Saturday, November 10, 2012

Encaustic Art Institute 2nd Annual 2012 Juried Encaustic Exhibit

The Juried Exhibition opening was very impressive to view and there was a wonderful turn out of patrons and artists. The jurors took careful consideration in picking Best of Show and the Award of Excellence. They said it was very difficult to choose the winners from such a wide range of talent and diverse skills. The winners are: Best of Show - Michelle Schaefer with "Expand" and the Award of Excellence - Holly Wilson with "If I Were". • We were delighted with the exhibition artists that made the trip to be part of the opening or visited during the show; from New York, Arizona, Colorado and Alaska to name a few. Two of the weeks that the exhibit was hanging, EAI was involved in a Studio Tour that included 29 studios/galleries. We combined efforts in advertising throughout Albuquerque and Santa Fe. EAI averaged 30-40 people a day throughout those two weekends. We also had many appointments during non-hours of the gallery. The show was an opportunity to experience and purchase the best encaustic juried art in our area. For those who had never heard of or seen encaustic work, as well as those who were veterans of the medium - the exhibit was inspiring. • We sold five paintings during the exhibition. • We have included a video that was shot of the exhibit from a member/exhibit artist. Susan Delgalvis from Alaska shot this video using her Ipad during morning hours in the gallery, hence some of the skylight shadows are visible on the paintings, but be assured they are not seen during our open hours. Click here to view the video. • Some paintings had already sold, so she has added them to the end of the video. We are very appreciative of her taking the time and filling our need, and her husband Andrew for taking the time to edit it! We also have photos of the exhibit on our Facebook, Blog and Website. • We appreciate all of you who wished to be part of this Exhibit and thank you for your patience and understanding with our learning/expanding growing-curve. Sincerely, Douglas & Adrienne Mehrens Encaustic Art Institute

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