Poetic Fusion: Encaustic Invitational introduces visitors to one of the oldest (and longest-surviving) mediums: encaustics. This exhibit showcases the work of six artists from around the region: Erika James (Portland, OR), Kathy Fisher (Golden, CO), Kris Larson (Helena, MT), Joyce Watts Coolidge (Anchorage, AK), Darla Meyers (Eureka, CA), and Carol Montgomery (Helena, MT).
Encaustic artists add colored pigment to a heated mixture of beeswax and damar resin, one carefully melted layer at a time. The finished pieces consist of sometimes dozens of layers of pigment, wonderfully detailed texture, and imagery that ranges from the representational to the abstract. Some of the oldest surviving examples of encaustic art were made during the second and third century in Egypt.
We will be hosting an Open House on Saturday, June 4th, from 10 a.m. until 5 p.m. Join us at the gallery for casual artist talks with three of the participating artists (Larson, James, and Myers), accompanied by drinks and light appetizers! Other opportunities to interact with the artists are planned throughout the exhibit.
Read artist statements and learn more about each of the participating artists by visiting their profile pages below. Each page contains the individual artist’s catalog of work, or browse all art included in the exhibit by scrolling down this page. Online sales are paused until after our in-person Open House on June 4th. We apologize for any inconvenience, and encourage you to reach out to Maureen if you see something you can’t live without!