Current DisplayLedyard Gallery:
Highest View by Stephanie Gordon
180 Degrees: Encaustic Paintings by Stephanie Gordon
Saturday, June 3 through Wednesday, August 2
Opening Reception: Saturday, June 3 from 2-4pm
Artist Stephanie Gordon writes:
I called this exhibit 180 Degrees for two reasons. First, all of these works are encaustic paintings. Encaustic painting is a very ancient and beautiful method of creating luminous art from pigmented molten waxes called encaustics. Encaustics have been used for painting since the 1st century BCE in Egypt. The word encaustic comes from the Greek word “enkaustikos”, meaning "to burn in". Each layer of melted wax must be fused to the one underneath with heat. Encaustics are also well suited for mixed media work as objects can be embedded in the wax. 180° F is the best working temperature for molten wax when creating encaustic paintings.
The second reason this exhibit is called 180 Degrees is that the subject matter of my encaustics range from landscapes to portraits to abstracts, a trip half way around a circle. The landscapes are of my favorite places in the Upper Valley and the White and Green Mountains. The abstracts are inspired by the New England landscape. The portraits are of people I know.
My enthusiasm for encaustic painting began when I saw Fayum mummy portraits at the Metropolitan Museum of Art. I trained in the use of encaustic at Penland School of Crafts in North Carolina. I am intrigued by the depth and luminosity that can be created through the use of encaustics and I enjoy the opportunity to integrate other materials into the work.
I have been a practicing artist and art teacher since graduating from the University of Michigan with a BFA. I have taught art to people of all ages and taught art at Hanover High School for 18 years. I currently teach classes for adults and teens at AVA Gallery and Art Center. I have worked with various forms of mixed media for many years and exhibit my work locally and regionally.
Display Cases in June:
Cafe Area Case: Hanover Garden Club - plans of the Hanover Garden Club's Town Gardens and hanging baskets.
Teen Area Case: A collection of antique musical recordings on wax cylinders from Robert Murray.
Ledyard Gallery in August: Photographs with accompanying poems by Jim Chandler.