Laura Pereira, Friends School of Minnesota’s art teacher, has two art shows coming up featuring her encaustic paintings. Encaustic is a process in which pigment is mixed with beeswax and applied to the painting surface while hot. Each layer is fused together using a propane torch or heat gun.

Laura’s paintings explore relationships between environment, experience, movement, and change. Check out Laura’s art on her website laurapereira.com.

“I have two shows coming up this spring. The first is a two person show with myself and printmaker Emily Gray Koehler titled Seen/Unseen. My paintings in this show are encaustics, all of which were completed in the last year. The exhibition will be at the Minnesota Women’s Building March 12 through April 20.  All are invited to the opening reception on March 16 from 6-9 p.m. “

“In addition, two of my encaustic paintings will be at the Flow Art Space for Art-A-Whirl in N.E. Minneapolis May 18-20. One of the paintings, Backswimmer, was chosen to represent Flow Art Space in the Art-A-Whirl printed book.

If you have never been to Art-A-Whirl, it is a fun event. Art-A-Whirl (AAW), presented by Northeast Minneapolis Arts Association (NEMAA), is one of the largest open studio tours in the country. During Art-A-Whirl, private studios are open to the public, creating a fun atmosphere to connect with artists and purchase original artwork. For more information, visit the Art-A-Whirl website.”