Let it Flow Encaustic Workshop — January 29 & 30

Join Kat Fitzpatrick at the beautiful Gumtree Museum of Art, 211 Main Street, Tupelo, MS,  for a two-day encaustic workshop, January 29 and 30. The workshop is designed to introduce students to the use of the ancient art medium of encaustic — damar crystals+beeswax+pigment).

Beginners, as well as seasoned artists will find a rich and versatile “new” medium that has been around almost 2,000 years. It is fragrant, durable up to temperatures of 160 degrees and beautiful either in its natural amber state or with pigment added.

The cost of the workshop is $300 per person. No materials need be purchased by the students, although Kat strongly urges participants to bring personal treasures from home. These may include black and white high contrast copies of family photos, old letters or ephemera, lace, dried flowers, decorative papers, flat costume jewelry, etc. to be incorporated in the artwork. Students can easily go home with five completed pieces over the course of two days.

For more information or to register, contact Kim Caron at kim@thecarongallery.com or call
(662) 205-0351 or (662) 401-1828

Kat Fitzpatrick to Conduct Workshop, Nov. 14-15 at Myrtle Sisters Art Farm

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Join Kat Fitzpatrick at the beautiful Myrtle Sisters Art Farm for a two-day retreat and encaustic workshop, November 14 and 15 just eight miles from downtown Ocean Springs, north on Washington to Tucker.

You will be introduced to processes and mediums that will transform the wax in different ways, and will gradually introduce color to your work using pigmented wax. By the end of the second day, you will be able to safely set up your own encaustic studio, knowing how and when to use a butane torch, a tacking iron, and a heat gun as well as have a list of resources to take home to help you on your way.

The cost of the workshop is $325 per person and includes the use of encaustic materials, supplies, equipment and accouterments, gourmet lunches for both days, afternoon snack and aperitifs.
For more information or to register, contact Anita Arguelles or call (228) 365-1586

Weekend workshop total fee: $325 per person
Workshop participants limited to 12
Fees include the use of encaustic materials, supplies, equipment and accouterments, gourmet lunches for both days, afternoon snack and aperitifs.
— Kat

Using a limited palette to start, we will loosen up and learn to flow with the wax. There is a deep peace that comes when we learn to stop fighting the medium and allow it to lead the way. I'll show you how to work with these "surprises" as they unfold. You will be introduced to processes and mediums that will transform the wax in different ways. We will gradually introduce color to our work using pigmented wax, caran d'ache, R+H pigment sticks, dry pastels and collage papers.

By the end of the second day, you will be able to safely set up your own encaustic studio, knowing how and when to use a butane torch, a tacking iron and a heat gun as well as have a list of resources to take home to help you on your way. Please join us for a day of stillness, surprises, laughter, discovery and delicious food. "Let it Flow".
 
Time: 9 a.m. to 4 p.m.
Location: Myrtle Sisters Art Farm | 12405 Larue Rd. | Vancleave, MS 39565

  Just eight miles from downtown Ocean Springs, north on Washington to Tucker

Be sure to bring or wear: Comfortable clothes and shoes, we will have the sliding barn doors open with fans running. Bring a hat for taking a break outside.

To sign up, send your $325 with your name, e-mail address and phone number to Myrtle Sisters Art Farm, 12405 Larue Rd. Vancleave, MS 39565. Please make checks payable to: Myrtle Sisters Art Farm.

For additional questions, contact Kat Fitzpatrick or Anita Nobles Arguelles of Myrtle Sisters Art Farm.

Click here to see Kat in her Bay St. Louis studio.

Be sure to bring or wear: Comfortable clothes and shoes, we will have the sliding barn doors open with fans running. Bring a hat for taking a break outside.

To sign up, send your $325 with your name, e-mail address and phone number to Myrtle Sisters Art Farm, 12405 Larue Rd. Vancleave, MS 39565. Please make checks payable to: Myrtle Sisters Art Farm.

For additional questions, contact Kat Fitzpatrick or Anita Nobles Arguelles of Myrtle Sisters Art Farm.

Click here to see Kat in her Bay St. Louis studio.

Demented Dolls Series

The Demented Dolls Series by Kat Fitzpatrick is on display at the Mockingbird Cafe, 110 South 2nd Street, in Bay St. Louis, MS. The images rose out of a lessons — that not all lovable things are lovely — taught through her mother's affinity with salvage dolls:

Kat writes:

My mother, Jean Hammett (known to all as "Goggi") was an intrepid Hudson's Salvage Center scavenger when they still handled smoke and flood ravaged merchandise. Her particular love was for dolls who had lost their dignity through these traumas. She would buy them, bring them home and soak them in bleach. She would scrub off the mold and char, make new clothes and hats and donate the renewed dollies to the Christmas Doll and Toy Fund. The ones who still had a lazy eye or mottled, scary skin and hanging limbs were sewn up and dressed and put out to pasture in her "doll room". Grandchildren who understood the power of stories and love to heal would embrace these wounded dolls and play with them and love on them. This series of "demented dolls" was made out of those fond memories of her and seemed fitting for Christmas. I can't say they have been easy to love in every case(sometimes even disturbing) but I recognize their right to be and the wonderful tradition that my mother began that touched us all in different ways.

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Visiting Kat Fitzpatrick

Early one morning, I had the opportunity to visit with encaustic painter, Kat Fitzpatrick, in her home studio in Bay St. Louis as she prepared for a new exhibit in New Orleans. Whether it was the magic of the morning light, the pure wonder of her work, or the simple pleasure of watching her face . . . her body . . . her hands, it was a marvelously inspired start to the day. - B.R. Hawkins

Kat Fitzpatick Offers Encaustic Workshop to Church Communities

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Bay St. Louis Artist Kat Fitzpatrick offers a two-day encaustic workshop, Courting Stillness — An Icon Workshop for the Harried Pilgrim, to church communities. Kat Fitzpatrick brings your church or organization a different kind of workshop. Using stillness and music, she shifts focus inward, allowing participants to look for that quiet place of reflection and renewal. Participants will be introduced to the "how to" of basic encaustic (beeswax) collage.

The language of icons is a language of prayer. Whether by returning to ancient encaustic images or by using photocopies of beloved trees, animals, friends or family for inspiration, we will create a modern icon that resonates with our own understanding of the mystery that shines through us all.
— Kat Fitzpatrick

Images of traditional icons, hand-colored and reconfigured will be used. She encourages participants to ponder in advance ideas of what feels sacred, and personal, to them. What in their life invokes a feeling of reverence?

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Participants are asked to bring an array of images that might include, but not be limited to, gardening catalogs, images of birds, butterflies, trees, flowers, small photocopies, (color or high contrast black and white), of children or pets. Shallow costume jewelry, small precious objects of any kind, dried flowers, fabric, hand-written prayers, love letters, arches, beautiful papers and lace all work for embedding in the wax.

Materials — a wood icon form and a variety of icon starts/faces and wax — are included. You will personalize the image with what you bring from your own life and home. Bring enough to share and swap. All spiritual paths honored and welcomed.

Workshop Costs

The cost for the two-day workshop is $240.00 per person. Materials for the students, with the exception of the items use to personalize their work, is included in the workshop cost. Lunch is provided by the workshop host.

What You Should Bring

Bring an array of images from your life, children, home and precious small objects of any kind to incorporate into your work.

How to Book a Workshop

Kat schedules the Courting Stillness — An Icon Workshop for the Harried Pilgrim for churches and organizations with a minimum of six participants. Contact Kat at katfitzpatrick@bellsouth.net. In the email specify several possible dates — at least two months in advance — that would work for you. She will get back with you to confirm a date and details about hosting the workshop. Any classes scheduled requiring travel over one hour should also include travel and overnight accommodations.