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‘Reflections’ of sea and sky is artistic exhibit at Ellsworth Public Library

Posted Oct. 13, 2013, at 12:25 p.m.

Sunday, October 13 to Friday, November 1, 2013; 10 a.m. to 12 a.m.

Location: Ellsworth Public Library, 20 State St., Ellsworth, Maine

Contact: Charlene Churchill; (207) 667-6363

Website: ellsworth.lib.me.us/

ELLSWORTH, Maine — This month, Ellsworth Public Library is exhibiting paintings inspired by the beauty of the natural world as seen along the coast.

“Reflections: As Above, So Below,” a collection of paintings by Maine artist Aria Tuki, includes acrylic and encaustic paintings filled with color inspired by the natural beauty of coastal Maine.

Encaustic painting, also known as hot wax and beeswax painting, is an ancient technique developed in Greece almost 2,000 years ago. The process involves adding color pigments and tree resin to beeswax, which is melted before being applied in thin layers using natural brushes, palette knives, and other tools. Each piece consists of many layers that are fused and molded with a torch.

Tuki, of Winter Harbor, said she has always loved to paint. A former jewelry maker and silversmith, Tuki said she developed problems with her thumbs from overuse, and so she turned to painting full-time.

She said she is drawn to the dance of light and color between the sea and sky, reflections in tide pools, splashing waves, and the “magic where the sea meets the land.”

“The natural world has always been an inspiration to me–a place to feel at home, discover magic and uncover mysteries, a place that nurtures my spirit, feeds my soul and fills me to the brim with wonder, awe and gratitude,” said Tuki.

“Reflections” will run through Nov. 1 and can be viewed during the library’s regular business hours. For more information on Tuki’s works, visit www.ariatuki.com. To see more events at the Ellsworth Public Library, check out their calendar at http://www.ellsworth.lib.me.us/about/calendar/.

For questions about library programs, call the Ellsworth Public Library at (207) 667-6363. Ellsworth Public Library is located on 20 State St., just near the intersection of Route 1. Find us online: ellsworth.lib.me.us/; facebook.com/EllsPubLib; twitter.com/ellspublib; http://www.flickr.com/photos/ellsworthpubliclib.

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