Friday, December 3, 2010

Andrea Cermanski Studio Open

A New Book: Ellen Koment & Jack Leissring in Art & Letters Love & Desires

This book started back in 1995, in the early days of email. The exchanges continued for about five years, like a long conversation between friends, but without interruptions.  Each could complete a thought; there are none of the loose ends that normally occur face-to-face. A different kind of body language emerges from the the context. Those email letters are gathered here; they form a long conversation about art, love, sex, the differences and similarities of gender understanding. Ellen Koment, as  the book tells us, is the artist every art collector dreams of, one whose hidden message speaks the ineffable; for is not the ultimate purpose of art to say in imagery what cannot be said in words?  Jack Leissring is the collector that every artists dreams of, there at every turn of the path, over many years. Together, then, through the bond of artistic image, we have become a balanced whole. I believe this book shows this; it is almost a novel in letter-form--510 pages.
Available at 

Playing with Fire

Entries for the National Juried Exhibition, Playing with Fire Encaustics Exhibition are due Wednesday, December 8.  For Information:

EAI Member Michael Billie at Henderson Fine Arts Center Gallery

Melting the Snow for Water Exhibit
January 7 – February 4
Henderson Fine Arts Center Gallery

The show features the encaustic art of Michael Billie and stone sculptures of Eddy Shorty.  Billie’s encaustic paintings entail working with bees wax mixed with damar resin and pigment. He often utilizes colored wax that he has made, as well as a variety of photography images, pigments and other materials that he’s collected from his travels around the world.
Shorty begins his projects by sketching a stone from different angles. In time, he sees a form in the stone, and then works to create the images – often animals or spirit beings from Navajo mythology.
An opening reception will be held Friday, January 7, from 6 to 8 p.m.
Information: Cindy McNealy, 505-566-3464.

Michael David Speaks at the Chmar Gallery

Thursday, November 18, 2010

EAI Member Sallyann Paschall Demomstrates Encaustic at the Community Gallery in Santa Fe

Saturday, November 20th, 12-4 pm
In the Community Gallery- 201 W. Marcy (at the Sheridan intersection)

Sallyann Paschall will do a free encaustic demonstration of not only basic encaustic techniques but techniques that incorporate collage elements into encaustic work. The basic demonstration will be followed by a chance for the audience to experience encaustics for themselves. Each participant will be given a small block of wood with which to experiment. Each person may then take their newly made work of encaustic art home with them.

Minatures - November 28 and 29 at the EAI

Friday, November 12, 2010

Francisco Benitez Talks on Working Representationally in Encaustic

The Encaustic Art Institue and Nuart gallery present a lecture and slide show by Francisco Benitez on Working Representationally in Encaustic.
Encaustic artist Francisco Benitez will show and discuss his representational encaustic work, done in the tradition of Fayum mummy portrait masters.

Sunday, November 14th, 1:00 pm
Nuart Gallery
670 Canyon Road
Santa Fe, New Mexico
The Encaustic Art Institue and Nuart gallery present a lecture and slide show by Francisco Benitez on Working Representationally in Encaustic.
Encaustic artist Francisco Benitez will show and discuss his representational encaustic work, done in the tradition of Fayum mummy portrait masters.

Sunday, November 14th, 1:00 pm
Nuart Gallery
670 Canyon Road
Santa Fe, New Mexico

Monday, October 25, 2010

Small Works Show Coming to the EAI, Saturday, November 13, 1-6pm

Marie Coburn in Frida.Fractured Show

The show opens this Friday and Saturday nights, October 30 and 31st, 6 pm both nights at J Fine Arts Gallery in Taos, NM with special events of art, poetry and prose perfomances, lecture, music.

J Fine Arts Gallery
221 Paseo del Pueblo Norte, Taos
The show will hang for 1 month.

Above: Marie Coburn's, Frida Botanica
36x42X9 inches

Touched With Fire Workshop at the EAI

November 6 and 7. Instructor, Harriett Tsosie. For Information call 575-779-7941.

Tuesday, October 12, 2010

EAI Member Laura Wait Joins HunterKirland in Santa Fe

Laura has four encaustic paintings in the upcoming group show at HunterKirkland Contemporary (200-B Canyon Road, Santa Fe, NM 87501, 505-984-2111) that will open this Friday, Oct 15 at 5 pm. Chick to check out Laura's web site.

Beginning Encaustic Workshops in San Diego

Josie Rodriguez will be having beginning encaustic workshops in San Diego, October 16 and October 22, 2010. email for more information.

Sunday, October 10, 2010

Congratulations to Michael Billie

Michael was selected as the artist of the month on the Sinopia pigment website. Check out this link to find out more.

Thursday, September 23, 2010

Leslie Sobel Teaching Encaustic

Leslie Sobel is teaching encaustic workshops at the brand new Milan Art Center in Milan, Michigan. There are 3 upcoming workshops
Encaustic & Collage on Oct 10
Encaustic - Incorporating Digital November 14
Encaustic - 3D December 12
all workshops run noon-4pm more info here:

You can also find her work at two new venues - the Toledo Museum of Art Store And Artistica Gallery, Dexter MI

Second Annual Gala and Auction Succeeds

Many thanks to the more than 30 artists who donated work to the Encaustic Art Institute's Second Annual Gala and Auction. The two part auction proved popular with attendees, who purchased seven works in the prix fixe ($250) portion and bid on and purchased six works in the silent auction. Gross income including art sales, tickets and several donations was approximately $5,200 about double last year's event. Attendees enjoyed jazz by the Body and Soul Trio and food prepared by founders Douglas and Adrienne Mehrens. The weather cooperated, providing a warm, starry evening so everyone present could view and bid on the art, relax on the patio and listen to the music. Thanks to one and all for your participation. Let's double our take again next year! Photo: Silent auction collaboration by EAI members Nicki Marx and Paula Verona. Slate, feathers, encaustic on panel.

Monday, September 20, 2010

Call for Submissions: Paper & Encaustic!

Texas Wax has posted a new item, 'Call for Submissions: Paper & Encaustic!' Haley Nagy and Catherine Nash are co-writing a book that illuminates and presents contemporary international artists who combine paper and encaustic in innovative and diverse ways. We will be curating from artists who are committed to paper (i.e. not just one or two works) and encaustic and are exploring inspirational ways of integration. You may view the latest post at

Haley Nagy

Thursday, September 9, 2010

Gala Celebrates Encaustic, the art of pigmented wax.

The Encaustic Art Institute celebrates the ancient art of encaustic with a contemporary exhibition at its Second Annual Gala and Art Auction, Saturday, September 18, from 5:00 - 8:00 PM. Tickets are just $25/person and the ticket price can be applied to the purchase of a work of art.

There will be a fine selection of artworks smaller than 12” x 12” available at the fixed price of $250. Attendees can also bid on larger works during our silent auction.”

The Institute and its Pyramid Gallery are located just 18 miles south of Santa Fe at 18 County Road 55A (General Goodwin Road), Cerrillos, New Mexico (north of the historic village of Cerrillos). Take the scenic Turquoise Trail (Highway 14) from either north from Albuquerque or south from Santa Fe.

Reservations are required. To purchase tickets, go to the Institute’s web site at and use Paypal or snail mail a check to: Encaustic Art Institute, 18 County Road 55 A, Cerrillos, NM 87010. The ticket purchase is the reservation.

For more information about the Encaustic Art Institute, visit: or its blog at

For an invitation or more information about the Gala email or call 505.424.6487.

Thursday, August 19, 2010


Artists working with encaustic (pigmented wax) explore the medium’s versatility in “New Dimensions,” opening with a reception from 1:00 - 6:00 PM Saturday, August 21 at the Encaustic Art Institute (Institute), Cerrillos, New Mexico. “We wanted the artists to break the 2-D boundary and explore their ideas
in three-dimensional form,” says Douglas Mehrens, Institute founder and
himself an encaustic artist. “And that’s what they did. They let go of
preconceived ideas, took risks, worked spontaneously, sculpted, painted,
used clay, concrete, plaster, fibers, found objects and more creating
works for this show.” Exhibiting artists are from 12 states and three
foreign countries.
The Institute is a nonprofit organization dedicated to teaching, promoting
and exhibiting encaustic work. It’s located just 18 miles south of Santa Fe
at 18 County Road 55A (General Goodwin Road), Cerrillos, Operating
hours are Saturdays and Sundays from 1:00 - 6:00 PM and by
“New Dimensions” continues through September 12. For more
information, visit and or call

Monday, August 9, 2010

Come to the Upcoming Gala

For more information or to RSVP - 505/424-6487

Tuesday, July 20, 2010

"WAX/PAPER” Opens at EAI

Santa Fe artists are part of a new exhibition featuring encaustic (pigmented wax) and
paper works at the Encaustic Art Institute, Cerrillos. “Wax/Paper” opens with a
reception from 1:00 - 6:00 Saturday, July 24th in the Pyramid Gallery on the Institute’s campus just north of the historic village of Cerrillos. From Santa Fe, take Highway 14-the scenic Turquoise Trail--south about 18 miles. Just before the historic town of Cerrillos turn left onto County Road 55 A (General Goodwin Road). The Institute’s driveway is the first right.

“Wax/Paper” showcases just one more way artists can use the ancient encaustic
medium for contemporary work. “I started as a representational artist working with acrylic,” says Institute President Harriette Tsosie. “Then I discovered encaustic. My work has become increasing abstract as I learn what this ancient medium can do for contemporary artists.” Tsosie notes the medium was developed by the Egyptians and perfected by the Greeks and Romans as they occupied ancient Greece. “It was essentially used for painting mummy portraits,” Tsosie said. “Now artists can paint with it, sculpt it, carve it, pour it, put it on paper, and use it for 3-D work. It’s amazing.”

Santa Fe area artists included in “Wax/Paper” are: Paige Baillie, Martha Baker, Guy Baldovi, Dennis Branch, Fionna Buck, Yvonne Burk, Jackie Butler, Louise Casselman, Andrea Cermanski, Linda Fillhardt, Nicholas Gadbois, Barbara Gagel, Joan Heiden, Stephanie Huerta, Douglas Mehrens, Kate Palmo, Sallyann Paschall, Teena Robinson, Paula Roland, Joyce Roetter, Cherry Whitener Rohe, Susan Shaffer, Richard Schleifer, Douglas Smith, Russell Thurston and Carol Ware.

The Institute incorporated as a non proift several years ago and now has more than 70 members from across North America. It offers workshops and public education programs for all levels of students, promotes and exhibits encaustic work, and is estabishing a permanent collection and library. Hours are 1:00 - 6:00 PM Saturdays and Sundays and by appointment. Call 505/424-6487.

“Wax/Paper” continues at the Institute through August. For more informaiton about the Encaustic Art Institute, visit: and

Wednesday, July 14, 2010

Upcoming Gala at EAI

You are cordially invited to the Encaustic Art Institute’s Second Annual Gala and Art Auction

Saturday, September 18, 2010
5:00 - 8:00 PM

Suggested donation: $50/couple
(can be used towards the purchase of your art)!

18 County Road 55 A (General Goodwin Road)
Cerrillos, New Mexico 87010

For more information or to RSVP - 505/424-6487

Review From ArtSlant Santa Fe of the Pollination Show

Artists Stand Out in Santa Fe
Pollination: Encaustic Works From New Mexico
Santa Fe Community Gallery
201 West Marcy, Santa Fe, New Mexico 87501-2032
June 25, 2010 - August 20, 2010

A few works stand out at the new exhibition at the Santa Fe Community Gallery. Pollination: Encaustic Works From New Mexico showcases the work of 23 artists who work in encaustic and the work is a mix of styles from traditional encaustic painting to encaustic printmaking and wax sculptures. Within this exhibition there are some exceptional pieces.

A large wall piece with back lighting commands a good section of one of the outer walls as you first enter the gallery. Disappear by Paula Roland is an encaustic monotype measuring about eight feet by six feet with three layers of waxed monotypes. Eight fluorescent bulbs installed behind the work add another layer – this one of light - that peeks through the swiss cheese-like openings in the various layers. Roland is one of the more well known encaustic artists who has participated in the Santa Fe Monothon which began in 1987.

A small piece that was tucked inside an alcove deserves a closer look. first sign by Helen Cozza is an abstract work that references architectural elements through dimensional printmaking. The work consists of lithographic prints and air-dried polymer clay that are juxtaposed to provide a look at the constructed environment. The several layers of print, clay, and board create a bas relief format. Although, small in size compared to some of the works it definitely commands the wall space it occupies.

Two other works are of note including A Lingering Whisper by Stephanie Lerma and Intersection by Susan Zimmerman (see image above). Lerma’s work challenges the viewer with her composition of wax-covered petals made from handmade paper that provide the allusion of swirling movement originating from the center. The colors of red and pink petals make a connection to flowers and pollination. Zimmerman’s beautifully crafted encaustic layered painting with subtle neutral colors and simple line drawings that have been etched into the wax speaks of calm and serenity.

The opening was held on Friday evening, June 25 with over 100 people in attendance. According to Rod Lambert, the Gallery Director, there are usually over 300 people at the openings but the quick thunderstorm that blanketed Santa Fe that evening kept some people away. Those brave souls who ventured out appeared to be staunch supporters of this gallery and of the local artists. The gallery represents only New Mexico artists and is a great space for the community. The space has plenty of natural light from a wall of windows at the entrance to the gallery.

This exhibition was publicized in a few of Santa Fe’s newspapers as an exhibit about the environmental impact on bee populations but the connection to bees stops at the title. The only connection the works in this exhibition have with bees is that they are made with pigmented beeswax. It’s a shame the publications didn’t address the wide range of encaustic works in the show. This exhibition includes significant work that explores the ways encaustic is used today and has been used historically.

I have to hand it to the gallery director for jurying and hanging this exciting exhibition. Each artist received ample space and it was well worth the trip from Albuquerque.

For those of you who may not be aware of this exhibition or the space I encourage you to take a look at it. The show runs through August 20 so you have time to stop by and see the show. The Santa Fe Community Gallery is located at 201 West Marcy in Santa Fe. Gallery hours are Tuesday through Saturday from 10am to 5pm.

Thursday, July 1, 2010

EAI Breaks Ground For New Space

The EAI has broken ground for an 1800 square foot building to house its encaustic workshops. This space will also be used for meetings and other activities.

Tuesday, June 22, 2010

Dimensional Encaustics

Instructors: Karon Leigh & Randi Harper

This workshop is intended for experienced encaustic artists who want to break the 2-D boundary and explore their work in 3-dimensional form. Students are encouraged to let go of preconceived ideas, take risks, work spontaneously - and have fun! We will sculpt, paint, sew and mold using clay, concrete, plaster, fibers, found objects and more. Creating dimensional pieces that employ the layering, color and luminosity that is so unique to the encaustic method. Most tools and equipment provided. Encaustic palette and workstation provided for each participant. Some encaustics and medium provided but students are encouraged to bring their own. Supply list will be provided to registered participants.

Workshop Fee: $600. + $40 material fee
Dates: Wed. Sept. 1 – Sat. Sept. 4, 2010
Location: Encaustic Art Institute, Cerrillos, NM
Registration: Workshop Registration Information at

Sunday, June 20, 2010

Institute offers workshops

The Encaustic Art Institute is offering several workshops for all levels of skill from beginning to advanced. Those who have been wanting to learn this process of painting with pigmented wax can attend a one or two day workshop being offered Saturday, July 31 and Sunday, August 1. Instructor is Russell Thurston, who has exhibited and taught encaustic painting in New York, Chicago, Los Angeles and Santa Fe during the past ten years. See examples of his work at
His July 31 session will focus on beginning encaustic painting, including how to apply the medium; fusing; scraping and layering techniques. The August 1st session will focus on intermediate encaustic painting and cover using specialized encaustic tools, stenciling, embossing, transfer techniques and creating a 3-D surface. Contact Russell at or go to his website.

R & F Paints returns to the Institute August 4 - 8 with artist Gina Adams as instructor. Gina will cover encaustic basics such as safety, preparation of surfaces, tools and techniques for fusing, collage, casting, carving and more. All levels of artists from beginners to advanced are welcome. Contact Laura Moriarty, Director of Exhibitions and Workshops at R & F Handmade Paints: for more information.

3-D encaustic artists Karon Leigh (Arizona) and Randi Harper (Washington) will offer a "New Dimensions" workshop at the Institute September 1 - 4. Contact Karon at for more information. In conjunction with this workshop, the Institute will mount an exhibition featuring the use of encaustic in three dimensional work, August 21 - September 12. Details to follow on the blog.

New Mexico encaustic artists attend international conference

New Mexico was well represented at the Fourth International Encaustic Painting Conference, held June 11-13 at the Montserrat College of Art in Beverly, MA. Attending were seven artists from the state including four who demonstrated or presented talks related to the medium. Francisco Benitez discussed and demonstrated the ancient approach to encaustic painting; Ellen Koment talked about "Going Large;" Russell Thurston demonstrated how to integrate oil media and dry pigments with encaustic; and Harriette Tsosie led a panel on how to create an organization for encaustic artists. Paula Roland attended as a vendor, selling and demonstrating how to use her famous "hot box." Also attending from New Mexico were encaustic artists Barbara Gagel and Susan Shaffer. Participants enjoyed a scholarly talk about Jasper Johns use of encaustic; a panel on making a career in encaustic; and a gallery talk by the curator of an all encaustic exhibition. Several post conference workshops were held, including one by Benitez "Homage to Fayum." Most of the New Mexico delegation are members of the Encaustic Art Institute. Members attending from other states included Sherrie Posternak (Arizona) and Patricia Baldwin Seggebruch (Washington)

Thursday, June 17, 2010

“Pollination: Encaustic Works from New Mexico Including Many Members of the EAI”


The City of Santa Fe Community Gallery announces, in collaboration with the Santa Fe Botanical Garden and Ecoversity “Pollination- Encaustic Works from New Mexico”. The Community Gallery will feature an exhibition presenting the wonder of encaustic painting as well as educational and inspired programming regarding the history and myriad encaustic techniques available to artists in that media, which relies on bees wax. Inherent in the subject matter of this exhibit are the numerous environmental impacts of civilization on bee populations and their role in our lives as vital pollinators. Over 20 artists in encaustic media will offer a full range of work that expresses both the beauty of the materials they use as well as the exacting nature of encaustic work.

Numerous community events will connect visitors more closely to the natural environment through informative workshop/demonstrations for community education.

Workshop/Demonstration Calendar of Events for Pollination- FREE to the public!

Harriette Tsosie
Saturday, June 26th, 1-4 pm
In the Community Gallery- 201 W. Marcy (at the Sheridan intersection)
Harriette Tsosie will give a short talk on the history of encaustic (pigmented wax) painting and demonstrate her encaustic process. Tsosie has been painting with wax for seven years. She is president of the Encaustic Art Institute and is represented by the Institute as well as FLUX Contemporary, Albuquerque.

Sallyann Paschall
Saturday, July 24th, 1-4 pm
In the Community Gallery- 201 W. Marcy (at the Sheridan intersection)
Sallyann Paschall will do an encaustic demonstration of not only basic encaustic techniques but techniques that incorporate collage elements into encaustic work. The basic demonstration will be followed by a chance for the audience to experience encaustics for themselves. Each participant will be given a small block of wood with which to experiment. Each person may then take their newly made work of encaustic art home with them.

Russell Thurston
Saturday, August 7, 1-4 pm
In the Community Gallery- 201 W. Marcy (at the Sheridan intersection)
One of the more challenging aspects of encaustic painting is creating fine details. Over the years, Russell has developed various ways of adding oil paints, oil sticks, and dry pigments to facilitate detail work. While these methods can be difficult to control and require some skill: they offer additional choices in encaustic painting.
More specifically, Russell will demonstrate:
1) How to etch or emboss the surface of an encaustic painting with various tools and then apply oils, oil sticks, or pigments.
2) How to handle the differences in how the oil media responds to heat versus how wax responds.
3) How to use wax paper to mask parts of the painting to create particular effects such as fine details.
Russell will also cover the basics of straight painting with oils, oil sticks or pigments on the surface of a painting, then scraping with tools to remove some of the oil color, followed by heating with a gun or lamp to fuse the surface.

The Community Gallery is located inside the Santa Fe Community Convention Center, 201 West Marcy Street, at the intersection of Sheridan Street. Public parking is available in the Center garage, located off Federal Avenue. The Community Gallery is open Tuesday through Saturday, 10:00 AM to 5:00 PM.

“The intent of this exhibit is to illuminate the inter-connectedness we, as humans, have with our environment in the past, present and future,” states gallery manager Rod Lambert. “It is vital to understand, in light of numerous environmental catastrophes in our recent past, the results our footprint has on the natural world. As we celebrate our 400th anniversary, we should strive to preserve the ecosystems which contribute to the beauty and power of place so evident in Santa Fe.”

The work of over 20 artists will be represented in the “Pollination” exhibit, with a variety of encaustic techniques, styles and price points. The exhibit will include work by: Trina Badarak, Paige Baillie, Martha Rea Baker, Kelly Barrett, Francisco Benitez, Helen Cozza, Linda Fillhardt, Christy Hengst, Maureen Howles, Sandra Lerner, Stephanie Lerma, Joyce Macrorie, Sallyann Paschall, Teena Robinson, Paula Roland, Diane Rolnick, Susan Shaffer, Russell Thurston, Harriette Tsosie, Shawn Turung, Paula Verona, Carol Ware and Susan Zimmerman.

The Community Gallery promotes, sells and exhibits the work of New Mexico artists and artisans, with the emphasis on Santa Fe, through exhibitions, professional training and community involvement in the arts. Community Gallery programming provides a range of services, exhibitions and activities that engage the public as well as support the efforts of local artists and artisans. As a result, the gallery is a hub for viewing and exhibiting exciting artworks and brings the community to art as well as art to the community. For more information about the Community Gallery, visit, send an email to or call 505-955-6705.

Thursday, June 10, 2010

Linda Fillhardt Donates Piece To The EAI

The EAI would like to thank Linda Fillhardt for her donation of Disintegration #4 (19"x15") to the permanent collection of encaustics at the EAI.  Linda lives in Lamy, NM and is a member of the institute. 

Friday, May 21, 2010

Thursday, May 13, 2010

New Mexico Magazine Does Article called "Waxworks"

In the June, 2010 issue of New Mexico Magazine under going places is an article called Waxworks: Encaustic is painting with hotwax, and it's coming back. The encaustic institute is mentioned as well as some of our members. Check it out and pick up a copy.

Wednesday, May 5, 2010

EAI Members Give Encaustic Lessons at Area Schools

It's springtime in Santa Fe, and that means the Encaustic Art Institute is taking its show on the road.

EAI Founder Douglas Mehrens, Educational Director Carol Ware, and Program Director Russell Thurston provided a full day of free encaustic classes at the Academy of Technology and the Classics, a charter middle and high school in Santa Fe, NM.

Students in grades 7 through 12 got a hands-on lesson in the ancient techniques of encaustic art and made mono-prints using Paula Roland's Hot-boxes and encaustic sticks provided by R&F Handmade paints.

The comments from the kids as they pulled their prints ranged from "Oh...awesome" to "Wow...that's really cool" to "That's sooo SICK!" (I'm pretty sure that's a good thing.)

EAI members are planning on visiting two more local schools before the end of the term.

Tuesday, May 4, 2010

EAI Featured in R & F Paints Blog

The 1st of a series of free encaustic demos for kids held at the EAI was a huge success. EAI’s Educational Director, Carol Ware and Program Director, Russell Thurston gave a hands-on demo at the opening of the “Hot Wax” exhibition, where the parents seemed to enjoy trying encaustic painting as much as the kids. To see pictures of the event go to the R & F Blog on April 20.

Monday, May 3, 2010

Karen Leigh Donates to the EAI

The EAI would like to thank Karen Leigh for her donation of Broken View (12"x12") to the permanent collection of encaustics at the EAI.  Karen lives in Green Valley, AZ and is a member of the institute. 

Thursday, April 22, 2010

Pollination Show at Open Space Visitors' Center Gallery in Albuquerque

Works by the New Mexico members of the Encaustic Art Institute are featured in “Pollination,” an exhibition opening at Albuquerque’s Open Space Visitors’ Center Gallery with a reception Saturday, May 8th from 1:00 - 4:00 PM. The Gallery is located at 6500 Coors Boulevard NW between Montano and Paseo del Norte at Bosque Meadows Road. The exhibition continues through June 28th. Gallery hours are 9:00 AM - 5:00 PM, Tuesday - Sunday, closed Monday. There is no admission charge. In conjunction with the exhibition, the Open Space Visitors’ Center will host a series of events exploring pollination and the role of pollinators and a demonstration of the encaustic painting process. Pollination is a natural process but also describes the diffusion of creative ideas among artists. Art works selected for this exhibition demonstrate the variety of ways encaustic (pigmented wax) is used for painting, mark making, collage, texturing, and printing. The encaustic medium is made from beeswax to which a hardening agent (damar varnish) and dry pigment or oil paint (for color) are added. In true encaustic painting, the paint is heated and applied to a rigid surface. Layers are fused with a propane torch, heat gun or other heat source. The word “encaustic” comes from the Greek term “enkaustikos” meaning “to heat or burn in.” Featured in “Pollination” include: Santa Fe artists Guy Baldovi, Fionna Buck, Yvonne Burk, Jackie Butler, Linda Fillhardt, Nicolas Gadbois, Marueen Howles, Douglas Mehrens, Sallyann Paschall, and Cherry Whitener Rohe, Albuquerque artists Sharon Sperrry Bloom, Sally Condon, Debi Dodge, Ernesto, Eleanor Trabaudo, Shawn Turung, F. G. Yost and Susan Zimmerman and Taos artists Michael Carter and Paula Verona

Events scheduled at the Open Space Visitors Center include:

Saturday, May 8th: “Pollination Exhibition Opening Reception,” 1:00 - 4:00 PM

Saturday, May 22: “How to make your own Mineral Paints” with Scott Sutton
9:30 am – 4:00 pm. $20.00. Registration required. Participants will learn how to make their own paints from minerals found here in New Mexico. This method of seeking pigments in the landscape is often utilized as a way to supplement a painter’s color palette. The mineral based pigments can be made into oil paints, encaustic paints and even blended with acrylic mediums. Limit: 10 students, age 7 years and up. Call 897-8831 to register. http://www.scottsuttonart

Saturday, June 5: “Protecting Pollinators: A Beekeeping Demonstration” with Jerry Anderson. 9:30 am. Free. Registration required. Many plants require help with pollination to assure reproduction. Bees are essential pollinators. Beekeeper Jerry Anderson will demonstrate how to host and care for bees. Bring water and sun protection. Limit 20 people. Call 897-8831 to register.

Sunday, June 13: “Encaustic Demonstration” 10:00 am. Free. Registration required. Heat is used throughout the encaustic painting process, from melting the beeswax and varnish to fusing the layers of wax in the painting. An encaustic artist will demonstrate encaustic painting techniques. Limit 20 students, age 12 and up. Call 897-8831 to register.

Sunday, March 21, 2010

Rae Miller at The Cameron Gallery in Dallas

RaƩ Miller is one of three artists whose work will be featured in the show "Art Connects" at The Cameron Gallery in Dallas, TX. She will have ten encaustic/mixed media paintings on display. The opening reception is Saturday, March 27, from 6 to 9pm. The title of the show refers to art connecting these three artists and the gallery's owners, who met last summer in San Miguel de Allende, Mexico. For more information, please go to

Friday, March 12, 2010

Tsosie to speak at the National Hispanic Cultural Center

Harriette Tsosie will give a talk at demonstration of encaustic painting at the National Hispanic Cultural Center, Saturday, March 13 at 1:00 PM.  The Center is located at 1701 Fourth Street Southwest, Albuquerque.  "Encaustic is Hot," her presentation, is part of Women and Creativity 2010.  The public is invited.  There is no admission charge.

Pictured left: "Germination," 2010.  Encaustic/panel.  16"x12."

Friday, March 5, 2010

Martha Rea Baker represented by Karan Ruhlen Gallery

EAI member Martha Rea Baker is now represented by Karan Ruhlen Gallery on Canyon Road in Santa Fe, NM. Gallery owner, Karan Ruhlen chose encaustics from the Alchemy Series and the Canyon Walls Series to exhibit. Baker will be included in a group show at the gallery entitled "Exposure" in June 2010. Karan Ruhlen Gallery is located at 225 Canyon Road, Santa Fe, New Mexico.

Thursday, March 4, 2010

Ellen Koment named R&F Artist of the Month

Congratulations to Ellen Koment who has been named R&F Handmade Paints' Artist of the Month for March. The article includes an interview with Laura Moriarty. For the full article click the link below. Here is a small exert from the article.
LM: Is drawing an important part of your practice, or do you pull images from your imagination?
EK: I think that my work right now is all about drawing and yes I do look at the natural world as an infinite resource in it's variety of lines and shapes. But often as I begin working the images become a few steps removed from the original source and come more from an inner resource. To me drawing refers to making linear marks, whether on paper or wax, whether I am looking at a plant, a figure, a landscape, or inside myself. Click here to link to the article.

Fionna Buck has work in Site Santa Fe's Benefit

Fionna Buck has three encaustic wax pieces in "Site Unseen 6". It is a fund raiser to benefit Site Santa Fe's Eighth International Biennial "the dissolve". The Preview is Friday, April 9, 2010, 5-6PM, ($100 Preview tickets). The Opening is Friday, April 9, 2010, 6-8PM , (Free) and the Exhibition continues through Sunday, April 11. The pieces sell for $250 each. SITE Santa Fe, 1606 Paseo de Peralta, Santa Fe, NM

Tuesday, March 2, 2010

Barbara Gagel in Conrad Wilde Encaustic Invitational

Barbara Gagel in among twenty local and national encaustic artists selected to exhibit in the Conrad Wilde Gallery's Fifth Annual Encaustic Invitational, opening Saturday, March 6th with an artist's talk at 5:00 PM followed by a reception from 6:00 - 9:00 PM.  The gallery is located at 439 North Sixth Avenue, #171, Tucson, AZ.  The exhibition continues through March 27.  Gallery hours are Tuesday - Saturday, 11 AM - 5 PM or by appointment by calling 520/622-8997.  Congratulations, Barbara!

Wednesday, February 24, 2010

Karon Leigh's work in Arizona Show

Institute member Karon Leigh has a work (pictured left) "Sewing Frightens Me" (pictured left) in the "Visual Interpretations" show at the University of Arizona, Tucson.  Visual artists have teamed with students from the University's creative writing program  who will read from their work at the opening reception.  The show opens March 1 and continues through April 15.  Opening reception is Tuesday, March 2 from 5:30 - 7:00 PM at the University's Poetry Center, 1508 E. Helen Street, Tucson.  For more information call 520/626-3765 or go to:

Sunday, February 21, 2010

Santa Fe one heart Magazine Interviews Jackie Butler

Jackie Butler is interviewed by Santa Fe one heart Magazine. Here is a link to the article . The interview discusses her life and her new business ArtGraze. Congratulations.

Tuesday, February 16, 2010

Art from the Heart Opening Successful

The Encaustic Art Institute's "Art from the Heart" opening was an outstanding success, with good attendance all afternoon and several sales.  The exhibition continues through February and March.  February viewing is by appointment.  Contact Douglas Mehrens at 505/424-6487. March hours are weekends from 1:00 - 6:00 PM and by appointment. The Institute is located just 18 miles south of Santa Fe on the scenic Turquoise Trail at 18 County Road 55 A (General Goodwin Road), Cerrillos, New Mexico.   Look for the yellow pyramid.

Gagel show sells out

Institute member Barbara Gagel's work is featured in "Silent Circles: The Healing," an exhibition at Ayer Lofts Gallery in Lowell, MA.  The gallery is located at 172 Middle Street and is open Thursdays and Fridays from 4:00 - 7:00 PM, Saturdays and Sundays from 11AM - 4 PM.  The exhibition continues through February 26th.  Pictured is a scene from the opening.  The show has sold out.

Monday, February 15, 2010

Nanette Newbry at Ivanffy-Uhler Gallery

Institute member Nanette Newbry has a solo show at Ivanffy-Uhler Gallery, 565 Grand Avenue, Carlsbad, CA Newbry’s recent work explores the subject of memory: she creates her own visual language depicting perceptions of events, beliefs and emotions. The exhibit opened January 28, 2010 and continues through March 18.

Friday, February 12, 2010

Casselman at Back Street Bistro

Institute member Lousie Casselman has a solo show at Santa Fe's Back Street Bistro through April 24th.  Catch her opening reception Friday, March 12, from 5:30 - 7:30 PM.  The Bisto is located at 513 Camino de los Marquez.  For more information: 505/982-3500.

Leigh takes first in Tucson "Fragments" show

Institute member Karon Leigh’s encaustic work is included in two exhibitions opening this weekend in Tucson, AZ.  

“FRAGMENTS,” which includes work by Contemporary Artists of Southern Arizona, opens with a reception Saturday, February 13 from 2 - 4 PM at the Brandi Fenton Memorial Park Gallery, 3482 E. River Rd.  The exhibition continues through March 1, 2010.  Gallery Hours are Mon. - Fri., 10am-4pm.  Leigh’s entry took first place in the competition.  For more information:

Leigh’s work is also included in “Four Seasons,” on exhibit from February 1st - March 31 at the University of Arizona’s Kachina Gallery.  Opening ceremony is February, 5 - 6 pm.  The Kachina Gallery is in the University’s Student Union Memorial Center, Level 3.  For more information:

Tuesday, February 2, 2010

Moriarty to talk at EAI

Renowned encaustic artist Laura Moriarty will talk about and show slides of her work Wednesday, February 3 at 5:30 PM at the Encaustic Art Institute.  The Institute is located at 18 County Road 55 A (General Goodwin Road), Cerrillos, New Mexico.  For directions and a map, visit:

Moriarty says her work "aims to create a textbook of geologic processes, as if each piece were a page from a reference book."  She is fascinated by the ability to manipulate wax, embedding sculptural elements then excavating to reveal what was buried. "Like rockfaces or archaeological sites, their layers reveal the history of their making and can be read like the lines of a story."

Moriarty (pictured left with heat gun) is teaching a four-day workshop at the Institute, sponsored by R & F Handmade Paints, a New York based company that manufactures encaustic paint and sells supplies for wax artists.

Thursday, January 28, 2010

Art from the Heart Opens at EAI

Discover the sensuality of wax at the Encaustic Art Institute’s premier 2010 exhibition “Art from the Heart,” opening Saturday, February 13 with a reception from 1:00 - 6:00 PM.  The Institute is located just 18 miles south of Santa Fe at 18 County Road 55A (General Goodwin Road), Cerrillos, New Mexico.

“Art from the Heart” features works lovingly inspired by artists who work in encaustic (pigmented wax) from throughout the United States.  All works on exhibit are for sale with all sale proceeds going to the artist.  There is no gallery commission.  Works are reasonably priced and make unique, affordable Valentine gifts for your loved ones.

The Institute is the brainchild of artist Douglas Mehrens, a longtime Cerrillos resident who designed and built the “pyramid” structure that now houses the EAI gallery--2400 square feet of exhibition space that was once his studio.  Mehrens spent several years obtaining a non profit status, before announcing the Institute’s opening in 2009.  “I’ve been blessed in my life and career,” he noted.  “Now it’s time to give back.”  Mehrens and his wife Adrienne, a jewler, currently live on the12 acre Institute property and share visionary plans for expanding EAI.  “We want to have an art library, establish a permanent encaustic collection, and build more space for studios and workshops,” Mehrens said.

The Insitute recently merged with New Mexico Wax, an organization for encaustic artists living and working in the state founded by former Picuris resident Harriette Tsosie.  “It was a good marriage, “ said Tsosie.  At the time of the merger, New Mexico Wax was just a year old.  “We came on fast, mounting three all encaustic exhibitions, putting up a blog and publishing a catalog of our members work in that short time.“ When the two organizations discovered each other, NM Wax had 50 members.  “We had the artists: Douglas had the non profit status, land and exhibition space.  We are now probably the only encaustic organization in the country with its own campus.”

Mehrens noted that unlike NM Wax, the Institute accepts memberships from outside the state.  “We eventually want to be a global organization,” he said.  “Together, I think we can do it.”

“Art from the Heart” continues at EAI through February 28.  For more informaiton about the Encaustic Art Institute, directions and a map, visit:

Sunday, January 24, 2010

Tsosie to F L U X Contemporary

Encaustic Art Institute member Harriette Tsosie is now being represented by F L U X Contemporary, a new comtemporary art showroom representing only Albuquerque artists.  Tsosie's work was peer reviewed and is currently on display in the gallery's "Variations in the Key of Black" exhibition.  Pictured left: "Someone Else's Reality" triptych.  F L U X hours are Tuesdays - Saturdays, 9:30 AM - 5:30 PM.  The gallery is located in the New Mexico Design Center at 4801 Alameda Blvd NW, Albuquerque.  505/217-1784.

Call for Entries

Call for Art: “Art from the Heart," February 13 - 28, 2010. Encastic Art Institute,
18 County Road 55 A, Cerrillos, NM 87010. 505/424-6487.

Entries: Artists may submit up to two works not to exceed 48” x 48.” Works must be delivered to the Institute no later than 5:00 PM, Saturday, February 6, 2010. No exceptions. Artists shipping work are responsible for getting the work to the Institute by the deadline, roundtrip shipping and insurance expenses. The Institute will return unsold work within 30 days of the close of the show. This is a non-juried exhibition but artists must be members of the Institute in order to participate. To join, go to and complete the membership form. This website is set up to accept payments by Paypal.

Size and hanging restrictions: Artists should provide the following information along with their entry and in this order: title of the work, date completed, media, dimensions, price. There will be a form to record this information on the day you deliver your work. Artists shipping work should include this information taped to the back of their pieces. 2-D an 3-D work to be displayed the wall cannot exceed 48” x 48’ and weigh more than 50lbs. All work must be ready for hanging with secure wire across the back. 3-d work is restricted to 50lbs for pedestal and 70lbs for floor display. Dimensions cannot exceed 36” W x 72” H.

Pricing and sales: All art work must be for sale. No commission will be taken from the sales price.


31 December 2009: Call for art distributed
6 February 2010: Deadline to receive works at the Institute
13 February 2010: Art from the Heart Opening reception: 1:00 - 6:00 PM
28 February 2020: Art from the Heart closes
6 March 2010: Artists pick up unsold work, 10:00 AM - 2:00 PM
30 March 2010: Unsold shipped work returned to artists.

NM Wax-Encaustic Art Institute Merge

By a vote of its members in November 2009, New Mexico Wax and the Encaustic Art Institute have merged into a single organization, The Encaustic Art Institute. The merger opens membership to any encaustic artist worldwide and offers members permanent exhibition space at the Institute's 12-acre site in Cerrillos, New Mexico. Institute founder Douglas Mehrens' vision for the Institute includes offering workshops and public education programs, adding space for artists studios and residencies, creating an encaustic library and a permanent collection of encaustic art. "I've been blessed in my life and now it is time for me to give back," said Mehrens from his home on the Institute property. Mehrens, who will continue to serve as CEO of the Institute, has asked New Mexico Wax founder Harriette Tsosie to serve as the Institute's first president. "I am honored to accept this position," said Tsosie, an Albuquerque resident. "I look forward to working with Douglas to get the Institute up and running." Both Mehrens and Tsosie are encaustic painters.