Around the Town: Helena-area arts and entertainment news published June 2

Exhibit introduces old art form to new eyes

“Save the Bees” is a piece of encaustic art by Helena’s Kris Larson. “Poetic Fusion,” an invitational exhibit showcasing the work of six encaustic artists from around the region, opens on Saturday, June 4 at 1+1=1 Gallery.

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Helena’s 1+1=1 Gallery continues their year of education-focused exhibits with a new show that introduces visitors to one of the oldest (and longest-surviving) media: encaustics. “Poetic Fusion,” an invitational exhibit showcasing the work of six encaustic artists from around the region, opens on Saturday, June 4.

Encaustic artists add colored pigment to a heated mixture of beeswax and damar resin, one carefully melted layer at a time. The finished pieces consist of sometimes dozens of layers of pigment, wonderfully detailed texture, and imagery that ranges from the representational to the abstract. 

Two of the participating artists, Helena’s Kris Larson and Portland’s Erika James, will share brief presentations about their practice during Saturday’s Open House. Other opportunities to interact with the artists are planned throughout the exhibit. Helena artist Carol Montgomery, Bozeman’s Darla Myers, Kathy Fisher of Golden,

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