Art — Art like Crayons for grown-ups

Kramer displays unique style, medium at The Framer’s Market in Bedford

By Rebecca Fishow

Gia Kramer’s new exhibition at the Framer’s Market is an expression of personal relationships that demonstrates skill and style in encaustics.

The Bedford gallery is exhibiting the recent works of the Manchester artist in a show titled, “Expressions in Encaustics.” It opened on June 21 and  will be displayed through July 30.

Kramer’s work exhibits her talent in the unique and nontraditional medium called encaustics. Encaustics is a process involving a waxed-based pigment and resin mix in the form of a large crayon. The wax is heated in a skillet. When it melts a hot brush is used to dab the mixture onto a surface. By applying the wax and pigment in layer, vivid images are produced.

This exhibition is extremely personal to Kramer.

“In this particular show every single one is related to me. Most of the expressions are from my family” she explained.

But despite the highly personal feel, the works are easy to relate to, due to the simplicity of the subjects and displays of emotion through light and color.

Kramer showcases her stylistic growth, and evolving technique in this collection. She steps away from her previous realistic approach to encaustics and has produced a more expressionistic show.

The current exhibition features  a series of human “expressions.”  One image depicts a smiling man with wind blown hair entitled “Free and Easy” while another called “Guarded” shows a frightened looking boy surrounded by a bright red background. Another piece that has already been sold portrays a boy sporting a Boston Red Sox cap.

Central to the collection is a large image of a nude woman appropriately entitled “Central.” 

“She really represents relationships. She doesn’t have any clothes on; being so selfless and open she would do anything for her family,” explained Kramer

In her Framer’s Market exhibition, Kramer creates a sense of heightened reality through the use of vivid colors and exaggerated light sources. These consistent stylistic aspects convey a connectedness between the tone of the portraits.

After the death of her husband five years ago, Kramer turned to art as a form of therapy and relaxation. Although she received a degree in fine arts from the University of Windsor Ontario in Canada,  it was not until she took classes at E.W. Poore that she was she inspired to take a more professional role with her art.

 In addition to exhibiting her art, Kramer shares her love for encaustics by teaching classes at E.W. Poore. She also paints in oil and does plein air work, which is going out on the scene and drawing.  She will participate in a collaborative plein air exhibition at the Art Pad in October. 

Recently, Kramer has also displayed her work at many New England galleries including The Art Pad, the Manchester Artist Association Gallery, E. W. Poore, and the Levy Gallery in Portsmouth.

The Framer’s Market is located at 124 South River Road in Bedford. Gallery hours are Tuesday-Friday 9:30 a.m. – 6 p.m. and Saturday 9a.m. – 4 p.m. It curates three to six shows a year ranging in style and medium from traditional landscapes to abstract representations. For information call 668-6989.

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