“Dora Ficher works in encaustic and in styles as varied as geometric abstraction (as in Journey), Impressionistic representation (as in Poppy World), and Expressionistic script (as in Birds in Flight). This leads to a sense that I am seeing samplings of different oeuvres. In all, her colors are luscious and for the most part her surfaces are thick and smooth or roughened to create pattern. Encaustic used in this way often leads to a sense of encasement like a bug trapped in resin or a cloudy cover-up. But not here. The color feels solid and dense. And as with encaustic work, it is difficult not to touch it. This is especially true in her Layers 1 – 4 which include a horizontal bar and the previously cited Journey. In Ficher’s largest piece, From the Boat, a work that shows her expertise in using her medium as conveyance you can see the careful geometry of the circular, orange sun against the modulating blue sky, the layered and worked surface of yellow, red, and green fashioning the land, and the translucent blue water that covers an underpainting of orange shapes.”
A HUGE thank you to Carol Taylor-Kearney for her generous review of the Cerulean Arts Associate Collective Members Exhibition.
The exhibition has come down, but it was truly wonderful to be included. I am appreciative of the opportunity to be apart of this fabulous exhibition and a member of an incredible collective.
And thank you to everyone who came by the opening reception. I didn’t get too many photos but here are a few…
As many of you know, I have been excited to bring my work out of my studio and into the greater Philadelphia community. Currently, my work is hanging in three local cafes; High Point Café at Allens Lane Train Station, Good Karma Café III at 2319 Walnut St., and the Trolley Car Café.
Last month I held an Artist Reception at High Point and was overjoyed to see so many of you. Thank you all for coming out, filling the café with your updates and laughter, and for supporting my work!!
For those of you who missed my reception, there is still time. My art will be hanging at High Point Café – Allens Lane Train Station – 7210 Cresheim Road, Philadelphia, PA 19119 – until the end of the month.
As Mt. Airy coffee lovers know, High Point Café offers amazing coffee and the yummiest pastries – gluten free pastries too!!
This artist’s life isn’t always about wax, hot boxes, and bold colors!! Many days in the studio are, but the days and weeks leading up to exhibitions are about getting all of those art works ready to be seen and sold.
As you know, the Montgomery County Studio Tour is coming up on June 9th and 10th and, so, Heidi and I have been busily mounting, framing, naming, and labeling my body of encaustic monotypes for the exhibition.
The adhesive mediums and blow torches are in overdrive!
While it is certainly a change of pace in the studio, it feels great to see everything come together. It is positively thrilling to experience the impact mounting, for example, has on my monotypes!
I have so much new art to share with you. Everything from monotypes raging in size from 24″ x 36″ to 5″ x 5″ to a selection of my original “doodles.” I hope you will stop by and/or plan to take the entire tour!
I am excited to be among many talented artists selected to be included in the 3rd Street Gallery’s Winter Juried Collection this month! Juror, Luella Tripp, a gallerist, curator, and art consultant since 2001 has selected three pieces from my “It’s Not Just Black or White” series to be included in the exhibition. The collection will be on exhibit from January 5th through January 28th. You can read more about my entire series here and more about the 3rd Street Gallery here.
3rd Street Gallery
45 North 2nd Street,
Philadelphia, PA 19106
A Winter Juried Collection
Friday, January 5 through Sunday, January 28, 2018
First Friday: January 5, 5:00- 9:00 pm
Opening Reception: Sunday, January 7, 1:00- 4:00 pm**
Gallery Hours: Wednesday-Sunday, 12:00- 5:00 pm
**I am planning on attending the Opening Reception on Sunday, January 7th and look forward to seeing everyone’s work!
Announcing an Upcoming, Inspiring Group Exhibition
I’m excited to share the news that one of my pieces, “It can not simply be reduced to black or white,” from my “It’s not just Black or White” series will be in a group exhibition at the Kolbalt Gallery in Provincetown in June! The show, “Alternative Wax: Layers of Facts,” is the first political show associated with the International Encaustic Conference. It offers artist like myself the opportunity to express their views on the current political state in our country through their artwork. Francine D’Olimpio, juror and Kobalt Gallery Director, and Cherie Mittenthal, the Encaustic Conference Director “feel this is the perfect time to seek artists’ perspectives on alternative facts through layers of wax!”
The show promises to be a wonderful and intriguing one. Every submission was accepted for exhibition as every, “single one of them is unique in its interpretation of the theme, with perspectives ranging from humor to horror!” according to the curator.
If you are in Provincetown anytime between June 2nd and June 8th, plan a visit to the Kobalt Gallery!
11th International Encaustic Conference
Exhibition Title: “Alternative Wax: Layers of Facts”
Juried by: Francine D’Olimpio, Gallery Owner and Curator
Exhibition REMINDER: “It’s not all Black or White”
Later this month, my entire “It’s not all Black or White” series will be on exhibit at the Cheltenham Center for the Arts. Inspired by my post-election feelings, “It’s not all Black or White,” is a series that explores the “complex convergence that defines and enhances the richness of the human experience.” Read more about it on my here. And catch a glimpse of the series in progress here.
The show runs from May 12th – May 26th and the Opening Reception is May 12th from 5:00 – 7:00pm. I hope to see you there!
I am thrilled to announce my newest encaustic series; “It’s not just Black or White” on exhibit next month, May 12th – May 26th, at the Cheltenham Center for the Arts, 439 Ashbourne Road, Cheltenham, PA 19012.
About the Series
Like all truisms, this is not a black OR white world. Rather, we live in between those concrete lines. My series explores this “in between.” Within the black and white, the layers that define us are embedded in the work…. the colors of the spectrum converge and merge toward shades of grey, ironically the combination of black and white. We need to explore this complex convergence that defines and enhances the richness of the human experience.
I hope you will join me at the Opening Reception on May 12th from 5:00 – 7:00pm. I’m excited to share my new series with you. In the meantime, if you’d like a sneak peak of the collection in progress, take a look below.
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