Local resident featured in art show

This work by Stillwater artist Naomi Hart is among the encaustic art pieces displayed at Flow Art Space in St. Paul's Lowertown from March 27-April 6. Viewing hours are 2-7 p.m. Wednesday through Friday and 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. Saturdays and by appointment. There is an artists' reception from 5-8 p.m. April 5 and a closing artists' talk from 1-3 p.m. April 6. (Photo courtesy of Flow Art Space)

This work by Stillwater artist Naomi Hart is among the encaustic art pieces displayed at Flow Art Space in St. Paul’s Lowertown from March 27-April 6. Viewing hours are 2-7 p.m. Wednesday through Friday and 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. Saturdays and by appointment. There is an artists’ reception from 5-8 p.m. April 5 and a closing artists’ talk from 1-3 p.m. April 6. (Photo courtesy of Flow Art Space)

ST. PAUL — Meet 10 local artists — including Stillwater resident Naomi Hart — who created contemporary, encaustic art with guidance from Jeff Hirst at Flow Art Space in Lowertown at 308 Prince St., Suite 218 in St. Paul. Scheduled events include a reception from 5 to 8 p.m. April 5 reception from 5-8 and a closing artist talk from 1 to 3 p.m. April 6.

“My work depicts the wondrous complexity of language, life, and human nature; destructive, disastrous and full of hope,” Hart said. “I am inspired by a memory: How it twists and turns on itself. It evolves and persists, and influences every way I see.”

Encaustic work uses the ancient medium of beeswax. Its use as an artistic medium and practical material dates back to ancient Greece, but pigmented wax was made popular in more recent times during the 20th century by well-known artists such as Diego Rivera and later Jasper Johns.

See contemporary applications and experimentation with this medium and hear from artists directly how they made their work and what inspires them to use wax.

This exhibition runs March 27 through April 6  2013, and is open from 2 to 7 p.m. Wednesday through Friday and 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. Saturday or by appointment by calling 612-564-3569. Entry is free, and street parking is free after 5 p.m. There are several paid parking lots close to the gallery.

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