Well, the groundhog may have been scared back into his hole for six more weeks of winter, but those of us who braved the grey skies and slick roads for our February meeting were glad we did. Inspiration radiated from Johanna's newest paintings, and Michelle's enthusiasm for her mixed media and encaustic classes at StampAntonio was contagious. Sign us up!
In old business, we were not accepted as a group to demonstrate encaustics at Luminaria. We will regroup for next year.
Remember to bring your paintings to the March meeting for the touring Texas Wax show, Degrees. You may bring up to three paintings, and the goup will critique them and choose the best selection to represent your work. The minimum size is 10"x10", and the maximum is 48"x48". Paintings must be prepared to hang with wire and must be framed or have a finished edge. The prospectus for the show can be found at degrees_prospectus.doc.
Looking ahead to our future as a group, we decided to focus on growing: in numbers, as individual artists, and in exposure as an encaustic entity with an important contribution to the local art scene. We are therefore each tasked with identifying venues to display a traveling group exhibit that would help us gain recognition. The display may also give us an opportunity to help our busy little bee friends through awareness, education, and support. I sense the beginning of a bee-utiful friendship!
In the helpful hints department, Patricia Seggebruch's book, Encaustic Workshop, received several votes as a good pick. We are also all encouraged to check out the other Texas Wax sites for great links, information, and opportunities.
Our next meeting is from 10:30 to 12:30, Saturday, March 21, at Inn on the Riverwalk. We can't wait to see the newly painted dining room. Remember that this a lovely place to stay if you are visiting San Antonio or a great getaway even if you live here! You don't want to miss out on our group show, so bee sure to bee there!
Until then, wax prolific!