Cindy James & Dilys Kulchitsky
Tonight's gallery reception will include a live music performance by Kevin Kulchitsky.
Kevin Kulchitsky is a born and bred Edmontonian, who has been playing keyboards on the local music scene for decades. He combines the soul of Ray Charles with the honky tonk of Billy Powell (of Lynyrd Skynyrd), two of his piano playing idols. At a young age he learned to play a 12 bar blues tune and the rest was history as they say. Those 12 bars have led to a lifetime appreciation of and everything derived from the blues. Kevin has played everything from Don Williams' Tulsa Time to the Allman Brothers' Whipping Post, and as he says, "It all comes from the blues" and those 12 bars he learned as a boy.
Cindy James lives in Edmonton, Alberta, and has worked as a court reporter and television closed captioner since 1992.
In 2010 Cindy participated in an encaustic painting workshop and fell in love with the vibrant colour and versatility of the medium. She has learned her craft through various encaustic workshops both online and through travel to the United States. As her encaustic studio has expanded in size and scope, so has her understanding and appreciation of encaustic painting and the numerous opportunities for discovery that the medium affords inquisitive artists.
Cindy continues to focus on the exploration of the ancient medium of encaustic wax and all that it offers.
Born and raised in Edmonton Alberta, Dilys, a wife, mother, Registered Nurse and Opera Singer didn't start painting until late 2014.
Photography classes in 2014 was Dilys' first foray into visual arts. She soon took up painting with acrylics and mixed media until the summer of 2015 when she was introduced to Encaustic Medium her current medium of choice.
With no formal training Dilys paints intuitively and reactively. Encaustic medium (bees wax and damar resin) allows Dilys the opportunity to explore, expand and experiment. Because of the versatility of encaustic medium she paints different styles using various techniques from landscapes and mixed media to photo-encaustic and mono-printing!