Interview with a Solo Artist: Emily Runnerstrom

Interview with a Solo Artist: Emily Runnerstrom

Q: When did you begin working with encaustics?  What do you love about it? A: I took an encaustic class taught by Mel Kolstad about three years ago. I always wanted to try encaustic painting but as a person with a very small studio, the set up for the typical...
New Classes this Fall: Shibori Dyeing & Cyanotype

New Classes this Fall: Shibori Dyeing & Cyanotype

This fall I’ll be teaching both Shibori Dyeing – Japanese style tying, clamping and wrapping, which will dye with the Procion color “indigo” which has been formulated to mimic the plant dye indigo.  It has all the right undertone colors.  It is...
The Collagists in the Archives

The Collagists in the Archives

Above is the collage I made using an element from the archive and library at the Henry Sheldon Museum in Middlebury, Vermont. How did I get the chance to do such a cool thing? It was through a virtual residency with the Kolaj Institute. Through a combination of group...
Virtual Residencies are the Best!

Virtual Residencies are the Best!

If you’re a long time reader, you know I’ve been writing about residencies for years, pining to go on one, but my kids were too little, coming up with alternatives… In October 2021, I went on an independent residency at the Grand Marais Art Colony in...
Prison Reform for Beginners and an Announcement

Prison Reform for Beginners and an Announcement

Ever since incarcerated artist Juan C. Hernandez shared his art with me (see image, above) and proposed a solo show in the micro gallery, I’ve been learning how much I didn’t know about prisons in the United States. I mean, I knew I was against for profit...