The International Encaustic Conference is a professional conference, founded by and for professionals, with an ad hoc faculty of the best professional practitioners in the field today. However, we understand that professionals are made over time. Indeed, each of us has developed our esthetic sensibility as well as technical skill over many years. We understand how to best develop and direct both art beginnners as well as experienced artists who are new to the medium of encaustic. So if you are a newbie--either to art or to the medium--we want you to know that there's a place for you at The International Encaustic Conference.
Here are a few things to know:
The Provincetown Inn at One Commercial Street in Provincetown. The Inn, whose rooms are now fully booked (if you need accommodations, see this this list of alternative lodging ), has a number of function rooms. Mayflower and Beachside are the demo rooms; Harbor and Fore'n'Aft are where the talks take place. The Vendor Room is just off the lobby--follow the buzz.
Please note that on Friday morning from 10:45 to 11:15 Joanne and Cherie will hold a short Orientation in the Fore'n'Aft room. Come and say Hi, make some friends, and ask us anything.
Then, from 11:30-12:30, you'll have Introduction to Monotype with Pat Spainhour.
These two demos will give you an excellent grounding in the essentials of painting with encaustic, as well as an understanding of the terms you'll hear throughout the other demos and talks. Your Orientation is sandwiched between the two demos.
Even if you are an experienced painter or sculptor working in other mediums, if you haven't worked in encaustic before, plan to attend these two demos. We urge you to sign up for a variety of events--and not only demos, which give you a big dose of how, but talks, which will expand your thinking about the what and why and help place encaustic in the discussion about contemporary art.
Of course you'll want to visit the Vendor Room, We've set up the schedule so that it's open before the first event in the morning and after the last event of the day. But in fact it's open all day.
There's no place like our Vendor Room. There is more than you can imagine and much that you will want to take home.
If you think you want to take a Pre- or Post-Conference workshop, check out the full range of offerings on the Castle Hill website. Truro Center for the Arts at Castle Hill is about 10 miles away, a straight shot on Route 6 from The Provincetown Inn to Castle Hill. If you don't have a car, not to worry. Many conferees have cars, and we're pretty good about matching up those who are driving with those who need rides. There are still a few openings. Check them out!
--Joanne Mattera, Founder/Director of The International Encaustic Conference