FUSE: Maine encaustic artists

“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″.