ENCAUSTIC 2017: Rebirth of an Ancient Medium

July 21 – September 8, 2017
Opening Reception: July 21 | 7 – 10 PM

Encaustic painting is one of the oldest painting techniques, dating back to the ancient Greeks, who used it to caulk ships and paint funerary portraits on sarcophagi. In Greek, the word “encaustic” means “to heat or burn in”. Encaustic consists of natural bees wax and damar resin (crystallized tree sap). Heat is used throughout the process, from melting the beeswax and resin to fusing the layers of wax.

The artists included in this exhibition embrace the use of wax, not as just another option in a wide range of available art media, but as a dynamic, organic, almost living medium that manifests the seductive qualities of tactility, translucency, and mystery through their work in a singular way.

Photo Credit: Helen Dannelly

Dan Addington
Alicia Forestall-Boehm
Cat Crotchett
Helen Dannelly
Shelley Gilchrist
Carol Hamilton
Jeffrey Hirst
Cindy Lesperance

Jane Michalski
Ahavani Mullen
Sarah Rehmer
Paul Rinaldi
Michele Thrane
VA de Pintor
Kathleen Waterloo


May 19- July 7, 2017
Opening Reception: May 19 | 7 – 10 PM

Curators Create presents work by artists who currently serve (or have served in the past) as curators at a major art center, gallery, museum, college, university or other exhibition venue. The process of selecting the artist/curators for the exhibit has shown that there are many other artist/curators in this region who could be part of such a show in addition to the ten whose work is represented in this exhibit.

Mary Ellen Croteau
Charles Gniech
Sergio Gomez
Stano Grezdo
Lelde Kalmite
Alan Leder
Dolores Mercado
Betty Ann Mocek
Joyce Owens
Georgia Schwender

Photo Credit: Stano Grezdo




March 17- May 5, 2017
Opening Reception: March 17 | 7 – 10 PM
Joe Fournier and the Nexus Ensemble will be the featured trio at the gallery exhibition opening.

Artists explore the seductive versatility and sculptural potential of the medium by cutting, folding, tearing, creasing, binding together, weaving, or otherwise transforming one of the oldest art materials, paper, to express ideas and emotions.

Andrea Peterson
Azadeh Hussaini
Carole Harmel & Lialia Kuchma
Erin Cramer
Joe Fournier
Katherine Nemanich
Kevin Fair
Rebecca Wolfram
Tamara Wasserman
Yoonshin Park
Phil Ponce

Photo Credit: Katherine Nemanich – “The Woods So Wild”

5th Annual Art Competition

January 20 – March 3, 2017
Awards Ceremony: January 20 | 7 – 10 PM

Click here for a list of selected artists
Click here for the winners

This is the 5th year for the juried art competition and exhibition, awarding $3,000 in prizes to Chicago and vicinity artists in an  awards ceremony. The Annual Art Competition was created to showcase the exceptional talents and abilities of Bridgeport and Chicago area artists.

The competition is open to all artists, aged 18 and over, who live or have studios within a 150-mile radius of Chicago. Work must have been created within the last three years. The competition accepts a broad spectrum of art media and styles.