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New Exhibit To Showcase At Pine Rest Leep Gallery

New Exhibit To Showcase At Pine Rest Leep Gallery

October 01, 2014 9:00 am

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Pine Rest Postma Center

Grand Rapids, Mich., September 15, 2014 – Beginning October 1, Pine Rest will exhibit “Structure” by Marissa Voytenko. The art will be exhibited in the Postma Center Leep Art Gallery at the Pine Rest Christian Mental Health Services main campus in Cutlerville, Mich.

In Marissa Voytenko’s “Structure” exhibit, grid fields and block towers fill the surface area of her encaustic paintings. The repetition of squares in her work describes her interest in themes of order and chaos. She reflects on these themes while looking at man-made structures, the natural world and from a psychological perspective.

Voytenko is careful not to create imagery that portrays total chaos. Rather, she is interested in looking at these themes on a continuum. Some works are very orderly, others have elements that show disintegration or reveal breaks in the order. Her belief is that representation of total chaos would be void of beauty — which is an important quality to her as an artist.

“The process of creating is quite meditative because of the repetitive way in which I work. I build layers of encaustic paint, scrape them away and build them up again. So, there is a certain ordering in the making of the work,” says Voytenko.

Encaustic, an ancient painting medium made of beeswax and damar resin, is applied using heat. The burning in process allows for the layers of wax to fuse together and become archival. It predates oil paints. Though much of her encaustic training has been self-taught, she has attended a number of training workshops and has been painting primarily with encaustics since 2006.

Born and raised in the Kapay Valley of northern California, Voytenko enjoyed the open spaces of its agricultural landscape. She attended a liberal arts college in Santa Barbara, Calif. and then earned her Master of Fine Art from Boston University, Boston, Mass. Marissa taught art for nearly seven years throughout the United States before moving with her family to western Ukraine.

Her work is in private collections throughout the United States and abroad. She has been awarded the prestigious Alden B. Dow Museum Solo Exhibition Award from the Midland Center for the Arts. Since having lived on both coasts as well as abroad in the last 10 years, Voytenko says she is grateful to have put down roots in Grand Rapids, Mich. with her two children and her husband, Vitaliy Voytenko, who is a psychologist at one of the Pine Rest outpatient clinics.

The exhibit at the Pine Rest Postma Center, 300 68th Street, SE, Grand Rapids, will run Oct. 1 to Jan. 6, 2015. Gallery hours are 9 a.m. – 4 p.m., Monday through Friday and additional times are available by appointment. Admission is free of charge. For more information, please call 616/222-4530.


About Pine Rest

Pine Rest, one of the five largest free-standing behavioral health providers in the U.S., has served the greater Grand Rapids and national community for more than 100 years. It offers a full continuum of services including inpatient and partial hospitalization, residential and outpatient services, addiction treatment and recovery, extensive child and adolescent programs, senior care services, as well as specialized assessment and treatment clinics. In addition to the main campus in Grand Rapids, Pine Rest also has 17 outpatient locations throughout West Michigan and two in Iowa. You can learn more online at




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