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Friendly Forest: The Encaustic Art of Lola Baltzell

April 12 @ 9:00 am - 5:00 pm


Lola Baltzell grew up in rural northwest Iowa, and when she was very young, her mother would invite her to explore the woods behind their farmhouse. She called it the “friendly forest”. Love of the woods has been an enduring aspect of Ms. Baltzell’s life. These days she is fortunate to share a house in Bethlehem that abuts hundreds of acres of forests, woods and streams and enjoys with her dogs and anyone else who cares to go for a hike.

Ms. Baltzell works in different mediums, but the work shown in the Library’s Gallery Space is encaustic. Encaustic painting, also known as hot wax painting, is a form of painting that involves a heated wax medium to which colored pigments have been added. The molten mix is applied to a firm surface, usually prepared wood. Encaustic medium is a mixture of beeswax and damar resin. The color comes from dried powdered pigments or oil paints. Once the surface has cooled, you can carve, add collage and continue to add opaque or transparent layers. It is an extremely responsive and creative medium.

Ms. Baltzell is a self-taught artist. She is a member of several galleries including Galatea Fine Art in Boston, Atlantic Gallery in New York City. She is a member of Cambridge Arts Association, New England Wax as well as a contributing artist to the Corporate Program at Decordova Museum and Sculpture Park in Lincoln, MA.


Woodbury Public Library
269 Main St S, Woodbury Public Library
Woodbury, CT 06798 United States
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