Mere birthright alone doth not a Utahn create. What makes a true local? We say it is not the number of years you've lived within Zion's borders, but rather the zeal with which you explore all our state has to offer. If you're new, or if you're questioning your right to citizenship, we're here to help, with this refresher course. Every other week, we'll bring you a quintessential Utah-to-do experience. Check back for another to check off your list.


Amy Ringholz, "Harriet," oil on canvas.

Park City is a year-round art town, with visual creativity going well beyond Sundance Film Festival screens (Main Street has over 20 art galleries). And seeing the art they hold is an essential Utah experience. So, take a break between premieres to lose yourself in a beautiful painting, print or sculpture. Here are two galleries not to miss this winter:

Gallery MAR
436 Main St., 435-649-3001, gallerymar.com

Gallery MAR hosts two big exhibits in January and February. 

Painter Amy Ringholz helps kick off the New Year at Gallery MAR with “A Wonderland,” an exhibit inspired by the visuals of the story Alice in Wonderland. The exhibit is set to open the day after the Sundance Film Festival kicks off, Jan. 17.

“Last year we did a show with her that opened on the same night [as Sundance Film Festival], and it was a wonderful party,” says Maren Bargreen Mullin, Gallery MAR owner. “It was really a fun occasion.”

Gallery MAR typically receives new artwork from Ringholz, who is known for her unique wildlife paintings, once a year. So, this exhibit will be the optimal time to relish in her art.

“Amy’s work is really fun and vibrant,” Mullin says. “The personality of the animal is really what stands out in her artwork.” 

On Feb. 28, the focus will turn from fantasy to the American West with an opening reception for a new gallery by painter Matt Flint, whose art mimics changes in nature, with pieces featuring layered textures in oil and mixed media, depicting horses, wolves, landscapes and other Western themes.

Flint’s gallery, “While I was Out Walking,” will remain on display through March 21.

Julie Nester Gallery
1280 Iron Horse Dr., 435-649-4893, julienestergallery.com

Owners Julie and Doug Nester are quick to point out the gallery has continued to thrive and grow since Salt Lake magazine named them “Best Art Gallery in Utah” in 2005.

Known for showing a diverse range of styles, Julie Nester Gallery has two new shows with artists who focus on texture. Teresa Kalnoskas’ work will be on display through Jan. 28, while Erik Gonzales will be featured Jan. 31–Feb. 25. 

“Winter is probably our best period of time,” Doug says. “More people are in town, so we try to have a strong line-up.” 

Kalnoskas uses mixed media to create abstract paintings with what Doug describes as “delicious surfaces,” while Gonzales’ works are inspired by ancient frescoed walls.

“We showcase quality art and keep trying to make it interesting,” Julie says. “We take a lot of time and effort in trying to find that artist we think will be at the level we have here.”

Note: Every last Friday of the month, from 6 to 9 p.m. the Park City Gallery Association hosts its gallery stroll. The next stroll will be held on Jan. 31. For more information on the stroll and a full list of galleries in Park City, click here.

Read our other How to be a Utahn posts:

Camp Out in a Yurt

Volunteer with Best Friends

Sleigh ride to the Viking Yurt

See the Twilight Concert Series

Go to the St. Patrick's Day Parade

Swim in The Crater at Homestead Resort

Tour the Beehive House

Go Tubing!

Visit Clark Planetarium

Visit a Salt Lake Film Society theater

Skip work and go to Alta

Eat at Red Iguana

Catch a show at Wiseguy's

See a play at Pioneer Theatre

Visit Ogden's Dinosaur Park

Visit Red Butte Garden

Brew Your Own Beer with the Beer Nut

Get tickets to Salt Lake Comic Con

Hike Delicate Arch

Go on a parade of homes

Run in the Mud

Go to Oktoberfest at Snowbird

Visit Swaner Preserve & EcoCenter

Go on Park City Ghost Tours

Get scared at a haunted house

Find anscestors at the Family History Library