Exploring the Art of Batik with Julie Westmas

Exploring the Art of Batik
with Julie Westmas
Saturday 9:00 a.m.-2:00 p.m. June 22
Class Fee: $50 ($45 Members) Ages 16-Adult

Come and spend a colorful day learning the art of batik. Batik involves applying melted wax and colorful dyes to fabric. In this class you will learn how to use plain white cotton fabric, hot wax, and a rainbow of dyes to create pieces of batik fabric to use in your next creative sewing project, or use as a wall hanging! Bring a lunch. No experience necessary.

Hot Wax: The Art of Batik and Pysanky Artwork by Lara Cummings and Dena DeKryger

March 23 – April 27
Hot Wax: The Art of Batik and Pysanky
Artwork by Lara Cummings and Dena DeKryger
Demonstration Thursday, April 25, 5:30-7:00

Jansma Gallery at NCCA-Artsplace, 13 E. Main St., Fremont, 231-924-4022.

The use of wax in fine art has thousands of years of history in art forms such as batik and pysanky. This exhibit features two local artists, Lara Cummings’ Pysanky egg design and Dena DeKryger’s batik paintings.

Lara Cummings is a former Jansma Scholarship recipient and has explored many fine art mediums. Her love of Pysanky eggs comes from a family heritage tradition that she decided to explore and excel at. Pysanka is a Ukrainian Easter egg, decorated with traditional Ukrainian folk designs using a wax-resist method.

Dena DeKryger states “For me, the art of batik encompasses boldness, serendipity, individuality, and memory. Each decision that goes into making a batik must be bold because that decision cannot be reversed or amended. Once the wax hits the muslin, the color of the fabric beneath the wax is defined.”

On Thursday, April 25, enjoy free demonstrations in Batik by Kris Vredeveld, and Pysanky by Lindsay Isenhart. Try your hand at these traditional wax and dye art techniques.