Annmarie Sculpture Garden & Arts Center in Solomons, Maryland, is hosting a Gallery Talk on July 19th from 1:00 – 2:30pm. Admission is Free. Come enjoy one of our monthly gallery talks. Reservations not required and admission to the talk will be free. This month’s talk is entitled, From Workhouse to Wifi: New art for a new age of women’s rights. Artist Julia Dzikiewicz will discuss a short history of women’s civil disobedience, from the era of the Suffragettes to the modern day. She will also elaborate on how to create a politically meaningful piece of art in the difficult medium of encaustic, also known as hot wax painting. A touch table will be available to handle sample encaustic work while the artist demonstrates some basic encaustic techniques.
Encaustic is a Greek word meaning “to heat or burn in” (enkaustikos). Heat is used throughout the process, from melting the beeswax and varnish to fusing the layers of wax. Encaustic consists of natural bees wax and dammar resin (crystallized tree sap). The medium can be used pigmented or alone for its transparency and adhesive qualities. Pigments may be added to the medium, or purchased already colored with traditional pigments. The medium is melted and applied with a brush or any tool. Each layer is then reheated to fuse it to the previous layer.