Saturday, September 2, 2017

Plainfield Art League - Sept 6th 7pm Meeting Demo ONS at American House Cedarlake

Sept 6th meeting, demo and ONS at American House Cederlake - AHC
Demo: "Encaustic (wax) Painting" by Donna Sands

This is a free meeting and open to the public, so all you friends of PAL, come and see how we're doing.  Light refreshments will be served.

This and all demos are free and open to the public

The One Night Show (ONS) is now open to the public.  Bring in one piece of artwork 
to display publicly at the meeting.  See below.

Encaustic painting, also known as hot wax painting, involves using heated beeswax to which colored pigments are added. The liquid or paste is then applied to a surface-usually prepared wood, though canvas and other materials are often used. Donna will talk about and show the 2 techniques she does, one is a slick surface when finished, and the other is more textured. She will have samples of both. 

Artists create, and part of the creating process is to challenge oneself. I have been working in oils since graduating from college; the landscape being my primary subject. Twenty years ago I was introduced to the encaustic process, and have finally allowed myself the time to explore the medium in depth. Being a landscape painter, my first pieces explored nature in wax. As I progressed, I found I was not working with the medium, but trying to control it. By allowing myself to evolve, my pieces have become more abstract. I build up layers on my surfaces and create depth by fusing each layer individually As the surface heats up the medium becomes liquid and if I desire, I can manipulate it to creating different effects. As I advance in years, my collective memory has become a strong influence on what I create. I have many stories to tell , my technique and subject change as I translate a time and place onto the surfaces. Some of my images require an impasto effect, but at the moment I am enjoying the translucency I can get by using less pigment, complicating the colors, and allowing it to all flow together..

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Sept 7th at 10:30am, Dropoff/Changeout of exhibit at Plainfield Community Center-PCC
Members, please pickup your hanging artwork and dropoff 1-2 new pieces to hang at the Plainfield Community Center. If you haven't displayed here yet, please participate in this opportunity. If you can't make the pickup, please make arrangements as all artwork is changing.  Also note that this new artwork will be the artwork that is displayed during our 15th Anniversary celebration.
PCC is located 15014 S Des Plaines St, Plainfield, IL 60544 click=map

Sept 23rd 1-4pm , PAL's 15th Anniversary
Open House at Plainfield Community Center-PCC

Come join PAL members celebrate PAL's 15th Anniversary!  All members should attend this once in a lifetime event.  We will be raffling off some members artwork.  Our members will be participating in a OAS - One Afternoon Show as well as our members also showing their artwork in the PCC public gallery.  So PAL will have a lot of artwork on display for this special event. Hors d'oeuvres will be served.
PCC is located 15014 S Des Plaines St, Plainfield, IL 60544 click=map

ONS - One Night Show
A One Night Show (ONS) will also take place during the meeting.  Each person attending should bring in one artwork to display to everyone at the meeting.  The best judged artwork will receive a ribbon.  Remember, bringing in an artwork for the ONS is a defensive move as the judge is chosen from those people that do NOT bring in a piece.  How's that for an unveiled threat.

Members Gallery
Members, please take a look at our website's Members Gallery page.  17 of our members have submitted an artwork image to put on the PAL website.  Everyone else, please send me one of your images to put in our members gallery.  We'd like to show the world your wonderful art.  Also, include information about your artworks such as medium(s).  Just a short sentence...  look at the couple of members that have more than their name displayed.  Send your image to  if you need help with getting your image ready, call Mike Bessler @ 630-667-5174.

Plainfield Art League (PAL) promotes interest, knowledge, support and participation in the Fine Arts. PAL normally meets the first Wednesday of the month at 7:00pm at the Plainfield Public Library 15025 S. Illinois St. Plainfield, IL 60544, check our website at for details.  These monthly meeting are free and open to the public. Meeting location is handicapped accessible. Light refreshments will be provided. 

Plainfield Art League Artwork locations and information

PAL has 2 permanent artwork exhibit locations that you can visit.

Permanent Exhibit at Plainfield Community Center (PCC)

Permanent Exhibit at Plainfield Township offices

PAL Artwork Online Gallery

Mike Bessler - President - cell 630-667-5174
Plainfield Art League
PO Box 1543, Plainfield, Il 60544

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