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Kalk, Bethany

Morehead, KY


encaustic painting

Bethany Kalk was born in Canada and raised in Papua New Guinea, where she was home-schooled in the Sepik region and later attended boarding school in the Highlands. Her family later moved to the US and she attended high school there. She holds a BFA from the University of WI Milwaukee and an MFA from the Minneapolis College of Art & Design. Since then, residencies have taken her to different parts of the US, and she is currently teaching art & design at Morehead State University in Morehead, KY


Bethany comments, “My work is a mix of realism, design, illustration and pattern and the medium changes from project to project to include encaustic painting, drawing, murals, photography, video, and installation.” She speaks of her work as being “anchored in natural forms, either explicitly in landscape or subtly in abstraction and pattern.”


Bethany’s current encaustic work is inspired by the forests and landscapes of Rowan County, KY. Encaustic painting, sometimes called hot wax painting, involves applying design or images to a surface using heated beeswax to which colored pigments have been added. The applied “paint” can be manipulated until it cools.


Bethany Kalk’s work can be found at the Kentucky Artisan Center at Berea, Berea, KY.