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Wax In The D

Encaustic Art in Greater Detroit

Who Are We?

Wax in the D is a group of artists in the greater Detroit metropolitan area that work in encaustic (hot wax). The primary goal of the group is to share ideas, get feedback, and develop our creative voice. Members are encouraged to share their work, techniques, and advice to create a supportive environment that will grow with us as we develop as artists.

What’s Going On?

Exhibition Opportunity | 2nd Annual Online Wax in the D Exhibition

We are excited to open up submissions for our 2nd Annual Online Wax in the D Exhibition. This opportunity is open to all encaustic artists worldwide—the only requirement is that encaustic paint or clear medium is a significant material used in creating each piece. Mixed media is acceptable, as well as any subject or style—realistic to abstract. Up to 5 images may be entered, and there is no entry fee. The deadline for submissions is August 18.

Click here for more information and to enter. The exhibition will open on September 3 and run through late 2019. You do not need to be a part of the Wax in the D group to enter, so please invite other artists you know who work with encaustic to submit.

People's Choice Winner "Moon Tatoo" by Kate Paul

Wax & Paper Exhibition

Wax in the D presented “Wax & Paper”, an exhibition of encaustic art by 12 Detroit-area artists and curated by visual artist Candace Law. The show featured an exciting range of artwork where encaustic (hot wax) and paper came into contact and produced a creative expression. The techniques used include encaustic collagraph and monotype printing, collage, image transfer, and encaustic painting on paper. “My goal in curating this exhibition was to promote a growing awareness of encaustic and to showcase artists who are successfully expanding their vision and their craft by pursuing this challenging art form”.

The participating artists were Rosemary Lee (whose First Place work “Effluvial Spheres” is shown here), Melissa Rian, Ruth Warnock, Louise MacDougall, Kathleen McNamee, Jan Key, Gwen Downs-Paradowski, Cindy Rashid, Martha Van Raaphorst, Birgit Huttemann- Holz, Suzanne Allen, and Kim Ensch.

The exhibition was on display during March 2018 at the Huron Valley Council for the Arts gallery at 205 W. Livingston Rd. in Highland, MI.

Inaugural “Wax in the D” Exhibition

Our inaugural exhibition, “Wax in the D”, featured encaustic art by 15 Detroit-area artists and was curated by visual artist Candace Law. It was at the Gallery@VT at the Village Theater in Canton (MI) during February 2017. The People’s Choice winner, selected during the opening reception, was “Moon Tatoo” (shown here) created by the late Kate Paul.

Companion Online Exhibition

A second, online exhibition was assembled with additional encaustic art and artists to supplement the exhibition at the Village Theater in Canton. Like “Wax in the D”, this companion exhibition showcases artists who are successfully expanding their vision and their craft by pursuing this challenging art form. It is available to view online through 2017.

Exhibition Catalog Available

A full-color catalog featuring all of the encaustic art presented in the “Wax in the D” exhibition at the Village Theater in Canton has been published and is available for purchase. The 58-page, soft-cover catalog is priced at just $14.95 and can be purchased online from or ordered through your local bookstore.