NCWCA January 2016 News & Notes
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January, 2016  Issue 60
Dear Member,

Happy New Year! NCWCA focuses on making and sharing art, and that is how 2016 kicked off with two ArtTag discussions and a show & tell at the January chapter meeting. Works in all media were represented and each presenting artist discussed her creative process. Our luscious banner of brighly colored pencils was photographed by Elizabeth Addison at the recent Board Retreat in Pescadero. Yes, we always incorporate art-making during business hours.      

Priscilla Otani, Editor  
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One of the pleasures of being on the NCWCA board is participating in the all-day retreat at Irma Velasquez's ranch in Pescadero. In a bucolic setting with rolling hills, we discuss goals, strategies, issues and ideas. During this year's retreat, we invested time discussing the challenges of board participation: when board members can't attend several meetings in a row or get overwhelmed by work or personal issues, how do we retain that board member, continue running our business and provide support? For 2016, we will implement a variety of strategies, including identifying and training several layers of backups from our general membership, creating tag team backups among board members, forming project-specific and job-specific committees to broaden our members' skill and knowledge base, and providing mentor-training for board members. We agreed that as much as receiving help, we would own up to our commitments to the board and NCWCA. Other topics included attracting more public attention for our events and exhibitions through the formation of a publicity committee and the year-end exhibition at Arc Gallery. Leisel Whitlock discussed her desire to put on an updated version of Womanhouse, a feminist installation and performance space organized by Miriam Shapiro and Judy Chicago in 1972. This exhibition topic got the board energized and excited. As with past years, we ended the day by creating art - hand-made booklets filled with our aspirations for 2016.
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Mary B. White is the recipient of the annual $200 chapter grant and will be representing NCWCA at the WCA National Conference in Washington, DC. She will participate in the conference offerings then share her impressions with the chapter upon her return. Mary joined NCWCA in 2015 and was formerly a board member of WEAD (Women Eco Artists Dialog). Her mentor was the late Jo Hanson, Eco-Art pioneer and 1997 WCA LIfetime Achievement Awardee.

Here are the new ArtTag rounds in play: 
Saturday Group's theme is "Food", round ends May 14 at Judy Johnson-Williams' studio in Oakland 
Sunday Group's theme is "Excess," round ends May 15 at Trudy Chamoff Hauptman's studio in Sebastopol
Peninsula Group's theme is "Seed," round ends April 23 at Irma Velasquez's studio in San Mateo
Questions about ArtTag? Contact Kelly Hammargren at 

P1050650 3 Kelly Hammargren's ArtTag piece from "Clothes" round


Patricia Montgomery in solo show, Heroines of the Civil Rights Movement, African American Museum & Library, 659 14th St, Oakland, Feb 13 – Jul 16.

Salma Arastu in Celebration of Calligraphy, Peninsula Museum of Art South Gallery, 1777 California Dr, Burlingame, Jan 17-Apr 10. Also in Language of the Quran, SF Public Library & Islamic Art Exhibit, SF Public Library, 100 Larkin St, SF, Jan 16 – Mar 20.
shintaniJudy Shintani in At Home in the World, 516 ARTS, Albuquerque, NM, February 6 – April 16. Shintani was also awarded a Creative Capacity Quick Grant to improve her website and computer organization with webmaster and technical designer Alicia Vargas.
Grace Cohen in The Art of a Community, 991 Tyler St #114, Benicia, Jan 23 – Feb 21.
Pamela Blotner in Climate Change, 1337 Gallery, 1337 4th St, San Rafael, Jan 8 – Feb 26.
Elizabeth Addison in Climate Change, 1337 Gallery, 1337 4th St, San Rafael, Jan 8 – Feb 26.
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Edith Hillinger in Discernable Effects, Hud Gallery, 1793 E Main, Ventura, Jan 9 - Feb 5. Also Honorable Mention in Third Annual Juried Art Show, Piedmont Center for the Arts, 801 Magnolia Ave, Piedmont, Jan 9 - Feb 25. Also in Here II, Berkeley Art Center, 1275 Walnut St, Berkeley, Jan 30 -  Feb 28. (Hillinger's work in HUD show, left)

Myriam Fabbri in Family Portraits, Richmond Art Center, 2540 Barrett Ave, Richmond, Jan 12 – Mar 3
Bonnie J Smith in Identity, Redwood Shores Library Gallery, 399 Marine Pkwy, Redwood City,  Jan 5 - Mar 2. 
Laurie Edison in Ecce Home: Behold the Contemporary Human Image, National Museum of Art, Osaka, Japan, Jan 16  - Mar 21
Sandra Yagi in BeinArt International Surreal Art Collective Exhibit, Copro Gallery, Bergamot Arts Complex 2525 Michigan Ave T5, Santa Monica, Feb 20-Mar 12, 2016
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 

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Board members Leisel Whitlock (Exhibitions), Judy Shintani (VP), Judy Johnson-Williams IPresident) at retreat
Welcome new members Sawyer Rose, Victoria Veedell, Madelin Wolf, Anna Erica Barr, and Celia Rabinovich!  Thanks for your membership renewal Elizabeth Addison, Michelle Waters, Patricia Montgomery, Amanda Chaudhary, Sandy Kelly, Mary B. White, Tanya Augsburg, Judy Johnson-Williams, Judy Shintani, Lorraine Bonner, Anne Shulenberger, Miriam Fabbri, Barbara Milman, Sally Stewart, My-Xuan Ho, Mido Lee, Lindsay Alstrom, Caskey Weston, Kate Langlois, Sandra Anfang, Margaret Lindsay, Nancy Margulies, Miwako Nishizawa, Gretchen Blais, Karen Gutfreund, Elaine Jason, Susan Kraft, Bonnie J. Smith, Leigh Toldi, Ruth Peterson Shorer and Marian Yap!  We hope to see you soon at our monthly meeting or one of our special events.
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Patricia Montgomery showing detail of her fiber art at January's show & tell

WCA and NCWCA are on a calendar year membership system. Renew your membership now so you can continue to take advantage of benefits such as announcing your upcoming exhibitions  and showing your artwork on our online member gallery. Click here to renew! 

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New member Sawyer Rose showing her metal sculpture at January's show & tell

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.
Feb. 9: San Francisco 
Mar 8: Oakland
Apr 12: San Francisco
May 10: San Mateo
Jun 14: Oakland
Jul 12: San Mateo
Aug 9: San Francisco
Sept 13: Oakland
Oct 11: San Francisco
Nov 8: San Mateo
Dec: Year-end Party 
Burning bad juju at year-end party (photo by Judy Shintani)
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!
January - ceramics
February - literary works, art with text, writings
March - painting
April - eco/land art
May - drawing
June - performance/dance/music
July - photography
August - installation
Sept -political focus/community engagement
Oct - print making
Nov - collage
Dec - sculpture, assemblage
February 9, 6 pm Chapter Meeting at Arc Gallery, 1246 Folsom St.

March date TBD, Art Tag Party at Mary Shisler's studio, Sawtooth Building, 930 Dwight Way

April 29  Open Engagement 2016 - POWER! At Oakland Museum

May 6 ArtTag Exhibit at Danville Village Theatre Gallery

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