Is This Your First Encaustic Conference?
If you will be attending The International Encaustic Conference for the first time in 2017, on behalf of Cherie Mittenthal and everyone here at Castle Hill, let me start with a big Welcome! This Conference is the longest-running event of its kind, the largest at close to 250 conferees annually, and the one with the greatest number of demos, talks, panels, exhibitions--everything!
The International Encaustic Conference is a professional conference, founded by Joanne Mattera 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 beginners 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.
The Conference takes place at The Provincetown Inn at One Commercial Street in Provincetown. If the Inn is full and you need accommodations, see this this list of alternative lodging. 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.
When you register on Friday morning, you'll be given a bag with your schedule and a map of the premises. The info we provide will help you get around, but feel free to ask directions of anyone. We are a very friendly group. By noon on Friday you'll know where everything is (including the rest rooms).
Please note that on Friday morning from 10:45 to 11:15 Cherie will hold a short Orientation in the Fore'n'Aft room. Come and say Hi, make some friends, and ask us anything.
If you are new to encaustic, we encourage you to attend a beginners' demo that we've scheduled especially for you:
Basics of Encaustic with Deborah Winiarski (right) will take place on Friday from 9:30-10:30.
This demo 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 after the demo.
Even if you are an experienced painter or sculptor working in other mediums, if you haven't worked in encaustic before, plan to attend this demo. 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.
Coming and Going
Two rooms allow for easy entry and egress while presentations are underway: the Mayflower Room for demos, the Harbor Room for talks. Both large rooms have their entry in the back. While we don't encourage coming and going during the events each hour, we will not prevent it if you go quietly between these two rooms. However, we are adamant that once events get underway in Beachside or Fore'n'Aft, the rooms remain closed. This is because entry to or departure from these two latter rooms while a presentation is underway creates a disturbance that interrupts the presenters and annoys the other conferees. Please be considerate.
Wait, There's More!
Much more. We urge you to spend some time on this Conference blog. The Index of Posts on the sidebar will live link you to any particular post you wish.