Martinsville – New exhibits sharing a focus on encaustic painting will be on display August 3 – October 5, 2019 at Piedmont Arts.

FLASHPOINTS: Material : Intent: Fused, features the work of Kristy Deetz, Reni Gower, Jane Nodine, and Daniella Woolf. Enticed by touch, these artists explore a wide range of materials and processes linked through craft and meaning. With a shared focus on encaustic (pigmented hot wax), FLASHPOINTS beautifully underscores where material and intent converse and fuse. Whether a painting, a tapestry, an installation or artist book, the works in this exhibition resonate with a profound tactility echoed through substance, image and idea. The viewer is invited to explore an immersive sensory-filled experience that is defined by more than just wax. FLASHPOINTS is curated by artist and retired Virginia Commonwealth University Professor Reni Gower.

Parts2 acts as an extension of decades of artist Ed Dolinger’s self-imposed creative constraints of composing within a square format, while pursuing abstract expressions through a variety of mixed media. All of the works presented in this exhibit are also confined to a 12-inch square format, beginning as flat collages, assembled with magazine pages anchored with layers of beeswax. As with his earlier mixed media work, it is an elusive pursuit challenging a learning curve of techniques, visually and viscerally melding with poetic puzzle-making. Dolinger has been an active member of the Virginia art community for years. He is a former recipient of a painting fellowship from the Virginia Museum of Fine Arts and has been shown, collected and involved in public arts projects throughout the country.

Life, Love, Art: Works from the Collection of Judy and John Matthews will be on display in the museum’s Box Mezzanine Gallery and Lynwood Artists Gallery. In memory of Judy and John Matthews, longtime supporters and friends of Lynwood Artists and Piedmont Arts, this exhibit features works from the Matthews family’s collection of contemporary art, as well as original works by John Matthews.

Join Piedmont Arts for an Opening Reception in honor of these exhibits on Friday, August 2, 2019 from 5:30 – 7:30 pm at the museum. Free and open to the public. Complimentary wine and light refreshments will be served. This reception is sponsored by Ann and John Austin, Eydie and Barry Greene, Betsy and Jim Haskins, Barbara and Morgan Holland and Lynwood Artists. Please RSVP attendance to 276.632.3221 or online at PiedmontArts.org.