Author Archives: Janet Fox

Earth View Artworks for Gallery 209 April Show

Earth View No. 6 | encaustic mixed media

The April show is installed in Gallery 209 and we’re ready for you to come in to explore all the new artworks! With April being Earth Month, my artwork focuses on Earth Views, as I imagine it might look if I were standing on the moon. Like the six Earth Views in this series, I imagine we all go through various life phases. Sometime we need to be in shadow space, while other time we need to be in the full light. In between, we spend most of the time in various stages of revelation or concealment.

My artwork in the gallery also includes a series of 5 mini-encaustic paintings of black Kintsugi vases, with gold in the seams of the repaired glass. In exploring the idea of life’s ups and downs, I learned that Kintsugi is a process of mending broken vases with a material including a precious material, such as gold. The carefully repaired pieces are re-created and what had been broken is transformed into something of beauty, rather than being unseemly.

The art exhibit opening reception is Saturday, April 2nd, from 11 AM – 3 PM. Stop by to see all of the beautiful art on display in the gallery from our 19 local artists, as well as meet and see the work of the many other diverse artists throughout the Artists & Makers Complex!* This show ends Tuesday, May 2nd.

Earth View No. 4 | encaustic mixed media

We’re located within the Artists & Makers Art Center Complex, located at 11810 Parklawn Drive, Rockville, MD 20852.

  • Hours are 10AM – 4PM, Monday through Saturday, or by appointment.
  • Contact me via Gallery 209 if you’d like me to meet you to show you my art.
  • Gallery 209 artists will take turns in the Gallery every Saturday from 11AM – 3PM.
  • Opening receptions are usually the first Saturday of the month, or if it’s a holiday, the reception will shift to the 2nd Saturday. Receptions also offer an opportunity to visit the many other artists in the Artists & Makers Art Center Complex and see their work, too!.

* Everyone attending must follow posted COVID-19 prevention protocols.

The complete installed Gallery 209 April show can also be viewed online. Additional unframed bin artwork and beautiful art cards are also available in the gallery.

I hope to see you there soon!

Colorful Encaustic Geodes Art for Gallery 209 February Show

janet fox geode treasures along the way
Geode Treasures Along the Way | encaustic mixed media

The February show is installed in Gallery 209 and we’re ready for you to come in to explore all the new artworks! The theme for my artwork is about journeys… and that we can choose to go fast or slow as we travel. Along yellow-orange paths in the larger artworks, one side is a blur of color that contrasts with the other side full of colorful detailed encaustic geode slices.

Seven encaustic paintings are also inspired by my travels to Switzerland. While there, I was drawn into the Grossmünster cathedral in Zürich, where to my delight and surprise, I discovered the most beautiful stained glass windows. One of them, the Achatfenster (translated to “Agate Window”) by Sigmar Polke, captured my imagination. It appears as slices of agate melded together, very earthy yet opaque. I haven’t seen anything like it! If travels to Zurich are in your future, stopping to see these windows is well worth it!

The art exhibit opening reception is Saturday, February 5th, from 11 AM – 3 PM. Stop by to see all of the beautiful art on display in the gallery from our 19 local artists, as well as meet and see the work of the many other diverse artists throughout the Artists & Makers Complex!* This show ends Tuesday, February 23rd.

janet fox geodes along the way 2 encaustic mixed media
Geodes Along the Way 2 | encaustic mixed media

We’re located within the Artists & Makers Art Center Complex, located at 11810 Parklawn Drive, Rockville, MD 20852.

  • Hours are 10AM – 4PM, Monday through Saturday, or by appointment.
  • Contact me via Gallery 209 if you’d like me to meet you to show you my art.
  • Gallery 209 artists will take turns in the Gallery every Saturday from 11AM – 3PM.
  • Opening receptions are usually the first Saturday of the month, or if it’s a holiday, the reception will shift to the 2nd Saturday. Receptions also offer an opportunity to visit the many other artists in the Artists & Makers Art Center Complex and see their work, too!.

* Everyone attending must follow posted COVID-19 prevention protocols.

The complete installed Gallery 209 February show can also be viewed online. Additional unframed bin artwork and beautiful art cards are also available in the gallery.

I hope to see you there soon!

Geometric Encaustic Art in Gallery 209 January Show

Image of an encaustic painting by Janet Fox titled "Rock Collection 2"
Rock Collection 2 | encaustic mixed media

The January show is now installed in Gallery 209 and ready for you to come in to see it! My work includes seven bright geometric encaustic artworks in various sizes, inspired by colorful stones and rocks I’ve collected.

The opening reception is Saturday, January 8th, from 11 AM – 3 PM. Stop by to see all of the beautiful art on display in the gallery from our 19 local artists, as well as meet and see the work of the many other diverse artists throughout the Artists & Makers Complex!*

rock collection 1 encaustic mixed media janet fox
Rock Collection 1 | encaustic mixed media (sold)

We’re located within the Artists & Makers Art Center Complex, located at 11810 Parklawn Drive, Rockville, MD 20852.

  • Hours are 10AM – 4PM, Monday through Saturday, or by appointment.
  • Contact me via Gallery 209 if you’d like me to meet you to show you my art.
  • Gallery 209 artists will take turns in the Gallery every Saturday from 11AM – 3PM.
  • Opening receptions are usually the first Saturday of the month, or if it’s a holiday, the reception will shift to the 2nd Saturday. Receptions also offer an opportunity to visit the many other artists in the Artists & Makers Art Center Complex and see their work, too!.

* Everyone attending must follow posted COVID-19 prevention protocols.

The complete installed Gallery 209 January show can also be viewed online. Additional unframed bin artwork and beautiful art cards are also available in the gallery.

I hope to see you there soon!

Gallery 209 Reopens in Artists & Makers Art Center Complex

gallery 209 open in artists makers studios 11810 parklawn drive rockville, maryland md 20852
Collage from art images of Gallery 209 artists, by Vicky Surles

I’m thrilled to announce that Gallery 209, of which I’m one of 19 artists, reopens December 4th!

We’ve moved into a “just right” space within the Artists & Makers Art Center Complex, located at 11810 Parklawn Drive, Rockville, MD 20852.

Hours are 10AM – 4 PM, Monday through Saturday and by appointment, with monthly show receptions for the Gallery and the entire Artists & Makers Art Center Complex held the first Saturday of each month from 11AM – 3 PM. Everyone in the building is expected to follow posted COVID-19 prevention protocols.

The Gallery 209 December show can also be viewed online, along with purchasing options.

I am grateful to Cathy Hirsh and all of the Gallery 209 Artists for making this new location possible! I hope to see you there soon!

Two Dream Artworks in International Association for the Study of Dreams 2021 Conference – Art Exhibition

The International Association for the Study of Dreams is holding its 2021 International Dream Conference virtually, from June 13th to 17th.

The Dream Art Exhibition is part of the event, and I’m thrilled and honored that two of my dream art paintings have been selected for this juried exhibit!

UPDATE, June 16, 2021:

Congrats to the incredible artists in the International Association for the Study of Dreams 2021 Dream Art Exhibition. It was such an honor to be included in the Exhibit. There are so many beautiful, inspired pieces in this show + each artist also included a short statement about the dreams that inspired them. Click here or on the Exhibition thumbnail to see the complete IASD Dream Art Exhibit Flip Book. ENJOY! And a huge THANK YOU to the Exhibition organizers!

She Chi

LEARN MORE about She Chi and the dream that inspired it.

Close-up image of an encaustic mixed media painting by Janet Fox titled "She Chi."
She Chi | encaustic mixed media
Seven panel image of an encaustic mixed media painting by Janet Fox titled "She Chi."

Shedding Fear

LEARN MORE about Shedding Fear and the dreams inspiring it.

Image of an encaustic painting by Janet Fox of shedded snake skin with a miniature paper clay snake replica on a red feather.
Shedding Fear | encaustic mixed media

Thank you to the IASD Conference and Art Exhibition planning team, staff, members, volunteers, and participants for making this event possible!

Pandora’s Box of Hope

pandora's box of hope 3-D artbox by Janet Fox with colorful encaustic surface black trim beads lament poem hope stone
Pandora’s Box of Hope | encaustic mixed media

What a Year it’s Been!

Hard to believe, but what has felt like the longest year has passed since the novel coronavirus and COVID-19 disease came into our lives and turned our world upside-down. We’ve faced so much – together but also alone: the unknown, fear, panic, confusion, isolation, sickness, lingering symptoms, deaths of loved ones. More than half a million people have died – and that’s just in the U.S. Those lost were individuals – someone’s child, sibling, parent, spouse, grandparent, friend. The total loss is too much to really comprehend.

It’s also been a huge struggle and so much work to address job, business, school, and social losses and changes. And these are just a few of the impacts due to the virus. The years of built-up social and racial inequities have been laid bare for all to see. Add the heated, divisive rhetoric and politics. Top it off with the chaotic destructive attack on our nation’s Capitol in early January and its aftermath.

“What a Year It’s Been” feels like such an understatement. We’ve been forced to individually and collectively witness, experience, endure. How do we process all of this and re-create a better world?

A “Buggie” Dream Metaphor to Explore

Sometime late last summer, I awoke from an unusual dream…

Once upon a dreamscape… I am at my children’s elementary school, talking with an old friend in a work room. My friend’s child started playing on the custodian’s computer. Before long, I begin to see flies, bees, wasps, moths, mosquitos, and all sort of other insects flying and multi-sized bugs crawling around. At first there were just a few. But then there are more, and more, and more! It is so odd, I know something is not quite right. I walk through the building and find the custodian. As I explained what’s been happening, the custodian knows exactly what to do to fix it. We walked into the work room and the custodian makes a few keystrokes at the computer. Immediately, the bugs turn around and start flying and crawling towards the computer and into the screen. As it turns out, my friend’s child had accidentally opened up the portal and let all of these bugs out. I am amazed at how easy it is to put those insects back into the virtual world where they belonged. I wake up.

As I considered this dream, I was reminded of Pandora’s Box, an ancient story with which I was only vaguely familiar.

Pandora and the Gift Box

As it goes, in the Greek myth, Pandora was the first woman created and the gods gave her many amazing gifts. These included intelligence, curiosity, beauty, compassion, and many more wonderful attributes. But Zeus’ gift, which was the last one to be given, was a small box. It had chains and a lock around it. When giving the box to Pandora, Zeus instructed her to never open the box.

At first, this wasn’t a problem for Pandora. She had so many other things to explore around her. But as the time passed, she began thinking about the box. At first these thoughts came now and then. But later on, these thoughts grew stronger and more frequent. Pandora wondered what could possibly be in the box? Why wouldn’t Zeus want her to see it? These occasional thoughts became an obsession gnawing at her. Overall, what a crazy-making gift! Perhaps if she just peeked once, she would be able to relieve her great curiosity and go on with life as usual.

The harder she tried to resist, the more she thought about what might be in the box. At long last, Pandora just couldn’t focus on anything else, so she decided to just go ahead and open the box! And what did she find? All thing disastrous, disgusting, ugly, evil, deadly pushed and screamed their way out. Such horrors she could have never imagined. She was shocked and stunned.

After seeing these awful things emerge, Pandora tried with all her might to gather them all up to put back into the box. She tried and tried and tried. But it was too late. Pandora was struck with panic, grief, fear, regret, remorse. How can this grave mistake ever be repaired? Could she ever be forgiven? Could she ever forgive herself?

Between her wailing sobs, she heard one more sound from inside the box. As she crept near and took a closer look into the box, “hope” came pouring out to her, and into the world. In all of her darkness and despair, hope’s light was the one last gift to get her through.

COVID as a Pandora’s Box Metaphor

Just as Pandora faced a different world after she opened the box, we have all also been forced to face a new world due to the virus. Have we taken the time to process these losses?

Many people process life-changing events by recognizing and learning about the stages of grief described in the pioneering work of Dr. Elizabeth Kubler-Ross. These stages of Denial, Anger, Bargaining, Depression, and Acceptance typical swirl through us as we grieve our losses. Understanding these stages can also be helpful while experiencing life-altering illnesses, broken relationships, and losses of all kinds. And as we come through the other side, with hope we can re-invent ourselves in our “new normal”.

I’m also reminded that Mr. Rogers said that when he was little and would see horrible news stories, his mom always said to look for the helpers. Then you’ll know that there’s hope. Although COVID has taken so much from us, countless people have also pitched in to help in so many ways. Their generosity, compassion, and hard work has given us so much hope that we can make it through and reinvent ourselves, our families, communities, and beyond.

And a friend just sent me this thoughtful reflection on hope, titled: Disturbing the Peace, from a series of interviews in 1985-86 conducted by the The Vaclav Havel Library Foundation with Czech journal Karel Hvížd’ala.

About Pandora’s Box of Hope

It’s been a year of many laments, many passionate expressions of grief or sorrow. I’ve intentionally taken a year to make this art as a way to process the emotions and feelings from everything lost due to COVID. Although no one can put the darkness of the virus back “into its locked box”, I’ve discovered hope for our future demonstrated by the many acts of care, compassion, kindness, hard work, and love that I’ve witnessed.

This encaustic-covered box has many layers of colorful paper and pastel colored wax on the outside, with a black velvet lining inside. Black onyx bead chains make up the ties broken open. A small scroll penned with “Pandora’s Lament,” an original imagined poem, partners with a stone engraved with “HOPE.”

Pandora’s Lament

(sobbing)

Oh, no! What have I done? What is this horror I’ve unleashed? I can’t bear to look at it. It is so awful, dreadful, horrible! Stupid, pitiful me. I have no tears left.

I thought I was so smart. I thought I was so noble. I thought I knew the world, but I was so naive! I didn’t now such evil could even exist.

I was so, so very wrong. I regret my actions. I am so ashamed. I am so very, very sorry. How can I ever repair this? I can only hope to be forgiven some day.

All I have left is hope.

The box is 5″ wide X 6″ tall X 5″ deep.

 For information about viewing or purchasing this artwork, contact Janet Fox. Check out my Encaustic Portfolio for other pieces.