Friday, July 29, 2011

EAI Juried Exhibition Deadline Extended to August 27

EAI has extended the deadline for entry to this Juried Show. The new deadline is August 27th.

Entry information is online at, Juried Exhibition button in index or go to

Sunday, July 24, 2011

Openings in Waxed Paper Workshop

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“Waxed Paper”
Friday, August 19 - Sunday, August 21. 9:00 AM - 4:00 PM
Minimum: 8 students. Maximum: 15 students. $525. $100 deposit required
Many contemporary artists use paper wrapped over birch panels or paper as a collage element in their work. This three-day workshop goes one step further by providing participants experience with making their own paper and using the paper as a support for their work. Students will explore the ways in which paper can be wrapped, glued, stretched, pulp painted and made into sculpture. Then, using wax glazes, oil sticks and a variety of mixed media techniques, students will transform these amazing supports into works of art.
Instructor: Michelle Belto. BA Education, MA Fine Arts and Consciousness, John F. Kennedy University. 30 years experience as performer, educator, visual artist. Work in public and private collections throughout the US. Teaches encaustic painting and studio art with an emphasis on hand-made paper and wax. Author of Pulp to Painting: Exploring Paper and Wax is slated for publication in Fall 2011. To see more work:

Wednesday, July 20, 2011

Martha Rea Baker Opening at Karan Ruhlen Gallery

"Excavated Passages" Hot and Cold wax paintings by Martha Rea Baker and Mary Long-Postal at Karan Ruhlen Gallery, opening reception, Friday, July 22.
Karan Ruhlen Gallery, 225 Canyon Road, Santa Fe NM 87501 -505.820.0807-

EAI member Martha Rea Baker was born in Texas and grew up in Mississippi. After college she returned to the Dallas area where she co-owned a gallery for two decades. In 2006, when she moved to Santa Fe, Baker embarked on encaustics. “It was a natural evolution,” she recalls of her 35 years working in watercolors, oils, and acrylic collage, all of which she manipulated by using layers and glazes. “The advantage of encaustic is the seductive glow of color I achieve through the layering process,” she says. Baker also works in cold-wax, mixing pliable wax medium with oil pigments. Inspired by the Southwest, Baker says that the content of her recent work is earth and land based. “I’m inspired by the strata of geology exposed in canyon walls and distant vistas such as those found in Galisteo Basin.” Ultimately, however, the underlying theme of her work is time. “Its passage and its effect on nature,” she says. “I seek a time-worn look—the results of erosion, weather, and the marks of previous civilizations.”

Monday, July 11, 2011

“Artists on Art” series probes why artists create

Even before written history, human beings manifested an undeniable urge to make marks on all kinds of surfaces. Witness the cave art from Lascaux, Altamira and that more recently captured by Werner Herzog in his fascinating documentary, “Cave of Forgotten Dreams.” The more than 30,000-year-old drawings in Chauvet Cave, Ardeche, France, not only predate written history, but also perspective. Yet their makers have eloquently captured motion and form and evidence a real understanding of anatomy. As we view them in 3-D, they come alive--as alive as if they were drawn yesterday. And we respond. Why? Why were they made? And why do humans continue their endless mark making even now?

“Why do Artists Make Art?” probes the reasons for our frenetic desire to make marks and create art. It is the first in a series of three “Artists on Art” talks by contemporary “mark makers,” whose works are part of three “Mining the Unconscious” exhibitions unfolding in Santa Fe and Cerrillos. The exhibitions and talks, offered free of charge to the public, are among more than 20 other community programs that compose the Mining the Unconscious project. (For details:

Moderator for “Why do Artists Make Art?” , slated for Friday, July 15th, is artist Donna Ruff. She is a contributing faculty member at the Santa Fe University of Art and Design. She has challenged her panelists not to give the obvious “Because I have to” answer, but to dig deeper by asking themselves what happens when they don’t make art? was art valued and practiced in their families? why did they choose their particular form of expression and their materials? do they consider their work a spiritual practice? and many other challenging thoughts that evoke a deeper response. Panelists include Santa Fe artists Lisa de St. Croix, Taylor Oliver and Eliza Schmid, as well as Albuquerque artists Raymond Petersen and Barbara Shapiro.

The second “Artists on Art” program explores “How does art affect/reflect culture?” It’s slated for Friday, July 22 and panel moderator is Kathleen McCloud. McCloud is a visual artist and writer/audio producer for museum exhibitions, including the Vancouver Art Gallery, Dayton Art Institute and Herbert Johnson Museum/Cornell University as well as for multiple programs for the Library of Congress. Her panelists include Farmington artist Michael Billie, Santa Fe artists Sallyann Paschall and Iris Vazquez and Jemez Springs artist Betsie Miller-Kusz. The panelists have been asked to address how ritual fits into their work, whether landscape holds symbols and information unique to an area, impacting the culture of that place, and whether their art addresses contemporary culture or speaks more to myth.
“What is the role of the unconscious in creativity?” is the concluding program in the “Artists on Art “series. Its panel is moderated by Anne Farrell, Retired Chair of Media Arts for the Santa Fe Community College. Farrell’s panelists include Albuquerque artist Ralph Greene and Santa Fe artists Joe Griffo, John Hogan, Caroline Williams and Stan Yeatts. Panelists will bring the Mining the Unconscious discussions full circle as they address the role of the unconscious in their own work.

All “Artists on Art” dialogs begin at 7:00 PM at the Santa Fe University of Art and Design Annex , 1600 St. Michael’s Drive and will conclude by 9:00 PM


The mysteries of the creative process unfold in a series of exhibitions and community events this summer in Santa Fe, New Mexico.

Called “Mining the Unconscious,” the project references the long- awaited 2009 publication of Carl Jung’s red book journal and explores the role of the unconscious in all forms of artistic expression, ranging from poetry, dance, drama, and painting to its reflection in myth, dream and shamanism.

The Red Book itself--sometimes referred to as “the holy grail of the unconscious”-- details Jung’s confrontation with his own unconscious in dialogs with archetypal figures he encounters through “active imagining.” Jung considered The Red Book--written and illustrated over a period of many years--his most important work. “The years...when I pursued the inner images, were the most important time of my life...Everything else is to be derived from this...My entire life consisted in elaborating what had burst forth from the unconscious and flooded me like an enigmatic stream.”

In a series of three exhibitions, contemporary artists explore such Jungian themes as alchemy, archetype, dream, prophecy, spirituality, shamanism and symbol.

“Mining the Unconscious I” which premiered at The Santa Fe Arts Commission Community Gallery Friday, June 17, continues through August 21st. The Gallery is located at 201 West Marcy Street (intersection of Marcy and Sheridan), Santa Fe. Gallery hours are 10:00 AM - 6:00 PM Tuesday - Saturday. EAI members Martha Rea Baker and Russell Thurston are included in this juried show. For more information, contact: Gallery Manager Rod Lambert, 505/955-6705 or visit

“Mining the Unconscious II,” --an artist-initiated exhibition showcasing the works of 35 invited artists from throughout New Mexico opened Friday, July 8th and continues through August 7th at the Santa Fe
University of Art and Design’s Fine Arts Gallery. The Gallery is located next to the Fogelson Library on the University’s campus at 1600 Saint Michael's Drive, Santa Fe. Gallery hours are Thursday - Sunday, 11:00 AM - 6:00 PM. The exhibition includes encaustic works by EAI members Jayne Levant and Harriette Tsosie.

In conjunction with “Mining the Unconscious II,” selected artists from all three exhibitions will participate in a series of “Artists on Art” panels and discussions about the creative process itself. Topics include: “Why do Artists make Art?” “How does Art Affect/Reflect Culture,” and “What role
does the unconscious play in creativity? The talks are Friday evenings July 15, 22, and 29th beginning at 7:00 PM in the Annex, a classroom space adjacent to the Fine Arts Gallery and in the same building. Contact: Harriette Tsosie, 575/779-7941 or

“Mining the Unconscious III” is an exhibition by members of The Encaustic Art Institute. It is the only one of the three exhibitions restricted to a single medium: encaustic (pigmented wax). Artists working with encaustic demonstrate the versatility of the medium in expressing the dreamy, abstract qualities of the unconscious and its layered complexity. The Institute’s member-artists are from throughout the United States, Canada and Mexico. The exhibition opens in the Institute’s Pyramid Gallery on Saturday, August 6, with a reception from 1:00 - 6:00 PM and continues through August 28th. The Institute is located at 18 County Road 55-A (General Goodwin Road), Cerrillos, NM. Hours are Saturdays and Sundays from 1:00 - 6:00 PM and by appointment. Contact: Douglas Mehrens, 505/424-6487 or visit either or

All three exhibitions are open free of charge to the public and most of the exhibited works are for sale.

In addition to the exhibitions, a plethora of community events are planned. For details:

Mining the Unconscious project partners include: The Encaustic Art Institute, The New Mexico Art Therapy Association, and The New Mexico Committee for the National Museum in the Arts.

Images: above, Diane Bailey Haug, Veritgo; right, Susan Stone, Sine Macula Peccati.

Saturday, July 2, 2011


Friday, July 15 - Sunday, July 17, 2011
at the Encaustic Art Institute
Cost: $525
For more information or to register, visit the Encaustic Art Institute

The theory and practice of the fusion of photographic processes with the encaustic medium is the focus of this workshop. Participants will learn how to integrate photographic images with encaustic through techniques such as layering, pouring, painting, and by making original imagery translucent. Students will experiment with various methods of manipulating the original photograph, including toning, distressing, and transfer techniques. Also covered are archival techniques, presentation methods, and basic safety.

Michael David's paintings are included in the permanent public collections of the Metropolitan Museum of Art, the Guggenheim Museum, the Jewish Museum in New York, the Museum of Contemporary Art in Los Angeles, and the Los Angeles County Museum of Art. He is the recipient of a Guggenheim Fellowship and awards from the National Endowment for the Arts, The Edward Albee Foundation, and The American Academy of Arts and Letters. He is a founding director of the Fine Arts Workshop.

Michael David & Scott Browning