Thursday, Dec 21, 2017
Whole Ball of Bees Wax
Kindred Spirits brings fifth century
Greek art to O'Connor Gallery January 11 - February 17
Mary Chalmers, CVAA
Peters and Kathleen Menges are teaming up again to share their talents
and art featuring works uniquely created with the ancient medium of wax.
Both artists have worked in the luscious and temperamental encaustic
medium. Hot wax requires heat as a solvent to move paint around and fuse
the layers together. Encaustic painting can have a spectacular
transparent polish or depth to the product, through to a textural
This exhibition showcases the evolution of
their work in wax processes from encaustic to that of oil and cold wax.
This latter medium looks like paste and does not require heat but rather
uses mineral spirits as a solvent. This typically gives a matte finish
which can vary from a silky smooth texture to an organic, hand-rubbed
With cold wax medium brushes are replaced
by palette knives, silicon blades, brayers, squeegees, and rollers, to
name only a few tools of the craftwork. In this exhibition, pigments
and/or oil paint, plus cold wax medium have been thoughtfully layered to
create dynamic and sometimes mysterious images.
Kathleen and Patricia speak a similar
language because of the common use of tools, surfaces, and product but
the imagery and handling of their paint is dramatically different and
After viewing their work one can easily determine who is Ying and who is
Yang. One artist exhibits energy and colorful variety while the other is
more meditative, serene, and peaceful.
Their combined work is diverse and brings to light the subtleties,
grace, and complexities of the highly unusual medium of oil and cold
Both artists will be available January 13, 2018, from noon to 3pm to
respond to comments and questions during the opening reception at the
O’Conner Gallery. On January 20, from 9:30am to 4pm, they will be
hosting a hands-on workshop.
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