NCWCA August 2014 News & Notes
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August, 2014  Issue 43
Dear Member,

The August board meeting at Judy Johnson-Williams' studio included a show and tell by ten member artists. It was a treat to see completed works as well as works in progress in a range of media, from altered books to paintings, marble sculpture, assemblage, ink drawings, to mixed media. One of the pleasures of our monthly meetings is the anticipation of an art presentation or impromptu art-making activity. See you at our next meeting on September 9 at Arc Gallery in San Francisco!

djerassiDon't miss our special Djerassi Day on September 7!  Ticket sales have been brisk and we only have about 15 tickets left. Until August 25, only WCA members who received a special email invite can sign up for this amazing opportunity. Here are the workshops offered (participants may select up to two):

Facilitated by Judy Shintani, NCWCA Professional Development Chair and Narrator of Culture
What makes your art unique? Create vocabulary and develop your path through art making and inquiry. All materials will be provided.
Facilitated by Amanda Chaudhary, NCWCA member and Composer/Electronic Musician
Record sounds on your smartphone or hand held device while exploring Djerassi. We will synthesize our captured sounds into a composition. Materials List: bring one of these: your smartphone with a recording app such as the built-in Voice memo for an iPhone or a recording app like iProRecorder; or a solid-state field recorder (Zoom or Tascam) or any recording device where files can be accessed via USB. In our workshop we will process our captured sounds through Amanda’s Audacity program and analog synthesizer. 
Facilitated by NCWCA president Judy Johnson-Williams, who creates her works with cardboard.
Learn about land art, then go out and make your own using found materials. A self guided tour of the day's creation will follow. No need to bring any materials.
Facilitated by Elizabeth Addison, NCWCA member and artist-in-residence at Kala Art Institute
Learn to use water-based ink on plexi-glass with natural objects to create patterns and silhouettes. Transfer images directly from plate to paper. All materials will be provided. 


get-attachment copyThe success of Djerassi Day depends on the help and goodwill of many people. Volunteering only takes a few hours and rewards are in the friendships you make and the acknowledgement that you helped make this amazing event happen. Here’s where we need your assistance:
Facebook & Twitter Invite :by August 22, create a  Facebook and Twitter invite for the public to our event.
Event Graphics: by August 29, create graphics and handout with the Djerassi Day event schedule and directional signage.
Event Day Set-Up: sign up area, class materials, move chairs as needed.
Registration Desk:  welcome and sign in attendees, provide class list.
Onsite Coordinators: help organizer with trouble-shooting and make sure everything runs smoothly.
Tour Helpers:  attend walking tour of Djerassi land art and troubleshoot any attendee issues - slower walkers, stragglers, etc.
Photo and Video Documentarians: capture both candid and posed images; video Professional Development conversation at end of the day.
Event Tear Down: help with packing up materials and general clean up.
Click this link to go to our invitation page on VolunteerSpot
Enter your email address: (You will NOT need to register an account on VolunteerSpot)
Sign up! Choose your spots - VolunteerSpot will send you an automated confirmation and reminders.
Thank you for making a difference!

michelle waters copyMichelle 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. Also, The Perimeter of the World, at Rayko Photo Center, 428 Third St, San Francisco, Aug 6 - Sept 6.
maxine olsonMaxine Olson's works at The Kingsburg Historical Park honoring individuals for contributions to the town and its history, 2321 Sierra St, Kingsburg, CA (see right image). 
Bonnie J Smith  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 Urbanscapes and Landscapes, solo show at Cafe Venue, 67 Fifth St, San Francisco, Jul 11 - Sept 30. 
Marc Ellen Hamel, in Plumas County Open Studio, in Main Street Artists Gallery, 436 Main St, Quincy, Aug 23 10am - 5 pm.
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. 
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. 
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

A warm welcome to renewed member Helen Katherine Poole and new member Val Richman.  We look forward to seeing you at an event soon! 

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Kay Kang (above) at August's show & tell


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Southern California WCA member Danielle Eubank will be one of our conversationalists at Djerassi on Making a Living as an Artist: Embracing Failure and Success. Danielle was a recipient of the  2014-15 Pollock-Krasner Foundation Grant and recently interviewed on Huffington Post about her upcoming expedition to the Arctic Circle.


September 4 deadline to apply to Arc Gallery's call for submission, Dark

September 7 Djerassi workshop day

September 9 from 6 pm monthly board meeting and activity at Arc Gallery, San Francisco

September 25 deadline to apply to's call for submission, Voices: An Artist's Perspective.

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

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