Michaelle Peters’ "Race Day" an encaustic that is highlighted with recycled sail material and oil paints, will be set up for auction when
Michaelle Peters' "Race Day" an encaustic that is highlighted with recycled sail material and oil paints, will be set up for auction when the District Gallery celebrates its fifth anniversary on Friday, April 18. The event will also celebrate Peters' new exhibit "Waterlust." Proceeds from the auction will benefit the Park City Sailing Association.
The District Gallery will celebrate its fifth anniversary and will host an artist reception for encaustic and mixed-media painter Michaelle Peters on Friday, April 18, from 6 p.m. until 9 p.m. Admission is free.

The artist's new exhibit is called "Waterlust," and reflects Peters' love for H2O and travel.

"The inspiration was a play on the word wanderlust, because I love to travel and all of the paintings involve water," Peters said during an interview with The Park Record. "I always love being in places that have water. I can't describe it. I've always been drawn to those areas."

Peters is planning to show between 16 and 20 paintings.

"I've been working on this for several months, but all of my works are like a continuing theme," she said.

One of the paintings will be auctioned off during the reception, and all of the proceeds will go towards the Sailing Association.

"I've wanted to get involved with the Park City Sailing Association, because I think what they're doing is so great for the local population," Peters said. "So I offered to donate some paintings to them to help with their fundraising efforts. And the first effort will be held during the show."

The work is an encaustic work that features a recycled piece of sail material that Peters brought back from the Caribbean.

"It was from a boat that was damaged in a race and luckily no one was hurt," she said. "I have been collecting sail material and they have become part of the collage part of some of my paintings.

"The seams of the sail look like masts in a regatta and I just transformed that into images of boats sailing on the water," Peters explained. "It's a fun piece."

Peters, who graduated with an art degree from Weber State University, has been represented by the District Gallery for three years and this is her second solo show.

"I've always been creative and everything I've done or worked on has some creative aspects or creative problem-solving," she said.

That's why she not only works with the encaustic medium, but also works with mixed media and shoots photography.

"I guess I get bored doing one thing all of the time," Peters said with a laugh. "The variety is so nice to experiment with. There are no boundaries with what you can explore.

"The encaustic medium is so wide open because you can use photography and you can use sculpture," she said. "You can apply it to almost any medium. It's challenging and that's what keeps it interesting."

The District Gallery, 751 Main St., will host an opening reception for artist Michaelle Peters for its fifth anniversary on Friday, April 18, from 6 p.m. until 9 p.m. The event is free and open to the public. For more information, visit www.mpetersfineart.com and www.districtartgallery.com .