She participated in the session so she could jump back into her ongoing art-adventure voyage.
"It was a creative workshop and I learned how to play with encaustics and I came home all excited," Massimino told The Park Record. "I went out and bought all the stuff I needed to work with the medium, not knowing that it was going to become a new direction for me."
For years, the artist worked with oils, but as she became more familiar with the pigment and wax, she found she couldn't stop experimenting.
"I have found that I enjoy working with this medium more than any other I have worked with," Massimino said.
The public will get a chance to see Massimino's work at the Kimball Art Center's Members' Pin Up exhibit that will open Friday, Aug. 30, during the Park City Art Gallery Association's Gallery Stroll. An artist reception, which will be free and open to the public, will run from 6 p.m. until 9 p.m. that night. The display will be up through Oct. 13.
The other participating artists will be confirmed the day of the opening.
Massimino, who lives near Oakley and has had her work on display at the Park City Medical Center and at the Oakley Art Show, said the Member Pin Up Show, which is a non-juried exhibit open to members of the Kimball Art Center, is a great opportunity for the artists.
"We have the honor of participating in the show, and I usually get great feedback when I do," she said. "(Furthermore), when an artist sells a piece of work, the money is split between the artist and the KAC, so that's a nice donation."
This year will mark Massimino's third year in the show, and she said choosing a work to hang is the biggest challenge.
"The artists are only able to show one piece of work, so my idea is to have something that represents something that I'm currently attracted to," she said. "Since I'm heading in a new direction with encaustics, I will probably submit something on that line.
"I've been working on more abstract pieces that have a lot of color and textures, so, I think I'll do something that reflects that," she said. "I'm influenced by color and the trees that are around me, and I'm ready to start playing with the idea of making the color and texture the main focus of each painting that I do."
Massimino has drawn or painted for most of her life.
"My mother, who always used to doodle, got me into a class when I was five or seven," she said. "It was at this woman's home that had a huge tree in the front yard. I remember drawing pictures in the ground with sticks."
Massimino started taking extracurricular classes in high school and became a ceramist.
"I just liked the tactile aspect of making pottery," she said.
While making pottery, Massimino begged her mother to allow her to take a correspondence art class that she read about on the back of a matchbook.
"My mom finally said if I could pay for the class, I could do it," Massimino said. "So I babysat and did all these things to get the money together."
In college, the artist began drawing again in earnest.
"I had a good understanding that I needed a foundation in drawing and that led to painting," she said. "Painting, to me, was amazing, because you get to use color, and I liked oil paint because of its viscousness."
Massimino began drawing the human figure.
"Everything I did in the remedial courses was based on drawing from life models, and for years, I did a lot of figurative work, but always wanted to do landscapes, because of the inspiration I felt being in nature," she said. "I've always fly-fished, hiked and did all that stuff."
Also, when she lived in Laguna Beach, Calif., prior to moving to Park City, she got involved with the plein air community.
The term "plein air" means "in the open air" in French, and when it is used in connection with art, it refers to the act of painting outdoors.
When she moved to Park City in the late 1990s, she became a member of the Kimball Art Center.
"The KAC is really a focal point, not only for cultural reasons, but it's also a place for people to meet and greet each other," Massimino said. "All the events it hosts are free to the public. The youth outreach goes to every level from elementary to high school.
"It also hosts the Park City Kimball Arts Festival and promotes the Park City Gallery Associations Gallery Stroll every month," she said. "So it adds an incredible dimension to the visual arts that Park City has to offer."
The Kimball Art Center, 638 Park Ave., will host a reception for the Members' Pin Up Show at the Badami Gallery on Friday, Aug. 30, from 6 p.m. until 9 p.m. The event is free and open to the public. The Members' Pin Up Show, which will run through Oct. 13, is a non-juried exhibition and sale that is open to artists who are aged 18 and older and KAC members. For more information, visit www.kimballartcenter.org.