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Linda Tullis, a Lewistown native, works in an entirely different process known as “monoprinting” to produce unique and striking still lifes. Monoprinting (mono meaning “one”) is a time consuming process that produces unique images from inked “plates.” Each piece may be altered after printing with other materials.
Artistic Risk and the Ticking Clock considers both the process and product of two mid-career artists as they implement their learned skills, and look for new risks to take. This exhibition features Susan Gellner’s encaustic art – an ancient practice using resins, beeswax, and pigment – that are abstract and striking. Susan begins each piece by contemplating color and texture, and forms each work around “what works best” for each piece, never starting with a specific image in mind. In encaustic art, beeswax and pigments are heated and applied to a board and “fixed” layer by layer. Each piece can have more than 25 layers of wax, resin and pigment!
While their process is certainly interesting, the final products of “Artistic Risk and the Ticking Clock” will leave you in awe. Come explore sumptuous surfaces, emotive color, and rigorous composition as we witness two mid-career artists wrestle and embrace their craft. This exhibition opens on Friday, August 3rd from 5-7, and will remain on display in the Margie Wilkins Gallery until Friday, August 31st. The Lewistown Art Center is grateful to Rachel Stansberry for her sponsorship of this exhibition.