Wax painting workshop, wine tasting on tap March 29-30

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WALLA WALLA — Techniques of encaustic art — painting with hot pigmented wax —will be taught in late March by Colleen Monette of Walla Walla.

The artist said she loves the smell and feel of the wax.

In the beeswax, dumar and pigment with antique ephemera, vintage bits and pan pastel, she has found a way to combine the wax and collage materials in rich earth tones that inspire her love of nature and home.

The one-day encaustic painting class will start at 10 a.m. March 29 at the Foundry Vineyard and includes a brief history of encaustic painting and basic instruction on safety.

The cost of instruction, materials, lunch, snacks and an evening wine reception for participants from 5-6:30 p.m. are included.

The class will include a brief history of encaustic painting and basic instruction on safety.

Then participants will be introduced to the basics of painting with pigmented wax, including fusing, incising and layering and ways to manipulate the wax through collage, stenciling and imbedding.

Solvent and photo transfers will also be taught.

Each participant will create a finished piece or two.

On March 30, there will be wine tours and tastings, followed by a dinner created by Chef Rich Koby at Fat Duck Inn for workshop participants and hosted by Monette.

The workshop is limited to 20 participants.

The fee, including lodging, ranges from $550-$750. Without lodging, the fee is $350.

Information about lodging options is at Monette’s website, bit.ly/WFLIyZ .

For more information and to reserve a space in the workshop, call Monette at 206-241-9084.

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