Marjorie Tomchuk, Water & Ice, embossed print with photo collage.

The Dimensional Worlds Of Two Artists 

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Influenced by science, astronomy, cartography, and environmental concerns, a stunning two-person exhibition closes the summer season at Alex Ferrone Gallery on the North Fork. An exploration of processes and inspiration, “Two Dimensions” features embossed handmade paper works by Marjorie Tomchuk of New Canaan, CT and encaustic paintings on panel and plexiglass by Portland, OR artist Elise Wagner. A free public Opening Reception will be held this coming Saturday, August 27 from 4-7pm at the Cutchogue Gallery with an Artist Talk at 4:00pm and the reception immediately following from 5-7pm. “Two Dimensions” runs through October 2, 2022.

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Gallery Director and Curator Alex Ferrone commented, “From an accomplished creative career with works held in prestigious museums such as The Smithsonian Institution and Library of Congress Print Collection in Washington, DC, as well as the DeCordova Museum in Massachusetts and City Museum of New York, we’re honored to represent beautifully sculpted prints by internationally recognized artist Marjorie Tomchuk. Paired with the multi-layered textural encaustic paintings of Elise Wagner, whose artistic career includes distinguished awards such as the Pollack-Krasner Foundation and Ford Family Foundation Grants among others, the “Two Dimensions” exhibition brings a little science and beautiful art together for our audience.”

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Elise Wagner, Global Retreat 1, encaustic and oil on panel

Marjorie Tomchuk (New Canaan, CT)

Born in Canada and educated in the United States, Japan and Europe, Marjorie Tomchuk has traveled the world through her accomplished career, extensively photographing and documenting her trips to gather impressions and inspiration for her art.

Earning both a BA and MA from the University of Michigan, Marjorie then taught art in Tokyo and studied at Sophia University where she learned woodblock printing from Toshi Yoshida. She then lived in Frankfurt, Germany where she created etchings in the studio of Helga Kaiser. In 1965, Tomchuk moved to New York City and worked at Pratt Graphics Center before setting up a fully equipped studio in SOHO and her art was represented by Lublin Graphics through ’76.

Ms. Tomchuk has lived and worked in New Canaan, Connecticut from 1976 to the present where she has been an independent artist producing editions of her graphic print work. The artist then explored embossed prints and in 1980, progressed to the use of handmade paper and installed a papermaking facility in her studio. Many of Ms. Tomchuk’s unique embossings on artist-made paper have been long commissioned for private and corporate collections including IBM Corp., Exxon, Hearst Publications, and Time Inc., as well as Citicorp; AT&T, and Dow Jones Headquarters; and many more.

Marjorie Tomchuk’s work has been exhibited throughout the United States and internationally in Canada, Mexico, Chile, Europe, Australia, Japan, and Korea, and she is recognized in many publications including Artist’s USA, American Printmakers, Print World Directory, New York Art Review, and An Illustrated Survey of Leading Contemporaries; as well as the various “Who’s Who” editions of American Art, International Art and Antiques, and American Women, among many others.

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Elise Wagner (Portland, OR)

Elise Wagner is a painter, printmaker, educator, and innovator. Born on the East Coast, she has been based in Portland, Oregon since 1986.

Ms. Wagner’s defining aesthetic melds her creative and spiritual practices with her fascination with, and education in various science disciplines – physics, astronomy, cosmology, cartography, and meteorology – and how they relate to changing technologies and the environment. Continually curious, Elise negotiates the mystery of science and abstraction in her work. Working with the encaustic medium since the early 1990s led Elise to develop a specially formulated encaustic collagraph wax to assist in merging her techniques of encaustic painting with collagraph printmaking.  The encaustic medium lends itself well to Elise’s studio practice resulting in artwork rich with depth that is visually and emotionally captivating and intellectually compelling.

Elise exhibits her works at galleries throughout the U.S. including Washington D.C., Houston, and Seattle, and has taught painting and printmaking internationally. Her work has been included in reviews and interviews in media and publications such as The Houston Chronicle, Visual Art Source, and Artwork Archive, and she has been included in 100 Artists of the Pacific Northwest by Schiffer Publishing.

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“Two Dimensions” is on view through October 2, 2022.

Artist Reception: Saturday, August 27 from 4-7pm with an Artist Talk at 4pm.

Alex Ferrone Gallery: 25425 Main Road, Cutchogue

Summer Gallery hours: Fridays and Sundays 12-5pm, Saturdays 12-7pm (Art before Dinner); or by appointment other days.

Visit AlexFerroneGallery.com for info or call 631-734-8545.

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