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Kimberly Kent is the new IEA Oregon Chapter Leader

Kimberly Kent is the new IEA Oregon Chapter Leader

What a weekend! It all started Friday night when I got together with my painter friends for our monthly IEA meeting. I founded the Oregon Chapter of the International Encaustic Artists almost two years ago and it has grown steadily ever since. I was recently invited by the board to become the International Chapter Director, helping members start up local chapters in their area. I knew I couldn’t do this in addition to my work in Portland, so I was thrilled when my buddy Kimberly Kent, founder of CUBE Gallery offered to take over. She is perfect for the position.

On Saturday and Sunday I taught my Beyond Basics encaustic class with an advanced workshop on Sunday. Half of my students came from Canada to take my classes, do some shopping and enjoy our beautiful summer weather. I guess two out of three ‘aint bad (It rained. HARD). Everyone had a great time, including me! What a great group.

After class on Saturday my husband Bill and I took off for one of our favorite annual events: Portland Taiko. Growing up in Hawaii the Asian traditions were integral to my life and watching taiko drumming was one of my favorite events. I say watching instead of listening because taiko is so much more than the sound. It’s a visual feast as well, and when seen live you can feel the drum beats pulse through your body. It’s magical!

I also received some welcomed news on Saturday that my work has been accepted for publication in Studio Visit Magazine, the publishers of New American Painting. They received almost 1000 entries but I made the cut and my work will be featured in the publication due out next spring. It is delivered to 2,000 gallery and museum representatives free of charge, so it’s a great opportunity for me to get more exposure for me work.

I wanted to blog on this last weekend but frankly I was just too sick. I had one of those summer colds that you think is nothing then WHAM, you can’t do anything. Naturally I was healthy right up until I had a house guest coming to stay with us.

My friend, Eileen Goldenberg, drove up from San Fransisco to stay with us for a week and show her paintings at Art in the Pearl. I met Eileen through the International Encaustic Artists group (she is the current President and I founded the Oregon chapter) but we’ve only met in person at retreats and conferences. It was fun to get to know her a little better over the week she stayed with us.

Eileen was nice enough to give a talk on her most recent series, The Tea House Project, at CUBE Gallery. This was the same presentation I reviewed at the National Encaustic Conference in June so you can see more information about it here. The talk was terrific and well attended, and several of us went out for a rousing dinner later at Dingo’s only to find out it was ladies night. Perfect!

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Some of you have already heard me talking about a big encaustic show coming to Oregon this April. Well, it will also be seen in Massachusetts, Arizona and Maine with possibly more stops to come. Here’s the scoop.

Hot Stuff show openingA brainstorming session at the 2007 National Encaustic Conference resulted in an exciting collaborative project between New England Wax (NEW) and International Encaustic Artists (IEA) of which I am a member. As a result, I’m participating the The Diptych Project: A Collaboration in Wax, which will match 36 artists from each group into pairs who work together on encaustic paintings.

The objective is to make two collaborative diptychs from each pair of artists (one artist from NEW and one artist from IEA). A diptych is a finished work of art made up of 2 panels. The completed diptychs will be exhibited this April in Portland, ME and Portland, OR. The east coast exhibit will be held at Whitney Art Works in Portland, Maine, while the west coast works will be shown at Brian Marki Fine Art in Portland, Oregon. Each artist’s work will also be exhibited as a part of this year’s 2008 National Encaustic Conference in Massachusetts this June. (To see posts about the 2007 conference go here.)

Diptych Project, Linda’s panel for Maine
Linda Womack, Untitled (Diptych panel 1), 2008
24″ x 19″, Encaustic, leaf, image transfer, photograph on tissue

Last night I finished my first panel (above)
and will ship it, along with a blank panel the same size to Sara, my art partner in Maine. I’m including some of the copper leaves and notes on the colors of paint I used so she will have a way to tie her panel in with mine through color or imagery. Sara will respond to my painting with one of her own on the blank panel and that work will be shown on east coast. Then we’ll do the reverse and that pairing will be shown here in Portland, Oregon. Other stops around the country are being arranged. I’ll post more images and information as it becomes available.


IEA Portland Chapter meeting

Last night I invited all of the Portland encaustic artists I could find to meet at my studio to talk about starting a local chapter of the International Encaustic Artists (IEA). The IEA is a non-profit professional artists’ organization that
seeks to raise the level of excellence in encaustic fine art by providing global information exchange and raising interest about encaustic painting in the art world and with the general public.

Everyone is busy this time of year so I was happy to see that six people attended and several more expressed interest in future meetings. As I had hoped, it was a very casual event where we shared a couple of bottles of wine and talked about our art. I showed images from the IEA Member’s Retreat in California this spring and the recent National Encaustic Conference in Massachusetts, and eventually we got around to talking about what form a local chapter would take. We decided we would most like to participate in organizing group shows, trading studio visits, and networking with each other. Based on that the Portland Chapter of the IEA was born!


IEA Portland Chapter Members

Our inaugural members are, from left to right: Kimberly Kent, Natasia Chan, Melinda Fellini, Andrea Benson, Amy Stoner, Judy Wise and Linda Womack.

Hot StuffThis virtual gallery is for all of those artists not able to attend the First National Encaustic Conference and accompanying gallery show, Hot Stuff.

The range of the work was impressive, with everything from works on paper to sculpture represented, including traditional and experiments styles. I attended the show twice and still didn’t get enough time with these amazing pieces of art! Enjoy.

** To see more posts about the 2007 conference go here. **

1b Gwen Plunkett 3 5 8 Alexandre Masino 19 20 21a 23 Lissa Rankin 25 27 Mari Marks Linda Womack, Remiains of the Earth, 12 x 12 inches Miles Conrad, Explorer, Encaustic, Rubber Bands, Wire on Panel Daniella Woolf, Spina 30, 30 x 30 inches, sewn paper encaustic Ed Angell, Homage to M.L., 12″ X 12″ X 4 3/4 inches, Beeswax and Lead Debra Ramsay, Alone Together, 24 x 24 inces, encaustic and eggshell inlay on birch panel Debra Ramsay, Measuring Parallels #7, 24 x 24 inches, encaustic and eggshell inlay on birch panel Jeff Schaller, Closed, 24 x 24 inches, encaustic Jeff Schaller, Flashbulbs, 24 x 24 inches, encaustic Kristin Swenson-Lintault, Vital, 12 x 12 inches, Encaustic, oil stick, string on Masonite Lorraine Glessner, Seed, 12 x 12 inches Lorraine Glessner, Refraction, 12 x 12 inches David Hazlett, Lime Wedge, 9 1/2 x 10 1/2 inches Lorrie Fredette, Pores, 6 x 3″, encaustic and interfacing Lorrie Fredette, Preservation #2 & #3, 23 x 24 X 6, encaustic and interfacing Diana Gonzales-Gandolfi Sandra Quinn Alexandre Masino, Conquis par cette lumi, Encaustic on board, 16″ x 23″ Alexandre Masino, Culte diurne, Encaustic on board, 16″ x 23″ Julie Shaw Lutts, Journey, 12″ x 12″ on wood panel Kim Bernard, Nautilus, encaustic on terra cotta, 3” x 15” x 15″ Kim Bernard, Asclepias Scattered, encaustic on terra cotta, 3” x 10” x 20”

Please note: I lost my notes with the artists and titles so I’m adding in the info for what I have, numbering the rest of the works (view the number or artist’s name by moving your cursor the image). Also, I wasn’t able to photograph all of the work, so if you were represented in the show and I’ve missed yours (or ended up with a bad photo!) please send me an image and I’ll add it here. If your work is here and you’d like me to post the details, please send them to me along with the number it goes with.

Hot Stuff show opening

On a more positive note than yesterday, I ran across more photos for the Encaustic Painting Retreat I attended recently with the International Encaustic Artists group. Several people in the group have been working on a project involving giant encaustic dominoes. What?! Here’s how my new friend (and fellow Hawai’i girl) Cyndy Goldman explained it to me:

“Last year, one of our members, Wayne Berger (artist and woodworker) thought up the idea of making a whole set of dominoes in Encaustic. He cut wood blocks around 5″ x 8″ x 2″ and passed around a box of real dominoes at one of our meetings. We each picked a real domino and that would be the one we’d create on the wood block. I think I had 6/0. The idea is to do whatever you want to express the one you have and when he collects the entire set done in Encaustics, he wants to photograph them and use them as an exhibit piece to help promote IEA .”

Domino project 1

Well, they brought some of them to the retreat and I gotta tell you, they were awesome! So detailed and beautifully painted. As I got to know my 30 new best friends over the course of the weekend it was clear from each persons style who created each domino. Very impressive. I still have mine awaiting completion of my studio, but in the meatime I thought you would enjoy seeing everyone else’s.

Domino project 2

Wow, what a wonderful retreat! This past weekend in Carmel with the International Encaustic Artists group was filled with making new friends and learning new techniques. So much happened that I can’t possibly address it properly in one post, so I’ll be adding lots of photos over the next couple of weeks. Today I’m VERY tired as I got in late last night and had to work right away this morning, so here’s a little taste of things to come…

Check out the amazing array of ways people fuse their wax!


Group working with torch


Most of us used a propane torch or a heat gun, but…


fusing with a light bulb


Mary Farmer uses a light bulb…


Fusing lens


and Adele Shaw found a giant lens to harness solar power!


Fusing contest

Later there was a fusing contest: Two layers with torches and no air bubbles. After some dirty tricks (all in good fun) including a little kicking, shoving and torching each others work, Lissa won! Yes, we are serious about air bubbles. 🙂

Check back tomorrow for the ongoing saga including member demos, and the opening at Lauryn Talyor Gallery that included work by many of our members! Now, I’m off to zzzzzzzzzzzzzz…..

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