This week’s featured Eastport Gallery artist is gallery president Joan Lowden. “My main artistic passion is music, jazz bass in particular, but I had explored visual arts in my youth and developed a renewed interest when I discovered encaustic painting several years ago.  Encaustic, (from the Greek ‘to burn’), painting combines hot beeswax with colored pigments and dates back thousands of years. I am particularly enticed by the textural quality of encaustic painting, and the way that I can merge this ancient art with modern technology, such as digital photography, to create unique works of art.”

“Encaustic painting is quite similar to jazz because it is very improvisational – you might start with a plan, but the hot wax has a plan of its own, so the art comes from letting the materials ultimately guide the journey.”

When Joan is not playing music or playing with wax, she hosts a jazz radio show on WSHD on 93.3 FM, Wednesdays at 3 pm and Saturdays at 4 pm. More information, and a link to listen to Joan’s radio shows online, may be found here: www.wshd93.org.
She is also the pickleball coordinator for Eastport; for more information about pickleball, the fastest growing sport in the US, join the Pickleball Eastport FB group:  www.facebook.com/groups/pickleballeastport.

“I was fortunate to move to Eastport in 2018 and even more fortunate to join the 20-member Gallery in 2019. I can’t wait to continue to take advantage of the creative opportunities that the Gallery has offered me, both as an artist and musician!”

For more information about Joan and all of the member artists, and to view the online Spring Show, visit: www.eastportgallery.com.