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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!

CityScape Escape

Image of an encaustic and ink painting by Janet Fox titled "CityScape."
CityScape | encaustic and paper (sold)

Escaping in a Cityscape

I recently took a trip to Brooklyn, New York, to relax, see some art, and enjoy the cityscape. While there, I visited the awesome artworks in the Brooklyn Museum. Here’s a bit of how my rejuvenating day went…

First of all, imagine having a yummy brekky and a spiced chai concoction in a gluten-free friendly cafe on a lazy, sunny Saturday morning. Next, we meander along the city sidewalks, gazing at this and that in an assortment of interesting stop windows. Along the way, we discover it’s also an open art studio weekend.

Walking half-way down the block, we see an open studio. So we climb the steps and enter artist Doug Beube‘s studio and gallery. We are absolutely WOWed by his beautiful bookwork, collage and mixed media art! After spending an hour exploring and enjoying his work and chatting, we decide to buy his book, Breaking the Codex. (Mr. Beube’s website has a fantastic variety of his art; I think you’ll be amazed, too!)

As a result of our visit, we have a renewed sense of creative energy and continue our journey to the museum.

Almost to the Museum now, we see lots of people in motion, moving this way and that. Some are sitting, soaking up the sunshine. As we sit for a bit at the Museum front plaza, imagine looking down from the sky and seeing all the others arriving from different directions.

Discovering ancient encaustic paintings

Imagine now, entering the Museum and roaming lazily through the exhibits. Suddenly to my surprise and delight, I discover the famous ancient Fayum Mummy portraits on display on a wall across the room! I recognized them immediately but didn’t realize they were in the Museum. These paintings are some of the earliest known pieces using encaustic paint, which has become my favorite medium. As a result, photos of them are in many books about encaustic painting.

My favorites include Noblewoman and Mummy Portrait of a Man. I stand mesmerized and study them for what felt like a very long time. So many questions swirl in my head. Who, specifically, painted them? What techniques did she or he use? Finally, did the painters back then have any inkling that many, many generations later, half-way around the world, people in Brooklyn would be viewing and appreciating their art with awe?

About Cityscape

I set out creating Cityscape by starting with one of my earlier paintings, Unwinding. After heating and scraping away the paint, I added new layers of paper shapes and encaustic paint and medium. The rainbow of colors and shapes the diversity of people, structures, green spaces and energy. Going to the city to unwind and discover somethings old and new can be quite rejuvenating!

How do you unwind in the city?

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Comings and Goings aka Orbit Machine

Image of an encaustic painting by Janet Fox titled "Orbit Machine #7."
Comings and Goings (aka Orbit Machine #7) | encaustic

Launching into orbit

Life is so busy. There’s much movement every day. I wake up and find the energy to launch from my home base, going to this place and then the next one. At the end of the day, I return home.

These paths feel like a sort of orbit, circling around my home but always returning to it.

Crossing paths

While traveling, I cross over streets and boundaries. My path intersects with many others. Sometimes our paths align and we travel together for a while. When we’re together, we interact in countless ways.

Moving around

The transportation machines of modern life, like bikes, cars, transit and planes, physically move us around.

Technology enables us travel even further, going to far-away countries, interacting with people around the globe, and connecting in online meeting spaces.

Spacecraft, like NASA’s New Horizons, take us to the far reaches of our known world, circling back to us through images sent through space.

Books transport the reader to real and imagined settings. Spiritual practices help us get to mystical, non-physical states.

About Comings and Goings (aka Orbit Machine #7)

This encaustic art, Comings and Goings (aka Orbit Machine #7), represents the motions of life moving around in a weekly cycle. First going here, then there, then over there, and circling back around to home. I layered colorful pastel-infused papers fused in encaustic media in this three-piece painting, cutting grooves to fill in more colors.

Where do your daily travels take you?

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