October 18: GUEST SPEAKER:

Meeting Information
Wed., October 18 2017 at 7 pm

Free for TSGNY’s Full, Donor, and Under35 Members. $15.00 for Newsletter Subscribers and Guests. Admission fees support TSGNY’s Nancy and Harry Koenigsberg Award.

Meeting Location
Community Church of New York Unitarian Universalist 40 E. 35th St. (between Park & Madison Avenues), New York, NY. (Entrance at street level on the far right of the church itself; doorway marked #40.)



Wendy Wahl

Chunghie Lee



Jo Stealey


Michael James

Silk Road 356,  18" x 18", encaustic on panel

Silk Road 356, 18" x 18", encaustic on panel

Hybrid Form, Silk Road  installation

Hybrid Form, Silk Road installation

Formal Aspects,  installation

Formal Aspects, installation

Joanne Mattera comes from a textile family that includes weavers, a tailor, a dressmaker, and numerous old-country relatives who shared with her their diverse skills in the needle arts. Trained as a painter, and with a brief history as a textile artist, Mattera brings a textile sensibility to her paintings, which are chromatically resonant and compositionally reductive. She is represented by DM Contemporary, Manhattan, and by Kenise Barnes Fine Art, Larchmont, where her 30th career solo, The Silk Road Paintings, took place in 2015. A subsequent solo, I Always Return to Hue, took place at Arden Gallery in Boston last year.

Mattera was editor of Fiberarts from 1981-1983 and then a senior editor at Women’s Wear Daily. Author of The Art of Encaustic Painting: Contemporary Expression in the Ancient Medium of Pigmented Wax, 2001, she founded the International Encaustic Conference in 2007 and served as its director for 10 years. In articles for Surface Design Journal she has considered the connections between fiber and wax.

Mattera’s curatorial projects include Textility (co-curated with Mary Birmingham) a consideration of the textile influences on contemporary painters and sculptors, at the Visual Art Center of New Jersey, 2012. She also co-curated Depth Perception, an exhibition that considered dimension in physical or implied space, for the Cape Cod Museum of Art, 2017; A Few Conversations About Color, a visual discourse among seven artists, for DM Contemporary in New York City, 2015; and Luxe, Calme et Volupté, a 12-artist meditation on beauty in contemporary art, at the Marcia Wood Gallery, Atlanta, in 2007. In her Joanne Mattera Art Blog she combines writing with a curated look at various aspects of contemporary art.

Mattera’s work has been reviewed in The New York Times, The Boston Globe, Art in America, Art Forum, The New Criterion, and elsewhere. Her paintings and works on paper are in collections at the New Britain Museum of American Art, Connecticut; Montclair Art Museum, New Jersey; State University at Albany and institutional and private collections.


The 6pm Pre-Meeting Program: TBA

Email questions and if you are attending. Free for TSGNY members.



If you have an idea or suggestion for an upcoming 6:00pm Pre-Meeting Program, contact Joan Diamond to discuss your presentation and available dates.