I, with my fellow artist-members of New England Wax, recently exhibited new work at Fountain Street Fine Art in Framingham, Massachusetts. The exhibition was juried by Lauren O’Neal and Sara Zela, from the Lamont Gallery at Phillips Exeter Academy in Exeter, NH. Lauren O’Neal spoke to us at the reception on January 4, 2014, highlighting the challenge of choosing works, but marveling in the multiple interpretations of ‘breaking boundaries’.

Lauren O'Neal at Fountain Street Fine Art

Lauren O’Neal with Dietind Vander Schaaf’s work

O'Neal with Kim Bernard work

O’Neal with Kim Bernard’s work

The theme, “Breaking Boundaries”, asked the artists “to work toward their personal ‘thresholds’ as they challenge the boundaries of message, meaning, metaphor, and materiality. Although encaustic dates back to the 5th Century B.C., artists today are pushing the medium into new uses and techniques and revealing its rediscovered versatility and appeal.”   Twenty-one members took on the challenge, and here are several of the works in the show.


Sue Katz, Roof Line Link, encaustic on roofing shingles on wood panels, 36″ x 12″


Donna Hamil Talman, Trouble in These Parts, encaustic, paper, tea leves, plaster, carbon, 44″ x 14″ each


Pamela DeJong (left), Pat Gerkin (front), Debra Claffey (right)


Holly Berube, Star Globe, encaustic, paper, bubblewrap, electrical parts, 13"x13"x13"

Holly Berube, Star Globe, encaustic, paper, bubblewrap, electrical parts, 13″ x 13″ x 13″