The big day of love is tomorrow, so I will share my love of encaustics with you today.Â Last Monday I perused the Rhythm in Wax exhibit and was blown away by the beauty of it.
The show includes my fellow FUSEDChicagoÂ members, and it is on the first floor of The Dellora A. Norris Cultural Arts Center Â atÂ 1040 Dunham Road in St. Charles, IL 60174. Viewing hours are from 11 am to 4 pm Monday through Friday, until February 23.
Iâ€™ve perused FUSEDChicago shows over the past two years, and seeing the growth of each individual artist is such a joy. It is also nice to know the members in person, and to recognize their signature style as I familiarize myself with their work.
Since this show was done in conjunction with a concert by the Fox Valley Orchestra, rhythm and music were key criteria for acceptance. The theme was interpreted in powerful ways.
Doesnâ€™t this encaustic painting look like real water?
Â Horseshoe Lake by Julie Lutjen Lawrence
Jenny Learner always embeds interesting objects in her work, like beads.
Art work by Jenny Learner
There was a lot of texture in many paintings created by mark-making:
American Music by Sarah RehmerÂ
The use of tape:
Wound by Julia Ris
Works by Emily Rutledge and Julia Ris
And dripping wax:
Encaustic paintings by Pat Lagger
Collage materials add texture as well:
Encaustic collages by Brad Hook
I love the translucence of layers and tissue paper:
Tonal Texture and Beats in a Measure by Karen Tichy
Work by April Nomellini
FUSEDChicago founder Shelley Gilchrist creates custom boards to execute her vision.
Encaustic paintings by Shelley GilchristÂ
The possibilities are endless with encaustic. Itâ€™s a thrill to have my Piano Scrolls in such fantastic company.
The show closes February 23, so head on over to St. Charles to see all the creativity up close.
Encaustic paintings by Kathleen Waterloo
The nextÂ FUSEDChicagoÂ show is already up at the Fine Arts Building.