Mary Frances, widely-known encaustic and fiber artist, taught an all-level encaustic workshop to members of the Fiber Artists of San Antonio.
Artist Talk- A Thread Runs Through It
FASA August General Meeting: Monday, August 13, 2018 – 10:00-Noon
San Antonio Garden Center,
Mary Frances began sewing and crocheting at the age of five. Simultaneously building doll houses in the corner of a cabinet makers workshop. These early “threads” shaped her artistic sensibilities and creative journey. She will be sharing her story and the lessons learned that have allowed her to become the fulltime working artist she is today.
Mary Frances is a conceptual artist living and working in San Antonio Texas. She uses non-traditional materials including, beeswax, resins, silicone, roofing tar, textiles and natural fibers alongside oils, acrylics, photography, drawing materials and include both abstract and representational depictions. Her influences include KiKi Smith, Agnes Deane and Georgia O’Keeffe.
Our human connections and dependency on our earth. Her interest in the physical world is often used as a vehicle to explore socio-economic concerns including, domestic violence, human rights, political divisions, feminism and environmental conservation. Series and exhibitions include; Ashes to Ashes, Broken Beauty, of the soil, Flight Lines, Broken, Critical Mass, Journeys, and Edge of Reason.
In 2013, Mary Frances starting teaching with the University of Arkansas Fort Smith (UAFS). She soon added community classes and demonstrations through local arts programs. Teaching foundations and Advanced drawing classes renewed her love of teaching and confirmed a passion for encouraging creative explorations as fundamental to human development and critical thinking skills.
Get Your Wax On! By Mary Frances
August 13, 2018 12:30pm – 3:30pm Following the FASA general meeting… SATX Botanical Center
$75 (All necessary supplies are included)
Registration is open through August 10, 2018
Class limit: 20
Welcome to encaustics, where the medium is provided by bees and traces back to ancient Egypt! This is THE class for creatives and texture lovers of all kinds. The translucent nature of heated wax flows easily and allows us to build intricate layers of color and texture. When you paint with warm beeswax, the pigmented wax acts as both paint and glue, creating the ideal medium for incorporating multi-media elements.
In this class you will use encaustic painting to create your own exciting 2D or 3D (on a panel or free standing) project. This workshop will focus on creative explorations with an emphasis on fibers and textiles infused to wax. Mary Frances will do several small demos, as well as assist while you create your own unique artwork!
While all materials will be provided, an optional list a goodies you may wish to bring from home to personalize your experience will be sent to you at register.
Handouts will be provided and setup and safety of using encaustics will be covered. When you leave, you will have more than a great work of art to show your friends-you will have a new process and special techniques for expanding your own creative practice.
This class is for you if:
- You are stuck in your current process and you need a fresh infusion of creative energy.
- You are looking for a new way to connect exotic fibers and textures.
- You are curious about encaustics and would like to see how it might add to your own practice.
- You love to experiment!
Space is limited. Pre-registration is highly encouraged.
FEBRUARY Monthly Meeting Program
February 9, 2015
Alamo Heights Christian Church – 6435 N New Braunfels Ave, San Antonio, TX 78209
Michelle Belto will present a slide program lecture entitled: Encaustic for Fiber Art. The talk and visual examples will cover the work of artists today who are combining fiber and wax in their work in amazing ways. Michelle will discuss her own art journey as she moved from dying and quilting silk to making paper and using wax. She plans to bring samples of her current body of work and perhaps include a short demonstration of her process. From her artist’s statement: [Read more…]