"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: 


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

Dissolution II  Encaustic on panel    36" x 47" 

Dissolution II

Encaustic on panel 

36" x 47"