Art.Science.Gallery. will be hosting a new exhibit, The Buzz Stops Here, a collection of encaustic artwork produced in partnership with the International Encaustic Artists (IEA) about the science and conservation of bees. A portion of the proceeds from this exhibit will be donated to Austin’s Sustainable Food Center, in support of their new Teaching Apiary, which will be installed in their teaching garden this fall. The exhibit runs from April 18 until May 30, 2015 and is free to attend, although donations are accepted.
Artwork in this group exhibit addresses the science and conservation of bees, including entomology, conservation, pollination, behavior, evolution, ecology, and agriculture. In recent years, bees have been very much in the news. There has been a drastic and mysterious die-off of honeybee colonies. There are several reasons as to why this may be happening: loss of habitat, pesticide use, unspecified fungal diseases or mite infestations. Encaustic artists particularly appreciate the work of the bees as they pollinate flowers and plants in our gardens, which is necessary to sustain our sources of the food we eat, and to produce the wax needed for our art — truly places where art and science meet.
The following events* will be taking place in connection with the exhibit:
The Buzz Stops Here Exhibit On View // April 18 – May 30, 2015 (Gallery Hours after opening: Tues – Sat 12-6pm; Thurs 12-5:45pm). For field trips larger than 10 students please call ahead to arrange an appointment; donations appreciated.
Opening Reception // Saturday, April 18, 2015 7-10pm
The opening reception will feature special guests, including many of the artists, a live bee colony in a special glass demonstration hive with beekeeper and designer Anna Geiselman of Bee Amour Jewelry, and specialty cocktails featuring local honey by Austin distillery Genius Gin. The reception is free of charge, although donations are accepted.
Encaustic Art Demonstrations with Austin Wax artists // Saturdays 12-4pm
Demonstrations of encaustic basics and techniques such as painting with wax and adding collage materials, mixed media and transfers, combining wax with pan pastels and pigment sticks, building texture and working smooth.
April 18: Ginny Maserang
April 25: Sarah St Laurent
May 9: Betsy Murphy
May 16: Carolyn Todd
Artist Lecture: The History of Encaustic Painting with Carolyn Todd // Saturday, May 16, 2015 4:30pm
Donations accepted at the door for this lecture by Austin Wax artist and instructor Carolyn Todd, BFA/MA.
Earth Day ATX Science Extravaganza // Wednesday, April 22, 2015 6 – 8pm
Dozens of science-savvy organizations from around central Texas will gather for an Earth Day celebration featuring science activities, information and a raffle benefiting the Sustainable Food Center’s new Teaching Apiary.
Austin Wax Pop-Up Exhibit // Saturday, May 2, 2015 12 – 6pm
Encaustic artists from the Austin Wax group will hold a pop-up exhibit and encaustic art sale at Art.Science.Gallery. in coordination with the Canopy arts complex first Saturday open house.
Pop-Up Dinner at Art.Science.Gallery. With Apis Restaurant + Apiary // Monday, May 4, 2015 7pm (tickets go on sale April 18th)
Dinner features locally-sourced, globally-inspired dishes grounded in classic techniques and featuring ingredients fresh from water, farm and range—all complemented by Apis’ house honey. A portion of the proceeds benefits the Sustainable Food Center’s new Teaching Apiary. Details and ticket information will be posted at artsciencegallery.com.
Introduction to Encaustic Painting Workshop with Austin Wax // May 24-25, 2015 10-4pm
Taught by Austin Wax members Daphne Holland, Ginny Maserang, and Sarah St. Laurent, this two-day hands-on workshop will cover all the basics of working with encaustic materials and tools. Registration opens April 18th at 7pm. Details will be posted at artsciencegallery.com/labs/calendar.
Closing Potluck Dinner // Saturday, May 30, 2015 6-8pm (guests are encouraged to bring a dish to share)
*All events are located at Art.Science.Gallery., 916 Springdale Rd. Building 2 #102, Austin, TX 78702.