McMillen Fine Art will open second gallery
When photographers Jared and Trish McMillen began scouting out spaces for their McMillen Fine Art Photography gallery a few years ago, they looked around the Intermountain West including Colorado and Utah.
The two came to Park City and searched for areas up and down Main Street, and then stumbled upon their current location at 1678 W. Redstone Center Dr. Ste. 120, at Kimball Junction.
"This place just fell into our lap," Jared McMillen said during an interview with The Park Record. "We had come to Park City on our honeymoon and fell in love with the area. So we decided to open up shop."
A couple of weeks ago, the McMillens learned of an opening at 511 Main Street and decided to add a second gallery to their endeavors.
"We found the space through a friend," Jared said. "We really lucked out."
The new gallery will open July 4 and the photographers will host an open house on July 4 and 5 from 11 a.m. until 7 p.m.
To celebrate, the photographers will release a new print called "Warrior," which is the 11th photograph in their "Utah Horse" collection.
"It’s our second black and white photo in that collection and I think it’s a pretty awesome piece," Jared said.
The first three collectors to purchase a piece from the McMillen’s limited-edition collection that measure at least 24 by 72 inches will receive a free artist proof of "Warrior" that will be printed on hand-pressed bamboo paper, measuring 20 by 30 inches, according to Jared.
The "Utah Horse" collection is an ongoing project by the McMillens.
"We knew we wanted to photograph horses, however, shooting large-format film isn’t super easy to photograph any kind of animal or subject that moves," Jared said.
So, during last winter, the couple photographed horses during snowstorms.
"They weren’t moving around and were mostly stationary so we could focus and recompose the camera," he said. "That’s how it started. We released the first one and it was such a success, so we thought it would be kind of cool to continue.
"Since our background is portrait photography, it feels like our horse pieces are like portraits of the animals," Jared said.
"With this series, we’re kind of like going back to our roots and putting them into our limited, fine-art collection," Trish said.
The idea to release "Warrior" for the new gallery’s opening was an idea that came up after the two looked through their past photos.
"We don’t shoot that much," Jared said. "We have to be patient and wait for the right opportunity, and we knew we wanted to bring something new. We didn’t know what it was going to be. We were out all winter shooting a bunch of winter scenes, but they didn’t seem to fit."
Then three weeks ago, the opportunity came.
"I pulled over and had a handful of carrots and spent 20 minutes making a few photographs of the horse," Jared said. "The wind was blowing through their manes and it was nice."
"He doesn’t always carry a bunch of carrots with him," Trish said with a laugh. "But it’s a pretty powerful photograph. I like that it’s a portrait."
The McMillens also like the way they are presenting the photo on the bamboo paper.
"It has a texture that lends itself to animals," Jared said. "It’s very fragile and gives the photo a different quality."
In addition to unveiling the new photograph, the McMillens plan to offer the first 50 guests to visit the new gallery a free poster print of "McPolin Barn in Winter."
"The Main Street gallery will be a little more locally-oriented, as opposed to the Redstone gallery," Jared said. "The works we have at Redstone were taken all over the West, but the ones we will be showing on Main Street will be mostly of the Wasatch and Park City."
"One thing we have learned is that the people in Park City love Park City and that’s what they want to enjoy in their homes," Trish said.
"A huge part of our clients are second or third-home owners and they want a bit of Park City in their other homes in Texas or other areas, which is pretty cool," Jared said.
Another reason the works will be different between the two galleries is because the space on Main Street is more limited.
It measures 550 square feet as compared to the Redstone space that is 1,400 square feet.
"The Main Street gallery will also represent our works differently because there aren’t many windows," Jared said. "We have some in front, but not like what we have at Redstone.
"We hope the Main Street location will help drive traffic to the Redstone location," Jared said. "We have our big signature pieces at Redstone, and while we will still have big pieces at the gallery on Main Street, we will focus on more intimate works up there."
Opening a new gallery on Main Street is a dream for Trish McMillen.
"We really wanted to get our foot in the door on Main Street," she said. "Real estate is really challenging up there, so we’re pretty excited."
McMillen Fine Art Photography will celebrate the opening of its second gallery at 511 Main St., with an open house that will run from Friday, July 4, through Saturday, July 5. The hours will be from 11 a.m. until 7 p.m. For more information about McMillen Fine Art Photography, visit http://www.mcmillenfineart.com.