Wednesday, March 18, 2015

EX- PATRIA


The term EX-PATRIA comes from the Latin terms ex ("out of") and patria ("country, fatherland").  Expatriates are persons temporarily or permanently residing in a country other than their own. In this collection of work, these internationally known artists had to leave their country and are speaking out against the events of the last 12 years, culminating in February 2014, when the student-led protests in Venezuela, took on a deadly and nefarious turn.


Elena De La Ville curates this exhibit of edgy work by four contemporary Latin American artists. Opens March 19, 5-7 p.m. Continues through April 24 at Art Center Sarasota, 707 N. Tamiami Tr., Sarasota. 365-20

 Please Join me, opening tomorrow!




The Manicurist by Violette Bule



Auxilio, Socorro... Help, Help
by Irene Pressner






Oil Fields, Series
by Evelyn Valdirio
March 2015 Visual Arts Happenings | Ticket Sarasota

Monday, February 16, 2015

March News


 

 

Flow, Fabric, Wax, Rust on Board, 2' x 8'

 

Workshops:


Beeswax Collage on Feb 25 at the Art Center Sarasota.

Beeswax with Mixed Media with Elena De La Ville
1 day workshop, 
 February 25, 2015
10:00am - 3:00pm
All levels
$130m/$160nm


In this workshop you will learn how to use beeswax together with your mixed media work, as you discover techniques such as layering, transparency, mark making and wax transfers. We will be working entirely with beeswax, so no glues are necessary.

Expand your vocabulary while seeing how this medium can be used in your work.

http://www.artsarasota.org/delaville


Encaustic Painting at Ringling College of Art + Design 

 Encaustic Painting
3 sessions, 18 hours, M-W, 10 AM-4 PM
VPTW824, March 9-11
$485, 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. Early enrollment is recommended, as space is limited. Member benefits or promotional savings are not applicable. (Certificate Program Code: FE)   


 SUMMER AT WILDACRES

You can see forever... On top of the world and right off the Blue Ridge Parkway.

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)
Register NOW

 Exhibitions:
 
Sun Circle Art Show



March 14th at Sapphire Shores Park.. Community artists showcase..
From 11 to 5 pm . Sarasota, FL





The N.A.W.A. Gallery 80 Fifth Avenue, Suite 1405, New York, NY 10011




Voices: An Artist’s Perspective 

 Very happy to be included in this:Happy to be included in Voices: An Artist’s Perspective. At the NAWA gallery in NYC.. A feminist exhibition with 26 women artists raising their voices to tell individual stories that advocate for the fight for social, cultural, economic and political rights and the inclusion of all voices in its push for gender equality and identity using a woman’s voice as the visual narrative to effect change.
http://www.unitewomen.org/announcing-voices-an-artists-perspective/



 EX_PATRIA

Curating an exhibit at the Art Center Sarasota:


When I first envisioned curating this exhibition on Latin American women artists, I knew I wanted to create an exhibition to give free rein in a rich, multimedia platform where any person from any background could come and personally experience the incredible diversity, strength and talents of Venezuelan people from around the world.
Opening March 19th.

Stay tuned.. 

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)
Register NO


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)
Register NOW


 Download PDF:
 





 

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
--> Cape Cod Museum of Art
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.