Monday, June 9, 2008

CorkStop artist wins major award for this painting

Congratulations to Xenia Madison, one of CorkStop Studios artists who won the artists entry for the 24th Central Coast Wine Classic 2008. Her winning painting - "Open to this Moment" will be etched on a 9 liter Salmanazar bottle of a limited edition, locally produced Cuvee. The actual painting will be on auction at the same event on July 12th, 2008. This is a huge charity event which typically raises over $700,000 for charity annually.
For 2008, the Central Coast Wine Classic Foundation Board of Directors has chosen the following beneficiaries:
Assistance League of San Luis Obispo County, Atascadero Loaves & Fishes, Cal Poly Arts, El Camino Homeless Organization, PCPA Theaterfest, Project Angels Bearing Gifts, San Luis Obispo Wind Orchestra, San Luis Obispo YMCA, Santa Barbara International Film Festival, Santa Barbara Center for the Performing Arts, & Tierra Sagrada, The Sacred Earth Foundation. The Annual Fund-A-Need Auction Lot will inure to the benefit of French Hospital Medical Center's Hearst Cancer Resource Center.

Sunday, June 8, 2008

"Hot Wax / Cool Art"

The studio just completed a fascinating and dynamic workshop led by Lynn Kishiyama. "Hot Wax/ Cool Art" explored the ancient technique of painting with wax, a technique which is currently experiencing a revival in popularity. Encaustic wax was first practiced by the Greeks as far back as the 5th century BC. It's a tricky process, at times frustrating, but ultimately incredibly rewarding. Lynn Kishiyama is a master presenter with a wealth of knowledge and the work created by the students by the end of the day was living proof of this