Friday, January 30, 2015





The Encaustic Art Institute (EAI) has been looking for the past three years for the perfect space and location in downtown Santa Fe (the second largest art market in America) to move the members gallery and permanent collection gallery - while keeping our present location the educational and workshop arm of the institute. As of January 1st, we have signed an agreement on a long-term lease for this 4,500 s. f. beautiful space at 632 Agua Fria in the Historic Railyard Art District of Santa Fe.

The advantages of membership are many, and now with the gallery moving to Santa Fe, you will have an expanded opportunity to exhibit and sell your art in the second largest international art market in the nation. EAI will be open year-around, five days a week with extended hours, expanding our reach in promoting the encaustic/wax movement at large and our individual member's artwork.

Our grand opening is set for Friday, March 27th, so time is of the essence to get this major move ready for the opening. As current members, you are allowed up to 2 pieces of work, with one that will always be up for sale and the other one in rotation. If you do not have a painting with us, you can send artwork no larger than 36x36 inches to our current location at: EAI, 18 County Road 55A, Cerrillos, NM 87010

To be part of the opening, paintings must arrive no later than 
Friday March 6, 2015

Print and Attach Artwork Label

Paintings that arrive without a label secured on the back will not be hung

Refer to the EAI website:  "Send Us Your Art"

We need your support. I hope you will agree that this is a monumental move and a wonderful opportunity for all of us. As you know, EAI is a non-profit 501 C3 and relies heavily on fund-raising efforts. With this important move, there are many expenses that EAI has not incurred before. We have on board a grant -writer who is busy getting ready for the Fall 2015 deadlines. Until then, we will continue our efforts to expand membership and look for patrons. If you are able to donate at this time, with any amount to support the expansion of EAI, it would be very appreciated. To contribute, Please go to Support Us on the EAI website to make a tax deductible donation. 

For more information about the Encaustic Art Institute go to our Website

Thank you,

Douglas Mehrens,
EAI Founder/ CEO


New Location - The Encaustic Art Institute

632 Agua Fria St., Santa Fe, NM 87501

Back side and main entrance

 Front side on Agua Fria

 Main entrance lobby

3000 sq fe gallery for Permanent Collection

Monday, January 26, 2015

"Encaustics Using Photographs" 2 Workshops

 Using Photographs To Make Encaustic Artwork


Two Dates to Choose From

Saturday March 14th  OR  Monday March 23rd

Instructor: Angel Wynn 

1036 Canyon Road, Santa Fe, NM 87501


 Whether you use a smart phone, point-and-shoot or professional camera to take your photographs, you will enjoy the basics of the ancient encaustic wax process to enhance your images. These fun-filled full day workshops will show you a variety of techniques to apply layers of translucent encasutic wax to your images. Professional photographer and encaustic artist, Angel Wynn, demonstrates a variety of ways to turn your photos into one of a kind artwork.

Start blending images of flowers, trees, people, history and buildings together with wax, pigments, textiles, stencils and textures to create artwork. You can also make a collage piece using photo transfers, images printed on silk and rice paper.

The hands-on workshops are designed for all levels of experience. Complete encaustic supplies and wood boards are included. Participants walk away with 2-3 pieces of finished encaustic art. To provide the best learning experience, classes are limited to only 4 people, so book early to guarantee your spot.

Gallery Opening & Artist Reception

An Evening of Dance and Music in Art

April 3rd Opening with an artist reception from 5-8 pm and 

continuing through April 29th

This month long show features internationally acclaimed artist and tango dancer Willow Bader.   Willow was literally born in a log cabin at the end of a dirt road in far eastern Washington State on the edge of the Colville Indian Reservation.  As an only child, she spent most of her young life bare of foot and out of doors - more at home in the woods than inside a house.  In her early years, she was home-schooled and then received her elementary education in a Waldorf School environment while still living out in the deep countryside.  As far back as she can remember, all she ever wanted to be was an artist.

Willow raced through public school because she was in a hurry to get on with her formal art training at the best institution with the most fundamental and classic values.   She transported herself from that rural background straight to Philadelphia and the Pennsylvania Academy of the Fine Arts

Because art is her life, Willow devotes most of her time to working in her studio. She is self-taught in encaustic and has mastered techniques and created tools for working in the medium.  Willow always carries a sketchbook and draws wherever she may be - mostly living things in motion: dancers, musicians, goats, chickens, pigs, buffalo, horses, and even insects. If it’s moving and she’s drawn to it, she can capture it on paper with just a few lines.    There is always a feeling of movement in her pieces, and nobody captures the movement of musicians and dancers better than Willow.  For this show of her new works, Willow focused her creative talents on capturing the movement of tango dancing and Argentine tango music.  She herself is an accomplished tango dancer.  Standing in the gallery surrounded by her images of musicians and tango dancers, it’s as if you are on the dance floor, hearing the music, feeling the dancers, wanting to break out in dance yourself.  Come enjoy this unique experience that her art can bring to life.

Willow will be teaching two advanced encaustic workshops April 4th and 5th at the studio of Gallery 901 owners John & Sherry in Santa Fe.  For more information regarding the workshop go to 

The show opens April 3rd and runs through April 29th

Contact:  Sherry Ikeda, Gallery 901, (505) 780-8390
Location:  Gallery 901, 901 Canyon Road, Santa Fe, NM  87501

Two Day Encaustic Workshop with Karen Frey

Contemporary Realism

Two Day Encaustic Workshop with Karen Frey
March 28 & 29 from 10:00am-4:00pm
Location:  Sherry & John's Studio
4 Zorrito Court
Santa Fe, NM  87508

Cost:  $575 all materials included

The goal of this workshop will be to complete a painting. While this may sound ridiculously easy, it may be more challenging than you think. During the workshop we will discuss many basic painting elements such as composition, applications, linear drawing, characteristics of pigment, color theory and color development. In addition we will contemplate aesthetic concerns.

I will demonstrate a number of stages that play a part in the evolution of a painting. Following each demonstration the class participants will attend to that particular step on their own paintings. We will volley back and forth: I work / you work as often as our paintings need and time allows.

During the student painting sessions I will make every effort to speak to each student on an individual basis.

For more information:
contact Sherry Ikeda
Gallery 901
901 Canyon Road
Santa Fe, NM  87501


Saturday, January 24, 2015

New Members for the New Year at EAI


EAI is starting 2015 out with a bang! A large number of NEW members have joined our association since the beginning of the New Year. Here's a list of the artists. If their name is in blue you can check out their websites and encaustic art!