NCWCA September 2014 News & Notes
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September, 2014  Issue 44
Dear Member,

The above photo, shot by Reiko Fujii, expresses the delight of the speakers and organizers at the conclusion of a successful Day at Djerassi. A few days later, at our chapter meeting, we were treated to a show & tell of media installaitons and film animation by artist Martha Gorzycki.  We have just awarded our first Curatorial Grant for Young Women's Collectives to Kathleen Yarnold in the East Bay. And several new rounds of ArtTag have begun. What's next? Our next chapter meeting is Tuesday, October 14 at Judy Johnson-Williams' studio. Join us there to find out. 

djerassi dayFor the fifty women who attended the sold-out WCA Art Day @ Djerassi, it was an amazing non-stop day of nature walks, networking, composing music, enjoying vegetarian meals prepared by Djerassi, making land art, creating monotypes, finding one's artistic voice, and partaking in dialog about professional artists. (Photo on the top right are speakers Salma Arastu, Bonnie J Smith, Danielle Eubank and Sandra Yagi. Photo courtesy of Reiko Fujii) 
But the day was more than pleasurable activities and discovering the beauty of the Djerassi Artist's Residency. It was about California chapters coming together (Northern California, Peninsula, Silicon Valley and Southern California) and about women helping out in every aspect of the day so that everyone - attendees and organizers - could enjoy the fullness of Djerassi. Although our magical event has ended, the Djerassi project isn't over yet. We can look forward to Sandra Yagi's documentary video of the day.

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Thank you for a wonderful day of exploration in a magical setting-  What a hidden gem! Thanks so much to all the Northern California WCA volunteers who made this happen- I am so glad to have made the trip and to meet many wonderful artists.
--Seda Saar, Southern California WCA

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NCWCA is pleased to award the 2014 Curatorial Grant for Young Women's Art Collective to Kathleen Yarnold (top right) and her collaborators Tamiko Sidore (top left) Amanda Burke (bottom left) and Chrystia Cabral (bottom right). Their collective, Berkeley Young Women's Art Collective, will mount an exhibition in the Arc Project Gallery from November 14 through December 6, 2014. These women will be awarded a $300 grant, an opening reception, professional development support, and one-year complimentary memberships in NCWCA and WCA. The curatorial grant was made possible by the Ahlborn Charitable Trust. 

20140914_Fauve_Intimiste_1677 copy 2Two ArtTag cycles, Threshold (Saturday group) and Fauve/Intimiste (Sunday group) concluded last weekend. At right, Mary Shisler (Fauve/Intimiste) is describing the artist's book she created in response to artwork received from Priscilla Otani.  
 Meanwhile, the Peninsula group concluded their first round of ArtTag on the subject of Beauty & Decay. At left, Laura McHugh laura mchugh copy 4discussing her piece inspired by Beauty & Decay. A new round launched among the Peninsula group in the summer on the subject of Junk.  
For the new rounds, the Saturday group chose Naked and the Sunday group settled on Intersect/Divide. Anyone wishing to join either of these groups, email Kelly Hammargren ( immediately. All players must be NCWCA members. If you are not yet a member, you may still join a group, as long as you enroll in NCWCA in October. 


Karen Gutfreund_NEVER ENOUGHKaren Gutfreund in Anne & Mark's Art Party, Santa Clara Fairgrounds, Santa Clara, Sept 20-25 (see left).
Marian Yap in Water at Coastal Arts League Gallery & Museum, Zaballa Square, 300 Main St, Half Moon Bay, Sept 12 - Oct 12.
Miwako Nishizawa in FourSquared, Arc Gallery, 1246 Folsom St, San Francisco, Aug 23 - Sept 20.
Claudia Chapline in Motion Drawings, Marin Fencing Academy, 827 4th St, San Rafael, Oct 10 - Nov 7.
Judy Shintani in UCSF National Center of Excellence in Women’s Health Serenity Exhibition, 2356 Sutter St, Oct 16, 2014 - Jan 13, 2015.
the feeding yagi copy 2Sandra Yagi in Endangered Visions International Exhibition, MANILART 2014, SMX Convention Center, SM Aura Premier, Taguig, Metro Manila, Philippines,Oct 15-19 (see right).
Judy Shintani artist talk at Harbor Books & Gallery, 270 Capistrano Rd, El Granada, Sept 20, 6-7 pm. Also Art in Nature, Redwood Regional Park, Oakland Hills - Judy Shintani and Bonnie Kwong collaboration of poetry, art installation, and art making workshop! Sunday, 11-5pm, 9/21.
Judy Johnson-Williams in Art and Liberation,Rhodes Gallery, Contra Costa College, 2600 Mission Bell Dr, San Pablo, Sept 1 - Oct 2.
Michelle Waters in Pets, Beasts and Dinner: Relations Between Human and Animal Creatures, at Gallery Bergen, 400 Paramus Road, Paramus, NJ (see left image), Sept 16 - Oct 31. Also Frog Art Show, at Cactus Gallery, 3001 North Coolidge Avenue, Los Angeles, Sept 13 - Oct 5. 
Mido Lee in Fall National Juried Exhibition, at Marin Museum of Contemporary Art, 500 Palm Dr, Novato, Aug 30 - Oct 5. A
salma copyMaxine Olson's works at The Kingsburg Historical Park honoring individuals for contributions to the town and its history, 2321 Sierra St, Kingsburg, CA. 
Salma Arastu solo show in Celebration of Calligraphy, Triton Museum of Art, 1505 Warburton Ave, Santa Clara, from Aug 16 - Nov 16 (see left).  
Hilla Hueber in Urbanscapes and Landscapes, solo show at Cafe Venue, 67 Fifth St, San Francisco, Jul 11 - Sept 30. 
Judy 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. 
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. 
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.
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


In October, we look forward to welcoming new members into NCWCA. Anyone joining the chapter between October 1 - December 31 starts her membership right away. That means a woman joining October 1 gets 15 months of membership in the first year. If you know of anyone who might enjoy being part of our dynamic organization, please send the person's name and email address to The subject line should say "New Recruits." We will send personalized invites in October.


2014 member Amanda Chaudhary and member-to-be Reiko Fujii (photo by Reiko Fujii)


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For the recent publication of articles..
"Becoming Transdisciplinary," World Futures: The Journal of New Paradigm Research, Vol 70, Issue 3-4 2014, Special Transdisciplinarity, Taylor & Francis (above)
"Lady Dicks and Lesbian Brothers," TDR: The Drama Review, Fall 2014, Vol 58, Issue 3, MIT Press Journal.
"European Theatre Performance Practice, 1900 to the Present," Editor: Nadine Holdsworth, University of Warwick, and Geoff Willcocks, Coventry University, UK, Ashgate.. 


October 14 from 6 pm monthly chapter meeting and activity at Judy Johnson-Williams' studio, Oakland

October 11 - Nov 9 ArtSpan open studios, San Francisco

November 2 deadline to apply to St Louis WCA's call for submission, Reimagining Femmage.

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Elizabeth Addison teaching monotype at Djerassi (photo by Reiko Fujii)


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