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: www.eainm.com and www.eainm.blogspot.com

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
e-mail: mehrens@eainm.com

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.