Save the date: Conference 9

June 5-7, 2015, in Provincetown 
with Pre- and Post-Conference Workshops at Castle Hill


Registration Is Underway

Registration has begun. We expect to have 200+ conferees this year. You'll register via the Castle Hill website with a credit card. It's a fast and easy process. 

Earlybird special is $425 until November 15.

This years presenters and last year's award winners: Please Call Castle Hill to Register: 508-349-7511

If you're interested in Pre- or Post-Conference workshops, the full selection is here, along with information about the workshop and our distinguished faculty. You can register for the Workshops by phone.


Conference Events

Do we have great events for you! The only problem will be choosing which one you wish to attend each hour. Fontunately you have plenty of time to decide. While Conference registration is taking place now--secure that Earlybird rate before November 15!--event selection will not take place until January 2015.

I'll post Event Descriptions and Presenter Bios by the end of October. Meanwhile,  here's the schedule (click each page to enlarge for legibility):


Room Reservations

The Conference takes place at the Provincetown Inn, which has 100+ rooms. The Inn will open for reservations on November 3.  

You must be registered for the Conference to reserve a room at the Inn. We want all registered conferees to have the option of staying on premises.The the Inn will not honor your reservation without your confirmed registration to the Conference. We work together on this.

If you have reserved a room and wish to share it or if you are looking to share a room with someone who has already reserved, check out the Message Board.

I'll post links and phone numbers just before reservations begin. Scroll down to see your room options.

View of the Provincetown Inn and grounds, at the tip of P-town

The Provincetown Inn is located at the tip of Provincetown. 
It's a large complex that has grown throughout the years. The Inn has a private beach, foreground. In the middle distance, just beyond the breakwater that juts off to the left, is a salt marsh, and in the distance is the Atlantic Ocean.
Whether you're staying at the Inn or not, please familiarize yourself with the complex, as it is the site of most Conference activity, save for the gallery openings in town, and the workshops and exhibitions at Castle Hill.
There are two main sections to the Inn
. Just behind the lawn and swimming pool, shown in the foreground, is the long original Inn, which contains the main lobby and event rooms on the first floor, as well as the  Standard and Waterview sections, which contain rooms on the first and second floors
. To the left of the lawn is the motel section, an open trapezoid that consists of three long, one-story segments: HarborsideCape Tip and Breakwater, from right to left respectively. These three segments enclose the parking lot, which has plenty of free parking for all guests and Conference visitors

More info coming soon


Ten Conference Scholarships!

The Encaustic Conference is pleased to offer 10 scholarships for Conference 9. These scholarships are funded by the sale of postcards donated by conferees for Going Postal, the postcard show and sale that took place in June at Conference 8. We are extremely grateful for the donations made by our conferees, which allows us to offer these scholarships, and we are equally pleased that the sale offered an opportunity for so many attendees to acquire great art on a small scale at a modest cost.

What the Scholarship Covers

This grant is for entry to the three-day Conference, June 5-7, 2015. Entry includes your choice of events, based on their availability when you register; entry to the Conference-sponsored juried show; three buffet lunches (Friday, Saturday and Saturday), and optional participation in the Hotel Fair. You will be responsible for travel, lodging and all other food costs.

Who Is Eligible?

We expect there will be a large demand for these 10 scholarships, so we ask that financial need guide your decision to apply. Ours is an honor system with a simple application process, outlined below--but folks, if you have a full-time job or you teach at an institution where professional development grants are available, this is not a scholarship you should be applying for. Our goal is to support those who have supported us in the past while at the same time encouraging new attendees. As this is an international Conference, we also encourage the participation of artists from around the world.

. Three scholarships will be awarded to those who have attended a previous Encaustic Conference
. Three scholarships will be awarded to those who have not previously attended
. Three scholarships will awarded to conferees from outside of the United States, whether or not you have attended before
. One scholarships will have no category. Cherie and I wish to have the freedom to invite based on achievement and diversity. 

The Application
Please follow these simple guidelines carefully:
Please indicate which scholarship you are applying for. You may apply in only one category

In a Microsoft Word Document 1
. Identify the document file name with your name, i.e. Jane_Smith_Doc_1
. Name

. Address
. Email
. Phone number
. One short paragraph telling us why you should be selected to receive a scholarship. Limit your comments to 100 compelling words. You might note, for instance, when you first got involved with the medium, whom you studied with, what encaustic-related groups you are involved with, what you hope to experience at the Conference. Please indicate which scholarship you are applying for.
In a Microsoft Word Document 2
. Identify the document file with your name, i.e. Jane_Smith_Doc_2
. Your resume

Email to Joanne between October 22-30
Those who are selected will be notified via the email address you provide; all others will not. If you have not heard from Joanne by November 2, you will know that a Conference Scholarship is not yours this year. (We plan to continue with the scholarship program in each subsequent year.) Good luck!
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Additional funding
Check out the Grant Funding post for ideas on professional development or other grants.


Grant Funding

The call for Scholarship Grants for Conference 9 has just been been issued. While 10 scholarships will be awarded, we know that many others would appreciate funding to attend. We encourage all conferees to seek out professional development grants.

These are grants that might be available in your city, region, state, university or other grant-giving entity to fund, or help fund, your attendance at The Conference. The International Encaustic Conference is widely seen as the foremost event of its kind. Our international presenters—artists, gallerists, curators and critics—have exhibited academic and professional achievement at the highest levels. The professional stance and goals of the Conference, as evidenced by the History of the Encaustic Conference blog, and outlined as a mission statement on the Conference blog (sidebar right), should serve as your reference.
Conferees have attended on grants from the states of Arizona, Colorado, Florida, Montana, New Hampshire and Oregon, as well as on professional development grants from their universities and/or regionsd. You might also look into grants that might be offered by organizations in which you are a member.

Here’s an example of professional development funding, notes Cherie Mittenthal: “Massachusetts residents can apply for a Cultural Council grant. Every city and town has money available.” A quick look through the site offers this information: Average grants tend to be modest ($200-$500) and are reimbursement-based, meaning the applicant expends their own money, and if approved for a grant, then submits paperwork for reimbursement. A grand of this type would cover conference entry in whole or in part.
Here's a Professional Development Grant for artists in Washington state, specifically the Clackamas, Multnomah and Washington Counties. The Fall cycle has just been awarded and one of our conferees, Elise Wagner, was a recipient. There is a spring cycle. Click for more info.

Here's one for Colorado artists, Jumpstart Awards, sent in by Jane Guthridge, who was a recipient last year. One of the categories is for artists selected to present at a conference; another is "enrollment in professional development workshops . . . to build administrative and business skills" (The deadline was October 15, so keep it in mind for next year).  Jumpstart Awards provide fresh energy to artists and creative entrepreneurs to help stimulate their creative business or organization, whether non-profit or commercial. The end goal is that grantees will achieve tangible business benefits, such as increased revenue, new audiences or improved management practices," says the information on the website.

An example of an organizational grant is the Professional Development Grant from the Surface Design Association, which supports travel to a conference or workshop. And here's a Small Event Grant, also from SDA, to support participation in an exhibition: "Funds may be used for curated, group, and juried exhibitions of SDA members’ works, and for SDA-sponsored lectures, workshops . . ." You must be a member of SDA, and presumably there would need to be a tie-in with fiber.

Be inventive in seeking funding sources! You might  see about securing funding through Kickstarter or through your own entrepreneurial undertaking, particularly if you have friends willing to support your effort to attend the International Encaustic Conference. What might you offer them in return? 

. A slide talk on encaustic punctuated with pictures from the event
. A work on paper or small painting inspired by one of the demos or workshops you attend
. A chance to come to your studio to select specially made postcards
. A studio visit with a talk about your work
. If you are already teaching and are fluent in the medium, you might offer a demo or workshop to your funders; this might take place in your studio or at an institution that . underwrites your funding.
. Both Paypal and Square allow you to set up accounts into which money can be deposited. Set up a "store" or "popup shop" on your blog or website. Be clear that it's is a special event with special prices. If it's a limited selling time, install a countdown clock on your site (Google "countdown gadgets). If you're gallery represented, offer work of a size or style that none of your dealers sells. With Square you also can take credit card payments at the Hotel Fair with the swipe of a card in a reader that plugs into your smart phone.
. Don't forget the Hotel Fair as a way to make some sales! You might also advertise it. Be inventive with emails and FB announcements leading up to the Conference, and don't be shy about promoting your work at the Conference. As always there will be an info table there.
. Make it happen!

A Few Tips to Help You in Your Application for Funding:
If you are presenting

. You are adding to the discourse of contemporary encaustic, indeed to the discourse of contemporary art in any medium
. Your presentation will help broaden awareness of this contemporary medium with ancient roots
. You are a role model for what is possible
. The International Encaustic Conference is the standard bearer for the medium, and you are a valued part of it

If you are attending
. The International Encaustic Conference is the standard bearer for the medium, giving you the opportunity to learn from and interact with the best practitioners in the field, as well as enjoy opportunities for exhibiting and networking
. With a strong presence of curators, gallerists, critics, art journalists and art publishers from the region, as well as around the country, your work has the potential to be seen in a way that might not otherwise be possible
. The Encaustic Conference offers talks and interactive discussions on professional development
. Additionally, the Conference offers you opportunities to acquire books and supplies, via a Vendor Room, book signings, and a Hotel Fair

If you have information to share about other kinds of funding, please post the info and link  in the Comments section below or let me know and I'll post in here. --J.M.


Traveling to Provincetown

Cape Cod, with Provincetown at the tip
Provincetown is located at curled fingers of the flexed arm of Massachusetts. There are many ways to get to P-town. If you're new to the Conference, these are your travel options:

. 20 minutes via Cape Air from Logan International Airport; rental cars are available at the Provincetown Airport, but you must reserve in advance. If you prefer not to drive, the airport is just a mile or so from the Provincetown Inn, and it's a zip of a taxi ride along Province Lands Road. See picture and info below
. 90 minutes via ferry from Boston harbor
. 2.5 hours
driving from Logan Airport in Boston to the Provincetown Inn

. 2.5 hours driving from T.F. Green Airport in Warwick, R.I. (near Providence), with less traffic than from Boston

Cape Air
Rates for 2015 will be announced, Plan on around $200 round trip.
.Note 1: Some conferees have found it cheaper to book their flight directly to Provincetown via Jet Blue, which partners with Cape Air. You'll still change planes at Logan, but  through-booking should offer a better price.
Note 2: You may find that you can get a better deal via Expedia.com,  Farespotter.net or other travel site, depending on when you plan to travel. 

If you wish to rent a car, Enterprise has cars available--but you must reserve as a limited number are typically available. (Do you need a car? See my comments at the very bottom of this post.)

 20 minutes from Logan Airport in Boston to the Provincetown Airport, which is a mile from the Conference
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A more affordable option

Provincetown Fast Ferry
A more affordable option: the Fast Ferry, which zips from Boston to P-town in 90 minutes. McMillan Wharf, where the ferry docks in P-town, is right in town, about a mile from the Provincetown Inn.
. One way: $53 in 2014; new rates will be announced
. Round trip:We'll secure a discount for you closer to the date of the Conference

Don't want to drive? The fast ferry will get you from Boston to Provincetown 









Every Day

Every Day

Every Day

Here's how to get from Logan Airport to the Ferry. I have pulled the info below from the ferry website:

Taxi: The quickest way to get to the ferry. Simply ask the taxi driver who picks you up at your terminal to take you to World Trade Center, lower level, on Seaport Blvd. You will be taken on a quick 5-10 minute ride through Boston's Ted Williams tunnel directly to our pier at World Trade Center. Our ships depart from the West side (the city side) of the pier. The cab fare is approximately $15 without gratuity. (JM's suggestion: You've come this far, take the taxi. It's faster and easier than anything else.)

Silver Line: An MBTA articulated bus makes the rounds of all airport terminals every 15 minutes for an eight-minute trip through a dedicated tunnel to the World Trade Center stop, one block inland from our dock. Fares are approximately $1.50 per passenger. Total time from your airport terminal curb to our dock, once aboard the bus, is approximately 14 minutes.

Water Taxi: An airport water transportation bus, clearly marked "Water Transportation", circles all of the airport's terminals. The bus will order a City Water Taxi for you and deliver you to the water taxi. The water taxi ride from Logan Airport to the Provincetown boat takes 7 minutes. Two boat companies leave from this terminal: City Water Taxi, www.citywatertaxi.com and Rowes Wharf Water Taxi, http://www.roweswharfwatertaxi.com/ . The water taxi fare is approximately $10.00 per person.

Walking: I don't recommend this, specially if you'll be schlepping art or suitcases, but I'm including the info for those who want to know:
It's under a mile from South Station (#1) to Long Wharf (#2). You'd walk along Atlantic Avenue, which hugs the harbor. Use the Boston Aquarium (with a stylized fish logo) as your landmark

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Orienting you to your travel options to the Provincetown Inn

. The Inn is at the very end of Commercial Street, at the left side of the map above. Look for the lighthouse icon with the arrow that says "Wood End." Next to it is "First Pilgrim Park." That's where the Inn is located. You will be staying exactly where the Pilgrims first landed in the New World! (Talk about making a pilgrimmage to Provincetown.)

. By Fast Ferry: McMillan Wharf, where the ferry arrives, is just above the "E" in PROVINCETOWN. There are always taxis and pedicabs at the wharf to meet arriving passengers. It's about a mile from the Inn

. Cape Air: Look for the airplane icon at the top of the map, just under the second "T" in ATLANTIC OCEAN. The Inn is a two-minute taxi ride from the airport

. Thinking of renting a car in P-Town? Enterprise in the franchise, and you have to reserve. You'd pick up the car at the airport. But unless you are planning to drive around the Cape, it's actually cheaper and far more convenient to take a taxi when you need one and walk the rest of the time. Besides, with so much taking place at the Inn, your car will sit in the parking lot. A car will come in handy if you are taking workshops at Castle Hill, but we can work with you for Pre- and Post-Conference to hook up folks with cars to those who need a ride. 

Got Questions about Getting to Provincetown?
Post your query in the Frequently Asked Questions post. Chances are that others will have the same question as well. Thanks.--J.M.


About Provincetown

I'll update this post soon
Meanwhile check out Laura Shabbott's column on Provincetown.com, What's New on Commercial Street?

There's no other place quite like P-town. It's the country's oldest continuous art colony, an active fishing village, and a gay mecca. Where else can you spend the evening wandering the art galleries, tuck into fried clams or a lobsta dinnah, and then bump into three or four Chers and a gaggle of Gagas on your walk home?

A glimpse of Provincetown architecture by Chris Seufert (from the Internet)

Once you’re in P-town, everything is within a 10-20 minute walking distance, with the ocean, shops, galleries and quirky New England architecture all along the way. If you prefer to drive from the Inn to the center of town, there's (for-a-fee) parking on McMillan Wharf and at Duarte's lot off of Bradford. If you prefer to take a taxi or pedicab, they'll be waiting at the front door of the Inn. If you plan to stay a few extra days (stay, stay!) there's also whale watching, bike rentals, National Park Service bike trails, dune rides, and that big sandy thing--yeah, the beach.

Some reading
. Wikipedia has a decent history of Provincetown, with pictures, stats and links. Did you know that the Pilgrims landed first in P-town? And that they landed pretty much on the site of The Provincetown Inn, where The Encaustic Confterence takes place?

. Michael Cunningham's literary walkabout, Land's End , offers an insider's view of the idiosyncratic town at the tip of the tip of Cape Cod. "It is the only small town I know of where those who live unconventionally seem to outnumber those who live within the prescribed bonds of home and licensed marriage, respectable job, and biological children," says Cunningham, author of the Pulitzer-winning The Hours. (JM's suggestion: read it before you arrive, and then again once you've spent time there.)

. The Provincetown Gallery Guide online is an 80-page listing, with pictures and info, of the huge number of galleries in town. The guide that's up now is from 2010, but that should be enough to at least give you a sense of the abundance of offerings. (Use the magnifying glass icon to enlarge the pages.)

. Visit the Arts and Culture guide on The Provincetown Tourist Office website

. Once you've arrived, the Now Voyager Bookstore in town carries a selection of titles on Provincetown and Cape Cod history and architecture, as well as those by local and regional authors, which may be unavailable elsewhere. There's no website, but it's located at 357 Commercial Street, not far from the Kobalt Gallery.

The famed Provincetown light, with a view of the working harbor
(Click pic to see it larger) JM photo
And click here for Wikipedia's entry on Provincetown Harbor

The beach in town. Many restaurants have decks overlooking the water; you can just see one in at the left side of this picture

Some Eating
The many sit-down restaurants range in price from reasonable to pricy. The Provincetown.com Restaurant Guide offers a list of offerings, with menus and prices. (Remember, The Conference is providing lunch on Saturday and Sunday, and Inn guests get a continental breakfast.)  There's also a listing for coffeeshops, pizza and other quick food (no McD's or BK here).  If you have a favorite restaurant, coffeeshop or pizza place, why not put it in the Comments section.

Lobstah? Ya want lobstah? This is crustacean central--great fried clams, too--and while it looks small, it's not. Two floors of dining rooms extend all the way back to the water

I'm not sure what the Portuguese word for fried dough is, but it's boa--good. Sure, you'll hate yourself later. Have some pizza with broccoli and feel virtuous. . .

Best pizza in P-town (image from the Internet)

 This group of eateries, right next to Town Hall, covers all the bases

More eats. Don't forget your Lipitor. But, this cluster comes with a weight-control option: Rent a bike and ride off the calories!

Local Color
I'm not sure, but beige and tweed may actually be outlawed here (just kidding). Nothing is too unusual for Commercial Street, though.

Just your average ad for a pedicab

A violin concert outside the (now newly refurbished) library

Talk about a beehive. This is Lucy Belle (image from the Internet)

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Frequently Asked Questions

I've taken all the queries from the Message Board as well as the Encaustic Facbook page and put them in this post. If you have additional questions, please post them in the Comments section below. I'll respond ASAP. 

This is my first conference. I am not clear on how to register for everything.
Registration has just begun. You can register online or by phone (by phone especially if you are registering for Pre- or Post-Conference workshops, which tenf to fill up fast). As for Conference coices, there are typically four events per hour, and you will choose one. However, event selecton does not take place until after the first of the year. Conferelce planning is demanding and comples, and we want to be sure that registration goes smoothly. Don't worry about getting into the event of your choice. If you select early in the year, you'll be fine. Our demo and talk rooms are big and can accommodate many conferees at one time.
Email: Dana at Castle Hill, danap@castlehill.org, to make your Workshop selections
Phone: 508-349-7511

If you have not yet registered, click here for the registration post, which is on the Castle Hill site.

What if I want to register for just one day of the conference?
You need to register for the entire conference. If you decide to attend just one day, that's up to you.

I am new to encaustic. Will I be over my head?
Not if you avail yourself of out Basics track, which takes place on Friday. You'll find Introduction to Encaustic and Basics: Fusing with Torches, Irons and Heat Guns, which take place sequentially on Friday morning, along with other demos and talks geared specifically for you

Is there an orientation for those of us who are new to the Conference? 
Yes, indeed. We've scheduled a 30-minute session on Friday morning, 10:45 to 11:15 during a special one-hour break between sessions.

What about events for professionals?
There is a track on Friday specifically for Professional Issues. However, you'll find that most of the talks and demos of interest to you.

What if I don't like the event I've selected. May I switch rooms?
Sorry, no. Moving around once a presentation is underway is rude to the presenter and annoying to the audience.

How can I learn more about the presenters?
I'll post the Presenter Bios soon

What's the procedure for the Hotel Fair?  
Info coming after the first of the year

Are post-conference workshops included in the conference price?
No. You may register at the same time that you register for the conference, but there is a separate fee: $210 for one workshop, and 10% off the price of every additional workshop

Do I need to bring materials for the conference demos or workshops?
Conference demos are strictly demonstration, so materials are not an issue. The Pre- and Post-Conference workshops are different. Teachers typically provide either a list of supplies that you may bring with you or purchase from conference vendors, or they may provide materials for a fee. Castle Hill or the specific teachers will contact you if you're signed up.Also, it's important to note that our wonderful vendors, including R&F Handmade Paints, Enkaustikos, Kama Pigments and Evans Encaustics, donate a large amount of paint, medium and materials for you to try.

Could I register only for the Post-Conference sessions?
Sure. But you'll miss a great conference!

What if I decide at a later date that I wish to register for a Post-Conference workshop? Possible?
Sure. If there is space, you can register even during the conference if you wish. Please know, however, that the workshops tend to fill up quickly.  Occasionally a spot may open at a late date, but I wouldn't plan on that as a registration strategy.

What are the hours of the post-conference workshops, and where do they take place?
The workshops run from 10:00am to 5:00 pm with an hour for lunch as determined by the instructor. Informal events are planned for some of the evenings. All post-Conference events take place at Castle Hill in Truro, the next town over. At the Conference we encourage those with cars to offer rides to those without. There will be a signup sheet. And on Monday morning I'm in the parking lot looking to match up cars and riders. It's also possible for a group to take a taxi. The ride thing seems confusing but it always works out.

I see you have multiple-day workshops. Is there any chance I could take just one day of, say, the three-day workshop so that I may take different workshops on other days?
Nice try, but the point of multiple-day workshops is to have the opportunity to explore one area in depth with one teacher and the same group of equally committed particpants.

Would you explain how presenters get selected?
I aim for a mix of new presenters and of returning presenters whose events filled to capacity and/or were noted with enthusiasm. I used to issue a Call for Proposals, but we now have such a large ad hoc faculty, all of whom have continually evolving ideas of what they'd like to present--most of whom teach at the university level, and others who are high-level entrepreneurial teachers--that I tend to draw from that pool. I also travel widely and talk with a lot of teaching artists. If I learn of someone who's doing something you might like, I bring her or him in. Also, sometimes I have an idea about an event I'd like to see presented, and I invite someone to present it. I will continue to schedule a mix of new and back-by-popular-demand favorites. I try to give you what you want--and avoid what you don't want. I read every suggestion, comment and complaint that's put into the Suggestion Box.

What's the parking like?
The Provincetown Inn has a very large lot which is FREE for conferees to use, whether you're staying at the Inn or not. Free parking in town is less accommodating. There's not a lot of free on-street parking, but there are pay-to-park lots--one on McMillan Wharf in the center of town, and another, Duarte's, just behind it on Bradford St.

Where can I find a map of Provincetown?
Click here for a fully printable map of Provincetown

What about transportation to and from Provincetown?
Getting to and from the conference is your responsibility, but I have provided information about buses, taxis and a car service. Everything's posted here.

How soon can I arrive?
That's between you and the Provincetown Inn. I'm guessing they'd love you to arrive a few days early. And, frankly, it's a great way to take advantage of what P-town has to offer in June: the beach, biking, kayaking, exploring the shops and galleries, the Provincetown Art Association and Museum, whale watching, fishing, and satisfying your seafood cravings at fried clam shacks as well as upscale restaurants.

Where can I find information about the Provincetown galleries?
I'll post updated info sdoon

What's the weather like in Provincetown?
Normally, the temperature range in early June is is in the high 60s to low 70s during the day, and in the low 60s to high 50s at night. But that's an average. It can get hotter or colder. And the weather can turn on a dime.

So how should I dress?
I'd bring a light jacket or a sweater, a turtleneck, a t-shirt and a tank top; pants and shorts; sunglasses and an umbrella. In other words, dress for New England weather, which encompases a meteorological range. You can safely leave the boots at home, however: The only thing you don't have to plan for this time of year is snow.

Is there a dress code?
Nope. Wear what you like, whether it's a sundress, jeans and a t-shirt, a suit, cutoffs. Your choice. One thing I would suggest is that you have a sweater, shawl or other coverup for the Mayflower room, where the all-Conference events take place as well as many demos. It's a big room, and the cooling is uneven, so to get the warm areas cool, the cool areas may be cold.

Does the Conference provide food?
Coffee and tea are provided all day, every day, of the three-day Conference. A fabulous buffet lunch is provided on Friday, Saturday and Sunday, where you'll find a selecton of meats, cheeses, vegetables. pastas and salads. (Both Cherie and I are vegetarians, so we make sure the food offerings are good.) On Saturday evening there is an opt-in dinner buffet offered by the Provincetown Inn, which allows you to make an easy transition between the afternoon sessions and the evening keynote talk. Info to come closer to the Conference.

For those staying at the Inn there's a breakfast room where you can get a nice selection of breakfast foods.

For Pre- and Post-Conference we do not provide lunch, however there's a good sandwich shop nearby and a Castle Hill staffer comes by to take orders. Lunch is about $10, but that's between you and what you select from the menu.


A Look Back at Conference 8

While you're waiting for a Conference update, check out the newest edition of

And click onto the recent New York Times article, 36 Hours in Provincetown

Joanne and Cherie, at Castle Hill viewing "Subliminal," the Conference show juried by Dan Addington 
(Photo by Christine Hochenkeppel for the Cape Cod Times; photo essay here

"I was impressed by the quality of the Conference and the presentations I attended, and I think it's wonderful that this excellent, long- running event has obviously had a real, tangible, positive effect in people's lives. When I think of all the friendships I heard about that have been made through the conference to say nothing of professional connections, I am amazed. And the testimony is it's getting better every year. It's an outstanding accomplishment that must be very gratifying, and I congratulate you.” 
--Dan Addington, artist, Conference presenter, and owner of Addington Gallery, Chicago  

“I feel like I’m part of a wonderful community now and for that I am extremely grateful.”
--Jennie Frederick, papermaker, Conference presenter, and professor, Maple Woods College, Kansas City, Missouri

“Not only have I learned and experienced so much, but most importantly to me, I have met the most awesome people who I can now call my friends . . .The Conference has made my life so much richer.”
 – Molly Geissman , New Mexico, who will be attending the Conference for the eighth time

DATELINE PROVINCETOWN: Conference 8 is now a sweet memory replete with gallery openings, demos, talks, panels, a Hotel Fair, food--lots of food, including the requisite lobstah which every non-New Englander consumed in great quantities--and eight days of workshops. I'll have a full report for you soon, so in the meantime, allow me to leave you with a few images and links:

Some early coverage about the Conference in Provincetown Magazine
Above: The work of Tremain Smith on the cover

. From the Saturday Morning Panel, The Roots of Contemporary Encaustic, there's a Conference blog post with info and links to allow you to continue your independent research on the artists presented. Our thesis was to discuss the work of artists of achievement who have been working in the medium for two decades or more, who have served as inspiration or role models. Presenters were Dan Addington, Heather Hutchison, Tremain Smith, Joan Stuart Ross and myself

. From the Sunday afternoon panel, Raising the Bar: Standards and Practices in Teaching Encaustic, there's a Facebook group called Artists TEACH Artists which has been formed to continue the discussion. A blog post, The Art of Teaching Art, prepared conferees for the discussion and also includes notes from previous years' sessions. Panelists were Milisa Galazzi, Sara Mast, Cherie Mittenthal and Toby Sisson

If you have blogged about the Conference or any of its events or workshops, please post the URL in the Comments section below. I'll live link them here.

See you next year! --J.M.