The International Encaustic Conference + An R&F Exhibition

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(in)Forming Works: Meet the 2019 Teaching Artists

On Center Gallery | 352 Commercial Street | Provincetown, MA
May 31st - June 5th | Opening reception May 31st, 5:30 - 9:00pm

This group exhibition features R&F Handmade Paint's 2019 teaching artists: Dale O. Roberts, Dietlind Vander Schaaf, Kate Collyer, Kelly McGrath, Laura Moriarty, Lisa Pressman, Leslie Giuliani, Lorraine Glessner, Sarah Rehmer, Caryl St. Ama, Pamela W. Wallace, and Wayne Montecalvo. Curated by Sean Noonan, R&F's Education & Studio Coordinator, and held in conjunction with the 13th International Encaustic Conference.

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The 13th International Encaustic Conference 

The International Encaustic Conference will take place Friday, May 31 through Sunday, June 2 in Provincetown, Massachusetts. Produced by Truro Center for the Arts at Castle Hill, the conference offers an opportunity to connect with other artists, as well as gallerists, curators, collectors, and more. Jam-packed with talks on subjects ranging from the environmental politics of wax to materials, method and process, and demos on casting, encaustic monoprints, and alternative surfaces, the International Encaustic Conference is not to be missed. The vendor room is packed with must-have materials for you to take home and the hotel fair Sunday morning offers you a chance to build your collection. 

Bookending the conference are pre- and post-conference workshops led by instructors from across the country. There is still space in several workshops. To learn more about any of these workshops or to register, visit www.castlehill.org/info-blog/pre-post-conference-workshops.

5/29 + 5/30: What Do Colors Really Do? with R&F founder Richard Frumess
5/29 + 5/30: Exploring The Fundamentals Of Encaustic with veteran R&F instructor Laura Moriarty
5/30: Mixing Your Mediums (And Maybe Your Metaphors) with former New England Wax President Debra Claffey
6/3 + 6/4: Alternative Materials When Exploring The Line with veteran R&F instructor Lorraine Glessner
6/3 + 6/4: Drawing Within Painting with Irish artist and instructor Joanna Kidney
6/3: Professional Development with pioneer and luminary Judy Pfaff
6/3: Exploring Materials And Teaching Methods with longtime conference presenter Milisa Galazzi and R&F Core instructor Lisa Pressman
6/4: Making A Place For Yourself In The Art World with The Art of Encaustic Painting author and conference founder Joanne Mattera
6/5 + 6/6: Crossing Dimensions With Textural Wax with veteran R&F instructor Kelly McGrath
6/5 + 6/6: Out Of The Box with freestanding and sculptural painting artist Susan Lasch Krevitt
6/5 + 6/6: Next Level - Working Large with R&F Core instructor Dietlind Vander Schaaf

Upcoming R&F Core Artist Workshops

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In January 2016, we launched the R&F Core Artist Program in an effort to expand and improve upon existing workshop and demo options and to reach a wider geographic region by working directly with artists in their home areas.

From North Carolina to Texas, there are many great workshops taking place in the next couple of months taught by one of R&F's 9 Core Artist Instructors. Check out the line up below to see if there is something happening near you.

ENCAUSTIC: PAINTING WITH WAX
Catalyst, Westminster, CA
Instructor
Caryl St. Ama
May 11 


CERAMIC + ENCAUSTIC: A SCULPTURAL MERGING OF MEDIUMS
Sebastopol Center for the Arts, Sebastopol, CA
Instructor
Cari Hernandez
May 11 + May 18


MASTER CLASS: ABSTRACT MIXED MEDIA PAINTING
Cullowhee Mountain Arts, Cullowhee, NC
Instructor
Lisa Pressman
June 17 - 21


SILKSCREEN ON ENCAUSTIC
Aha Studio, Blue Mountain Village, Ontario
Instructor
Jeff Hirst
July 9 - 12


DISCOVERING OIL + COLD WAX
Eastern Shore Art Center, Fairhope, AL 
Instructor
Julie Snidle
July 12 - 14


COMPREHENSIVE INTRODUCTION TO ENCAUSTIC PAINTING
Southwest School of Art, San Antonio, TX 
Instructor
Michelle Belto
July 19 - 21 


ENCAUSTIC + PAPER: COLLAGE, DIP, MONOPRINT
Maine College of Art, Portland, ME
Instructor
Dietlind Vander Schaaf
August 3 - 4


SOFT BOOKS: SEWN ENCAUSTIC MONOTYPES ON ENCAUSTICFLEX
R&F Handmade Paints, Kingston, NY
Instructor
Leslie Giuliani
August 21- 23


ALTERNATIVE SURFACES FOR ENCAUSTIC PAINTING
Haystack Mountain School of Crafts, Deer Isle, ME 
Instructor
Jodi Reeb
August 25 - 31

Unique Color: Cobalt Turquoise

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UNIQUE COLOR: COBALT TURQUOISE

Notes on the R&F Paint Making Process

Cobalt Turquoise

Cobalt Turquoise is hands down one of the most underrated colors in the R&F color line. A semi-transparent gem of a blue that can conjure ideas of the sea - think Mediterranean - bluish and greenish, old and wise. So underappreciated, so misunderstood, it frequently finds itself on the dreaded ‘bottom seller list’ year after year. Oof. How’s that for transparent?

Why is this so? How can such a complex and beautiful color get overlooked by so many, for so long? Well, we ask ourselves this question each and every time we make it. Let’s take a closer look at its story.

First introduced into the R&F color line in 1992 as an encaustic paint, later as a Pigment Stick in the summer of 1993, it originally contained three pigments: Cobalt Green Light (no longer available), Cobalt Blue and Viridian. In our retail display case it has the unfortunate fate of landing in-between two of the most well-known, time tested, go to colors in the history of all artist colors – Cobalt Blue and Ultramarine Blue. Talk about a tough crowd.

Could it simply suffer from being overlooked, out-shined by its more famous neighbors? Perhaps. Or maybe if we’re being honest it might have to do with its price tag - a Series 6 in the Pigment Stick line - a result of its densely packed, Cobalt, Viridian formulation. These are just a few of the facts of its long, storied history. Maybe there are other reasons, maybe we should have called it “Mediterranean Blue” and solidified its wistful, romantic nature.

Anyway, we hope someday you’ll give it a try and let us know what you think. Available in both Pigment Stick and encaustic color lines. Keep Painting.

From The Collection: Rifka Angel

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If you’ve been to R&F for a workshop or tour, you might have noticed we have quite an impressive collection of paintings. This piece by artist Rifka Angel, Sonja or Remembering Dostoyevsky’s Literature, 13” x 10”, encaustic on panel, date unknown, is one of our oldest. Though Karl Zerbe, the German painter who served as chair for the Boston Museum School’s painting department in the 1930s and 40s is widely credited for his work with encaustic, Rifka Angel preceded him by several years. Angel began working with encaustic in the early 1930s and continued doing so until her death in 1988.

Born in 1899 in the town of Kalvarija in Lithuania, the second of four children in a middle class Jewish family, Angel boldly followed her father to New York at the age of thirteen. Despite long hours working in a sweater factory, she managed to attend three years of high school, falling in love with American literature, and later studying dance.

Her first marriage to a painting student at the Art Students League introduced her to the world of art. She began modeling and eventually developed an interest in painting, garnering praise from contemporaries such as John Sloan, and exhibiting with artists Ben Shahn and Louis Ribak. Angel attended the Moscow Art Academy for 9 months in the late 1920s before continuing on to Paris, where sketches of the city formed the basis for her first solo exhibition at Knoedler Gallery in Chicago in 1930.

During her career, Angel participated in exhibitions at prestigious spaces ranging from the Whitney Museum, to the Chicago Art Institute, Van Diemen Lilienfeld Galleries, and Roland de Aenlle Gallery. Her final exhibition, a 40-year retrospective, took place in 1963 at Beatric Orenstein’s Park Avenue Gallery.

Unfortunately, Angel’s early contribution to the medium is rarely acknowledged and little known. We at R&F are grateful to have her work in our permanent collection. In 2005, R&F held an exhibition of Angel’s work and published a monograph to accompany the show. You can download a pdf of this monograph here.

Learn + Connect: Upcoming Events

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There are many great demos scheduled to take place in the next few months at locations across the country. Check the schedule below and consider joining us to connect with an area educator and learn more about R&F’s range of products. (Please note most locations require registration in advance.)

March 16

Artist & Craftsman, 828 S. Wabash Ave., Chicago, IL

Encaustic demo with artist Jeff Hirst

Artist & Craftsman, 307 Market St., Philadelphia, PA

Encaustic and Pigment Stick demo with artist Lorraine Glessner

Eastern Shore Art Center, 401 Oak Ave., Fairhope, AL

Encaustic demo with R&F Core Artist Julie Snidle

March 17

Artist & Craftsman, 3804 Fourth Ave., San Diego, CA

Encaustic demo with artist Josie Rodriguez

March 23

Artist & Craftsman, 1002 Barret Ave., Louisville, KY

Encaustic demo with artist Amy Finder

Artist & Craftsman, 555 Pacific Ave., San Francisco, CA

Pigment Stick demo with R&F Core Artist Cari Hernandez

Art Supply Warehouse, 6672 Westminster Blvd., Westminster, CA

Encaustic demo with R&F Core Artist Caryl St. Ama

Art and Frame of Sarasota, 1055 S. Tamiami Trail, Sarasota, FL

Encaustic demo with artist Shelley Jean

Sam Flax, 1495 Northside Dr., NW Suites B & C, Atlanta, GA

Encaustic and Pigment Stick demo with artist Helen DeRamus

March 27

Artist & Craftsman, 137 W. North Ave., Baltimore, MD

Encaustic demo with artist Angela White

March 30

Artist & Craftsman, 701 Northwest 27th Ave., Miami, FL

Encaustic demo with artist AJ Grossman

Artist & Craftsman, 2906 N. Lombard St., Portland, OR

Encaustic demo with artist Elise Wagner

Art and Soul, 755 Petaluma Ave., Sebastapol, CA

Pigment Stick demo with R&F Core Artist Cari Hernandez

April 6

Artist & Craftsman, 751 Broadway, Saugus, MA

Encaustic demo with R&F Core Artist Dietlind Vander Schaaf

Village Art, 715 Hahman Dr., Santa Rosa, CA

Encaustic demo with R&F Core Artist Cari Hernandez

April 13

Jerry’s Artarama, 1109 New Britain Ave., West Hartford, CT

Encaustic demo with R&F Core Artist Leslie Giuliani

April 20

Artist & Craftsman, 7926 Germantown Ave., Philadelphia, PA

Encaustic demo with artist Lorraine Glessner

Artist & Craftsman, 761 Metropolitan Ave, Brooklyn, NY

Pigment Stick demo with artist Kelly McGrath

April 27

Artist & Craftsman, 307 2nd St., Brooklyn, NY

Encaustic demo with artist Kelly McGrath

May 11

Artist & Craftsman, 203 W Gorham St #1, Madison, WI 

Encaustic demo with artist Jeff Hirst

May 24

Artist & Craftsman, 540 Deering Ave., Portland, ME

Encaustic demo with R&F Core Artist Dietlind Vander Schaaf

Image credit: Kimberly Stoney

Unique Color: a note on light*

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Unique Color:

a note on light*

Notes on the R&F Paint Making Process

Pretty early on in the discussions of our new website we began throwing around ideas about how we might capture and convey color in a different, more unique way. But how? We knew we wanted to move beyond the dry technicality of the ‘color swatch’. The flat square most of us are accustomed to seeing online and in print may suggest color but hardly captures the true, studio experience of light landing on fresh paint. Most paint manufacturers (us included) go to great lengths to inform the artist of the care and skill they employ to make their color – the premium ingredients and technology, the expertise – yet it’s rare to hear mention of arguably the most important ingredient in color and that is, of course,  light*.  

Light on top and through and bouncing back – that is the true story of color. So with that in mind we decided to put it front and center and photographed our entire color line, our ‘color swatches’,  in the natural light of our production facility so that you, the artist, can be in the room with us at 84 Ten Broeck to experience color as we do. To move around it, to negotiate glare and nuance, to allow it to reveal the true nature of what makes color – color. We hope you enjoy.  Keep Painting.