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FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS

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. We'll meet right in the lobby.

What if I want to register for just one day of the conference?
Yes, you can register for one day although we don't recommend it since there is so much going on each day. If you have a limited schedule, you will need to call the office to register: 508-349-7511

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.

What's the procedure for the Hotel Fair?  
If you are staying at the Provincetown Inn, on Sunday we invite you to open up your room to show and sell your work. If you are NOT staying at the Inn, we invite you to show your work in the hotel lobby. Visit the blog page about the Hotel Fair for more info!

Help! I want to participate in the Hotel Fair but I need to vacate my room at noon.
Don't worry, you can participate. Just be sure to vacate your room right after the Fair. You can leave your baggage at the front desk.

Are post-conference workshops included in the conference price?
No, there is a separate fee. 

Do I need to bring materials for the conference demos or workshops? 
Conference demos are strictly demonstration, so you do not need to bring materials. 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 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 it's not recommended to 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 4:00pm 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. We have two campuses in Truro - the specific location will be listed on your materials list. At the Conference we encourage those with cars to offer rides to those without. There will be a signup sheet. It's also possible for a group to take a taxi. The ride thing seems confusing but it always works out. Castle Hill will post a sign-up sheet to help link drivers with those who need a ride. (Be sure to chip in for gas.)

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 participants.

Would you explain how Conference presenters get selected?
Earlier in the year, Cherie put out a Call for proposals and received many great options. She tried to bring in new and different topics to keep it fresh, but also to bring back some regular favorites!

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. Parking in town is less accommodating. There's not a lot of free on-street parking, but there are pay-to-park lots--municipal lots on the hill above town and on McMillan Wharf in the center of town, and another, the rather costly Duarte's, 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. Information about buses, taxis, etc. will be posted on the blog.

How soon can I arrive?
The Inn is fully booked earlier in the week of the Conference. If you don't have a room and wish to come early, check out the Alternative Accommodations page. 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?
Encaustic-specific info will be posted to the blog when it has been finalized. Gallery Guides should be available at the Inn.

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. As the town meteorologist :-), Cherie guarantees it will be perfect!

So how should I dress?
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 encompasses 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, or 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 selection of meats, cheeses, vegetables, pastas and salads. Lots of Vegetarian options to choose from as well.  

For those staying at the Inn there's a breakfast room where you can get a nice selection of breakfast foods. You may get meal tickets when you check in.

Pre- and Post-Conference workshops 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.

Can I purchase paint or paper or panels in the Vendor Room even if I haven't registered for the Conference?
Yes you can. We hope you come to the conference or take a workshop but the vendors would be happy.

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Cancellation Policy

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Please make sure you understand our Cancellation and Transfer Policies before registering for the Encaustic Conference or Pre- and Post-Conference Workshops. If you have any questions please contact the Castle Hill office.

ENCAUSTIC CONFERENCE:

80% of the total cost of registration will be refunded if Castle Hill is notified of withdrawal thirty days prior to the beginning of the Conference. This means that you must notify us of cancellation before May 1, 2020 in order to receive any form of a refund.
**If you notify Castle Hill of a cancellation after May 1, 2020, your entire payment will be forfeited.  

 

PRE- & POST-CONFERENCE WORKSHOPS:

80% of the total cost of registration will be refunded if Castle Hill is notified of withdrawal thirty days prior to the first day of the workshop.
If you cancel your registration less than thirty days before the first day of the workshop, your entire payment will be forfeited.  

TRANSFERRING TO A DIFFERENT WORKSHOP:

If you would like to switch from one Pre- or Post-Conference workshop to another, a $25 processing fee will be charged. This fee will be waived if your previous workshop was cancelled.

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Medical Emergencies

Medical Emergencies

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No one attends a conference expecting to have a medical emergency, but if the unforeseeable happens, here's a rundown of what to do.

If you feel ill and the feeling doesn't pass but you don't feel it's an emergency, call the Outer Cape Health Services in Provincetown at 508-487-9395. Address is 49 Harry Kemp Way, about a mile from the Provincetown Inn.

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Hours:
Monday-Friday:  8:00am to 7:00 pm
Saturday: 9:00 am to 5:00 pm
Same day appointments may be available

If you feel you are having a medical emergency, whether it's an accident, an allergic reaction or any kind of serious health problem, call 911. The Provincetown Rescue Squad will respond, take your vitals, and determine a course of action for you. That might be a trip to the local Outer Cape Health Services in Provincetown or, for a more serious issue, the Cape Cod Hospital in Hyannis. You will be responsible for getting there if the ambulance doesn't take you.

If you have an accident at the Provincetown Inn, the same information applies. Don't feel embarrassed about "making a fuss" if you need to call 911. Make the call. Be sure to talk to a manager so that you can fill out an accident report as soon as possible after the incident.

If you have an accident at Castle Hill, the same information applies. The Castle Hill staff are here to help you!


Pharmacies
. Outer Cape Health Services has a Pharmacy
. The Stop & Shop on 56 Shank Painter Road also has a full-service pharmacy: 508-487-3738.
The pharmacy is open seven days a week; hours vary


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       BACK TO CONFERENCE HOME PAGE      Traveling to Provincetown:      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    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     Fly from Boston to Provincetown:   Cape Air     Plan on around $350 round trip. Check website for latest schedule and rates    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.    If you wish to rent a car, Enterprise at the Provincetown Airport has cars available--but you must reserve as a limited number are typically available.     Ferry from Boston to Provincetown:   Bay State Cruise Company  &  Boston Harbor Cruises     Check websites for latest schedule and fares    One caveat: A crossing can be a bit unpleasant if the bay is rough. Come prepared with anti-nausea medication if you are prone to seasickness.    If the company determines that the crossing will be too rough, you will board a bus and be taken directly to McMillan Wharf in Provincetown, where the ferry normally disembarks          Provincetown 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!     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.       

  

    
       
      
         
          
             
                  
             
          

          

         
      
       
    

  


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Traveling to Provincetown:

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

  • 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

Fly from Boston to Provincetown: Cape Air

  • Plan on around $350 round trip. Check website for latest schedule and rates

  • 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.

  • If you wish to rent a car, Enterprise at the Provincetown Airport has cars available--but you must reserve as a limited number are typically available.

Ferry from Boston to Provincetown: Bay State Cruise Company & Boston Harbor Cruises

  • Check websites for latest schedule and fares

  • One caveat: A crossing can be a bit unpleasant if the bay is rough. Come prepared with anti-nausea medication if you are prone to seasickness.

  • If the company determines that the crossing will be too rough, you will board a bus and be taken directly to McMillan Wharf in Provincetown, where the ferry normally disembarks


  • Provincetown 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!

  • 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.

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Thinking of renting a car in P-Town? Enterprise is 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. 
 

*If you are looking to share a ride, visit the message board or try the Facebook page to link up with other travelers!

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Need a Ride?

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Transportation to the Conference as well as to Pre- and Post-Conference workshops is not provided by Castle Hill.

If you are looking for a ride, want to share a cab, or have space in your car to offer, please feel free to share here in the comments! During the Conference, we will also have a notice board in the lobby where you can post ride shares.

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Shows Associated with the Conference

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Shows Associated with the Conference

We are very excited to have 6 shows associated with the Conference! @ shows will take place at Castle Hill, and 4 shows will take place in Provincetown!


Anything but Flat:

The Conference Juried Show, juried by Joanne Mattera

The challenge for this year’s juried show is to create a work that has a tangible, physical presence. Something with depth or dimension in your paintings, whether the surface is built up, carved into, embellished, or assembled in some way. Sculpture by its very nature is dimensional come check out this show with 42 artists selected.

Susanne Arnold, Pamela Blum, Debra Claffey, Dorothy Cochran, Cat Crotchett, Helen Dannelly, Pamela DeJong, Dora Ficher, Alicia Forestall-Boehm, Milisa Galazzi, Lorraine Glessner, Carol Hamilton, Kay Hartung, Deborah Kapoor, Barry Katz, Melissa Lackman, Susan Lasch Krevitt, Andree-Anne Leaberge, Cindy Lesperance, Patricia Malarcher, OttyMerrill, Nancy Natale, Louise Noel, Susan Paladino, Deborah Peeples, Lynda Ray, Jodi Reeb, Stephanie Roberts-Camello, Lia Rothstein, Erica Rubel, Ruth Sack, Pat Spainhour, Nancy Spears Whitcome, Sarah Springer, Kelly Steinke, Susan Stover, Marina Thompson, Michele Thrane, Mitchell Visoky, Anna Wagner-Ott, Pamela Wallace, Ellyn Weiss

Pattern + Concept

at Gallery X at Castle Hill
Curated by Kay Hartung
10 Meetinghouse Road
Opening Reception May 30, 4 - 6
May 30 - June 7

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This show will include the work of Kay Hartung, Marina Thompson and Kim Bernard, who use pattern in their work for purposes related to the conceptual ideas they are communicating.

A fascination with the beauty and complexity of the microscopic world fuels Kay Hartung’s paintings. She contemplates the potential impact of cellular activity on the visible universe and the human species. The growth, multiplication, and movement of these biological forms is essential to her creative process, as they travel freely or are
captured and tangled in sinuous webs. Kay approaches her paintings with a textile sensibility, creating landscapes for the biomorphic forms to exist. By placing one pattern upon the next through the layering of color upon color complex interactions between color and form are produced. She sees these patterns as the intricate and crowded
atmospheres in which biological forms interact and develop. The network like quality of some of the backgrounds relates to the communications that must occur between the mind and the body to produce action and thought.

Marina Thompson’s paintings record an abstracted, introspective expression of communication and human interaction. Communication requires kinetic creativity: layers of light, color, texture, balance, nuance, and surprise. Pattern and repetition, rhythm and interruption shape our lives. Geometry bridges the inner and outer worlds adding structure and sense – both ancient and contemporary. The pulse of color and the play of light and texture are constant sources of stimulation. Color creates light, light creates form. Marina’s paintings explore depth, energy and movement with illusions of volume, space, light, and time. The work is colorful, rhythmic, layered. It speaks of sounds, both local and cosmic, while her visual elements are both macroscopic and microscopic.

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Kim Bernard finds it fascinating that there are predictable patterns in matter and motion
and she creates art work that demonstrates these phenomena simply, with an aesthetic
that allows the viewer easy access, and provides a tangible way of seeing physics.
Fascinated with movement, kinesthetics and the basic laws of motion she works from
The premise that the understanding of movement can be revealed through repetition.
Beginning with the body, combining materials with movement, her work synthesizes a
personal history and deep connection to body movement.


INSIDE THE RECTANGLE

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at Kobalt Gallery, Provincetown
curated by Deborah Peeples & Martha Chason-Sokol

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Inside the Rectangle presents six painters who choose beeswax as their medium. They are first
and foremost painters- addressing the formal concerns of pictorial space - the rectangle- through line, color, spacial relationships, edge, volume, surface, and dimensional reality. Encaustic serves their vision in its its malleability and immediacy. Layers can be added as swiftly as a thought, then scraped back to reveal prior gestures; light bounces through layers to create rich optical effects. These artists mold encaustic to their language, resulting in works with muted or saturated color, juicy or smooth surfaces, rectangular or shaped panels, and images that reference the natural, internal, and built world.

Lisa Pressman’s work embodies a visual synthesis of stored memory. Each painting, with its complex layered surface, elicits a visceral response, shaping its own new history.

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Julie Snidle’s layered paintings address her internal world. Contemplation, calculation, and exploration are recurring themes in her paintings,

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Jeff Hirst pushes the shape of the rectangle. His work investigates relations between man-made architectural structure and the natural landscape.

Mitchell Visoky’s use of color and shape reflects his concern with various states of nature. His work evolves through layering and the transparent qualities of the paint.

Deborah Peeples’ work is both method and metaphor for her internal world. Her lush saturated surfaces and layered depths reflect orchestrated restraint.

Martha Chason-Sokol’s work addresses the intersection between drawing and painting. Her paintings are personal journeys; sometimes lyrical and sometimes intense but always concerned with the expressive quality of the paint.


WAXPAPER

at the Provincetown Commons
Curated by Kelly Austin-Rolo

46 Bradford Street, Provincetown

May 31 - June 7, Opening reception Friday May 31, 6 - 9pm

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a sticky yellowish moldable substance secreted by honeybees as the material of honeycomb; beeswax. o a white translucent material obtained by bleaching and purifying beeswax and used for such purposes as making candles, modeling, and as a basis of polishes.

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material manufactured in thin sheets from the pulp of wood or other fibrous substances,
used for writing, drawing, or printing on, or as wrapping material. "a sheet of paper"

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Wax and paper are considered by many to be inherently delicate, fragile and ephemeral. Wax, in the form of encaustic or cold wax, united with paper can create an artwork that is long-lasting. The results of combining them can be sturdy or fragile depending on how they are combined. In this show I would like to showcase the contemporary combination of wax and paper in both 2-d and 3-d. From traditional Japanese papers to new synthetic papers to repurposed coffee filters and much in between; this show would testify to the versatility of the wax medium when combining it with paper. This would be well represented by the artists’ works included as examples in this proposal.

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The works selected show a contemporary side of this ancient medium. Many of them will pull the viewer in and invite the question of process and how this piece came to be. I would like to include a brief description of process written by each artist to be available to viewers. This show would include works in both encaustic and cold wax with paper as an element. It would include printmaking, painting, sculpture and drawing.

Kelly Austin-Rolo
Debra Claffey
Amy Finder
Alicia Forestal-Boehm
Leslie Guiliani
Eliaichi Kimaro
Gigia Kolouch
Rosemarie Langtry
Sherrie Posternak
Lia Rothstein
Pam Schneider
Pat Spainhour
Kelly Steinke
Anne Strout
Michelle Thrane
Mitchell Visoky


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A Judy Pfaff show at GAA Gallery in Provincetown, Friday, May 31, with an opening reception from 6 - 9 pm. The exhibition will run through Monday, July 15

494 Commercial St, Provincetown, MA 02657

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Juried Show: Anything But Flat

Anything But Flat
The challenge for this year’s juried show is to create a work that has a tangible, physical presence. Of course you can submit paintings, but we’d like to see depth or dimension in your paintings, whether the surface is built up, carved into, embellished, or assembled in some way. Sculpture by its very nature is dimensional, so show us how you handle space. Mixed media works are welcome, as are book objects.

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Juror: Joanne Mattera
Founder and director emerita of the International Encaustic Conference, Joanne Mattera is a widely exhibited painter who embraces writing in her practice. She is the author of the first commercially published book on encaustic in half a century, The Art of Encaustic Painting: Contemporary Expression in the Ancient Medium of Pigmented Wax (Watson-Guptill, 2001), numerous essays and articles on art, and until recently was editor in chief of ProWax Journal. She is working on her memoir, Vita: A Queer, Italian-American, Art Memoir, to be published by Well-Fed Artist Press.

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Staying at Edgewood

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Staying at Edgewood

Rooms are also available at Edgewood Farm in Truro for students taking Pre-Conference or Post-Conference workshops.

Please note: Some workshops are located right on the Edgewood Farm campus while others take place at 10 Meetinghouse Road (about one mile away from the Farm).

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For more information about Edgewood, and to book your room, click the button below.

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The Vendor Room

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The Vendor Room

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Friday and Saturday: 9:00 - 6:00
Sunday: 9:00 - 5:00

“If there were an encaustic heaven, it would be the vendor room."   
                             --Artist Shelley Gilchrist



Come and visit the Vendor Room! We're bringing back many of our wonderful vendors including: R&F Paints, Kama Pigments, Enkaustikos, Evans Encaustics and more! Look for discounts, special items, limited-edition colors, and stuff you didn't know you needed but will realize you can't live without. Stay tuned for more vendors to be announced!

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Enkaustikos Wax Art Supplies  
Rochester, New York

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Since 1996, Enkaustikos’ mission has been to produce the highest quality professional encaustic paint. To make the best paint we begin with the best ingredients. We only use Pharmaceutical grade beeswax, along with the highest quality damar resin; then after filtering we add artist-grade pigments that are lightfast, heat stable, and offer exceptional purity of color. We are proud to offer you a selection of 88 colors to choose from. 73 are single pigment paints that provide you with an opportunity to finely hone your color sensibility. Dan Sywalski, our paint maker for over 17 years, brings experience to the process. Dan uses modern milling technology to shear our pigment to its ultimate particle size. Each color has been formulated to achieve the maximum pigment concentration while maintaining good handling properties. Use either our original wax medium or XD to extend the pigment load to your satisfaction. Whether you want to make beautiful transparent glazes, apply thin veils of color or build thick opaque layers of color in your artwork, Enkaustikos paints has you covered.

Enkaustikos Paints

Enkaustikos professional paints are offered in several formats. At last years Encaustic Conference we brought a sampling of Wax Snaps to get your input, the feedback was tremendous and this year, we are excited to bring our full line of Wax Snaps. We also offer Hot Cakes (45ml) already in tins, our convenient Hot Sticks (13 ml) designed with direct application and printmaking in mind and our one ounce (29 ml) discs, sold in any size from 1 to 16 ounces, great for bulk purchasing and workshop settings.

We will bring all of our sundries and plenty of beeswax, damar resin and both our mediums available in bulk packaging for even greater savings.

Slotted and hog bristle brushes

Slotted and hog bristle brushes

In addition to our paints and sundries, we will have all of our Enkaustikos aluminum printing plates, Enkaustikos hog bristle brushes, and our custom made Hot Tools.  Our Hot Tools are handcrafted in solid brass. We offer unique brass bristle brushes that keep your encaustic paints liquefied until applied to the substrate, actually fusing while you paint. They come in a variety of different profiles so that you can create a wide range of applications from the smallest of details to painterly brushstrokes.

The Slotted Brush is designed to apply large, bold, textured strokes of wax color rapidly. The slotted design allows the hot air of the heat gun to flow through the brush, keeping paint fluid during application. The Enkaustikos Hog Bristle brushes are true work horses made from bristles originally chosen for masonry sign painters.


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Evans Encaustics 
Atlanta, Georgia

Evans Encaustics with paint maker Hylla Evans has been producing handmade encaustic paint for fine artists since 2002. Distinguished by the invention of Holy Grail Gesso and Evans Cold Wax Paint, Evans Encaustics has round the clock customer service to respond swiftly to the needs of each artist and to answer technical questions. Evans Encaustics ships worldwide.

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HOLY GRAIL GESSO, available in white and 18 colors, contains no acrylic. Holy Grail must be pre-ordered for conference delivery.

ENCAUSTIC PAINT

Evans Encaustics Paint Sticks™ and Minis are ultra concentrated encaustic paint. They may be used directly on the HotBox™ where artists prefer heaviest pigmentation. Painters who use a larger quantity of paint will save money by buying Paint Sticks™ and breaking off pieces, then adding 3 times as much medium to the mix. 

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Evans Cold Wax Paints

Evans Cold Wax Paints

COLD WAX PAINT

Evans Cold Wax Medium is a colorless painting medium containing USP beeswax, USP carnauba, and odorless mineral spirits.  It is NOT encaustic and should NOT be heated.  A jar contains 16 ounces.Evans Cold Wax Paint is available in a set of five colors which may be mixed with each other to make the widest range of the color wheel. Additional colors are available, including Manganese Black and Shimmer.  Evans Cold Wax Paint contains only Cold Wax Medium and top artist pigments. There are no additives and there is NO oil.  Regular tube is 60ml.  Extra Large tube is 170ml.

CONFEREES: Limited Edition colors are specially made for the conference in small quantities and sell out fast -- see you Friday morning!

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 Kama Pigments  
Montréal, Canada

Kama Pigments is based in Montréal,  founded in 1996 by Vincent Deshaies, who still runs the company along with a staff composed entirely of practicing artists.  The mission of Kama Pigments is to make archival, high quality materials available to artists at the best possible prices. To this end, Kama Pigments offers a wide array of raw materials for artists interested in making their own paints and mediums (pigmentsbindersresinswaxesaqua-dispersions, etc.), and also manufactures artist-quality, ready-to-use products (encaustic paintsartists’ oil paintspainting mediumsoil sticks).

Kama products are available Online, through our distributors and at our Montreal store

The new KAMA pigments store opened fall 2013 in downtown Montréal

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Kama encaustic paints

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Mail orders

In the last years, it has become increasingly difficult to bring our products from Canada to Provincetown due to US customs and US labor laws. As a result we’ve had very little choice but to switch to a mail order system for our presence at the conference. Hence starting in 2014, all orders placed at the conference will be mailed directly to our customers.

Shipping will be free of charge and a 15 % discount will be offered on all orders placed at the conference.

If you require your supplies for the conference: We will deliver all orders placed before the conference. Those orders will receive a 30% discount; deadline for this offer is May 30th.

To take advantage of this offer, these steps must be followed:

  • Place the order online on our website www.kamapigment.com, choose the store pickup as a shipping option.

  • Email magasin@kamapigment.com referencing you order number and say that this order is to be treated as a pre-encaustic conference order. We will apply the discount, email you an updated confirmation and prepare your order which will be delivered at the conference.

Should you have any question about this offer or about our new mail order system we will happy to help, please contact Vincent directly by email at vince@kamapigment.com


PAPER CONNECTION INTERNATIONAL
Providence, Rhode Island

Paper Connection International, LLC is your premier resource for fine art and specialty papers made by skilled craftspeople in East to suit the paper needs of the West. PCI is known for superior paper products dependable customer service, and for our staff with close to 25 years of technical experience in the world of paper. Our warehouse and showroom are open by appointment and located in Providence, RI just off exit 24 from I-95. Please call us at 401.454.1436 or email us at paperexperts@paperconnection.com

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Paper Connection has a wide selection of Japanese handmade washi among other exquisite handmade papers from all around the world. We will have so many options on hand for all of your encaustic needs!

Many of our papers come in rolls for large, ambitious projects

Many of our papers come in rolls for large, ambitious projects

Yuzen patterns, katazome and other decorative papers can be used for encaustic mixed media, collage and book arts.

Yuzen patterns, katazome and other decorative papers can be used for encaustic mixed media, collage and book arts.


R&F Handmade Paints   
Kingston, New York

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R&F Handmade Paints began manufacturing professional artists paints and providing artist-focused technical support in 1988. Today, R&F distinguishes itself by continuing to craft the highest quality paint in small, carefully controlled batches where the eye and skill of the paintmaker are key. R&F has run workshops in their factory building and around the country for over 20 years.


Specials: There will be deep discounts, new kits, limited-edition colors and a special raffle. Ask about them when you get to the Vendor Room.

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R&F founder, Richard Frumess, with R&F president, Darin Seim

R&F founder, Richard Frumess, with R&F president, Darin Seim


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Vent-a-Fume

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Melted encaustic wax releases unpleasant fumes containing acrolien as-well-as other various aldehydes. The concentration of these emissions increases at higher working temperatures commonly found in encaustic art or paint applications. If not properly vented, these emissions can become an encaustic safety issue leading to headache, nausea, and possible future respiratory concerns. Encaustic supplies such as the Vent-A-Fume encaustic fume extractor removes undesirable fumes directly at the source.


 The Vent-A-Fume Model ENC2015 Fume Extractor is a complete ventilation system designed for encaustic palette venting. It is easy to assemble for installation on workbenches and tabletops. Its ergonomic, lightweight design makes the portable unit easy to transport and reposition as needed. (Note: if you prefer an overhead, canopy-hood style fume extractor, click to see our table-mounted model.)


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Postcard Show at the Inn

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Postcard Show at the Inn

Conference 13:  Going Postal 
Stephanie Roberts-Camello will accept and install your postcard donations. Info below. 

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The Postcard Show, Going Postal, takes place in the Trawler Room, right off the lobby at the Provincetown Inn. We put the postcards up on Thursday so that when you arrive for the Conference on Friday morning, you'll be able to use your break times to pop in to see the show.

The Postcard Show is one of those glorious win/wins. Conferees--as well as friends of the Conference--donate postcards for show and sale. It's an exhibition for the artists donating, and every penny of the sale goes toward scholarships for the following year.

Each year will see a different group of artists receive the Conference Scholarship Grant, which offers a paid-for entry to the Conference. Additionally, the Scholarship Grant is a legitimate entry for your resume.

Our longtime Conference friend, artist Stephanie Roberts Camello will accept your postcards.

When to send: Please have cards sent by May 15

Where to send: 
Stephanie Roberts-Camello
24 Standford Hill Road
Pembroke, MA 02359

How to pack: The postcards will not be sent individually but in a padded envelope or other safe container. Please try to cut down on excessive packaging. Not only will the environment thank you, Stephanie--who will have to unwrap everything--will thank you as well. The flat lightweight-cardboard or padded mailers available at the Post Office or FedEx should be sufficient to protect your work. You might wish to interleave your postcards with glassine, and then sandwich the stack between two lightweight layers of cardboard--the type that comes in  a digital-print paper box--before inserting the whole thing into the mailer. For good measure, I'd write "Do not bend."

Can you hand deliver? Unfortunately, no. Much as we'd love to have you do that, the postcards need to be received by May 25 so that Stephanie can prepare them for hanging before she arrives in Provincetown. An exception can be made for those of you coming from outside North America (email Stephanie if that's the case.)

USPO padded mailer and FedEx thin cardboard mailer, both about 9.5 x 12.5 inches work great. You can also use a less sturdy manila envelope if you sandwich the postcards with a thin sheet of cardboard top and bottom.

Postcard Guidelines

Basic parameters

. Size: postcard dimensions of 4x6 inches. Horizontal or vertical orientation is fine. Please keep your cards as close to the 4x6 size as possible so  they can fit into the plastic sleeves which will be provided

. Paper: People have used 300-lb watercolor paper to paint on, lightweight Japanese paper to print with, and everything in between. Other: Some artists have used  4x6" prepared panels, and others have used small stretched canvases or thin boards
. Dimension: Most of the postcards are two-dimensional, but who are we to cramp your style? Relief and three-dimensional works are entirely welcome

. Installing: We provide the archival poly bags. A small group of enthusiastic volunteers pins each poly bag to the cork walls around the room.  

. Materials: Most artists have incorporated wax entirely or in part, but we're open to your particular material expression

. Limit: There is no limit to the number of cards you donate or buy

. Purchase: The postcards are $30 each

. Getting into the room to buy: We'll have specifics listed on the schedule. The room will be open just for viewing prior to sale.

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Hotel Fair

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The Hotel Fair will take place on Sunday morning, June 2nd. An in-house event, it's an opportunity for every conferee to show their work to their colleagues (and, as always, there is no fee for this). Just open your hotel room at the times noted below. Some artists create entire installations. Others approach the event more casually, placing work on their beds or on the furniture.  If you don't have a room at the Inn, not to worry; you can set up in the lobby.
 
2019 Timetable

. 9:30 to 11:00: Rooms in the two-story Inn section--Waterview Inn and Standard inn plus Waterview and Standard

. 11:00 to 12:30: Rooms in the motel section--Harborview, Cape Tip and Breakwater and the lobby


The Motel Section is divided into three sections, each with a different name:

. Harborside rooms begin after the Main Lobby area: 120 to 134         

. Cape Tip Rooms: 135 – 149     

. Captain’s Suites: 150, 153, 154 

. Breakwater Rooms: 156-173

The Inn Section is the two-story area where much of the Conference takes place

. 1st floor Waterview Inn: 2, 4, 6, 8, 10, 12, 14 

. 1st floor Standard Inn (across the hall, no water view): 1, 3, 5, 7, 9, 11, 15 

. 2nd floor Waterview Inn: 16, 22, 24, 2, 28, 30, 32 

. 2nd floor Standard Inn (across the hall, no water view): 17, 23, 25, 27, 29, 31, 33

The longer section on the second floor is, somewhat confusingly, also called "Waterview" and "Standard" but there's no "Inn" in the name
2nd floor Waterview: 38, 40, 42, 44, 46, 48, 50, 52 , 54, 56, 58, 60, 62  

2nd Floor Standard (across the hall, no water view): 37, 39, 41, 43, 47, 55, 57, 59, 61   


Notes on the Hotel Fair
Please note that the nature of this Hotel Fair, or any hotel fair, is that exhibitors do not get to see the other exhibitors in their time slot. The only way to see everything is to be a viewer rather than an exhibitor. Or share your room so that you and your roommate can take turns venturing out to see what's being shown during your time slot. Some conferees prefer not to share their personal accommodations but are open to the idea of sharing the room for exhibition during the Hotel Fair. (Use the Message Board to pair up.)

Some views of earlier Hotel Fairs The History of the Encaustic Conference blog has a lot of good pictures. Once you're on the blog, scroll about one quarter of the way down the page (it's a long page) to find the Hotel Fair section. 


Can you sell out of your room?

Yes. Some conferees use electronic card readers to accept credit cards (though Wifi can be weak in the Cape Tip and Waterview Rooms). Others take checks, cash, or IOUs. And still others are open to trading. There are no rules, except that the business is between you and the person interested in your work. Neither The Encaustic Conference nor the Provincetown Inn assumes any responsibility for your transactions.

Is the Hotel Fair open to the general public?
Yes, The Hotel Fair is open to the public. Many gallery owners in town come and visit. We also invite a number of local and regional critics, curators, writers and publishers to attend the Conference specifically so that they may see what's going on in contemporary encaustic. We encourage them to attend the Hotel Fair, and many do.

Is there anything you can't do?
You cannot make holes in the wall with pins or nails. If you do and the Inn sees them, you will be charged a refinishing fee. However, there are temporary-tape picture hangers, and artists with light-in-weight work may use those. Others simply prop work on the furniture or the bed. Conferees have also used the bathroom to create displays and propped paintings on the outdoor areas of their rooms. Be inventive while being respectful of the limitations.

"What if I have registered only for Friday and Saturday night. I'm supposed to vacate my room by 11:00 am on Sunday. Can I participate?"
Yes! However, be prepared to vacate your room as soon as the Hotel Fair is over. You can leave your suitcases and/or wrapped art with the manager once you have checked out, but know that neither the Inn nor the Conference will assume responsibility for your belongings.

"What if I'm not staying at the Inn. Can I participate?"
Yes! The lobby is available for you to set up. Participants typically place work on the furniture in the lobby. Others have brought their own card table and chairs to set up. Again, be inventive without banging into the walls. And please be conscious of the amount of space you take, which you can gauge as others are setting up.
 
"What time can I start setting up in the lobby?"

Between 8:30 and 9:30. Please be set up by 9:30 when conferees will start to come through.

"Can I ship artwork to the Inn?" 
If you are staying elsewhere, no. If you are a registered guest at the Inn, yes. Eric, the event manager, will accept packages addressed to you. Add this at the bottom of your label: ATT: ERIC, ENC. CONF. Please know, however, that neither the Provincetown Inn nor the Encaustic Conference will assume responsibility for them. Please bear in mind if you ship your work,
Provincetown is at the very tip of the Cape, so UPS and Fed Ex typically arrive late in the day.

"How do I ship it back?"
. If you send packages to yourself, be prepared to send them back. That means contacting your carrier ahead of time to ascertain what you'll need to provide in the way of labels
. You will be responsible for storing the shipping boxes
. Make sure your carrier will pick up the packages for return delivery. If not, you will need to drop the packages off. Make sure you know where the drop locations are and when they are open
.Here's the link for the FedEx drop-off location in town

How to let conferees know where to find you
So that conferees know what room you're in, I will post a large sheet of paper in the Lobby with all the rooms numbers. If you're participating in the Hotel Fair, write your name next to your room number so that people can find you easily. Also, use the Comments section below to note your name if you'll be participating. Feel free to include  a website URL, too.



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Booking/Sharing a Room at the Inn

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Booking/Sharing a Room at the Inn

The Provincetown Inn has discounted rates for Conference Attendees.

To book online, use reservation code: ART19

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STANDARD INN

WATERVIEW

WATERVIEW INN

HARBORSIDE

BREAKWATER

CAPE TIP

MIDWEEK

$109.00

$129.00

$149.00

$149.00

$149.00

$169.00

WEEKEND (FRI, SAT)

$149.00

$169.00

$189.00

$189.00

$189.00

$209.00

*PLEASE NOTE: As you may have noticed, room rates have increased from last year. This is in part to accommodate a change in the Inn’s breakfast policy. Continental breakfasts are no longer included in the room rates for the general public, but they are included here for you. You will receive a coupon at check-in for breakfast and have the same variety of breakfast options as in years past. 


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