Kent >> The Kent Memorial Library is pleased to announce that South Kent artist Linda Petrocine will have her artwork displayed in the Library’s gallery from July 1 through August 31 in an exhibition titled Spaces, Places and Faces: Encaustic Paintings.
Petrocine grew up on a farm in South Dakota and was keenly aware of atmospheric changes: the approaching rain, wind, tornadoes and snow. A farm family’s livelihood depends upon what is coming over the horizon. For the last 30 years she has been lucky enough to live in rural Connecticut and Key West where the natural world is still present and the sensitivity to atmosphere is still ever present.
“Over the years I’ve painted with many different mediums. Fifteen years ago I took a workshop and fell in love with encaustic. The luminosity, the sheerness of the layered bees’ wax and the varied applications make it perfect for expressing emotion and atmosphere. Plus, the scent reminds me of my old summer job at the honey factory 4 miles from our farm. The owners still remember me and are kind enough to send chunks of unfiltered wax for some of my work,” says the artist.
Her landscapes have been described as atmospheric, lyrical and ethereal. Petrocine paints moments in time that tweak a cord in her heart, a memory, feeling, or emotion. She paints on hard board and ceramic tile. On board she’s able to create multiple layers of translucent colors, and through the process of adding, subtracting and fusing with a torch, manages to capture depth and mood within the painting.
“I’d like my work to be enjoyed and even touched gently to feel the sensual nature of encaustic,” she adds.
On a historic note, the most famous examples of encaustic art are the Fayum Portraits found on mummies in the pyramids.
She is a member of Encaustic Art Network Unlimited, New Britain Museum of Art, The Art Studios of Key West and Washington Art Association. She is certified by RF Paints as an Encaustic Instructor and will be offering a workshop at Washington Art Association July 22. Her artwork has been acquired by collectors and exhibited in a variety of galleries.
Before moving to Kent she gained professional recognition as a Designer of Publications for Hearst Publishing and North Shore/Cornell University Hospital.
Come meet the artist at an opening reception on Saturday, July 8 from 2 to 4 p.m. in the Gallery. It is free and open to the public. Please register. For more information, call 860-927-3761 or go to kentmemoriallibrary. The public is invited to attend.
The Kent Memorial Library’s mission is to enrich the lives of individuals and the community by providing materials, programs, and services to encourage reading, learning and imagination. The Library is located at 32 North Main Street, Kent, Connecticut. Visit kentmemoriallibrary.org for more information.