12/5 Continental Art Supplies with Susan Lasch Krevitt
Encaustic Demo during Faculty Night - open to those who are employed by local educational institutions
Time: 6-8pm+ (full event goes from 6-10pm)
Registration required by 11/27/13
7041 Reseda Blvd
Reseda, CA 91335
It is with great sorrow that we announce the death of our dear friend Mark Gottsegen. Mark was the founder and director of AMIEN (amien.org), a highly valued online technical service for artists, a long time professor of art and materials education at the University of North Carolina – Greensboro, and the author of The Painter’s Handbook, regarded as the standard painting manual for the contemporary artist.
Richard Frumess began making a relatively obscure medium (encaustic paint) in 1982. With his curiosity, the love of materials, and sheer stubbornness Richard has created a company that has served artists for over 25 years.
Our new Pigment Stick Mixed Media Lab allows artists to explore the many possible applications of R&F Pigment Sticks, encompassing traditional and alternative approaches and materials. In addition to pigment sticks, we will also demonstrate encaustic for those students who are interested in combining these two highly compatible media. We call this a lab rather than a workshop because we want to encourage artists to come back again and again to use our wonderful space (completely stocked with paint!) as their studio. Benefit from our instructors’ guidance and feedback on your projects, and enjoy the camaraderie of other participants. This lab is a great opportunity to work with a luscious, loose and free painting medium.
Introduced in 2009, our Visiting Artist Series has become one of our favorite programs here at R&F - and judging by the full rosters we see for these workshops, they’re pretty popular with artists too. We invite some of the most exciting artists working with encaustic to come to R&F and present a workshop and have an exhibition. Since many of these artists do not teach regularly, this gives students a rare opportunity to learn new techniques, stretch their practice and see what makes other artists tick. Mark your calendars and start dreaming about which of our Visiting Artists you will want to study with in 2013!
David A. Clark | Dream The Arrow | 2012
Like many who are reading this, I have recently returned from the 6th International Encaustic Conference, directed by Joanne Mattera with Truro Center for the Arts director, Cherie Mittenthal. This Conference has been raising the bar for artists who work in the medium of encaustic since its’ inception, but this year impressed me as particularly touching in the way it encouraged attendees to follow their true instincts as artists. My own presentation, Funding Your Work: A Practical Guide to Dreaming Big, emphasized the dreaming big part over the funding part, and David A. Clark’s hotel fair installation, Dreaming the Arrow, illustrates this in the most literal and poetic way. Following is an interview I conducted with David about this piece.
Brook Gruber & Nicholas Hancock
Many multi-disciplinary collaborations and new techniques have emerged in the many and various encaustic workshops that have proliferated in the last two decades. Toby Sisson, a professor at Clark University in Worcester, MA, has been consulting with R&F for the past two years to make encaustic an integrated part of the painting program at Clark.
I recently attended the Southern Graphics Councils’ annual conference, which was held this year in New Orleans. One of the highlights for me was an opportunity to catch up with the work of artist, Mary Jane Parker, who had a solo show at the Gallery at R&F in 2008. In her current solo show, Keepsakes, at Arthur Roger Gallery, Mary Jane presents new work inspired by the masses of foliage that blanketed the New Orleans landscape in the aftermath of Hurricane Katrina. Struck by the natural patterns of vines and how they decorated the surfaces of the city, she began photographing, drawing and cutting stencils of them, thinking that these intricate stencils could be used for a series of encaustic paintings. But something happened in the process that made her realize she didn’t need the wax at all! The show features hand and laser cut paper, prints and photographs.
It is with great excitement that we share with you the list of artists selected to be included in the inaugural edition of Encaustic Works ‘12.
Joanne Mattera combed through 416 submissions, and whittled it down to a group of 50 artists whose work will be featured in the book, (you didn’t fall for that silly talk about 18, did you?).
Joanne has also written a fabulous and extensive essay about contemporary encaustic that will be illustrated with artwork culled from submissions. Our original thinking was that this essay could be an opportunity to provide a sort of honorable mention and allow us to include a few more artists, but now that we’ve read the essay and seen the artwork, we see it differently. The essay is more like the meat and potatoes of the book; the portfolio section, which will feature 29 artists, is the dessert! We therefore consider all artists featured in the book, whether with one image or a portfolio spread, equal winners.
From September 8th through October 2nd, The Carroll House Gallery at Keene State College in New Hampshire hosted, New Views of Encaustic Art, featuring the work of Francisco Benitez, Kevin Frank, Leah Macdonald, Marybeth Rothman, and yours truly, Laura Moriarty.
On September 13th, I was invited by Professor Peter Roos, who curated the exhibition, to present a lecture at the Redfern Arts Center, where I spoke about my work and presented an R&F Encaustic Demonstration for an awesome group of students who were eager to experiment with encaustic.
Thanks to Peter Roos for conceiving and organizing these events, and for promoting encaustic at the academic level, where it makes such an important difference.