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Soul of the Home
Presenting our September Exhibition "Soul of the Home" featuring Exhibiting Artists Jennifer McCormick and Bayley Wharton. Open September 2nd- October 1st. Jennifer McCormick: Member Since 2012 from Winston-Salem, NC Encaustic means "to burn in". It's an ancient painting medium using a mixture of molten beeswax, damar resin, and pigments which are then fused by open flame. Encaustic also has the ability to build lush surface textures-it can be metled as smooth as glass, layered with translucent color and carved to high relief to create sculptural surfaces. I spend equal amount of time in the "additive process" of painting as I do with "reductive process" of piercing, scraping, carving and re-evaluating each piece. You may also notice their scent-the damar resin I melt into my painting medium is also used to make Tibeten Holy Incense. The aroma creates a magical sensory experience when the wax is warm. My content is deliberately non-representational, but hopefully evocative of the way we feel when we travel and find new places that feel as familiar as home, or when we fill with recognition that someone else's home is as precious as our own. Bayley Wharton: Member Since 1996 from Mt. Airy, NC In designing wooden furniture, I have one simple rule; let the wood speak for itself. Design integrity begins with an honest approach towards materials and procession, and this means starting with high quality woods and letting their natural beauty stand out. I select woods for a project according to how and where they will be used within the object, and then use natural finishes rather than stains, so one can see the original color of the wood. Rather than adding unnecessary ornament, I use joinery and show process, as a way of showing how the piece was made or put together.