A Peek at Conference 11

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The 11th International Encaustic Conference will take place June 2-4, 2017, in Provincetown, Massachusetts, with Pre- and Post-Conference workshops at Truro Center for the Arts at Castle Hill.

“There are lots of new and exciting things,” says Cherie Mittenthal, Castle Hill’s executive director and, now, Conference director. We’re bringing back some regulars and bringing in lots that’s new and different to keep it fresh.”

What’s new? For one, we’ll see artists who have worked many years in encaustic but who have not before presented, such as Michael David, who will give a talk on Contemporary Encaustic, and Dale Roberts who will give a demonstration on Painting from Life. We’ll also see artists like Patricia Miranda, who has a background in a variety of mediums, but who will focus on Professional Practices. And, says, Cherie, we’ll see many of our longtime favorites, such as Wendy Haas, Richard Frumess, Alexandre Masino, Jeff Hirst, and Lisa Pressman.

Look for some format changes, says Cherie. While there will be panel discussions, and plenty of talks and demos, she plans to mix up the schedule a bit with a different time for the Keynote and more 90-minute events. But the features you know and love will remain in place. The Vendor Room will be back. And there will continue to be exhibition opportunities: the Postcard Show, the Hotel Fair, the juried show at the Castle Hill Gallery, and a Conference Curatorial show in Gallery 10 on the Castle Hill campus. Cherie is talking with galleries in Provincetown, so we can expect to see exhibitions there, too.

“Our other big news is that there will be a curated show at the Cape Cod Museum of Art,” says Cherie. She’ll have specifics once registration is underway.

Pre- and Post-Conference workshops will take place on the Castle Hill campus in Truro, with a mix of returning and new teachers. Classes are being finalized.

“The Castle Hill website and Conference blog are in the process of being updated,” says Cherie. “I’ll announce everything on those sites, plus the Encaustic Conference Facebook page. And who’s the Keynote Speaker? You’ll find out soon enough.

On a personal note, I’m thrilled to see the evolution of the Conference, to know that Cherie, who has co-produced the Conference for six years with her staff, is now at the helm of the event I founded and directed for a decade. I look forward to participating as a speaker and conferee. I’ll be the one wearing the “Ask Cherie” t-shirt.

–Joanne Mattera

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