Friday, June 24, 2011

News from the EAI

Yesterday the EAI got the FINAL notice that they are now a 501 (c)3. Also, Los Alamos Bank is giving to the EAI $1500 as a sponsor. Doug has also found someone to write grants. Congratulations.

Thursday, June 23, 2011

Free EAI Online Magazine

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Francisco Benitez Opening at Nuart Gallery, June 24

Nuart Gallery is pleased to announce the opening of
Francisco Benitez's solo exhibition:


june 24th through july 10th
opening reception: june 24th, 5 to 7 pm
[ please join us for hors d'oeuvres + live music the artist will be present
to discuss his latest body of work ]

Known for his conceptual old master oils, Benítez discovered the ancient method of working figuratively with encaustic, exemplified by the well-known Fayum portraits of ancient Egypt. Working with this painstaking process, Benitez forges compelling portraits and figures out of molten wax, often with vignettes and poetic texts embedded into the luscious surface. Although he is preoccupied with examining and recuperating the ancient Greek and Egyptian past through an art historical technique, his subject matter is totally contemporary and examines the individual psyche confronted with the angst of our technologically driven, progress-oriented society. The title, Ut Pictura Poesis, a term coined by Roman author Horace, implies that the artistic image is interlaced with the threads of ethereal texts which poignantly construct a complex tableau representing perceptions of the world in which we live.

Benítez has featured his encaustics at the Chapelle des Penitents Blancs in Gordes, France, and the Abbaye de Fontmorigny (France) in 2008 and 2010. In addition to his painting, he lectures on the two-dimensional works of the baroque period, plus he has begun teaching workshops on the encaustic technique in the US and Europe, most notably at R & F paints in Kingston, New York, and the Encaustic Art Institute in Cerrillos, New Mexico. Benitez' work is also included in numerous private collections, come as high profile as Jean-Paul Gaultier's. These collections are spread across the globe, including the United States, France, Italy, Mexico, Canada and Sweden. His work is on permanent display at the New Mexico State Legislature's public art collection, as well as at the National Hispanic Culture Center and Conseil General de l'Aveyron in France.

Please feel free to contact us if you have any questions by phone at 505-988-3888 or by email at We look forward to hearing from you.

Nuart Gallery Staff

Wednesday, June 22, 2011

EAI Members Program, Sunday at 2:30pm

EAI Members Program on Sunday, June 26th @ 2:30 pm.
Encaustic Art Institute
18 County Road 55 A, Cerrillos, NM 87010

MVS Studios in Las Cruces will give a special talk/demo on...
"Everything you wanted to know about framing, but were afraid to ask!"
MVS Studios
535 North Main Street
Las Cruces, NM 8800
575·524·3636 or 575·524·3637

Here's your opportunity to see how a custom frame shop handles encaustic work.
Open to EAI members and the public.

Russell Thurston
EAI Program Director

Sunday, June 12, 2011

Call for Art

“Mining the Unconscious II”
Encaustic Art Institute
18 County Road 55 A, Cerrillos, NM 87010
Entries: Encaustic Art Institute members are invited to submit one
piece of work. Works must be created specific to this exhibition. The
Institute will not hang old work or work on hand. Entries to be delivered to
the Institute’s Pyramid Gallery any Saturday or Sunday, 1 - 6 PM but no
later than Sunday, July 31 by 6:00 PM, no exceptions. Shipped entries
must arrive by the deadline with shipping and insurance paid by the artist.
Pickup of sold and unsold work Sunday, August 28, 1 - 6 PM
Size and hanging restrictions: All work must be ready to hang
with secure wire across the back. No sawtooth hangers. 3-D work is
restricted to 50 lbs for pedestal and 70 lbs for floor display and cannot
exceed 5’ in any direction
Label information: Artists should provide the following information
along with their entry and in this order: Title of work, your name, medium,
dimensions--with height first--, price. Download the attached form and
attach one copy to your entry. E-mail the label information and price to:
Sherry Ikeda:
Pricing and sales: All art work must be for sale. The Institute in
accordance with the vote of its members will retain a 15% commission.
11 June Call for art distributed
31 July Deadline for receipt of work by Institute (1:00 - 6:00 PM)
Label information to Sherry Ikeda:
1 - 5 August Exhibition installed and labeled
6 August Opening reception: 1:00 - 6:00 PM
28 August Artists pick up unsold work, 1:00 - 6:00 PM
It takes a lot of work to organize and hang an exhibition. You can help by following
the instructions and respecting the deadlines. Thank you

Harmony Community Project

The Encaustic Art Instituteis proud to present and sponsor the Harmony Community Project, a fund-raiser for the Habitat for Humanity. A collaborative effort from the artists in your community.
Engaging all artists to collaborate with other community partners to raise funds for Habitat for Humanity.
This project is an example of artists coming together in a seed community to use their talents to engage a larger community to raise funds for low income families. Other community networks, such as Habitat for Humanity and Creative Albuquerque and Encaustic Art Institute, are joining together to create a force for good in our city.
The goal of the Harmony Community Project is to raise enough monies to build one house in the greater Albuquerque area.
•Recruit sponsors to become integral members of the project
•Platinum $1000.00 +
•Gold $500.00 +
•Silver $250.00 +
•Bronze $25.00 +
•Display HARMONY art panel at Encaustic Art Institute now through September 1st. HARMONY panel will then be displayed at Creative Albuquerque from September 22nd through October 6th.
•Publicize the Project in local media through press releases, TV spots, interviews, etc.
Habitat for Humanity Auction The fund-raising celebration and auction will be held at Creative Albuquerque, 115 4th Street N.W. 87102, at the S.W. corner of 4th & Copper, (public parking available at parking garage at 5th and Copper) Open from 8am to 5pm Monday thru Friday. Phone: (505) 268-1920
The Celebration and Fund Raising Auction will be on Saturday, October 1st from 6pm to 9pm. Artists Donation — Sponsorship for Fund Raiser:
Artists donation for the Habitat for Humanity Auction: any artist can donate one work of art. To do so contact Douglas Mehrens: or
phone: 505.424.6487 for requirements, size restrictions, and submittal deadline.
Send your donations to: Encaustic Art Institute, 18 County Road 55A (18 General Goodwin Road)Cerrillos, NM 87010. Make checks out to: Harmony Community Project or to pay by credit card, go to and click on the Harmony Community Project button in the index. Your contribution is tax deductible as permitted by law. Your check-stub is your receipt. You can also go to the EAI website to donate:
ENCAUSTIC ART INSTITUTE is a non-profit art organization
Douglas Mehrens, Founder,
18 County Road, 55A (18 General Goodwin Road)
Cerrillos, New Mexico 87010
Phone: 505.424.6487
For additional information please visit, The Encaustic Grid Project Blog:
And, where the actual/final panels were posted including artists names and statements:

Monday, June 6, 2011

Susan Stone at Juniper Fine Arts Gallery

EAI member, Susan Stone, currently has 10 pieces of her Encaustic art on display at the Juniper Fine Arts Gallery Spring Open Show. The Juniper Fine Arts Gallery is located in Kanab, Utah. The show will remain hanging through July 1st, 2011. www.

Thursday, June 2, 2011

Call for Art

EAI Third Annual Gala and Art Sale:
‘Thumos’, the Passion of Life.

Entries: Encaustic Art Institute members are asked to submit a piece of their work for sale. You may submit one piece, sized 12” x 12” and of any depth, suitable to hang on a wall. It can be framed or unframed, but must adhere to the size limitation, 12” x 12”, and be ready to hang on the wall. The work should be delivered to the Institute on or before Friday, September 2nd. No exceptions. Shipped entries must arrive by the deadline with shipping and insurance paid by the artist.
The Institute will retain unsold work for future sales to support its mission.
Size and hanging restrictions: Art Work: 12” x 12”. Questions please contact Douglas
Mehrens at 505/424-6487 or email:
Artists should provide the following information along with their entry and in this
order: title of the work, date completed, media, dimensions. Email: to get form that is attached to back of work.
Artists shipping work should include this information taped to the back of
their piece. Remember for this event, shipping and insurance are ONE
WAY. Pricing and sales: All art work must be for sale. The Institute
will retain 100% of the sales to support its mission.

Encaustic Art Institute
18 County Road 55 A
Cerrillos, NM 87010