Our April meeting was held at the gorgeous home of Adrian Highsmith amidst her fascinating collection of African art and artifacts. We came bearing boxes containing our submissions for the Texas Wax member show, Degrees, at M2 Gallery in Houston, opening May 9. A VERY BIG THANKS to Frankeen Price for delivering all the artwork to Houston and to Julie Ogan and Debbie Houston for offering to pick it up at the end of the show. We send our best wishes for a GREAT show with those members attending! The artists' brunch originally planned for Sunday, May 10, has been cancelled due to conflicts with Mother's Day plans. If you haven't already sent Michelle your two checks to cover the cost of cards and the reception, please do so. Send one check made out to Gwen Plunkett for $15 and one to Deanna Woods for $4.50. The book illllustrating the show has been tabled for now, pending a funding base, but graphic designers are being sought among Texas Wax members to coordinate the project.
From the Degrees show, we moved on to showing off our final panels in the Round Robin exchange. What a fun exercise this was as we added our own touches to another's encaustic work. We decided that these small panels would be used as a display for educational purposes. We will put together another traveling display for show and sales on 16"x16" panels that will better represent us as individual artists and encaustic painting in all its beautiful facets.
In new business, Texas Wax/Austin is seeking non-profit status, and the other Texas grops have been invited to join in with them under one Texas Wax umbrella organization. In two years, they hope to host a Texas Wax conference. We voted as a group to send Michelle to meetings to investigate our taking on the non-profit status, as well. Debbie and Joyce also offered to be contacts for these meetings.
Marilyn Fenn from Austin is putting together a Texas Wax website and blog that we can all participate in. She needs your input, so if you would like to participate, please respond to the forwarded e-mail from Michelle from beehive-request.
We were excited to meet and greet Carol from Stamp Antonio Arts to talk about the classes and materials available there. She would like to display encaustic art and has generously offered to stock any encaustic materials and supplies we may need. She will even match any price! Wow! Thank you, Carol! So stop by and visit Stamp Antonio Arts at 2211 NW Military Hwy, San Antonio, 78213, and let Carol know what materials you need. She is also offering encaustic medium at a discount to Texas Wax members.
In member news, best wishes to Steve DaLuz on his upcoming solo show at An Arte Gallery in San Antonio in the month of June!
Last but certainly not least, Julie continues to investigate ways for us to help our benefactors, the honeybees. Check out the site, helpthehoneybees.com for the latest buzz on what Haagen-Dazs ice cream is doing and what you can do to help.
Our next meeting is slated for Saturday, May 16, at the Inn on the Riverwalk at 10:30.