There’s a single painting conference I look forward to every year whether I attend in person or enjoy vicariously through social media, the International Encaustic Conference in Provincetown, Massachusetts (a.k.a. the Conference). Two of the things I love about this conference are how its offerings reflect what’s happening in the larger art world (this year’s keynote by gallerist Kenise Barnes is about materiality), and how it draws artists from around the world.
It’s a pleasure to announce that I’m presenting a talk there, “Selling Material in a Digital World,” in June. Here are just a few of the people whose work I’m excited to see when I’m there.
Meditative and aqueous, Paula Roland’s monotype demo is the one Conference demo I feel like I could watch all day. This year she’s presenting a demo called “Secrets of Using Graphite.” It looks fabulous.
Sharon Lauden, author of the new book, Living and Sustaining a Creative Life, is presenting a talk of the same name. I’m excited to get a signed copy of this book which sold out its first run.
I’ve been a fan of Nancy Azara’s work in encaustic and metal leaf since I first saw images on the pages of Joanne Mattera’s book, The Art of Encaustic Painting. Azara is a Conference panelist this year. Topic: “Who Says a Commercial Gallery is the Only Place to Show?”
Wayne Montecalvo is doing interesting things with portraiture, digital color separation and encaustic. His demo, “Photographic Color Separation for Collage,” also looks fabulous.
It’s been fascinating to watch Laura Moriarty’s work transition from painting to sculpture. I hope to catch a glimpse of her latest geo-inspired objects at one or more of the Conference shows.