NCWCA July 2014 News & Notes
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July, 2014  Issue 42
Dear Member,

During the July board meeting at Irma Velasquez's studio, improv teacher Ann Swanberg led the group in a creative exercise intended to quiet the inner critic. . See Irma on the banner, enjoying her wild side. Our next meeting is scheduled for August 12 at Judy Johnson-Williams' studio in Oakland. It will be a show and tell session so watch for sign-up notices coming soon. 

djerassiDjerassi Resident Artists Program is one of the most beautiful and prestigious artists' retreats in the country.Located in the Woodside hillls, this residency is open to the public on a very limited basis. NCWCA has secured this space for a full day on September 7. We have invited the Peninsula, Silicon Valley, Monterey Bay and Southern California chapters to participate, as well as members-at-large who live in California. Djerassi's rules limit our attendance to fifty people, including guest presenters so watch for first come:first served notices. The Djerassi planning committee, led by Judy Shintani,  Elizabeth Addison, Cheryl Bookout (Southern CA), Victoria Cormak, Judy Johnson-Williams, Sandra Mueller (Southern CA), Priscilla Otani and Marian Yap are hard at work planning the events for this special day. If you would like to join our committee, please click here and fill out the committee sign-up form. We need help with logistics, administration and planning. Djerassi promises to be our highlighted event for the year!


hillaBoard member Hilla Hueber led an art walk through several downtown San Francisco galleries on July 23. We started at the Goethe Institute to view Germany Inside Out, which included works by Hilla and several other artists. For lunch, we went to the Cafe de la Presse - amazing that they found seats for eight people in the middle of lunch hour! Afterwards, we visited Hang Art, Sandra Lee and Haines galleries. Participating in this pleasurable outing were Elizabeth Addison, Gretchen Blais, Anna Conti, Priscilla Otani, Linda Saytes, Sally Stewart and Joanne Yeaton. Thank you Hilla for a great day in downtown San Francisco!   

SampleStrategicDirections copyChapter members Riko Takata, Kelly Hammargren, Sondra Schwetman and
Priscilla Otani were part of twenty-five WCA members from all over
the country who attended the Strategic Visioning Session in Portland,
Oregon from July 10-11. Led by facilitator Paula Manley, we divided into smaller groups and worked through an intensive two-day workshop to develop five-year strategies for WCA. We started by identifying important historical milestones. Figuring high on the list were the recognition and documentation of women in the arts through the LIfetime Achievement Awards, the growth of exhibition opportunities through the National Exhibitions Initiative, and the expansion into global opportunities through the International Caucus. We went on to assess the current state of WCA - the opportunities and
challenges that lay ahead, and from that, to envision our future.
The second day focused on identifying actionable milestones and
forming committees. The committees are Governance (re-examining board composition and committees),  Membership (expand to new groups, such as outreach to universities), National Programming (forming an annual theme that threads through activities, exhibitions and events of WCA and chapters during the year and all the
way into the annual conference), Legacy, and Branding. Details will
be fleshed out in the coming months. WCA welcomes your participation
in the committees once their scope and goals are determined. Keep


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Marc Ellen Hamel’s painting, Great Divide, has been selected for the label of Paro Winery’s 2013 Russian River Pinot Noir, which will be released in Fall, 2014. Marc Ellen joins a stable of fifteen other artists whose works adorn Paro wine bottles.


Leslie MorganLeslie Morgan (see work on left) in Open Studios at Bonny Doon Studios, Santa Cruz Mountains, see map, from July 26-27, 11 am-5 pm.
Mido Lee in The Perimeter of the World, at Rayko Photo Center, 428 Third St, San Francisco, Aug 6 - Sept 6.
 Bonnie J Smith in Fine Art Quilt Masters Exhibition, Birmingham, England, from Aug 7-10. Also in Forming Our Lives, curated exhibition at the San Jose Museum of Art Quilts & Textiles from July 26 - Sept 14. Also at Di Moda Salon, San Jose, through August.
Salma Arastu solo show in Celebration of Calligraphy, Triton Museum of Art, 1505 Warburton Ave, Santa Clara, from Aug 16 - Nov 16.  
Hilla Hueber in Full Circle,  Sanchez Art Center, 1220 Linda Mar Blvd, Pacifica, from July 11 - Aug 10.  Also Urbanscapes and Landscapes, solo show at Cafe Venue, 67 Fifth St, San Francisco, Jul 11 - Sept 30. Also Recent Drawings and Paintings, a studio warming solo exhibition with the Bay Area Swiss Artists Show at Misho Gallery, 680 Eighth St, Suite 230, San Francisco, Aug 1 -16. 
Marc Ellen Hamel, in Runes Revealed, Sanchez Art Center, Pacifica, Jul 11 - Aug 10. Plumas County Open Studio, in Main Street Artists Gallery, 436 Main St, Quincy, Aug 23 10am - 5 pm.
Jennifer Ewing in Spirit Boat Ascending (see artwork below), Hardin Studios, 2140 Bush St, Suite 1B, SF, Jul 5-31. Also Spirit Boat Making demo, Forest Books, Buchanan Plaza between Post & Sutter, July 27 from noon - 1:30 pm. 
Jennifer EwingJudy Shintani and Kelly Hammargren in Who Did She Think She Was? at Tashiro Kaplan Arts Complex, 306 S Washington St, Seattle, Aug 2-26. Healing Adornment, solo show at Harbor Gallery and Books, Harbor Village, Ste 8, 270 Capistrano Rd, Princeton by the Sea, Jul 25 - Sept 20. Also Mandala: Contemporary Interpretation of Ancient Form, artXchange Gallery, 512, 1st Ave So, Seattle, Jul 3 - Aug 9.
Laurie Edison in LGBT Art: Our Common Wealth at the Gallery of the Commonwealth Club, 595 Market St, 2nd Fl, San Francicso, Jul 21- Sept 18.
Dr Lisa Chu in 50/50: 50 Small Artworks in 50 Days at the Sanchez Art Center, 1220-B, Linda Mar Blvd, Pacifica from Aug 22 - Sept 28. Also facilitated workshop "The Energy Gardner's Club: Experiments to Cultivate Seeds of Magic in Your LIfe," Tuesdays 2-5 pm at Maverick's Beach, Half Moon Bay. To sign up, click here.
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). 
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.

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

A warm welcome to renewed member Laura McHugh and new member Olga Evanusa-Rowland. We look forward to seeing you at an event soon! 

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Laurie Toby Edison (above)


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For your excellent management of our 2014 members' exhibition, Disconnect!


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Seeking a San Francisco Bay Area young women's collective to mount an exhibition in the Arc Project Gallery. $300 grant plus a year's membership in NCWCA and national WCA. For details, click here.

August 12 monthly board meeting and activity

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

August 4 Art Tag piece #2 due to partners

September 7 Djerassi workshop day

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Veronica Yazmin with her work 
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Voodoo donuts in Portland,  necessary sustenance during the national board meeting

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