Featuring work by Sarah Winkler, Ellen Koment, and Katie Heffelfinger, our August show, Grounded explores the titular concept from physical, cultural, and geological perspectives across a variety of media. In a unique and intensely physical way, Ellen Koment’s dynamic encaustic paintings are grounded via the media itself. Through her energetic pouring method, hot wax cools and bonds to paper, creating a new substance from two inextricably linked materials. Katie Heffelfinger’s mixed media watercolors are conceptually linked to the theme in a more spiritual way. Rooted in the artistic traditions of the Australian Aboriginal people, her pieces pay homage to cultural practices that have existed for centuries. Finally, Colorado-based Sarah Winkler’s striking abstract mountainscapes play with this theme in the most literal way. Influenced by her background in earth science, Sarah’s paintings employ different paint pouring techniques to mimic geological stratification, and even contain splashes of groundwater and flecks of native minerals. Sarah Winkler will be on-site for this month’s Art Walk, and will be engaging in a discussion of her work at 7pm, so make sure to join us on Thursday, August 1st for a first look at Grounded.