2017 Solo show at South Shore Arts - Crown Point, Indiana

It's official my solo show, "Water's Edge" will take place at the South Shore Arts Crown Point, Indiana gallery and run from September 20th through the middle of December! This provides the chance for all the work to be shown together and many have not been previously exhibited. Details on the reception and exact dates to follow.

This pretty gallery is the home of South Shore Arts Crown Point Branch and Art in the Garden; 611 N. Indiana Avenue, Crown Point, IN  

This pretty gallery is the home of South Shore Arts Crown Point Branch and Art in the Garden;

611 N. Indiana Avenue, Crown Point, IN

 

Thanks to South Shore Arts for this opportunity

"Observation (Waters Edge) I " wins Award

 In February 2016, my painting "Observation(Water's Edge) I"  was accepted into the 4th Annual Bridgeport Art Center Competition.  Out of the 52 art works accepted into the show, it received the Third Place Award.

 

Installation shot of "Observation (Water's Edge) I" during the opening reception.

"Observation (Water's Edge) I"  encaustic on panel, 30" x 40"

"Observation (Water's Edge) I"  encaustic on panel, 30" x 40"

Source Photo for " Observation (Water's Edge) I"

Source Photo for " Observation (Water's Edge) I"

Beyond the Surface at Gallery 2506

In June of  2015 I exhibited five paintings in "Beyond the Surface" at Gallery 2506, Chicago, Illinois

Here are some images from the show.

 

The Postcard from the show featuring " Dissolution II" encaustic on panel, 36" x 48"


"Dissolution II" installed at Gallery 2506

"Dissolution II" installed at Gallery 2506

"OK Pablo" encaustic on panel, 32" x 48"

"OK Pablo" encaustic on panel, 32" x 48"

Stockholm Supermarket 2014

In February of 2014 I traveled to Stockholm, Sweden to participate in the Stockholm Supermarket 2014; the Stockholm Independent Artfair. I was part of Art on Armitage, an independent exhibition space in Chicago, Illinois, run by  artist Mary Ellen Croteau . Here are some photographs of our booth. the Stockholm supermarket provided an amazing opportunity to meet artists from all over the world, especially Europe and Scandanavia, but also New Zealand and South America.

Foreground: Coral Reef, by Mary Ellen Croteau, crocheted plastic bags. Background: ( left to right) paintings by Gwen Zabicki, Alison Whitmore, Jane Michalski.

Foreground: Coral Reef, by Mary Ellen Croteau, crocheted plastic bags. Background: ( left to right) paintings by Gwen Zabicki, Alison Whitmore, Jane Michalski.

My paintings  on the left next to those of Jackie Berridge

My paintings  on the left next to those of Jackie Berridge

"Intimate Burp" installation by Alicia Obermeyer; Pantyhose,Painters tape. with paintings on the right by Peyton Rack and on the left by Brandy Kraft.

"Intimate Burp" installation by Alicia Obermeyer; Pantyhose,Painters tape. with paintings on the right by Peyton Rack and on the left by Brandy Kraft.

"Michalski/Nomellini: WaxWorks" Coming to Lincolnwood Town Hall in September 2013

I'm excited to announce a show that features my large scale encaustic works together for the first time: 

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

July 22, 2013

Michalski/Nomellini

WaxWorks

A two person exhibition

Lincolnwood Town Hall

6900 N. Lincoln Avenue, Lincolnwood, IL

September 5- October 31, 2013

Reception : September 17, 2013 at 5-7 p.m.

WaxWorks is an exhibition of paintings by two Chicago area women, Jane Michalski and April Nomellini.  The versatility of the wax- based painting medium, encaustic, is highlighted in paintings that differ in both scale and subject matter.

The abstract paintings by Jane Michalski are as large as 36” x 48”. Their luminous colors form basic structures, layers, fragments and edges.  She explores these components intuitively. The paintings undergo a metamorphosis from the planned to the unplanned as layers of transparent wax are scraped, smoothed, and incised. Layering, scraping and scoring evoke time and memory. She has exhibited in the Chicago area, and in Regional and National exhibits. Her exhibitions include the group shows “Encaustic USA” at ARC Gallery in Chicago,“Metamorphosis” sponsored by International Encaustic Artists at the Haydon Art Center of Lincoln, Nebraska, and the Annual National Juried Exhibition at Katherine Butler Gallery in Sarasota, Florida.  She won an Award of Excellence for the painting ” Yellow Gray Passage” at the Tubac Arizona Center of Art’s   national exhibit,  “Playing with Fire”,  Juried by Barbara Rogers.  Her work is included in private and corporate collections and can be seen at ParkSchreck Gallery in Chicago.

She serves as the Programming Chairperson and has produced and curated exhibits for the Hairpin Arts Center of Chicago. She has a BFA from the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee and an M.A from the University of Illinois-Urbana.  Ms. Michalski was the recipient of 2008 and 2009 CAAP grants from the Chicago Department of Cultural Affairs, and a 2011 Professional Development Grant from the Illinois Arts Council.

April Nomellini’s work, in comparison, is intimate in scale, as small as 6” x 6”. She is drawn to the visceral process of creating art, incorporating texture that is both visual and tactile, finding joy in imperfection.  She works in both watercolor and encaustic because of their ability to convey light from within. Inspiration may come from photographs, color, or gesture.  Her encaustics begin with layers of texture and color, embedded drawings, scraps of watercolor- stained paper, and unpremeditated marks. From these, random forms of color and line evolve into more intricate forms that are alternately created and destroyed - sometimes several times over. There are suggestions of figures, masks, architectural elements, bits of landscape,  or surreal creatures. In 2005 April exhibited at a group show in Umbria, Italy, as part of an artist’s residency.  Ms. Nomellini has exhibited regionally, nationally and at many Chicago venues, including the “National Art Premiere 2012”  a juried group show, at the Elmhurst Art Museum. Her art was selected for a group show at the 3rd Annual Encaustic Conference in Beverly, MA.  .

She has exhibited frequently with the Encaustic Artists group FusedChicago andserves as board  Treasurer. In 2009, April received a CAAP grant from the Chicago Department of Cultural Affairs.

Exhibition dates: September 5- October 31, 2013

 Hours:                 9a.m.-5 p.m.

 Location:            Linconwood Town Hall

                             6900 N. Lincoln Avenue, Lincolnwood IL

                             847-673-1540  

                             Free parking in the back

 Reception: September 17, 2013 5-7 pm

Dissolution II Encaustic on panel  36" x 47" 

Dissolution II

Encaustic on panel 

36" x 47" 

"Encaustic USA" exhibition at ARC Gallery

I'm so proud to have had two of my paintings chosen to appear in "Encaustic USA" an upcoming exhibition at ARC Gallery here in Chicago.  The show was juried by Paul Klein, formerly of Klein gallery  who  now works as an Artist Career Advisor for Klein Artists Works and Shelley Gilchrist, artist and founder of FusedChicago, an association of encaustic artists in the Midwest region.

My paintings chosen for this show are from my newest work, the Observation Series and include "North Point Observation I" and "Observation II (Shoreline)"

Here is copy from the ARC Press Release:

ARC Gallery

2156 N. Damen Avenue    ·    Chicago, Illinois 60647    ·    773-252-2232

                                           

ARC Gallery presents Encaustic USA

Friday, June 28 from 6-9 pm     

The ancient way of painting in wax is being updated in this exhibit of 2-D and 3-D work by 29 contemporary encaustic artists. Join ARC as we look at, appreciate and desire to touch (if only one could) the warm and glowing works of these talented artists.

Exhibition dates: June 26 through July 20, 2013  
Gallery hours: Wed to Sat 12-6 pm, and Sun. 12-4 pm  

Among contemporary artists during the past dozen years, there has been a surging interest in exploring different uses of wax in their work, creating a virtual encaustic renaissance.  Art work created with encaustic is recognizable by the many and varied effects that can be achieved, depending on the artist's intent:  brilliant color; luminosity; surfaces that show brushstrokes, or are notably smooth or richly textured.

Encaustic USA displays the versatility of wax in the painting, drawing, monoprint, photography, and sculpture of twenty-nine accomplished artists, in styles ranging from abstract (or abstracted) to representational to conceptual.  The work highlighted in this exhibition makes full use of the medium of encaustic, and demonstrates its expressive potential realized through the individual artist's visions. 

Juried by Paul Klein and Shelley Gilchrist, these works have  been  selected to showcase diverse styles of art in which encaustic is  used.

Participating artists: Peg Bachenheimer, Donna Zarbin Byrne, Lauren Carter, Helen Dannelly, Judy Edwards, Thomas Frank, Alicia Forestall-Boehm, Mille Guldbeck, Julia Heatherwick, Jeff Hirst, Nikkole Huss, Birgit Huttemann-Holz, Katsy Johnson, Deborah Kapoor, Diane Kleiss, Deborah Landry, Bonny Leibowitz, June Linowitz
Jane Michalski, Joan Fellows Moriarty, Yvonne Prisble, Lynda Ray, Audrey Robertson,, Gwendolyn Terry, Rodney Thompson, Michele Thrane, Karen Tichy, Laura Weiser and Barbara Williams