It's not easy being a quarterly publication especially when all of us are working artists with full schedules. We no sooner post one issue than work begins on the next one. What keeps us going? Your positive response to ProWax Journal and our determination to keep raising the bar in encaustic.
Here, a peek into Between Shadow and Light, curated by Debra Claffey, as part of the Conference Curatorial Program. Foreground: Paula Roland, left; Pat Spainhour, right. In the distance, Spainhour in front of window, with Christine Shannon Aaron on either side
Photo: Debra Claffey
As always we have a full issue. A look at the Table of Contents will show you just how much we've shoehorned into Issue 17. For instance in Essential Questions, Jane Guthridge gets Amy Ellingson to open up about how she prepares for a solo show, while in Art/Community/Education, Milisa Galazzi talks with ProWax members about The Teaching of Art. In Q&A Nancy Natale finishes up the conversation she started last issue with Patricia Miranda. And Deborah Claffey gets Sue Katz and Charyl Weissbach to describe their work succinctly in In Five Words. There's more, which you can discover on your own, including my conversation with artists and paint manufacturers who are working with cold wax.
As many of you know, I founded the Conference in 2007 and directed it for ten years. This year Truro Center for the Arts assumed ownership with Cherie Mittenthal at the helm. Conferees saw a smooth transition as Cherie putting her imprint on the event. You can get a sense of the excitement and range of activities in the Encaustic Conference Facebook group. If you're not a member, now might be a good time to join.
We hope you like this issue. As always, we are happy to hear from you via your comments to the articles. We also welcome your financial support. Not only does it take a village to produce a free publication like this it takes money, primarily to support the archive and promote the current site. The Donate button is on the sidebar of this publication. When you click on it, you’ll arrive at my own Pay Pal site (for the Joanne Mattera Art Blog). Just indicate that your donation is for PWJ. I’m no mathematician, but I know enough about numbers to keep the two streams separate.
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Feel free to share ProWax Journal. Tell your friends, colleagues, and students about it. Encaustic belongs in the contemporary art mainstream with practitioners who look beyond the confines of “encaustic art.” ProWax Journal will help it get there. --Joanne Mattera