The Penticton and District Community Arts Council is hosting an online scavenger hunt featuring encaustic art, a painting process where beeswax is applied to a surface using a heat application. (Contributed)

Penticton and District Community Arts Council holding virtual scavenger hunt

Hunt features CanwaxWest’s Brilliant Moments exhibition in an online journey through encaustic art

The Penticton and District Community Arts Council is hosting an online scavenger hunt, a journey through the Brilliant Moments exhibition.

The scavenger hunt features their current exhibtion, CanwaxWest’s Brilliant Moments, in an effort to provide an opportunity for the public to learn more about encaustic art, its history and “the amazing artists who use this medium.”

The CanwaxWest’s Brilliant Moments exhibition has also been extended to June 30.

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Encaustic art is a painting process, more than 2,000 years old, where beeswax is applied to a surface using a heat application. The wax can be used clear or with the addition of pigments and resins to produce paint. The heat source can be a painting iron, griddle, or a blowtorch.

For those who are not familiar with this process, there are videos demonstrating a variety of encaustic painting techniques in the exhibition.

Participants are encouraged to visit the three sections of the exhibition to find scavenger hunt answers:

  • Brilliant Moments – featuring 34 artists working in wax from around the world
  • CanwaxWest – learn more about this unique art group
  • Remembering Thea – a tribute to the artist who brought encaustic to the South Okanagan

There are 10 prizes available that may include: gift certificates for Dragon’s Den, gift certificates for the Penticton Arts Council gift shop and encaustic prizes ranging from books to paintings.

The scavenger hunt consists of 10 questions and one skil—testing question. Everyone is encouraged to participate, but only adults from the South Okanagan are eligible to enter the prize draw.

Scavenger hunt answers and draw winners will be announced online on June 6 at 4 p.m.

On May 22 and 23, Penticton Arts Council administrator, Bethany Handfield, will be doing online encaustic demos throughout on social media.

The scavenger hunt launches Friday, May 22 at 9 a.m. at and runs until June 5 at midnight.

To find out more about the Penticton & District Community Arts Council visit

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