Lenore Fiore Mills

Batik Paintings
www.fiorebatiks.com

Opening Reception: Friday, August 25, 7:00 to 9:00PM
Saturdays and Sundays, August 26 to September 10,
1:00 to 5:00 PM

 

Batik is one of the oldest art forms. It is a tedious process and many people in Southeast Asia have mastered it. Its demand for precision and attention to intricate detail can discourage most artists and craftspeople.

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CORMORANT ISLET

The paintings of Lenore Fiore Mills are created with this ancient process, but the tools and techniques are contemporary. As in the traditional manner, cotton material is used; now readily available in the fabric stores.

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GNARLY TREE AT DEAD HORSE BAY

The cotton is the canvas on which Ms. Mills draws in pencil. She then uses fine brushes to apply the first coating of wax, leaving the other areas untouched. The most muted color of dye is added first by submersion followed by drying, waxing and dyeing in alternating sequences to completion.

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HAMILTON GRANGE

Her knowledge of what to expect is a result of experience in combining various dyes. This provides a harmonious composition. Visualization of the outcome is almost necessary since there is no erasing in batik. Even with her 47 years of working in the medium, the element of surprise remains when the wax is removed.

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CONGUEROS

Ms. Mills’ representational style is derived from experiences both in New York City and Pennsylvania. Previously she had drawn simple designs and images. But she has advanced to represent her fascination with festivals, ceremonies, reenactments that she has attended. Sometimes she simply paints vignettes of ordinary life.

Ms. Mills has utilized the ancient process of batik as painting to capture the intrinsic essence of the moment. This constitutes her basic style.

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The museum and gallery are open Saturdays and Sundays from 1:00pm to 5:00pm.

For directions and more information call 570-476-4240.




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