Albuquerque Journal (Albuquerque, NM)

Medium or Movement?(Arts & Culture)

Byline: Artist's View JO BASISTE For the Journal

Santa Fe is home to many different types of artists who work in egg tempera

The Santa Fe art scene is unique in several respects and one of the least remarked on is that the city is a preeminent center for egg tempera painters.

The Society of Tempera Painters, a nonprofit corporation since 1997, originated in our town due to the efforts of painter Michael Bergt. There are already 121 members, including 17 from California, 15 from New Mexico, 13 from England and nine from Canada. The society publishes a quarterly newsletter, with articles by painters, restorers and historians, that is invaluable to egg tempera's isolated devotees.

Many Santa Fe artists work in egg tempera. Bergt, Sarah McCarty and Carol Mothner are members of the society, while Woody Gwyn, David Mauldin and Greta Young are not.

So what is egg tempera? All paint is made with a pigment colors that come from earth, plants, animals or chemicals and a binder. Binders to make the pigments stick range from linseed oil and acrylic polymer to milk, in casein, or, in the case of tempera, the yolk of an egg. …

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