April 2011 Newsletter

Item Date: 
Fri, 04/01/2011 (All day)
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Sat, 04/30/2011 (All day)
April 2011 Newsletter
SCWCA is honored to participate in the year-long democracy initiative at Avenue 50 Studio
that includes exhibitions, programs and public conversations supported by a grant from the California Council for the Humanities. Artists are citizens with something timely and important to say.


Just as I would encourage each of us to vote, I encourage each member to submit work to
add her voice to this important conversation that will be juried by Carol A. Wells,
a noted curator, art historian and activist. Entry fees are waived for current SCWCA members and we hope to publish an exhibition catalog. I look forward to seeing you at many of this busy month's openings and art talks noted in our Member News and the Women Around Town column. 



Artists are encouraged to submit works - subtle or overt - that explore the shifting meanings of freedom and equality in a time of rapid political and economic changes.
Juror: Carol A. Wells, Art Historian, Activist, Lecturer, Curator and Founder/Executive Director of the Center for the Study of Political Graphics.   



Show Dates: June 11 to July 3, 2011
Opening Reception: Saturday, June 11 from 7 to 10 pm
Closing Reception: Sunday, July 3rd from 2 to 4 pm


Eligibility: Open to all artists in the greater Southern California region. Accepted works must be hand delivered on June 5 or 7 from 10-4 pm and picked up on July 7th or 8th.   


Entry Deadline: April 18, 2011  


Submissions must be made online at democracyandart.blogspot.com
Artists should create an account there where they can then submit up to 3 works as high res jpegs with a short statement of work (maximum of 530 characters).   


Media: Open to all media except video. Not to exceed 60" for 2D works or 40lbs in weight or 48" floor space for 3D works. All work should be dry and ready for hanging using wire apparatus.


Images: Submit JPEG images sized approximately 4" x 6" at 300 dpi resolution. Images must be at least 1200 pixels wide. The maximum file size is 8 megabytes. Image file names should use Artist's last name + Title. Example: Smith_funhouse2. Do not use double quotation marks, colons or semi-colons in names.

Fees: $25 for non-members - Free to 2011 SCWCA members. A $10 hanging fee will be charged all accepted artists. SCWCA members SHOULD NOT HIT the PayPal button after they have submitted their entries.


ABOUT THE JUROR:  Carol Wells is an activist, art historian, curator, lecturer, writer, and poster collector. Trained as a medievalist, Wells is founder and executive director of the Center for the Study of Political Graphics, an educational and research archive that collects, preserves, documents and circulates posters relating to diverse movements for social change. Established in 1988, CSPG includes the largest collection of post World War II posters in the United States. In 2010, Wells received the first Wally Marks Pursuit of Change Award from Families to Amend California's Three Strikes (FACTS).


For more information, please email SCWCA EXHIBITIONS.  


You can use the attached  2011 membership form  to renew your membership or you can pay by credit card on the national WCA website and  select "CAS" as your chapter. 


"The Abstract." Sandra Lee Gallery.  By 4/15.  
The Power of Self.  Artists Wanted. By 4/15. 
Spring Photography Contest, Photographer's Forum. By 5/16.      
Man vs. Object. WCA Call.  By 5/20.   
CAROLYN APPLEGATE, BRURIA FINKEL, GWEN SAMUELS AND BARBARA T. SMITH will show in "Incognito" at the Santa Monica Museum of Art 4/30-5/1.  IONE CITRIN (image left) had a solo exhibition of her recent artworks at El Camino College Library in Torrance, CA3/1- 3/31.   


Members ADA BROWN and VICTORIA SEBANZ will have their studios open during the Sprint Brewery Artwalk on 4/16 & 4/17. SUE ANN ROBINSON received a Neighborhood Arts Grant from the Arts Council for Long Beach to teach four book arts workshops for caregivers of people with memory loss.  "Breathing Art" will be on 4/2 and 4/9.  KESA KIVEL received a 2011 Focus Award from the Santa Monica Westside YWCA for her activist work with middle-school girls. MEG MADISON is Program chair for the Benefit Auction of the 
Thanks to all members who have renewed so their Artists' Registry pages will stay online through 2011!  For information or help adding new or updating your page , please contact  Ann Isolde. 


Mei Zian: Let 1000 Flowers Bloom  
Noreen Larinde: Santa Lucia

Contemporary Art Conversations by Betty Ann Brown at the Armory Center focuses on "Lifelines: A "Retrospective Exhibitionof Performance, Installation, Sculpture, Painting and Drawing by John M. White" curated by Betty Ann Brown. 4/30, 3-5 pm. Armory Summer Class registration is available now. 
PDF of Schedule.  Dietch Arts Continuum will be holding live model drawing classes starting Tuesday 4/4


ECOARTS MEETS ON TUES. 5/3 @ 11 am - 2 pm 
 All SCWCA members are welcome to bring a lunch and attend the next EcoArtLA meeting at Marie Cenkner's home near Fairfax.  RSVP to SANDRA MUELLER if you need directions and want to learn more about this members' only group. 


WOMEN AROUND TOWN  by Karen Schifman for April 2011


For this month's "Spotlight," I have invited my colleague, art historian, Katherine Zoraster to contribute:


In celebration of Women's History Month, NoHo Gallery LA presented its 10th annual onstallment of "Woman!" featuring a group exhibition of work by several female artists. Ranging in style from landscapes, to figural, to abstract, the works on exhibit are a reflection of the varied personalities and stylistic influences of each artist. The featured artist is Ora Tamir whose pristinely painted desert landscapes have a surrealist quality. Through the use of lithe, fragmented figures and hints of bright color highlighting the
desert settings, she creates enigmatic scenes, which are made more intriguing through her artistic vocabulary which includes the recurring usage of certain items like ropes and apples, such as those appearing in Imagine Embellished and again in Forever Embellished, suggesting a deeper symbolic or personal meaning to these objects.


Contrasting with the mysterious quality of Tamir's works are the textural and bright andscapes of Alexandra Kube. Painted in impasto with vibrant colors, landscapes such as Bristle Cone Pine are filled with the energy of twisting, growing nature and white light. Alternatively, taking a very different approach, the works of Lola Scarpitta focus almost entirely on figures set in the foreground against colored interior
backdrops. Revealing a stylistic influence of Pop Art, Scarpitta creates ironic and somewhat ominous compositions like Death of a 20th Century Housewife, which is complete in its Andy Warhol reference with the inclusion of a Brillo box. Also included in the exhibition are works by Sandra Cooper, Renate Dartois, Spike Dolomite, and Rachel Weissberger. In the interim of moving to a new permanent gallery space, "Woman!" can currently be found as an online exhibition on the NoHo Gallery LA website 
 -Katherine E. Zoraster
Women in the News
Actress Meryl Streep pledged to give $1 million to the foundation of a National Women's History Museum 
to be built in Washington, D.C. A bill to establish the museum--which does not ask for federal funds
but does pinpoint a site near the National Mall--is waiting a full vote by the Senate. 


Women in the Galleries 
LA Louver Gallery presents "Rebecca Campbell: Romancing the Apocalypse." Using
a bold palette and sweeping brushwork, these ethereal paintings address the extremes of sensory experiences.  Thru 4/16/11.


"The Utopian Tense of Green" is an exhibition of paintings and drawings by Venezuelan-born Mariangeles Soto-Díaz on view at Ruth Bachofner Gallery. 
The artist explores the meaning of "green" from Alexander von Humboldt's writings of his travels to Esmeralda to the more evocative and poetic sense of the color. Thru 4/19/11.


"Uncommon Threads" at 
El Camino College features works by Leslie Batty, Susan
Connell, Joyce Dallal, Dawn Ertl, Lauren M. Kasmer, Victoria May, Russell McMillin, Michael Lewis Miller, Rachel J. Siegel, Suzanne Siegel, Robin Valle and Nancy Youdelman that speak to the cultural and personal implications of clothing. Rachel J. Siegel's Tightly Bound video utilizes a child's ballet slippers as a vehicle for cross-cultural examination of the history of women's beauty/torture rituals. Dawn Ertl's handbags and deconstructed-dress pattern pieces made almost entirely of plastic bags with printed logos explore the complex relationship between the producer, consumer and disposer. SCWCA member Nancy Youdelman provides sculptures of bronze and found objects that speak about the past and artists Joyce Dallal and Lauren M. Kasmer invite the public to exchange items with those in their installation. Active clothing exchanges will take place on 4/5 and 4/28 from 1-3 pm. Thru 4/29. (Closed April 11-15, Spring Break)
oromo woman


Gallery KM presents "Occasional Beast," large oil paintings and mixed media works, by Alexandra Wiesenfeld presented as triptychs that include self-portraiture and symbolic animals. Thru 4/30/11.


"Bareedina: Women of Eastern Oromia" at California State University Northridge, West Gallery showcases the images of Oromo women from the Horn of Africa. Designed and co-curated by Professor Peri Klemm, a specialist in African art, these amazing photographs will go on display in other venues in the United States and Ethiopia thereafter. Opening: 4/22; 7-9 pm with gallery talk on 4/30. Thru 5/5.


Lois Lambert Gallery at Bergamot Station presents large-scale works on paper by "Gali Rotstein: Flying Crooked." Thru 5/8/11.


"Faces from the Southern Ocean" is a photography exhibition by SCWCA member, J.J. L'Heureux now on view at G2 Gallery in Venice. This unique gallery gives all of its sales proceeds to environmental causes and is a worthy venue to check out in particular this month with the outstanding photographs of animals of the sea by L'Heureux. Thru 5/8/11.


"Ariadne's Thread" by Elaine Reichek at Shoshana Wayne Gallery presents the entire Greek myth re-created in thread. In her embroideries and large tapestry, Reichek appropriates images of the Ariadne tale from Greek pottery through Picasso and pairs are them with quotations from Catullus to Nietzsche.


 Women in the Museums


"Rodarte: States of Matter" is an installation at the MOCA Pacific Design Center that features the recent fashions and costumes designed by the talented sisters, Kate and Laura Mulleavy. Installed as interrelated vignettes, both static and in motion, the garments are portrayed as charged sculptural objects. Includes selections from their runway collections, as well as costumes from Black Swan. Thru 6/5/11.


Paintings by "Vija Celmins: Television and Disaster 1964-1966" continues at LACMA. Thru 6/5/11.