1. McDowell

    Vision of Raj
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  3. Glesner

    Falling, Fallen
  4. Reni Gower

    Fugue
  5. Bernard Wave

    Phenonema
  6. Deetz

    Mocking Desire
  7. Goldsleger

    Inside Out
  8. Harvey Lost a Dream
  9. Moriarty

    Stockpile
  10. Dykhuis

    Inventory #4
  11. Hirst

    Glow #42
  12. Jane Nodine

    Venetion Lace #42
  13. Goldsleger

  14. Dykhuis

  15. McDowell

  16. McDowell

  17. Bernard Wave

    Phenomena
  18. Jane Allen Nodine

  19. Moriarty

  20. Deetz

    Mocking Desiredetail
  21. Bernard Wave

    Phenomena
  22. HEATED EXCHANGE

    Gallery front
  23. HEATED EXCHANGE

    Opening reception
September 21, 2012 - November 17, 2012
Upstairs brings International encaustic artists to Tryon

The Upstairs Artspace announces a major event opening in September that will feature some of the nation's most renowned and cutting-edge encaustic artists. The show, Heated Exchange, is curated by Reni Gower of Virginia Commonwealth University, who is one of the leading experts in the field.

Encaustic, an ancient technique in which pigment is suspended in hot wax, is undergoing a meteoric resurgence in popularity. The surface is extremely durable -- the famed Fayum portraits date to the time of the pharaohs. It is also malleable, allowing artists to manipulate it in varied and creative ways, such as scraping, burning, dipping, and pouring."The Upstairs is thrilled to bring an exhibit of this caliber to the region," says Margaret Curtis, the gallery's exhibits chairperson. "We are also excited to be offering a series of workshops that will allow everyone from the non-artist to the professional to explore the possibilities of this exciting medium."The first workshop, led by Asheville encaustic artist Mary Farmer, is a two-day intensive program that will take participants from the novice to intermediate level. This workshop will be held on Oct. 12 and 13, from 9:30 a.m. to 5 p.m. The second workshop is geared toward the encaustic professional and will have three artists -- Reni Gower, Kristy Deetz, and Jane Allen Nodine -- demonstrating three separate techniques. It will be held on Nov. 10, starting at noon. Anyone interested in registering is encouraged to contact the Upstairs Artspace early, as space is limited.Along with the workshops, there will be a program for children, who will learn about bees, wax, and honey from area bee-keepers. R&F Handmade Paints Inc., one of the nation's premier manufacturers of encaustic materials, will be providing the equipment and materials for the workshops. The Upstairs also invites local businesses to participate as sponsors for this event, which will be publicized across the region and nationally."This is going to be a wonderful opportunity to see some of the most spectacular encaustic work being done in the U.S. today," says Karen Jones, president of the Upstairs board of directors. "This is a rare opportunity for anyone with an interest in the visual arts, and encaustic in particular."

For more information about the show, including opportunities to participate in workshops or as a volunteer or sponsor, please contact the Upstairs at 859-2828. The staff at the gallery, 49 S. Trade St., Tryon, will also be available during business hours, 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. Tuesdays through Saturdays.
CONTRIBUTING ARTISTS
Kim Bernard
Kristy Deetz
Peter Dykhuis
Lorraine Glessner
Cheryl Goldsleger
Reni Gower
Heather Harvey
Jeffrey Hirst
Timothy McDowell
Laura Moriarty
Jane Allen Nodine