Monday, September 25, 2017

Welcome to Issue 18 of ProWax Journal 

The word magazine—from the Arabic makzin—means storage facility or warehouse. If you’ve been shopping in a French magasin or an Italian magazzino, you’ve been to one of those large contemporary storage facilities, the department store. The meaning of the word extends to define periodicals, both printed and in cyber format. Like all good magazines, our modest online publication carries a storehouse of information in each issue. --Joanne Mattera

In Issue 18, our regular features offer plenty of information and ideas: Nancy’s Natale’s Q&A features Debra Ramsay, an artist for whom concept and material are wide ranging and sometimes unexpected; Jane Guthridge’s Essential Questions considers how we pack and ship our artwork for extremes of temperature and treatment;  Paula Fava’s Studio Visit is with Joan Stuart Ross, who gives us a peek into her two studios; in Open Call Winston Mascarenhas talks about getting his MFA—at the age of 62.

Left: Winston Lee Mascarenhas working in his studio at the Glasgow School of Art

 Joan Stuart Ross's charming summer studio in Nahcotta, Washington

Below: Detail from Tony Scherman's Serena, from Wax and the Color of Flesh

Debra Claffey’s In Five Words features two artists each issue, this time it's Binnie Birstein and Annette Kearney.  What’s new here: we’ve begun to show artists who are not members of our ProWax group--a way to include the broader wax community--and Annette, with her splendid dimensional collages, is just the person to pave the way. 

My own contribution is Wax and the Color of Flesh, a look at how painters and sculptors evoke the color and sensation of skin in our chosen medium.

There’s more, including Susan Lasch Krevitt's report on Nancy Youdelman's recent 45-year retrospective, Fashioning a Feminist Vision, at the Fresno Art Museum; our Exhibition and Workshop listings; and ever more images and info on the sidebar. We hope you enjoy what you find in our storehouse.

Debra Ramsay in her residency studio in Connecticut last year
Left: A work from Nancy Youdelman's retrospective