"Layers of Time No. 3" (encaustic and collage on panel), by Willa Vennema, in the "Beneath the Surface'' show of encaustic works by artists from around New England at the Saco (Maine) Museum through May 28.
"Festival of Flags I'' (encaustic), by Jeanne Griffin, in the big group show "Beneath the Surface,'' at the Saco Museum, Saco, Maine, April 2-May 28.
The show includes the work of some of New England's best painters working in encaustic, also known as hot-wax painting. The process involves using a mix of heated beeswax and damar varnish to which colored pigments are added. The liquid or paste is then applied to a surface -- often prepared wood, although canvas and other materials are often used. The effects can be very beautiful --- and sometimes eerie.