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  • August: Saturday Salon - Summer Break
  • August: Artist Talk - Summer Break
  • August 5: Opening Reception in person at the Betsy Leuke Arts Center in Burbank from 7:00 - 9:00 pm
  • August 11: Board meeting
  • August 18: Online share of What's Next! exhibition at 7:00 pm on Zoom
  • August 31: Deadline for scholarship applications
  • September 15: Artist Talk - Fabric of Change information session
  • ONGOING: Join or Renew It is always time to renew! (WCA)
  • ONGOING: You can support SCWCA Scholarship Funds by purchasing SCWCA catalogs and promotional items online. See information below.

Dear SCWCA members and friends,

It is with great pleasure to announce our new president, Susan Spector.
Without a doubt, Susan will bring new life and breadth to our organization. We will learn more about her as we get to know her as you did with me. I have truly enjoyed the past 6 years (well beyond my two year commitment, lol!) as president of SCWCA. I have come to know so many of you and enjoyed our connections.
I will still be contributing to our endeavors on the board as a director and I will be hosting the Third Thursday’s artist talks.  

August is our juried exhibition, What's Next! at the Betsy Leuke Creative Arts Center, Burbank August 5-25, 2002

Gallery Drop off is Monday, August 1 from 9:00 am -1:00 pm
Reception is Friday, August 5, 2022 from 7:00 - 9:00 pm
Online Zoom Artist's Talk, Thursday, August 18, 2022 at 7:00 pm
Artwork pick-up is Friday, August 26, 2022 from 9:00 am - 12 pm

Any questions: Contact: or call Lynn Letterman: (408) 569-0930
Susan will be installed in September 2022. 

Please join me in welcoming Susan Spector as our new leader and help make SCWCA the arts connection you want and desire. We are listening.
Look for the events on our calendar listed on our website and join. 
You can always reach us at  

Send information about your exhibitions by the 15th of the month to 
We are here to support and appreciate your accomplishments.

To a Creative Life,
Shelley Heffler

President, SCWCA
Saturday Salon - Taking a summer break. See you in September.

Find all Zoom codes on the SCWCA website in the calendar section.
Email Karen Schifman with questions or suggestions for future Salons.
Artist TalkSeptember 15, 2022 at 7:00 pm. We will introduce the durational project called Fabric of Change. Be sure to view the video and check out all the links so you can formulate questions. See below for details.
Occupy the Moment | Fabric of Change was initially created to launch at and serve the in-person conference in Chicago. We are now continuing our efforts of re-envisioning this durational project to anchor connection, leadership and community beyond the conference. This durational project can be used at any WCA regional or local event as a resource to anchor sustained action and change. We urge you to use this project to share your voice about anything that concerns you. Feel free to create as many as you want to address as many issues, thoughts or concerns as you want.
Here are tools to help get you started.
Video: Fabric of Change video
Worksheet: FabricOfChangeWorksheet
Upload your pictures here: Digital Mosaic Portal

We urge each of you to create your own Fabric of Change project and upload the image to the Digital Mosaic Portal. What a great way to stay connected!

If you have more questions after viewing the resources listed above you can contact Dellis Frank.

This exhibition is sponsored by the Southern California chapter of the Women's Caucus for Art (SCWCA) and juried by Erika Ostrander, director at the University Galleries at Cal State Northridge. 

Opening Reception: August 5, 2022 from 7:00 - 9:00 pm
Zoom event: August 18, 2022 at 7:00 pm

Runs through August 25, 2022

Betsy Lueke Creative Arts Center
1100 W Clark Ave
Burbank, CA 91506
Congratulations to all accepted artists: 

Renee Amitai, Susan Amorde, Renee Azenaro, Lisa Bahouth, Mariona Barkus, Jennifer Bentson, Mary Sherwood Brock, Andrée Carter, Kate Carvellas, Alexandra Corwin, Vickie Deneroff, Megan Divine, Cathy Engel-Marder, Marta Feinstein, Pennie Fien, Dellis Frank, Melora Garcia, Karen Gibson Roc, Stefanie Girard, Carole Goldman, Susan Hannon, Audrey Higa, Kirstyn Hom, Sharon Jeniye Cohen, Yvonne Jongeling, Beanie Kaman, Susan Karhroody, Adrienne Kinsella, Susan Kurland, Lynn Letterman, Ava Letterman, Lynda A Levy, Monica Marks, Gayle Martin, Vanessa Martin-Langone, Karena Massengill, Eva Montealegre, Sandra Mueller, Stacey Rasfeld, Manzar Rassouli, Melissa Reischman, Liu Renming, Linda Roletti, Karen Schifman, Kerrie Smith, Susan Spector, Nancy Spiller, Ann Storc, Holly Stuczynski, Barbara Tabachnick, Sophia Wolfe

The Second Saturday Sessions are programs that were originally scheduled for the WCA National Conference which was canceled due to the pandemic. WCA has pivoted much of the programming to be offered for free to WCA members. Read about all of the Second Saturday Sessions, view recordings of past sessions and sign-up for a session on our Programs page.
Bonnie J. Smith's textile Shadow Play was juried into the 38th Annual New Legacies: Contemporary Art Quilts. The textiles juried into this exhibit feature the current work of the finest national and international contemporary quilt artists.
Runs thru September 10, 2023
Location: Lincoln Center, 417 W. Magnolia St., Fort Collins, Colorado 80521.
Visitation is 12 - 6:00 pm Wednesday and Fridays. 
Wildling Museum of Art & Nature, Michele Kuelbs Tower Gallery- Kerrie Smith 1 year Artist in Resident.  
Kerry's installation Portals & Pathways continues with SUMMER- which includes Circular Mandalas that are first created in nature with seaweed, flowers and other found natural materials and then photographed and installed on the Tower gallery floor. There is also a recording of her new poem inspired by the exploration's of More Mesa Open Space, 340+ acres. The installation will continue with AUTUMN and WINTER by the end of 2022 and finally close in March of 2023. 

Flora Ficciones Sold- Ruth Ellen Hoag (REH) Instagram on line gallery.

 Flora Ficciones-Cymbidium Fecunda Elixir- is at LAAA Gallery 825, Los Angeles  ‘MAKE PLAIN’-thru August 5, 2022. Juror Stephen

Orange County Center for Contemporary- SURREALISM NOW, Juried by Andi Campognone MOAH Museum Director, Kerrie Smith has 3 Flora Ficciones Banners in the exhibition.

Runs July 9 thru August 20, 2022

Kerrie will also be in the Santa Barbara Studio Artist Tour this Labor Day weekend Sep 3 - 5. Tickets are available at .

Dellis Frank and Karena Massengill will be shown at the Friends of Redondo Beach Arts (FRBA)  9th annual international juried art exhibition, CA 101 2022 taking place over three weekends at the Redondo Beach Historic Library located at 309 Esplanade, Redondo Beach, CA 90277
The Exhibition Gallery will be open September 3 - 5, September 9 -11, September 16 -18. Gallery Hours are Noon - 7:00pm. The exhibition is free to the public.
The empty iconic building on the Pacific Ocean overlooking the Redondo Beach Pier and Veterans Park will host 73 artists in all media and will include 13 site specific installations.

Opening Reception Friday September 2, 2022, from 5:00 to 8:00pm
Dellis Frank has a piece in The Summer Show which is a juried all-media exhibition hosted by and open for submission only to members of the Palos Verdes Art Center’s seven active artists groups: Artists Open Group, Pacific Arts Group, Paletteers, Peninsula Artists, Photographic and Digital Artists, The Artists Studio and Third Dimension.
Scott Canty earned his Bachelor of Fine Arts ​degree in drawing and painting from California State University, Long Beach. From 1998 – 2013 Canty was Director of Exhibitions at Palos Verdes Art Center. From 1986 – 2016, he worked as Curator with the City of Los Angeles Department of Cultural Affairs. His duties included Senior Curator for the LAX ART Exhibition Program and Curator/Interim Director of the Los Angeles Municipal Art Gallery. His position as ​Curator included organizing exhibitions and working with education programs at LAMAG. Now retired, he is pursuing painting and drawing with his “Studio Treasures” series and is currently illustrating a children’s book, entitled Bo and Sue.

Runs thru August 27, 2022
An artist reception will be held Friday, July 29, 2022 from 7:00 - 9:00pm

Debra Dobkin
Inspiration comes from many different avenues such as environment, people or other forms of art such as music. Often it can encompass all of the above. Texture, color, action and vibrancy can engage our senses to spur our creativity in ways that we hadn’t expected. Debra Dobkin is this month’s featured artist who combines all of these elements to make her art. Debra is a musician and multi-media artist combining photography, painting and collage. In the many years Debra traveled as a musician, she took photographs, which inspires and informs her artwork. Debra expands on her images through memories of events as well aspects of musical improvisation. She builds on her photos with pieces of saved paper and paint. Debra’s work is filled with color, texture and pattern created through combinations of layered materials. A sense of joyfulness and movement are displayed throughout Debra’s artwork. To view more of Debra’s artwork go to

The Member Gallery is a free benefit for current SCWCA members. If you’d
like to create or update a page, please email Susan T. Kurland at
by Karen Schifman

Well...a long hot summer with Covid still looming.
Check out Karen's blog on Artful Amphora.


As usual, group shows abound. For example, a very “hot” topic is addressed in the current exhibition at Lois Lambert Gallery, Reflections on our Warming Planet. This exhibition includes works by 24 artists who join with scientists and community activists. Their paintings, drawings, sculptures, photographs, as well as short films and documentary interviews address the subject from their unique perspectives. Among the artists whose works are represented here are Kim Abeles, Sharon Allicotti,  Evelyn Bronwyn Werzowa,  Fatemeh Burnes, Merrilyn Duzy (pictured above), Megan Frances, Nigella Hillgarth, Joanne Julian, Sant Khalsa, Margaret Lazzari, J.J. L’Heureux, Linda Vallejo and many more.

Runs thru September 3, 2022
Keeping with the environmental theme is Plants Now, also a group exhibition on view now at Suzanne Veilmetter Projects. The works here celebrate plants and explore their far-reaching potential to mitigate a wide range of human-made problems. The exhibition takes place across two galleries, including the gallery’s greenhouse space to include works, wares, and information presented by community activists, compost makers, flower arrangers, bee experts, and food growers. Throughout the exhibition, several programs will take place with local specialists across the fields of mycology, urban gardening, native plants, and pollination. For example, there are works in a variety of media by Sadie Benning, Ellen Berkenblit,  Andrea Bowers, Alika Cooper, Amy Cutler, Kim Dingle, Genevieve Gaignard (pictured above), Joan Linder, Jessica Stoller, Esther Pearl Watson and many more.

Runs thru August 26, 2022
 Another group show, Future Patchwork, is the current exhibit at Walter Maciel Gallery curated by Annie Seaton. The show includes works by Ray Beldner, Lavialle Campbell, Carolyn Castaño, Bryan Ida, Cynthia Ona Innis, Brendan Lott, Robb  Putnam, Vojislav Radovanoviċ, Lezley Saar, Sonja Schenk, Annie Seaton, Lisa Solomon and Jil Weinstock. “Like a quilt, a mix of contemporary artists whose individual artworks mirror the  relationships and patterns within each equally unique and highly crafted piece.  Collectively, the work of the 13 artists looks forward to the future—post Covid—with positivity, joy and whimsy while retaining connections between their unique histories. Considering what we have all mutually experienced as a country during the unprecedented pandemic, the works chosen for the exhibition were all produced during the last couple of years in a time of isolation, self-reflection and confrontation of the ongoing injustice of systemic racism and political upheaval that led to the Insurrection on January 6, 2021. The materials each artist uses form a patchwork of hand-made objects that are sewn, woven, collaged and/or quilted together.”

Runs thru August 17, 2022
Another noteworthy group exhibition (although I do wish more women artists were found here) is at L.A. Louver Gallery, aptly titled Sculpture. This exhibit features 14 prominent sculptures in a wide range of scale and medium. Works by Tony Cragg, Ed­gard de Souza, Richard Deacon, Mark di Suvero, Toshikatsu Endo, Shirazeh Houshairy, Sui Jianguo, Ed Kienholz, John McCracken, David Nash, Olaf Nicolai, Ken Price, Alison Saar (pictured above) and Peter Shelton  grace the first floor of the gallery. 

Runs thru September 2, 2022
Matter Studio Gallery presents Moving Through Matter, a solo exhibition by Susan Feldman. Feldman is an artist whose mixed-media works invite us to contemplate our spaces, those in the present and those embedded  in memories. The artist has provided us with her thought process  as she created this body of artwork.  “I began making most of this work in 2020 when it seemed like the pandemic was letting up a bit. There was a feeling of beginning anew for me. Being confined to my house, my studio, under lock and key so to speak, even the wearing of a mask, felt way too confining to me. I felt the need to open up, stretch out, see and be seen. But with those feelings also came apprehension, fear, tentativeness – a real Push and Pull. I asked myself Can I really open the internal door of my soul now? Is it safe? Is it worth the risks?...”

Artist Talk: August 7, 2022, 2:00 - 4:00 pm

Closing Reception: August 21, 4:00 - 6:00 pm
Mika Rottenberg  is a fascinating Argentenian-born artist whose newest work is the subject of a solo exhibition at Hauser and Wirth. Rottenberg is devoted to a rigorous practice that combines film, architectural installation and sculpture to explore ideas of labor and the production of value in our contemporary hyper-capitalist world. Rottenberg connects seemingly disparate places and things to create elaborate and subversive visual narratives. By weaving fact and fiction together, she highlights the inherent beauty and absurdity of our contemporary existence. The exhibition also includes a selection of drawings that demonstrate her unique visual language.

Runs thru  October 22, 2022
Opening this month at Sprueth/Magers  is a solo exhibition of work by the late Kaari Upson, titled never, never ever, never in my life, never in all my born days, never in all my life, never. The exhibition debuts a remarkable series of sculptures and works on canvas created between 2020 and 2021, in which Upson's stirring characters, symbols and marks materialize through an array of painterly gestures; as well as examples from other recent series and installations that will receive their US premiere. Together, the works demonstrate the artist's unwavering urge to interpret the psyches and psychoses of our complex contemporary lives. (SM)
Runs thru October 8, 2022
Don’t miss the  current exhibition at the UCLA Hammer Museum  featuring the work of Andrea Bowers. She combines artistic practice with activism and advocacy, speaking to deeply entrenched inequities as well as the generations of activists working to create a more just world. Bowers has built an international reputation as a chronicler of contemporary history, documenting activism as it unfolds and collecting research on the front lines of protest. Her practice contends with issues such as immigration rights, workers’ rights, climate justice, and women’s rights, illustrating the shared pursuit of justice that connects them. the first museum retrospective surveying more than two decades of the artist’s production, traces the entire scope and evolution of her work. Bringing together approximately 60 works as well as a trove of ephemera, the exhibition reflects Bowers’s embrace and experimentation with a wide range of mediums, including drawing, performance, installation, sculpture, video, and neon sculptures.

Here is a link to a conversation with  the  artist and Hammer curator, Connie Butler:
Runs thru September 4, 2022
Coinciding with the 25th anniversary of the Getty Center,  they are currently exhibiting 2 outstanding works by British artist, Tacita Dean.  Both of these works engage with the sites and collections of the Getty Center and Getty Villa Museum. Her 16mm film Pan Amicus imagines the landscapes around the Getty Center and the Getty Villa as part of Arcadia, the mythical home of Pan, Greek god of nature. Her portfolio of 50 objects, Monet Hates Me, traces Dean’s chance encounters in the vast art historical archives at the Getty Research Institute.
Runs thru August 28, 2002
Have you signed up for an Art Pod?
Congratulations to our SCWCA Pods!  We now have four active groups of 3 to 5 artists each. They meet monthly, either on Zoom or in person, for artshares, friendship and all-around supportThey are really having a great time! Want to join a Pod of your own?  E-mail your phone number to Cathy Engel-Marder to get connected.

New Membership Portal: WCA changed its membership platform to give easier access to your membership benefits and each other. Membership orientations are underway and we want you to take full advantage of them.

Membership Orientations for the general membership are available now. Workshop dates will be announced in the following weeks. Check the WCA or the SCWCA websites for information.

When joining or renewing your membership online at WCA, at the new member portal under the chapter membership dropdown menu, please select CAS (Southern California) for your membership to become active with our chapter. You can also select a national caucus and provide additional information about your background. Please note if you do not select “CAS” you will not have local Southern California chapter membership and will not be eligible for member only programs and exhibitions.


Artist Pods 
Local artists Lori Markman and Cathy Engel-Marder have been meeting monthly on Zoom to help each other stay focused and get things done, both in the studio and the business arena. They would love to welcome new members. Contact
Lori or Cathy

- Wishing you had partners for an art vacation?
- Trying to develop a community project?
- Looking for or need a mentor? Want to start or join a critique group?
- Looking for framers, shippers or photographers with great references?
- Want to collaborate with another artist?
- Have an idea for a curatorial proposal and want to learn about next            steps?


Linda Vallejo offers artist career development Zoom workshops through the Los Angeles Center of Photography (LACP)
 and The Southeast Center for Photography (SEC4P). 
Sessions include “The Artist Toolkit” that teaches artists how to create a “digital toolkit” presentation package and communication tools aimed at expanding exhibition, press and publication opportunities. Another Zoom class is “A to Z Grant Writing with Linda Vallejo” for emerging and established artists who want to advance their careers through fellowships and residency opportunities and “Artists Working with Art Organizations” where artists learn how to work with nonprofit organizations to raise funds for exhibitions, publications, classes and workshops and special projects.

Artist Linda Vallejo offers one-on-one coaching sessions for artists who wish to move their career forward. These sessions are meant for serious artists who wish to move from competition group exhibitions to small group and solo exhibition opportunities. Message Linda via Facebook or LinkedIn to schedule an interview. Limited spaces available.

We make it easier for you to link with other artists. If you have an idea, a wish or a helpful resource including, but certainly not limited to the ones listed here, help us get the word out. 

Email your name, contact information and what you have or hope to share to: Cathy Engel-Marder at by the 23rd of the month. Subject line "Networking and Resources."
Thank you to all our members who have already renewed for the upcoming year. If you have not already done so, please renew your SCWCA 2022 membership online soon at Remember to choose CAS for our local chapter. 

To renew by snail mail, send a $75 check payable to SCWCA to Treasurer Karen Schifman at 16795 Monte Hermoso Drive, Pacific Palisades, CA 90272

To share an upcoming exhibition or accomplishment in SCWCA eNews, send the information to by the 15th of the month prior to the month of publication.

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  SCWCA has a YouTube Channel where you can view past and current videos of exhibitions, artists talks, studio tours and more. Check it out! 
You can support SCWCA Scholarship Funds by purchasing SCWCA catalogs and promotional items online.

Personal Voices / Cultural Visions: Conversations in the Visual Arts Community, Los Angeles 1994 - 1996
is available on

The Common Ground Exhibition catalog is available for purchase on Amazon.
The She Votes altered book project that commemorates the 100th anniversary of the passage of  the 19th amendment ratifying a woman’s right to vote.
The catalog of the book can be purchased on Amazon.

Check out each page of She Votes by clicking on the link.
The SCWCA Scholarship Award applications are always available. The purpose of this award is to boost membership, support  women artists and provide opportunities for diverse ideas and discourse. The application for this award can be found on our website under the tab Join or Renew. The deadline for the application is August 31.

There are ongoing opportunities to fund this program.

Opportunity to donate comes in the form of promotional items for sale connected to the S
he Votes altered book project   
                                    and the new Art Matters logo for SCWCA merchandise.

You can click on the She Votes link to purchase merchandise that displays the She Votes logo or the Art Matters link for merchandise that displays that logo.
SCWCA's  Position on Equality
SCWCA’s mission is to create community through art, education, and social activism. Hate and bigotry have no place in our organization. We condemn these racist, violent acts in the strongest possible terms and encourage our members to do so as well. We stand in solidarity with all those who suffer from fear, harassment, and violence.

Part of our mission as an organization is activism, so we stand with the Black Lives Matter and Stop AAPI Hate movements because we believe that all humans are connected. 
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