Reception: Saturday, January 20, 2018 5:00 - 7:00 PM
On View Through: February 17, 2018
The Greek word “enkaustikos” means “to burn in”. Encaustic painting is a technique that dates back to Ancient Greece. The process involves heating a mixture of beeswax, resin and pigments. The wax can then be applied to a porous rigid surface such as a wood panel, and further manipulated. Early examples of encaustic painting could be found adorning statues at the Acropolis or in the Faiyum Mummy Portraits of Egypt.
Some Like It Hot will introduce the community to a brief history of encaustic painting, and present the works of a number of contemporary artists who work in this ancient medium.
Exhibition Curator Katharine Dufault explains, “It is a highly adaptable medium and each artist has a distinct style and body of work. Their work will showcase the many beautiful properties of encaustic painting: rich color and luminous surfaces polished to a gloss; highly textured, layered, and modeled; embedded with mixed media.”
Participating artists will include Christine Aaron, Anne Bedrick, Binnie Birstein, Kathy Cantwell, Katharine Dufault, Roxanne Faber Savage, David Fox, Lorraine Glessner, Leslie Giuliani, Lisa Pressman, Pat Spainhour, Priya Tambe, Dietlind Vander Schaff, as well as students from both The Rye Arts Center and Pelham Art Center where Dufault teaches encaustic classes.
The Rye Arts Center’s gallery is free and open to the public. All are invited to enjoy an opening reception, Saturday, January 20, 5:00 - 7:00, where you can explore the works and meet many of the participating artists. Visit www.ryeartscenter.org to learn about related classes, workshops, and a panel discussion.