Encaustic Nature in Art opening recap

Last Friday The Art Center in Highland Park hosted three openings.

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There was the flagship opening of Primal Awareness, my personal favorite Encaustic Nature in Art and a student show of Mosaic art work.

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The turnout was quite overwhelming. We had one of the first few warmer days (mid-40s) and people took advantage of this to go and peruse art.

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I met some of my FUSEDChicago friends and chatted with them before perusing our encaustic show.

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Robin Samiljan discussed her technique (below) with Ahavani Mullen.

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Jenny Learner curated two lovely viewing areas, the Fireplace Gallery and a hallway leading to the student show, where my Damselfly-Dragonfly diptych resides.

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I was thoroughly inspired and also happy to see some of the latest creations by my peers.

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Ahavani Mullen took home the first prize for her gorgeous piece (the green square).

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Bridgette Guerzon Mills received second place.

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Julia Ris placed third with Dutch land.

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Then I browsed Primal Awareness, and was happy to peruse Matt Runfola’s i-Series in person since I’d seen photographs a few times.

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We had a lovely conversation as last week also marked a milestone for his new book.

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The mosaics show had a dragonfly and a butterfly in it, making my heart happy.

Lissa Watters Dragonfly tray

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The shows are up through April 1, so go take a look and be inspired by the colorful, vibrant, human and nature inspired art works.

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