Artist’s Mercantile features photographer
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Who: Cari Anne Lausier
What: Featured artist monthly reception
When: 6-8 p.m. on Friday
Where: Artist’s Mercantile
How much: Free
For as long as she can remember, local Cari Anne Lausier has loved photography. Her work has recently taken a fine art turn, and examples of her new style can be seen at the Artist’s Mercantile and Gallery all month long.
An opening reception for Lausier, the gallery’s artist of the month, will be held from 6 to 8 p.m. on Friday and will feature light refreshments and the chance to mingle with the artist.
Lausier’s work is photography printed on canvas which she then coats in encaustic.
“That work came out of a class I took last semester for the professional photography program at CMC called Style and Genre,” Lausier said. “I was just going for something totally different because I was burning out on the traditional stuff we were working on.”
Lausier entered the professional photography program in 2013 and has been taking a part-time approach, juggling her career in the medical field and motherhood. She said so far her education has mostly been in commercial photography, but she yearned for something a little more artistic and creative.
“Mostly what I’ve been steered toward in the program is traditional portraiture and weddings and events,” she said. “But there are so many different directions you can go.”
So she began experimenting with printing on different materials. She found a variety of fabrics to print on, and then she discovered encaustic wax and began putting it all together.
Her images at the Artist’s Mercantile can be described as landscape or nature photography, but because of her process, the images look more like paintings than photographs.
Lausier has also recently claimed a spot at Creative Spaces at Cedar Ridge Ranch, a new artist studio space in Missouri Heights that, she said, will eventually hold collective events.
Until then, though, her work can be enjoyed throughout the month at the Artist’s Mercantile.
“All the art in this collection, it’s my own passions driving it,” she said. “I’m just hoping other people can find joy in it and want to take them home.”
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