First Thursday Art Exhibit

Monday, August 29, 2016

Meet August Featured Artist:

Marjorie Thompson 
(Encaustic Painting) 
September 1 5:00 - 8:00 (open house)
Celebrating small to big, soft to loud 
and the intensity of nature in our lives 

We are excited to have encaustic artist Marjorie Thompson of Lake Forest Park return for another First Thursday Open House. Her amazing work continues to be a customer favorite. Her art will be available in our gallery for the month of September.

Garden Essentia, Ballinger Village, 20152 Ballinger Way NE, Shoreline 98155, 206-453-3920

Encaustic painting by Marjorie Thompson
Artist Statement:

The best stories are told in layers, where each layer builds upon the prior creating a foundation and a history. By using the luminous beauty of encaustic wax painting, local Seattle artist, Marjorie Thompson, creates an open conversation with nature. The importance of nature in our lives is a known part of our health and wellbeing. However, the chaos of everyday life often stands in the way of this relationship. Thompson's objective is to bring nature into close view in order to create an interaction and start that much needed dialog.

With hot pigmented beeswax and blow torch in hand, Thompson weaves the stories of the local trees and flowers with encaustic painting. The use of encaustic wax and its luminous quality creates a way to express the layers and depth of nature itself. The works offer an opportunity to see the plant world on another level and be part of a dialog with the essence of nature. Thompson's inspiration behind the work is to create awareness of the natural world and its power of healing. She intends to spark interest to go outside, take a closer look at the real life beauty of nature, and be part of a relationship with the flora and fauna that surround us.

Thompson grew up on the doorstep of the Pacific Northwest's rain forest and pacific coast beaches. She learned about art in the studio of her father, where he provided mentorship and they painted together throughout her life. The flora and fauna that surrounded her then, continue to be her inspiration today.


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