NEW ENGLAND WAX (N.E.W.) is a lively and growing professional organization that connects artists in the six New England states who work with encaustic and other wax-based mediums.
 
N.E.W. provides opportunities
· to exhibit
· to share technical information and aesthetic ideas
· to build friendships with other artists
 
Our mission is
· to promote excellence in fine art made with encaustic and other wax-based mediums
· to educate the general public about these mediums
· 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.
 
What are other wax-based mediums?
The other mediums that incorporate wax, include cold wax medium, wax pastes, and water-based wax paints. Cold wax medium is a beeswax and resin dissolved in a solvent. It is customarily added to oil paint for its ability to add body and translucency. Wax pastes are made with linseed oil, and also are mixed with oil paints, without the use of solvents. Water-based wax paints are emulsions that allow for diluting with water. 
 

About 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 different parts of New England
  • Our meetings always have an art component, such as museum or exhibition visits, guest speakers, art shares, or artist interviews,  as well as a business meeting
  • There are attendance and participation requirements—you must show up and you must contribute.
  • Angel Dean is the current President, with Stephanie Roberts-Camello as President-elect.
  • Former Presidents include founder Kim Bernard, Jeanne Borofsky, Debra Claffey, Pamela DeJong, and Dietlind Vander Schaaf.

A Brief History

  • 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 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. 
  • 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.

New England Wax Founder

Professional Artist and Teacher  Kim Bernard

Kim Bernard as artist in residence
Kim Bernard as 2015-2016 Artist-in-residence in the Physics Department at Harvard University. She is pictured surrounded by her hanging art work in the Science Center. Stephanie Mitchell/Harvard Staff Photographer

Kim Bernard shows her sculpture, installations and encaustic works nationally and has been invited to participate in many exhibits, some of which include the Portland Museum of Art, Currier Museum of Art, Fuller Craft Museum, Colby College Museum of Art, Art Complex Museum and UNH Museum of Art. Her work has been reviewed in the Boston Globe, Art News and featured in Art New England. Bernard is the recipient of the Piscataqua Region Artist Advancement Grant, a NEFA grant, several Maine Arts Commission Grants and was an artist-in-residence in the Physics Department at Harvard University in 2015-16 and the artist-in-residence at the University of New England in 2016-17. She received her BFA from Parsons in 1987, her MFA from Mass Art in 2010. Bernard mentors emerging artists individually and teaches workshops nationally.