Art Department Hosts Mariana Depetris

Thursday, September 18, 2008

The Department of Art will host international artist Mariana Depetris and her Prominences II exhibit through Thursday, Oct. 16, in the Main Gallery of the Humanities Building. An Artist Talk given by Depetris and a reception will open the exhibit on Thursday, Sept. 18, beginning at 4 p.m. The exhibit and opening events are free and the community is invited to attend.

The exhibit embraces the art of painting with molton beeswax mixed with colored pigments, which is an ancient technique called encaustic art. Depetris’ work has been included in numerous shows in Europe and the Americas including Spain, Belgium, Japan and Latin America.  Her tours as an artist and teacher have brought her to Canada, Great Britian, China and Korea.

Depetris’ work is infused with Latin American traditions from her childhood that include universal themes of change and redemption, common objects like toys and food, as well as the influence of travel and other cultures and religions.

Stephanie Smith, gallery coordinator and art instructor, said it is important for artists to have experiences outside their normal day-to-day routines.

“We want our students to understand that art does not happen in a vacuum and the importance of multicultural experiences,” said Stephanie Smith, art instructor and gallery coordinator. “Depetris’s work is extremely personal yet at the same time assessable to a global audience.”

 Her latest solo show at UWG is the product of a research trip to Vietnam in 2007. Depetris will teach a two-day encaustic workshop open to the community on Saturday, Oct. 18, and Sunday, Oct. 19.

The Main Gallery is open Monday – Friday, 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Registration for the two-day Encaustic Workshop costs $75.  For more information, or to register for the workshop, call 678-839-6521 or email slsmith@westga.edu.