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Gallery: WAX | August 23 – September 30, 2017

Reception:
Friday, September 8, 2017, 5-8 pm
Gallery Talk:
Wednesday, September 20, 6 pm

The WAX exhibition, curated by Jack O. Summers, brings together the encaustic work of seven artists: Nina Caruso, Lynda Cole, Birgit Huttemann-Holz, Candace Law, Chris McCauley, Graceann Warn, and the late Gilda Snowden.

Encaustic painting is an artistic medium which has been practiced by artists for thousands of years, dating back to 5th Century Greece. The Greek word for the art form is “enkaustikos”, meaning “to burn in”. Encaustic incorporates beeswax and pigment, which is heated, layered and fused.

Summers has selected both abstract and representational works by the participating artists, representing an extraordinary range of styles and vision.

The SC will host a gallery talk on Wednesday, September 20th, at 6 pm. The participating artists will address questions related to the medium of encaustic while leading an informal tour of the exhibition.

Nina Caruso is a Detroit based artist whose work spans many mediums but her primary focus has been abstract encaustic and oil painting as well as mixed medium sculpture. These encaustic paintings are the results of a repetitive process of adding and removing layers until imagery reveals itself, creating a space for the viewer to enter into a calming or meditative state if even for a moments time, revealing the transformative power of art. The work is intentionally untitled, allowing viewers to make their own associations.

Lynda Cole received a B.S. in Textiles and Clothing Design from Michigan State University after which she lived and worked in New York City. She moved to Ann Arbor and attended the University of Michigan for two years to study Botany. For 14 years she ran her own landscaping company. For five years after that she lived in London, England where she spent most of her spare time visiting museums, galleries and studios, experimenting with 3D forms made of new materials and developing her art. Since 1996 she has been making and exhibiting the products of her studio work.

Birgit Hutteman-Holz is an abstract artist deeply rooted in the German Romantic tradition, where everything is connected in a kind of universal underground. Her work recites mythology, religion and poetry.

She has exhibited in the UK, Turkey, Germany, the Netherlands, and extensively in the US including New York City, Santa Fe and Detroit. Her book “Enkaustik- Das Grundlagenbuch zur Wachsmalerei” was published April 2015,  Christopherus Verlag, Germany.

Candace Law’s recent work crosses mediums: printmaking, drawing and encaustic. Drawing the figure in charcoal is a recurring interest for me, creating an organic form that changes continually. Rust printmaking is a wonderful freeing experience, taking whatever color and pattern are captured and working further with it. Then mixing these images and forms in with wax offers a layering and visual depth that is compelling. There is an atmospheric feel that comes from interleaving the different materials, which helps to communicate or evoke the response I desire.

Chris McCauley is a Chicago born artist who attended Columbia College for her BFA in studio arts, a Post-Baccalaureate Studio Certificate from the School of the Art Institute of Chicago, and her Master of Arts at Cranbrook Academy of Art. She teaches at the College for Creative Studies.

Gilda Snowden (1954 – 2014) was a graduate of Cass Technical High School, Detroit and Wayne State University, Detroit, where she received a Bachelor of Fine Arts, Master of Art and Master of Fine Arts in Painting. She was Interim Chair and Professor of Fine Arts at the College for Creative Studies, Detroit and also Gallery Director of the Detroit Repertory Theatre. Snowden’s works have been exhibited throughout the United States, as well as in Mexico, Canada and West Africa. Her works are featured in a number of publications, as well as private and corporate collections, including Post/Newsweek, the Neiman-Marcus Corporation, Ameritech, Blue Cross/Blue Shield, and The Detroit Institute of Arts.

Graceann Warn
I paint and I construct.  Both my paintings and assemblages use the metaphor of excavation.  My formal education in landscape architecture and classical archaeology provides structure to artistic flights of fancy
​that always seem to revolve around some form of revelation:

The attempt to unearth an object or solve a mystery.
Uncovering/Covering.
Leaving aTrace,
a Vestige,
a Palimpsest.

 

Image: Candace Law, Gemini, Encaustic/mixed media, 17″ x 17″, 2017

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Lounge

Lounge | SC Plein Air Challenge

Exhibition in the SC Lounge:
August 26-September 16, 2017

The Scarab Club is proud to host the 2017 Plein Air Challenge Exhibition. The exhibition showcases work of local artists which was painted at locations in and around Detroit on Saturday, August 26, 2017. Bravo to the talented artists who accepted the challenge and created works celebrating our community!

Image: Victoria Bayagich, Queens Bar, Oil on canvas, 6″x6″, 2017

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September 20-29, 2018 | Robert Hopkin Exhibition

In the Second Floor Lounge & Historic Room

The Scarab Club will partner with Mariners’ Church, the Detroit Yacht Club, the Detroit Boat Club and individual lenders to host an exhibition honoring Robert Hopkin. Hopkin (1832-1909) was born in Glasgow, Scotland, emigrated to Detroit with his family in 1843, was a largely self-taught artist and celebrated marine and landscape painter who also produced theatrical backdrops and executed ornamental interior decorating for churches and business. Hopkin exhibited in many local and national art exhibitions and belonged to several Detroit art societies as well as the Art Institute of Chicago and the Society of Western Artists. Detroit artists and patrons were inspired by Hopkin and rallied around him after lectures in the trustee’s room at the Detroit Museum of Art (DMA). As a result, they began meeting informally at the DMA and in his studio to discuss and practice art. About 1907 they began calling themselves the Hopkin club in his honor. Following Hopkin’s passing the name of the group was changed to the Scarab Club.

Hopkin’s portrait was painted by Scarab Club member, Joseph W. Gies. 

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Historic Room

Historic Room | Selected Works from the Scarab Club Permanent Collection

Ongoing

In the historic room, you’ll find works from the Scarab Club’s permanent collection, including an original Robert Hopkin. Hopkin was one of Detroit’s leading painters in the mid to late 19th century in Detroit, producing seascapes, landscapes and decorative works, including the interior of the Detroit Opera House (1869). In 1907, the Detroit Museum of Art held an exhibition in his honor, at which time his fellow artists founded the Hopkin Club, which later became the Scarab Club.

 

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September 20-29, 2018 | Robert Hopkin Exhibition

In the Second Floor Lounge & Historic Room

The Scarab Club will partner with Mariners’ Church, the Detroit Yacht Club, the Detroit Boat Club and individual lenders to host an exhibition honoring Robert Hopkin. Hopkin (1832-1909) was born in Glasgow, Scotland, emigrated to Detroit with his family in 1843, was a largely self-taught artist and celebrated marine and landscape painter who also produced theatrical backdrops and executed ornamental interior decorating for churches and business. Hopkin exhibited in many local and national art exhibitions and belonged to several Detroit art societies as well as the Art Institute of Chicago and the Society of Western Artists. Detroit artists and patrons were inspired by Hopkin and rallied around him after lectures in the trustee’s room at the Detroit Museum of Art (DMA). As a result, they began meeting informally at the DMA and in his studio to discuss and practice art. About 1907 they began calling themselves the Hopkin club in his honor. Following Hopkin’s passing the name of the group was changed to the Scarab Club.

Hopkin’s portrait was painted by Scarab Club member, Joseph W. Gies. 

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