Dia del los Muertos October 28 2016, 0 Comments

What a treat to be invited to participate in not one but two Dia del los Muertos alters at this annual event at the Shatford Centre in Penticton. I joined up with my Rip Off pals to take on the Pablo Picasso alter and with the lovely ladies of CanwaxWest for Frida Khalo. Everyone did a spectacular job.

Here is the Rip Offs' Picasso alter.

Rip Off Dia del lod Meurtos alter

On this alter I created a double sided "Picasso Heart" with encaustic and mixed media. The wings were made from fabric saturated in wax and reworked with my trusty PanPastel.

Encaustic Pablo Picasso

Here is the darling CanwaxWest Friday alter.

CanwaxWest encaustic Frida Khalo

On this alter I created a Sugar Skull using Evan's Encaustic black gesso and my Encaustic Art stylus. The skull was made from plaster and I gave it a gentle sand to provide more tooth for the gesso. I loved how the black gesso gave the skull a charred look,

Encaustic Sugar Skull by Bethany Handfield

The show is on until November 6th. I can't wait for next year...

Call for Art: CanwaxWest - Thea Memorial Art Installation March 14 2016, 0 Comments

Inviting all Encaustic Artists to join us in creating a memorial art installation for the late Thea Haubrich at Leir House, Penticton

They are asking artists to join in this project by donating a small encaustic
painting interpreting Thea’s crows or Zentangles. In order to create an
installation piece we need to set parameters on accepted pieces.

• Submission must be on 6x6x1.5” wooden cradle panel
• Clean edges, painted black (no wax) as art will be attached to other pieces
• Only black and white may be used
• Encaustic medium must be used
• Painting must contain a crow or Zentangle or both

Deadline for submissions is April 15, 2016.
Exhibit will begin May 6th, 2016.

Drop off art April 12-15, 2016, between 10 and 4pm to:
Leir House Cultural Centre
220 Manor Park Ave, Penticton, BC V2A 2R2
Phone:(250) 492-7997

Art may be accepted by mail by same deadline: Att: Thea Haubrich Memorial
CanWax WEST Contact: Mindy Rollins 250-496-5150
Email: (please use Thea Haubrich Memorial in subject heading)

Call for Artists: CanwaxWest Brilliant Moments 2016 March 14 2016, 0 Comments

Call for Encaustic Artists: Brilliant Moments                                                

Deadline for Entry by email: April 22nd at 4pm                                 

Canwax West is now accepting submissions for Brilliant Moments 2016!  


Back story to Brilliant Moments: Thea Haubrich was instrumental in bringing the art of Encaustic to Canada, specifically the Okanagan Valley, BC. Thea has been the inspiration for so many artists who work in encaustic. Canwax West wants to honour her by carrying on the tradition of supporting and mentoring artists who are passionate about working in encaustic. One way Thea accomplished this was to have a show and sale named Brilliant Moments to support all of her students.  Since Thea’s passing in 2013, Canwax West has wanted to find a way to honour Thea so, the executive decided to bring back Brilliant moments to achieve this end. This show was intentionally created to run consecutively with Thea’s memorial project and fundraiser. The opening night will include a display of Thea’s work, the unveiling of the permanent installation in her honour and a fundraiser that will be donated to her legacy fund.


Brilliant Moments will be on exhibit from May 6th to May 27th at the Leir House and will feature artists who work in encaustic. Brilliant Moments is an open show and include those who have been inspired by or have been under Thea’s tutelage in some form (circle, workshops, classes, demonstrations to name a few). Artists can submit up to 3 pieces of art. CWW will hang at least one of your pieces and more as space allows.


To Submit

All submissions are to be sent to  Attn: Brilliant moments in the subject line.

Each artist is allowed 3 works (size dependent). There are spots for 30 artists. Please send a digital image of each work entered and a short artist statement or CV (no more than 1 page). Deadline for Entry by email: Friday, April 22 at 4 pm.


Any questions please feel free to email Mandy Rollins at


Commission: 20%


Please email a digital image of each piece labeled as follows: Deadline for email submissions: April 22, 2016 at 4pm


  1. Save image in JPEG (.jpg) file format only
  2. Make sure the file clearly includes your name, title of work, size and medium and price.
  3. Images must be cropped so only the picture is visible.
  4. Please ensure that the image is of good quality and accurately represents the work submitted.

Note: If you are planning on entering a 3-D or installation piece, please contact Sharon at the Leir House regarding requirements and acceptability.


Penticton & District Community Arts Council (P.D.C.A.C.) at the Leir House

220 Manor Park Avenue, Penticton, B.C., Phone: 250-492-7997, Fax: 250-492-7969

e-mail: or


Important dates/Information


Deadline for Entry: Friday April 22 at 4pm

Painting Drop Off: Friday April 29th between 10:30 am – 12 noon at the Leir House with your completed agreement form listing required information on each painting being submitted (see below). If you cannot make this drop off date call Sharon at Leir House to arrange an earlier drop off day/time.

Entry fee: $10.00 per person - cash or cheque made out to Canwax West

Opening + Reception: Friday, May 6th from 6:00 pm – 8:00 pm at the Penticton & District Community Arts Council, Leir House, 220 Manor Park Avenue, Penticton, B.C. 

Painting Take down / Pick-up: May 27th between 10:30am and 3:30pm.


Please Note: All works must be clearly labeled, framed or finished/clean edges, and ready to hang. Any work that is not ready to hang will not be allowed in the show. All works must be dropped off and picked up on the dates indicated. Also, ensure that the back of each piece is clearly labelled with name, title of work, size, medium and price. *At this time Canwax West is not accepting any works mailed in and will not mail any works back. Artists submitting works to the show are responsible for insuring their own work. By entering your work into Brilliant Moments 2016 you are agreeing to allow Canwax West to use your digital images for publicity purposes for Brilliant Moments and future Brilliant Moments and other CWW exhibition advertising.


If you have any questions regarding proper framing, hanging, size requirements or other questions please see the Canwax West website for acceptable hanging instructions. Every effort will be made to hang all of your pieces however we cannot guarantee all pieces will get included due to limited space.


* CWW executive are currently in discussions re: accepting submissions by Mail.

My CanwaxWest Weekend October 22 2015, 0 Comments

Friends, Fun & Wax!

Last weekend was 3 days of encaustic fun. I got to hang with my tribe, meet old friends in person for the first time and learn some new techniques. A banner time was had by all!

Angela Hansen and her artFriday night was Lake Country artist Angela Hansen’s talk “Finding My Voice in Wax: the progression of personal imagery while exploring the encaustic medium”. A graduate of Emily Carr and an art teacher for high school and private practice students, Angela shared her journey with us and spoke to the deep connection and meaning that she places into her paintings. It was a very inspiring and open heartfelt talk.

Angela was also the instructor for the 2 day CanwaxWest annual course that was held at the Shatford Centre in Penticton, BC. The topic – Extreme Texture!


Our group comprised local members from our CanwaxWest chapter and also some out of town friends. I was so excited to share my table with Anita Bidulka and Irene Gut from Cecil Lake, BC. Anita and I have known each other for years through emails with Encaustic Supply Canada, but had never met in person. It was a very touching time as it was through Thea Haubrich that we first met. Anita sells encaustic supplies and Irene teaches in their hometown. 

Anita, Bethany, Irene & Karen

I had met Irene at the previous 2 CanwaxWest events and was so happy to have her back again. Rounding out our table was the lovely Karen Griggs of the famous Bead Trails! If you ever come to the Okanagan you must go on the Bead Trail!

CanwaxWest AGM 2015

At the CanwaxWest Annual General Meeting a new batch of volunteers stepped up to continue this great adventure. Judy Byer and I were stepping down and passing the torch after many years of service. I can remember when CanwaxWest was first conceived at the 2011 IEA conference in Portland with Thea & Shary Bartlett at the helm. It is amazing to see how far this group has come along – and it is all to the dedication of volunteers. Encaustic artists are a wonderful bunch. Chris Cornett of Photography by Chris also came to speak with us about photographing our work.


I have to tell you we had an absolute blast in this class working with extreme texture. It always amazes me how given the same tools and materials everyone can come out with something so different. Angela was a fabulous teacher – keeping us laughing, inspired and providing great constructive feedback.

Extreme Textures class

My favorite new tool is the Ronson Tech Torch. It has a gentle fusing attachment that lets you get in close to small areas to fuse with a very light touch. Everyone working with encaustic should have one in their tool kit.

Oh! And did I mention the swag bag??? So many goodies from R&F Paints, Enkaustikos, Kama Pigments, Planet Bee, Fabricland and Encaustic Supply Canada/Exploring Encaustic! Check these out. Can’t wait for next year xoxo

swag bag






CanwaxWest Waxing Poetic Exhibition & Awards October 25 2014, 0 Comments

Congratulations to all of the artists and award winners for the 2014 CanwaxWest Waxing Poetic Exhibition


Here is little video with paintings from the show and the award winners



Congratulations to all of the recipients
2014 Waxing Poetic Awards

Thea Haubrich Award of Excellence
Bethany Handfield Bee Dreaming VII

1st to Jane Bland for Storm on the Veldt
2nd to Mindy Rollins for Peeping Poppy
3rd to Carol Munro for Xeriscape #1

Honourable Mentions:
Carol Munro for Tritoma
Linda Swales for Galaxy'
Carala Leinweber for Homage to Africa
Barb Hofer for Poppies
Mandy Rollins for Earth's Core
Alix MacDonald for Under the Surface
June Byard for Ghostly Trees

Thank you to our jurors: Shary Bartlett, Tracy Proctor & Dianne Bersea


CanwaxWest Classes at the Shatford Centre in Penticton October 09 2014, 0 Comments

The 2nd annual CanwaxWest workshop series was a wonderful success. Teachers Shary Bartlett of Vancouver and Tracy Proctor of Calgary, both internationally respected artists, were vibrant, open to sharing their knowledge, and able to teach to a wide range of artists- from beginners to those more accomplished. All three workshops were sold out and jam packed with new tools and techniques for the students.  

Major kudos to the CanwaxWest board: President Judy Byer, Vice President Bethany Handfield, Treasurer Linda Swales, Membership Mandy Rollins and Secretary Jan Kreut for all of your hard work and dedication over the past year to put on this fabulous series of events. Thank you to Bethany Handfield Creative Arts for sponsoring the gift bags and lending equipment for the classes.

Special thanks go to the Shatford Centre for hosting our CanwaxWest workshops and the Waxing Poetic 2014 Art Show & Sale. The Shatford is a beautiful and central location and your assistance with our event made our time so much more comfortable. Thank you Jane, Faith & Peter.

The CanwaxWest executive would like to thank our “encaustic family”. This group is so much more than a group of artists – it is the passion, striving for excellence, and love within our group that make us unique. Thea Haubrich’s legacy lives on, not only in the success of our paintings, but in how we work together. Thea brought encaustic to the Okanagan many years ago and is remembered through these events, the Thea Haubrich Award of Excellence, and her Legacy Fund which enables other artists to learn encaustic. We were so proud of the work that everyone did over the 6 days of classes. It is amazing to see the growth and pushing of boundaries. There is so much to be proud of. A big thank you goes out to all of our volunteers. It was such a group effort


The Waxing Poetic 2014 Art Show & Sale in on from now until October 23rd. Please be sure to enter your ballot for the People’s Choice award from the lovely paintings on display. We invite you to join us on October 23rd at 7pm at the Shatford Centre for the Waxing Poetic Awards presentation. Thank you to our jurors Shary Bartlett, Tracy Proctor, and Dianne Bersea.

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