Thursday, May 22, 2008

May 18, 2008 meeting

Members in attendance:
Junanne Peck, Mary Wright, Silvia Thornton, Vet, Diane Dorn, and Deanna Wood.

We gathered at Deanna's studio for a meeting and for some encaustic monotype fun.

I did a demo of the little that I know about monotypes, and Junanne showed a method that she had developed. Then everyone worked on a few experimental monotypes of their own.

Junanne announced that she sent a proposal to the Texas Artist's Museum in Port Arthur.

More discussion on creating a uniform proposal. I said I would edit the existing list that Janet had created for the Bath House proposal. I did, and it's on our Google Group site, under Files. It's a pdf file called "texas_wax_dallas_image_list.pdf" and there is also a zip file that includes everyone's resumes and statements, called "" Feel free to use these to submit a group proposal should you come across a call that looks promising.

I need to get resumes and statements from our new members, so please email them to me and I'll get them added to our proposal information.

I reported on my trip to Houston where I met with Sharon Kyle-Kuhn from TexasWAX/Austin, and Gwen Plunkett and some other members from TexasWAX/Houston. We brainstormed about possible future exhibitions for the combined group and came up with this:
We will have a members' juried or curated show in March of 2009. Sharon will offer her gallery as the venue for the show. The theme will be "Degrees," and each artist will submit work that somehow interprets that theme. Sharon, Gwen, and I are still working on the details.

We had some discussion in our group about the size requirements for this show. Sharon, Gwen, and I had thought we might require 24" x 24" but the Houston group thought that was too much like "box shows" that are popular now (where all works are 12" x 12", for example). We proposed possibly just limiting the size to 96 square inches.

In our meeting, Silvia suggested creating work on "degrees" of that size - either 6" x 6", or 12" x 12", or 18" x 18", or 24" x 24".

So we'll figure that out. For now, just be thinking about "Degrees" and how you'll interpret it.

Sharon Kyle-Kuhn and her husband have created a forum for discussion and sharing information on Texas encaustic happenings. Be sure to check out the TexasWAX forum.

The International Encaustic Artists have 2 calls for entries listed on their website that are open to encaustic art.

I'll be heading to the Second National Encaustic Painting Conference in Massachusetts in June. I'll bring back lots of information to share with everyone!

The next meeting will be at Silvia's on June 22nd, from 1-3 pm.

Photos from the meeting:




Junanne demonstrating her method

Junanne demonstrating her method

Junanne demonstrating her method

finished piece on the left, "plate" on the right

Monday, May 19, 2008

Mini TexasWAX meetup

Deanna in Gwen's studio

A couple of weeks ago, I had to go to Houston to switch out some artwork at Koelsch Gallery, and I stayed with Gwen Plunkett while I was there.

We had a lovely time visiting and she was nice enough to schlep me all over Houston.

Sharon Kyle-Kuhn drove from Austin and met us and we visited the Menil, The Cy Twombly Gallery, The Rothko Chapel, and the Byzantine Fresco Chapel Museum. We all got together at Cynthia Robertson's home with some other members of the TexasWAX/Houston group - Julia Koivumaa and Suzanne Shield-Polk.

We discussed possible future group exhibitions and everyone seemed to like the idea of having a group show (combined Houston/Dallas/Austin members) at Sharon's Bay6 Gallery in Austin in March of 2009.

We decided on the theme of "Degrees," with each artist creating a piece interpreting that theme in some way. We also want to get someone to curate or jury the show. We're working on the details of that now.

I really enjoyed hanging out with Gwen and meeting Sharon, Julia, Cynthia, and Suzanne. And it always amazes me how much art there is in Houston... I just wish my camera hadn't decided to delete all the pictures that I took there! Gwen's camera was being weird, too, and the picture above is the only photographic evidence that remains of the trip.

Sunday, May 18, 2008

April meeting

Diane and Junanne

Wow. I swear that I blogged about our April meeting. Guess not...

So here's what happened:
We had a wonderful meeting at Junanne's studio in Fort Worth. Her home and studio are quite lovely. Even with golfers peeing in the woods. :-)

Vet, Junanne, and Diane

We spent most of the time making etchings on Plexiglas. Junanne walked us through the process and everyone made a great print.

Members present: Junanne Peck, Deanna Wood, Shelly Thompson, Diane Dorn, Vidya Kagal, Silvia Thornton, and Junanne's friend and possible new member, Vet.

Shelly, Vidya, Junanne, and Diane

We had a very short meeting and talked about possible exhibitions. Gwen has submitted a proposal in Houston, Sharon is working on getting the Austin group together and has possible exhibition space there, and we're waiting on the response from the BathHouse in Dallas.

the finished prints

Junanne and I will work together to come up with a generic proposal for the Dallas group that will be available to everyone to print out and submit to different venues.

As we left, Vet, who creates work with recycled materials, unloaded, I mean, donated a bunch of stuff to us - rocks, paper (no scissors!), black fuzzy folders... All kinds of good stuff.

Shelly displaying her beautiful print

Vidya and Diane

Thanks, Junanne, for hosting the meeting!

Our next meeting is set for May 18, 1-3 at my studio.