Working the Layers Opens at the Gallery October 5th

The Gallery at WREN presents:
Working the Layers | Works by Nancy E. Adams and Martha Elmes

On Friday, October 5, from 5-7pm, the Gallery at WREN presents the opening reception of Working the Layers, featuring two artist who work in layered mediums to achieve reflections of the world around us.

Nancy E. Adams is a mixed-medium encaustic artist who manipulates hand-dyed cotton to mimic colorful sunrises, sunsets, and ocean storms. Martha Elmes is a paper artist, printer, and painter who layers and arranges her mediums to create imaginative, winsome, and provocative pieces. Both artists invite viewers to spend time with their works, to contemplate not just the product, but also the process of creating art.

The opening reception is part of the monthly First Friday events in Bethlehem, which include exhibits at 42 Maple Contemporary Art Center, Maia Papaya, and Rek•Lis Brewery. After the reception, Working the Layers will be on display in the Gallery at WREN during the month of October, open daily from 10am-5pm.

Martha Elmes is an artist and art educator with a BA from St. Lawrence University and a MA in Arts and Education from Lesley University. She is a longtime Adjunct Art Faculty at Lyndon State College and past resident at the Vermont Studio Center. She taught Art in area schools for over 40 years. She is now repurposed as a paper artist, printer, and painter. Martha has exhibited in many Vermont galleries, including Burlington’s Flynn Theater for Discover Jazz commemorating Miles Davis and the music of “Bitches Brew”, and the “Arts Connects” Juried show at Catamount Arts. She has work in galleries in New Orleans on Royal Street, New Hampshire, and Vermont.

Nancy E. Adams is a mixed-media encaustic artist who blends her interests in photography and fiber arts with the luminous quality of beeswax to create dreamlike seascapes and landscapes. Her technique of manipulating hand-dyed cotton contrasts with the more traditional process wherein color is achieved through the use of colored encaustic medium. Recurring ocean and mountain themes predominate and are a reflection of the artist’s New England heritage. Nancy enjoyed a 25-year horticultural career with UNH Cooperative Extension before pursuing her artistic talents full time. Nancy established Studio 25 in 2004 as a NH fiber arts studio dedicated to creating functional art – scarves, handbags and fashion accessories. That same year, she became a juried member of the League of NH Craftsmen (LNHC). Her work can be seen at LNHC retail stores, Exeter Fine Crafts, at WREN, and on her website: