Born and raised in Washington State, Abate settled and began working as an artist in Winthrop. She has been featured in several galleries, and her work is held in private collections around the world. She has also been published in books and magazines.
The Nature of Things highlights Abate’s relationship with the natural world.
“My subject matter is nature,” she says. “Whether it’s a landscape, seascape, a horse or a bird my paintings are about the beauty of the natural world and the way that I see myself moving through it. As I continue my examination of the interconnectedness of nature and art, I understand more deeply that the feeling of being fully connected to nature as well as expressing that feeling through art is essential to my wellbeing.”
Though Abate works in many different mediums, The Nature of Things is an encaustic show. Encaustic is the process of combining beeswax, damar resin (tree sap) and pigment powder to create paintings on wood. Encaustic has been used for over 2,000 years, primarily in Egypt and Greece.
Abate says, “Each painting’s manifestation is captured in the spontaneous dance and movement of liquid wax and heat.”
DATES: Opening reception, Nov 17, 5pm-7pm; runs through Jan 5. Starting Dec 3, extended holiday hours: Mon-Sat, 10am-5pm. LOCATION: Confluence Gallery, 104 N Glover Street. INFO/CONTACT: 509-997-2787, confluencegallery.com.