Finding Common Ground: An Encaustic Exhibition

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Date(s) - 02/25/2022 - 03/26/2022
11:00 am - 4:00 pm

Genesee Valley Council on the Arts


Join us at the GVCA as we celebrate the opening of this unique temporary exhibition, presenting a diverse body of contemporary 2D and 3D art created by more than two dozen artists who work with beeswax-based art media.

Opening Reception: February 26, 2022, from 2:00-4:00 PM. Refreshments will be provided. Arrive early for a special demonstration of LIVE encaustic painting, from 1:00-3:00 PM. Don’t miss it!

The Working With Wax Group—founded and led by encaustic painting expert Kathryn Bevier in 2015—is an alliance of Western New York artists who work with media based in beeswax as their primary studio practice. Members share ideas, best practices, and seek guidance from one another as they explore the possibilities of the medium of beeswax.

“The exhibit’s title, Finding Common Ground, speaks to the unity of the members in their commitment to exploring artmaking in the medium of wax,” says Bevier. “What each artist has accomplished with wax goes in a thousand intriguing directions. You have to see this show to glimpse the potential of the medium.”

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This exhibit features artworks created with “hot” and “cold” wax. Both forms appeal to artists because of their versatility and potential to develop rich layers, multimedia, collage, and elegant—often mysterious—surfaces. With wax, process and product are mutually intriguing to artists and viewers.

Hot wax is encaustic paint made of beeswax, pigment, and resin hardened into a solid form. Artists melt the paint on a heated work surface and paint with it in a molten state to develop layers, and textures.

Cold wax is a colorless oil painting medium made of beeswax, solvent, and resin with the consistency of vegetable shortening. Artists mix cold wax medium with oil paint to develop paintings with transparent layers, textures, and inventive surfaces. Painters and printmakers who work with cold wax share an interest in working intuitively and experimenting with the physicality of the paint.

Art in the exhibit may be purchased through the gallery and must remain on display for the duration of the exhibit. GVCA is currently following all updated health guidelines provided by New York State.

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