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  Artist: Donna Hamil Talman  
  Statement: PRIMAL
Artist residencies allow opportunities for experimentation; those abroad usually encourage limitation of materials; mine in rural Italy also meant limited access to new supplies.
This Primal series came about because I either used up or wasn’t pleased with my adventures in other media I had brought with me. Though I had never used ink, I discovered I loved its richness, its potential for variation, the way it moved on the paper, the ways this paper absorbed it.
The forms in Primal emerged when I liked what I saw as I poured the ink and moved the paper, and I took on those limitations as a challenge. I discovered I liked living on the boundary between control and losing it.
The forms that emerged seemed primitive and elemental, like the ancient dolmens I encountered in fields there, and the pre-historic shapes found in the tiny local natural history museum. The three artist residents from Taiwan talked about China’s long history of poured or ink wash painting. I discovered I had inadvertently achieved one of my goals for the residency: to loosen up, to allow more spontaneity in my art, to allow more of the process to be visible.
In the end I additionally contemporized the forms with my own more determined marks and added texture and color with the other media I had brought to explore: cold wax and water-based encaustic.

Of Things Unseen
The way life of the land evolves has always fascinated me. With the passage of time–hundreds of millions of years for the earth–some things wear; others endure. Erosion shapes, wearing away what is fragile, leaving that which won’t yield.
“Of Things Unseen” began with photos of marine fossils. Then layers of hot encaustic encased those historic references. The heating and cooling involved in applying encaustic parallels that of the planet’s crust. Other layers, bright with color and an architectural feel, are added and scraped away. They create new stories, give new life, and mimic the way we humans mark up the earth’s surface.
Appreciation of the ways we humans have affected natural evolutionary processes heighten attention to the ways in which we must keep making livable the very creation we need for life itself.

  Website: http://www.donnahamiltalman.com/  
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  Artist: Dietlind Vander Schaaf  
  Statement: I create pieces that embody the dynamic interplay between chaos and order; that convey an emotional tone through texture and pattern; and that use mark making as a way to communicate what I find most lovely, haunting, and curious about the human condition. My work references teachings from Zen Buddhism, Christian mysticism, the poetic traditions, and contemplative practices including yoga and meditation. I am influenced by writings on meditation and quiet by Pico Iyer, Jon Kabat-Zinn, David Hinton, and Gordon Hessler, as well as the minimal work of artists Agnes Martin, Hiroyuki Hamada, and Zarina Hashmi.

The Japanese word jikan refers to the silence between two thoughts. In this vein, my work is an attempt to render temporary, fleeting moments of beauty, balance, and stillness visible. Some of my paintings rely on forms observable in the natural world, which I have distilled to geometric patterns and then further deconstructed. Others are responses to field studies involving physical experiences and sound recordings. I think of my work as inner landscapes that, when placed together in multiples, engage in a form of communion with one another.

  Website: http://www.dietlindvanderschaaf.com  
  The gallery was not found!  



  Artist: Stephanie Roberts-Camello  
  Statement: Obstacles are part of everyone’s life. They have a tendency, if not dealt with, to become so huge and overbearing that they transform into phobias, only to be avoided. This work is about overcoming personal obstacles. We all have areas in our lives that need work, but avoid taking a real good look at them. I use old family letters or text under the wax that reference the past or the inner doubts that we all carry around. These are issues we need to learn from, let go of and grow as individuals.
The physical properties of the encaustic skins became metaphoric for expressing what needs to be looked at in a different way. The letters I use are old family letters from the 30’s and 40’s during the Great Depression and the dust bowl days of Texas. These letters represent a period of suffering , loss and endurance in our country, and for me, the intricately-worked encaustic shrouds became metaphors for struggle and change. Layers of wax literally cover up the past. Revealed, exhumed, manipulated, up-ended, exposed, all of these actions give me a sense of freedom, and the ability to step outside myself. Seemingly destructive to the surface, the peeling plays a positive roll in removing a build up and seeing what has been lying dormant. The depth created working this way is jarring to me, confrontational, alluring and frightening. There is risk involved, but the presence of this relief work conveys a sense of resilience and life which keeps me returning. It speaks with a boldness and beauty which is also fragile. This opposition between image/content and material is the catalyst for the development of my encaustic relief series. This work continues to evolve as I find new ways to shed light on subjects that need to be confronted.
  Website: http://www.stephanierobertscamello.com  
  The gallery was not found!  


  Artist: Pamela DeJong  
  Statement: My inspiration comes from a fascination of birds, wildlife, and sea-life living along side of us day to day. Observing their habits for enjoyment and creating them in my work connects me to their habitat. Climate change and toxins seeping into the aquafers, estuaries, brackish ponds, rivers, lakes and oceans has occurred right before our eyes. My paintings are also meant to indirectly address my deep concern about human health as it pertains to toxins in our environment. Thinking of the future for my grandchildren, and their grandchildren, and as an artist, healer, and educator, my message is that we have work to do. The earth is in toxic crisis and I want my art to help people to think about their environment.  
  Website: http://pameladorrisdejong.com  
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  Artist: Willa Vennema  
  Statement: I paint in series format, exploring new ideas and materials, embracing change in my work. Previous themes have explored the concepts of the passage of time, transformation, and the cycle of life. My most recent series, Hand Work, delves into all three of these themes. In this body of work I pay homage to women’s craft work by repurposing, or “up-cycling”, the crochet doily into a work of “Fine Art”. I am often bothered by the elitist view that craft work is inferior to “Fine Art”. This series hopes to address this view by putting an everyday craft at the forefront of my work. My method includes embedding the doily in the the encaustic medium, or using it to make an impression. The resulting paintings showcase the beautifully delicate and intricate qualities of the doily, as well as highlight the obvious painstaking and time consuming craftsmanship involved in its creation. The humble doily now transformed into a work of art will prompt viewer’s to question their assumptions about crafts—usually women’s work, and fine art—historically the domain of men.

With this series I have felt connected to the greater world wide movement of women artists who are bringing a new awareness and appreciation to the humble crafts of crochet, knitting and other handwork. While we incorporate material threads into our work, there is an invisible, symbolic thread that connects us, as we challenge ourselves to search deeply, and present our visions in new and unique ways.

  Website: http://willavennema.com  
  The gallery was not found!  



  Artist: Lola Baltzell  
  Statement: We all have hidden yearnings and talents that seek creative expression. Over the years I have explored various media, starting with photography, oil painting, then collage and currently mixed media encaustic. In recent years I have also become interested in jurying, curating and mentoring other artists. 

We all have the need to understand ourselves on a deeper level. The difficult part is to move inside, identify your soul’s call, and to move from inside to find your expression.

When you are truly absorbed in making art, it becomes a meditation. You are transported beyond the analytical, critical mind. From that place, the art makes itself. I see the “artist” as a channel, so that if we get out of our own way and let the creativity flow, we can tap into something wonderful, something beyond our limited sense of self.

There are many expressions of Spirit, and my work is about making those connections, and bridging the spaces – within ourselves, and between each other.  
  Website: http://Lolart.com/  
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  Artist: Debra Claffey  
  Statement: My paintings with drawing, in oil, wax, and mixed media, of plants and their foliage, interspersed with objects of “still life”, celebrate the complexity of the natural world and our place in it.

These works surmount duality. Both painting and drawing, abstract and representational, with line and shape, two-dimensional but with a hint of perspectival illusion, some are monotypes mounted to panel, others are painted directly to paper or panel. All have drawn and incised elements. Pattern and repetition leave hints of still life’s narrative, patches of daylight, and memories of movement.

My focus on contemplation provides a small arena in which to restore balance to our relationship of Human to Nature. Plants and trees are intelligent beings that we have disrespected in so many ways, and we must reconnect. Our roots are in the earth, amid the myriad forms of life in the soil, in the wind, and in the seas.

  Website: http://www.debraclaffey.com  
  The gallery was not found!  



  Artist: Camile Davidson  
  Statement: I have put together 10 pieces from different bodies of recent work for you to choose from. I work in series. My work tends to be mostly about capturing light, memory, holy Jewish text, as well as feelings about a particular place, time, and emotion. . I can send an artist statement more specific depending on the work you choose.  
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  Artist: Jeanne Borofsky  
  Statement: Having grown up in the country I have always looked to nature to center myself – to restore balance to my mind and my world. I spend time in the woods or by the water letting the rhythms of the world become part of me. I create encaustic monotypes with patterns reminiscent of barks and leaves or water, and collage them onto panels, adding many bits of ephemera, both natural and not.

My encaustic constructions (“castles”) usually start with encaustic monotypes. There is a monotype mounted to the panel, and I add origami boxes folded mostly from more encaustic monotypes. I spend a lot of my time folding, which is a kind of meditation, and then more time constructing and adding stamps, maps, bits of asemic writing and other ephemera to create my own world. I have often felt the way Alexander Calder felt when he said, “I want to make things that are fun to look at, that have no propaganda value whatsoever.”

Stamps, maps and electronic bits are ever present in my work, nothing seems complete without one or the other. Creatures abound, and sometimes they are the main focus of my attention.

I love the way beeswax creates both physical and visual depth and translucency to my work – adding to the mystery and magic I’m trying to understand and convey. Whatever I put into my art, it always includes the joy of creation, the love of art, and the happiness in my ability to create it.

  Website: http://dreamingprinter.com  
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  Artist: Sue Katz  
  Statement: I am a scavenger with an eye for worn, used materials. I am an assembler of these found treasures putting them together with pattern, paint, and an inner eye focused on meaning – one square for one life, more for family, and generations. I call these works “constructs,” a marriage of organic surfaces with geometric shapes, of process with concept.  
  Website: http://suekatzart.com  
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  Artist: Marina Thompson  
  Statement: After many years of working in the field of illustration, illuminating words with images, Marina Thompson is now imaging patterns of communication and human interaction. Her paintings record an abstracted, layered and introspective experience of her encounters and conversations with people, with herself, and with the world.

Good communication requires kinetic creativity: many layers of light, color, texture, balance, nuance, and surprise. Pattern and repetition, rhythm and interruption are a big part of what make up our lives. Geometry bridges the inner and outer worlds, adding structure and sense, both ancient and contemporary.

The pulse of color and the play of light and texture are constant sources of stimulation for Marina. Color creates light, light creates form. Her paintings explore depth, energy and movement with illusions of volume, space, light, and time.

Thompson is a mixed media artist, born in 1952 in Lexington, Massachusetts. Her father was an architect and partner of Walter Gropius. Drawing on the Bauhaus-influenced world from her childhood, her art is graphically strong, informed by her years in textile design and illustration. The work is colorful, rhythmic, layered. It often speaks of sounds, both local and cosmic, while her visual elements are both macroscopic and microscopic.

She enjoys finding expression within the parameters, challenges, and always expanding possibilities of computer software. Not accepting the limits of existing tools and applications, she redesigns them to fulfill her design ideas. She experiments broadly with printing materials and techniques as well as unusual uses of mixed media. She often prints the base layers of her work with a printer on a range of papers, from heavyweight cotton to very lightweight Japanese papers. The papers are saturated with beeswax, often collaged, then painted on, front and back, with layers of paints – oil paint, gouache, flashe, encaustic or cold wax. Waxed and translucent kozo papers are layered to create greater color depth. Great care is taken to make sure all the materials used are archival. She seldom works in series, as her concept development is often fully formed on the computer before starting to work with paper, wax, or paint.

Marina studied industrial design at The Rhode Island School of Design, illustration at The Art Institute of Boston, and weaving from Mexican Indians in Uruapan, Mexico. She loves Persian miniature painting for its flattened, multi-layered, aerial perspectives and inspiring color palette. Other influences include Howard Hodgkin, Paul Klee, Josef and Anni Albers, Sophie Taeuber-Arp, Calder, Cy Twomby, and Brice Marden.

  Website: http://www.marinathompson.com  
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  Artist: Nancy Spears Whitcomb  
  Statement: For a long time I have played with several themes in my work. I like souvenirs and old printed photos, illustrations and advertisements. The originals might be on a scrap of faded paper or buried in an out-of-copyright discarded book. I like to save them by copying them or painting them, maybe putting them in a new environment. I like the way an old image will stoke the imagination, bringing on a flood of memories or evoking another time. I hope that some of my images cause a viewer to time travel too.
I’ve also painted many busy pictures. I like the flatness of a two-dimensional representation of a crowd of people or a group of objects, and the motion created on the surface of the picture. Animals are another area of interest.
In recent years I have worked more with encaustics, the ancient medium of painting with wax. It is terribly messy and unpredictable. It opens up many possibilities using collage, photo transfer, and offbeat materials. It has become an increasingly popular medium, with many new supplies and techniques emerging to help push its boundaries. I am trying to mix my familiar tendency to work with realistic imagery with a medium that wants to go wild and abstract. I don’t always know where this will take me but I’m enjoying the ride!
  Website: http://nancyspearswhitcomb.com  
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  Artist: Otty Merrill  
  Statement: I create art that tells a story. The actual story is my expression of an emotion or life experience; often dealing with childhood, fantasy and abstract interpretation of events in my life. My hope and intent is to draw in the viewer and have them relate by identifying with the subject, place or emotion. In the process of creating a piece, I fall into the story and then step back and become the viewer rather than the maker. I love simplicity and often seem to be fighting against “adding too much”. I love the kind of simplicity that isn’t simple at all, but is the result of removing what is unnecessary and then being brave enough to believe and trust that the message will be felt and appreciated.  
  Website: http://ottymerrillart.com  
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  Artist: Kay Hartung  
  Statement: My work is abstract, though influenced by observations of microscopic imagery. Colonies of cellular shapes migrate, flow and multiply. Clusters of orbs are tethered together in unknown universes. Larger forms seem to invade the space occupied by small forms, and appear to consume them. Colors set the tone; greens of pond life, blues of the cosmos and reds of blood. A mystery is created by concealing layers, and windows through the layers reveal teasing glimpses of what is hidden below the surface.
Biomorphic forms travel freely or are captured and tangled in sinuous webs.Tension is created by competing organisms that are struggling to coexist.
Revealing the beauty of this mysterious world, I invite the viewer to contemplate the impact these minute cellular forms have on our lives.
  Website: http://www.kayhartung.com  
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  Artist: Heather Douglas  
  Statement: There is nothing like getting off the beaten path. Finding a track on a remote mountaintop, a trail through a tranquil forest, or wandering along a deserted shoreline, each offer the opportunity to embrace nature and discover artistic inspiration.

An ongoing series, which I collectively refer to as “stones”, is a group of encaustic pieces inspired by the visual variety seen in pebbles, rocks, cliffs and canyons, encountered during my hiking expeditions.

I am particularly fascinated by the endless variety of patterns and shades of color found in nature. She gives us endless variety and abstraction. Often times, exposure to the climate creates surfaces rich in texture, which can be beautifully rendered in the encaustic medium.

My artwork reflects images I’ve seen in the world around me, from the diminutive to the monumental. It is a challenge and a joy to translate what I see onto a board or canvas. I find encaustic wax to be very accepting of other components and enjoy experimenting with shellac, graphite, embossing powder, pastel, spray paints and tonal transfers to create rich and varied textures.

  Website: http://heatherdouglas.com  
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  Artist: Dona Mara Friedman  
  Statement: My paintings are dealing with planes of space that convey implied places of interest, beauty and wonder.
Often a painting begins as I glimpse a particular textural field through a screened or rainy window. A visceral desire to connect to nature, learning to change and flow through seasons with light, color, texture and form, guides my choices.
The suggestion and ambiguity without absolute representation creates a simplicity, while the continued hope is that the viewer is drawn into the work, finding a resting place, or a human connection.
  Website: http://www.donamarafriedman.com  
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  Artist: Susan Paladino  
  Statement: Early this year I completed a series called Diverse Fusions, 12 x 12 panels combining monoprints with encaustic medium. I do not have, for myself, strict rules as to dualities such as organic shapes and geometric forms, which can lead me to discover more dynamic ways to express meaning. One approach I am pursuing is the use of non-objective geometry as well as extending minimalism to what I think is a rich space. To that end I have recently begun adding more chromatic greys and texture to some of these larger works, and using pigmented encaustic medium with more painterly techniques. I have often been attracted to simple shapes, ones that I’ve seen in my walks around the city, which has heightened a long-standing fascination that I have with color, form and shape, and inspires me to explore how the mystery of creation expresses itself in my evolution. Some questions persist. For example, why do the simplest shapes look so much better in one spot than another? Or how is that a change of color can dramatically alter a work to a place more striking than I had imagined it? I am as excited as ever to keep pushing geometric shapes to create more playful interactions within encaustic layers in forms, colors and shapes.  
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  Artist: Leila Weinstein  
  Statement: My process is a combination of working on an idea that I want to express or just playing with materials, allowing my subconscious to make the decisions. The later is fun because suddenly I ‘awaken’ from a sort of trance or meditation, a place of no thought, to find something
pleasing has been created.
As a working landscape designer, the three dimensional capability of wax calls to me, whether it is a buildup of layers on a panel or embedded objects in a sculptural piece.
My work often incorporates visual movement. The flow of pigment, the rustle of leaves and the blur between land, water and air call to me.
  Website: http://www.leliart.com  
  The gallery was not found!  



  Artist: Catherine Weber  
  Statement: The Tree Memories series is an exploration of the history of trees that have personal meaning to me. Some are from my father’s cherry trees, some from my own ancient copper breech tree. The prints from these trees are more than about their age, but about the history that has passed in their midst. I print them on rice paper, embed them in encaustic medium, and mount them on birch panel, all ties to the earth.  
  Website: http://www.catherinemweber.com  
  The gallery was not found!  



  Artist: Sarah Springer  
  Statement: Much of my work is inspired by my fascination with maps of all kinds, and what they tell us about societies’ intrinsic desire to not only create but also document their built environments. Maps of ancient ruins are often the only thing left of ancient or prehistoric cultures – and it excites the imagination to fill in the gaps. Humans build communities, and the community’s social boundaries and cultural customs are expressed in the patterns of those maps. Often, our worlds shape us as much as we shape them. I strive to convey the embodied spirit of those former or imagined worlds in material form.  
  Website: http://www.sarahspringerart.com  
  The gallery was not found!  



  Artist: Helene Farrar  
  Statement: Though it is not conscientious, we carry with us what we have lost, cherished, collected, and remember. In “What We Carry” there is an attempt to begin discussions about this mystery behind our human nature and to project hope. These paintings and assemblages are meant to reflect how one might be carrying an entire room of a life or a singular chapter, a traumatic experience of weight, that defines our choices in our ways of being. These works allow one to see the unseen as if experiencing personal intention, self-reflection and an intrinsic motivation to “carry” on.  
  Website: http://www.helenefarrar.com  
  The gallery was not found!  



  Artist: Angel Dean  
  Statement: Angel Dean is an artist who mainly works with encaustic media. Her work is personal and unconventional. By contesting the division between the realm of memory and the realm of experience, Dean makes work that is the by-product of the life she’s living.  
  Website: http://www.angeldean.net  
  The gallery was not found!  



  Artist: Ruth Sack  
  Statement: Five surgeries in one year; to remove the cancer, repair the damage, and prevent recurrence.These sculptures appeared in my mind’s eye, from micro to macro: cellular-sized to life-sized. The surgery and the art are what saved my life.  
  Website: http://www.ruthsackfineart.com  
  The gallery was not found!  



  Artist: Charyl Weissbach  
  Statement: I explore nature’s vastness and the details found within it. These elements emit an aesthetic sensation of harmony, the illusion of timelessness, and feelings of inspiration, that transcend earth, space, and time. The imagery of my work does not accurately represent nature; rather, I try to unveil an abstraction of its character, capturing some of its infinite variations of ethereal beauty.  
  Website: http://www.charylweissbach.com  
  The gallery was not found!  



  Artist: Ken Eason  
  Statement: Several years ago, vacationing in Australia with family, I was introduced to Aboriginal Art and was fascinated by the technique, symbolism and variety. Aboriginal Art is centered on telling the ancient stories of the Aboriginal peoples using symbolism and metaphor. The imagery is described as symbols of the ‘Dreamtime’ which is the Aboriginal understanding of nature and the world.

This series explores my own personal ‘Dreamtime’ where I can be physically at home but mentally, spiritually and emotionally away. I use line as symbol of path, thought, or journey. These lines tend to overlap in many layers, each curve signifying a decision point, change in direction or choice.

  Website: http://www.kennetheason.com  
  The gallery was not found!  

Higgins Gallery Submission – Deadline, Nov 1, 2018

Submissions are due no later than Thursday, Nov 1, 2018 at 11:59 PM.

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Membership Information..

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Membership Benefits

  • Juried group exhibitions
  • A strong and supportive artist community
  • Educational speakers

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

Interested in becoming a member of N.E.W.?

  • New England Wax reviews member applications once a year in January      
  • Unfortunately, there are no open positions this year .      
  • To be added to the waiting list, please complete the form below no later than November 30.

Member requirements

  • An artist working with encaustic and living in one of the six New England states
  • Commitment to supporting the organization through active participation on a working committee
  • Must attend 3 meetings yearly
  • One-time member fee of $100
  • Two recommendations (ideally from current members of New England Wax)

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SHIFTS : Approaching Encaustic from All Angles

The Fuller Craft Museum –
455 Oak Street, Brockton, MA.
Juror – Ben Shattuck, lead curator at Dedee Shattuck Gallery, Westport, MA.
September 30 – November 26, 2017

Juror’s Statement

Juried Artists:

(Click artist for image/statement)

Katrina Abbott Jeanne Griffin
Jeanne Borofsky Kay Hartung
Debra Claffey Otty Merrill
Kimberly Curry Susan Paladino
Camille Davidson Stephanie Roberts-Camello
Angel Dean Ruth Sack
Pamela Dorris DeJong Dietlind Vander Schaaf
Joanne Desmond Donna Hamil Talman
Heather Douglas Willa Vennema
Soosen Dunholter Catherine Weber
Ken Eason Lelia Stokes Weinstein
Helene Farrar Charyl Weissbach
Dona Mara Friedman Nancy Spears Whitcomb