NEW ENGLAND WAX (N.E.W.) is a lively and growing professional organization that connects artists in the six New England states who work in the medium of encaustic.
N.E.W. provides opportunities
· to exhibit
· to share technical information and esthetic ideas
· to build friendships with other artists
Our mission is
· to promote excellence in fine art made with encaustic
· to educate the general public about this medium
· to increase interest in encaustic in the art world
What is Encaustic?
Encaustic, meaning “to burn in” in Greek, dates back to the 5th century B.C. Used as a contemporary medium, it is a versatile method of painting with a beeswax-based paint kept molten on a heated palette. Using an absorbent and sturdy support, artists mix colors, apply wax, fuse, etch, layer, collage, transfer photocopied images and incorporate found objects.
New England Wax Founder – Professional Artist and Teacher – Kim Bernard
A Brief History of the Organization- New England Wax
- We have about 30 artist-members from all six New England states.
- Our goals include professional, juried exhibitions in high quality venues.
- We meet about six times per year, in a different part of New England
- Our meetings always have an art component as well as a business meeting
- Museum or exhibition visits, guest speakers, art shares, artist interviews
- There are attendance and participation requirements—you have to show up and you have to contribute.
- First meeting August 2006: Kim Bernard, Joanne Mattera and 11 other artists met at Montserrat College of Art, brought together by Kim and Joanne, who saw the need for a way to connect. Kim went on to be the first President, with an executive council that included our moderator Nancy Natale and Lynette Haggard.
- Quote from the minutes of the first meeting in 2006: “Joanne Mattera introduced herself by explaining a recent concern of hers by using the term “encaustic artist” – she is an artist, a painter, who uses wax, not the other way around.”
- NEW members were looking for exhibition opportunities, strong critiques, technical info, and help with business practices. Dietlind Vander Schaaf is the current President, with Angel Dean as President-elect.
- The group has gone through a lot of changes, in both size and structure, but with continued emphasis on sharing the workload and full participation by all the members.