Monday, August 15, 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.
Download the attached form for
recording this information and attach it to the back of your works. 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.

Wednesday, 1 June: Call for art donations distributed
Friday, 2 September: Label info due to
Friday, 2 September: Deadline for receipt of work by Institute.
Also pick up work from prior show.
Sunday, 11 September Exhibition installed
Saturday, 17 September Gala event: 5:00 - 8:00 PM

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

EAI: Thumos Gala Fund-Raiser- Saturday, September 17, 5-8pm

EAI's one and only fund-raiser Gala "Thumos" is fast approaching and we would like to see all of you stir up the excitement with your friends, family and patrons by purchasing ticket. EAI relies heavily on this one event for funds to make all aspects of the Institute grow and function. We appreciate all your efforts and support for what is going to be a wonderful event.

The procedure for the fund-raiser $25 tickets on September 17th is as follows:
If you have donated a piece for the auction, your entry ticket is covered, otherwise members and spouses pay $25. If the donated piece does not sell, it goes into EAI's permanent collection. To purchase tickets, you can send us your check(s) to: EAI 18 County Road 55A Cerrillos, NM 87010; or pay online. Either way you purchase tickets, please send us the form in the attachment to this email. (in the attachment, be sure and scroll down to the ticket part). To pay online: go to and select Gallery Purchases. Enter $25 and Quantity and enter "update". You can use your Pay Pal account or where it says "Don't have a Pay Pal Account?" click that and it takes you to credit cards.

It does make it easier for us if you pay in advance, so we can figure food and beverage. If at the last minute you want to bring a friend, we will sell tickets at the door.

EAI's Permanent Collection
All members should be aware that we are in the process of drafting letters to 8 major museums in the US to get a special 1st-time traveling exhibit of encaustic work. For this to be accomplished we are working on a larger collection. If you are interested in donating a piece, please contact Douglas:

Earthly Delights - Encaustic Paintings by Russell Thurston

Opening Reception:
Friday, August 5 · 5pm - 7pm

Exhibition Dates:
August 3- August 24

at ViVO Contemporary
725 Canyon Road
Santa Fe, NM 87501

Appropriating science, technology and nature, artist Russell Thurston describes his creative process as "a journey without a map, never quite knowing where the work will wind up. My work is often a mirror of the world I'm trying to make sense of. At other times, it reflects a place to where I long to escape."

"Earthly Delights" represents a contemporary interpretation of one of the world's oldest artistic media, encaustic, which is pigmented beeswax. "It's a difficult medium to control" he says. "Accidents can happen, and often do, when applying the paint. I welcome these events; they help shape the work and give it a more spontaneous feel."

Thurston builds layer upon layer by fusing, scraping and embedding objects in the surface in a kind of archaeology that can reveal the history of its creation. Many of the paintings in "Earthly Delights" feature imagery of interconnected systems, often mingling the technological and the natural. In the painting "Nerve Net," for instance, dense colored lines weave in and out of what could be cells, DNA strands, or perhaps plant matter. "This painting began from a dream I had in which an anatomical engraving of a brain was going to be the main focus. Halfway through the painting, it went in a different direction and became more about the interconnectedness of natural systems. If I hadn't become an artist, I think I would have been a scientist. I see a similarity between scientific exploration and creating a work of art."

ViVO Contemporary, located on historic Canyon Road

in Santa Fe, New Mexico represents an eclectic mix of Santa Fe artists whose work includes oil and acrylic painting, mixed media, works on paper, photography, encaustic and sculpture - all presented in a beautiful contemporary gallery setting.

ViVO is the only gallery in Santa Fe with a room dedicated to book arts. The Book Art Gallery showcases book art forms such as altered, sculptural and interactive books as well as those that are more traditional in structure.

EAI Members Book Now Available

Order you EAI Members book now. We have 88 members in the book. They will be available at the EAI, at the Gala or online. The softcover sells for $25. and the hard cover for $43. The book is 7"x7".