This week’s blog posts are all by Crystal Neubauer. Last week saw Amanda Jolley and starting us off was Michelle Belto introducing our collaborative series; this week Crystal! Enjoy and savor the uniqueness of each~


My week of blogging about the collaborative exhibit at EncaustiCamp has come to an end. And here’s the truth of it; I don’t really have anything to show you.

This pile of color coordinated scraps is as far as I’ve come on my contribution to this collaborative show. I’ve tucked it all in a box where it will await my return from teaching at Amanda Jolley’s Studio Joy next week.

day 5- scraps

These scraps are tucked away, but in no way forgotten. I believe every experience we have informs the next decision we make and I fully anticipate bringing the joy of teaching in one of the other collaborators studios back to breathe inspiration into my seven encaustic collage works.

I’ll be thinking of each of the students who come to the workshop. And about seeing Amanda’s work in person. I’ll be thinking about the places we explore during my visit to Kansas City. The art, the fountains, the galleries.

And I’ll be thinking about a group of kids who will be experiencing an art camp of their own this summer.

day 5 - heart

I will be donating the proceeds from the sale of my work in the Seven Degrees of Connection exhibit, by means of an advance pledge, to the paper heART Summer Camp. A place where 6th – 9th graders will learn to express themselves artistically while learning about historical social movements, social justice, and valuing ones self and others. My heart yearns to be involved in a camp like this, but for now I am content and honored to be able to provide the funds for one of the kids who wouldn’t otherwise be able to go.

I’d love to tell you more about it. But that will wait for another day.