It's an ancient technique for making art, thousands of years old -- perhaps originating in Egypt -- that uses melted wax to create "paintings." I found not one or two but three local artists displaying their encaustic techniques at the open house of the Racine Business Center Saturday -- in their studios on the top floors of the former Wheary Wagon Wheel factory building.
Below: some pictures from today's event.
Greg Helding with one of his encaustic creations
Maggie Venn with one of her encaustic pieces, reusing an old cigar press
Janet S. Hoffman with her painting, Encore
Raku artist Tony Macias with a favorite piece
Marilu McCartney with a woodcut used to make prints
Ruth Fangmeier with an old-style embroidered cross-stitch quilt
Printmaker Ed Kalke with his George W. Bush Zero Dollar bills
Maggie Venn shows youngster how to make art from recycled materials
Tom Hoffman's Racine Art Capitol of the Mid-West T-shirts