NCWCA June 2014 News & Notes
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June, 2014  Issue 41
Dear Member,

Chapter Vice President Miwako Nishizawa shared her "mokuhanga" woodblock printing techniques at our chapter meeting in June.  She is one of the very few Japanese female woodblock printers, as there are historical and cultural barriers in Japan, even today. Nishizawa was fortunate to receive in-depth training in New York City from an American professor. After giving a brief historical overview of woodblock printing in Japan, she made several prints using a carved woodblock and washi paper. She demonstrated her technique for layering on each color by using registration marks on the woodblock. The banner above shows Nishizawa at work and the tools of her trade. In addition to sharing her wonderful techniques, Nishizawa received several leads for potential venues to teach mokuhanga. Our July meeting will take place in San Mateo at Irma Velasquez's studio and we look forward to another fun art activity. 
Disconnect Reception & Show

recep1The Disconnect reception at the Transmission Gallery at 770 West Grand Avenue, Oakland was a great success with more than 100 people in attendance. Kelly Hammargren, Exhibitions Chair, gets many kudos for working solo on the art intake and making sure that the gallery had all they needed to exhibit the works. She also produced a world class catalog of the show.  The exhibition runs through July 19 so if you haven't had a chance to view the show, there's still time. The gallery will be open on July 4, Independence Day from noon until 6 pm. Regular gallery hours are Fridays 12 - 6 pm, Saturdays 11 am - 5 pm and by appointment. Phone: 510-835-2626.(Reception photo by Judy Shintani)

East Bay Open Studios
Here are some NCWCA artists who recently opened their studios or participated in a group studio during East Bay Open Studios. 
Above left to right: Gretchen Blais, Mary Shisler

Above left to right: Salma Arastu, Judy Johnson-Williams

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Above: Juliet Mevi at her studio with Anne Shulenberger visiting

Indie Fest Screening: Goodbye Gauley Mountain 
Dr. Tanya Augsburg and Priscilla Otani went to the screening of Goodbye Gauley Mountain at the Roxie Theater in San Francisco on June 19. The filmmakers, Beth Stephens and Annie Sprinkle were there in person and we got to participate in a Q&A with them after the screening. Goodbye Gauley Mountain is a documentary about mountain topping in West Virginia. The film was shot in the small town that Beth Stephens grew up in. Annie and Beth are eco-sexuals, dedicated to making love to the earth. (Above photo left to right: Dr. Tanya Augsburg and Annie Sprinkle.)

Join Us on a Committee
NCWCA has three committees that invite your participation. Joining a committee is a great way to help shape a program, get to know other members, and bring an exciting program into being. You also get professional development in project management, events management and publicity.  Join the Djerassi WCA Planning Committee to map out a one-day workshop on September 9 in the beautiful Djerassi Artist Residency in Woodside.  The SOMArts Grant Writing Committee is looking for members to help write a proposal on the topic of "women + money" for the SOMArts Commons Curatorial Grant. The Benefits Activities Committee needs help to identify a worthy nonprofit to collaborate on a philanthropic project. Click here to find out more and sign up!
Members' Shows

small midoMido Lee in SCRAP Art: Creative Reuse in the Bayview, The Reclaimed Room, 701 Amandor St, San Francisco, Jun 12-Jul 26 (see left image).
Katrin Geng in SCRAP Art Creative Reuse in the Bayview, Gallery at Public Glass, 1750 Armstrong Ave, San Francisco, Jun 12 - Jul 26.
 Bonnie J Smith in New Designers Exhibition, Business Design Centre, Islington, London, Jun 25-28. Also in Freedom, in Angers, France, through July. 
Hiller Hueber in Germany Inside Out, Goethe Institut ART Lounge, 530 Bush St, San Francisco, Jun 20 - Jul 25. 
Elaine Jason Open Studio, 640 Goldfield Drive, Tahoe City, North Lake Tahoe, July 18- 20, 5-7 pm.
Marian Yap in Wet Paint, Pacific Art League, 668 Ramona St, Palo Alto, Jun 6 - 26. 
Michelle Waters, in Song of the Birds, Cactus Gallery, 3001 North Coolidge Ave, Los Angeles, Jun 14 - Jul 8
Barbara Horiuchi in Community Matters: San Jose State University Alumni, San Jose City Hall, 200 E Ssanta Clara St, San Jose, Jun 1 - Oct 1.
Laurie Toby Edison in Body, Body, SOMArts Main Gallery, 934 Brannan St, San Francisco, June 7 - 28.
Vera Ximenes in Sacramento Temporary Contemporary Gallery, 1616 Del Paso Boulevard, Sacramento, Jun12-29 (image below).
vera smallJudy Shintani, Healing Adornments, Harbor Gallery and Books, Harbor Village, Ste 8, 270 Capistrano Rd, Princeton by the Sea, Jul 25 - Aug 25. Also, Muse: Art of Transformation and Healing, Commonwealth INstitute, 431 Mesa Ed, Bolinas, Jun 28 - Sept 28. Also Mandala: Contemporary Interpretation of Ancient Form, artXchange Gallery, 512, 1st Ave So, Seattle, Jul 3 - Aug 9 (image far right)
Miwako Nishizawa in Berkeley Civic Center Art Exhibition at the Martin Luther King Jr Civic Center, 2180 MIlvia Street, Berkeley, June 16, 2014 through end of May, 2015 (see left image). 
Jane Neilsen in People in Art, El Cerrito Dept. of Motor Vehicles, 6400 Manila Street, El Cerrito, March 19-July 9
Judy Shintani, Salma Arastu, Pallavi Sharma and Kathy Fujii-Oka in Our American Stories, Asian American Artists Illuminate History, Culture and Identity at Madeleine Haas Russell Gallery, Rosenberg Library, City College of SF, 50 Phelan Dr, April 23 through September.
Bernadette Howard in solo exhibition at Fairweather & Associates, 140 Todd Road, Santa Rosa, March 29-July 25.
Priscilla Otani In 85years 85artists, Menlo College Administration Building, 1000 El Camino Real, Atherton, Mar 26 - Jul 11
Salma Arastu in 85 Years 85 Artists, Menlo College Administration Building, 1000 El Camino Real, Atherton, Mar 26 - Jul 11

2014 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

Hi There, Members!
Welcome recent new and renewed members Joan Ellen Harvey, Sally Ruddy, Jennifer Ewing, Harriet Hache, and Caskey Weston. We hope to see you at an event soon! 

Sally Ruddy (above work)

Free Online Gallery for Members
If you haven't already, log into your member site and upload your images and website information on our Online Gallery (click here). All current members are entitled to upload up to six images and may update them at any time during the year.

Extended to Aug 3: Young Curators!

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Help us find young curators! We are seeking proposals for an innovative exhibition mounted by a collective of San Francisco Bay Area women under the age of 35. This grant is offered to women who are not yet members of NCWCA. For details, click here.

Income Disparity in San Francisco


Treasurer Sandy Yagi was recently interviewed by CCTV  on the impact of the tech industry on studio rentals and the cost of making art in San Francisco. Click here to see the report. 

New! NCWCA Forum
We started a Google Group called "NCWCA Forum." It allows you to discuss topics of interest with the gorup. If you are a current NCWCA, you will receive an invitation to join. Once you respond to the invitation, you are in! Hilla Hueber is our moderator. For questions, email

National WCA Visioning Retreat & Summer Board Meeting
Kelly Hammargren, Priscilla Otani, Sondra Schwetman and Yuriko Takata will represent the NCWCA chapter on a visioning retreat in Portland, Oregon from July 10-11. The participants will come from all over the United States and will help shape the strategic course of WCA.

Mark Your Calendars!

June 6 - July 19 Disconnect exhibit at Transmission Gallery

July 8 NCWCA Chapter Meeting, 6-9:30, Irma Velasquez's studio at 49 N San Mateo Dr, San Mateo

July 10-11 National WCA visioning session in Portland, Oregon

July 13 National WCA board meeting in Portland, Oregon

August 3 Young Women's Art Collective curatorial grant submission deadline

August 4 Art Tag piece #2 due to partners

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Above: Amanda Chaudhary performing her piece at Disconnect's opening reception.

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