Sunday, May 4, 2014

Featured Member Show for May - Pam Nicols & Susette Wilson Present "Commingle"

Color and heat - both are important components of the artwork created by our featured artists for May. Glass artist, Susette Wilson, and encaustic artist, Pam Nichols, explore creative mingling of color and use of heat to work their chosen materials into finished works of art.

Wilson uses vibrant color combinations to create useful and decorative art objects in blown glass. She finds working with hot glass colors can result in happy accidents and unpredictable combinations that keep her growing as an artist.

Tall Glass Vase by Susette Wilson

Nichols' medium is encaustic, a process of painting with molten beeswax, resin, and pure pigment. She heats the paint mixture to 180 degrees F and applies it to wood or paper using natural hair brushes. She uses a torch to fuse the layer of paint and build layers and depth by painting, fusing, painting, and fusing. She often incorporates rusty metals into her pieces for additional texture and interest.  

 "Human Impact" by Pam Nichols
You're invited to a reception to celebrate the new work of these very talented artists on Saturday, May 10, from 6 to 9 p.m. Enjoy music provided by acoustic guitarist, Cary Novotny; and wine compliments of Stoller Family Estate.

"Commingle" opens Wednesday, May 7, and continues through Saturday, May 31. Gallery hours are 11 to 6 p.m. Tuesday through Saturday.

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