Author Archives: MarvyMaike

Easter at the Pop Up Gallery

I’ve been making stakes to bring in spring, and it has lifted my mood. I tried to jig a flower on my Now That’s a Jig!, which took a few attempts. While the pegs are symmetrical, lifting the wire off the jig shifts the tension and the petals get a bit wonky. After settling for […]

Bijou at Brickton

This month FUSEDChicago has a member show up at the Brickton Art Center. Bijou at Brickton features small art works that showcase different encaustic techniques on a substrate of 10×10 inches or less. I submitted my Traveler’s Whimsy to this show. Board President Cindy Lesperance and Board Vice President Carol Hamilton hung the show, and […]

Viewing Fayum Portraits

Last month I visited the Block Museum and got to see my first Fayum portrait up close and personal. Anyone starting out in encaustics learns about these fascinating portraits. Discovered in the Fayum basin, the busts of men and women were discovered on mummies, and the most well-preserved were found to be created with the […]

Affair of The Arts is on Sunday

It’s a busy weekend. On Sunday I head to Spring Grove for the Affair of the Arts Spring Show. This show is held March 11 from 10 AM – 5 PM at The Shores Of Turtle Creek, 7908 Winn Road in Spring Grove. I am excited to return after last year’s fun. 40 artists will […]

March Handmade Market on Saturday

Last month was a blast at the Handmade Market. The streets were cleared from the snowstorm and while side streets by the Empty Bottle were slightly messy, I found a spot on a plowed road and happily unloaded my things. This Saturday I return to Handmade Market Chicago from 12 PM – 4 PM at […]

3D Encaustic Workshop

Last Fall I had a blast learning more Encaustic 3D techniques during a workshop with Helen Dannelly and Alicia Forestall-Boehm. This workshop is offered again in mid-March, and I am finally getting around to writing about it. 🙂 First I had angel photobomb a Bridgeport Art Center sculpture. Our first day was about creating 3-D […]

Winter HeARTh: unCOVERed

Last week I attended another community stitching event. Winter HeARTh: unCOVERed took a cue from the Black Lives Matter Witness Quilt and had us making quilt squares with a different twist. Organizer Jason Brown had us question what it means to feel “covered” by community, and also what it means to feel “uncovered/exposed” by the […]

New Pendants at Sacred Art

The other day I visited Sacred Art and we noticed only one pendant was left from my inventory there. So of course I tagged a few more to bring in from my latest batch. I am a bit attached to some of these, but I know they will fly off to good homes. Meanwhile, quite […]


Here’s to the last hurrah of our snow fest this month. A few weeks ago Lake Michigan was splashing chilly waves all over the place. It made beautiful iciclescapes. Then came a dump of 12 inches over the weekend. Officially we got 6 on the biggest day, but it looks like more to me. Dutchies, […]

Witness Quilt Sewing Circle

“Art should comfort the disturbed and disturb the comfortable.” ~ attributed to Banksy and Cesar A. Cruz When I attended the unveiling of Melissa Blount’s Black Lives Matter Witness Quilt last year I knew I wanted to be part of future sewing circles. On January 31 that opportunity arose with an event at the Block Museum. […]