Exhibition - Texture, Pattern, Color
Diane Reising - Cold Wax
Magic and mystery are the key elements Diane Reising most desires in her abstract paintings. Music, symbolic imagery and images of nature emerging from a contemplative state of mind relying on creative energy is what she seeks.
She considers a painting finished when it has a certain magic or glow that corresponds with her concept of beauty as well as the wish that it will resonate with the viewer.
?Her preferred medium is oil and cold wax on canvas or prepared board. Her painting technique involves building multiple layers of paint and then removing areas of paint and rebuilding new layers to reveal changing colors, contrasts, forms and textures. Often she combines other media such as charcoal, crayon, marble dust, sand, gold leaf and so on. She paints with tools such as paint rollers, pot scrapers, palette knives, steel wool, sponges and sticks.
Katherine Alexander - Pysanky
Pysanky, the traditional Ukrainian art of “writing on eggs”, is a perfect medium for a chaos junkie. Every egg is a new shape. Each shell accepts dye in a unique way. Wax lines cannot be erased. Cracks happen. Eggs shatter. But sometimes the fates align, and after hours of planning, waxing, and dyeing, the finished egg rolls around in my hands exactly the way I envisioned. The geometry on the asymmetrical surface appears both impossible and effortless. White outlines shine brightly against vivid colors and a deep black background. Traditional symbols intertwine with a modern spirit. The process is difficult but the result is indeed pristine.
Katherine Alexander is a second generation Polish immigrant who learned pysanky from her mother. She draws inspiration from the art's original purpose of celebrating the changing seasons and inherent beauty of symmetry in nature. Her goal is to elevate this folk tradition to high art status.
Gateway Pastel Artists, founded in 1998 in St. Louis, Missouri, and its members have been educating artists and the public about the beauty and permanency of the pastel medium for the past 20 years. Gateway Pastel Artists is a part of the International Association of Pastel Societies which has members and societies all over the world. ?
The exhibit features 25 artworks from members of Gateway Pastel Artists.
Exhibition Date: March 4 – April 30, 2020.