Edges Show Opening

Encaustic art has grabbed my heart since I first learned about it through Suze Weinberg.


I now preside over the group that inspired me so in the beginning, and love attending exhibits by my friends.

Kelly Mathews, Kathy Blankley Roman, Denise Marych,
Amanda Jolley, Catherine Keebler, Laura LaRue,
Dan Addington and Kari Hall

Morpho Gallery has hosted an encaustic show for four years, and this year’s Edges exhibit is the best one to date.

Morpho Gallery Edges Exhibit

There is such a variety of work, and truly edgy ideas and techniques are on display.


It was lovely to peruse the art with fellow FUSEDChicago members and see 11 represented.


There was a variety of textures to examine.

Cate Cormack, Linda Hertelendy-Wein, Margaret Berry,
tephanie Green, Elizabeth Schowachert, Amy Finder,
Nicole Prigan, Carol Hamilton

This particular blue hue is mesmerizing.

Susan Dickman, Stephanie Green, Gina Stanley

I enjoyed the company on ‘my’ wall.

Naomi Hart, Wendy Shapiro, Alex Wilhite,
Maike’s Marvels, Stephanie Green, Gina Stanley,
Joan Moriarty, Susan Dickman, Karl Kaiser,
Dyan McClimon-Miller, Karen Tichy

My pieces were well received, especially since I decided to hang them on edge.

Triangles and Angles by Maike’s Marvels

I like Alex Wilhite’s textures.


Book covers in wax might not be practical, but do combine two of my loves.

Through a Glass Darkly by Dan Addington

Dan Breslin’s dimensional work certainly has an edge to it!


I had seen Pat Lagger’s pieces during Sarah Krepp’s critique and love how she keeps expanding on her theme.

Melissa Lackman, Pat Lagger and Carol Hamilton

Kelly Mathews’ eye was part of that critique as well.


The textures achieved are always mesmerizing.

Cindy Lesperance

Karl Kaiser has tremendous patience.


The Edges show is up through Labor Day weekend, so check out the posted hours or book an appointment with Morpho Gallery.

Melissa Lackman, Pat Lagger, Carol Hamilton,
Alex Wilhite and Robin Miller

Thank you Kathleen Waterloo and Kathy Blankley Roman for jurying such a fabulous show!


The making of my Edges submission

This summer has been so busy that a deadline on my calendar snuck op on me. I only had one day before submissions were due for Edges, Morpho Gallery’s fourth annual encaustic show. I was part of Wax(‘N)Blue two years ago and always love the way this annual show comes together.


I decided to continue the wire experimentation I had started with Encounters with Language and Communicating Love. With limited time, and knowing Morpho Gallery is a good venue for small works, I used two 5 x 5 inch cradled boards to start my work.


I had already started a layer of medium so I heated that up and evened out the medium layer.

3_Fusing Medium

I cut out the strips of piano scroll I wanted to use for these ‘edgy ‘pieces. Our prospectus stated: “Artists are invited to interpret the theme of Edges. The word “edge” has many meanings. It can be a noun: the thin sharp side of a blade, a brink, place where two surfaces meet, a line or border where a surface terminates – or it can be a verb: to sharpen, to move sideways, to advance cautiously – to name a few. The exhibit is open to artists in the U.S. who work in the encaustic medium.”


I decided to use a chocolate brown for the background color. It took a few layers for it to get the depth I wanted, and I could have added a few more if I hadn’t been pressed for time.


Then I waxed the scroll and layered that on the piece. With more time I would have re-adhered these layers too as it was a bit bubbly, but pressed for time I evened the paper out as well as I could.


Kathleen Waterloo and Kathy Blankley Roman jurored all three prior encaustic shows at Morpho: Hot Wax in the City, Wax(N)Blue and Unbound(ed). Kathy Blankley Roman is an award winning abstract painter. She has studied encaustic with Jenny Learner and Shawna Moore. Her acrylic and encaustic works have been exhibited nationally and internationally online. She has a lot of earth tones in her work and also uses a lot of mixed media, including vintage paper.


I decided to play with masking tape a bit to give my shapes a bit more edge, potentially channeling Kathleen’s work a bit.


Kathleen Waterloo received her BFA in 1996 from the School of the Art Institute of Chicago.  Her work is represented in Chicago, Minneapolis, Washington DC, and Portland, and has been exhibited nationally and worldwide. Kathleen uses vibrant colors and geometric shapes in her work. After the masking tape came off I adjusted the lines with a razor and a dentists’ tool.


Then it came time to add the wire.


Morpho Gallery “prides itself in seeking talented artists who are on the cusp of being discovered by the mainstream art community.  We invite local artists to exhibit their work in a creative and non-competitive atmosphere where artistic experimentation and development are encouraged. By creating a blank palette inside the gallery, we offer infinite possibilities for an array of colors, textures and media to come together. Morpho Gallery also offers leasing packages at affordable rates to groups and individuals who wish to stage their own shows.”

It took a bit of hammering and re-bending to get the wire to lay the way I wanted to.


Et voila, two new encaustic pieces were ready for submission.


Pushing the deadline does make for instant gratification. I am thrilled to be accepted into the show, along with FUSEDChicago members Carol Hamilton, Catherine Keebler, Cindy Lesperance, Dan Addington, Joan Moriarty, Karen Tichy, Kari Hall, Kelly Mathews, Laura LaRue, Linda Wein and Pat Lagger. The show also includes Alex Wilhite, Amanda Jolly, Amy Finder, Cate Cormack, Daniel Breslin, Denise Minkler, Danielle Miller, Gina Stanley, Elizabeth Schowachert, Karl Kaiser, Margaret Berry, Melissa Lackman, Naomi Hart, Nicole Prigan, Robin Miller, Robin Tripaldi, Stephanie Green, Susan Dickman, and Wendy Shapiro..


The opening reception of Edges – 4th Annual Encaustic Exhibition is on August 7 from 6 to 10 pm at Morpho Gallery, 5216 N. Damen, Chicago, IL 60625. The show runs through September 6th, 2015.

Unbound(ed) at Morpho Gallery

Some calls for art are best for others, as was the case with Morpho Gallery’s latest encaustic showcase.


I had seen the Unbound(ed) call for art, but in spite of my freewheeling summer felt too confined in my work to create a piece for it. So I let the deadline pass, and instead got to enjoy the works of other encaustic artists.


Submissions from all over the country were accepted, and the show is a wonderful showcase of creative techniques and inspiration. Juried by Kathy Blankley Roman and Kathleen Waterloo the show’s title refers to the term “Unbound” and all of its meanings.  The show opened August 1 and is up through August 30.

Exhibiting artists include:


Carol Hamilton, Norman Soskel, Cheryl Holz, VA de Pintor.


Cat Crotchett, Laura LaRue, Daniel Hurley, Barbara Fredericks Miner, Martha Robinson, Robin Samiljan, Ahavani Mullen, Sandra C. Pence, Karl Kaiser, and Kathy Blankley Roman.


Kathy Cantwell.


Carol Flaitz, Amy Van Winkle, Barbara Walton, Ginny Krueger, Caitlin Edgar Bielata and Robin Samiljan.


Carol Flaitz, Nicole Prigan, Eileen P. Goldenberg, Jennifer Terpstra, Kathleen Cosgrove, Rodney Thompson, Patricia Lagger and Yvette Kaiser Smith.


Bill Oistad.

I look forward to playing with some of this textural inspiration.


Morpho Gallery prides itself in seeking talented artists who are on the cusp of being discovered by the mainstream art community.  The gallery is located at  5216 North Damen Avenue Chicago IL 60625 and is open Fridays and Saturdays from 1-6 p.m. And by appointment Sunday-Thursday.


Wax(in’) Blue opening night

I had a lovely evening mingling with encaustic artists at the Wax(in’) Blue exhibit.


It was naturally a gathering of FUSEDChicago members, but also artists who had come in from as far as Michigan to peruse this exhibit.


As the title indicates, the theme was blue, and it was great to see the spectrum of blue on display.

From dragonfly to dragonfly

Encaustic Art by Carol Hamilton, Mary J O’Hearn, Yvonne Prisble, Ahavani Mullen,
Bobbette Rose, Carol Hamilton, Alicia Forestall-Boehm, Kimberly Fuller

My Dragonflies were in lovely company.

Patricia Lagger, Karen Tichy, Lynda Cole,
Patricia Lagger, Maike van Wijk, Candace Meyers

Kimberly Fuller’s Jewelry intrigued me.


Sculptural pieces give encaustic wonderful dimension.


Donna Zarbin-Byrne


Robin Samiljan, Sue Cahill, Nikkole Huss,  Laura LaRue,
Alicia Forestall-Boehm, Valerie McCune, Jenny Learner, Karen Tichy, Vicki Reed

This Lumen print technique on silk by Vicki Reed is intriguing.


Kari Hall, Brad Hook, Kari Hall

I also enjoyed seeing a few figurative pieces in this exhibit, since truly painting in wax is a challenge I have not mastered.

Jacqueline Drake

Sue Cahill

Discussing techniques was illuminating.


Colors ranged from bright to subdued.


Jessica Behan

Kathy Roman

Since it was at Morpho Gallery, I wore my Morpho pendant, with a blue dress of course.


The show is up from August 10th-31st with walk-in hours Fridays and Saturdays from 1 to 6 p.m., or by appointment. Morpho Gallery is located at 5216 North Damen, Chicago.



I just submitted to another show, so we’ll see if the momentum keeps going!


Hot Wax in the City opening tonight

Tonight I’ll be perusing the Hot Wax in the City show and visiting with my FUSEDChicago friends. Several of them have been accepted to this show, and I am excited to see their latest and greatest work, curated by Kathleen Waterloo,  Jenny Learner and Kathy Roman.

  • Alicia Forestall-Boehm
  • Denise Funfsinn
  • Bridgette Guerzon-Mills
  • Brad Hook
  • April Nomellini
  • Emily Rutledge
  • Donna Zarbin-Byrne
  • Kathleen Waterloo
  • Jenny Learner

will each have pieces at Morpho Gallery at 5216 North Damen Avenue in Chicago. You can meet and greet them tonight from 6 pm to 9:30 pm, and the show runs August 17 through September 6.

Have a great weekend!