Thursday, May 20, 2010

Encaustic Artist at the Hermitage Artist Retreat

Taken from the Hermitage website

Yesterday, I had the wonderful opportunity to meet up with artist and Hermitage Fellow, Barbara Ellman. She is here in beautiful Manasota key for her final days of residency at the Hermitage Artist retreat, just south of Sarasota.

I was invited by friend and artist Elizabeth Van Riper to meet Barbara, who also works in Encaustic. She has produced an extensive body of work which include many Public Art projects in NY. We had dinner with Barbara and Mimi Herman, a writer who is also in residency at the Hermitage.

We had a wonderful time talking and sharing stories and getting to know one another as we enjoyed the views and sounds of the Florida Gulf sunset from the outside deck.

We had an incredible treat of a reading of poems by Mimi as we enjoyed our dessert and then a visit to Barbara’s studio to see her latest work. It is so much fun to meet fellow encaustic artists and talk shop!

Thank you all for a memorable and inspiring evening.

Barbara and Elizabeth Van Riper

New piece influenced by the glorious Florida light and color.

Works in progress.