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Press Release: Wax paintings on display now through June 26 at Knutzen Theatre

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FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
April 7, 2009

MEDIA CONTACT
Mary Faber
Parks Superintendent
253.835.6920

Wax paintings on display now through June 26 at Knutzen Theatre

Move over acrylic, watch out watercolor – this exhibit is all about art that comes together with a hot iron and beeswax. On display now through June 26 at the Knutzen Theatre is a unique exhibit of wax paintings made by Puget Sound area artist Pat Longley.

An art medium that dates back to the time of mummies, wax or encaustic painting, uses pigmented wax and hot irons. Longley started wax painting about five years ago when she was faced with a series of major family traumas. She was looked for a reprieve and decided to teach herself the art of wax painting.

“I had already painted with oil and acrylics, but I didn’t like how it took so long to dry. With wax, it dries instantly and if you don’t like it, you just iron over it and start again,” shared Longley.

Longley paints primarily abstract, floral and landscapes and she just recently started painting on wood. Most of her wax comes from Europe, where the medium is much more popular. She uses a variety of irons, including a fountain pen that has a variety of tips made by her husband, who does iron work. She uses an electric frying pan on occasion to heat up the wax.

Longley has participated in many art shows and has won many awards. She won an award in “Uniqueness and Originality” from the Issaquah Salmon Days, and an “Honorable Mention” from the Puyallup Fair. Longley lives in Seattle where she has a studio in her home.

Longley is exhibiting at the Knutzen Family Theatre, located in the City-run Dumas Bay Centre, 3200 S.W. Dash Point Rd. Hours are 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. weekdays and whenever a show is running at the theater. The cost is free.

The Federal Way Arts Commission is a nine-member group that advises the City Council on all areas of the arts, including the fine arts, literary, performing, visual and cultural. The commission also oversees two public art galleries (City Hall and Dumas Bay Centre), and juries new shows quarterly.

For more information, contact Mary Faber, parks, recreation and cultural services superintendent, mary.faber@cityoffederalway.com, or 253-835-6920.

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