Category Archives: Art & Culture

Decorating the Hallway

When you travel in artist circles and make friends along the way, it is easy to also gather the creations that resonate with you. Over the past few years I have received and purchased art work from friends that needed a spot in my house. This month I decided it was time to claim my […]

Fun in Spring Grove

It wasn’t quite Spring in Spring Grove yet when I made the trek up last month, but the Affair of the Arts Spring Show is always fun to be at. My stakes had been a hit at the Handmade Market, so I brought them along for this fair as well. Of course that meant foregoing […]

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 […]

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. ­čÖé 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 ├óÔéČ┼ôuncovered/exposed├óÔéČ┬Ł 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 […]

Witness Quilt Sewing Circle

├óÔéČ┼ôArt should comfort the disturbed and disturb the comfortable.├óÔéČ┬Ł ~├é┬áattributed to Banksy and Cesar A. Cruz When I attended the unveiling of Melissa Blount├óÔéČÔäós 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. […]

Kulturbrücke 2018

On Saturday, after the Handmade Market, I will head over to the DANK Haus for the opening of├é┬áKulturbr├â┬╝cke 2018.├é┬áCulture Bridge/Kulturbr├â┬╝cke 2018 is a month long cultural bridge of poets, musicians painters, dancers, and sculptors from Germany, the United States and around the world. Curated by Laura Engel and Marianna Buchwald of International Art Group Chicago, […]

Valentine Shopping this Saturday

On Saturday, February 10 I return to the├é┬áHandmade Market Chicago├é┬áto sell Valentines to anyone who wants them. The handmade market is held monthly from 12 to 4 pm at The Empty Bottle at 1035 N Western Avenue in Chicago. More than 30 artists are participating and offering funky jewelry, knitted items, clothing, baked goods, handbags, […]