The Sandler Center Hosts “Chasing Colour: Vibrant Works of Wax on Wood” by Sandra Alderman March 19 through May 14

Friday, March 08, 2019

​The Sandler Center for the Performing Arts and the Office of Cultural Affairs are delighted to announce the newest exhibition from artist Sandra Alderman, "Chasing Colour: Vibrant Works of Wax on Wood," March 19 through May 14, 2019.

There will be a free artist reception at the Sandler Center on Wednesday, March 27 from 6–8 p.m.

Join Sandra Alderman on a journey where wax and wood meet and colours collide in unexpected ways as this ancient art of encaustic painting is pushed to new boundaries. Whether it's the darkest darks or the brightest brights, Chasing Colour is a collection of work that evokes emotion and exhibits the beauty of all colours.

Known for her extensive use of texture and her exploratory nature, Alderman shows with complete abandon the diversity of this complex and exciting medium. As an award-winning artist in encaustic and mixed media, Alderman is constantly forging toward new directions in her work. With a vivid imagination and a "think it, do it" mentality, Sandra has always enjoyed a curious nature. 

"As a child and as an adult, I just wanted to try every art and craft that I could get my hands on, whether it was drawing, sewing, basket weaving, spinning and a multitude of other things," Alderman recalls. "With a family gene pool full of artisans, musicians, singers and photographers, there was endless inspiration for that innate need to create."

Encaustic art has a history dating back from ancient Egypt around 100 - 300 AD, widely known in the painting of the Fayum mummy portraits. The word encaustic originates from the Greek word, enkaustikos, which means to burn in. It is the process of using molten beeswax, resin and pigment with a torch to fuse on a hardwood substrate.

Artist Statement
It is absolutely fascinating, this dance between artist and material, the liquid mass of wax and pigment as the torch works its magic, an intuitive flow, pulling a mix of emotions and putting them down, speaking for me what I cannot. I am constantly propelled in my work by the journey of discovery through the process rather than just the end result. My intention is to draw you, the viewer, to your own personal thoughts and spark memories from your life. Join me in Chasing Colour.

Alderman also notes that it has been a wonderful blessing to have her husband, Frank, work alongside her on this project. He custom-created each hardwood substrate for her encaustic paintings, and framed each in a way that complements the artist's vision. "His labor and dedication to this project and to me is more than appreciated!" she said.

The exhibit will be on view in the second- and third-floor lobbies from March 19 through May 14 during the Sandler Center's normal operating hours: Monday to Friday 10 a.m. to 6 p.m., Saturday 10 a.m. to 2 p.m., or during any performance at the Sandler Center, 201 Market St., Virginia Beach.

The role of the Office of Cultural Affairs is to develop the vision and direction of the cultural arts in Virginia Beach, assist and direct the Virginia Beach Arts and Humanities Commission, coordinate the city's Public Art Program, provide contract management for the Sandler Center for the Performing Arts, serve as the liaison with Virginia MOCA and the ViBe Creative District, and serve as a resource to local arts and humanities organizations. 


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