About

Breaking Boundaries Opening, Juror Talk

Juror Lauren O’Neal presenting a talk about the N.E.W. exhibition Breaking Boundaries at Fountain Street Fine Art Gallery in Framingham, Massachusetts.

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

Kim Bernard is an artist in residence this semester in the Physics Department. She is pictured surrounded by her hanging art work in the Science Center at Harvard University. Stephanie Mitchell/Harvard Staff Photographer

Kim Bernard is an artist in residence this semester in the Physics Department. She is pictured surrounded by her hanging art work in the Science Center at Harvard University. Stephanie Mitchell/Harvard Staff Photographer

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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.
  • Pamela DeJong is the current President, with Dietlind Vander Schaaf 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.