AUGUST 31-SEPTEMBER 6
RECEPTION FRIDAY AUGUST 31, 7-9pm
Provincetown encaustic artist Cherie Mittenthal has a fascination with weather… and wax. “Atmospheric Phenomenon” is a melding of the two; layer upon layer of pigmented beeswax, some more translucent than others, applied until a cloud emerges above a turbulent sea, or boats appear to surrender amid a wind driven rain and ocean spray. Stormy skies prevail in Mittenthal’s latest work, as she is drawn to the energy, movement and monochromatic nature of wild weather and its dramatic effect on the atmosphere and what lies below. A bird’s eye view of Provincetown Harbor provides an ever-changing vista from Mittenthal’s studio, especially when the forecast calls for unsettled weather, and this past winter offered an endless source of inspiration.
Mittenthal’s practice explores the ritual of layering, the unexpected scents and anticipation of moving and carving through wax. At times tar, marble dust, pigment sticks, graphite and other mediums are integrated into her paintings to alter texture, depth and luminosity. Mittenthal has worked in encaustic for more than thirteen years, continually pushing the limitations of the medium and developing her technique.
Mittenthal has been the Executive Director of the Truro Center for the Arts at Castle Hill, Truro, MA since 2002, and is the producer of the International Encaustic Conference, Provincetown, MA. She received her BFA from the University of Hartford, Hartford Art School, Hartford, CT and her MFA from the State University of New York at Purchase, Purchase, NY.
Meet the artist Friday August 31st from 7-9pm.