VIRTUAL ART GALLERY

Take a scroll through the Virtual Art Gallery exhibiting local artists from the Arapahoe Libraries community!

Designer and artist Ala Park was born and raised in the Republic of Moldova, an Eastern European country sandwiched between Romania and Ukraine. After studying art and design in her native country she has worked as an interior designer, fashion designer and artist since 1990. In 2011 she moved to US and now resides in the mountains of Boulder, with a custom art studio and sewing workshop, and endless possibilities.

Park finds joy in artistic expression regardless of its creative form, but she is particularly fond of textiles, mixed media fish bone art and encaustic painting. Her journey as an encaustic artist began at the turn of the century, when a close friend presented her with a set of wax and heating tools from Holland. Using a unique application method, she was able to make pieces that are exclusive and unrepeatable. Her talents truly know no bounds. In 1994 Park has even gone so far as to create an entirely new medium, repurposing discarded fish bones into delicate scenes, presented in beautiful glass cases.

For examples & available pieces for purchase of her encaustic and fish bone art, please visit her website at AlaParkDesign.com. For any additional information requests or questions, please email her directly at designtotal@yahoo.com.

Dreams in WAX

Encaustic painting, also know as hot was painting, is an ancient technique dating back to the Greeks. It involves using heated beeswax to which colored pigments are added. Metal tools and special brushes can be used to shape the paint before it cools and heated metal tools can be used to manipulate the wax once it has cooled onto the surface. Today, we have modern tools such as heat lamps, heat guns, small irons and other methods of applying heat. The finished painting has rich texture and depth. The light plays off this texture and can make the colors appear differently from different angles.

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