The Watertown Art Association stimulates and promotes the appreciation and practice of fine art in Watertown


Tracy Spadafora presents Hot Wax Encaustic
Saturday, March 4 2017, 2—4 pm
The Innovation Space, Arsenal Project Mall, Old Navy Entrance,
485 Arsenal Street, Watertown, MA

Rescheduled from January, the second of our Elemental Forces series features encaustic master artist, Tracy Spadafora. Encaustic paint is perhaps the most beautiful and durable paint that an artist can use.  Made from wax and resin that can be polished to an enamel-like finish, it offers a number of possibilities for exquisite surface qualities.  This is the legendary paint of the Fayum mummy portraits of the first and second centuries, yet its incredible versatility and has made it a desirable painting medium in the 21st century.  This demo will introduce the basics of the encaustic technique, including materials, safety, application, fusing, as well as popular techniques such as collage and transfer.  You can see her work on her website
Watertown Art Association’s demonstrator series are free and open to the public.  Their program,  Elemental Forces: Earth Air, Fire, Water,  is funded by the Watertown Cultural Council, a local agency which is supported by the Massachusetts Cultural Council, a state agency.

Recent Events

On Saturday, February 4, artist and teacher Martha Wakefield opened the Watertown Art Association’s “Elemental Forces” series with her demonstration of “Abstracting Nature”.   Painting in oils on panels she shared her tools, techniques and playful approach to enjoying the plein air experience.  As a popular art teacher Wakefield described her approach to elements of the graphic language in creating an unique expressive voice.  To see more of her work visit her website at

On December 10 members celebrated the WAA Annual Holiday Party at Sichuan’s Garden!


Saturday, December 3 from 2-4 PM our creative Dream Team of Catherine Campbell, Rita Smolinsky, Linda Falone and Dawn Evans Scaltreto delighted participants with their Holiday Make and Take Workshop.  Participants created their own versions of a variety of crafts including a dazzling decoupage plate, artsy pendants and bookmarks, the always popular tiny paper boxes and butterfly or dragonfly pins to put inside them!


On Saturday, November 5 oil painter Kristina Carroll presented a free, public demonstration of color mixing using Gambolin Oil Paints, from 2-4 PM at the Innovation Space in the Arsenal Project Mall.


Ruth Henry and guest Columbian artists came to the Arsenal Project to create art with WAA members as part of the MassPartners of the Americas week-long Open Studio.


News from Members

One Landscape, Two Approaches, an exhibit of recent paintings by Tom H Lewis and Jodie Wigren shows at the Brigham House Gallery during the month of February.  An opening reception will be held Thursday, February 16 from 6-8 PM.  All are welcome!  The Gallery is available for viewing 7 days at 341 Mt. Auburn Street, Watertown.

Watertown artist Kathleen Wells and WAA member Jodie Wigren presented an artist talk January 26 at the Wave Gallery, 264 Arlington Street, Watertown.  The current artist showcase is up through February 19 and the gallery is open Tuesday and Thursday, 1-7 PM.

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This program is supported in part by a grant from the Watertown Cultural Council, a local agency which is supported by the Massachusetts Cultural Council, a state agency.