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Hot Wax

June 3, 2011 2:32 pm0 comments

Encaustics Image - Joanne Mattera-Studio
Wax. It’s a word that you want to touch. It calls to mind different things in different contexts – the car guy who spends the weekend lovingly waxing his car; a room with scented candles, the height of romance; or a painful hair removal option that reveals sexy smooth skin. Still, it’s a word with a texture, a scent, a vibe all its own. And when heated up and mixed with pigments, it becomes an artistic medium as old as the pharaohs, yet new enough to be called a trend – encaustics.
The ancient Egyptians applied encaustic portraits called fayum to mummy cases. In ancient Greece, paint and wax were mixed together to both caulk holes in ships and to decorate them. The practice became less common over time, with a spike in interest as discoveries about the ancient world revealed the fayum portraits in the nineteenth century. But again, interest waned until the 1950s and 60s when American artists rediscovered it, the most famous of whom, Jasper Johns, used pigmented wax to create seminal works, such as “Flag” (1954), “Target with Four Faces” (1955), and “Map” (1961). Now again, encaustics are all the rage.
“You could say it’s an up-and-coming medium, although it’s been around for over 2,000 years,” laughs Cherie Mittenthal, director of the Truro Center for the Arts at Castle Hill and an artist herself.

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Art of COLOR

May 19, 2011 7:00 am0 comments

Reaching for the Sky:  4 Artists Working with COLOR! at Hutson Gallery by Philip Gerstein You may be tempted to consider the many uses of color, while viewing the current four-person exhibition presented by the Hutson Gallery (see sidebar). In each of these artists’ works color is not simply important, [...]

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Go To Helltown

May 5, 2011 6:00 am0 comments

by Steve Desroches  Sometime getting a seat at the table requires a few thrown elbows. As with any community, the art world has its establishment. Getting attention paid to new voices, different perspectives, and unique points of view can be a challenge.  Even with as many as 60 plus galleries, [...]

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Get Your Green On

April 14, 2011 6:00 am0 comments

Appearances:  The Provincetown Green Arts Festival by Rebecca M. Alvin Springtime in Provincetown is festival time. This year, we welcome a new festival to the schedule. Appearances: The Provincetown Green Arts Festival celebrates the intersection of the natural beauty that surrounds us and human creativity in all its forms. Sponsored [...]

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Beyond the Starry Night

February 16, 2011 2:08 pm0 comments

Something happens to us when he sun goes down. The change is subtle, gradual as we shift progressively from the reality of our day-to-day lives into our night time selves, and ultimately deeper still in to the unconscious self of our dreams.
For centuries, this shift brought on by the night has been creatively articulated in myths and legends, in music, dance, theater, and film, and in art. This weekend, the Albert Merola Gallery opens a show, Night, featuring work by 17 artists working in diverse forms.
“We don’t do theme shows too often because it’s difficult to ask an artist to do something they may not do,,” says James Balla who co-owns and curates for the Albert Merola Gallery with Albert Merola. But the desire was there to create two theme shows – one on the night and one on the day. Although plans for the second show are still in the works, this first one seemed a natural fit for the gallery.
“When we started thinking, so many of our artists do this [theme] already,” explains Merola.

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