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Weekend Life

FusedChicago artists ready for ‘Rhythm in Wax’ exhibition

ST. CHARLES – Pat Lagger, an artist and piano teacher from Aurora, is excited to present her artwork with the group FusedChicago this Saturday at the Norris Cultural Arts Center in St. Charles. 

“FusedChicago is a Chicago and Midwest based artist group who work in the medium of encaustic,” Lagger said. “Encaustic is working with highly pigmented wax.” 

FusedChicago will present the exhibition “Rhythm in Wax” with a reception from 6 to 7 p.m. Saturday, Dec. 15, at the Norris center, located at 1040 Dunham Road in St. Charles. 

The reception is free of charge. The title of the event, “Rhythm in Wax,” signifies the relationship between music and art. 

Lagger explained the role that music plays in artistic inspiration. 

“I’ve been a piano teacher for about 28 years,” she said. “A lot of what artists do in visual art is very musically inspired. The Fox Valley Orchestra was very interested in having an art and music event. Both of those things go hand in hand.” 

Following the “Rhythm in Wax” reception, the Fox Valley Orchestra will present a holiday concert at 7:30 p.m. 

Tickets are available at the door and cost $13 for adults, $11 for seniors, and students, and $5 for those ages 8 and younger. Discounts are available at

Although the artwork will remain at the Norris Cultural Arts Center as a public exhibit, the “Rhythm in Wax” reception will allow the public to interact with the FusedChicago artists. Encaustic is a colorful and unique form of art.                                                                                                                                        

“My favorite part is that the wax really leads you along and you’re kind of inspired to improvise with the wax,” Lagger said. “It is a very flowing medium, and also we get to work with fire. It’s pretty fun.” 

“The art interacts well with people of all ages,” she added.

FusedChicago is excited to be working with the Norris Cultural Arts Center and the Fox Valley Orchestra, and Lagger said that she was thrilled they accepted her proposal back in the summertime.

The reception and Fox Valley Orchestra’s holiday concert is intended to be a festive, family-friendly event. The artists are looking forward to meeting and showing their artwork to the public, Lagger said.

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