A photographer and encaustic painter will be the featured artists at the Piedmont Valley Library through December. Their work will be on display throughout the library, located at 111 2nd Street in Piedmont, next to the city park. All of the photography is framed and available for purchase at great prices - ideal Christmas gift!
Anne LeChette was born and raised in Rapid City, but her subsequent marriage to a military member and then her career were destined to take her away from the Black Hills for many years. After leaving South Dakota, Anne had a highly successful career in government service, as a civilian working for the United States Air Force and eventually the National Park Service. Upon retirement, Anne and her husband decided to return to South Dakota.
Ms. LeChette began her serious interest in photography while working in the Badlands, taking landscape and wildflower photos with a film camera, eventually changing to digital. One of her photos of the Crazy Horse Memorial Annual Volksmarch was published on the front page of the feature section of The Dallas Morning News and a photo of Mt. Rushmore was selected for a nationally distributed calendar. She has also won numerous awards locally.
Carol Valentine's Encaustics 2015
Carol Valentine, a local photographer from Piedmont, was introduced to encaustics on her travels to Tucson, AZ. She often blends her creative interests in encaustics, photography, and stained glass mediums. This is her first encaustic exhibit.
Encaustic painting is an ancient technique using heated beeswax, and other recipes to which colored pigments are added. It is then applied to a surface. Metal tools and special brushes can be used to shape the paint before it cools, or heated metal tools can be used to manipulate the wax once it has cooled onto the surface. Today, tools such as heat lamps, heat guns, and other methods of applying heat allow artists to extend the amount of time they have to work with the material. Because wax is used as the pigment binder, encaustics can be sculpted as well as painted.