Meyer Gallery will open ‘Casting Light’
Provo-based oil painter Seth Winegar remembers when he first approached Meyer Gallery with some of his still-life works.
"I was still in high school and I took a few up and met the owner, Susan Meyer," Winegar said as he laughed during an interview with The Park Record. "I don’t think she liked them very much, because she told me to come back in few years."
After he served a mission for the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints in Ohio, he showed Meyer some more paintings.
"She told me to keep working on them and that I should bring her some more," Winegar said. "I did and she decided to give them a try."
Meyer sold seven or eight of Winegar’s paintings in one month.
"Now, 19 years later, I’m still doing this," he said.
On Friday, March 28, Meyer Gallery, 305 Main St., will present an artist reception for the exhibit "Casting Light," which will feature the works of Winegar, Douglas Aagard, Brad Aldridge, Joshua Clare, Gwen Davidson, David Edwards, Sushe Felix, Greg Newbold, Jeffery Pugh, Mark Pugh and Mark Crenshaw.
The event is free and will run during the Park City Gallery Association Gallery Stroll that will run from 6 p.m. until 9 p.m.
Winegar has been represented by the Meyer Gallery for nearly 20 years and said he feels lucky to paint for a living.
"I was born with cystic fibrosis and I knew as I got older, that that would prove to be a problem," he said. "I wouldn’t be able to hold onto a job if I got sick and I had known other kids who became bedridden, dependent on oxygen and died a few years later.
"I knew if I was an artist, it would be easier to make a living with the issues that I would face," Winegar said. "So that’s the direction I went."
Art found its way into Winegar’s life when he was attending Viewmont High School.
"I knew an artist who lived in Provo named Michael Coleman," Winegar said. "He was a wildlife artist and it was the first time I saw anyone make a living doing oil paintings."
Coleman invited Winegar to his studio and became a mentor.
"That had such an impact on me, because it was amazing to see what was possible with paint," Winegar said. "Then in sixth grade, I won an art competition and I felt I could make a living painting."
However, paintings weren’t the first type of art that he wanted to do.
"Illustration was still really big when I was in elementary school, and I wanted to be an illustrator for Disney and places like that," Winegar said. "But I did start oil painting on the side."
When the artist got into high school, illustrators began using computers.
"I realized that I would either have to work with a computer or go more into oil painting, Winegar said. "I didn’t like computers, so my choice was made."
He started off with still life, but knew that wildlife art was a big thing back then.
"I mean, there were neckties, blankets and everyone got into it," Winegar said. "I thought I could, too. So I would go out and see if I could take photos of deer."
He would shoot a whole roll of film and come back with maybe one or two photos of a deer.
"Even then, the deer would be so small you couldn’t see it," Winegar said with a laugh. "I had a hard time getting reference, so I would go back to still life and look around the house and see all these cool pots and vases that my mom had."
After a few years of painting and selling still life, Winegar ran into other issues.
"It got harder and harder to put them together and I realized that I could only get so much money from selling them," he said. "And I had to buy flowers all the time. I found out that even if you go out and buy a handful of flowers, it will cost $40 a pop."
So one day, Winegar decided to paint bigger works and began playing around with landscapes.
"I fell in love with them," he said.
Not once did he think of changing mediums.
"To see the light reflect off it and see the texture and the colors was just amazing to me," Winegar said. "I had taken classes with charcoal. I love looking at watercolor and admire watercolor artists who do it well, but that doesn’t stack up to the love I have for oils."
Winegar prefers working with a brush.
"On occasion I do use a palette knife," he said. "I know guys who can work with a knife and do it well, but I like the brush. I like the strokes it allows me to do."
The Meyer Gallery, 305 Main St., will open "Casting Light," a multi-artist exhibit featuring the works of painter Seth Winegar, on Friday, March 28, from 6 p.m. until 9 p.m. The event is open and free to the public. For more information, visit http://www.meyergallery.com .
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