Saturday, September 20, 2008

San Antonio Wax Artists Group is Born.

Michelle Belto lead the meeting.
· Welcome and Overview of Texas Wax
Five eager founding members of Texas Wax/San Antonio gathered on a cool Saturday morning on the outdoor deck overlooking the Riverwalk at Inn on the Riverwalk. It was a delightful and momentous meeting. As indicated in the invitational e-mail, some members of this group had been meeting with Texas Wax/Austin since it’s inception. As a new branch of Texas Wax, we in San Antonio, are looking forward to adding our own “damar” to the mix.

· Self-introduction of members and their art
Most of the members brought a sample of their work. As we have been in Austin, we were impressed with the variety and scope of the work already being done in wax.

· Discussion of Meeting Details
After some discussion about meeting times and dates, we set the next meeting for Tuesday, Oct. 14 10:00-12:00 at the home of Michelle Belto-Schraub. The meeting will be followed with a pot-luck lunch. Since all of the members were located North Central/Northwest and preferred week days to busy Saturdays, we set the meeting time and day to accommodate. There was concern, however, that a mid-day meeting would not be possible for some that might be interested in Texas Wax. The November meeting is scheduled on November 22 back at the Inn. It will begin at 10:30 to accommodate their breakfast schedule. We will evaluate at that time and select a permanent day/time and location (or floating location).

· Use of Blogspot
Like the other Texas Wax groups (Dallas/Houston/Austin) we will set up a Blogspot. It can be marketed through the Texas Wax card designed by Deanna and used to promote communication between the four groups.

Some upcoming opportunities for us all:
· Juried Show for TEXAS WAX
Gwen Plunkett of Texas Wax/Houston has contacted Max at M2Gallery on 19th about an exhibition for the group. He has scheduled the month of May 2009 for us with the following dates secure: May 4, work to the gallery. May 9th opening reception 7-9. May 31, exhibit ends. The gallery takes a 35% commission on anything sold. There is no rental fee. We are responsible for curating/juring, postcards and reception. Each of the other Texas Wax chairs are looking for a gallery to host a like reception for the Fall/Spring of 2009-2010, having the exhibit travel to Dallas, Austin and San Antonio. We would be touting this as the introduction of Encaustics and Texas Wax to Texas. We are also looking at the possibility of having accompanying workshops for a Texas Wax Play Day to coincide with the opening of the exhibit in each city.

· Luminaria - March 14, 2008
Texas Wax/SA has decided to host a demonstration/exhibit in conjunction with Luminaria, the City-wide celebration of the arts scheduled for March 14, 2009. Johanna will research the application process and present ideas to the group at the next meeting.

· Joint workshops in Fall/Spring with Austin
We have planned to do a joint Encaustics Day once a semester, with Austin hosting a session and San Antonio hosting a session each year. With the closeness of the two communities we thought that the cross-pollination of ideas and experiences would be especially helpful to build the community of Texas Wax. We are suggesting that Austin take the lead on the first workshop, probably in the Spring. We will host the Fall workshop in 2009.

· “Fused Expression” Encaustics Show in Austin
We have been invited to participate in the first Texas Wax show that will be held at Bay6Studios beginning Nov 1-16. This is a non-juried show with the expenses of a reception and advertising to be shared by the participants. Bay6 has become known in Austin for its GREAT OPENINGS with a large attendance, great food and live entertainment. The estimate at this time is $50 per participant. If you would like a prospectus, contact Sharon Kylekuhn at

It was an excellent first meeting. Look forward to seeing everyone again in October!