I love Cape Cod! Probably 225 - 250 people attended the conference this year. Some highlights for me: 10 minute morning sessions of watching sunlight dance on the water, dynamic high energy contentful talks by Michael David, Joanne Mattera, Patricia Miranda, and Sharon Louden, an awesome demonstration by Laura Moriarty, and lots of time to hang out with my good friend and wonderful artist Debra Claffey. I had a painting in the juried show Sense of Place at Castle Hill "When Looking Down Becomes Up." The work in all the related shows was impressive - and some of it was deeply moving and inspiring. The founder, Joanne Mattera, decided years ago to create a supportive community of artists using wax in their work and has continuallyinsisted on "raising the bar." I took a post conference workshop with the phenomenal human being Sharon Louden. I need to get myself up there every summer!
I am getting excited about attending this year's encaustic conference. The conferences, conceived and produced by Joanne Mattera from 2007 through last year, are now a part of Castle Hill's programming. They have been held in Provincetown since 2009. In fact, the view of the ocean from outside the conference inspired my very first seascapes. Strips of different colors and values of blue and brown hovered in the light. I was mesmerized, and love returning to that spot. This conference begins Friday June 2 and goes through June 4, with pre and post conference workshops. Lots of great art, demonstrations, talk, and networking.
Opening Reception: Friday March 17, 7-9 pm
Special Benefit Event: Friday April 28, 7-9 pm
Artist's Closing Reception: Friday May 5, 7-9 pm
This inspiring exhibition will feature the work of 125 artists, hand-selected by 20 curators, to engage in a community dialogue on healing and transformation through the arts. My piece above, "Owning the Dark Side", is one of 125 art pieces that will be for sale at the Smith Center's Joan Hisoaka Healing Arts Gallery during this show. All works are donated by the artists, and all proceeds benefit the Smith Center. Tickets to attend the special benefit event and be able to purchase work are available here.
RECEPTIONS: Thursday April 6, 6-8 pm and Friday April 7, 6-8 pm.
Still at the Edge draws inspiration and imagery from the water's edge and takes it free form into the cosmos. Not knowing where the flow and energy may lead, I trust the inner artist to find its way, to make the invisible visible.
Ceres Gallery is located at 547 W. 27th Street Suite 201, in the Chelsea section of New York City.
Hours are Tues - Saturday 12 - 6 and open late on Thursdays til 8.