Meditations on Nature: Encaustic Works by Barbara Walton

Marƶeń is pleased to present the encaustic paintings of Barbara Walton from June 1, 2016 through June 29, 2016 at the Bos Meadery Tasting Room 849 E Washington Avenue Madison, WI. The artist reception will be held on June 4 from 5:00-8:30 pm. Barbara Walton will talk about her work at 6pm. Cheese and mead pairing will be available to guests.

Barbara Walton lives and works in Ames, Iowa where she is a professor of art at the Iowa State University. Her mastery of the encaustic medium and her interest in sustainability has launched a collaborative project between herself and the science department at the University. Since 2005 they have been working to develop an alternative to the commonly used beeswax or petrol based microcrystalline wax using experimental soy based waxes. She initiated this collaboration with the intention of creating a wax that embodies the desirable characteristics of the more commonly used encaustic waxes but is also much more sustainably produced in comparison.

This directly relates with the artist’s choice in subjects and reflects her beliefs on humankind’s connection with the world around them. Her works generally portray, in a rather poetic fashion, her belief that nature is a strong and active force in our lives. We are not separate from nature but rather one with it. Walton’s work is deeply meditative while simultaneously capturing a great deal movement in her horses, birds, bees, plants and elegant layered mandalas.

Marƶeń is conveniently located in the lovely Atwood Avenue neighborhood at 2345 Atwood Ave. Our hours are Tuesday-Friday 11:00am-5:00pm and Saturday 12:00pm-4:00pm. We look forward to seeing you!

For More Information Contact: Marƶeń, 608.709.1454,


About Marƶeń

Marƶeń is a Madison-based art gallery that features works from local, regional and national contemporary artists who work in all mediums. Started by artist and businesswoman Margaret LeMay, Marƶeń hosts works that are intended to inspire and push the boundaries of a traditional gallery, and its mission is to be accessible to both art enthusiasts and novices alike. For more information, contact the gallery at or 608.709.1454.

About Bos Meadery

The Bos Meadery was founded in 2012 and the tasting room opened in 2015 by founder, Colleen Bos. Bos is a former medievalist and long-time homebrewer as well as an attendee of Siebel Institute’s concise course on brewing technology. Bos Meadery makes a number of meads, many of them available all year round using local and regionally sourced ingredients whenever possible. Bos Meadery seeks to bring mead into the 21st century and introduce it to the thriving community of local foodies and craft beverage lovers in Wisconsin. Mead Made Modern!

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