May Program: Encaustic Painting with Charlie Ciali
Tuesday, May 14 @ 7pm
Redlands Art Association is pleased that Charlie Ciali, an internationally known Palm Springs artist and teacher will be the special artist speaker on Tuesday evening, May 14, at 7:00 p.m. He will be speaking on, one of his mediums of choice, ENCAUSTIC PAINTING. Charlie says, “Painting with encaustic allows the painter limitless possibilities; more than any other medium I’ve worked with, the encaustic process is truly alive while you paint, it’s more fluid, there is more movement, more change.”
Encaustics is one of the world’s oldest and most versatile art mediums, dating back to ancient Greco-Roman
Egypt. It was revived ‘by the 20th Century artist, Jasper Johns. Artists that use it, love its versatility. It can be modeled, sculpted, textured, combined with collage materials and polished to a high gloss. It cools immediately and can always be reworked.
Charlie Ciali received his B.F.A. Degree in Ceramic Arts from Daemen College, Amherst, N.Y., in 1978; studied in Siena, Italy in 1977 and then pursued graduate studies at Edinboro University, Edinboro, Pennsylvania, through 1980, where he studied under several renowned ceramic artists. He became an accomplished ceramicist, whose work was exhibited extensively, during those graduate years.
As a very capable art person, Charlie has successfully worn many hats. In Minneapolis, where he lived for over two decades, he was the Assistant Director, for 5 years, of MC Fine Arts Gallery, a leading gallery in the Midwest. Following this experience, he opened his own gallery, “Perspectives,” which earned national recognition in several trade magazines and during its first year, was named “Best of the Twin Cities” for art galleries.
In 2002, Charlie was beckoned to the sunny desert of Palm Springs, where he has made his mark making art and contributing much to the desert art community. There he has a large studio where he creates encaustic paintings, monoprints, paintings and sculpture, (mixing the media most of the time); and teaches classes and holds open studios. Charlie has served as a Palm Springs City Commissioner on the Parks and Recreation Board and the Palm Springs Public Arts Commission, as well as the Board of Governors for the Artists Council at the Palm Springs Museum of Art. He is a frequent, invited instructor at the Museum. Also, he has been a mentor with the Arts Institute of Palm Springs High School, demonstrating and working directly with students of the school.
Ciali’s artwork has been in many exhibitions, is in many corporate collections in the U.S. and Canada, and has won many awards.
Don’t miss this opportunity to meet this outstanding person and artist. Charlie will enlighten us with information on encaustics, as well as explain methods and techniques he uses to create his phenomenal encaustic paintings.
The Tuesday evening program is free to RAA members and $3 to non-members