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News & Notes
Northern California Women's Caucus for Art
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Issue:  #23                                                                             January 15, 2011


Exhibition Deadlines 

Check out
 for several exciting shows with January & February submission deadlines: Petroleum Paradox (WCA show in NYC gallery), 40 Watts NCWCA, SBAWCA & Peninsula WCA members show, Blue, Consequences, and Kinsey Juried Art Show.

O'Hanlon Center For the Arts, The Red Show, February 7-28.

AAWAA's Emerging Curators Program

posted by Cynthia Tom

Call for Proposals
APPLICATION DEADLINE: Wednesday, January 18, 2012
Asian American woman or women (curatorial teams will be considered)
Project:Venue: Thoreau Center for Sustainability in San Francisco
Exhibition dates: April 2012- May 2012
·         For application email
Asian American Women Artists Association.

The following workshops are not organized nor endorsed by NCWCA. To register follow the links below. Please do NOT reply to
So You Want to Be a Teaching Artist?
Sacramento, CA
Date: 01-19-2012
5:00-8:00 PM - $10 includes supper  Register now!

If you're an artist with a serious relationship with your arts discipline, and are thinking about being a Teaching Artist, there are some things you need to know.Like the basics: what is a teaching artist anyway? What skills are required and how do you develop them? How do you get work? What can you expect to earn? How do you negotiate a contract?
This workshop will give an overview to the emerging field of teaching artistry, provide hands-on engagement with teaching artists' best work, and answer questions about finding and sustaining work in the field. Participants will leave with resources and ideas for taking their next steps, wherever they are in their development. Sabrina Klein & Friends, Teaching Artists Organized (TAO) Presenters. Location to be announced soon!

Practical Bookkeeping for Creative Artists
Sacramento, CA
Date: 01-20-2012
With Christina Lopez
This basic bookkeeping class will explain and simplify accounting terms for the practical life of a creative artist. The class will help you understand accounting theories and will provide a step-by-step guide to the bookkeeping process. Creative artists will leave with the skills they need to manage their personal books and finances to ensure their arts business is profitable and sustainable. Get your bookkeeping records ready for our "Relax with Tax" tax-prep seminars coming soon in early 2012!

ArtTag Participants

Anyone who is not in the current Art Tag round and wants to join the next round from January 29, 2012 to June 3, 2012 and is unable to attend the January 29, 2012 Art Tag brunch at ARC in SF from 10 am to 1 pm can contact Kelly by email or cell 510-325-1218 by 10 pm on January 28 to be included in the Sunday January 29, 2012 Art Tag Draw.

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Dear NCWCA Member:

We are a busy group of women!

Nearly all of the Board Members met at ARC Studios & Gallery in San Francisco, where your new Board Secretary, Judy Shintani was elected.  In her absense, Sandra Yagi, was interim secretary and recorded the Minutes.  Highlights follow below.

Mel Ahlborn, your Professional Development Chair, has been busy with interviews of Members nominated to be your National Rep at the upcoming Momentum Conference in LA.  Mel reported that Kelly Hammargren was chosen from a pool of 6 candidates.  We look forward to reading Kelly's report when she returns after a fun-filled week at the Kyoto Grand Hotel and Gardens.  

Read about Patricia Rodriguez, our new NCWCA Professional Development Grant recipient for 2012.

Thanks to the diligent work of Gretchen and Trudi, our NCWCA Membership is still growing!  Remember, only Members have Gallery Representation on our Online Art Gallery for 2012.  

Check out the CAFE's and take advantage of the easy online submission process through Entrythingy to submit your work to the 40 WATTS Member's Show.  
Thank you,

Elise Cheval

  • We have a new Board Secretary, Judy Shintani!
  • Membership is growing, with 53 new and renewed members.
  • Board Members have a new business card, featuring our new logo, in the works!
  • Sandra Yagi reported that our financials are in the black.
  • Much progress by our Professional Development Chair, highlighted below.
  • A lot of brainstorming about programs in 2012.

BY Salma Arastu, Exhibitions Chair

  • “40 Watts: Illuminating Herstory” members show at the Norton Gallery, Pacific Art League in Palo Alto. Collaboration among 3 chapters. Small works – 10x10 max. 1 work per member. Deadline Feb 10.
  • Honoring Women’s Rights Exhibit – orchestrated by Susan Kraft
    Multichapter collaboration on an exhibit next September/October. Contract signed with National Steinbeck Center Museum in Salinas.  Will include conference room, Art/Craft Market, and theater for filmmaker presentations.  The museum will provide its expertise in marketing and grant writing.  Timeline is 1st Friday of September which will be overviewed by Susan Kraft later.   3 month show.
  • Spring 2013 – NCWCA member only show in Danville.  Awaiting confirmation from gallery.  Theme to be determined.

Kelly H as National Rep
On January 10, 2012 at the regularly scheduled open meeting of the NCWCA Board, Kelly Hammagren was named 2012 NCWCA Chapter Rep to the WCA 'Momentum' Conference in Los Angeles in February.
Hammargren was selected from a field of six NCWCA members nominated for the position. Each nominee was invited to participate in a 10-minute phone interview and each nominee was asked to provide a written response, 100-150 words, to the following statement: 

The mission of the Women's Caucus for Art is to create community through art, education, and social activism. How has this mission given momentum to your personal work, and how might this momentum transfer to your relationship with your WCA chapter, the Northern California Chapter of Women's Caucus for Art?  Here is Hammargren's written response: 
"When I first joined NCWCA and Art Tag, I was floundering. I wanted to change careers and immerse myself in art. I had never exhibited.  With the links provided by NCWCA to member shows, community juried exhibits and educational opportunities, by the time I finished my first year I participated in one member show and three juried shows.  
     "Exhibiting is not even the most important aspect of my membership in WCA.  It was participating in Art Tag that gave me the push to explore new and different ways of expressing myself through my art. Now 75% of my work is around social issues in mediums I had never considered.  
     "There is a competitive aspect to art.  Not every entry is accepted into a juried show.  While not ignoring this competitive aspect, I really believe we all move forward when we lift each other up and that sums up NCWCA membership."
Congratulations Kelly! The 2012 NCWCA Chapter Rep position comes with a $200 stipend payable after the conference and after the rep brings back a report to the chapter.  Kelly, we all look forward to your report!

-Mel Ahlborn, NCWCA Chair, Professional Development


 patricia rodriguez for january 15 newsletter

(photo of Patricia Rodriguez courtesy

On January 10, 2012 at the regularly scheduled open meeting of the NCWCA Board, Mel Ahlborn announced the creation of the 2012 NCWCA Professional Development Grant for Programs that support Young Women Artists. An anonymous donor has made this $200 grant available with the hopes that this will be the first of an annual grant to artists working with young women artists. 
This year's recipient is a trailblazer in the area of art, Latina and Chicana art, young women and arts in San Francisco. She is one of the first Chicano artists invited to teach in the UC System, she is the recipient of the KQED Hero Award, and soon-tobe published author on the subject of 'Mujeres Muralistas' with City Light Books. You will hear more about her and her outstanding accomplishments later in the year at a special presentation of this award. It is a great pleasure to announce the 2012 Recipient of the NCWCA Professional Development Grant for Programs that support Young Women Artists : Patricia Rodriguez.
-Mel Ahlborn, NCWCA Chair, Professional Development

Laramie: A Gem City Atlas
Dec 8- Jan 22 at CIIS Minna Street Center

695 Minna St, 2nd floor, open daily M-F, 9am-6pm. ring bell for entry.
Closing reception, Sat. Jan 21, 6-8pm, featuring readings and discussion by Rebecca Solnit; writer/scientist Kelly Herbinson; and cartographers Shizue Seigel and Ben Pease.
Author Rebecca Solnit, author of the award-winning Infinite City: A San Francisco Atlas, launched this cartographic collaboration of words, art and maps during a residency at the University of Wyoming’s Creative Writing MFA Program. Students and artists collaborated with artist/cartographers Shizue Seigel and Ben Pease to map complex narratives of a small Western town where Butch Cassidy lived and Matthew Shepard died, where beauty salons outnumber salons and the current harbinger of mass extinction is the bark beetle, instead of nuclear warheads.
Thanks to The ARts at CIIS curator Deirdre Visser, for bringing portions of our Wild West adventure to SF!

Also a solo show in Santa Barbara:
Ephemeral Allure, Eternal Struggle,  painting and photography by Shizue Seigelat the University of California, Santa Barbara Women's Center through Feb 3.
and one piece in:
Immigration, Migration, Movement, and the Humanities,Institute for Humanities Research at Arizona State University, Tempe, AZ, January 30-April 20

Remember to Renew Your Membership  

If you haven't already, please renew your membership for 2012. You can do it online by clicking here:
Online Gallery- Has been updated to show only works by 2012 members  Renew your membership and get your work up on the Online Gallery!


Salma Arastu,  Solo Show, Closing: "Garden of Verses:Images of Compassion", with Gallery Talk on December 16 and January 16, from November 4, 2011 - January 14, 2012.  

Elise Cheval

Final AIM HIGH on Horizontal Color Bars version 1 copy

Solo Show, "A Woman For All Seasons", in the Loft Gallery, O'Hanlon Center For the Arts, February 7-28.  Opening:  February 7, 6-8 pm, after the Artists Roundtable Discussion in the Main Gallery.

Trudi Hauptman, in "Pointless Sisters", at the Center for the Arts, located at Bohemian Hwy at Graton Road.  The exhibit featuring the quilts “Along the Russian River” and the “Water Quilt” will be up from January 11-March 2, 2012.  The gallery is open Thursday and Friday from 12 to 4 p.m., by appointment and during events.Ffor more information see 
Mary Shisler, in "ONE EYE SHUT", 
January 6 - February 4, 2012 at the Olive Hyde Gallery in Fremont, CA.

Barbara Milman

Barbara Milman artwork Tsunami  for January 15 e-Newsletter

"Tsunami" by Barbara Milman, in "H2O" - a California Society of Printmakers juried show, Falkirk Cultural Center, San Rafael, CA, Jan 20 - March 2, Opening Reception, Jan 20, 5:30 - 7:30 pm.  Also in,  

Barbara Milman 2nd pic for January 15 e-newsletter

"Winners and Losers", by Barbara Milman

"The Magic Book"  (a show of artist books),  Jan 13 - March 2, Gallery K, Rhythmix Cultural Center, Alameda, CA

Shizue Seigel, Solo Show, "Ephemeral Allure; Eternal Struggle", November 2, 2011 - February 3, 2012.   

Mary K. Shisler, Berkeley Artisans Open Studios. She has Studio 31 in the Sawtooth Building, 2547 -Eighth Street, Berkeley, CA 94710. She sells large format prints, cyanotypes and jewelry. The Berkeley Artisans Open Studios runs Saturdays and Sundays 11-6 pm. November 26-27, Dec. 3-4, 10-11 and 17-18. I may also be open from Dec. 19-24. I look forward to having you drop by. Also, my roommates, Gina Papen and Sarah Lawson, have some lovely stuff as well.   

NCWCA Newsletter for January 15 pic from mary shisler

"Looking Back & Into the Future", December 10, 2011 - March 2, 2012.

This newsletter is designed to offer NCWCA members a platform to share their works, ideas, stories and opportunities that benefit our communities  and fellow art activists.  We welcome your feedback and articles.  This newsletter will be published on the 1st and 15th of each month.  Content must be received three days before the publishing dates to be considered for the newsletter.  Email your contact to and put "Newsletter" in the subject line.


Elise Cheval, Editor
Northern California Women's Caucus for Art

Contact Information: NCWCA, PO Box 11512, Oakland, CA  94611

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