Friday, December 19, 2008

Meeting at Frankeen Price's Home - Dec, 16th 2008

Oh, the weather outside was frightful, but the fire, the food, and Frankeen Price's fabulous hospitality in her gorgeous home were so delightful that we celebrated the season in style at our December meeting. We all gathered inspiration from each other as we shared triumphs of the past and dreams of the future. Congratulations to Hildegard Slaughter for her show and sales at the Joan Grona gallery and to Johanna Gardner for her interview with Jessica Rector, of the Jessica Rector Online Radio Show. And no one outgrows show and tell when it involves our latest piece de resistance!

Johanna had the terrific idea of a round robin painting. One of us would start a piece and then pass it along for one or two others to add to it. What fun it will be to see how the pieces turn out when several of us have a hand in them! We will receive the substrates at the next meeting.
We also discussed better ways of photographing and posting our work and will be learning more about that in the near future. As always, we discussed our favorite tools and techniques of the trade as well as our ongoing safety concerns.

Our next meeting will be Saturday, January 17 at the home studio of Jules Ogan. Please call her at 830-446-2072 or e-mail for directions. We decided to start all meetings at the uniform time of 10:30 to make it easier on our memories. We hope to see you there!

Until then, holiday blessings to you and yours. Stay safe and warm, and may the fires of encaustic inspiration burn ever brightly.

(written by our fabulous artist and writer, Beth Preston)

Monday, December 15, 2008

Upcoming Meetings....2009

January 17 10:30-12:30 Home and Studio of Jules Ogan
February 17 10:30-12:30 Inn on the Riverwalk
March 21 10:30-12:30 Inn on the Riverwalk
April 21 10:30-12:30 Home and Studio of Adrian
May 16 10:30-12:30 Inn on the Riverwalk
June 16 10:30-12:30 TBA
July 18 10:30-12:30 Inn on the Riverwalk
August 18 10:30-12:30 Home and Studio of Debbie
Houston and Jayne Howell
September 19 10:30-12:30 Inn on the Riverwalk
October 20 10:30-12:30 TBA
November 21 10:30-12:30 Inn on the Riverwalk
December 15 10:30-12:30 TBA

Sunday, December 14, 2008

Meeting at the Inn on the Riverwalk - Nov, 21st 2008

The cold front may have come in to San Antonio, but we were waxing warm and eloquent discussing fall things bright and beautiful at our November meeting at Inn on the Riverwalk. Welcome to new members Joyce Howell, Deborah Houston, Adrian Highsmith, and Hildegard Slaughter. They were greeted by founding members Michelle Belto, Johanna Gardner, Steven DaLuz, Beth Preston, Frankeen Price, and Jules Ogan. Thanks again to Johanna Gardner for the use of her lovely inn, a perfect getaway spot and site of First Friday art happenings in downtown San Antonio. Encaustic artists may contact Johanna for a First Friday showing.
The room was abuzz as we showed our latest artwork and shared resources and techniques. We all felt the excitement building like layers of wax as we compared notes on the recent joint Texas Wax-Austin/San Antonio encaustic show, "Fused Expressions," at Bay 6 Gallery and Studio in Austin and talked about the upcoming encaustic show, "Degrees," which will open at M2 Gallery in Houston May 9, 2009, and run through May 31. The show will then travel to the other three cities in the Texas Wax group, Dallas, Austin, and San Antonio. The purpose of this show is to introduce encaustics to Texas. We also discussed gallery and workshop options that would coincide with the show's arrival in San Antonio. We are still waiting to hear whether our proposal for a group encaustic demo at Luminaria, a one-evening art event in San Antonio, March 14, 2009, has been accepted. Thank you to Johanna Gardner for submitting the proposal and for her great work putting together the blogspot. Happy birthday wishes and special thanks to Michelle Belto, our fearless leader, for her work in organizing and facilitating our meetings.
Upcoming shows of members include Steve DaLuz, oil and mixed media, at AnArte Gallery in San Antonio through Nov. 29, and Buchanan Gallery in Houston opening Dec. 6 and running for about a month. Kudos to Steve for the great feature article on "72," the show at AnArte Gallery, in S.A. Life in Sunday's "San Antonio Express News." Also, Michelle Belto and Beth Preston will be showing encuastics at the Euclid Avenue art show Saturday, Dec. 6 from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. and Sunday, Dec. 7, from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m.

Frankeen Price will host the December meeting at her home studio on December 16th from 10 a.m. to 12 p.m. Bring a dish to share and a small gift of artwork to exchange.

Congratulations to all for such high quality work. It is wonderful to see the range in application of this new-old medium and exciting to be on the cutting edge of its reintroduction to the art world.
Until the next meeting, wax prolific!

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