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Framingham exhibit features encaustic art

“Suspended Belief” is among the works by Kellie Weeks in an exhibition opening Thursday at a Framingham gallery.

Kellie Weeks

“Suspended Belief” is among the works by Kellie Weeks in an exhibition opening Thursday at a Framingham gallery.

The most accurate word to describe how Kellie Weeks talks about her art may be “rhapsodizing.” Encaustic is an art form that traces its roots to ancient Greece, but it fell out of favor for many centuries before being rediscovered by American artists just in the past couple of decades.

“I’ve been a full-time artist since 2005, and my focus has long been on painting and print-making,” said Weeks, who has a studio in West Concord. “But in 2007, I took a workshop in encaustic and fell in love with it: the luminosity, the texture, what you can do with it. I never looked back.”

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Encaustic, as Weeks explains, is a process in which beeswax pigment and resin are fused in layers.

“Each layer adheres to the layer beneath it. It can be applied to anything from birch board to ceramic to plaster,” Weeks said about the medium featured in “Fabrications,” her show opening Thursday at Fountain Street Fine Art in Framingham.

“The piece that started the series I am exhibiting is called ‘Transient,’ ’’ Weeks said. “It is a very rich red piece. Red tends to be a color I gravitate toward. My work is very vivid, and I think of myself as a colorist, in a sense.”

But the art created by the Fitchburg resident isn’t merely about different hues found on the rainbow spectrum.

Kellie Weeks

"She Spoke"

“My work is mostly about relationships,” she said. “This series was a very intuitive process. It was a very emotional series, representing a response to something that was going on in my life over the course of the year that I was working on it.

“I would start each painting making marks and then responding to those marks, and then adding color and responding to the color. Each piece would reveal itself to me as I created it; I didn’t know what it was about until it was done. The pieces are all about the boundaries that we build around our relationships, and how sometimes those boundaries become confusing and distorted,” Weeks said.

“Kellie’s work has a richness and depth to it,” said Marie Craig, codirector of the gallery in the Bancroft Building at 59 Fountain St. “Kellie keeps trying new things, experimenting with color and pattern and becoming more true to her vision.”

Her exhibition comprises about 40 pieces that range in size from 8 square feet to 30 square feet. It will be on view through April 6, with an artist’s reception Saturday from 5-7 p.m. and an artist’s talk slated for March 22 at 2 p.m.

For gallery hours or other information, call 508-879-4200 or go to www.fountainstreetfineart.com.

CLASSICAL SOUNDS: Indian Hill Music’s chamber music series at Groton’s Kalliroscope Gallery concludes its season on Saturday at 8 p.m. with a performance by the Jupiter String Quartet.

The program will feature Beethoven’s String Quartet No. 2 in E minor, Op. 59, and Schubert’s String Quartet No. 14, “Death and the Maiden.”

The concert takes place at 264 Main St., Groton, and will be followed by a wine and cheese reception with the performers.

General admission tickets are $32, discounted to $15 for students. To purchase, call 978-486-9524, ext. 116, or go to www.indianhillmusic.org.

VISIONS OF SPRING: Needham’s Art in Bloom, a fusion of art and flower shows, features 60 mixed-media pieces created by Needham High School students accompanied by matching floral interpretations by members of the Beth Shalom, Needham, and Kalmia garden clubs.

The pieces will be on display Saturday from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. and Sunday from 1 to 5 p.m. at the Needham Free Public Library, 1139 Highland Ave.

Admission is free. For more information, go to www.needhamartinbloom.com.

REGIONAL APPEAL: Dancers from the Franklin School for the Performing Arts will perform to Sergei Prokofiev’s “Peter and the Wolf” and Benjamin Britten’s “The Young Person’s Guide to the Orchestra” as part of the Metrowest Symphony Orchestra’s “Artists in Bloom” family concert Sunday in Framingham.

The Hopkinton-based ensemble’s 3 p.m. program at the Keefe Technical School, 750 Winter St., will also feature Aaron Copland’s “An Outdoor Overture,’’ and Maurice Ravel’s “Tzigane,’’ with 16-year-old violin soloist Elizabeth Kim, winner of the orchestra’s annual Young Artist Competition.

Tickets are $25 for adults, $15 for students and seniors, and $10 for children under 12. Tickets may be purchased online at www.metrowestsymphony.org or at the door.

CHORAL OUTBURST: On Sunday, Joshua Jacobson, director of the Zamir Chorale of Boston, leads a community sing of Handel’s “Judas Maccabeus” at the Newton Cultural Center at City Hall, 1000 Commonwealth Ave. in Newton Centre.

Choral singers of all levels, and lovers of all music, are invited to join members of the Zamir Chorale and pianist Edwin Swanborn to sing favorite choruses from Handel’s famous oratorio, including “Hallelujah, Amen” and “See the Conquering Hero.”

The free event begins at 1:30 p.m., and is the third in a series of open community sings sponsored by the Mayor’s Office for Cultural Affairs and Newton Community Pride.

SCREENING THE WORLD: Belmont World Film’s 13th annual international film series begins Monday at 7:30 p.m. and continues on Monday evenings (except April 14) through May 5 at the Studio Cinema, 376 Trapelo Road, Belmont.

Eight internationally acclaimed films — including New England premieres, as well as several submissions for best foreign film at this year’s Oscars — will be featured.

Tickets are $11, or $9 for students, seniors, and Belmont World Film members $9. Discounted packages for the festival are available. Tickets to the opening night fondue party are $29 and must be purchased by Friday. Tickets for the closing night Portuguese dinner May 5 are $20 and must be purchased by May 2.

For more information, go to www.belmontworldfilm.org.

MUSICAL HISTORY: The Friends of the Marlborough Public Library continues its Yacyshyn concert series with Grand Harmonie, featuring Yoni Kahn on horn and Jessica Rucinski, piano, at 7 p.m. Tuesday in the library’s Bigelow Auditorium, 35 West Main St.

For more information on the free event, visit www.mpl-friends.org.

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