Dawson Community College “Gallery 126” is pleased to present “Wax Works” with encaustic paintings by Jordan Pehler on exhibit from November 3 through January 25.
There will be an artist reception for Jordan Pehler from 2:00 – 4:00 p.m.
Saturday, November 3.
As always, everyone is welcome to come meet the artist, enjoy the artwork, conversation, and refreshments. During the reception, Jordan will demonstrate the ancient encaustic painting technique he uses to create his abstract artworks. The title of Pehler’s exhibit “Wax Works” hints at the medium he paints with –hot, fluid, fragrant, bees’ wax blended with pigment for color. This technique known as encaustic comes from the Greek word meaning “to burn in.” Come to the opening to learn firsthand how he achieves a lovely translucent depth in his paintings.
Pehler graduated from MSU Billings in 2010 with a BA in Art Education with a concentration in drawing and sculpture. He is currently the Art Education Director and Artist-in-Residence at Custer Art and Heritage Center in Miles City.
Jordan’s optimism and dedication to his life’s work as an artist and a teacher is inspiring. He describes his philosophy for us as follows. “I recently fully embraced the mantra coined by the great Joseph Campbell, the simple idea of “follow your bliss.” From the moment I gained the ability to hold a writing utensil, I remember making marks, marks I know as art. I have been blessed with a wonderful family that encouraged me and my growth as an artist even at its minimal form. A few years ago I discovered a box full of my past doodles, mostly crudely drawn representations of friends and family members I had completed for elementary school projects. The fact that my parents saved these archaic looking sketches showed that these sketches, thoughts, and ideas held value in my parent’s eyes, and solidified the idea of me being an artist.
I was born and raised in Billings Montana, a stone’s throw away from both soaring mountains and rolling prairies. Billings is a town small enough to make a name for oneself, yet large enough to enjoy the offerings of any large city. The art scene in Billings consists of traditional/historical Montana Western oriented art and vastly diverse contemporary youth oriented artwork. At age 13 I recall visiting the C.M. Russell Museum and thinking to myself how cool it would be to be able to do what you love in a place that you love and be rewarded for such works. This has since been my goal as an artist, to do what I love to do and hopefully be rewarded for my efforts. In other words, “Follow My Bliss.”
Thus far my efforts have not been lost. I have been rewarded both intrinsically and extrinsically. I have heard the kind words of peers, friends, and strangers, I have both won and been nominated for great awards and I have sold some artwork I am really proud of. Perhaps the most rewarding thing in the course of my education may have been the all too brief course of student teaching. I have students still contacting me asking me to attend their art shows. I have parents of students approaching me and informing me of the positive impact I had on their child both as an artist and as a person. It is from all of my experiences that I think Mr. Campbell was right, no matter what you are doing, if you are following your bliss you will be enjoying life, and you will be rewarded.”
“Gallery 126” hours are Monday - Friday 8 a.m. - 4 p.m., evenings Tuesday, Wednesday, and Thursday 6:30 - 9 p.m. Located in room 126 next to the library. www.dawson.edu/category/news/visual-art