimate limited edition," Larsen said. "We’ll have eight of the recent paintings at Park City Fine Art, and we’ll also have a piece there that people will be able to hold."
The actual letters of the Hollywood sign are 40 feet tall, so Mack will possibly be able to paint 100 portrait panels from the whole sign, Larsen said.
The gallery will be open until 2 a.m. every day during film-festival week beginning Friday, Jan. 17.
"After the festival ends, we will display these works until Feb. 1," he said. "We think it’s cool to have these works here that represent Hollywood during the Sundance Film Festival."
Unfortunately, Mack will not be able to make it to Park City this year, though one of his representatives will be at the gallery.
In addition, Park City Fine Art will welcome contemporary painter Henry Asencio on Friday, Jan. 17, and Saturday, Jan. 18, from 1 p.m. until 9 p.m.
Asencio is an award-winning artist who is "more concerned with creating a mood and pushing the aesthetic rather than achieving a true likeness as the ultimate end," according to his mission statement.
He graduated with honors from the San Francisco Art Academy in 1999. He was a chosen finalist in an Artist’s Magazine competition that same year, again for his work in portraiture.
"We are pleased to be able to present two unique events to Park City during this special time," Larsen said.
For more information, visit www.parkcityfineart.com.