Sunday, September 22, 2013

5th Annual Gala a Huge Success

The EAI doubled our funds from last year and everything went smoothly. The weather cooperated until the very last, as we moved the live auction inside. The storm that ensured was record-breaking, so we lucked out. The Sunday Afternoon was a departure from the Saturday evening we had done before, and it was a hit. Sherry Ikeda did monotype demonstrations, and we had a wonderful poetry reading by Stuart Hall. The raffle and live auction items this year were fantastic and pulled a lot of players into the fun. We sold more paintings this year, than in years past through the silent and live auction. The following artist paintings sold: Louise Cassleman, Harriette Tsosie – 2 paintings, Evelyne Boren, Ellen Auchter, Kate Palmo, Barbara Michener, Sherry Ikeda, John Schaeffer, Marilyn Peretti, Fionna Buck, Cherry Whitener Rohe, Jennifer Pretzeus, Anne Smidt, Angel Wynn, Russell Thurston.

Thanks to everyone who donated paintings, and gifts to raffle. Thanks to the Gala team: Nancy Gott, Sherry Ikeda, Fionna Buck and Adrienne Mehrens. Their efforts in organizing and cooking and helping with set-up and clean-up and everything else in between are appreciated beyond measure. Thanks to Body and Soul Jazz Trio for volunteering to play for the festivities year after year. And thanks to all the friends and family of local members who also volunteered to make this the most successful Gala yet. The funds from the Gala will help continue to improve marketing of EAI, and help to expand our mission of exposing encaustic/wax medium to the public. Thanks to Richard Crombie for being designated photographer for the Gala and supplying the photos for the slideshow above. Click on image to Stop Slideshow. To Start again, Click Middle Arrow in upper right. With deep appreciation, Douglas Mehrens CEO/EAI

Wednesday, September 18, 2013

Harriette Tsosie's Code Talking Series

CODE TALKING: Word & Symbol as Image. From “Morse” to “QR,” Albuquerque artist Harriette Tsosie explores all kinds of codes in her upcoming solo show “Code Talking: Word and Symbol as Image.” The exhibition opens at Old Town’s Leich Lathrop Gallery Friday, October 4th, with receptions during the First Friday Artscrawl (5:00 - 7:00 PM) and an artist’s reception Sunday, October 6th from 3:00 - 5:00 PM. The gallery is located in Plazuela Sombra, 323 Romero Street, Suite #1, Albuquerque. “This body of work explores the language aspect of identity,” says Tsosie. “From marks scratched on caves to contemporary texting, there has always been a mysterious element to communication.” “Technology has made private communication more accessible and faster. That comes at a price. There's a reason divorce attorneys mine Facebook." She points out that social media can be a weapon as well as a “friend.” “The so-called 'social media' offer ample opportunity for government spying, leaking secrets and making serious mistakes. While many use the internet for shopping, other cultures form revolutions with it." Some contemporary codes are visually quite beautiful, says Tsosie, who especially likes the QR (quick response) codes. “A Los Angeles artist has likened them to Navajo rug weavings,” she says. “However, my first love remains the calligraphic marking of earlier cultures, which seem like codes to me since I cannot decipher them.” She explores both the QR and bar codes in several works as well as calligraphy in her “Lost in Translation” pieces. “Code Talking” continues through October 30th. Leich Lathrop Gallery hours are: Monday & Wednesday - Saturday: 10:00 AM - 5:00 PM. Sunday: Noon - 5:00 PM. The gallery is closed on Tuesdays.

Thursday, September 12, 2013

Tuesday, September 3, 2013

Upcoming Design Salon in Santa Fe

Waxing Hot and Cold Workshop

EAI Auction Items

The 5th Annual Fundraising Gala is fast approaching, and you can easily participate by pre-purchasing raffle tickets or bid on auction items. You need not be present to win and many items have no expiration date. For more information, contact Douglas Mehrens: