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NEWS & NOTES

March, 2017  Issue 74
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Dear Member,

This month we lost Eleanor Dickinson, one of the founders of the Women's Caucus for Art and a lifelong champion of feminist art. During her long career as artist, teacher and advocate, Eleanor mentored countless artists and developed generations of successful artists and activists. She pushed us out of our complacency through plain talk, statistics and straightforward feedback.  I was among the many fortunate WCA members to have known Eleanor and to receive tough love advice on my art practice. Keen on preserving our legacy, Eleanor wrote a detailed essay on the history of WCA in the feminist compilation, Blaze: Discourse on Art, Women and Feminism. This month's banner is a postcard Eleanor drew for an eco-art mail art show we mounted on behalf of the United Nations.  Riko Takata was a great friend of Eleanor's and she has written a beautiful obituary below. A memorial service will be announced in the near future.  

Priscilla Otani, Editor  
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ELEANOR DICKINSON FEB 7, 1931-FEB 25, 2017
Yuriko Takata  

eleanor rikoExemplary artist, pioneering feminist activist and dedicated teacher Eleanor Dickinson passed away peacefully last week at the age of 86.
She will be forever remembered for her vivid drawings of the human form, often in extreme perspective and rendered in all their glory on a background of deep black velvet. 
Dickinson sympathetically depicted the mysteries of religious fervor that she observed at gatherings of snake handlers and bible meetings in the Deep South, her homeland.
Taking on the gender inequities of the art world, Dickinson devoted much time to gathering statistics on women’s participation and inclusion in art exhibitions.  She believed that a straightforward statement of facts would be the most damning and indisputable proof of prejudice against female artists. These statistics were used to great effect at the West Coast Guerrilla Girls'  activist happenings. Dickinson never abandoned her quest for gender equality  in the arts and was a driving member of the Women's Caucus for Art for many decades.
As a master teacher of figure drawing at the California College of Arts and Crafts (now California College of the Arts) Dickinson influenced generations of artists with her methodology of truly seeing and measuring her subjects for accurate depiction. She was one of the few artists who encouraged models to talk while posing, as she believed it was an artist’s duty to render the inner psychological landscape  as well as the physical corporal body. Her sketchbook, unique vision and sensitive renderings were always nearby and part of her essential being. 
Eleanor Dickinson's generosity and valiant efforts will never be forgotten by all feminists and artists who follow in her footsteps.

     
CAROL NEWBORG AT MARCH MEETING
Elizabeth Addison

NEWBORGOur guest speaker for the March 14 chapter meeting is Carol Newborg. She received an MFA from UC Berkeley in 1981 and has exhibited nationally and in Mexico. She is deeply involved in the arts in corrections facilities, working as a teacher and exhibit organizer in California prisons.  She is the program manager for the Prison Arts Project. As an artist, Carol Newborg has created installations for over 30 years. Her Bay Area exhibits have included the de Young Museum as part of an artist-in-residency, the SFMOMA Rental Gallery and the Tides Foundation. She also had a Pollock-Krasner Foundation Grant, among other awards and artist residencies. Come to the NCWCA chapter meeting on Tuesday, March 13, 6-9:30 pm at 347 Lewis St, Oakland.


MEMBER SHOWS AND PUBLICATIONS
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Sandra Yagi, 48 Pillars, Arc Gallery, 1246 Folsom St, San Francisco, Mar 11-Apr 15.
 
Nancy Roy-Meyer, Reflections 2016, Kelwood Contemporary Art, 8202 Kelwood Ave. Baton Rouge, LA 70808, Mar 2 - Apr 15.
 
Victoria Veedell, Winter’s Dawn: October in Iceland Arthouse Gallery, 1021 R St, Sacramento, CA 95811, Mar 10- Apr 5. See image bottom right.
 
Robin AppleRobin Apple, Reflections on 2016, Kelwood Contemporary Art, 8202 Kelwood Ave., Baton Rouge, LA 70808, Mar 2- Apr 15. Also, We the People (see image left), Fabulon Art 1017 Wappoo Rd Charleston, SC 29407, Mar 1—30. Also Shadows and Reflections, Sebastopol Center for the Arts, 282 South High St, Sebastopol, Feb 17-Mar 26.
 
Gina Chiao, group, Celebrating Her (Bay Area Art Competition), San Francisco Women Artists Gallery, 647 Irving St., San Francisco, Mar 6-31.
  
Elizabeth Addison,  25th Parkside National Small Print Exhibition, University of Wisconsin, Parkside Art Galleries, 900 Wood Road, Kenosha, WI, Jan 30-Mar 30. 
 
My Xuan Ho, West Coast Biennial Art Exhibition, Turtle Bay Exploration Park, 844 Sundial Bridge Dr.  Redding, Jan 28-Apr 30.
 
Judy Shintani, 9066 Japanese American Voices from the Inside, Henry Madden Library, Fresno State, Feb 19 - May 10. Also Justice for All?,  Euphrates Museum of Art, De Anza College, Cupertino, Feb 1- Mar 23. Also in newspaper publication, “Art vs. Justice/De Anza/Justice for All/ Exhibit/Art/ de Saisset Museum/ Silicon Valley.”
 
Priscilla Otani, Nasty, Arc Project Gallery, 1246 Folsom St, San Francisco, Mar 11 – Apr 15.
 
judy_johnson-williams-239028 copyJudy Johnson-Williams, Nasty, Arc Project Gallery, 1246 Folsom St, San Francisco, Mar 11 – Apr 15. See image right.
 
Karen Gutfreund, Nasty, Arc Project Gallery, 1246 Folsom St, San Francisco, Mar 11 – Apr 15.
 
Patricia Montgomery, Wearable Expressions 7th International Juried Exhibition, Palos Verdes Art Center, 5504 West Crestridge Road, Rancho Palo Verdes, Jan 21 - Apr 16. Also Honoring the Heroines of the Civil Rights Movement, San Marco Gallery, Archbishop Aleman Library, Dominican University of California, Palm Ave, San Rafael, Jan 17 - Mar 18.
 
Priscilla Birge DIGITAL ART: the Power of the Pixel,  Berkeley Central Arts Passage, 2055 Center Street, Berkeley, Jan 28 – May 27.
 
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 ncwcachapter@gmail.com.

 
WELCOME 2017 MEMBERS!
Welcome Angela White, Annette Wagner, Barbara Bryn Klare, Deanna Taubman, Shizue Seigel, Sondra Schwetman, Susana van Bezooijen, Barbara Milman, Anna Kaminska, Evangelina Miller and Lainey Sainte Marie. Looking forward to seeing you at a future meeting or event!
 
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Rebecca Bangs
 

JOIN NCWCA
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2017 CHAPTER MEETINGS
Chapter meetings are on the second Tuesday of the month. Look for agenda and activity details on our webpage.
Let's carpool! Email ncwcachapter@gmail.com if you need a ride or can offer a ride.
Mar 14: Oakland
Apr 11: Alameda
May 9: Redwood City
Jun 13: Oakland
July 11: San Francisco
August 8: San Mateo
Sept 12: Oakland
Oct 11: San Francisco
Nov 14: San Mateo
Dec: Year-end party in Oakland 

 
WOMEN ARTISTS TO KNOW
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!
 
March honors painters.  
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Bay Area painter, Hung Liu

2017 Themes
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
 
 
NCWCA CALENDAR
March 14 6-9:30 PM NCWCA chapter meeting at Judy Johnson-Williams' studio, 347 Lewis St, Oakland.   

March 17 ArtTag second pieces due for "Paradigm Shift."

April 6 ArtTag second pieces due for players in "Unfinished" and "Resistance."

April 29 ArtTag meeting for Peninsula players on the topic "Paradigm Shift" 
 
 
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