the hot art show

 |  September 20, 2010

As I mentioned earlier I was unable to make the opening reception of Encaustic:Hot Art show that is now showing at The Art Center in Highland Park. My family and I were out in the woods hiking in the Upper Peninsula of Michigan. It was Grace’s first big hike in the backpack and she enjoyed every minute!

This last Saturday we headed up to Highland Park, which is a beautiful north suburb of Chicago, to check out the show. I took a few photos of the exhibit. Shelley Gilchrist, Dan Addington and Jenny Learner curated and hung the show, which is no small task considering there were 25 artists showing very different work. They did a fantastic job and The Art Center is a really wonderful space.

Here are just a few photos:

Mary Jo Parker O’Hearn

Catherine Keebler’s encaustic monotypes

Dawn Korman’s paper and encaustic sculpture

Jane Michalski’s abstracts make me want to sit very still and hold my breath. I don’t know if that makes any sense, but it does to me.

Paul Rinaldi. I always feel a sense of calm looking at his encaustic grids.

Emily Rutledge’s work is inspired by her urban surroundings. Her work is highly textured and is a treat to see in person

Jenny Learner’s vibrant flowers

Donna Zarbin Byrne’s paper, wire and encaustic sculpture
and Haley Nagy’s encaustic monoprinted curtains

Dan Addington luminous paintings of encaustic and tar, check out those edges!

I did take some photos of myself next to my painting, but I had just run in from a torrential downpour and looked like a wet dog! Not something I want to put up on public display.

The exhibit will be up until October 1st, so if you are in the area be sure to stop in!


  1. by Kim Hambric on September 21, 2010  8:29 am Reply

    What a variety of work -- I did not expect that. Looks like a great show.

  2. by Seth on September 21, 2010  9:57 am Reply

    This does look like an interesting show. And I couldn't agree with you more...Jane Michalski's blue piece had me gasping. Wish I could have seen that one in person.

  3. by tangled sky studio on September 21, 2010  3:05 pm Reply

    thanks for sharing the photos...i need to get up there soon. i'm with seth i need to see jane's pieces in person! the u.p. is so incredible what a great adventure for you family : )

  4. by Lesley on September 23, 2010  1:58 pm Reply

    Looks like a really neat show! I just love the sculpture. Thanks for sharing pictures from it so I can visit virtually.

  5. by wanda miller on September 29, 2010  12:40 pm Reply

    oh, thank you for sharing with us. if i could just touch them or peer closely...they are so stunning and deep!

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