McMillen Fine Art Photography eyeing one-year anniversary
November 20, 2013
Husband and wife photographers Jared and Trish McMillen opened McMillen Fine Art Photographer at the Redstone Center at Kimball Junction one year ago.
The idea was to share their love of photography through their pieces and workshops.
A year later that goal remains the same, and to celebrate, the McMillens are inviting the public to their gallery, 1678 W. Redstone Center Dr., Suite 120, for a celebration and new-work unveiling from 6 p.m. until 10 p.m. on Saturday, Nov. 23.
For Trish McMillen, the past year has been a "wild ride."
"When we moved up here from Las Vegas, we didn’t know what to expect, she said. "It is been super exciting. It’s been nice getting to know the local community and all the super awesome people who live here. I feel like we’re living in the bonus, which is a great thing."
During the anniversary celebration the McMillens will unveil eight new works.
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"We titled one of those works ‘One’ to celebrate the anniversary and we only made one print of it," Jared said. "It was taken in north fields between Heber and Midway. It was a random spot and a totally different thing that we have hanging in the gallery.
"It’s very simple and very clean, and it’s also dreamy and ethereal." Trish said. "It’s more subdued that what we have in the gallery."
The two had driven all over Utah looking for a unique scene for the photo, Jared said.
"You can go to a spot a hundred times and make a photograph, or go to a spot just once and do it that one time," he explained. "I was driving down the road and thought the area was kind of neat. I jumped out of the car and took one frame on the four by five and that’s all it took."
The idea of offering one print of one photo for the gallery’s one-year anniversary was something the McMillens have planned for the past two years.
"We knew, before we opened the gallery, that we wanted to do something nice and we thought it would be cool to release one photo," Jared said. "We also knew it had to be different, to set it apart from what we have already had."
In addition to "One," the McMillens will unveil seven new works that were taken in Utah.
"There is an epic shot we took over the summer in the Uintahs and the others are from the Sundance and Timpanogos area, which was very pretty," Jared said.
"We also have some winter pieces that we will be showing, because there has been a demand for winter scenes," Trish said. "We knew we had to get some winter shots and we had some amazing bursts of snow, so it all worked out.
"Everything we have showing in the gallery is from all over the West and we wanted to bring in more local stuff," she said.
The celebration will also feature live acoustic jazz, Italian food, local cheeses and meats and drinks.
"We though jazz would be fitting because people would be able mingle and talk," she said.
The food will be "semi-catered," Trish explained.
"My family owns a traditional Italian restaurant in Vegas called, The Sicilian, and we’re going to use those recipes to create the food," she said. "There will also be featured some local cheeses from Heber Valley Artisan Cheese in Midway and other local tidbits."
Making the anniversary a local event was important to the photographers.
"Since we live here and have our gallery here, we wanted to support the local business because they have supported us," Jared said.
"We’ll also have cake to celebrate the first year," Trish added.
Some of the biggest highlights of being part of the Park City community are the wildlife that visits the couple’s Jeremy Ranch yard.
"We have five moose that visit our yard on a regular basis, which is awesome," McMillen said. "They come down around 5:30 a.m. to eat our bushes. It was insane moving here from Vegas where there was no wildlife at all to here where giant moose and foxes call our yard home. There is so much amazing wildlife, literally, 10 feet from the front door."
Jared McMillen said, other than the wildlife, the couple has been fortunate to meet the people who live nearby and those who come to visit.
"We have had people from Mexico City, Australia and Europe, and people who have second homes here," he said. "It’s fun to get to learn why they come to Park City."
Another highlight this past year was that their photo, "Moody Blues" was accepted in the Professional Photographers of America Loan Collection, the highest honor of the competition.
The photo, which captured a river in a slot canyon in Zion National Park, marked the first work the McMillens ever submitted to any competition.
"We only made five prints of it and, while we are members of the Association, never did this before," Jared said. "It went before 15 to 20 judges and was one of maybe 8,000 entries. That was pretty exciting."
The photographers then decided to submit two other works, "Spring in the Vines" and "Mystic Serenity," into another competition, called the Epson Plano Awards.
The photos were awarded bronze and silver, respectively.
"It feels good to be recognized by people in your profession," Jared said. "It was a nice thing."
McMillen Fine Art Photography, 678 W. Redstone Center Dr. Suite 120, will celebrate its one-year anniversary with a reception that will be free and open to the public on Saturday, Nov. 23, from 6 p.m. until 10 p.m. For more information, visit http://www.mcmillenfineart.com .