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Art Association travels to Sudan and discovers encaustic painting – Muleshoe Journal

Joan Nix watches as one of an arts association member’s encaustic paintings are set on fire to complete the creative process.

Provided by Alice Liles/Muleshoe Art Association

The Muleshoe Art Association traveled to Sudan on Tuesday, March 1st, for their monthly get-together and a participatory art class led by Joan Nix, artist and owner in charge of Joan of Art located on Main Street in Sudan. Eleven members were present.

President Ann Johnson opened the meeting. Secretary Alice Liles called and read the minutes. Dianne Brown moved to accept the minutes and the motion carried. Treasurer Misti Prater gave a detailed report on treasury activity. Sandi Chitwood moved to accept the report, seconded by Melba Bratcher, and the motion was carried.

Refreshments chair Melba Bratcher reported that today’s treats were provided by Sandra, Melba and hostess Joan Nix. Melba also gave an update on refreshments for the upcoming art exhibit.

President Johnson informed the members of the watercolor classes that will be given at Muleshoe by artist Jon Birdsong of Portales. More information to come.

Information on the upcoming spring art exhibition was given by Sandra Chancey. The judge will be Carolyn Lindsey from New Mexico. Flyers have been mailed to past participants and local arts groups and registration forms will be mailed March 2n/a. Registrations will be accepted on April 4and; the judgment will take place on April 5and; awards ceremony and end of the show on April 8and.

The door prize, provided by Melba Bratcher, was won by Shirley White. Sandi Chitwood then moved the adjournment motion, seconded by Dianne Brown, and the motion carried.

Joan Nix, artist and owner of Joan of Art in Sudan, presented the program on encaustic painting. The word encaustic means sealed with wax and dates back to Greco-Roman times. The wax mix Joan had for us consisted of melted Damar resin tree sap crystals, beeswax and color for the images provided by oil pastel crayons and regular crayons. We drew our images on gesso-covered boards, then painted the boards with a coat of the wax mixture. After letting it sit for a minute, the fun part was to spray a light coating of shellac on the image and then set it on fire to mix it all up!

Joan of Art has been at this location on Main Street in Sudan since 2004, and Joan teaches a myriad of art-making methods in the studio on weekday afternoons. For more information call 806-227-2092, leave a message and she will call you back.

Members in attendance included Ann Johnson, Kay Hohs, Sandi Chitwood, Misti Prater, Melba Bratcher, Shirley White, Dianne Brown, Mike Jones, Alice Liles, Sandra Chancey and new member Ruth Hall.

Call Sandra at 806-946-9221 or Ann Johnson at 806-272-5914 for more information on the upcoming art show in April.