Our Current Show: Inside the Hive

Headwaters Arts Gallery will be a buzz with the opening of
“Inside the Hive”, a new exhibition showcasing this region’s best encaustic and cold wax medium artists, Karen Brown and Kim Kool. The exhibit of over 60 works opens on October 5, 2022 in the Headwaters Arts Gallery in the Alton Mill Arts Centre. The Hive Encaustic Studio artists Kim Kool and Karen Brown, who create out of a studio in the Alton Mill Arts Centre, will be showcasing their works of fine art pieces created with organic materials, basic elements, and centuries old techniques. The medium is called encaustic and the beeswax is mixed with pigments in various forms.

Works range from smaller pieces, including keepsake boxes, art cards and beeswax candles, to a range of differently sized fine art works. The show is guaranteed to enchant and intrigue art enthusiasts and visitors to the Headwaters Arts Gallery. Prepare to be amazed with the breadth of creative expression that Brown and Kool have showcased in their collaboration with the industrious bee.

Everyone is welcome to join them at their Opening Reception  on Saturday, October 8, 2022 from 1 – 5 pm in the Headwaters Arts Gallery at the Alton Mill Arts Centre.

The show runs until November 6, 2022.

Meet the Artists

Karen Brown is a mixed-media artist, who incorporates other items such as substrata to develop her unique and other worldly images. “Examples of encaustic paintings have survived from the Roman empires and are still as vibrant and colourful today as they were when they were painted”, says Brown. Karen’s connection to her work clearly shows the love she has for the countryside and her nostalgia for yesteryears past and growing up on a farm. Karen says. “It’s not art until it becomes personal. That personal quality of life and art are what I am striving for. I want my life to reflect the best of me and my art to be an expression of who I am.”

For more about Karen, visit her website: www.karenbrownencaustics.com

Kim Kool’s discovery of encaustic painting was a tangential and serendipitous occurrence while she was delivering a weekly social recreational program inside a women’s prison. Says Kim, “The moment I dipped my paintbrush into that first pot of wax, I knew that my life was about tochange. My love for encaustic painting has only grown since then and I am so grateful to have the opportunity to paint and teach throughout the province”.


To learn more about Kim, please visit her website: www.edgeofgrey.ca

Below are some of the larger pieces in the show that are also available online. There are many, many more items available in the gallery.

To purchase an artwork, simply click on the image of the piece you desire and you will be directed to a secure payment system using your credit card. Visa and Mastercard are accepted. A receipt will be emailed to you.

Please contact the gallery (info@headwatersarts.org, 519-943-1149) to arrange for pickup at the Alton Mill Art Centre. Shipping if required is at the cost of the buyer and is to be arranged with the artist.

For questions please contact the call the Gallery at 519-943-1149 or email info@headwatersarts.org.

Plan a visit to the Headwaters Gallery at the Alton Mill Arts Centre in Alton. The Headwaters Arts Gallery is open Wednesday-Sunday, 10 a.m. – 5 p.m, Alton Mill Arts Centre, 1402 Queen Street West, Alton, Ontario.  Be sure to follow us on IG @headwatersarts and Facebook.

Headwaters Arts gratefully acknowledges the support of our  Funders and many  Supporters

Town of Caledon
Central Counties Tourism
Dufferin Country
Bryans Fuel
James Dick Construction
The Co-operators

We acknowledge that the land on which we gather, and on which the Region of Peel operates, is part of the Treaty Lands and Territory of the Mississaugas of the Credit. For thousands of years, Indigenous peoples inhabited and cared for this land. In particular we acknowledge the territory of the Ani-shinabek, Huron-Wendat, Haudenosaunee and Ojibway/Chippewa peoples; the land that is home to the Metis; and most recently, the territory of the Mississaugas of the Credit First Nation who are direct descendants of the Mississaugas of the Credit.

We are grateful to have the opportunity to work on this land, and by doing so, give our respect to its first inhabitants.