Iâ€™m back in the studio again, yippie. Since taking a variety of workshops over the spring, I have not spent time making encaustic pieces.
It doesnâ€™t mean I havenâ€™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.
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.
Meanwhile, my â€˜oldâ€™ 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, whichÂ provides a space forÂ artists in the KinzieÂ Corridor to network, workshop, andÂ showcase their work. They show the workÂ of neighborhoodÂ artists as well as bringÂ in artists from all over the ChicagoÂ areaÂ to increase exposure and opportunitiesÂ for our local artists.
This Gallery is attachedÂ to the Arts of Life Studio, which is operated by artists with andÂ 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.