Melissa Rubin displays encaustic art at Southern Vermont College


BENNINGTON -- Visual artist and art educator Melissa Rubin will display her new paintings and works on paper, in "Still/Standing," a solo show at Southern Vermont College's Burgdorff Gallery, through April 18. She will appear at a free reception on Saturday, March 29, from 3:30 to 5:30 p.m.

Living by the ocean in Rockaway Beach in New York City has greatly influenced Rubin's art: from the light and tones of the open sky, beach and water, to the structures of abandoned barracks, bunkers and ammunition sheds on an old Army base, Fort Tilden, in the nearby Gateway National Park.

Her series of encaustic mixed media work focuses primarily on this neglected and damaged architecture and on elements found in nature. For her, these are places to come to rest, both physically and emotionally, allowing the viewer a moment to reflect, looking upward and inward.

Rubin has shown her work for more than 25 years at venues including the Tiffany Peay Gallery, Ferber Gallery, Museum of the City of New York, Rockaway Artists Alliance, Bank Street College, Japanese Consulate and The New York Public Library. Her art is in the permanent collection of the Encaustic Art Institute in New Mexico and has been used on film sets.

In October 2012, the Rockaway Peninsula was inundated by the 14-foot surge of ocean from Hurricane Sandy, which caused severe damage to her home and studio. She survived the devastation by creating art, which was displayed in the New York City exhibition "After Affects: An exhibition of Work by Artists Affected by Hurricane Sandy."

The Burgdorff Gallery is open Monday through Friday from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. and weekends from 1 to 4 p.m.

For more information on Rubin's exhibit, contact Southern Vermont College Professor Greg Winterhalter at (802) 447-6316 or


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