“John’s Old Beans” by Marjorie Cormier of Chesterville. Encaustic Paint, pole bean vines, dried beans, resin; 7 3/4″ x 7 1/2″ x 2 5/8″ deep.
In August FUSE will bring 19 Maine encaustic artists together in an exhibition at the Harlow Gallery. On view August 3-25, 2012, FUSE will open on Friday, August 3 with a reception from 5-8pm.
FUSE will introduce the public to the diverse methods and techniques currently employed by contemporary encaustic artists. Encaustic is a beeswax-based painting medium made of beeswax, pigment and damar resin, has a unique and long history that dates as far back as the 5th century B.C. Ancient Greeks used wax to seal and decorate their warships due to its resistance to water and cold temperatures. A resurgence of encaustic as an art form in the past two decades can be partly attributed new techniques and invention used with the versatile medium.
The 19 Maine artists participating in FUSE are:
Debra Arter, Damariscotta
Libby Barrett, Cape Elizabeth
Jean Bookman, Lubec
Aleana Chaplin, Gardiner
Betsy Cook, Hallowell
Marjorie Cormier, Chesterville
Helene Farrar, Manchester
Deborah Anne Hall, New Gloucester
Penelope Hall, Kingfield
LeeAnne Mallonee, Bangor
Jason Morgan, Readfield
Petrea Noyes, Lincolnville
Jane Page-Conway, Bowdoinham
Victoria Pittman, Tenants Harbor
Ann E. Rhinehardt , Vassalboro
Jamie Ribisi-Braley, Manchester
Mary Becker Weiss, Augusta
Lynda Wilson, Windham
Diane Bowie Zaitlin, Saco
“Tundra” by Victoria Pittman of Tenants Harbor . Encaustic, tissue; 12″x12″.
“Mt. Kailis – Full Moon – June”, by Jean Bookman of Lubec. Encaustic photo transfer, glitter; 12″x12″x2″.
“B” by Jason Morgan of Readfield, encaustic and mixed media, 20″ x20″.