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October 11, 2017 Written by

Upcoming Events


January 20th, 2018 time 1-3pm 
Artists and Craftsman, Cambridge with Dietlind Vander Schaaf
580 Massachusetts Ave
Cambridge, MA 02139

(617) 354-3636
Encaustic demo

July 28, 2015 Written by

R&F's Core Support Program

In January 2016 R&F launched the Core Support Program with six of R&F's committed artist/instructors including Michelle Belto (TX), Leslie Giuliani (CT), Cari Hernandez (CA), Lisa Pressman (NJ), Julie Snidle (MO|MN) and Caryl St. Ama (CA). In 2017 we added Dietlind Vander Schaaf (ME) to our roster of partner instructors. We recognized the need to expand and improve on the existing demo and workshop offerings; to reach a wider geographic area by working directly with local artists in their home areas and locations where interest is in demand. This approach has allowed us to tap into the most valuable resource we have, our artists. in mind we added 

July 21, 2014 Written by

Encaustic Works: Nuance is here!

Encaustic Works: Nuance is the latest in R&F’s evolving Encaustic Works series, which began as a tiny juried exhibit in 1997, grew into a large and popular juried biennial exhibit held in university galleries, and then, in 2012, transitioned into an international juried exhibition-in-print. Always interested in staying ahead of the curve, yet not wanting to break the continuum of this series, we have decided to leave the juried part behind and just go straight for the most interesting contemporary work in wax, presented as a beautifully curated exhibition in book form.

Encaustic Works: Nuance is curated by artist, Michelle Stuart and contains work by Jody Alexander, Marlene Alt, Petah Coyne, Lorrie Fredette, Sandy Gellis, Lorraine Glessner, Kathy Goodell, Gail Gregg, Hiroyuki Hamada, Kate Hunt, Heather Hutchison, Brenda Mallory, Michael Marshall, Sara Mast, Don Maynard, Paul Rinaldi, and Penelope Stewart.

To learn more about this series click here.

March 14, 2014 Written by

What to know when it comes to MSDS

Recently there has been some discussion and questions that have come up about the MSDS sheets on our site.  We want you to better understand why MSDS are provided and what information, procedures and data they are required to convey. Our MSDS for encaustic calls out specific colors by name only if they are considered hazardous.  Otherwise you will see language as in section 2 that reads:

December 30, 2013 Written by

Laura Moriarty and R&F

We have always been proud of the fact that the employees at R&F are artists in their own right. No one has represented this more than Laura Moriarty, the director of both the R&F workshop program and The Gallery at R&F, who after many years of dedicated service is leaving us to focus on her own art, beginning with a solo show of her geology-inspired sculptural encaustic paintings at the prestigious New York gallery, OK Harris in January.

Laura leaves with a long string of tremendous accomplishments. As our workshop director, she organized R&F workshops in cities and workshop centers throughout the country and provided materials support for artists teaching independent workshops.  She restructured the workshop format in Kingston to constantly highlight new and more sophisticated ways of working with encaustic, Pigment Sticks, and mixed media, while never losing sight of the need to teach the basics to artists who are new to these mediums. Many of the advanced classes were taught by guest artists she sought out, who had developed unique ways of pushing the envelope of technical and visual possibilities.

November 06, 2013 Written by

IEA Encausticon 2013

R&F is proud to have received the La Vendièene award for lifetime Achievement at the International Encaustic Artists’ EncaustiCon 2013 in Santa Fe this last week.

September 26, 2013 Written by

Mark David Gottsegen 1948-2013

It is with great sorrow that we announce the death of our dear friend Mark Gottsegen.  Mark was the founder and director of AMIEN (amien.org), a highly valued online technical service for artists, a long time professor of art and materials education at the University of North Carolina – Greensboro, and the author of The Painter’s Handbook, regarded as the standard painting manual for the contemporary artist.

September 08, 2013 Written by

Color with Intent

Richard Frumess began making a relatively obscure medium (encaustic paint) in 1982. With his curiosity, the love of materials, and sheer stubbornness Richard has created a company that has served artists for over 25 years.

June 18, 2013 Written by

Describing Your Medium

In the fine arts, ‘medium’ refers to the material or substance that your work is made of. As more and more contemporary artists begin working with encaustic in traditional,  non-traditional and boundary-crossing ways, the quandary of how to describe ones work clearly, correctly and professionally arises. This is complicated by the fact that each branch of visual art has a different way of wording these descriptions. These differences are not written out anywhere, but are nonetheless understood by professionals in the field.

March 11, 2013 Written by

Pigment Stick Mixed Media Labs

Our new Pigment Stick Mixed Media Lab allows artists to explore the many possible applications of R&F Pigment Sticks, encompassing traditional and alternative approaches and materials. In addition to pigment sticks, we will also demonstrate encaustic for those students who are interested in combining these two highly compatible media. We call this a lab rather than a workshop because we want to encourage artists to come back again and again to use our wonderful space (completely stocked with paint!) as their studio. Benefit from our instructors’ guidance and feedback on your projects, and enjoy the camaraderie of other participants. This lab is a great opportunity to work with a luscious, loose and free painting medium. 

January 16, 2013 Written by

Gameday at R&F

Paintmaker Matt Kelly shares a day in the life at R&F making encaustic paint and Pigment Sticks:

October 22, 2012 Written by

R&F Announces 2013 Visiting Artists

Introduced in 2009, our Visiting Artist Series has become one of our favorite programs here at R&F - and judging by the full rosters we see for these workshops, they’re pretty popular with artists too. We invite some of the most exciting artists working with encaustic to come to R&F and present a workshop and have an exhibition. Since many of these artists do not teach regularly, this gives students a rare opportunity to learn new techniques,  stretch their practice and see what makes other artists tick. Mark your calendars and start dreaming about which of our Visiting Artists you will want to study with in 2013!

Once registration officially opens, tuition will be $550, but from now until Thanksgiving we are offering a pre-registration special price of $500. To take advantage of this offer, just contact This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. , or call (845) 331-3112, and indicate which class you are interested in. A $100 deposit is required to hold your place.

August 07, 2012 Written by

Myths and Realities about Acrylic Gesso and Encaustic

This past June at the 6th Annual International Encaustic Conference in Provincetown, I had the opportunity to sit in on Richard’s session about the adhesive properties of different substances and their compatibility with encaustic paints and mediums.  There was an abundance of information about a variety of different materials and it was all pulled from real-world testing done here at R&F.   (Read more about testing here)   One thing that really struck me more than anything else is that it is not the binder that dictates whether or not a ground is suitable for encaustic - it is how you use it.

June 14, 2012 Written by

Dreaming Big at the 6th International Encaustic Conference

David A. Clark | Dream The Arrow | 2012

Like many who are reading this, I have recently returned from the 6th International Encaustic Conference, directed by Joanne Mattera with Truro Center for the Arts director, Cherie Mittenthal. This Conference has been raising the bar for artists who work in the medium of encaustic since its’ inception, but this year impressed me as particularly touching in the way it encouraged attendees to follow their true instincts as artists. My own presentation, Funding Your Work: A Practical Guide to Dreaming Big, emphasized the dreaming big part over the funding part, and David A. Clark’s hotel fair installation, Dreaming the Arrow, illustrates this in the most literal and poetic way.  Following is an interview I conducted with David about this piece.


April 26, 2012 Written by

Encaustic at Clark University

Brook Gruber & Nicholas Hancock

Many multi-disciplinary collaborations and new techniques have emerged in the many and various encaustic workshops that have proliferated in the last two decades. Toby Sisson, a professor at Clark University in Worcester, MA, has been consulting with R&F for the past two years to make encaustic an integrated part of the painting program at Clark.