Friday, November 7, 2014

Opening and reception for Seasons show at Inspirations Gallery at Liberty Station tonight was very well attended and great fun. I enjoyed explaining the encaustic process to those who asked about my vessels. Nice to see so many friends.

Sunday, October 26, 2014

*Leaves by Mary Anita Winklea



The Four Seasons

Opening Reception!

November 1, 2014 – February 1, 2015

Opening Reception November 7 from 5 – 8
Since it’s also Friday Night Liberty, stick around and visit the other NTC galleries!

For this exhibition artists were invited to submit work inspired by fall leaves, summer heat, spring blossoms and winter snow! Come experience the change of seasons
all in one visit.

Claire-Lise Anderegg Matthey
Jeanne Backman
Kristen Fogle
Sandy Greenbaum
Jill G. Hall
Andrea Casillas Hein
Marti Hess
Paul Hobson
Margaret Larhlam
Laurie Mika
Dave Ness
Al Rodriguez
Josie Rodriguez
Monique Straub
Brian Thedell
Bonnie Woods
* * *
NTC at Liberty Station
2730 Historic Decatur Rd.
Barracks 16, Suites 202 & 204
San Diego, CA 92106
 (Kitty-corner from Slater’s 50/50 Restaurant &
above the Women’s Museum & Casa Valencia)

(619) 255-9483

Gallery Hours
Thursday & Friday from 12-4 pm
and By Appointment
For more on NTC @ Liberty Station, please go here.

Friends and family join me and Al at the opening reception of Poetry Bleeds Rust,  New York City, October 2014.  What a glorious time we had in this wonderful city. We enjoyed a celebratory dinner at Arte Restaurant in Midtown. Fabulous. 

Monday, September 1, 2014


                                                                         Rust Series
                                                         Birthing an Image (rust series)
                                                                 Shifting Gears II

Sunday, August 24, 2014

Here are some photos from the Honey and the Hive Exhibition from Morristown Museum of Art  Morristown New Jersey where I was invited to display some of my encaustic assemblage and sculptural pieces.  It was an honor to be a part of this fantastic educational exhibit where science and art truly came together. Some of the photos show the process of bee keeping and the honey  and wax produced during this exhibit.  Enjoy.

Saturday, August 23, 2014

Hello Josie,


Your entry 1678.132841 has been selected by our juror Jenn Dierdorf to be included in the IEA members-only show "Poetry Bleeds Rust" at NAWA Gallery. Ms. Dierdorf was impressed by the quality of the work. 71 member artists submitted 193 pieces of work, and she selected 46 individual pieces by 27 different artists.

We are hoping for a great turnout as NAWA advertises and promotes each exhibition in the Gallery Guide, ArtTimes magazine, and numerous online sites.

80 Fifth Avenue, Suite 1405
New York, NY 10011
Phone: 212.675.1616

Exhibition Dates are October 1 - 29, 2014. The reception will be Thursday October 2, 5-7 PM. Ms. Dierdorf will announce the best-in-show awards at that time.

Thursday, August 14, 2014

Honored for this acceptance and opportunity!!!


I am very pleased to officially inform you that your work will be included in the upcoming exhibit Burnt Offerings at the Chaffey Community Museum of Art in Ontario, CA.  The acceptance letter is attached and it includes details for submitting images of available works to finalize the pieces to be included.

It was a pleasure seeing your work and your studio.  I'm looking forward to a great exhibit!


Karen Karlsson

Tuesday, August 12, 2014

I went to a fascinating lecture today by Amanda Schaffer, Beeswax Ex-Votos: Healing Objects from the Middle Ages. Ex-Votos were like Milagros or offerings in the shape of the body part that needed healing but created out of beeswax. They were considered miraculous by pilgrims seeking healing for themselves or others. Ms. Schaffer showed the 2-piece mould casting process and examples of the Ex-Votos that she created.

Sunday, July 20, 2014

Trip to Oregon Summer 2014

Road trip to Ashland Oregon to teach a two-day encaustic workshop at Ashland Art Center was quite an adventure. Our car was packed with art supplies and equipment, suitcases, snacks, books to read and a blanket to knit.  
      We met our son David, his wife Brenda and grandson Evan in Pacifica, Ca and enjoyed a full day of fun together. Highway 1 along the  California coast was beautiful but the steep hills created a transmission problem with our VW Van and that was pretty stressful for awhile. Not sure whether we would make it to teach my class or not. But the problem resolved itself and all was well. 
      While in Ashland we saw the play Richard III at the Elizabethan Theatre in Ashland which was fabulous, made new friends, and  stayed with and visited good friends in Phoenix and Canyonville. Even though the weather was in the high 90's and sometimes 100 degrees there were many moments of good food, wine and conversation. 
       My class was successful and great fun with enthusiastic and very creative students. A wonderful experience and one that I would like to do again, sometime, someplace! 

It is with great pleasure that I share with you that my encaustic piece, Writer's Block II was chosen from over 1,100 works of art submitted the the Athenaeum 23rd Annual Juried Exhibition. This year's jurors were Sally Yard, Professor of Art History, University of San Diego, and Derrick Cartwright, Director of University Galleries and Professor of Art History, University of San Diego.

Sunday, June 29, 2014

I am excited and very honored to learn that I have been nominated by International Encaustic Association 2014 La Vendenne Award for excellence in Artistry. The letter I received said, "You were nominated by your peers for your outstanding contributions to the advancement and practice of encaustic art."  Many wonderful artists have been nominated in the categories of Education, Media, Innovation and Artistry. Will keep you posted as I know more. I am very grateful for this nomination.
Thank you to all.

                       Update to encaustic art exhibits 

Living Coast Discovery Center, Chula Vista, California
Inspirations Gallery, Liberty Station Point Loma
Front Porch Gallery, Carlsbad California
Encaustic Art Institute, Cerrillos New Mexico.
Morris Art Museum, Morristown, New Jersey.

Thursday, June 5, 2014

Get It While It's Hot: Encaustic Art Workshop with Josie Rodriguez
Saturday, July 12, from 10:00 - 5:00 pm and Sunday, July 13, from 10:00 - 1:00 pm
$205 Members, $245 General

Explore the intriguing world of painting with molten beeswax. Students will learn the basics of encaustic painting, including history, safety, equipment, different substrates, building smooth and textured surfaces, photo transfer, scraping and incising, layering and collage.
All materials provided, except students are asked to bring their own panels.
All Classes and Events held at Ashland Art Center unless otherwise specified.
Ashland Art Center, 357 E Main Street, Ashland, Oregon 97520

Tuesday, May 20, 2014


Fifth National Juried Show, San Diego Book Arts.  Flap of a Bee's Wing. University of California San Diego, May 3-June 22, 2014. Reception May 4, 2 to 4 pm.
March 12-May 28, 2014 Transformations: The Butterfly Project and Beyond Gotthelf Art Gallery, 
San Diego Center for Jewish Culture.
4126 Executive Drive, La Jolla, CA 
Reception 7:30 March 12

Upcoming Events:

Front Porch Gallery, Juried Show
 Carlsbad, CA   Opening reception: June 1, 2014 noon-2pm.

June 1 - July 12, 2014
Inspirations Gallery San Diego, CA  
Liberty Station NTC #16
   Nothing's Quite Just Black and White 
Reception: May 24, 2014.   5 pm
Living Coast Discovery Center 
(Formerly Chula Vista Nature Center) 
1000 Gunpowder Dr 
Chula Vista, CA 91910 

June 1-June 30, 2014

 I have been invited to teach an encaustic class in Ashland, Oregon July 12 and 13 at Ashland Art Center. Here is the information. Hope to see some of you there. 

Get It While It's Hot: Encaustic Art Workshop with Josie Rodriguez
Explore the intriguing world of painting with molten beeswax. Students will learn the basics of encaustic painting, including history, safety, equipment, different substrates, building smooth and textured surfaces, photo transfer, scraping and incising, layering and collage.

  Saturday, July 12, 10:00 - 4:00 pm, and Sunday, July 13, 10:00 - 1:00 pm
  $205 Members, $245 General  Registration due by June 23. Class size limited so register early.
All materials provided, except students are asked to bring their own panels.
Contact: Kara Lewis at 541-326-5828  or

Ashland Art Center, 357 E Main Street, Ashland, Oregon 97520 

Thursday, April 17, 2014

News from

A box of my sculptural pieces on loan to Morris Museum in Morristown, New Jersey for their exhibition The Honey and the Hive, The Sweet Story of Honey Bees was recently sent off.  Show begins in May and ends August 2014.  Would love to be there at the opening or during the exhibition. We'll see. 

My artist book, The Flap of a Bee's Wing was accepted for the San Diego Book Arts Fifth National Juried Show at University of California San Diego, May 4 - June 22, 2014. 

The molded wax covers feature bees, the inside accordion pages made of mica and paper with scientific information about bees sandwiched between the mica sheets.  

Artist Journals, an encaustic piece submitted to Encaustic Art Institute, Cerrillos,  New Mexico for their upcoming show,  Wax With Dimension. There are five small handmade journals adhered to the front of this encaustic piece. 

Great time last weekend traveling by train to Santa Barbara, staying at Avania Inn and attending the reception for LAXWAX encaustic show and opening reception for Playing with Fire.  All of our art pieces looked great. Enjoyed the dinner afterwards with our group at a restaurant new to me, Carlitos on State Street. delicious... and I will go back next time in Santa Barbara. On the train going and coming I got lots of work done on my computer, finished reading my book and three magazines! Loved my alone time....

Thursday, April 3, 2014



Juror: Sue Ann Robinson


May 4 - June 22, 2014
Reception, Sunday, May 4, 2 to 4 PM

University of California San Diego, Geisel Library



Rhiannon Alpers
Islam Aly
Tia Blassingame
Sissy Buck
Anne-Claude Cotty
Anne Covell
Mary Lynn Dominquez
Wendy Fernstrum
Casey Gardner
David Gieske
Ania Gilmore
Joan Iversen Goswell
Karen Hanmer
Shireen Holman
Elizabeth Holster
Paula Jull
Margo Klass
Lauren Kohne
Bryan Kring
Victoria Lansford
Evelyn LaRosa
Honore Lee
Woody Leslie
Jim Machacek
Kitty Maryatt
Barbara Milman
Isabella Myers
Amandine Nabarra Piomelli
Yasuko Okumura
Susan Porteous
Trisha Rabalais
Michelle Ray
Camille Riner
Josie Rodriguez
Steph Rue
Erin Schmit
Genie Shenk
Shawn Simmons
Andrea Singer
Lynn Skordal
Mark Addison Smith
Diane Stemper
Denise Stephenson
Terry Turrentine
Fran Watson
Jamie Weaver
Beata Wehr
Laurie Weiss
Maria Winkler
Jacqueline L. Wygant
Linda Piacentini Yaple
Thanks to Lynda Claassen, Director Mandeville Special Collections, for her support and for hosting this exhibit.
This photo shows some of my work selected by Morris Museum in Morristown, New Jersey for their upcoming exhibition: The Honey and the Hive, May-August 2014. I will be one of the artists featured in their show along with other invited artists.
It was one of those" out of the blue" but significant moments where this museum just happened to see my website and asked if I would loan them some of my pieces for their show. These pieces are almost ready to be packed and sent. More opportunities await...happy? yes indeed.

Friday, February 21, 2014

2014 and Beyond

News from Josie
Here is a new photo of our sweet and very handsome grandson Evan. He is growing up so fast. Love you!

We celebrated my mom's 95th birthday at Filippis Restaurant with our family that filled a very long table. We are all so grateful and appreciate her every day. 


•I am so pleased and honored to have been selected by a student from the Expressive Arts Institute as her master teacher. She needs 60 hours of individualized art instruction with an approved master artist. After taking one basic encaustic class from me she was hooked. Mentoring has been something I have loved to do.  

•I took a very fun Eco Dying class from the Athenaeum last month. I now know a bit more about dying paper and cloth from plants. I love incorporating this and other marking making techniques with encaustic. 

Past Shows
Mission Trails Regional Park art show in January was well received. I enjoyed showing my Encaustic Rust and Flower series which added to the theme of Nature and Art. 

Upcoming Shows
For the past month or so I have been submitting work, answering emails, inquiring about calls for art and sending possible proposals for exhibitions. Now it is a time of waiting. Uploading, downloading and resizing images isn't my favorite thing to do but it must be done in order to get work out there in the world. There are several projects in the works right now.  I will keep you posted. Until then...this is for sure.

•Gotthelf Art Gallery, Transformations: The Butterfly Project and Beyond 
This curated exhibition features one of a kind pieces by San Diego artists exploring the theme of the transformative spirit of hope and freedom remembering the 1.5 million children killed in the Holocaust and honoring the survivors. 
March 12-May 28, 2014
4126 Executive Dr. La Jolla, Ca 92037 
My encaustic and paper vessel "Transformation"  will be in the show.
•Soon I will be sending 4 pieces of art to Santa Barbara Beach and Tennis Club Art Gallery. LAXWAX, Los Angeles Encaustic Art Group is having a curated group show there from April 8- May 3, 2014.