Trees & Bees
An Exhibition by Mark Lavatelli

On view April 19 – May 18, 2019

Opening Reception—Friday, April 19 | 5-9pm

Illinois native Mark Lavatelli has exhibited widely in Western New York for the past thirty years. Professor of Art at Medaille College, he is known for encaustic painting, often using images of trees. He has participated in numerous artist residencies and writes art criticism.​

Mark’s artworks feature encaustic monotype prints of tree images cut out and layered on top of other prints, emphasizing trunk and branch structures. Also included are small collages made with cut out monotype fragments and one large four-part encaustic monotype incorporating words identifying environmental threats.

Mark will also host an artist talk and workshop on Saturday, May 4th from 2-4 pm.

MEET THE ARTIST: MARK LAVATELLI

Encaustic is an ancient and permanent painting technique in which the binder is beeswax. Unlike linseed oil or synthetic resin (e.g. acrylic) binders which dry to harden, the beeswax is heated until molten, mixed with dry pigments to make paint, and, when applied to the painting, cools and hardens instantly.