Natalie Salminen Rude
Natalie Salminen Rude is a visual artist and poet from Duluth, Minnesota. Working in oils and encaustic – an ancient medium that combines beeswax, pigment, resin and heat – her work explores and celebrates layered ideation, both physically and metaphorically. Poetry and text play a vital role in her practice. Salminen Rude maintains a brick and mortar studio and showroom, Studio Haiku, in Duluth’s upper Woodland neighborhood. She teaches encaustic workshops both locally and internationally, exhibits, and facilitates discussions on spirituality, the art of haiku, and what it means to live as an artist within the context of commitment, family, and the humble rhythms of life.
Maria Amalia Wood
Maria Amalia Wood was born and raised in Honduras, and currently maintains a studio in Madison, Wisconsin. Using textile processes and materials, she draws upon material culture, the natural environment, and the complexities of a life lived between Central America and the Midwestern United States. Working intuitively, Maria Amalia is committed to finding and sharing beautiful marks that refer to specific memories. Beyond the development of a personal studio practice, Maria intends to find ways of sharing her vision through socially engaged, artful collaborations in both Wisconsin and Honduras.