FEBRUARY Monthly Meeting Program
February 9, 2015
Alamo Heights Christian Church – 6435 N New Braunfels Ave, San Antonio, TX 78209
Michelle Belto will present a slide program lecture entitled: Encaustic for Fiber Art. The talk and visual examples will cover the work of artists today who are combining fiber and wax in their work in amazing ways. Michelle will discuss her own art journey as she moved from dying and quilting silk to making paper and using wax. She plans to bring samples of her current body of work and perhaps include a short demonstration of her process. From her artist’s statement:
I call my new series of work, Collaborative Body. Through it I explore how to be present to my own aging process and perhaps add a comment on our Western experience that denies aging–by default denies death. Olay is one piece of art from this new series. As a long-time collector of “old things,” both man-made and organic, I am collaborating with these found and discarded materials to expose the beauty that I see. The piece of driftwood was discovered in a dry lake bed. The title of the work is an homage to my grandmother who swore that her 92 year old face was almost wrinkle free because of her daily use of the product, Oil of Olay…and it was—almost.
Michelle Belto is a graduate of Incarnate Word College (B.A. in Secondary Education), and was Founder and Executive Director for the Center for Spirituality and Art ( 1989-1991) here in San Antonio, Texas. She has also held the position of Adjunct Faculty at the Southwest School of Art. A performing artist—dancer, actress, director. Michelle studied some painting, some design and a little paper making, but “any visual work I did often was in service to my primary art form, theater” and “my best work has always had the components of image, story and dance. ”
Michelle Belto is a full-time studio artist and international instructor. Her signature work is encaustic and oil on custom handmade paper structures has been exhibited throughout the United States and most recently in Sydney, Australia. Belto has authored a book on the subject, Wax and Paper Workshop (North Light Press, 2012) and two videos demonstrating encaustic painting process.
For more about Michelle Belto: www.michellebelto.com
Wax and Paper Workshops: www.waxandpaperworkshops.com
Images are from: http://michellebelto.com