Time: June 6, 2014 from 5pm to 8pm
Location: Palette Contemporary Art & Craft
Street: 7400 Montgomery Blvd. NE, Suite 22
Website or Map: http://www.palettecontemporar…
Event Type: art, opening
Organized By: Palette Contemporary Art & Craft
Latest Activity: Feb 7
Opening Reception: Friday, June 6, 2014, 5 - 8 p.m.
Show runs through July 1, 2014
Gretchen Papka grew up in a small town in central Wyoming where her family owned and operated the only newspaper in town. Her early experiences with printing equipment and presses helped develop & direct her toward formal training in commercial art with Parsons School of Design in New York City. After spending a summer studying in Paris and graduation - she worked as an Assistant Admissions Director and representative of Parsons by traveling across the United States speaking and reviewing portfolios for college level artwork. She worked as a graphic artist in the commercial art field for many years, but it is in the last 10 years that she has begun to experiment with mixed media and painting with encaustics. Papka has a trained eye for color, composition, texture, balance and intuitive ingenuity when it comes to creativity. Her current work is described as "an intuitive connection to a piece through experimentation and manipulation of texture, color and content."
Papka's work combines encaustic wax and found objects. Her pieces are inspired by aged textures, science, repurposed utilitarian objects and landscape vistas. The thrill of finding new meaning for an object makes her work spontaneous, and includes varied themes which are reflective of her personal and graphic art experiences. The encaustic process uses melted, pigmented beeswax and natural resins which are then painted onto a rigid surface. After each coat of encaustic paint is applied, heat and tools are used to fuse the layers together. When cool, the wax cures to create a stable archival painting that can last for centuries without fading or losing its radiance. The medium is known for its transparency and it is a delight to paint layer after layer and watch the color shine from underneath.