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Encaustic Paintings

WORKING WITH WAX: Contemporary Encaustic Painting in Northern California
Curated by Thomas Morphis

Dates: January 21 – March 6

Encaustic painting has seen a revival in the past few years, particluarly in the bay area. Featured are innovative Northern California artists who have been exploring the physical and expressive possibilities of working in beeswax. Highlighted is the conceptual, emotive and plastic diversity that encaustic engenders as a painting medium. Artists include Tracey Adams, Mary Black, Emily Clawson, Robin Denevan, Eileen Goldenberg, Howard Hersh, Lisa Kairos, Julie Nelson, Mark Perlman, Carrie Ann Plank and Eleanor Wood.

Opening Reception: January 21, 4-6 PM, Art Gallery
Artist's Talk: January 25, 12-1:30 PM, Newman Auditorium: Mark Perlman
Encaustic Demo: February 4, 1-4 PM,
Art Gallery: Mary Black.
Sponsored by R&F Handmade Paints


225º F: Encaustic Encounters

November 6, 2009 - February 6, 2010

"225° F: Encaustic Encounters is the first exhibition focused entirely on encaustic painting to be featured in the TVCA’s galleries. This curated, invitational exhibition explores naturalistic themes from the work of exceptional, encaustic artists who challenge the established traditions of the media by expressing innovation in the utilization of encaustic techniques."

Mary Black is excited to be included in this show opening November 6 at Turchin Center for the Visual Arts
423 West King Street
ASU Box 32139
Boone, NC  28608
Telephone (828) 262-3017 | Fax (828) 262-7546

Mary Black received her MFA from the San Francisco Art Institute and BFA from Sonoma State University.  Her abstracted encaustic paintings have been exhibited nationally to include the prestigious Encaustic Works ’07 juried by acclaimed artist Joan Snyder.  She has been the recipient of many awards and recently her work was chosen to appear on the label of the highly touted Eric Kent Cellars 2005 Chardonnay.  Mary and her husband reside in Sonoma County, California where they grow premium chardonnay grapes in the celebrated Russian River Valley.

Encaustic painting is a method utilizing a paint which consists of beeswax mixed with pigment and fused with heat, thus fixing the colors in the process.