Artist Reception on Thursday, February 8, 6:00 PM- 7:00PM

Encaustic is a medium that is much like oil or acrylic paint. It is made of pigment, beeswax, and resin; resin acts as a hardener. Traditionally, encaustic is heated in order to apply it as paint. Encaustic has been used by artists for thousands of years, and portraits from Coptic Egypt still exist in museums today. The paintings and drawings exhibit people and things; some of the pieces are narrative. They show how encaustics animate through color and texture.

Lydia Benscher studied at the Art Student's League of New York, Syracuse University, and received a dual BA in History and Studio Art from Binghamton University. She has a studio at the Delavan Center in Syracuse, and continues to explore working with encaustic painting.