Sunday, July 20, 2014

“The Devil in the Straight Line”
Open Juried Show
Sponsored by International Encaustic Artists
Venue: Bakehouse Art Complex, Audrey Love Gallery Miami, Florida Entry Deadline: August 1, 2014 October 6-14, 2014Reception and 2nd Friday Artwalk: October 10, 2014 Juror: Henning Haupt Curators: Flo Bartell and Lola Baltzell Reception, Thursday October 2, 7-10 PM . The reception coincides with the Second Friday Artwalk. Typically attendance is 350 patrons, and the artists in the complex have open studios. 2D Minimum: 12 inches on shortest side. All work must fit through the gallery doors which are 81 inches tall and 65 inches wide. 3D work must stand securely on the floor, or on a 36- inch square standing pedestal. If accepted work is to be suspended from the ceiling, or otherwise requires special handling for installation, the artist must be present for and aid in the installation.

Curatorial Statement

This open juried show, entitled “The Devil in the Straight Line,” is inspired by Austrian Friedensreich Hundertwasser, one of the best- known late 20th century artists. This iconoclastic, nature-loving, artist created zany masterpieces of unruly shapes and vibrant color, expressions of a powerful idealism that compelled people to think out of the box.
Hundertwasser’s approach has been described as“Gegen die gerade Linie”, against the straight line. He considered straight lines “the devil’s tools,” associating them with the ills of modern civilization: coldness and sterility of industrial design, detachment from nature, and cruelty of wars fought with machines. Straight lines he thought immoral and atheistic as painting is a religious experience. There are no straight lines in nature.
Encaustic painting lends itself beautifully to Hundertwasser’s ideals. For “The Devil in the Straight Line,” the juror will select work for this exhibition that reflects the beauty of Hundertwasser’s undulating lines and riots of color. Miami is also the perfect setting for dynamic, colorful expression.

Saturday, July 5, 2014

Gallery 901
Grand Opening

Sherry Ikeda and John Schaeffer
Friday July 11th, 6-9 pm 
Come celebrate with a great Jazz trio, good food and wine! Hope to see you all there.

Love Sherry & John
Gallery 901
901 Canyon Road, Santa Fe, NM


Call for Raffle Items for the 

"6th Annual Afternoon Gala and Art Auction"
Sunday Sept. 14th 2-6 pm 

Dear Members,

We are gathering raffle/auction items for our yearly Gala event, September 14th. EAI relies heavily on this one event for funds to make all aspects of the Institute grow and function.  The raffle items cost $5 a ticket.  In addition, to the raffle, a Call for Art will soon follow for the auction segment - which will be part silent and live for paintings, as well as bigger ticket items that are being donated.  The beauty of participating is you need not be present to win.  Some of these items are localized and it would mean a visit for you to NM....but some are items that can be shipped to you, or a service you can take advantage of anywhere.

A few samples of what we have so far for raffle items are: gift certificates for encaustic materials, one-year  EAI membership, jewelry, encaustic books, one-day workshops with local members.  The other items we have are gift certificates for NM local things such as dining, spa certificate, B & B weekend in Taos, etc.

In years past we have had members donate items such as a hand-inlaid knife, a week's stay in Mexico at a time-share,  restaurant certificates, un-used coffee maker, un-used dart board and darts, etc.  Use your imagination - you can donate your services, or something of value that you think would be interesting to EAI members and their friends and families.  If you have a certificate laying around you won't be using or a gift you have never used and don't know what to do with - consider it!  Maybe you have a time-share that you can't get to this year, and would like a tax write-off for it!!   We would like to collect all raffle items by August 1st, in order to promote the Gala.

I appreciate you considering anything you might want to donate.  All donations are tax deductible. Any questions or donation ideas, please contact me at:

Please let us know soon.

Douglas Mehrens  
Founder/CEO - Encaustic Art Institute