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(Pictured left) Jenny Learner, The Long Winter, encaustic on panel, 12″ x 12″, 2013, (pictured right) Lelia Stokes Weinstein, Deep Woods, encaustic on panel, 12″ x 12″, 2014

The Diptych Project II opening July  25, 2014

Biddeford, ME – The Diptych Project II, a collaboration between New England WAX and FusedChicago, features works from 38 encaustic artists. The exhibition opens at Engine on July 25th during the Biddeford+Saco ArtWalk and will run through Saturday, September 20, 2014. As part of the exhibition, Engine will host a panel discussion entitled, The Art of Collaboration: An Artist Talk on The Diptych Project II on Tuesday, August 19, at 6pm.

Artists from each organization were partnered and worked together over the course of six months to create and exchange work.  After the initial exchange, participating artists composed a response piece to the work they received from their partnering artist.  The new piece responded to formal compositional elements such as line, texture, color, or form, or focused on the underlying narrative or theme of the work.  The project became a conversation between two artists–a form of “call and response” in which each artist was given the opportunity to work deeply and intimately in connection to another artist’s work.

New England WAX members include Holly Berube, Jeanne Borofsky, Debra Claffey, Pamala Crabb, Pamela DeJong, Heather Douglas, Soosen Dunholter, Jeanne Griffin, Donna Hamil Talman, Sue Katz, Julie Serrano, Dietlind Vander Schaaf, Willa Vennema, Julie Vohs, Catherine Weber, Kellie Weeks, Lelia Stokes Weinstein, and Charyl Weissbach. FUSEDChicago members include Susan Cahill, Cat Crotchett, VA dePintor, Kari Hall, Carol Hamilton, Cindy Hogan, Brad Hook, Pat Lagger, Mary Krebs Smyth, Dawn Korman, Jenny Learner, Jane Michalski, Ahavani Mullen, Crystal Neubauer, Yvonne Prisble, Sarah Rehmer, Kathy Blankely Roman, Linda Sorkin Eisenberg, Michele Thrane, and Donna Zarbin-Byrne.

For more info: Contact at ENGINE or 207.370.9130. Gallery hours: Tuesday through Friday from 1pm-6pm and Saturdays 11am-4pm.

New England WAX is a lively and growing professional organization that connects artists in the six New England states who work in the medium of encaustic. Their mission is to promote excellence in fine art made with encaustic, to educate the general public about this medium and to increase interest in encaustic in the art world.

FUSEDChicago is an organization of Midwest artists who share an interest in encaustic, a method of making art using pigmented wax fused to a surface by heat. Their mission is to advance public awareness of encaustic art through workshops and thematic exhibitions of member work, and to create professional opportunities for networking and learning exchanges for their members.

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The Diptych Project II is sponsored by Enkaustikos Wax Art Supplies.

ENKAUSTIKOS: Since 1996, Enkaustikos’ mission has been to mill the highest quality professional encaustic paint for artists.  They do this by procuring the highest quality raw ingredients, seek out the widest range of the highest quality pigments suitable for the encaustic medium and mill on state of the art equipment.  “Excellence is what we are after; we are passionate about their product.  We will always experiment with new and diverse pigments to expand our color line.  We will also strive to meet the needs of artists by increasing our product line with encaustic related products that support the growth and current trends of the industry.”