Call to Artists- SWA Annual Members Show

SWA’s 4th Annual Member’s Show Call to Artists

You’re invited to enter the jury selection process for the upcoming Sierra Wax Artists’ membership show titled Cross Pollination.

This is open to all Sierra Wax Artist members. The show will be juried by encaustic and mixed media artist, Barbara Nilsson. SWA’s membership show will run from February 9 through March 6, 2018 at Arthouse Gallery & Studios in Sacramento.  Get started now and consider submitting your most creative work.

Important dates:

  • Drop off work for jury process – Wed. Feb 7, 10:30am-12:00pm at Arthouse
  • Pick up unselected work – Wed. Feb 7, 1:00-2:00pm at Arthouse
  • Artist Reception – Sat. Feb 10, 4:00-6:00pm (Arthouse open until 9:00pm for 2nd Saturday)
  • Post show art pick up – Wed. Mar 7, 10:00am-12:00pm at Arthouse

Download the Prospectus and Liability Waiver for more information.


Oct 15, 2017 Chapter Meeting with Melanie Marchant

Melanie Marchant – Encaustic Painting: Ancient and Modern

Please join us on Sunday, Oct 15th @ 1:00 pm, University Art, J Street, Sacramento for this *free event. (*although…gotta say, a donation would be pretty awesome)   **Register Now**



Got questions about Encaustic Art?

Melanie has answers:

  • Where did this medium come from?
  • What’s all this about ancient Greek portraits?
  • Why did it virtually vanish for 2000 years?
  • And how did it reappear in contemporary (experimental) use?


Melanie will bring examples of both ancient and modern encaustic art, showcasing a spectrum of techniques.  She has a wealth of knowledge and experience. Don’t miss our local treasure! This is an excellent opportunity to bring your questions and quandaries to a master in art and encaustic. Her down to earth approachable nature makes Melanie an ideal teacher who encourages, shares — and more than that: she cares deeply about art.

Melanie Marchant comes with an armload of pigments, paintings, tools, both ancient  and modern. She has a clear understanding of the encaustic big picture. She’s an art historian, nationally recognized iconographer, published illustrator  and retired Sac State art professor.  Her work now is contemporary, experimental and ENCAUSTIC.


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Melanie Marchant Meschery is an accomplished Sacramento artist and former art teacher. She has an A.A., B.A., and M.A. in art and a Ph.D. in Education. Melanie taught art at Los Rios college for 25 years and taught art history at CSUS. She received a teacher certification from Betty Edwards (Drawing on the Right Side of the Brain). She has worked in every medium.

Wait – there is more!

We will also have a brief Member Show & Tell after the demo. It is always fun to see what everyone has been up to, so please bring 1 piece of encaustic art that you would like to share with the group.

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July 16, 2017 Chapter Meeting with Jaya King

Jaya King – Encaustic Power & Subtlety:  Beyond Black & White

Please join us on Sunday, July 16th @ 1:00 pm, University Art, J Street, Sacramento for this *free event. (*although…gotta say, a donation would be pretty awesome)   **Register Now**


Learning encaustic is a little like taming a horse.  It is beautiful, wild and in a split second it gets out of control.  The key to successful encaustic art is understanding the subtleties of the wax and harnessing its natural potential.  When art is forced, the outcome is unbalanced.  When you speak the language of the medium, the creative process becomes a two-way conversation.

This demo will showcase how to achieve depth, detail and dimension by building up transparent layers.  Jaya will demonstrate the potential of using a limited color palette by using the most basic:  black & white.  She will lecture on the importance of building a strong compositional foundation in order to accomplish a balanced and powerful encaustic painting.  Gain a better understanding of how to take your art to the next level and reserve your seat today!

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Jaya King is a professional artist and California native based out of Sacramento who has been showing, teaching, and demonstrating her work since 2003. Jaya is an R&F Paints Certified Encaustic Instructor.

Visit Jaya’s website to view more inspiring images and videos:

To learn more about her upcoming workshops visit her 2017 Encaustic Calendar:

Follow along with her encaustic adventures on Instagram @artchickjaya


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