studio time and another upcoming show

I’m back in the studio again, yippie. Since taking a variety of workshops over the spring, I have not spent time making encaustic pieces.

art work and photo copyright Maike's Marvels

It doesn’t mean I haven’t created anything. I learned encaustic techniques from Bridgette Guerzon Mills, Crystal Neubauer and Shawna Moore; bound books at the Chicago Print Collaborative, had two sessions of Metal Clay classes, and started a drawing course with Lauren Levato.

art work and photo copyright Maike's Marvels

Each of these sessions has inspired me and I have lots of ideas to implement. The time to do so has been scarce, however. So spending time in the studio this week is quite exciting. I finally get to experiment with some of the techniques I learned, and also play with new photos from my recent nature excursions.

photo copyright Maike's Marvels

Meanwhile, my ‘old’ work will be on display at Bugfest on August 3. Bugfest is a two-day festival celebrating insects and other critters. My work will be up at the Kinzie Corridor Community Gallery, which provides a space for artists in the Kinzie Corridor to network, workshop, and showcase their work. They show the work of neighborhood artists as well as bring in artists from all over the Chicago area to increase exposure and opportunities for our local artists.

copyright The Arts of Life Studio

This Gallery is attached to the Arts of Life Studio, which is operated by artists with and without disabilities. Mark your calendars for two evenings of bug-appreciation. The gallery, located at 2010 W Carroll Ave; Chicago; IL 60612, will host our works through September 21.

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