Two new exhibits open on Nov. 17 at Confluence Gallery and Art Center in Twisp.
The gallery’s annual gift show, “Cabin Couture,” and a solo art show by Tamera Abate, “The Nature of Things,” will open with a reception from 5-7 p.m. on Saturday, Nov. 17. Both shows will continue through Jan. 5, 2019.
“Cabin Couture” features mixed media works by local and regional artists. The artists in the show “share an interest in exploring the theme of ‘cabin couture’ by creating works both raw and refined,” according to a Confluence press release.
Curator Theresa Miller said, “The premise for this show circles around the idea of our desire to experience the simple, quiet beauty of winter while selecting a smaller scale on which to focus artistically. There is a cultural value to these art objects whether made by hand or found and repurposed.”
A large majority of the works come from Methow and Okanogan Valleys artists and artisans. The show features both functional and aesthetic artwork.
Abate’s solo show features her encaustic works. Encaustic is the process of combining beeswax, damar resin (tree sap) and pigment powder to create paintings on wood. Encaustic has been used for over 2,000 years, primarily in Egypt and Greece.
Abate, born and raised in Washington state, settled and began working as an artist in Winthrop. She has been featured in several galleries, and her work is held in private collections around the world. She has also been published in books and magazines.
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