Friday, June 11, 2010

Live from the Encaustic Conference

I arrived at the Fourth Annual Encaustic Conference at Montserrat College of Art about 5:00 p.m. on Thursday night. There was a moderate amount of activity - early arrivals were registering and checking into the dorm and vendors were setting up their tables. Here are a LOT of images. (Note that you can click on the images to expand them to a larger size.)

First view of Best Foot Forward in the second floor hallway of the Hardie Building. This shot was taken around 6:00 p.m. Thursday night.

Here's a view looking in the other direction.

I'll be posting more images of Best Foot Forward as people arrive and hang their work.

Vendors open at 10:00 a.m. this morning (Friday). What great products they have! And some special sale items also.

Hylla Evans of Evans Encaustics - her usual wonderful colors plus those great hake brushes in 3 sizes

R and F Paints - great "scratch and dent" sale on pigment sticks!

Conrad Wilde paints and other supplies - luscious colors

Rodney Thompson's fabulous panels

Enkaustikos paints - a large selection of paints, brushes and tools

New vendor Kama Pigments has lots more than pigments...

including these fabulous giant spatulas

I have left out Paul Roland's encaustic hotboxes for monotypes and all the great encaustic books, including the beautiful new book by Daniella Woolf - but more about those in the next post.

WAX LIBRIS II - The Library Show

I scurried in and took a few shots in the library. I wanted to see how my own work looked of course. So here are a few - not intended to be all inclusive but just to whet your appetite for more.

This show was curated by Joanne Mattera and nicely installed in this book shelf and on the surrounding walls. My three deconstructed book works are on the wall at the left.

Top shelf: Julie Shaw Lutts (sorry I cut off the top of her work), middle shelf Miles Conrad and bottom shelf Gwen Plunkett.

Two works by Laura Moriarty, sort of geology in book form.

Top shelf left Deanna Wood and right Cynthia Winika. Bottom shelf Josie Rodriguez.

A work by Sandi Miot (sorry I don't have the title).

Installation of work with found objects and book covers by Mindy Nierenberg.

This is a long, image-filled post but I thought you might like to see some familiar faces from previous conferences. It is really great to connect with people in person.

THE LUMINOUS LANDSCAPE - the opening of the show at the Kensington Stobart Gallery in Salem.

Many of the early arrivals at the conference headed over to Salem for this opening of encaustic works in the gallery at the Hawthorne Hotel in Salem. The place was packed and it was a little difficult to see the work. So instead, I'm just showing you a few crowd pictures (and featured individuals). You'll have to get to Salem to see the work at a less crowded time. Click to get Kensington Stobart Gallery hours, directions and info.

New England Wax member Deb Claffey in the doorway to the gallery.

Greg Wright and Kellie Weeks, also NE Wax members.

Greg with his dynamic painting displayed in the gallery window

A shot from the opening - in center Charyl Weissbach, also a NEW member and an organizer of the LL group

What an appealing assortment of food presented by the gallery! And so refreshing to see fruit and vegetables instead of the dreary taco chips and salsa.

A shot of the opening crowd. See any familiar heads?

Another shot that also shows that some paintings were hanging on the wall.

Whew! What a lot of photos. I'll be back with more later.

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