Artisans Expo and Art Opening at the Encaustic Art Institute

The Artisans Expo comes to Buffalo Thunder Resort every other year. And from what I understand it’s the biggest art supply expo in the country. The event has teamed up with the Encaustic Art Institute and the International Encaustic Association to provide workshops and demonstrations during the expo.

Buffalo Thunder has a patio that we used for the workshop. It’s outdoors but enclosed and we had most of the space to ourselves. Working with plants and rusty bits can get messy so it was nice to be working outdoors. Plus we use a stove to steam the wrapped bundles which has to be done outdoors. The only thing to worry about is sudden rain or wind but we’ve been lucky so far.

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Students working on their first batch of eco-printing in the patio at Buffalo Thunder Resort.

Students working on their first batch of eco-printing in the patio at Buffalo Thunder Resort.

Stove used for steaming the bundles.

Stove used for steaming the bundles.

I taught a class on eco-printing during the last expo and was invited back to do another one this year. When I did it the last time I only had my students do eco-printing for a half-day class. I extended the workshop this year. The morning session of the class was making eco-prints. I did a demonstration before I let them loose to wrap their first bundles. A lot them wanted to do their second bundles right away but I told them to wait and see how the first one comes out before working on a second. This way they would know what tweaks they need to get different result or if they like how they came out they can try to make the same type. After the group got their bundles ready we put them all into the pot to steam for an hour. 

There were a lot of happy artists as they unwrapped their bundles to see what had transferred onto the silk. I think they would have been happy making bundles to be steamed the rest of the day. After the second set of bundles were ready they were put into the pot and off to lunch they went. I stayed behind to get set the encaustic up for the second part of the workshop which was to incorporation the eco-printed silk into encaustic. The class moved inside to start on the second part of the workshop. The electric kept going out so I decided to move the class back outside and I’d just do a demonstration on how to incorporate the eco-print with encaustic. It was nice to see the students getting into the my demonstration with a lot questions. After my demonstration some of the students tried the incorporating eco-printing into encaustic process. All in all I think everyone enjoyed the class. I do a lot of talking about my world when I teach so they learned a lot about my art journey and my art making process.

The Museum of Encaustic Art had an opening Friday night of the same weekend. This was in conjunction with the expo. The Encaustic Art Institute and the International Encaustic Association jointly sponsored the juried exhibition. One of my pieces was juried into the exhibition. I’ve been to a lot of events at EAI and this opening seemed to be one of the best attended art opening. It was great talking to other artists and collectors about the show.

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People attending the opening at the Encaustic Art Institute.

People attending the opening at the Encaustic Art Institute.

"Three Blessings," 23 x 23 on floating panel.

"Three Blessings," 23 x 23 on floating panel.