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.