Wednesday, July 29, 2009

July Meeting at The Inn on the Riverwalk

Things are heating up like a summer in South Texas for TexasWax/San Antonio members. We held our July meeting at Inn on the Riverwalk, our lovely retreat in the heart of the city, where we welcomed new members Judith Guerra and Jan Velayas. We decided that we will draw up some goals for the group that will speak to where we would each like to be professionally in one year. We will address those goals in our business meetings, with information on such topics as the packing and shipping of encaustic art, websites, and working with charities. We will try to coordinate our meetings in artists' homes and studios with demos on a certain technique.

Don't forget that jpegs of up to three pieces of work are due Aug. 1 if you want to submit to the Global Swarming show. See for the Prospectus. We are also encouraged to submit five 10x10x1 1/2 pieces to "Ten," our TexasWax fundraiser in November.

Congratulations to Steve for his great show and selling nine paintings on opening night alone! Congratulations to Hildegard for taking first place in Mixed Media in a Kerr County art show! And best wishes to Michelle on an upcoming show at the Austin airport. Lots of exciting things are happening for our members, and we want you to be part of them. Don't miss out on our next meeting Tuesday, Aug. 18 at 10:30 at the neighboring homes and studios of Debbie Houston and Joyce Howell in Kingsland. Directions will be sent in an e-mail closer to the meeting date.

Wednesday, July 1, 2009

June Meeting at Michelle Belto's

Our June meeting was held at the beautiful home of Michelle Belto. This was an opportunity to hear the exciting news about the new nonprofit status of TexasWax and to decide overwhelmingly to join officially as TexasWax/San Antonio. This step will protect us all from liability and will give us access to grants, shows, and publications as well as the TexasWax website and all the expertise, experience, and educational opportunities that a larger organization affords. Each of us needs to join TexasWax by paying the $35 yearly dues. Membership is counted by the date of payment. You can pay online through starting next week or send your check now, payable to TexasWax, to Bay 6 Gallery and Studios, 5305 Bolm Rd. #6, Austin, TX 78721. Paying soon will help us get to the next step of gaining 501C3 status and will allow you access to the website and member discounts at Jerry's and other art supply stores.

We are encouraged to serve the organization on the Executive Board as a Chair of Communications, Development, Education, or Programming. You can also contribute by working on one of those committees. We hope to have representation of all chapters of TexasWax on the Executive Board and to fill those positions by mid-August. Please let Michelle know if you are interested in either chairing or working on one of those committees, and she will forward that information on.

There are several upcoming opportunities to show art. TexasWax/Dallas is sponsoring the show, "Global Swarming," which will debut at the Texas State Fair in September. The show is open to all TexasWax paid members. Artists may submit up to three entries by JPG files by Aug. 1 to Janet Artists will be notified of acceptance by Aug. 15. Minimum size is 10"x10" and maximum is 36"x36". See the TexasWax website for the complete Prospectus.

TexasWax is also holding a fundraiser, "10," beginning Nov. 7 at Bay 6 Gallery and Studios in Austin. All paid TexasWax members are invited and encouraged to submit up to five 10"x10" paintings. The art will be sold by silent auction, with bidding starting at $100 per piece and 20% of the proceeds going to TexasWax. The highest bidder of each piece goes home with the artwork.

Be on the lookout for details on a TexasWax/San Antonio show at 1550 Gallery in Kerrville in February, 2010.

Our Round Robin paintings are up for display at StampAntonio. Stop by to see them and also to check out encaustic supplies for sale. Don't be shy about asking them to stock something you need.

In member news, congratulations to Adrian, Jules, and Beth for selling their paintings at the Degrees show in Houston! Congratulations to Michelle in being one of 24 artists to receive the prestigious Creative Capital Grant! And congratulations and best wishes to Steve on his opening and show, "Dance II," at AnArte Gallery & Studio in San Antonio!

Our next meeting will be Sat. July 18 at Inn on the Riverwalk. If you would like to bring work for the goup to critique before submitting to "Global Swarming," you may do so, and you are always welcome to show new work.

We hope to see you there!

Sunday, May 10, 2009

M2 Gallery - Texas Wax Show

Together encaustic artists from Austin, Dallas, Houston, and San Antonio each choose a piece of work representing their style exhibited a fantastic show premiering last night at the M2 Gallery, Houston, Texas. Each city group make up the larger texasWAX network and members from one group are encouraged to submit works for or attend functions presented by any other group within the system.

Monday, May 4, 2009

April Meeting at Adrian Highsmith's

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, 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.

Wednesday, March 25, 2009

March meeting at The Inn on the Riverwalk

Texas Wax is gaining momentum like the winds whipping up a spring storm. We all felt the excitement building at our March meeting as we discussed details of the "Degrees" member show to debut May 9 at M2 Gallery in Houston. Catering for the reception that evening will be expertly provided by Inelle's Lemon Cakes. Texas Wax members are all invited to Sunday brunch the next day to continue the celebration! If you plan to attend both events, be sure to make your room reservations soon. Bed and Breakfasts in the area are already booked for that weekend. We placed orders for postcards to send as invitations to the show, which will be up through the end of May before traveling to Dallas, Austin, and San Antonio. The postcard will also be digitized for e-mailing. Michelle will let us know the entry fee, which we will bring to the April meeting along with the completed Prospectus and our painiting prepared for hanging, in a box. You may gain a little extra time by meeting up with Frankeen before she delivers the paintings to Houston.
Brochures of Texas Wax are being made up and will be availale at the show. You may bring cards announcing any other show or exhibit as well as any related service, such as medium or panels for sale, and they will also be displayed.
In other business, Michelle related that her encaustic classes at StampAntonio Arts on Military Highway have been a rousing success. She offers two a month, one introductory class and one offering more advanced techniques. Visit her website for details and plan ahead to be sure to reserve a spot!
We are all encouraged to keep investigating venues to exhibit our Texas Wax/San Antonio display of the round robin panels. There was much fun and merriment in the exchange of panels Saturday. We are enjoying the challenge of adding our vision and techniques while preserving others'. The completed paintings with cleaned edges painted black are due in April.
Of course the most inspirational part of the meeting was the work each member brought as we encouraged one another and helped each other select the piece to go in the Degrees show. It is wonderful to see the range and variety in the work displayed and the progression of each member's knowledge and skill. Remember that if you produce something meanwhile that you like better than what the group selected, you are free to submit it.
In the technical corner, New Englad Wax has six hour-long videos that Adrian found very informative. Encaustico also has Youtube videos worth checking out.
It was great to have such a well-attended meeting. Welcome back to those of you we haven't seen in a while! Bee sure to make the next meeting, 10:30 Tuesday, April 21, at the home and studio of Adrian Highsmith. Contact Adrian for directions.

Until then, wax prolific!

Friday, February 27, 2009

February Meeting 2009 At The Inn on the Riverwalk

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!