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April 16, 2013 > Encaustic Painting at Olive Hyde

Encaustic Painting at Olive Hyde

Submitted By Diane Leys

Olive Hyde Art Guild is presenting a program about the beauty and art of encaustic painting. Also known as hot wax painting, encaustic painting involves using heated beeswax to which colored pigments are added. Early Egyptian mummy portraits from 100-300 AD were painted using the Encaustic technique. More recently, twentieth century North American artists successfully used the encaustic technique. One of the most notable was Mexican artist Diego Rivera.

Presenting the program at Olive Hyde will be Oakland artist Karen Frey, who, after 40 years as a successful watercolor painter, has transitioned to encaustic. She notes that the two mediums have many similarities as they share transparency and fluidity, and she finds the challenge of painting representational imagery with wax to be most humbling. For her, however, the fear of the unknown has always been part of the appeal found in painting.

Frey received a BFA in drawing from the California College of the Arts and followed a career in watercolor painting. She is a member of several well-known watercolor societies, including the Watercolor USA Honor Society. In addition, she is a member of International Encaustic Artists.

Frey's work is in the permanent collections of the Alameda County Arts Commission; the Springfield, MO, Art Museum; the Green Bay, WI, Neville Public Museum; AKC Museum of the Dog in St. Louis, MO; Chicago's Northwestern Hospital; Reno's Renown Hospital; and several Kaiser Permanente facilities in northern California. Most recently her work was shown in a solo exhibit at the Triton Museum of Art in Santa Clara.

During the presentation at Olive Hyde Art Center, Frey will include both a lecture and demonstration of encaustic painting. She plans to discuss the medium and how she personally approaches it. She will also demonstrate each of the two distinct elements involved in the technical application. She regards encaustic as an extraordinary medium and is excited to share her knowledge with the Fremont audience.

This program will be held on Wednesday, April 24, at the Olive Hyde Art Center in Fremont from 10 a.m. to noon in the Art Center's Mission Room. Admission is free, but reservations are required; call Elaina at (510) 651-4441.

Encaustic Painting
Wednesday, Apr 24
10 a.m. to noon
Olive Hyde Art Center
123 Washington Blvd., Fremont
(510) 651-4441

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