M I C K I W H E L A N . A B O U T
It's true love when two things happen: you want to spend more and more time together, and you're always discovering something new.
It's how I felt about making jewelry for 30 years and now it describes my deep and abiding passion for all things encaustic.
I'll never learn everything about either medium, which gives me freedom to experiment, to make mistakes that become part
of the creative toolbox and to continue the search for inspiration and enlightenment.
My influences are minimalist in nature. Mark Rothko. Carmen Herrera. Lucio Fontana. The Vignellis. Ronald Hayes Pearson.
Ellsworth Kelly. Agnes Martin. The Bauhaus design aesthetic of 'less is more'. Buddhism.
After a long career in the wholesale and retail fine craft arena and a move back to my home state of Maine,
we now produce a small, concise jewelry collection for individual customers and select wholesale clients, including
The Barnes Foundation, The High Museum, The Museum of Art and Design, SEE Eyewear and Fireworks.
The transition from jewelry to two-dimensional art is a work in progress. Recent paintings focus on subtraction over addition.
The horizon and the intimate memories it evokes are often present.
BA English University of Maine Orono ME
Rhode Island School of Design | Continuing Education : Light Metals
Haystack Mountain School of Crafts: Japanese Metalsmithing Techniques
The Maine Coast Encaustic Retreat Dietlind Vander Schaaf, instructor
1987 established Micki Whelan Studio, Providence RI
1987-2014 designed, produced and marketed several jewelry collections:
- one of a kind sterling brooches incorporating encaustic paint on mahogany panel
- limited edition series of hand fabricated sterling 'tree + leaf' brooches, earrings and pendants
- production line of earrings, bangles, chains and pendants, hand-fabricated in brass
and electroplated with fine silver and 24 karat gold
exhibited in six juried retail fine craft shows per year, including The Philadelphia Museum of Art Craft Show,
CraftBoston, The Washington Craft Show, The Westchester Craft Show, The Germantown Craft Show,
Crafts at Lyndhurst and the American Craft Council shows in Baltimore, St Paul, San Francisco, Charlotte and Atlanta
exhibited in four wholesale trade shows per year, including NYNOW, The Buyers' Market of American Craft and
the American Craft Council shows in Baltimore, Columbus and San Francisco. Major wholesale accounts:
Museum of Art and Design, The High Museum, The Barnes Foundation, The Walker Art Center, Boston MFA
San Francisco Museum of Modern Art and Fireworks, Seattle WA
2000-2006 founder and director of The Providence Craft Show, a fine craft exhibit and sale in Providence RI. Responsibilities:
mission statement, marketing and public relations, exhibitor liaison, advertising, floor plans, contract negotiations
2006-2016 established second company to develop accessories for the optical industry. Exhibited twice a year at Vision Expo
in NYC and Las Vegas. Major wholesale optical accounts: Morgenthal Fredericks, Ready Reading Glasses,
SEE Eyewear and Peepers
2013-present moved to Biddeford ME
downsized jewelry companies
became a serious student of encaustic painting
Exhibits | Encaustic
2017 group The International Encaustic Conference Provincetown MA
solo Biscuits and Company Biddeford ME
group Small Works Ocean House Gallery Cape Elizabeth ME
solo Townsend Gallery Cape Elizabeth ME
group Handworks Gallery Blue Hill ME
2018 group Four Artists / One Connection Gallery 95 at Porter Mills Beverly MA
to the trade Museum Store Association Conference and Exposition Washington DC
group The International Encaustic Conference Provincetown MA
solo Trillium Gallery Biddeford ME : featured artist
group CIA Gallery Saco ME and South Portland ME
Micki Whelan art Micki Whelan encaustic art + handcrafted jewelry mickiwhelanstudio.com Micki Whelan © 2018