NCWCA July 2016 News & Notes
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July, 2016  Issue 66
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Dear Member,

Our July meeting featured a "show and tell" activity at Irma Velasquez's studio in San Mateo. This popular program enables artists to share their current work, request ideas on an in-progress piece, or even receive some critique. This time, Nancy Margulies, Magué Calanche, Tina Maier, Xuan My Ho, Susana van Bezooijen, Priscilla Otani, Patricia A. Montgomery, Sandra Yagi,  and Elizabeth Addison shared their artwork. Magué' is a new member and her lovely paintings from the show & tell adorn our banner this month.   

Priscilla Otani, Editor  
FU LOGO web copyThe call for art for F*ck U! In the Most Loving Way is now OPEN. We are already receiving submissions from all over the country! Under Leisel Whitlock's leadership, the Exhibition Committee is working on various aspects of this project. MIdo Lee videotaped the first exhibition committee meeting towards creating a video documentation of our entire project from planning through closing reception. Tanya Augsburg wrote a brilliant description of the exhibition for the prospectus.  Karen Gutfreund contacted the juror, Prof. Shannon Rose Riley, and negotiated the juror contract with her. Patricia Montgomery and Priscilla Otani worked on setting up Entrythingy, the online application portal, and shared the task of posting the calls for art in a wide variety of venues throughout the United States. Sawyer Rose, Leisel Whitlock and Priscilla Otani are evaluating several publicity firms to help publicize the show with various media outlets. Tanya Augsburg and Leisel Whitlock are selecting a handful of "featured artists" whose fame or notoriety and their connection to the show's subject matter will draw attention to our exhibition. Other committee members will begin their work later in the project in areas such as catalog production and event logistics. We are coming together as an amazing collective to make this show a success. 

The deadline for submitting artwork is October 7.  To read the full prospectus and apply, click And spread the word about this exciting opportunity!
By Judy Shintani

"A day to create, replenish, reflect, and be inspired"
Event Committee members Grace Cohen, Screen Shot 2016-07-16 at 6.49Vicki Cormack, Diana Elrod, Margaret Lindsey, Judy Shintani, and Judy Johnson-Williams are diligently working to bring the Art Journey Retreat to NCWCA members and friends.
Whether members are navigating their way through artist’s block or on a path to a centered peaceful state, this art retreat will provide them with tools to get there. We will start with a special place in a wooded setting with gallery, studio and outdoor space, and time to let go of the our daily constraints. NCWCA is very excited to be holding our event at O'Hanlon Center for the Arts in Mill Valley. The venue is a unique community-focused nonprofit art center located one mile from downtown Mill Valley on several acres of beautiful woodland.
Artists will have the opportunity to travel back to themselves with a choice of creative workshops and modalities like art making, movement, expression, reflection, collaboration, and conversation. They can spend the day fully engaged in a community of women artists or take time out to just be. We look forward to recalibrating our compasses and returning to our lives refreshed and better able to focus and expand our creativity.
Members and friends will soon receive an invitation to submit proposals to teach a hour class at the retreat. Those selected will receive an honorarium. 
The Evite to signup for the retreat will be going out in mid August. There will be 50 slots.

This is another NCWCA committee that is effective and energized!

female male copy 3Our president, Judy Johnson-Williams has started a new discussion thread on the subject of whether NCWCA should include men in our exhibition eligibility definition or remove gender entirely for eligibility purposes in some of our future exhibitions. Although NCWCA does not exclude male membership (male members are rare and they are usually professors teaching classes related to feminism or gender studies), and men (and children) have been invited to participate in many of our events, we have continued to define exhibition eligibility as "self-identified women."  As chapter demographics evolve, we have added members who believe that gender definitions are outdated or that men should be included in our shows. The majority of members are still weighing in with the perspective that NCWCA shows belong to "self-identified" women because NCWCA  is an organization that serves women in the arts and inequal exhibition opportunities still persist for women. Others are willing to experiment with occasionally having a show that includes men. So far we've had some lively discussions. Members, to join the thread, write to with subject header "Male vs No Male." 
Lorraine Bonner, The Black Woman Is God, SomArts Gallery, 934 Brannan St, San Francisco,  Jul 7 -  Aug 17 (image left).

Robin Apple, Electron Salon July, LACDA 104 E. 4th St. Los Angeles, Jul 14- Aug 12. Also Contrast, PH21 Gallery, 55 Raday St,  Budapest, Hungary, Jul 28- Aug 23 (image below right).

Bonnie J. Smith, Contemporary Fiber Art, Santa Cruz Art League, 300 Broadway Avenue, Santa Cruz, Jul 8 - Aug 7.

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Mary K. Shisler
, Surf’s Up!, Danville Village Theatre Art Gallery, 233 Front Street, Danville, Jul 8 -  Aug 18.

Lena Shey, Transformation: 25 Years of Asian American Women Artists, Harrington Gallery, Firehouse Arts Center, 4444 Railroad Ave, Pleasanton, Jul 28 - Sept 3.
Sawyer Rose, Surface & Strata, two-artist exhibition w/ painter Jerry McLaughlin, GearBox Gallery, 770 W Grand Ave, Oakland, Jun 30-Jul 30. Also in American Twist, Sculptors Guild NYC,
Building #15, Governors Island, NYC, May 28 - Sept 25. 

tina maier1Tina Maier, Wild/Mind, GearBox Gallery 770 West Grand Ave Oakland, Aug 4 – 27 (image left).
Sandra Yagi in DESTINESIA, Stephen Romano Gallery, 117 Grattan Street Suite 112, Brooklyn NY, Jun 2 – Jul 30.
Juliet Mevi, Vision: An Artist's Perspective, Kaleid Gallery, 88 S.4th St, San Jose, Jul 5-29. Also in  California Dreaming, 4th Street Fine Art, 2000 University Ave, Berkeley, Jun 26-Jul 30. Also in forty Fridas Show, Jingletown Art Studios, 3001 Chapman St, Oakland, Jul 8 - Aug 28.

Xuan My Ho  in Intentions: SVWCA 27th Members Show, Martin Luther King, Jr. Library, Second Fl, San Jose University, 150 E. San Fernando St, San Jose, Jun 4 to Jul 31.
Trudi Chamoff Hauptman, The Russian River Watershed in Fabric, Laguna Foundation de Santa Rosa, Heron Hall, 900 Sanford Rd, Santa Rosa, Apr 28 - Sept 13. 
Salma Arastu, Vision: An Artist's Perspective, Kaleid Gallery, 88 S.4th St, San Jose, Jul 5-29. Also Novus Conceptum, Hannah Bacol Busch Gallery, 6900 S Rice Ave, Bellaire, Texas, Apr 9 – Sept 30
Members, get your shows and workshops listed in News & Notes, NCWCA Calendar and on the NCWCA website! Send jpg image of your work in the show and information about the show to 

Chapter meetings are on the second Tuesday of each month. Look for details on our webpage. Let's carpool! Email if you need a ride or can offer a ride.
Aug 9: San Francisco
Sept 13: Oakland
Oct 11: San Francisco
Nov 8: San Mateo
Dec: Year-end Party 
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Kay Kang, Sandy Yagi and Patricia Montgomery at the July chapter meeting
To join this Facebook group, go to the Women Artists to Know page and click Join. A moderator will add you to the group. Share your favorite artists! We now have over 1000 participants from all over the US and abroad!

Photographers Karoline Hjorth & Riitta Ikonen.
July - photography
August - installation
Sept -political focus/community engagement
Oct - print making
Nov - collage
Dec - sculpture, assemblage

Tina Maier shares her sculpture during our show & tell


Apr 23 - Nov 6 Don't miss WCA Lifetime Achievement Awardee Kay Sekimachi's exhibit at the deYoung Museum, Golden Gate Park, 50 Hagiwara Tea Garden Dr

Apr 27-Sept 18 Don't miss the Grace Jones Project at MoAD, 685 Mission St, SF

Jul 7 - Aug 17 Don't miss the Black Woman is God exhibition at SOMArts, 934 Brannan St, SF

Aug 6, 10 AM Art Tag "Ladies Room" meeting at Irma Velasquez's studio, 49 N San Mateo Dr, San Mateo

Aug 9, 6-9 PM Chapter meeting at Arc Gallery, 1246 Folsom St, San Francisco

Aug 20, Land Art Day in Pescadero Danville. More details coming soon!

Aug 27, Professional Development Series: Photographing and Documenting Your Artwork. More details coming soon! 

Tanya Augsburg loving Susana van Bezooijen's doll
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Sandy Yagi's skull painting will be featured in the up-coming Guns & Roses concert at ATT Park, San Francisco. 



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