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Encaustic wax is an ancient medium containing beeswax and resin. It can be pigmented with a variety of materials and used to create prints, paintings or 3D finishes. Three of NKollectiv’s member artists use this medium on a regular basis and they invited other local artists to join them for the encaustic exhibition Apis Opus, opening with a public reception on May 19, 6-9 pm at 960 Santa Fe Drive, running through June 11, 2023. Other district-wide events during the exhibition include the Sundays on Santa Fe Art Walk on May 28, 11-3 pm and the First Friday Art Walk on June 2, 5-9 pm. Regular gallery hours are listed below and at www.nkollectiv.com.
The exhibition is named for the common genus of the honey bee in North America (Apis). Encaustic painting is a technique that involves applying molten beeswax, usually mixed with resin and pigments, to wood or other surfaces. Multiple layers are often applied. In between each layer heat must be used to fuse the newest layer to those beneath. It is a very tactile process resulting in vivid colors and a luminous surface.
Participating artists include NKollectiv owner, Nicole Korbe and Members: Kelly Austin-Rolo, Michele Messenger along with guest artists Angela Larson, Ashton Lacy Jones, Gigia Kolouch, Kathy Fisher, Lois Lupica, Melody Epperson, Shannon Mello, and Victoria Eubanks.
NKollectiv (pronounced N Collective), located at 960 Santa Fe Drive in Denver, is a curated space for local Colorado artists to display and sell their work, grow their practice, and interact with collectors. Visitors are invited to view and purchase work during gallery hours or by appointment. Regular gallery hours are Wednesdays, Thursdays, and Saturdays, Noon-5; Fridays, Noon–8 pm (9 pm on event nights); Sundays 11–4. A selected portfolio of works is available for purchase online at nkollectiv.com along with more information about specific artists and events. Follow them on Instagram and Facebook @nkollectiv.