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Galerie BMG hosts “Unlocking Whimsy”, new photographs by Leah Macdonald
October 11, 2014 – January 4, 2015
Opening Reception: Saturday, October 11, 4-7 pm
Artist’s Talk & Reception with Leah Macdonald: Saturday, November 8, 4-7 pm
Galerie BMG will be featuring “Unlocking Whimsy”, a new series of encaustic and mixed media photographs by Leah Macdonald. Leah’s sensuous narratives of women are the culmination of a personal exchange with her subjects, sharing stories and secrets and revealing the intimate aspects of their true selves. The images are adorned with beeswax, scratched and painted, sometimes torn and reconstructed, resulting in a strong, moody, feminine narrative of the shared experience. Remaining focused on her typical women subjects, Leah has created this new work inspired by playfulness, allowing the unpredicted moments to happen.
Using a diverse collection of film cameras and photographic tools, Leah’s work merges nostalgic photographic methods with modern technology, along with an eclectic array of encaustic mixed media and various paper surfaces. The resulting images are both graceful and haunting and highlight Leah’s unique vision and mastery of the craft of handmade art.
My photographs are like paintings, and my prints from the darkroom very much like science experiments and my encaustics are purely play. A combination of different techniques and types of artistic expression combined together. Inspired by poetry, our subconscious, the female figure and light! I found playfulness in my work and I am using it to allow myself certain empty spaces and more freedom. A blank area is like relaxation for me- a place where I am not forced to fill it! The more I think about the surface of the piece the more I want it white. As we live in a world of lots of information, I am noticing what I can leave out or take away. Leaving pieces out inspires imagination and invites you to play with me.
The exhibit will be on display from October 11, 2014 through January 4, 2015, with an opening reception on Saturday, October 11 from 4-7 pm and an artist’s talk / reception on November 8 from 4-7 pm. Regular hours are week-ends from 12 to 5 pm and other times by appointment. For further information, please contact Galerie BMG at 845-679-0027.
17 Cricket Ridge Road, Bearsville, NY 12409
Special thanks to Quinton and Diana of Luz Studios for making this amazing workshop happen! This was our second annual Mixed media encaustic and book arts workshop in Victoria Canada- I love it there! The art and energy are just amazing! I was so inspired by the students and their creativity. Here are just a few of the photos taken during my 5 days of teaching there this summer. Thanks to all who made the trip to work with me! I want us to continue this conversation — keep making work and sharing with each other!
Kayla Barker came to take a workshop with me in Philadelphia. Here are a few of the amazing pieces she made while she was here. We worked for 2 days and experimented with papers and layered encaustic techniques. She could really use her black paints well! Lots of collage and painting! I was very impressed with all of the work she made! Kayla is extremely talented and I’m so glad she made the trip here to work in my studio with me.
Check out Kayla’s gorgeous website here: www.kaylabarker.com
Be sure to check my Etsy page for specials on new encaustic photos for sale each month! Because art is for everyone!
A great review in ARTnews magazine about the Diffusion Retrospective at Verve Gallery:
Meeting someone is really a big deal to me. I always feel very lucky. Because I am an artist, when I meet someone new, something is usually created. I first met Molly Gehring when she came and took a workshop with me. I think she loved the encaustic process but I also think she appreciated how much I love to teach. I was patient and I knew some things.
Molly and I work together a couple of times a month now. She calls our Tuesdays together “Art Class.” Molly loves to travel and she loves her family. She has the most amazing collection of ribbons, laces and angels.
Photography can be an intimidating medium. We work together with her camera, on her computer, and we make art. Molly is working with my favorite web designer, Melissa from Sacred Brand. Together, they are creating her new website, Outrageous Grace. Molly’s work reflects a wonder and appreciation for the world around her and all of the beautiful things in it. Be sure to keep an eye out for her new website and her Etsy store coming soon.
I am so grateful as an artist to teach workshops. I am thrilled that people come to my home and meet me and partake in 2-3 days of working with me in my studio, seeing all I have to offer and teach. It is an exciting and creative time. The first couple of minutes we all get to know each other… and then I am off and running! Pouring out important information about waxes and paints, substrates and photography…
I was fortunate enough to meet Jamie Gordon through her good friend Hope Kahn and my boss/partner in Waxworks Photo, Susan Beard. The universe brought us together for a workshop and we are still working together 3+ years later. I go to Jamie’s home now and occasionally she comes to my studio. For the most part I teach in-home tutorials to Jamie twice a month. We work on the computer, we edit, we print and we wax and paint.
During the summer months, we take photographs together and I assist her on her shoots and she lets me shoot the same models. It works out nicely. I have watched Jamie grow as a mixed media artist and photographer and couldn’t be happier for her as she gains international recognition, showing her work regularly in China.
This winter was particularly long and cold yet productive. I wanted to share these pieces she produced this winter during our sessions together. I live to teach and I really like the one on one aspect of it all. I enjoy the intimacy of the sessions and the personal attachment that comes with spending quality, creative time with someone… making art, diving into the need to self express, experimenting always with the elements of photography, painting and encaustics…
If anyone is interested in an in-home art class please let me know!
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Check out more of Jamie’s work here: www.jamiegordonphotography.com
The deeper we dive the more remarkable we become, and in the end, the one truth that rises to the top is that our tomorrow belongs only to this day. The lesson we learn is to passionately express our daily moments with living grace and gratitude.