Darlene Engellenner’s art education started at night classes at Sierra Collage where she took every class possible. She started out with clay and ended up years later with patina copper collage. There is a breast cancer 8 ft ribbon in the rotunda of the Roseville Civic Center that she created with patina copper. That got her started in that direction after finding a source for recycled copper.
She never knows what will happen next in the creative process and she loves the element of discovery when using new materials. In more recent work you will see the use of patina copper and encaustic combination. Some work is a sculptural form in two dimensions as the creation is done in layers and textures. Patina copper is always such a surprise as one never knows how it will turn out in the staining process and finding just the right portion of the patina copper to incorporate in the art. Encaustic had been a challenge until she discovered pouring the wax on her sculptural base and adding oil colors made the depth and interest I wanted. Strangeness and surprise in some proportion is what she likes in the arts. This is her goal and she is surprised at times to see forms in the process.
Engellenner was involved with the Art Hotel installation of a “Stitch in Time” created with fellow artists Diane Ruhkala Bell and Kaz Huette. The hotel was used for artists to do as they wished and we could take down walls etc. Great energy and turned out to be a turning point in the art scene for Sacram