Exhibit features ancient technique adapted by contemporary artists

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CLINTON — The Kirkland Art Center will host a unique exhibition of works in wax and mixed media curated by Linda Bigness and featuring the work of award-winning artist Doreen LaScola, emerging artist Alice Yi, and artist/instructor Linda Bigness. 

“Ways With Wax” will open with a public reception for the artists on Saturday, July 24, from 1 to 4 p.m. The free show continues through Saturday, September 4 and will be open for viewing in the KAC Gallery in Clinton on Tuesdays from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m., on Thursdays from 10 am to 4 pm, and on Saturdays from 1 to 4 p.m. 

All three artists in the exhibition explore the use of wax as a medium for pigments in their paintings. This technique, called encaustic painting, is an ancient one dating from 4th Century Egyptian art and seen also in Roman and Greek icons, and it is experiencing a resurgence in recent years. Encaustic painting is technically difficult but its dimensional characteristics and lustrous color make it an increasingly popular among contemporary artists. 

Doreen LaScola is an award winning, mixed media and multi-disciplined artist who has had numerous solo exhibitions in the North East. She studied at Minneapolis College of Art & Design and U-MASS/Boston. Her art studio, In Her Sphere, is located in Gardner, MA and she is affiliated with the Boulder Art Gallery in Fitchburg, MA. LaScola has exhibited widely and her work is held in private collections across the US. Alice Yi is an emerging young artist who has won Central NY Scholastic Art Awards in painting. She has been training in encaustic painting with Linda Bigness and this show will feature her new works in this medium.  Linda Bigness is an internationally exhibited artist, instructor and curator whose work “explores the interaction of line with color through layers of paint and drawing.” She received her BFA at Syracuse University and a Masters degree from SUNY Empire College. Bigness creates her work in her gallery/studio, Studio 245, in Syracuse and she is represented by the Nan Miller Gallery in Rochester, NY and the Sorelle Gallery in Westport, Conn. She has presented her work in numerous solo and group exhibitions, has had large-scale work commissioned for corporate clients, and her work is represented in private collections nationwide.  

Bigness will give free public demonstrations of the process of encaustics in the Kirkland Art Center Gallery on Saturday, July 31, and Saturday, Aug. 14. She will also offer encaustic workshops at the art center in the fall. 

Everyone is welcome to the opening reception with the artists on Saturday, July 24, 2021 from 1 pm. The exhibition is free and is wheelchair accessible. 

The KAC Gallery is located at 9 ½ East Park Row in Clinton. The hours are Tuesdays from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m., Thursdays from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m., and on Saturdays from 1 pm to 4 pm. Call 315-853-8871 for information or visit the website at www.kacny.org.

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