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FUSION: 2020 Encaustic Art of Elise Rugolo and her Students

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FUSION: 2020 Encaustic Art of Elise Rugolo and her Students

Open March 28 through July 7th, Reception April 1, 4:30 p.m. - 7:00 p.m.

Opening Reception: April 1, 4:30 p.m. – 7:00 p.m.

Statement from the Artist:

In my encaustic painting workshops and private classes, I teach people who have never lifted a paintbrush, as well as folks with advanced degrees in art. I love to see students of different levels and skill sets working side-by-side. I encourage my students to playfully experiment and to explore the medium without fear or defeatist attitudes. My criteria in the curation of this group of artists was based on their classroom performance, quality of work, and their commitment to learning the craft of the ancient technique of painting with molten wax.

“Fusion” is a technical term in the encaustic process in which a heat source such as a torch, heat gun, or iron is used to heat the wax to the temperature necessary for it to physically fuse with the layer of wax underneath. An encaustic painting is usually comprised of numerous thin layers of wax. If these layers are not fused, it may negatively affect the structural integrity of the piece. In the context of this show, “fusion” also symbolizes the reciprocal connection between teacher and student in the classroom environment that ultimately creates and fosters new creative approaches and insights.

Thank you to my talented and enthusiastic students participating in this show: Stephanie Armbruster, Alice K. Hurley, Peggy Hurley, Wayne Leal, Lea Lichty, Connie Luebbert, Barbara Peck, Ann T. Rosenthal, Jamie L. Scheppers, Mike Seat, Leandra Spangler, Chris Teeter, Tracy Titmus, and Jennifer Wax. Special thanks to Lea Lichty, for coming up with the idea of having this show.

Elise Rugolo