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Elements of Light

Elements of Light

Elements of Light

An exhibition of encaustic paintings by Ahavani Mullen and Kari Hall

Brickton Art Center
July 14 – August 8, 2015
Artist Reception: Friday July 17, 6 – 9pm
306 Busse Highway, Park Ridge, IL 60068

I am thrilled to share my newest body of work with you at the Brickton Art Center, in my two-person show with fellow artist Kari Hall, who also works in encaustic paint. Both of us explore light in our work, and the ways that it can be revealed in both its seen and unseen forms.

Please join us for a reception this Friday, July 17 from 6-9pm!

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Brickton Art Center
306 Busse Hwy.
Park Ridge, IL 60068

Gallery Hours:
Mon-Thurs 9am-5pm
Fri 9am-4pm
Sat 10am-2pm
Sun Closed

Directions to the gallery

And a sneak peek at a piece in the show:

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In Silence (detail), Encaustic + oil on panel, 24 x 30″, 2015

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The Abstract Show II


Join us at Brickton Art Center in Park Ridge on Saturday, Sept. 20 from 4-6 pm for the ABSTRACT SHOW!

I will be showing 3 works in this exhibition, including:

Ahavani Mullen Kundalini Encaustic + mixed media on panel

Ahavani Mullen
Encaustic + mixed media on panel
24 x 36″


The Abstract Show will feature 40 artists from around the midwest, and is on view through Oct. 19.

Last year’s show was a blast, and from what I’m seeing, this one is looking very good too. Hope you can join us!


Brickton Art Center

306 Busse Highway

Park Ridge, IL 60068


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The Abstract Show, Brickton Art Center

I am so grateful to have my own work included in this collection of abstract work at Brickton Art Center, curated by Kristin Haas and Frank Juarez. Do stop in before the show closes on July 28th to see the work in person.

Three pieces I found to be especially moving, and had to share here:

Gladys Carillo, Rose #2, Oil on canvas, 6 x 36″, 2012

I was drawn to Gladys Carillo‘s “Rose #2” for its gentle luminosity and sublime radiance. Its shape and size add to its humble and reflective nature, echoing the sky’s horizon at sunset. This piece reminds me that simplicity is truly glorious.

Carolyn Cronin Hughes, Cryptic Nature, mixed media, 41.25 x 20.5″, 2011

Carolyn Cronin Hughes‘ work “Cryptic Nature” lays out a landscape of paper, ultra-delicate bits of book pages, a hardcover gutted and torn, recalling the tree from which it came in a balancing act between fragility and power. Like the inner rings of a tree trunk, layer after layer, it reveals its core and its pure strength.

Nirmal Raja, Music and Time, powdered graphite on paper, 13″ x 10′, 2010

Nirmal Raja‘s “Music and Time” belongs to a body of work titled “Continuum”. She presents a draped heavy loop of paper as a scroll or a film reel, like a recording of an event, or more precisely, a symphony of music. It is an illustration of the flow of music, preserving a moment in time. For me, this piece reflects on the practice of honoring that which is ancient, sacred.

Ahavani Mullen, Inside Clouds, Encaustic + graphite, rice paper, oil stick, 11 x 14″, 2011

My own encaustic painting, “Inside Clouds” is an exploration of the ether; a glowing, sweeping movement in the sky, of light peeking through the layers of an atmosphere, of that which exists in empty space. I find this particular color to be both other-worldly and organic. As it is composed of beeswax and pigment, it combines a rich, earthy quality with an ethereal softness and transparency.

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The Abstract Show

The curators at Brickton Art Center have selected one of my encaustic paintings, Inside Clouds, to be included in The Abstract Show.

This exhibition features abstract artworks from over 50 regional artists.

Please do join us for the opening reception on Saturday, June 30 from 4-7pm.

Directions here!

Ahavani Mullen, Inside Clouds, Encaustic

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