Maren Mullin, owner of Gallery Mar, shares her tips on must stop shops from an artful perspective in the 1st of three installments. Stay tuned as Maren shares her tips on stylish stops and where to go for well-designed digs.

The winter season is the perfect time to stroll Historic Park City's Main Street. The holiday lights are hung, stores are open extended hours (most from 10 am to 9 pm), and everyone is in a cheery mood. Park City was recently named one of the Friendliest Cities in the nation, and as our shopkeepers are our city's unofficial ambassadors, you can be assured to meet the merriest faces in the mountains.

But as an art gallery owner, I'm not only looking for the "charm" in our quaint town, I'm looking for the artful, the stylish, and the well designed. I've put together a list of the Main Street stops through my design-oriented eyes.

THE ARTFUL

Main Street hosts more than 20 art galleries, many of which participate in the monthly Gallery Association stroll. Each has its own stable of artists, which range in diversity from local emerging artists to national recognized leaders of the art world. Price points for original, fine art begin at under $1,000 and go up from there to priceless paintings and sculpture.

A few of my favorite galleries are (top of the street to bottom)...

Meyer Gallery: more than 50 years of connections to Utah artists, with a new contemporary spin, this gallery is housed in a landmark bank building and hosts monthly shows for many local artists.

J.GO Gallery: owned by the previous manager of the beloved Phoenix gallery, this quirky galley also offers jewelry and avant grade gifts alongside well-curated sculpture and paintings. One of the co-owners is an artist, Curtis Olson, and a favorite of Park City collectors.

Gallery MAR: I certainly can't miss my own gallery in this listing, with eight years on the street and more than 30 respected contemporary artists from all of the country. The gallery's window displays are ever-changing and especially bright this winter season. We host many artist receptions and events, so add your contact information to our list to be "in the know." 

Trove Gallery: formally Coda, this ever-popular Main Street gallery is always changing but remains committed to Utah artists and contemporary art. The owners have a long history in the Summit county arts scene and a wide variety and ever-expanding list of impressive artists.

Stay tuned as Maren shares her tips on the stylish and the well-designed in upcoming blog posts.