(L) Kellie Weeks, Migration, encaustic on panel, 12″ x 12″ x 2″, 2014 (R) Pat Lagger, Plainsong #3, encaustic on panel, 12″ x 12″ x 2″, 2013

The Art of Collaboration: An Artist Talk on The Diptych Project II

Biddeford, ME – The Diptych Project II, a collaboration between New England WAX and FusedChicago, features works from 38 encaustic artists.  As part of the exhibition, Engine will host a panel discussion entitled, “The Art of Collaboration: An Artist Talk on The Diptych Project II” on Tuesday, August 19 (doors at 5:30pm,  event at 6pm).

Artists from each organization were partnered and worked together over the course of six months to create and exchange work.  The project became a conversation between two artists–a form of “call and response” in which each artist was given the opportunity to work deeply and intimately in connection to another artist’s work.

This panel discussion will include a demonstration of the encaustic process. Panelists will include Julie Vohs, Catherine Weber, Charyl Weissbach, and Dietlind Vander Schaaf. Each artist will provide their perspective on their collaboration and will discuss their participation in the Diptych Project II.


Julie Vohs – In 1998,  Julie Vohs sold her belongings, purchased a back-pack, and took off to travel around the world alone. In her travels she painted murals in Istanbul pensions, landscapes in New Zealand, jungle scenes in Thailand and sea In scapes in Maine. Vohs works in a variety of mediums, often combining abstract and figurative elements as a way of integrating the seen world with the felt. Her work has won awards, been featured on the cover of The Midwesterner Magazine, and exhibited in galleries and shows in the Virginia, Chicago, and the Northeast. She now lives and works in Portland, Maine.

Catherine Weber -“Art making and creative writing have been part of my life for as long as I can remember. I’ve studied many mediums and continue to be a voracious learner. I am a member of New England Wax, International Encaustic Artists, and the Women’s Caucus of Art as well as the president and founder of a social media marketing firm, Weber Media Partners in Southborough, Massachusetts. I hold a BA in Communications from Emerson College and an MA in Critical and Creative Thinking from the University of Massachusetts Boston. My studio is located in Southborough, Massachusetts.”

Charyl Weissbach – Charyl Weissbach is a Boston artist whose studio is located in the South End of Boston (SoWa Artist’s District). Weissbach received a BFA in painting and art history from Masachusetts College of Art & Design. Her artwork is in many collections some of which include Boston Magazine’s Design Home 2013, Brigham & Women’s Hospital, Children’s Hospital, UPenn, Harvard Pilgrim Healthcare, Winchester Hospital, Oracle|Acme Packet, and, Novacare Pharmaceuticals. She is featured in Encaustic Works 2012: A Biennial Exhibition in Print, by Joanne Mattera, and 100 Artists of New England, by E. Ashley Rooney. Her paintings are represented in galleries and have been purchased by many private collectors throughout the United

Dietlind Vander Schaaf –Dietlind Vander Schaaf returned to Maine in 2010, following eight years in San Francisco.  Vander Schaaf holds an MA in history and an MFA in Creative Writing.  She studied art with Aondrea Maynard and Kim Bernard.  A member of New England WAX, her work been shown throughout New England, as well as in Florida.  It is held in private collections both nationally and internationally.  She is the recipient of a Pace House Residency through Maine College of Art, where she teaches in the Continuing Studies program.

For more info: Contact at ENGINE or 207.370.9130. Gallery hours: Tuesday through Friday from 1pm-6pm and Saturdays 11am-4pm.

New England WAX is a lively and growing professional organization that connects artists in the six New England states who work in the medium of encaustic. Their mission is to promote excellence in fine art made with encaustic, to educate the general public about this medium and to increase interest in encaustic in the art world.

FUSEDChicago is an organization of Midwest artists who share an interest in encaustic, a method of making art using pigmented wax fused to a surface by heat. Their mission is to advance public awareness of encaustic art through workshops and thematic exhibitions of member work, and to create professional opportunities for networking and learning exchanges for their members.

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The Diptych Project II is sponsored by Enkaustikos Wax Art Supplies.

ENKAUSTIKOS: Since 1996, Enkaustikos’ mission has been to mill the highest quality professional encaustic paint for artists.  They do this by procuring the highest quality raw ingredients, seek out the widest range of the highest quality pigments suitable for the encaustic medium and mill on state of the art equipment.  “Excellence is what we are after; we are passionate about their product.  We will always experiment with new and diverse pigments to expand our color line.  We will also strive to meet the needs of artists by increasing our product line with encaustic related products that support the growth and current trends of the industry.”

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