Art in the Narthex

The current exhibition in our nARThex gallery is by Beth Zerega.

Beth Zerega. Beth is an established oil and cold wax artist who had been painting and drawing for many years.  She had a small art school in Greenville, where she taught small groups as well as providing private lessons.  She started with watercolors and rediscovered oils and has not looked back.  Today, she also adds mixed media to some of her oil and cold wax paintings. Beth has found that this medium provides a creative freedom that she loves.  

Oil and Cold Wax: Wax Painting is an experimental, almost sculptural painting technique. Although artists do use it w/ pigment alone, it is most often seen in combination with oil paint.  Cold wax paintings can range from those that use minimal amounts of wax to those that are predominantly wax. Typically, cold wax paintings feature lots of texture as the medium allows the artist to build up layers, scrape back color and create glazes. 

Unlike encaustic (another type of wax painting), cold wax painting does not require the use of heat.  Historically, the use of wax and pigment has been a known practice since prehistoric times.  Animal fats and earth pigments have been seen in cave paintings all over the world.  Today’s wax mediums allow artists to enjoy the properties of working with wax, while the newest chemical and manufacturing technologies produce a product that is both consistent and stable.  

What are mixed medium in art? In visual art, mixed media describes artwork in which more than one medium or material has been employed.  Assemblages, collages and sculptures are three common examples of art using different media.  Materials used to create mixed media art include, but are not limited to, paint, cloth, paper, wood and found objects.  

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