I was honored to recieve this Award of Merit. Thanks to Sergio Gomez for jurying me into the show and to South Shore Arts for the award. Out of 300 works entered, 45 artists and 65 pieces were selected. The show runs through November 4th, 2018 at the South Shore Arts Visual and Performing Arts Center, 1040 Ridge Road, Munster, Indiana. Here are a few more views of the exhibition.
June 28th was the opening reception of my solo show at the Union League Club of Chicago, "Stone and Water: Layered works in meaning and method". the reception was well attended and I was happy to give an artists talk during the evening.
Here are a few Photos taken during the evening by photographer Doug Vanderhoof.
Overall, it was a festive evening and I am deeply grateful to Susan Aurinko and her committee for inviting me to show at this historic venue. Thanks also to Doug Vanderhoof for his documentation, to my friends and family as well as the ULCC members who came to support me, and to Sally Metzler, the director of the ULCC collection for her enthusiastic and successful sales efforts.
Additionally, this summer I was honored to be featured by Voyage Chicago, the online arts and lifestyle magazine. The interview is part of their Thought- provoker series. In answering their questions I explain my story of how I came to be an artist and talk about my inspiration and methods. several of my pieces are featured as well. Here is the link to the full article http://voyagechicago.com/interview/check-jane-michalskis-artwork
The news this summer is completed by my acceptance in to the South Shore Arts 75th Annual Salon Show, at the South Shore Arts Center, 1040 Ridge Road; Munster, Indiana . My painting, "Shoreline (Dark Water)" will be hung along with the work of over 60 other artists from the region.
The reception and Awards Ceremony will take place on Sunday September 16, 2018 , from 1 to 3 pm
In July of 2018, I will be showing newer paintings and works on paper at the Union League Club of Chicago, 65 West Jackson Blvd, Chicago, IL, in the third floor gallery. "Stone and Water", curated by Susan Aurinko, opens on June 28, 2018, with a public reception from 5:30 to 7:00 pm. An artist's talk will be held at 6:00 pm. The reception is free and open to the public. After the reception the show will continue through July and is for members only. The Union League Club has been a presence in the cultural life of Chicago as early as 1893. More about the Union League Club can be found at
"Stone and Water"
Public Reception June 28, 2018 5:30-7:00 pm
Artist Talk at 6:00 pm
The Union League Club of Chicago, 65 West Jackson Blvd, Chicago, IL
The art in "Stone and Water" incorporates photographic images of bedrock and the shoreline of North Point, located along Lake Michigan in Wisconsin.Altered photographs of the bedrock are printed onto rice paper and collaged with encaustic medium on either panel or paper. This forms the starting point for abstraction as I work to cover and reveal the structures inherent in the stone. For me, contemplating the ancient stone of this bedrock invokes a poerful connection withthe forces of nature and the enduring presence of the earth.
I will also be showing works from the Microstructure series. This series was created as a response to images produced by my nephew, Jordan Lubbers, for his Master’s thesis in Geology. His photographs use a Cathode luminescence (CL) Electron Microscope to exam the internal structure of quartz crystals. When I saw his beautiful images, I was moved to respond to them. Their structural beauty captivated my imagination. His images were manipulated and printed out via photo ink jet printer onto Japanese paper which is then collaged with wax medium onto watercolor paper. Each art work is mounted on board and can be easily hung.
Here is the announcement with information about the gallery and reception
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.
Thanks to South Shore Arts for this opportunity
I am proud to be included in a Group Show at the Bridgeport Art Center with some of the most accomplished artists working in the medium of encaustic in the Chicago region.
Encaustic 2017: Rebirth of an Ancient Medium
July 21- September 8, 2017
Opening reception: July 21, 7-10PM
4th Floor Gallery, Bridgeport Art Center
Encaustic painting is one of the oldest painting techniques, dating back to the ancient Greeks who used wax to caulk ship hulls. They later added pigment to decorate the ships. Perhaps the best known of all encaustic work are the Fayum funeral portraits painted in the 1st through 3rd centuries A.D. by Greek painters in Egypt. Affixed to the deceased mummy prior to burial, these highly realistic portraits were designed to preserve the image of the dead. Many of those portraits survive today as the wax protected the images from moisture and decay. The 20th century saw a rebirth of encaustic on a major scale. Jasper Johns used encaustic in his Target and American Flag paintings, among others.
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 medium can be used alone for its transparency or adhesive qualities or used pigmented. The medium is melted to a rigid, porous surface such as unprimed wood panels, and applied with a natural bristle brush. Each layer is then reheated with a heat gun, butane torch or tacking iron to fuse it first to the substrate and then to the previous layer.
Improvements in heating techniques have made the use of encaustic more accessible, and today it is gaining popularity with artists around the world. This exhibition consists of work by a select group of artists in the Chicago/Midwest area who use encaustic in some of their work, whether two- or three-dimensionally.
Dan Addington,Alicia Forestall-Boehm, Cat Crotchett, Helen Dannelly, Shelley Gilchrist, Carol Anderson Hamilton, Jeffrey Hirst, Cindy Lesperance, Jane Michalski, Ahavani Mullen, Sarah Rehmer, Paul Rinaldi,Michele Thrane, VA de Pintor, Kathleen Waterloo
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.
Gallery 2506 called to invite me to participate in their January 2016 exhibition titled 160F. The show features work by five artists including myself, who all incorporate wax media into their work.
Here is the show card, featuring my painting "Dissolution III" and some pictures from the opening.
In June of 2015 I exhibited five paintings in "Beyond the Surface" at Gallery 2506, Chicago, Illinois
Here are some images from the show.
In October of 2014, my painting, "North Point Observation I" took the second place award in the exhibition " Horizons: Contemporary Landscapes" , an international juried show held yearly at The Arts Center of Danville, Kentucky. it was an honor to be chosen for this award.
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.
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
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
Free parking in the back
Reception: September 17, 2013 5-7 pm
This Postcard features my painting" North Point Observation I"
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:
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,
Jane Michalski, Joan Fellows Moriarty, Yvonne Prisble, Lynda Ray, Audrey Robertson,, Gwendolyn Terry, Rodney Thompson, Michele Thrane, Karen Tichy, Laura Weiser and Barbara Williams