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                            NCWCA E-News

                     Issue 35        November 2013


Greetings NCWCA Member

Thanksgiving is around the corner and we have many things to be thankful for. Congratulations members for upcoming exhibitions all over the Bay Area and beyond. Works selected for Choice will be arriving at Arc Gallery shortly. We are making plans for the year-end party. And many are making travel plans to attend Balance, the 2014 National WCA Conference in Chicago. It's a great time to be an NCWCA member!      


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The theme for the 2014 national conference in Chicago is "Balance." The program offers a variety of events and exhibitions around the theme of motherhood, balancing work and art practice, and balancing programs offered by WCA with those offer by College Art Association and The Feminist Art Project. 
We are honoring Phyllis Bramson, Harmony Hammond, Adrian Piper, and Faith Wilding with the Lifetime Achievement Award and Janice Nesser-Chu and Hye-Seong Tak Lee with the President's Art & Activism Award in February. 
Attending the national conference is a wonderful way to connect with other WCA members from all over the country and from outside the US. You will also be able to join special interest caucuses such as The Jewish Women Artists Network (JWAN), Eco-Art, Young Women, and International. If you have an interesting in getting involved with one of these caucuses, the annual conference is an excellent time to do it. 
The very best conference deal is the $240 earlybird package which includes everything but the board meeting. This specially priced package is only available through January 6, 2014. 

WCA negotiated a fabulous members-only price of $89 a night at the Essex Inn, right next door to the Chicago Hilton where CAA will host their conference. There are a limited number of rooms available and the special rates are only good until December 18, 2013 or until they sell out, whichever is sooner.  Use this link to make your reservations: Reservations are non-cancellable and non-refundable once booked. The Essex Inn is located at 800 S. Michigan Ave, Chicago.  


Register for the conference here:

Celebration of Craftswomen

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The Women's Building in San Francisco invited NCWCA to have a booth at their annual Celebration of Craftswomen show at Ft Mason on November 9-11. This was the first time the Women's Building had invited arts-based nonprofits to their event, and we were happy to partner with them. Kelly Hammargren created NCWCA volunteer teeshirts and a large banner, Judy Shintani made NCWCA buttons, Miwako Nishizawa made membership sign up sheets, Sandy Yagi taught us how to use Paypal Here, and Priscilla Otani made recruiting postcards. Judy Johnson-Williams created a slideshow of WCA events and brought her laptop and and projector on her bicycle from the East Bay. Through Volunteerspot April Hankins, Juliet Mevi, Gretchen Blais, Judy Johnson-Williams, Judy Shintani, Kelly Hammargren, Hilla Hueber, Anne Shulenberger and Priscilla Otani signed up for table-sitting and promoting NCWCA.  We were pleased that many craftswomen and visitors wanted to know about NCWCA. Kelly handed out postcards for the upcoming Choice show. Afterwards, Hilla emailed everyone who signed our sign-sheet and invited them to join NCWCA and Priscilla sent a thank you note to Judy Stone at the Women's Building. The weekend was a great opportunity to get our chapter known to a broader audience and the warm camaraderie among the volunteers. Pictured above: Juliet Mevi, April Hankins and Gretchen Blais.

Choice Exhibition

It's time! After a year of planning, the Choice exhibit is about to open. Luscious, museum-quality catalogs will be ready from the printers soon and artwork will begin arriving at Arc Gallery in early December. We have a lot of work to do to get the gallery ready for the reception and panel discussions. Kelly Hammargren has invited politicians and other luminaries to attend our opening and we want you to invite your friends and family through Facebook, emails and tweets. 

Please sign up to help with this exhibition. Click here to select an activity through Volunteerspot.

December 8-9, 3:30 - 6 pm: Intake of artwork
December 10, all day: hanging works
December 12, 6-9 pm: opening reception
December 14, 12-3 pm: gallery sitting
December 21, 12-3 pm: gallery sitting
December 26, 1-6 pm: gallery sitting
December 28: 12-3 pm: gallery sitting
January 2, 1-6 pm: gallery sitting
January 4, 12-3 pm: gallery sitting
January 7, 7-8:30 pm: panel discussion and snacks. The panel discussion on reproductive rights will include Dorothy Fadiman - filmmaker, Fran Johns - author, Ellen Shaffer - policy analyst and Sophia Yen MD, MPH - co-founder Trust Women 
January 11, 12-3 pm gallery sitting
January 12 12:30-4 pm, artists panel and take-down 
January 14, take-down 

Mark Your Calendars!

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November 30 deadline for WCA Featured Artist Contest 
is open exclusively to WCA members. Every year twelve lucky WCA members are selected as "Featured Artists" on the front page of the WCA's website: The 2014 Featured Artist section of the website will include the artist's name, three rotating images, and a link to the artist's website. The contest is open to all 2013 members and you must also be a member in good standing in 2014 to be featured. Deadline is November 30. For details and to submit, click here

December 10 chapter meeting at Arc Gallery 1246 Folsom St, SF, from 6-9:30 PM. Bring a potluck dish or drink. If you can't make it to the Choice opening reception, this is a great time to see the exhibition. 

December 30 Year-end Party at Judy Johnson-Williams' studio. Do not miss this convivial event! We will burn our regrets (bad juju), exchange interesting art materials and tools via white elephant exchange, create some art, dine on delicious year-end food & wine, and just simply enjoy each other's company. Look for more details soon!

December 31 deadline for renewing your 2014 NCWCA membership! On January 1 your images on the NCWCA website Online Gallery will magically disappear. They will reappear as soon as you've renewed. Renew now by clicking here to prevent this interruption from happening! 

January 6 is the deadline for the Earlybird Special $240 package for the Balance WCA Chicago Conference. Buy your package here.

Member Art News

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Laurie Edison in Half the Sky:Intersections in Social Practice Art, Luxun Academy, Shenyang China, April 15039, 2014. (Work on right is titled Nakamura Fumiko)
Bonnie J. Smith's award-winning fiber art installation Swimming Upstream, and how it came to be, is featured in the Winter Issue of Fiber Art Now magazine. Bonnie is also the November Artist-of-the-Month on the National WCA website:
Bernadette Howard in The Place Where We Live at the Petaluma Arts Center, 230 Lakeville St, Petaluma from Nov 15, 2013 - Jan 3, 2014. Array, Berkeley Art Center, 1275 Walnut St, Berkeley, from Dec 5, 2013  - Jan 5, 2014. Members Show Sebastopol Center for the Arts, 282 W. High St, Sebastopol from Dec 12, 2013 - Jan 3, 2014. Choice at Arc Gallery 1246 Folsom St, San Francisco from Dec 12, 2013 - Jan 12, 2014. 
Patricia Rodriguez  Dia de los Muertos Installation for Bobbi Salinas at Oakland Museum, 1000 Oak St, Oakland from Oct 9 - Dec 8, 2013.   
Laura McHugh Colony of Coastside Artists Open Studios, Nov 23/24 from 10-5 each day. Half Moon Bay. 
MC Carolyn work, "the listener" was featured on the front page of Metro, Press Democrat on Nov 3, 2013.  
Judy Shintani in Generation Nexus, Peace in the Post-War Era, Nov. 11, 2013 - Apr. 2, 2014 at the Military Intelligence Service HIstoric Learning Center, Blg 640, 640 Mason St, SF (Presidio, Crissy Field). Also Flo Oy Wong's 75 x 75 at the Luggage Store Gallery, 1007 Market St, SF. Nov. 15 - Jan. 4.
Yvette Brown in  California Statewide Painters Competition & Exhibition at the Triton Museum, 1505 Warburton Ave, Santa Clara, Dec 7, 2013 - Feb 2, 2014.  
Mary Shisler in Berkeley Artisans Holiday Open Studios, 2547 8th St, Berkeley, Studio 31. Saturdays & Sundays, Nov 30, Dec 1, 7 & 8, 14 & 15, 21 & 22. 
Hilla Hueber, Seascapes with COCA artists at Triptych Art Cafe & Restaurant, 1155 Folsom St SF from Dec 5, 2013 - Mar 3,2014. Galleria 2013 Show at the Sanchez Art Center, 1220 Linda Mar Blvd, Pacifica  from Dec 6 - 15. 
Priscilla Otani in Flo Oy Wong's 75 x 75 at the Luggage Store Gallery, 1007 Market St, SF. Nov. 15-Jan. 4. 

Members, get your shows listed in News & Notes and on the NCWCA website! Send jpg image of your work in the show and information about the show to
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