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Member Preview of Lint in my Pocket: Encaustics by Emily Williams-Wheeler at the Rourke
May 5 @ 6:00 pm - 7:30 pm
Emily Williams-Wheeler’s Lint in My Pocket opens at the Rourke
The Rourke Art Gallery + Museum is pleased to announce Lint in My Pocket, an exhibition of encaustic paintings and sculpture by artist Emily Williams-Wheeler. The member’s preview of the exhibit is on Friday 5 May from 6 to 7:30 p.m. and is open to members of the Rourke. The public opening of the exhibition is on Sunday 7 May from 1:30 to 4 p.m. with a gallery talk by Williams-Wheeler at 2 p.m. The last day to view the exhibition is Sunday 4 June.
“I find there is an intimacy in the pull of broad paint strokes and the delicate, thoughtful trails of line-work. Entwining colors, lines, drips create playfulness and mystery. Light, translucent veils and solid chroma expose atmospheric profundity and emotion in my work. Acrylics are paired with graphite. Encaustics are sculptural. I carve, sketch, and scrape the surface to achieve the depth I seek.
Having my hands in my pockets is a usual with me. I continually suffer from cold hands. While fidgeting to get my hands warmer than a corpse, I pulled out the tiny debris that had collected in my denim overalls (standard attire.) I discovered so many colors and textures–better to be studied under a magnifying glass.
There are no boundaries to what can inspire us. Look at your world as if for the first time. It’s amazing. I am a self-taught artist living in Fargo, ND.”
Williams-Wheeler received her BA in Interior Design, with Distinction, from Iowa State University, in Ames. Her artwork has sold worldwide. Based in Fargo, North Dakota, she has exhibited widely in the region. Her work has also been exhibited at small venues around the country. She also leads workshops around the region and has been offering semi-private art enrichment and creative thinking classes for children and adults in her studio for more than 10 years.
Williams-Wheeler was awarded the TMI Artist-in-Residency from The Arts Partnership of Fargo, West Fargo, and Moorhead in December 2013. She received two grants in 2015 and 2016 from The Arts Partnership allowing her to study encaustic painting with one of the leading encaustic painters in the US. She has painted several public murals including Recess West play area at the West Acres Mall and the play areas at the Ronald McDonald houses. She also painted more than 30 works of art for the North American Headquarters of Horsch Anderson Manufacturing. She designed the set for the Santa stage at West Acres Mall. Moorhead Public Schools are incorporating her art into the new Dorothy Dodds Elementary School in Moorhead. In February 2017, she began an artist-in-residence program at the West Acres Mall where she has moved her studio until the end of August. There she paints while the public can observe, learn about, and purchase art. It’s the only mall in America doing this type of residency.