The organizers of the Canadian Encaustic Conference are a group of artists from Ontario, Canada. We met while attending encaustic and creativity workshops with Andrea Bird.

Meet The Encaustic Conference Organizers

Amelia Kraemer

Amelia Kraemer

Amelia Kraemer (she/her/they/them) is the lead organizer of the Canadian Encaustic Conference. Amelia actively promotes artistic community involvement in the City of Owen Sound. Amelia is the owner of Upwards Art Studio an art supply store and workshop venue located in the heart of the River District of downtown Owen Sound. They are also the driving force behind the Owen Sound Community Studio Tour.

Amelia is an artist and instructor skilled in mixed media and encaustic techniques, she is very knowledgable about all of the products that they sell at Upwards Arts. Amelia’s own artistic journey has been enriched by many generous teachers which has inspired them to provide a similar enriching experience for their own students. Amelia teaches a full range of encaustic and mixed media workshops at Upwards Art Studio.

Ruth Maude

Ruth Maude

Ruth Maude (she/her) is an artist, blogger and instructor living in Toronto, Ontario.

The founder of the popular All Things Encaustic blog, she is constantly experimenting with a variety of encaustic materials, techniques and tools and sharing her discoveries with her readers.

Her work is in the permanent collection of The Museum of Encaustic Art, (MoEA) NM, and in private collections in Canada and the United States.

Terry Gregg

Teresa (Terry) Gregg

Terry Gregg (she/her) is a Canadian artist living in Fergus, Ontario. Her work is inspired by nature, stories behind words, rusty found objects, antiques and cityscapes.

She studied art in high-school and took electives in art history and design while studying Commerce at the University of Alberta. Over 12 years ago she was gifted an afternoon encaustic class and was immediately captivated. She continues to explore this multi-faceted medium in her studio at the Elora Centre for the Arts and is a member of the Elora Fergus Studio Tour.

Denise Callaghan

Denise Callaghan

Denise Callaghan (she/her) is an encaustic/mixed media artist who divides her time between the rocky shorelines of Georgian Bay and the white sand beaches of northern Florida – with time in between spent in Essex County (Windsor/LaSalle).

She is a member of the Bruce Peninsula Society of Artists, where she serves as Treasurer on their Board of Directors; and the Carrabelle Artist Association, Florida. She is a member of the Red Schoolhouse Gallery, a cooperative gallery in Ferndale, and the Southampton Arts Centre. Her work can be seen at these two galleries as well as at the Art Shoppe in Miller Lake. Her work is also available at The Pearl, Apalachicola Florida andCallie’s, Eastpoint Florida.

Her art is grounded in the belief that in the midst of our lives we must find the magic that makes our souls soar.

Jane Cousens

Jane Cousens

Jane Cousens (she/her) is a Toronto based mixed media artist with a love of encaustic painting, mono printing and collage. She studied at the Ontario College of Art and, over the past decade has had the pleasure of attending courses by amazing encaustic artists including Andrea Bird, Christina Louisa, Jeffrey Hirst, Paula Roland and Lorraine Glessner.

Now, following a decades long public service career, she is dedicated to her art practice.  Her work has been in group shows at Toronto’s Propeller Gallery and the Hive Gallery in the Alton Mill Arts Centre. She has been selected by the Toronto Public Library to hold her first solo show at the Leaside Branch in May 2024. Jane’s current work leans into a meditative space to investigate the intersection of the natural world urban landscape.

Emerita Urquart

Emerita (Emy) Urquhart

Emerita Urquhart (she/her) is an Encaustic and Mixed Media artist. She has her studio in her home in Windsor Ontario and her vacation home in Wasaga Beach Ontario. She is retired from the medical profession and started her Encaustic journey at the age of 58. Her art reflects the inherent beauty and delicate balance of life. She is a member of the Art Society of Kingsville. Her art is displayed in Kingsville and in The Art Shoppe in Miller Lake. Emy’s encaustic works convey the profound connection between art and healing, demonstrating that art expression is not confined to a specific age or time in one’s life.

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