Monday, July 28, 2014

What an amazing Wildacres experience!

Just got back from teaching in the beautiful Blue Ridge mountains of North Carolina, at WILDACRES Artist Retreats. 
Invited by Ringling College of Art.

Some Images from the top of the mountain.


The road to Wildacres

From the Little Switzerland Inn

A Foggy morning

Wonderful Chiaroscuro in the mountains.

Thursday, March 6, 2014

3 exciting Wildacres workshops!



WILDACRES ART WORKSHOPS 2014
Blue Ridge Mountains, North Carolina

 

BEESWAX COLLAGE W/ MIXED MEDIA
Elena De La Ville
MM910A, Tuition: $395

Through personal experimentation using paint, collage and beeswax, create richly textured expressive images based on the fundamental principals of art combined with the exploration of the elements of chance and order. Beginners are encouraged to let their creativity bloom while finding their personal style; experienced artists are urged to take this opportunity to explore new directions in fresh and unexpected ways. A history of mixed media along with demonstrations and experimental techniques will be presented throughout the workshop. All skill levels are welcome in this fun, adventurous class. (Certificate Program Code: FE)
Register NOW


PAINTING WITH COLD WAX AND OILS
Elena De La Ville
MM915B: 
Tuition: $395
In this week long workshop artists explore abstract painting using cold wax medium, tube oils, pigment sticks, and layering with a variety of implements.  We will investigate new ways to create textures, color fields and mark making while focusing on developing a personal vocabulary emphasizing the process and its experimental nature. Participants will use an array of non-traditional tools and techniques to build layers and add depth.  Ample workshop time will be supplemented with periodic critiques, presentations and discussions. This workshop is well suited for those who have had some prior painting experience and beginners wanting to experiment with new techniques.   (Certificate Program Code: FE)
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PHOTOGRAPHIC STORYTELLING
Elena De La Ville
PH970C, Tuition: $395

Incorporate word & image, sequential imagery, photographic images and collage elements while producing an electronic book ready for print. Students will experiment in creating a visual story using new photographic images taken while on location and a review of previous photos you will bring with you. In-class discussion and instruction will focus on photocomposition, sequencing of images, and optimum image size. Students will create a unique and artistic visual storybook ready for publishing, using personal narratives, memories, or fiction.  Students use their own camera with batteries and chargers and, must bring a laptop/digital notebook with Photoshop installed (LE or any version) plus required software downloads completed prior to the session.  (Certificate Program Code: FE, PE)
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Sunday, January 5, 2014


3 Totems

Please join me for:
BIG BAD WAX
at Mt Dora Center for the Arts.
Opening Jan 10th 6 to 8 pm:
I have 3 pieces in this National show.

Monday, November 11, 2013

Encaustic Painting Class





I will be teaching an Encaustic Painting class @ Ringling College of Art and Design in March 2014.
This is NOT a big class, so sign up now if interested:

Encaustic Painting
3 sessions, 18 hours, M-W, 10 AM-4 PM
VPTW824, March 10-12
$455, Elena De La Ville
Encaustic (hot wax) painting is an ancient medium, first used by the Greeks, that has gained popularity with contemporary artists. A permanent and nontoxic medium encaustic often results in exquisite, luminous painting effects. Daily demonstrations are followed by hands-on studio practice. Learn about suitable grounds supports, encaustic materials, combining encaustic and oil sticks, tools for surface incising, and stencils. This intensive course is designed for all levels of beginning, intermediate, and advanced painters, as well as those familiar with encaustic. The returning encaustic student will be guided to develop and expand upon a personal style and theme, resulting in an integrated body of work.

Sign up at:

 http://www.ringling.edu/learn/continuing-studies-and-special-programs/cssp/community-art/spring-art-week/

Monday, September 16, 2013

Pro Wax Journal



Elena De La Ville, detail, Red Tide



A compilation of artists’ professional experiences and knowledge is drawn from the contributions of ProWax members. Over 60 members have agreed to write feature articles, supplementary articles, interviews, and will also submit artwork to share here. Additionally, we will have listings for upcoming ProWax member shows and workshops. All subject matter originates from the rich dialogue that takes place on the ProWax Facebook page.


About the ProWax Journal
Maritza Ruiz-Kim
Editor-in-Chief, ProWax Journal


http://prowaxjournal.com/ 


Friday, August 9, 2013

August musings




My daughter and I enjoying the  sunset




What a wonderful 3 weeks! I drove up to the Blue Ridge mountains in NC to teach at Wildacres, part of the Ringling art program, I stopped at Cherokee National Forest, stayed over night at Madison, GA. beautiful small town, hiked to Crabtree, Linville and Banner Elk falls, trekked up and down mountains and trails.

I taught 2 different classes: Photography and Mixed Media, with great participation by the students. It is like being at camp, make art all day, get bells to let you know when food is served, get to see old friends and fellow artists.




Jonie Scott, print maker and artist extraordinaire.





Last day as I was leaving, in the fog


Beautiful weather and mist

Studio door in NC

The town laundermat

Banner Elk falls

Some of my hiking buddies on the trails



Just before my trip to NC, my daughter and granddaughter visited me.
It was a good, and also bittersweet visit. For as long as it was, there were many more things to share.

She is an incredible Graphic designer in Milano, with her own company, apart from company identity she specializes in designing book covers.

Take a look:
ushadesign.com.






Camille Barrios
ushadesign.com

 

Thursday, April 11, 2013

So honored to have 2 pieces in this important exhibit!

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Readable and downloadable Catalog for the Swept Away Exhibition @ CCMoA



First Museum Exhibition for Encaustic Painting on Cape Cod

Swept Away: Translucence, Transparence, Transcendence in Contemporary Encaustic at Cape Cod Museum of Art

Cape Cod Museum of Art will open its doors to Swept Away: Translucence, Transparence, Transcendence in Contemporary Encaustic on May 18. This is the first museum in the region to feature encaustic painting in a dedicated exhibition, and the first anywhere to focus on a particular and noteworthy aspect of the medium: its extravagant quality of light. Thirty one artists from around the country, all masters of the medium, have been invited by Michael Giaquinto, curator of exhibitions at the museum. Some 50 paintings, sculptures and prints reflecting a range of thematic expression will be shown.





Dates: May 18-June 23
Reception with the artists: Sunday, June 2, 5:30—7:30 p.m.
Location: Cape Cod Museum of Art, 60 Hope Lane, Dennis, Mass., off Route 6A
Museum information: http://www.ccmoa.org

Participating artists:
 
Tracey Adams, California                   
Lynn Basa, Illinois                              
Dawna Bemis, Maine                          
Michael Billie, New Mexico               
Binnie Birstein, Connecticut               
Anne Cavanaugh, Massachusetts       
Cecile Chong, New York                     
David A. Clark, California                    
Linda Cordner, Massachusetts                        
Elena De La Ville, Florida                  
Lorrie Fredette, New York                    
Karen Freedman, Pennsylvania                      
Milisa Galazzi, Rhode Island              
Lorraine Glessner, Pennsylvania         
Jane Guthridge, Colorado                     
Howard Hersh, California 
Joanne Mattera, New York                  
Cherie  Mittenthal, Massachusetts
Sara Mast, Montana
Catherine Nash, Arizona                     
Laura Moriarty, New York        
Nancy Natale, Massachusetts
Jane Allen Nodine, South Carolina
Lisa Pressman, New Jersey
Linda Ray, Virginia
Paula Roland, New Mexico
Marybeth Rothman, New Jersey
Toby Sisson, Rhode Island
Donna Hamil Talman, Massachusetts
Elise Wagner, Oregon
Gregory Wright, Massachusetts

About Encaustic
Like all paints, encaustic consists of finely ground pigments suspended in a medium. With oil paint, that medium is linseed oil. With acrylic, it’s plastic polymer. With encaustic, it’s beeswax. While there are many material qualities to encaustic—texture, malleability, even aroma—the most salient is the way it interacts with light. Entering the translucent surface of a wax painting, light reflects against the gessoed ground, refracting slightly so that it emanates as a soft glow.

In and of itself, refractive luminosity is not unique to encaustic; Rembrandt was a master of the oil glaze, employing its pigmented viscosity to capture light and return its refulgence to the eye of the viewer. But the substantive nature of wax allows it to do something that other mediums, even Rembrandt’s glazes, do not. Optically deeper than its actual thickness, wax seems to hold the illumination momentarily before releasing it. To look at a painting in this medium is to experience the sensation of light suspended.

A technical feature of encaustic is that the wax must be heated to be applied. Keeping the paint molten, the artist works swiftly to charge the brush and place the stroke, whether it be a quick daub, a filmy layer or a gestural swipe. Each layer or group of brush strokes must be fused with a heating tool  (tacking iron, heat gun or small torch) so that the surface, while comprised of discrete compositional elements, is structurally unified. Wax can also be poured and cast.

Though it dates to Ancient Greece and and was the material component of the Fayum portraits of Greco-Roman Europe, encaustic fell into disuse as less technically demanding paints such as tempera—later, oil and much later, acrylic—were invented. It became known in the mid-20th Century when Jasper Johns adopted it as his medium of choice and is now more widely employed as studio artists integrate it into their practice.

Concurrent Encaustic Conference
Swept Away has been planned to coincide with the Seventh International Encaustic Conference, which takes place in Provincetown. The Conference, founded and directed by artist Joanne Mattera and now co-produced with Truro Center for the Art at Castle Hill, is the only fully professional event of its kind.  Devoted to the serious study of encaustic painting, the Conference brings encaustic into the discourse of contemporary art with three days of talks, panel discussions and demonstrations, and a keynote talk by Barbara O’Brien, director and chief curator at the Kemper Museum of Contemporary Art, Kansas City, who will speak on the work of Petah Coyne. This year over 200 artists from around the world will convene May 31-June 2 . Workshops at Castle Hill will bookend the event. More information:
. www.encausticconference.blogspot.com

Friday, March 29, 2013

Invitational Swept Away

Translucence, Transparence, Transcendence in Contemporary Encaustic


Torso/Leaf
Encaustic, 2013
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60 Hope Lane, Dennis
May 18 to June 23
Opening: Sunday, June 2, 5:30--7:00 p.m.


Michael Giaquinto, Curator of Exhibitions, has viewed the work of  numerous artists who have participated in Conferences 5 and 6, and  invited 30 artists to participate in the show, which focuses on that most salient aspect of encaustic: light. 

Cape Cod Museum of Art in Dennis, MA




 

Monday, March 18, 2013

Torsos


New work almost finished for the Museum show in Cape Cod
and 2 other shows on the Cape and Long Boat Key Center for the Arts.



TORSOS
The women photographed are personal friends of mine throughout the years, this body of work which started with the 5X5 exhibition at the Museum of Arte Contemporaneo in 1990, in which I captured images in 4X5 and 35 mm, black and white negatives and printed as silver gelatin prints. I kept on expanding on the theme. The current showing, made up of scanned and the latest photographed work, the Torso series, expresses our inter connectness of us in the world, to ourselves and to that around us.


Wednesday, January 9, 2013

2013 Workshops

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Elena De La Ville
SARASOTA, FLORIDA
E-mail: delavillesrq@gmail.com  www.edelaville.com

2013 Workshops


Beeswax Collage
Art Center Sarasota
1-day workshop
Fri, January 18, 2013
10:00am-4:00pm
Members $120 / Non-members $140
http://artsarasota.org/workshops


Questions about Classes?
Please email 
Elizabeth@artsarasota.org
For more info or register for a class, please click on the title or call
941-365-2032

Learn how to create a collage entirely with beeswax - no other glues or adhesives are necessary! You’ll discover and practice techniques including layering, transparency and wax stamping. Some supplies will be provided for basic collages, but feel free to bring your art box (with scissors, glue, brushes and any kind of paint), your favorite images and ephemera as well to personalize your art. Any images you bring should be on regular computer paper, or Xerox. The
thinner the better, (reduce and enlarge these to have choice in scale) Glossy photos won’t work well with this process, but fabric, stencils and small 3-D object work great!
Supply fee due instructor: $ 12/student


Mixed Media Collage
Art Center Sarasota
Tues-Wed, January 22 -23, 2013
2-day workshop
10:00am-4:00pm
Members $195 / Non-members $210
http://artsarasota.org/workshops




Questions about Classes?
Please email 
Elizabeth@artsarasota.org
For more info or register for a class, please click on the title or call 941-365-2032

Broaden the creative process with new techniques and have fun with Mixed Media. In this workshop we will explore varied mediums and techniques. These processes can be used alone or in conjunction with other methods. The workshop begins with a demo by the instructor and provides the opportunity to work with and understand the different techniques.
Supply fee due instructor: $ 12


Digital Photo I and II
PHOTOGRAPHY
Digital Photography I
PH401, 8 sessions, T/TH, 6:30-9 PM, Jan. 29-Feb 21
$295; after Jan. 15, late fees apply
Elena De La Ville


Your digital camera is a precise tool for capturing a still,
visual representation of a moment. Harness its potential
by learning the particular features of your camera, the
fundamental skills of digital photo management, and
exploring the basic aesthetics of the medium. Students
must bring a digital camera and instruction booklet and
must have read the booklet before coming to class.
Optional: You may bring a laptop computer, and you
may bring your photo images on a CD or thumb drive.
(Certificate Program Code: PR, PE, FE, IE, GE)

Digital Photography II
PH402, 8 sessions, T/TH, 6:30-9 PM, Feb. 26-March 28
(no class March 5 & 7)
$295; after Feb. 12 late fees apply
Now that you’ve mastered the basics of your digital photographic equipment, you are ready to take your photography to the next level. Inventive assignments that spur creativity and advanced Photoshop techniques will be covered. Discussions include a brief history of photography, and an exploration of photography trends in the modern art world. Students will leave with an impressive portfolio of images. Group critiques enhance learning. Prerequisites: Digital Photography I or equivalent, and Photoshop experience.




March, Encaustic @ Ringling
ENCAUSTIC PAINTING
VPTW824, 3 sessions, T/W/TH, 10 AM-4 PM, March 5-7
$485; 
after Feb. 19, late fees apply
Elena De La Ville

 
Encaustic (hot wax) painting is an ancient medium, first used by the Greeks, that has gained popularity with contemporary artists. A permanent and non-toxic medium encaustic often results in exquisite, luminous painting effects. Daily demonstrations are followed by hands-on studio practice. Learn about suitable grounds supports, encaustic materials, combining encaustic and oil sticks, tools for surface incising, and stencils. This intensive course is designed for all levels of beginning, intermediate, and advanced painters, as well as those familiar with encaustic. The returning encaustic student will be guided to develop and expand upon a personal style and theme, resulting in an integrated body of work. Tuition covers all encaustic and oil stick materials, and supports.
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JUNE, PHOTO ENCAUSTIC @ Castle Hill


Tuesday, June 4
1 Session, 10– 4 pm

$190


This 1-day workshop will focus on the theory and practice of joining the photographic process with encaustic medium. Participants will learn how to integrate photographic images and wax through techniques such as layering, painting and mark making.

Elena De La Ville is adjunct faculty at Ringling College of Art & Design in Sarasota Florida. She teaches at Featherstone Center for the Arts on MV, Wildacres Retreat in North Carolina and has been a presenter at four of the last Encaustic Conferences. Her work has taken on many forms over the years including textile design, photography, metals and encaustic. She has shown internationally and is part of the collection of the Museo de Arte Contemporaneo, and Museo Acarigua, Araure, Venezuela.



Week long learning experience @ Wildacres retreat
in the mountains of North Carolina.

July @ Wildacres
Session A: July 14-20. Session B: July 21-27.

Oct @ Wildacres
Session C: October 21-27


WORKSHOPS AT MY STUDIO:
Email me for more info....
delavillesrq at gmail.com

Introduction to Encaustic:
My studio
Jan 21st
10 to 4 pm
1-day workshop introducing the basics of Encaustic Painting.
This course is designed to help participants experience the richness and depth that encaustic, a beeswax-based paint, can bring to traditional and not-so-traditional painting. We will begin with a thorough introduction to equipment and materials, techniques and safety issues. Demonstrations will include: basic preparation; fusing for smoothness or texture;
Most supplies included.
Small class, sign up early!

Painting with Encaustic
My studio
Jan 28th
10 to 4 pm
1-day workshop introducing layering and collage. Lot’s of information, the instructor will cover tools and techniques of this exiting medium, including supports, encaustic materials, oils sticks, cold wax, and textural effects. demos and time to work on the new techniques
Most supplies included.
Small class, sign up early!


Mixed Media Explorations
Date: TBD
My studio
1-day Workshop

Broaden the creative process with new techniques and have fun with Mixed Media.
In this workshop we will explore varied mediums and techniques. Each workshop begins with a demo by the instructor and provides the opportunity to work with and understand the different techniques.
WE WILL WORK IN COLLAGE AND COVER:
Working with papers, glues and adhesives
Fine Art papers, using found and hand made papers.
Cutting, tearing and layering
Incorporating writing into your work.
Words and images. Working with type and scale. Composition.
Painted backgrounds, textures and washes.

Basic Beeswax Collage Workshop
TBD
10 TO 3PM
Class description:
Learn how to create a collage entirely with beeswax - no other glues or adhesives are necessary! You'll discover and practice techniques including layering, transparency and wax stamping. Supplies will be provided for basic collages, but feel free to bring your favorite images and ephemera as well to personalize your art. Any images you bring should be on regular computer paper, or Xerox. The thinner the better, (reduce and enlarge these to have choice in scale) Glossy photos won’t work well with this process.





Saturday, December 15, 2012

Style Magazine Interview



STYLE MAGAZINE
ARTS BY SU BYRON

Elena De La Ville is a mixed-media artist with a passion for paint, rust
and wax. She was trained as a painter, photographer and textile designer
and her work encompasses all of these mediums. De La Ville studied textile
design at the Chelsea School of Art and Design in London and photography
at the Art Institute of Boston. She teaches photography and mixed media at
Ringling College of Art and Design and serves on the exhibition committee
at Art Center Sarasota. To view her work or make an appointment to see
her work, visit edelaville.com.

Usually this is a simple question, but in your case it isn’t: What’s your
medium?
I have been working almost exclusively with encaustic for the past 10
years, which is a mixture of beeswax and damar resin that’s applied while
hot and fluid. It dries very fast and provides texture and translucency at the
same time. I find it incredibly seductive. I combine that with film-based and
digital photography, plus other alternative processes.


What role does texture play in your artwork?
For me, wax is texture upon texture. It’s built up in layers that hide and
reveal at the same time. On some pieces there are over 20 such layers. Markmaking in the soft material provides yet another level that builds up relief.


Your work is filled with light and color. Is your sense of color intuitive
or is there a theory behind it?
I love color! I would say my color sense is intuitive. One of the reasons I
moved to Sarasota was to find that tropical sense of color after many years of
living in the Northeast.


What does your “Totem” series represent?
These pieces are very important to me because they came to me at a time
in my life when I needed to prove to myself I could accomplish them. I was
facing debilitating symptoms and wanted to work through them. The totems
are the biggest pieces I have produced; they’re more than 6 feet tall. I see
them as “protectors of space.”


Is there an implied narrative element in your artwork or are you simply
interested in form for form’s sake?
As I work, my mind is constantly thinking, evaluating, responding to the
work in front of me. I always work in series and let each piece inform the
next. In a way, I am creating a dialogue or story between them.


Who are your artistic heroes?
As a child I was influenced by Calder, Gego, Vasarely and Matisse. Later on
it was Rothko, Agnes Martin, Klee, Helen Frankenthaler and Anselm Kiefer.
My colleagues also inspire me.


Herald-Tribune 12/02/2012
Copyright © 2012 Herald-Tribune - All rights reserved.

Wednesday, November 14, 2012

Studio News





News from Sarasota, FL

Ringling bridge at night. © Elena De La Ville

I will be  a presenter at the 7th Encaustic Conference in Provincetown, MA. And will also be teaching a post conference workshop on Photography and Encaustic at Castle Hill Center for the Arts.

I am currently showing at the Boston center for the Arts, Mills Gallery: The Future of the Past: Encaustic Art in the 21st Century
http://www.artscopemagazine.com/asdyn/index.wr?is=40&a=4

 

Other links:

Notes from Land's End: June 6

By Laura Shabott
June 6th, 2011 I stopped by Kobalt Gallery (336) to view the conference’s juried show. Curator Francine D’ Olimpio selected works that encompassed a wide range of composition and content. One standout is “Bee Habitat” by Venezuelan Elena De La Ville, a piece using fabric, rust and beeswax. “The sculptural form even attracts bees”, said the artist/bee-keeper. "Over 120 participants are also attending post confehttp://www.provincetown.com/fine_provincetown_art_craft/gallery_dealer_photo/_/18474/

Blurbs:
 Elena De La Ville begins a documentary photo project at Bodyworks Gym. Images from the series are shown at the Museum of Contemporary Art in Caracas. Elena was one of five Venezuelan artists selected for the exhibit; the five American artists were Robert Mapplethorpe, Annie Leibowitz, Bruce Weber, Herb Ritts, and Arnold Newman.
http://www.historyproject.org/resources/latino_timeline.php

5 X 5:
150 Anos De La Fotografia = 150 Years of Photography Leibovitz, Mapplethorpe, Newman, Slavin, Weber, Beaufrand, De La Ville, Scannone, Sigala, Vogeler

PARADIGM GALLERY:
Elena De La Ville's encaustic panels operate beyond objective reasoning. They reach us at a visceral level; free from intellectualization.

301 GALLERY:
This group exhibition features 20 artists from across the US, selected from a group of 61 entries by Nick Capasso, Senior Curator at the DeCordova Museum in Lincoln, Mass.  Capasso selected the theme Beauty and Its Opposites to challenge participants to go beyond the beauty of the wax.
DIRECTOR'S PRIZE: Elena de la Ville


Palm Beach Art
27 of November 2010 to the 26th of February 2011 – Art Museum-Araure Acarigua
A  curatorial project by Rolando J. Carmona, The exhibition  comprised  30 portraits of entertainers and models, with an  evident and continuous attempt to represent the desire, either from the intentions of the photographer in the captured image, or the ego of the photographed object displayed as  seduction.
Artists
Alexander Apóstol / Toni Catany / José Joaquín Figueroa / Milton Greene / Annie Leibovitz / Malika / Edward Mapplethorpe / Robert Mapplethorpe / Alila Morillo / Herb Ritts / Deborah Samuel / Margarita Scannone / Antonio Ugarte / Elena de la Ville / Guillermo Vogeler / Bruce Weber / Jenny Woodman


International Encaustic Conference 2007 ,2008, 2009, 2010, 2011 and invited speaker and presenter for 2012

The Fourth Annual Encaustic Painting Conference
Description: at. Panel
Saturday Morning Panel: "Making a Career in Encaustic". (From the left) Barbara Moody, Conference Director Joanne Mattera, Jane Allen Nodine, Eileen Goldenberg, Alexandre Massino, Elena de la Ville, and Montserrat Dean Laura Tonelli.


BEST FOOT FORWARD:

Elena De La Ville is adjunct faculty @ Ringling College of Art, a member of the Sarasota County Art Council, The Arts Center in St Petersburg, Art Center Manatee and Art Center Sarasota, where she is part of the Exhibition Committee.