Encaustic 2017 Show

On Friday I visited the Bridgeport Art Center for Encaustic 2017: Rebirth of an Ancient Medium. Several FUSEDChicago members were part of this exhibit, so I knew it would be a fun social gathering of members.

In addition, I am always inspired by the works of my friends, and I enjoyed perusing the various walls showcasing a variety of encaustic techniques.

This all-encaustic exhibition includes the work of FUSEDChicago members Dan Addington, Alicia Forestall-Boehm, Cat L Crotchett, Helen Dannelly, Shelley Gilchrist, Carol Hamilton, Jeff Hirst, Cindy Martin Lesperance, Ahavani Mullen, Sarah Rehmer, Michele Thrane, VA de Pintor Art Works and Kathleen Waterloo. Also included is Jane Michalski and Paul Rinaldi.

Watching the group photo come about was fun.

Alicia’s cubes cast beautiful shadows.

She used the hooks already on the ceiling which is kind of a work of art.

In other installations the public can walk through her art work.

The color palettes are as varied as the techniques and substrates.

Kathleen Waterloo documented her work.

Michele Thrane’s work spans wide.

So much inspiration on each wall.

A wide variety of scale and texture.

Shelter Me Sweet Nurse by Dan Addington is large and has exquisite detail.

It makes a statement on the wall.

Life Signs: Rewind, Power, Play by Cindy Lesperance are a great take on the changes in technology.

Her dot technique is mesmerizing.

I love the shadows cast by some of the sculptural pieces.

Artist Helen Dannelly offered a demonstration for those unfamiliar with encaustics.

It was fun to watch the reactions to the demonstration and see the audience return to the art work with fresh eyes.

I am looking forward to the 3D class she and Alicia are offering in October.

This show runs through September 8 and is worth seeing in person.

You can see more photos at the FUSEDChicago Facebook Page.

The Bridgeport Art Center is located at 1200 W. 35th Street in Chicago. Enter on the North Side off of Racine / 34th Place to park.

FUSEDChicago offers various events and has resources for workshops and additional encaustic exhibits.

I’m inspired to enter the studio again.

 

Affair of the Arts Spring Show

Last Sunday took me to the Shores of Turtle Creek in Spring Grove for the Affair of the Arts Spring Show.

The grounds are so pretty and I can imagine the festive events that are held here.

Like the holiday show, we had ample setup time. The load in was smooth, and soon my table was all set.

I had time to visit my friend Cindy Lesperance’s booth.

She had already made two sales before opening.

Of course I had to pick out one of my favorites as well, since her ‘stippling’ technique in encaustic is so fascinating.

My neighbor was the lovely coat lady of KatKo Designs, for which I still need to save up funds. The transformation of the coats on different people is amazing. They each have their own personality.

Across from me Kari’s Clay Creations had her table, and her ‘drunken mugs’ were admired by many.

It was fun to interact with so many friendly people.

The Lodge was filled with amazing art and one of a kind creations.

I love the bright skylights and rustic decor.

The downstairs level was also filled with talent.

Cindy was one of the booth award recipients this time around. The winners are automatically part of the Fall 2017 Show on November 19.

You can apply for that show here.

I had a great day and was happy to see my creations go to new homes.

Organizers Karen and Joe Isacson also had a booth.

Check out the web site of J + K Isacson for upcoming artist events.

I am excited to have a bit of the show in my home.

 

Spring Grove Show Sunday

On Sunday I will be making my way to the beautiful Turtle Creek Lodge in Spring Grove. Affair of the Arts, a Fine Art & Artisan Gift Show, is held Sunday, March 5, 10 am to  5 pm at The Shores of Turtle Creek, 7908 Winn Road, Spring Grove, Illinois 60081.

The spacious lodge will be filled with 10,000 sq. ft of original artwork and artisan crafts. Admission to the event is free. You can peruse Jewelry, Ceramics, Painting, Printmaking, Photography, Fiber Art, Wood, Metalwork, 3D Mixed Media, Fine Art, Home Accessories, and Artisan Fashion items while sipping on cocktails.

You can find me in the Mixed Media category, along with:

  • J + K Isacson
  • Cindy Lesperance
  • Maike’s Marvels
  • Will Slagel
  • Maija Steele

I’m thrilled my friend Cindy’s part of it. Cindy Lesperance is an award-winning artist who works out of her private studio in the NW suburbs of Chicago. Her art has been exhibited and has earned awards in many juried shows and competitions, galleries, and museums throughout the Chicagoland area and across the country. Cindy loves spending time in nature, traveling, and learning about other cultures: their art, traditions, and architecture.

Always aware of color, pattern, and texture, these experiences are an inspiration for her geometric works of art which are reminiscent of nature, oriental rugs, and fabrics. Although self-taught, Cindy has evolved a personal style in encaustic that is highly sophisticated and meticulous in attention to craftsmanship. At times she plans out a painting in it’s entirely before it is begun but more often she works intuitively applying minute “droplets” of wax, one-by-one, to produce a tactile pattern that invites the viewer to touch.

Ceramics and Home Artists include:

  • Lynn & Diane Abbott
  • Michael Benstein
  • James Blechschmidt
  • Natasha Glumova
  • Jan Johnson
  • Feisty Dog
  • Danuta Loane
  • Regina Lombardo
  • Josie Rochell
  • Kari Thornton
  • Fiber and Photo artists are:
  • Katie Biedrzycka
  • Shari Emme
  • Meghan Faulkner
  • Kathleen Freund
  • Brook Mrkvicka
  • Upsydoozy
  • TF Wilcox
  • Jewelry artists include:
  • Marianne A. McKoveck
  • Paula Dammeyer
  • Leanne Emery – Triskele Moon
  • Amy Hassan
  • Jewels Botanica
  • Maike’s Marvels
  • Despina Pafralides
  • Kathleen Watson

Drawing and Painting artists represented are:

  • Barbara Benstein
  • Tonya Bestor
  • Robert Cairone
  • Caroline Goldsmith
  • J + K Isacson
  • Connie Olmstead
  • Elizabeth Waddington
  • Tree Frog Studio

Visitors are able to purchase beverages and enjoy complimentary snacks during the Affair of the Arts event.  Wine, mixed drinks and other beverages can be purchased on the first floor, past the central fireplace.  Hors d’ oeuvres and light snacks will be available. I was a booth winner last year at the holiday fair, and had a great time trying on fancy coats and meeting wonderful people during the day-long event. I look forward to seeing the new creations everyone has come up with.

The first floor of Turtle Creek accommodates about half of the participating artists, with plenty of room for browsers to mingle and shop.  Downstairs,  you will find another full level of inspiring fine art and crafts to purchase. All items for sale are handcrafted. There will be something for everyone’s budget, from affordable small gifts to collector pieces.

Both levels are handicapped-accessible. There is a ramp to the upper level along the west side of the building, and also a ramp sloping down to the lower level entrance. The staircase to the lower level is located immediately to the right after you enter the main entrance doorway.

The lodge is situated on 32 scenic acres. Inside, there is seating along the large windows overlooking beautifully landscaped grounds. Affair of the Arts is Directed/Produced by J + K Isacson who coordinate other art exhibitions, events and artist call via xculturearts.com.

FUSED Visions Exhibit

On Sunday FUSEDChicago will host the opening reception of FUSED Visions, an exhibit showcasing encaustic works. Our exhibit is up at the North Shore Senior Center, and the opening will be held Sunday, November 6 from 2 to 4 pm.

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North Shore Senior Center is located at 161 Northfield Road in Northfield, Illinois. Each year FUSEDChicago hosts an all-member show, and this year’s encaustic artists include:

  • Maja Bosen
  • Sue Cahill
  • Helen C. Dannelly
  • Linda Sorken Eisenberg
  • Carol Hamilton
  • Cheryl Holz
  • Brad Hook
  • Katsy Johnson

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  • Mary Krebs Smyth
  • Laura LaRue
  • Jenny Learner
  • Cindy Lesperance
  • Carol L. Myers
  • April Nomellini
  • Kathy Blankley Roman
  • Michelle Thrane
  • Maike van Wijk

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Usually when I drop off art it gets hung by other people, but this time help was needed, and I pitched in.

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It was fun to get a sneak peek at the show and learn about the Walker hanging system.

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FUSEDChicago is an organization of Midwest artists who share an interest in encaustic, a method of making art using pigmented wax fused to a surface by heat. Our mission is to advance public awareness of encaustic art through workshops and thematic exhibitions of member work, and to create professional opportunities for networking and learning exchanges for our members.

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The mission of North Shore Senior Center is to foster the independence and well-being of older adults, enhance their dignity and self-respect, and promote their participation in and contribution toward all aspects of community life.

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The FUSED Visions show is up through December 15, 2016. The center has exhibited work from many Chicago art groups including Women’s Caucus for Art, Senior Artist Network, Chicago Society of Artists, and the Wilmette and Glenview Art Leagues. The center is open weekdays between 9:30 and 3:30.

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We hope you can join us to peruse the dimension and textures of these lovely works that reflect a variety of techniques and personalities.

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The Abstract Show

Abstract hard is a contentious topic, and I don’t quite understand it all the time. Nonetheless, I found myself submitting my Hexaptych to the Abstract 4 Show juried by Ahavani Mullen. One of my pieces, Infinity, was accepted into the show.

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I’ll be among familiar FUSEDChicago artists, including Carol Hamilton, Rebecca Stahr, Carol L. Meyers, Pat Lagger and Cindy Lesperance. I also look forward to seeing the other works in person: Tim Abel, Josh Anderson, Jordan Acker Anderson, Patrick Carr, Kenna Delmar, Brian Franczyk, Jung J. Jae, Megan Woodard Johnson, Kathryn Kane, Guntis Lauzums, Julia Levin, Ara Lucia, Mark P. McKernin, Jane Michalski, Bridget Mullen, Mark J. Palmeri, Adriana Poterash, Sara Risley, Kat Rodriguez, Camille Silverman, and Courtney E. Thayer.

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The Fourth Annual Abstract Show opens at the Brickton Art Center on Friday, July 15 from 7 to 9 pm, and will be on exhibit July 11 through 29, 2016. The art center is located at 306 Busse Hwy, Park Ridge, IL 60068 and gallery hours are Monday through Thursday from 9 am to 5 pm, Fridays from 9 am to 4 pm, and Saturdays from 10 am to 2 pm (closed on Sundays).

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Established in 1997, Brickton Art Center is a non-profit organization serving the people of Park Ridge and surrounding communities through creative outreach services in art therapy, art education and exhibitions. It began when a group of visionaries identified the arts as an important part of a healthy community and set out to establish a base for the visual arts in Park Ridge.

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Brickton Art Center draws operating funds from memberships, fundraising and classes. They provide:

  • Art therapy programming for community organizations
  • Diverse art education for adults, teens and children
  • Art exhibitions for students and professional artists

Maybe I’ll see you on Friday evening and we can explore this organization and the art together.

2nd Fridays at Chicago Arts District

On Friday, June 10, the 1800 block of South Halsted Street will be the place to be for Art Aficionados.

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I discovered during out DOT Show opening that the Chicago Arts District hosts art walks along Halsted, giving out maps at 1821 S. Halsted Street. (Corner of 18th and Halsted).

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The Chicago Arts District hosts 2nd Fridays Gallery Night, monthly opening receptions at the galleries and artists’ studios centered around South Halsted and 18th Streets in Chicago. The event begins at 6:00pm and runs until 10:00pm.

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We had a lovely DOT show opening last month in ShowPOD 7, where numerous people perused Jenny Learner and Kathy Blankley Roman’s art up close in spite of the rain.

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We also walked along the other windows where people asked about technique and inspiration.

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As usual, it is a joy to see how the variety of encaustic styles come together during a FUSEDChicago show. Fourteen FUSEDChicago members are in this show, curated by VA de Pintor, Elyse Martin, and Linda Sorkin-Eisenberg.

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The DOT show will be up through June 22, and will be uninstalled on the 23rd. You an stop by any time, as the show is behind glass and well-lit in the evening.

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There are 30+ creative spaces in the Chicago Arts District at South Halsted and 18th Streets which showcase an exciting display of art and artists from Chicago and beyond.

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This unique art community opens its doors, free of charge, and lets you get up close and personal with the art and artists. I saw S’mores being made as I strolled.

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Check out FUSEDChicago.org for upcoming events and keep tabs on encaustic artists through our Facebook page.

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showPOD1  Sue Cahill & Marian Ostrowski:

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showPOD2  Carol Hamilton & Maike van Wijk:

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showPOD3  Linda Sorkin-Eisenberg & Carol L. Myers:

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showPOD4  Alicia Forestall-Boehm & Amy Van Winkle:

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showPOD5  Michele Thrane & Pat Lagger:

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showPOD6  Joan Moriarty & Karen Tichy:

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showPOD7  Kathy Blankley Roman & Jenny Learner:

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And yes, I will self indulgently post some more pics of my collaboration with Carol:

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The bus stops by our pod:

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Joan Moriarty and Karen Tichy’s work behind the DOTs is worth a closer look:

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I love Jenny’s Universe too. Some of her dots glow in the dark.

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It truly is magical how art comes together and lifts the spirit.

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Installing the DOT Show

So after all the dot-making, the time came to load everything into a car.

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Drawing Dottie assisted in packing everything up.

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The Dot Show is an exhibition of 14 FUSEDChicago members at the Chicago Arts District in Pilsen which opens May 13 with a reception in ShowPOD7, from 6 to 10 pm at 1834 S. Halsted in Chicago.

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On my way to 18th Street and Halsted I had two stowaways who wanted to make sure all dots were accounted for.

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Our window was a blank canvas.

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Our pods were opened for us and we unloaded our art work.

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For the DOT Show, 2 artists are paired in each of the 7 ShowPODs to create an installation of loveliness.

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Carol Hamilton had made giant wooden circles to fill up the space.

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She also made 3 sentinels, pillars covered in encaustic paint, to keep watch over our window.

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She had given me clues to her color scheme, and it was fun coordinating our pieces with each other.

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It got pretty hot on the 80-degree day, so our initial plan of having pieces close to the window and in the window was pared down a bit.

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But the result is marvelous.

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FUSEDChicago is an organization of Midwest artists who share an interest in encaustic, a method of making art using pigmented wax fused to a surface by heat.

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Textures can be smooth or dimensional, and art work can be bold or understated.

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Each of the 7 windows is an installation by two artists, which is joined to the other 6 windows by the medium of encaustic and the connecting form of the dot.

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I love seeing how our different styles have a dialogue with each other, and seeing how each artist pair interpreted the theme.

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showPOD1 contains art by Sue Cahill & Marian Ostrowski

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showPOD2 is Carol Hamilton & Maike van Wijk

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showPOD3 holds work by Linda Sorkin-Eisenberg & Carol L. Myers

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showPOD4 shows the collaboration of Alicia Forestall-Boehm & Amy Van Winkle

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showPOD5 includes Michele Thrane & Pat Lagger

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showPOD6 has work by Joan Moriarty & Karen Tichy

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showPOD7 showcases Kathy Blankley Roman & Jenny Learner

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The artists were curated by VA de Pintor, Elyse Martin, and Linda Sorkin-Eisenberg.

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A second event will be held June 10th, 2016, 6 to 10pm in ShowPOD7, 1834 S. Halsted in Chicago.

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showPOD is a high exposure exhibition space, compact, dynamic, unmanned, and designed to support concepts of art experimentation and installation.

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Developed by the Chicago Arts District, showPOD creates an instant art experience in the non-traditional space and format of 24/7/365 exposure to art installation.

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showPOD by design can be viewed by anyone at anytime during the life of its installation, allowing a rich public art experience that breaks down the traditional limits of gallery space or museum.

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The ShowPODs are on both sides of South Halsted between 18th Street and19th Street (close to Chocolat Uzma Sharif).

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It is worth seeing the effect each installation has from the other side of the street.

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FUSEDChicago is an organization of Midwest artists who share an interest in encaustic, a method of making art using pigmented wax fused to a surface by heat.

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Our mission is to advance public awareness of encaustic art through workshops and thematic exhibitions of member work, and to create professional opportunities for networking and learning exchanges for our members.

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Drawing Dottie is eager to greet you!

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Preparing for the DOT Show

I’ve been toggling between doilies and dots this past month.

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After my show opening at Creative Coworking I launched into dot-making for the next exhibit. The DOT Show has been in the making for about a year.

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It is an exhibition of 14 FUSEDChicago members at the Chicago Arts District in Pilsen.

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The show was installed this weekend and officially opens May 13 with a reception in ShowPOD7, from 6 to 10 pm at 1834 S. Halsted in Chicago.

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Each of the 7 windows included in this unique exhibition will have its own composition, yet, through the connecting form of the dot, they will visually link to the other 6 windows.

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I put all the rounds on my Now That’s A Jig! to play with.

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But putting the rounds up against the wall put things in perspective. It is quite a leap to go from Frosties to larger installation art.

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I used bottles as mandrels to go bigger.

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The larger pieces are hard to keep stable without a frame or substrate.

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Thankfully a brainstorm with Carol Myers had me running to Michaels to pick up wreath holders, and those offered a nice framing device for my larger pieces.

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Curated by FUSEDChicago members VA de Pintor, Elyse Martin, and Linda Sorkin-Eisenberg, this exhibition supports FUSEDChicago’s mission to educate and promote encaustic art, which is an ancient art form.

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It is the process of painting by fusing layers of pigmented wax. The flexibility of this medium affords many interesting results. Surfaces can be smooth or highly texturized. Layers of the wax can be sculpted or embedded or simply scraped away.

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In my case, encaustic medium is fused to the wire.

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Artists included in this exhibit:

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  • showPOD1  Sue Cahill & Marian Ostrowski

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  • showPOD2  Carol Hamilton & Maike van Wijk

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  • showPOD3  Linda Sorkin-Eisenberg & Carol L. Myers

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  • showPOD4  Alicia Forestall-Boehm & Amy Van Winkle

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  • showPOD5  Michele Thrane & Pat Lagger

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  • showPOD6  Joan Moriarty & Karen Tichy

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  • showPOD7  Kathy Blankley Roman & Jenny Learner

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I scoped out the venue and was glad to be paired with the prolific Carol Hamilton, who sent me the dimensions of her pieces while I was still putting together the Creative Coworking squares.

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This coming weekend I’ll learn how to solder which will hopefully inspire better ways to create these larger pieces that everyone loves.

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ShowPOD is a program of Chicago Arts District. showPOD is a high exposure exhibition space, compact, dynamic, unmanned, and designed to support concepts of art experimentation and installation.

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Developed by the Chicago Arts District, showPOD creates an instant art experience in the non-traditional space and format of 24/7/365 exposure to art installation.

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showPOD by design can be viewed by anyone at anytime during the life of its installation, allowing a rich public art experience that breaks down the traditional limits of gallery space or museum.

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FUSEDChicago is an organization of Midwest artists who share an interest in encaustic, a method of making art using pigmented wax fused to a surface by heat.

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Come out on Friday and see how this turned out!

A lovely local pop-up

Art & Wine Night at Creative Coworking is always a fun event, but even more exciting when you’re an exhibitor.

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On March 18 numerous Evanstonians perused the artful mixed media collages of Melanie Deal.

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They also chatted under my encaustic and steel wire works on the opposite wall.

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I also popped up with my jewelry, which was well-received by many.

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A pair of angels flew to new homes.

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There was much conversation and perusing of art.

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Wine and nibbles were served and the evening was videographed by Creative Coworking interns.

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I observed my pieces in profile.

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I was thrilled to see my friends pop in and out.

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Photo by Abby Powers for Creative Coworking

You can enjoy pie by Pyrite Sun, get massages from Rebecca and Journal with Maggie.

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A few pendants, earrings and a keychain got adopted.

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Check out Creative Coworking’s upcoming events here.

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Photo by Abby Powers for Creative Coworking

Thank you Angela for hosting me!

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I’m still sorting out details for my next pop-up.

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In Evanston you can find my pieces at The Collage Cafe and See Jane Sparkle (the latter has a soiree Thursday you’ll see me at).

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I was gifted a rainbow of macarons from Bennison’s Bakery too!

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The show is up through the end of the month, and then a new artist will rotate in.

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So swing by between 9 am and 4 pm on weekdays at 922 Davis Street.

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Photo by Abby Powers for Creative Coworking

Hanging my Show

It’s been a fun few months preparing for Friday’s Show Opening.

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After creating all the substrates and bending the shapes to go on top of the pieces I had to attach the hanging hardware before fusing everything together.

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Then I fused the wire to the encaustic backgrounds and did the hanging test to make sure the shapes would stay put.

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Meanwhile, Downtown Evanston promoted the show in their newsletter, right above Ayla’s Bead’s upcoming event.

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Next came the challenge of transporting dimensional art to its destination.

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My bouncy heart of Communicating Love had to ride shotgun so I could keep the springiness at bay.

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Then came the daunting task of filling up a giant wall.

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I have hung art, but I have never hung an actual show before, and having a vision for how to hang it is much different when faced with the blank wall in actuality.

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But I hammered in nails, and eyeballed the spacing as I went.

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I learned a new vocabulary word, hexaptych, in time to describe the 6 piece grid I made.

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I like how the angles are reflected in Melanie Deal’s mixed media collages as well.

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This one might be my favorite, but I haven’t looked too closely at the other ones yet.

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Such fun details!

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To bookend Communicating Love I added triple heart collages next to the re-wired Piano Scrolls Diptych.

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Tomorrow I’ll also be popping up with my Jewelry pieces for one night only.

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The art show remains on display through the end of the month.

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So come on out to 922 Davis Street for some wine, good company, and colorful art from 5 pm to 8 pm. Creative Coworking is a fabulous space to peruse.

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I think we complement each other well.

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Here’s hoping for a good turnout tomorrow!

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