Roxi McCloskey Morris talks about encaustics

What a great evening at Bay6. Roxi spoke about the history of encaustics, showed work from her students, her own artwork and demonstrated many techniques. Roxi is an artist and art educator. She was the Executive Director of the Majestic Ranch Arts Foundation northwest of San Antonio, and established their studio school in 2006. She was a Senior Lecturer at the University of Texas in San Antonio for fifteen years, and taught at Trinity University, the Southwest School of Art & Craft, and the Santa Reparata International School of Art in Florence, Italy. She began working in encaustic painting in 1993, and has taught numerous courses and workshops in the medium. She holds a BFA and MFA degrees in Fine Arts and currently resides and pursues her studio work in Austin, Texas.


Fused Expressions opens Saturday, November 1st

The Austin and San Antonio chapters of TexasWax have colloborated to present,
Fused Expressions. The works seen in the exhibit will display a wide range of experience and a variety of techniques used among our members. Our intent and desire is to engage the audience in a way that will enhance public awareness of encaustics and will encourage viewers to explore the history as well as the rapidly expanding rebirth of encaustics seen in the artworld today.

The show opens Saturday night at 7:00 p.m. at Bay6 Gallery and Studios in Austin. There are 18 artists participating in the show.


Thanks for your help Sally!!!

A special thanks to Sally Hengst for her contribution and work at Jerry's Artarama on Saturday, August 2nd. Sally was asked to be the docent for the day and she presented our TexasWax/Austin/San Antonio group member's work in the informal exhibit on Jerry's "green wall." Sally is one of my favorite artists/friends/colleagues


Demonstrations at Jerry's Artarama

What fun!!! Demonstrations at Jerry's Artarama in Austin have now been scheduled monthly. While I demonstrated the encaustic monotype process this past Saturday, there were people from Austin, San Antonio and surrounding areas in the audience. It's always a pleasure to invite the people watching from a distance to come forward and join in the process...people enjoy having the hands on experience while I benefit from hearing about their experiences with encaustics. The children are intrigued with the feeling of oil pastels and R & F pigments used on the light box. Their faces light up when the melting begins. It always amazes me how many people know the history of encaustics and it's a pleasure to watch the growing number of people shopping at Jerry's go to the shelves for their first or even their 100th encaustic purchase. Thanks to Jerry's...I have a regular spot at the table every month...come for a visit!!! I'd love to see you there.


Austin Museum of Art comes to Bay6 Gallery and Studios

What an honor to have the docents of the Austin Museum of Art visit our space. We had the pleasure of meeting and talking with twelve of the docents from the Austin Museum of Art on Friday, May 16th. Individually, Caroline Wright, Darvin Jones and myself (the artists at Bay6) talked about our work. The docents listened as we talked about our creative process, our thoughts and inspiration and then came into our studios. They were invited to give feedback and to ask questions while everyone enjoyed "champassion" drinks and lemon bars. What fun!!!! as well as a special treat to have these women spend the morning with us in our studios.

Encaustic Monotype Classes

Encaustic classes in my studio have been inspiring. Six people per class offers me a chance
to work with each person one on one. It's great to see how each artist has a unique style and thought pattern. Some students have limited experience in encaustics while there are others who have knowledge of the process yet have not had hands on experience. We begin at 9:30 a.m. and usually end the class around 1:30. Each person has a work station with an individual light box, heat gun and supplies. A variety of paper types are furnished including packing materials, newsprint, watercolor paper--both new and used, wrapping papers and a plentiful supply of found objects are always available for people to experiment with or incorporate into their work. Students often bring their personal favorites from home including photographs, images to work from or objects used to create interesting textures and shapes. Workshops will be offered in the fall and classes will continue to be offered throughout the summer.


Day Trip to Houston on May 6th

May 6th was the first time we actually met. Deanna Wood of Dallas, Gwen Plunkett of Houston and myself met at the Menil in Houston, had lunch and discussed all the possibilities for the three TexasWax groups. The opportunities are endless and after a long day of inspiring discussion and wonderful ideas streaming between the group...we decided a juried show would be a way to bring the three groups together and should be held next March to give us an opportunity to organize the details. The show will be open to TexasWax artists in all three groups...juror is unknown at this time and details will be worked out soon. We ended the day with a delightful and tasty evening meal prepared by one of the members in the Houston group...and several members of TexasWax/Houston attended. What an exciting day!!!!


Opening Night at Bay6 Gallery

Bay6 Gallery and Studios opened its doors for the first time with a huge success. The three artists presented were myself, caroline wright (http://www.carolinewrightart.com/) and darvin jones (http://www.darvinjones.com/)
Over two hundred people were in attendance with guests from the Austin area as well as many attending from other states. The demographic ranged from art collectors, museum docents and gallery owners to non artisans living in the neighborhood. Sangria and delicious appetizers were a hit but not as much an item of focus as the art itself.
Bay6 Gallery will host an artist talk on Sunday afternoon, May 18th from 4:30 - 6:00 p.m. Each of the artists will close the show with a 15 minute talk about their work, the process of creating and open their studios for preview. Champagne will be served and all are welcome.


Encaustic Monotype Classes

Encaustic Monotype classes will be held at Bay6 Gallery and Studios on Saturday, May 3rd, May 10th and May 24th from 10:00 a.m. - 12:30 p.m. Class size is limited to 6 people and all supplies are furnished with enrollment fee. The class for May 3rd is full but there is still open space available for May 10th and 24th. Please contact me at sharon@sharonkylekuhn.com for more details and/or to "reserve your seat."

For those of you interested in working with encaustic monotypes....custom made light boxes can be ordered directly from me. They can be shipped, picked up at my studio or delivered to your studio if inside Austin.


The opening for the show will be at Bay6 Gallery and Studios located on the east side of Austin from 6-10 on April 19th with live music perfomed by mediums. The show will introduce darvin jones, caroline wright and myself as well as bay6 gallery and studios.