Encaustic artists are “Breaking Boundaries″ at Fountain Street Fine Arts

 

By Chris Bergeron / Daily News staff

 At Fountain Street Fine Arts, Patricia Gerkin's "Monolith #4" (courtesy of McGowen Fine Art) described as encaustic, oil, silver leaf on panel on wood base. Daily News Staff Photo/ Art Illman

At Fountain Street Fine Arts, Patricia Gerkin's "Monolith #4" (courtesy of McGowen Fine Art) described as encaustic, oil, silver leaf on panel on wood base. Daily News Staff Photo/ Art Illman

FRAMINGHAM - Members of New England Wax are “Breaking Boundaries″ by exhibiting a fascinating selection encaustic paintings and sculptures at Fountain Street Fine Art gallery.

Fusing techniques of “hot wax painting″ dating to ancient Egypt with contemporary approaches and materials, 21 artists are showing encaustic works that transcend the genre in exciting ways.

Suzanne Hauerstein uses encaustics to paint vividly colored scenes of domestic life that evoke simpler times.

Made from bubblewrap, paper and electrical parts, Holly Berube’s spikey encaustic “Star Globe″ shines like a glowing sea anemone.

Catherine Weber mounted eggshells and tree bark covered with encaustics on kitchen tiles that she fixed onto an oak frame to create “Landscape in Five Parts, blue″ which makes decay look lovely.

The Southborough artist “loves working with encaustics″ but “doesn’t want to be known as just an encaustic artist.″ “I don’t want viewers who look at what I’ve made to think of it as an ‘encaustic’ but to have a moving visual experience,″ she said.

Gallery owners Marie Craig and Cheryl Clinton said they accepted a proposal from New England Wax, an organization of encaustic artists, to host an exhibit because it “fit our mission to stage individual and group shows in different mediums by members and non-members.″⁣

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“Breaking Boundaries: An Exhibit by the Artists of New England Wax″

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