When I first opened up Gallery MAR on Main Street, back in 2008, choosing and selecting artists was one of the most enjoyable tasks. A few delivered their work to the gallery while we were still undergoing renovations; talk about a leap of faith for many artists! We exhibit work by 27 artists from all over the country and were 2013’s Best Art Gallery, as voted by Park Record readers. We receive over 400 submissions to the gallery each year. But in the beginning, I had to seek out artists.

A few weeks after opening the gallery, I ran into a young man painting on Main Street. His easel was set up in front of what was Chloe Lane at the time. I introduced myself and we chatted about the city and the beauty of our historic storefronts. The artist was Aaron Memmott, at the time couch-surfing here in Park City, and a recent graduate and instructor of the Savannah College of Art and Design. He showed me what he was working on, and later that day delivered several of his paintings for me to display at the gallery.

I have now known Aaron for over 6 years, and am proud to represent his work. He continues to paint landscape work, but his style has grown in sophistication and dimension. This Instagram shot is one of his most recent works of art, “Main Street Glow II”, and reminds me of that first day (which feels so long ago!) when I first met Aaron.

I didn’t use any filter on the shot – I just wanted to beauty of the painting to read through. The scene captures the heat and energy of a summer night in Historic Park City, and the view is right across the street from my gallery, at the No Name Saloon. Classic Park City.

We continue to grow and change as a gallery, bringing in new artists each year. Meeting our artists and getting to know them better is one of the great pleasures of being an art dealer. Making the connection between artwork and collector is the cherry on top.

Maren Mullin moved to Park City in 2003 and lives in Old Town with her husband and baby daughter. She sits on several non-profit boards, and loves to hike and practice yoga in her (very) spare time.

We invite you to learn more about Gallery MAR. Stop by 436 Main Street or visit online at gallerymar.com, Park City's Freshest Art Gallery.