WAX! Opening Reception October 2018

Ruth Hamill

I began working in encaustic in 2009 and developed my encaustic process during a 3-year intensive studio practice and study of the medium. Recent innovations in encaustic materials have allowed me to experiment to paint larger, thinner and on canvas while still maintaining the primary properties of translucency and opulance that make encaustic such a rich medium for my sea themes.

Helen Lewis

“Weathered aging brick, peeling paint, and lichen on rocks are intriguing to me. I am fascinated with texture, patina, old script, and ephemera that speak of the passage of time.” “My creative process is an extension of my contemplative nature.”

Willa Vennema 

Vennema and her family spend their summers on Swan’s Island, a small island off Mt. Desert Island. Here, Vennema paints the waters, woods, rocks and trees of Swan’s and surrounding islands “en plain air” using acrylic paints. Back in her home studio in Portland, Vennema pushes herself to experiment with the hot wax medium known as Encaustic.

David Moser

David's focus is on clay and bronze. “When I’m working with clay, it’s pure,” he says. “I work directly from my mind to my hands. It allows me to be much more expressive.” “There are so many stories to be told here.” Piece by piece, sculpture by sculpture, David is working to tell them all. (modified from a story by Katy Kelleher in Maine Home+Design magazine)

Nina Fuller

Nina works in a carriage-house studio at her sheep farm in Hollis, Maine. Nina’s work has appeared in the Boston Globe, The New York Times, National Geographic Traveler, and more.  Nina gives workshops in photography at her farm in Maine where she shares her experience with photography and horses with those who aspire to see the world in a new and exciting way.



Portland Art Gallery
154 Middle Street in the Old Port
Portland, Maine 
(Photography by Sean Thomas)
Artist Helen Lewis

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Opening artist reception for WAX!

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Portland Art Gallery with work by artist David Moser (center)

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 Artist Nina Fuller (center)

Artist Ruth Hamill

Missy Dunaway and Sophia Lazrak, Portland Art Gallery staff.

David Moser (center right)

 Artist Nina Fuller, second from the left.

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 Artist Willa Vennema

Scott Wentzell and Emily Blaschke, Portland Art Gallery staff.

 Artist David Moser

Emma Wilson, Director Portland Art Gallery, introducing the night's featured artists Nina Fuller, Willa Vennema, Helen Lewis, Ruth Hamill and David Moser.

 Artist Ruth Hamill

Artist Helen Lewis

Artist Willa Vennema

Artist Nina Fuller (center).

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Scott Wentzell and Susan Axelrod

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 Artist Willa Vennema (center).

Gallery staff, Missy Dunaway (right)

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Artist Ruth Hamill (third from right)