August 3 – 25: HOUSE OF WAX: Juried Encaustic Competition

-The competition features artists nationwide who demonstrate the visual possibilities of working with cold wax and encaustic (hot wax)*. The paintings, prints, collage, and sculptural works selected by competition juror Candace Law reveal the inherent qualities of the media such as depth, texture and luminosity, as well as the unique style of each artist.

Join us at the Art House for the opening reception on Friday, August 3 from 6 – 9 p.m. with an awards presentation and juror’s talk at 7 p.m. to celebrate the following participating artists:

Suzanne Allen, Winnie Chrzanowski, Kellen Deau, Gwen Downs (Northville), Kim Ensch, Teresa Foster, Naomi Hart, Beverly Koivunen, Maria Latour, Rosemary Lee, Kathleen McNamee, Jason Merriman, Jody Paulson, Melissa Porter, Cindy Rashid, Melissa Rian, Mia Risberg, Jenny Schwartz, Jennifer Stefanek, Ruth Warnock, Wendy Wernet, Lisa Wight, and Paula Zammit.

*Encaustic is an ancient medium that dates back as early as the 4th and 5th centuries BCE in Greece, created by mixing dry pigments with a molten wax, usually beeswax. The medium made a rebirth in the mid-20th Century with the American artist Jasper Johns and since the 1990’s has grown in popularity with the availability of portable electric heating implements such as a hotplate and a variety of tools that has made the medium more accessible.

About the Juror:

Candace Law is a full time artist in the Detroit area. After receiving degrees and working in other fields, she earned a BFA in Architectural Illustration, but found herself drawn to fine art. Her current body of work focuses on encaustic (hot wax) and mixed media, especially incorporating found objects.“Art for me is a means of communicating about our environment, our lives, sharing our experiences, and reflecting how they inform each other.” Her exhibits include several solo shows as well as numerous regional and national exhibitions—both invitational and juried competitions. Her work has appeared in Encaustic Arts magazine, as well as the Studio Visit publication, and is in a number of private collections, including at Detroit’s Historic Trinity Church. Candace teaches encaustic workshops and works from her studio in Berkley (MI).

Also on view:  August 3 – September 29: Nancy Davis, Emerging Artist Wall

Borrowing from her love of American Indian Shamanic traditions, Nancy Davis combines painted animal images with three-dimensional form to create medicine boxes. Each box tells the story of a painted animal, often referred to in native traditions as a totem, that embodies certain strengths and attributes that allow humankind to explore the mysteries of life and the spirit world.

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About our Exhibits

Every month, the Northville Art House features an art exhibition in the upper gallery.  These exhibits highlight the work of some of the finest artists in Metro Detroit and throughout the country, in all mediums and genres. The work of emerging artists is also presented on an upper level exhibition wall.  Opening receptions take place the First Friday of the month and are always free and open to the public.

Everyone is welcome at the Art House. We offer a variety of programs and services to make the Art House accessible to you. If you would like to view one of our exhibits and are a person with disabilities, please contact us to make arrangements to bring the art to our lower gallery or another accessible building. 

Our classroom and bathrooms are wheelchair accessible by entering through the back door near the handicapped parking.
Service dogs are welcome.