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Friday, May 29, 2015

Current Events for Ampersand Artists

All about Encaustics for this round of Current Events.  If you have an upcoming exhibition, workshop, or call to artists, let us know.  We would be glad to add you to our upcoming Current Events blog posts.

5th Annual Call for Artists to the National Juried Encaustic Exhibition

This Exhibition is a National Exhibition, open to all encaustic/wax artists whether they are a member of the Encaustic Art Institute or not. However, any artist who is a member of the Encaustic Art Institute and resides in Canada or Mexico is eligible to enter. Artists may enter up to three images per entry for review.  Only one (1) piece per artist may be selected for the exhibition.  Juried by Bruce Helander.  To apply for this exhibition:  
Click HERE to apply for 2015 National Juried Encaustic/Wax Exhibition 


Patricia Seggebruch at work
Elise Wagner opens a solo exhibition, "What Remains" at the Frederick Holmes and Company - Gallery of Modern and Contemporary Art, Seattle, WA on June 4th, 2015.  "What remains is the evidence of where things end, transform, and begin again." - Elise Wagner, a 2015-2016 Pollack-Krasner grant recipient.  

Lisa Pressman offers a full list of workshops around the country, via her website.  These include workshops with R&F Handmade Paints in Kingston, NY, a workshop in Telluride, CO and another in MA before the year ends.  Her schedule lays out workshops for 2016 as well and they sell out early!

New Workshops from Patricia Baldwin Seggebruch at pbsartistOpenStudio coming this fall and more about those details coming up!


All things Ampersand, 
Karyn Meyer-Berthel 
Artist & Social Media Specialist 
Ampersand Art Supply 

Click here to explore the full selection of Ampersand panels and tools.

Friday, May 15, 2015

Featured Gallery Artist: Jan Lowe

Feeding Frenzy, Scratchbord with watercolor & ink, 2015

Melbourne artist, Jan Lowe shares the story of her Scratchbord work, Feeding Frenzy.
"Feeding Frenzy is perhaps more appropriate to what was happening this day.  The bears were franticly searching for the honey berries hidden under logs and stones by the Rangers.  The Crows looked on for any leftovers.I wonder though if any of the crows end up on the meal table, the second bear looked pretty keen to explore this! This event was just amazing, a beautiful experience for all visitors, as the children were taken into the enclosure to place the food for the bears with help of the rangers - this is a unique experience that took part that Sunday.  What a great appreciation the children had, their faces lit up on their return to the parents anxiously waiting."  

All things Ampersand, 
Karyn Meyer-Berthel 
Artist & Social Media Specialist 
Ampersand Art Supply 

Click here to explore the full selection of Ampersand panels and tools.

Friday, May 8, 2015

New Videos from Nancy Reyner


New Videos and workshops out by contemporary acrylic artist, Nancy Reyner,  working with gold leaf and acrylics on Ampersand Hardbord.  This video is a complete instructional tutorial on gold leaf, its properties and how to apply it to use as a painting surface.  Nancy's exceptional instruction make this video a pleasure to watch and intriguing for even a beginning artist.  


How to Apply Gold Metal Leaf


Another full video for purchase by Nancy with a preview here:

Nancy will also be teaching workshops this year on Abstract Acrylic Painting in Santa Fe, NM and in Oklahoma at the Oklahoma Arts Institute.  You can find more details on her website:  nancyreyner.com/work-with-nancy.

All things Ampersand, 
Karyn Meyer-Berthel 
Artist & Social Media Specialist 
Ampersand Art Supply 

Click here to explore the full selection of Ampersand panels and tools.

Friday, May 1, 2015

Featured Artist: Steve Hanks

Another dear friend and member of the Ampersand community has passed away this spring.  On April 1, 2015, we lost watercolor painter, Steve Hanks in his hard fought cancer battle.  Steve was a critical part of our Ampersand team as he helped us on all our testing phases on Aquabord throughout the years.  We will be forever grateful for his contributions and all of us here at Ampersand are so deeply saddened by this loss.  We send our deepest sympathy to his family.  

Steve Hanks attended the Academy of Fine Arts in San Francisco and graduated from the California College of Arts & Crafts.   He practiced his art professionally since graduation, delving into oils, watercolor, pencil and acrylics.  Steve labeled his work, "Emotional Realism,"  and won the National Watercolor Society Merit award and the National Academy of Western Art Gold medal, along with having his work collected internationally.  


"I’ve tried to be responsible and put positive images out into the world. I hope that my work brings comfort, pleasure and insight into people’s lives.” ~Steve Hanks

We understand that throughout his treatment he was unable to paint, and medical along with life expenses piled up.  There is a memorial fund set up in Steve's name to help the family and cover expenses at GoFundMe.  Thank you for your thoughtfulness, help and assistance. 


~The Ampersand Family