Sandra Eckstein presented the artist at the Midland Art Show
MIDLAND − Artist Sandra Eckstein loves to work in oil.
Motorcycle fork oil, to be precise. Medium weight, also known as B grade. She mixes it with overglaze powder paints to paint on tiles and other porcelain.
“When I go to a motorcycle shop and ask for a few pints, I get some weird looks. I’m not a motorcycle girl,” Eckstein said.
The industry resident has been chosen as the featured artist for this year’s Midland Arts Council Summer Gallery. A selection of his works, including acrylics on canvas as well as his porcelain paintings, will be on display to accompany the juried art exhibition from July 1-6 in the Atrium of the Lincoln Park Performing Arts Center in Midland.
The show is open to all artists in the region aged 17 and over. The framed, ready-to-hang inscriptions were due to be delivered to Lincoln Park on Tuesday.
Eckstein traded quilt making for china painting lessons when he lived in California. It was there that she learned the trick of mixing motorcycle fork oil with overglaze powder paint. “I’ve been using it for about 30 years, so I’m comfortable with it,” Eckstein said.
The painted porcelain objects are fired in a small electric kiln, permanently and lastingly fusing the image into the glazed surface.
Works submitted for the Summer Gallery must not exceed 36 inches in height or width. Artists may submit a maximum of three pieces, for a fee of $10 per piece or $25 for three works.
Questions about the show can be directed to Evelyn Adams, Chair of the Arts Council, at 724-643-9968.
A reception and awards ceremony for artists and guests must precede the opening of the show.
The show is free and open to the public, with viewing from 6 p.m. to 8 p.m. daily from July 1 to 6, except Mondays, when the hours are 1 p.m. to 7 p.m.