Barbara Hitchcock serves as a great example of why it is never too late to try something new—like painting. She began to paint at age 50 with the Louisville Porcelain Painters before taking lessons in other media, such as oils and pastels. Her porcelain works have received national awards and photos of her work have been published in the International China Decorator, but the pieces at the Arts Center are encaustic works.
Encaustic art involves the difficult and time-consuming process of melting and controlling colored wax. “After watching an encaustic demo online, I fell in love with the creative and flowing aspects of hot wax techniques,” explains Hitchcock. “I melt wax on a hotplate, transfer the liquid wax on a prepared [surface called] encausticbord and manipulate layers of these beautiful waxes with a heat gun, bringing life and movement to each piece.” She often embellishes with oil paints and liquid gold leaf, resulting in some of the textured and bold pieces depicting wild and tamed animals in her exhibit “All Things Nature.”
This exhibit is free and open to the public. Exhibit hours: Wednesday-Thursday: 10 a.m. - 6 p.m.; Friday: 10 a.m. - 7 p.m.; and Saturday, 10 a.m. - 4 p.m.
For more information, visit www.communityartscenter.net or call 859-236-4054.