NCWCA November 2014 News & Notes
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November, 2014  Issue 46
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Dear Member,

Thanksgiving is a good time to pause and reflect on our very eventful 2014.  Thanks to an active board and willing volunteers, NCWCA offered multiple ArtTag rounds, Disconnect members' exhibition, Day at Djerassi, visits to galleries and exhibitions, curatorial grant and exhibition mentoring for young women, Pescadero land art day, and monthly art-making & art-share gatherings. These events are attracting new members who bring ideas for future activities. Our 2015 calendar is already filling up with interesting offerings . But first let's celebrate our fruitful year with our annual year-end party on December 30 at Judy Johnson-Williams' studio.  Join us in making art, burning bad juju and exchanging hilarious white elephant gifts.    
young curatorsOn November 15 NCWCA hosted the opening reception for Inhabiting Blurred Divides, an exhibition organized by the Berkeley Young Women’s Art Collective. A week earlier NCWCA members Judy Johnson-Williams, Sandra Yagi, Priscilla Otani and Arc partner Mike Yochum provided assistance and mentoring in hanging the exhibition. The curators Kathleen Yarnold, Tamiko Sidore, Chrystia Cabral and Amanda Burke sent out social media invites and filled the gallery with guests during the reception. Hilla Hueber, Judy, Sandy and Priscilla hosted the reception with drinks and finger food. It was quite an evening that included participatory art-making, enthusiastic audience and even a sale of art! The curators will give an artists' talk during the closing of the exhibition on December 6 from 1 - 3 pm.  We invite all NCWCA members to attend. 

land art dayMore than fourteen members, would-be-members, friends  and family turned out for the November 1 land art day in Pescadero. Morning rains did not deter us from spreading out over Irma Velasquez' property to find our special niche for creating art. In fact the mud and straw served as useful art material for many of the participants. At the end of the day we hiked from one installation to another and documented the works made with our cameras. This has been such a successful annual event that we plan to expand our offerings next year. For slides of this year's land art, click here and for artists' statements, click here.

sm5x7 3Join WCA members all over the country in sending 5" x7" artwork to the 2015 Lifetime Achievement Awards gala in NYC.  Create your work on 5"x7" canvas board using any media such as paint, collage, assemblage, printmaking, photo, etc. Works will be exhibited and auctioned at the LTA gala on February 12, 2015. For details, go here. Better yet, NCWCA will host a 5x7 artmaking activity at the December 30 year-end party at Judy Johnson-Williams' studio. 5"x7" canvas board will be supplied and you can use materials made available at Judy's studio or bring your own media to decorate the canvas boards. This is a fun way to make art and fundraise at the same time!
NCWCA received a request from Folsom State Prison for volunteers to work with women prisoners to make art to decorate in their facilities. We appreciate the outreach to NCWCA and several members have already expressed interest in participating. All those who wish to help out, please contact Judy Johnson-Williams at

salmaA group of NCWCA members enjoyed a tour of the art scene in the South Bay on November 16. Salma Arastu welcomed us to her calligraphic exhibition at the Triton Museum where her lyrical arabic calligraphy was on display in the atrium. The light from the windows complimented her bright color palette and flowing lines. We enjoyed a delicious lunch at Kabob & Curry nearby, then drove to the new Anderson Collection at Stanford. The gallery had an eclectic mix of modern American art and we were pleased to see women artists such as Deborah Oropallo, Agnes Martin, Jennifer Barlett and Louise Nevelson represented in the collection.    


The Burrow evnusa copyOlga Evanusa-Rowland in There is a There There group show, Gray Loft Gallery, 2889 Ford St, 3FL, Oakland, Nov 14-Dec 12 ("The Burrow" at left)
Sandra Yagi in Tales of the Uncanny group show, Bash Contemporary, 210 Golden Gate Ave, San Francisco, Nov 14 - Dec 31. 
Claudia Chapline in Motion Drawings, Marin Fencing Academy, 827 4th St, San Rafael, Oct 10 - Nov 30.
Mary K. Shisler in 2014 Artists Annual, Berkeley Art Center, 1275 Walnut St, Berkeley, Nov 15 - Dec 14.
Carol Ladewig in 2014 Invitational gorup show at Axis Gallery, 625 S St, Sacramento, Dec 5-28. Also in Triton Museum of Art Salon group show, 1505 Warburton Ave, Santa Clara, Dec 6- Feb 8. Also in Kala Art Institute's group show Artists' Annual, 2990 San Pablo Ave, Berkeley, Oct 23- Dec 13. Also in Berkeley Art Center's group show 2014 Artists Annual, 1275 Walnut St, Berkeley, Nov 15 - Dec 14. 
Marian Yap in group show Seasons of Life, Peninsula Art Institute Gallery, 1777 California Dr, Burlingame, Nov 20, 2014 - Jan 4, 2015.
Smith_B_1Bonnie J Smith congratulations for being a finalist for hte 2015 NICHE Award in the fiberart category ( for her work, "Contemplate" (see image to right).
Elaine Jason in Then and Now group show, OXS Gallery, Nevada Arts Council, 716 N Carson St, Carson City, NV, Nov 10, 2014 - Jan 23, 2015. 
Judy Shintani in UCSF National Center of Excellence in Women’s Health Serenity Exhibition, 2356 Sutter St, Oct 16, 2014 - Jan 13, 2015.
Maxine Olson's works at The Kingsburg Historical Park honoring individuals for contributions to the town and its history, 2321 Sierra St, Kingsburg, CA. 
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.

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

We welcome new members Cindy Shih, Gerri Russell, Jill Andre and Leisel Whitlock. Thanks for renewing early: Tanya Wilkinson, Marian Yap, Jane Neilson, Kay Kang, Bonnie J Smith and Sondra Schwetman! 
NCWCA's 2015 membership drive is under way!  Renew by clicking here!

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Marian Yap's Ochiba above

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Apply to the International Caucus call for postcards and participate in a  traveling exhibition that includes stops at the UN, NYC, St Louis, Washington DC and SF.The theme is "Women Do It!" All handmade or altered cards accepted! For details and to apply, click here.  


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December 6 Closing reception and artist talk for Inhabiting Blurred Divides at Arc Project Gallery, 1246 Folsom St, San Francisco. From 1-3 pm. 

December 15 Voting deadline for National WCA President Elect. It's easy this year with online balloting! 

December 30 Year end party at Judy Johnson Williams' studio. 347 Lewis St, from 6:-9:30.  
Victoria Cormack showing her piece during Peninsula ArtTag's discussion

Amanda Burke and Tamiko Sidore hanging artwork at Arc Gallery

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