Sunday, July 31, 2016

Latest News


Chris Craft will be giving a demonstration of his encaustic techniques at the Waxhaw Arts Council meeting, Tues. Aug.2nd at Carolinas Medical Hospitals Community Room, 6:30pm. Free and open to the Public. LINK

This Wednesday evening, Aug.3rd Chris Craft will be one of the ArtPop artists at Art+Aperitif - Evoke Restaurant in LeMeridien Hotel, Charlotte. Several of his encaustic paintings will be on display. Conversation welcomed. Drink specials and $5 parking in deck. More at this LINK

WHERE TO FIND CHRIS CRAFT ARTWORK:  (contact the artist)

Gooch Gallery in the Sonesta Resort at Hilton Head, SC

TAPP’S Art Center, Columbia, SC. Flavia Lovatelli’s touring show, DejaVu. 

Monday, July 18, 2016

ArtPop Billboard 2016

How appropriate that I should find this next to a Fireworks establishment by Carowinds  :)  My ArtPop billboard makes me smile.

Thank you ArtPop and Arts and Science Council!

Saturday, June 4, 2016

The Collective

Mark your calendars to see my new encaustics! 

June 17th and 18th, the Artists of Ballantyne Village (formerly "Art in the Village") will come together for another great show at Union Shop Studio. You won’t want to miss the new creations of this talented & fun group I had the honor to be a part of.

Join us Friday night 6/17 from 5:30pm-8:30pm or Saturday from 11am-3:30pm. (I'll have plenty of paintings plus some of my wife's - Carmella Jarvi - glass in our studio.)

To make room for new work, I'll be having a studio sale from June 17th until the 25th. June is my last month with a studio at Union Shop and the remaining unsold paintings will be marked down, priced to sell! Now is your opportunity to collect a Chris Craft;) 

Note: If you cannot make it the weekend of June 17/18, let's schedule another time to meet!

Summer is always a time of busy calendars. Therefore, painting classes are being offered as private sessions around your schedule. Until end of June, I have some flexibility to teach you about encaustics. There are two options now. One price for you buying supplies to bring, or you buy supplies from me. 

Note: While in transition back to my home studio in July, encaustic classes will be temporarily suspended.. 

Hope you have a great summer! I'm excited about the change that's coming and appreciate your support!! 

Thursday, May 5, 2016

UnionShop Studio Show

Members Show!!

Mark your calendars.
Friday, May 20th  6pm - 8pm
Saturday, May 21st  11am-3pm

Carmella Jarvi, Grace StottChris Craft and Micah Cash will have new work up to show!!

Glass, Paintings and Encaustic.

Come join us in the festivities and
help put us on the map!

UnionShop Studio
5019 Wilkinson Blvd.

Monday, April 18, 2016

LeMeridian / Evoke / ArtPop

Getting my ArtPop mini billboard from Wendy L. Hickey.

I am very excited and happy to be one of the 2016 ArtPop artists for the Charlotte, NC area.
I was honored to receive my mini billboard and will treasure it always. Thank you Wendy.

You are invited to the event at Art and Aperitif tomorrow night at LeMeridien in Uptown Charlotte. (see invite below) You will meet very interesting people and I get to show what I do.

I will be there with 3 of the other artists from 5:30 to 8:30pm and will have a demo table to show how I create an encaustic.

Speaking of interesting people, you will also get to meet Wendy L. Hickey, ArtPop Founder, as an added bonus!!

This is the full-sized one by Adams Outdoor Advertising.

Friday, April 8, 2016

A week at Penland under Lisa Pressman.

Beach Weekend 8x8  $325.

Composition in Orange 8x8  $325.

walk in the park 8x8  $325.
snow-blind 6x6  $225.

Scrape1 6x6  $225.

Saturday, March 26, 2016

April & May Encaustic Workshop

All you need is the desire to express. Don't worry about all that other stuff. We have fun here!

Why Encaustics
Wax is an ancient artistic medium used originally to repair broken clay vessels and caulk boats. By adding pigments and resin into the wax a paint was created. Being non reactive to other materials, impervious to moisture & mold and instant drying, this medium is extremely versatile.

About the Artist 
Chris Craft is a fine artist with a long commercial art history. He has painted for most of his life in a variety of styles and media. But, encaustic abstract paintings are his passion where he experiments with color and sculptural texture. Craft layers the melted wax with different techniques, including
actually painting with the flame. See more at:

Apr.17th, 2016
May 15th, 2015

5019 Wilkinson Blvd.
Charlotte, NC 28208

$100. PayPal

Contact Chris

What you will learn
How to make encaustic medium
How to mix paints
Preparing your surface
Layering the wax
Using various tools
Subtractive techniques
Collage and Transfers

Supplies Needed
R&F Starter Kit (Cheap Joe’s or Binders)
Propane torch or heat gun (Home Depot)
a few chip brushes (Home Depot

Tuesday, March 22, 2016

CSA 2016

Received!! 50 panels from Artist's & Craftsmen.

Wow! well thats a lot of panels.
 This was quite a project. I applied for and was accepted as one of the artists to participate in the Community Supported Arts Program (CSA) brought to you by the Arts and Science Council

I urge artists to apply for this opportunity as it is very rewarding! I thank the investors, without whom there would be no CSA.  50 investors each get one of the paintings and there are 9 artists who participate.  The investors end up taking home 9 original pieces of art.

I chose to find 10 locations around Charlotte and paint 5 of each image. Some are more representational and some are more abstracted.

After approx. 50 days.

30th St. Bridge


Billy Graham Pkwy.

Freedom Park


Latta Plantation

N. Tryon

Rea Rd.

Shamrock Park

the Greenway

Saturday, January 9, 2016

Open Studio-Encaustics!!

Saturdays: from 2-6pm
Jan. 23rd & 30th
Feb. 13th, 20th & 27th

For some time now I have wanted to start an open studio
for encaustic artists in and around Charlotte.
Maybe the beginning of an Encaustic Guild.

So I am starting this class for those of you who have taken
my intro class and wish to continue learning or for those
already working in wax and like to work around
others of similar interest.

I will open my studio and provide advise on your project
(if you wish). We will all paint together and create an environment
for the exploration of encaustics.

You bring your own supplies and project.
I will have 2 big heated palettes and 2 hot plates I will share.

$25/hr 2hrs minimum up to 4 hours available.
You must pre-register through PayPal button below.

5019 Wilkinson Blvd.
Charlotte, NC 28208

Chris Craft

Monday, January 4, 2016

Useful information

Joanne Mattera posted this blog that answers many of the questions that I get about painting with encaustics. It's worth a read.