Wax Works West
Judy Stabile and Wendy Aikin, are working artists who also teach encaustic workshops at Wax Works West. Together they provide instruction and studio space for artists who want to explore the many possibilities and uses of encaustic in their work. The inspiring facilities and diverse backgrounds of the instructors allow individuals to explore, express, and excel. Located in beautiful Corralitos, on the Central Coast of California, Wax Works provides students with a foundation upon which they can safely experiment, while pushing the boundaries of their artwork.
Wendy Aikin was born in San Francisco, California in 1950 and currently lives and works on the central coast of California. She has trained with leading encaustic artists as well as R&F Paints in New York. In addition to her painting, Aikin creates three-dimensional assemblages using found objects. Her work may be found in the permanent collections of the Santa Cruz Museum of Art and History, the County of Santa Cruz Collection and the Wonju Paper Museum in Wonju, South Korea. Aikin is also a co-founder of Wax Works West.
Judy Stabile holds a BA in Fine Arts from San Jose State University. She has studied sculpture at ArtSchool Santa Cruz in California; the Marble and Art Institute in Pietrasanta Italy; the Nicoli Studio in Carrara Italy; and at the Vaugel Sculpture Studio in Maulevrier, France. She has studied glass at the Corning Museum of Glass in New York and at the Bullseye Glass Factory in Portland Oregon. Her love of media extended to encaustics when she studied at the R&F Paint Factory in Kingston New York. Exploring a variety themes and forms, she works in encaustic, glass, mixed media, stone, bronze, acrylic and printmaking. She is an active community volunteer serving on the Board of the Pajaro Valley Arts Council. She has curated seventeen exhibits for PVAC. She currently serves on the Arts Commission of Santa Cruz County, representing the 4th District. Judy is a co-founder of Wax Works West.