On Thursday, August 7th, from 5-8:00 p.m. (in conjunction with Middletown’s Gallery Walk series) there will be an opening reception for Barbara Hocker’s exhibit, Caught In The Trees.
Hocker’s exhibit consists of printed images using pigmented inks on rice paper. She then embeds them in beeswax and damar varnish (encaustic medium – one of the oldest painting mediums known). She loves beeswax and damar (a tree resin) because they are themselves natural substances and their properties allow her to layer images and play with lightness and translucency. Each piece has at least two layers of images.
Barbara Hocker has over two decades of experience creating and exhibiting work in New England including shows and projects in Hartford, New Haven, Newport, and Boston. She has work in several corporate and private collections in New England. She holds a degree from Syracuse University’s College of Visual & Performing Arts and attended Cranbrook Academy of Arts. Barbara lives in Coventry, CT and maintains a studio in the Arbor Arts Center in Hartford. She practices Tai Chi and Zen Yoga. Barbara received a Creation of New Work Initiative Grant from The Edward C. and Ann T. Roberts Foundation in 2013, and an Individual Artist Fellowship from the Greater Hartford Arts Council in 2008.
Hocker’s work will remain on display at Green Street from August 7th through August 26th during regular business hours (M-F 9a.m.-5p.m.)