Carver Hill Gallery will be displaying a special showing of smaller works for the First Friday Holiday Art Walk on December 2. The works will be on display through New Years. We are especially happy to announce Ten By Ten, a series of gorgeous encaustics by Maine artist Diane Bowie Zaitlin. The gallery has been a huge fan of Zaitlin’s for quite some time, and this will be an introduction to, what we hope will be, many more showings in the future.
These particular pieces by Zaitlin are encaustic, an ancient process that uses heat to fix color and beeswax. The Egyptians used this technique in their mummification portraits in 100 AD, and it was also made popular by artists in the Mexican muralism movement, such as Diego Rivera. She has added silver leaf to these pieces, which creates a gorgeous metallic effect that she covers and uncovers with pigment. “I love the depth, surface and luminosity of encaustic. I also like encaustic painting because it is a very flexible medium that can easily combine painting and collage. It dries quickly and can be used as both a reductive and additive process. I love working with color, and encaustic allows light between layers to give the painting unique depth and translucence.”
Diane holds a BFA degree from The University of Connecticut. She also studied at Skidmore College, and attended several workshops at Haystack Mountain School of Crafts in Deer Isle, and spent time at local Art Week at Great Spruce Head Island. She teaches encaustic painting, as well.
Carver Hill’s showing will also feature works by photographer Jon Kolkin, and local watercolorist Dianne Schelble. We will present works in oil by architectural landscape painter Marieluise Hutchinson and Belfast artist David Estey. America Martin will show her new, smaller figures in ink and clay pencil on paper.
Carver Hill’s First Friday hours are 11 AM – 8 PM. Regular scheduled hours are Wed – Fri 11-3 and Saturday 11-5. For gallery access outside of regular business hours please call 594-7745 and we will be happy to accommodate you! Hope to see you soon!