Introducing...Mary Beth Whitley and Encaustics
Sunday, March 8, 1:30-4:30
Join the DSA and Mary Beth Whitley for a demo and talk about her work that integrates nature, photography and the encaustic process at the Dayton Society of Artists: Sunday, March 8, 1:30-4:30 pm. A hands-on workshop for leaf-embellishment will be offered following the demo and talk. Materials for the workshop will be provided by the artist and a $5 material fee has been included in the workshop cost. $20 Members, $12 Student Members, $30 Non-Members. Register today!
Mary Beth Whitley
Mary Beth Whitley was born and raised in southern Ohio on a dirt road in Tick Ridge. Her childhood home was surrounded by farmland, seven acres of woods and the Little Scioto River. Unrestricted hours playing in the woods and fields formed her artistic values and aesthetics. She received her BFA in Graphic Design with a focus in drawing and illustration from Ohio University. While attending Ohio University, she received the Charles Logan Smith Award of Excellence in Graphic Design and graduated Magna Cum.
After graduation, she moved to Dayton and worked briefly at the design agency before starting a family. She became a docent at the Dayton Art Institute, then became a member of the Education Department. While working at the museum, she was named Museum Educator of the Year by the Ohio Art Education Association. Once she retired, she began creating her own art. Inspired by nature, she uses her iPhone to create photographs which are made into digital c-prints and combined with refined beeswax. Through the work, she encourages viewers to be mindful of the nature surrounding us and of our connection to the cycle of life.
Whitley was selected to be an ArtSource Fellowship Recipient. Her work has been included in numerous group exhibitions including the Dayton Society of Artists, The Contemporary, Rosewood Arts Centre, Front Street Warehouse, The Holzer Center, The Blue House, Miami Township Branch Library, The Dairy Barn, as well as solo shows at Christopher’s restaurant and Antioch University Midwest.
The purpose of the workshop series, Introducing..., is to acquaint DSA members and the community with different mediums and methods in the visual arts. Attendees will get to know the instructing artist, their background, and tips and tricks of their trade. Fees received through this series will compensate the artist for their time and will support future DSA programming. By attending you’ll be supporting local artists as well as gaining knowledge in a unique medium! With an additional materials fee, some of the workshops will feature a hands-on project so you can further explore the techniques you've learned!"