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  • January 11, 2020: Saturday at 11:00 am New Year/New You Brunch
    At the h
    ome of Karen Schifman in Pacific Palisades  RSVP for address and details:
  • February 13 – 16, 2020: WCA  Intersectionality Conference in Chicago at Columbia College
  • February 15, 2020: Art Matters at the home of Freyda Miller in Westwood (details to follow)

Dear SCWCA members and friends,

2019 has been an exceptional year for SCWCA. Our membership is flourishing, our Art Matters Meetings are well attended, our exhibitions are outstanding and our members are exhibiting above and beyond our local regions. As President, I was delighted to see so many of you at the Lois Lambert Gallery for our End of the Year Celebration. I am grateful to all of you who help make SCWCA a vital organization in the art world.  

Forging ahead, we have many activities on our calendar. I do hope to see all of you at our 2nd annual  New Year/New You Brunch. Meanwhile our board is busily working on several programs and exhibitions for this year.

Thank you for making this past year so wonderful. I look forward to 2020 with new vision, hope and creativity.

Finally, I want to urge you to send information about your upcoming exhibitions and events to Sharing your accomplishments is one of our priorities.

To all of you and yours,
A very Happy and Healthy New Year.

Shelley Heffler
New Year/New You Potluck Brunch and Networking
January 11, 2020: Saturday at 11:00 am at the home of Karen Schifman. RSVP for address and details:

Special guest speaker, artist and curator Georgia Freedman-Harvey will speak about legacy for artists and more.

Georgia Freedman-Harvey has a background in art and museum studies. Her training was primarily in glassblowing and a variety of art media including studies in Brazil and England. More recently she has worked in fiber and mixed media with an emphasis on paper and book making. She has taught art in a number of settings and has had her work included in many exhibitions. For the past 12 years she has been part of an artist exchange with an artist on the east coast.  The artworks are now part of a traveling exhibition called Hands-on: Hamsa Exchange. There is more information about Georgia on our Facebook page: SCWCA
2020 WCA Conference:
Chicago: February 13 -16, 2020 
Click here to register!
Join us in Chicago for the WCA’s Intersectionality Conference , from February 13 - 16 at Columbia College. Conference sessions will include Chapters’ Council and Caucus meetings, workshops and panels, and networking opportunities. Included in the registration are our two exhibition receptions. From the convenient location on Michigan Avenue, you can also explore museums and galleries, enjoy exceptional drinks and dining and take in world-class architecture and music.
There are stipends available for SCWCA members who would like to attend. Contact Shelley Heffler if interested.

Hotel Essex is WCA’s Conference Hotel—Make your reservations today!

Thank you to all our members that have already renewed for the upcoming year. If you have not already done so, please renew your SCWCA 2020 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.

Personal Voices / Cultural Visions: Conversations in the Visual Arts Community, Los Angeles 1994 - 1996 is available on
  • Want to start or join a critique group?  
  • Looking for or need a mentor?
  • Trying to develop a community project?
  • Wishing you had partners for an art vacation?
*Dellis Frank is looking for a reasonably priced company that makes custom acrylic artwork display cases. 
This newsletter would like to 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 put 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 "Finders and Seekers."  
Holly Tempo is a new SCWCA member who offers creative mentoring and editing services to artists. She is available to help if you're feeling stuck in your studio practice, need help fine tuning your artist statement or could use the input of a mentor for any other reason. SCWCA members and former students receive a 20% discount, as do those who sign up for two or more mentoring sessions.  

Contact Holly for more information at
Cathy Salser is seeking individuals to join her in a personal, interactive journey, using the art process to heal from "the legacy of trauma." Cathy is the founder of A Window Between Worlds, an organization that blends art making into the healing process of abuse survivors. She describes her current project as a 30-month durational art piece that will incorporate facilitated in-person workshops and a private Facebook group. Participants will use "touchstones" (small, meaningful, personal creations) "as a resource for healing and change-making in the face of trauma."  Workshops are available in January. Cathy can be reached at
Mary Sherwood Brock wants to invite SCWCA members to an opening of ImMigration at Self Help Graphics!
ImMigration is a collaborative exhibition featuring unique prints from 143 artists from North America and Europe responding to this universal theme. The exhibition was on view in Venice Italy last October, 2019.

Opening Reception: Saturday, January 11, 2020 from 7:00 to 9:00 pm
Location: Self Help Graphics and Art, 1300 E. 1st Street, Los Angeles 90033
Runs thru February 22, 2020.
Call for Artists: REFLECTIONS
National Juried Exhibition
Deadline: March 16, 2020
Opening Reception: Saturday, May 16, 2020 from 7:00 to 9:00 pm
Runs May 16 thru June 13, 2020.
For more info: ARC Gallery in San Francisco, CA
Brown Belongings featuring 125 works from Linda Vallejo’s Make ‘Em All Mexican, The Brown Dot Project, Datos Sagrados, Brown Oscars and Cultural Enigma portfolios featured at LA Plaza de Cultura y Artes closes on January 13, 2020.

Linda is also presenting new indigenous-based works at the Brand Library and Art Center in a show entitled The Nothing That Is curated by Yaron Dotan and Christine Rasmussen.
Runs thru January 17, 2020.
Bonnie J. Smith's textile Melrose Street Gang was selected by guest curator Professor Donna Meeks for The Intersectional History Exhibition at the National Women's Caucus for Art Conference. The selected artworks will be exhibited at Woman Made Gallery, Chicago Illinois. Gallery times are Thursday - Friday 12:00 to 6:00 pm and Sunday 12:00 to 4:00 pm.
Runs February 10 thru 23, 2020.
Lynda Levy will be among artists participating at the Jewish Women’s Theater, The Braid. It is a performance space and art gallery. There will be an art talk on Saturday January 18, 2020 at 6:45 pm preceding a staged reading titled Mapping the Mind. This will be an unforgettable and provocative evening of salon-style theater. Mental illness is no laughing matter but these stories and poems surprise with their humor, heart and hope.

There will be two additional art talks during the run of this show that precede the performances on Monday, January 27, 2020 at 6:30 pm and Tuesday, January 28, 2020 at 6:30 pm. The art show as well as Mapping the Mind will continue through March 9, 2020. Check additional performance dates, locations and time(s) et al, at
Sullivan Goss Gallery is pleased to announce the ELEVENTH annual 100 GRAND exhibition. Featuring 102 quality works of art for $1,000 or less, the exhibition has become an incubator of emerging talent, an entryway for beginning collectors, a holiday celebration in the art community and an ever timely reminder that everyone’s life is improved by the addition of original works of art. Vapours 16 (image right) by Kerrie Smith will be in this year's annual 100 Grand Show.

Location: Sullivan Goss Gallery, 11 East Anapamu Street, Santa Barbara, CA 93101
Runs thru February 3, 2020.
Dellis Frank will have a sculpture titled Black Lives Matter in the Art and Activism exhibition at the SoLA Gallery. Lynn Letterman is also in this timely exhibition with her powerful current event piece.This show features artists who are actively addressing current social, environmental and political issues such discrimination, climate change, immigration policy and more.

Opening Reception on Saturday, January 4, 2020 from 6:00 to 9:00 pm
Closing Talk on Saturday, January 11, 2020 from 2:00 to 4:00 pm

Location: 3718 W. Slauson Ave, Los Angeles, CA 90043
The Helms Design Center presents The Wall of Infinite Possibilities. This is a collaboration piece from around the world curated by artist Rachel X Hobreigh. Karen Schifman has a piece in this exhibition titled Spiral.
Closing Reception: Sunday, January 12, 2020 from 4:00 to 6:30 pm
Location: Helms Design Center Gallery, 8723 Washington Blvd., Culver City, CA 90232
Noreen Larinde will have a print titled Who Am I? (see image right) included in the WCA National Exhibition titled Collectively Shifting.
Opening Reception: Friday, February 14, 2020 from 5:00 to 7:30 pm
Location: Bridgeport Art Center, 1200 W 35th Street, Chicago, IL 60609, 4th Floor Gallery. Bus leaves from the Essex Hotel.
Runs thru February 21, 2020.
Eva Kolosvary-Stupler
The featured artist for the Member Gallery this month is Eva Kolosvary-Stupler (see Homage to Chagall above). She was born in Budapest and as a child wanted to pick up other people’s throw-aways, but was not allowed to do so. 
After graduating from high school, she immigrated to Switzerland where you never could get in contact with junk. Five years later she arrived in the United States and eagerly started recycling rusty metals, plywood boards and other unwanted but interesting objects while also raiding swap-meets and junk stores.
In the meantime, she earned an MFA at California State University, Long Beach and continued to concentrate her artistic activities on printmaking. Eventually she started to organize the objects she had been collecting into art works. She used her imagination to assemble them into objects with meanings completely different from their former utilitarian past.
The Member Gallery is a free benefit for SCWCA members. If you wish to create or update a page, please email Ann Isolde at

You must be a current SCWCA member for your Member Gallery page to remain on the website.

Women Around Town
by Karen Schifman

Happy New Year! I hope your year will be filled with great artful experiences.

Upcoming Noteworthy Events

The Annual Women's March is on Saturday, January 18, 2020 from 10:00 am to 4:00 pm and begins at Pershing Square in downtown L.A.

Another compelling event is the conversation between Jill Moniz and Alison Saar at the California African American Museum on Thursday, February 5, from 7:00 - 9:00 pm.

Constance Mallinson and Rebecca Lowery will be in conversation at MOCA Grand Avenue on Thursday, January 23, 2020, 7:00 pm.

You can also read my complete column on my blog site: Women Around Town
Lois Lambert Gallery presents Gratitude, a compilation of 20 years of work by artist Hillary Gruenberg. The exhibition includes oil paintings, books, works on paper and her latest work: paintings on silk, taffeta and satin.
Opening Reception: Saturday 11, 2020 from 6:00 to 8:00 pm
Runs January 11, 2020 thru March 2, 2020.
I am so looking forward to the upcoming exhibit at Walter Maciel Gallery, Lezley Saar: Conjuring of Conjurers. Saar's work always delights.

Opening Reception: Saturday, January 11, 2020 from 6:00 to 8:00 pm
Location: 2642 S. La Cienega Blvd. Los Angeles, CA 90034

Runs January 11, 2020 thru February 22, 2020.
Anat Egbi 2 gallery presents Amsterdam-based artist, Amie Dicke: One-Liner. It is a series of horizontal image compositions made up of fragments of images she culled from books and magazines as well as snapshots taken with her camera, which she refers to half-jokingly as the “cold eye”.
Runs January 11, 2020 thru February 16, 2020.
George Billis Gallery presents Connie Connally: Wild by Nature. Expressive brushwork and sweeping gestural marks fill her canvases of brightly colored observations and memories of nature. 

Opening Reception: Saturday, January 11, 2020 from 5:00 to 8:00 pm
Runs January 11, 2020 thru February 15, 2020. 

Loft at Liz's presents Collaborate and Curate curated by Andi Campognone.  In what looks like an amazing selection of artists who collaborated in pairs, the results are sure to be nothing short of amazing. Alex Couwenberg & Lisa Schulte, Snezana Saraswati Petrovic & Chenhung Chen, Karen Hochman Brown & Ann Marie Rousseau, Samuelle Richardson & Catherine Ruane, Kate Carvellas & Jill Sykes, Randi Matushevitz  & Debbie Korbel, Stevie Love & Cudra Clover are just some of the collaborating artists.

Artist Talk on Collaborating as a Community: Tuesday, January 28, 2020 from 1:00 to 4:00 pm
Collaboration Workshop: Saturday, February 29, 1:00 to 4:00 pm
Runs January 18, thru May 3, 2020.
Katie Herzog: Yankee Candle is the upcoming exhibition at Klowden Mann Gallery. The exhibition features works made over the last year and a half in a rural cattle-ranching community in Central California.  Herzog uses a variety of mediums and formats  to present a layered narrative responding to issues and materials defining the current political and commercial landscape.

Opening Reception: Saturday January 18, 2020 from 6:00 to 8:00 pm. 
Artist talk: Saturday, February 15, 2020 at 4:00 pm.
Runs January 18, 2020 thru February 29, 2020. 
Now is a good opportunity to visit the Wende Museum in Culver City, specializing in artwork, artifacts, archives, films, and personal histories from Cold War–era Eastern Europe and the Soviet Union relating to the period 1945–1991. Their current exhibition looks particularly intriguing: The Medea Insurrection: Radical Women Artists Behind the Iron Curtain.
Among the many artists whose works are included:  Magdalena Abakanowicz, Tina Bara, Chelle Barbour, Geta Brătescu, Sibylle Bergemann (see image left), Anna Daučíková, Lezley Saar, Zorka Ságlová, Christine Schlegel, Cornelia Schleime, Gabriele Stötzer, Erika Stürmer-Alex, Hanne Wandtke, Sichong Xie and Doris Ziegler. Runs thru April 5, 2020.

Käthe Kollwitz: Prints, Process, Politics continues at the Getty Center Research Institute galleries. Kollwitz, one of the foremost graphic artists of the 20th century, is celebrated for her printmaking skills used to depict the hardships of war, poverty, and injustice as well as for her technical virtuosity. A selection of works on paper including rare preparatory drawings, working proofs and trial prints shed light on Kollwitz's creative process and reveal the depth of her social and political engagement. Runs thru March 29, 2020.
Shirin Neshat: I Will Greet the Sun Again is the main exhibition at The Broad. The exhibition includes over 200 photographs and eight immersive video installations.
Runs thru February 12, 2020.

Don't miss the exhibition of works by Julie Mehretu continuing at LACMA. It is a very extensive survey by this Ethiopian-born artist and  includes nearly 40 works on paper with 35 paintings dating from 1996 to the present. Here is a link to Art 21 to learn more about this artist. Floor 1 runs thru March 22, 2020. Floor 3 runs thru May 17, 2020.

Betye Saar: Call and Response also continues at LACMA. This wonderful yet rather small exhibition focuses on her sketchbooks and their transition to finished works in physical form. I found each of the works quite moving. They are personal, poetic and important. I recommend getting the catalogue. Runs thru April 5, 2020.
With Pleasure: Pattern and Decoration in American Art 1972–1985 at MOCA is the first full-scale scholarly survey of this groundbreaking American art movement encompassing works in painting, sculpture, collage, ceramics, installation art and performance documentation.
Runs thru May 11, 2020.

At the end of the month the 2nd Clay Biennial titled The Body, The Object, The Other opens at the Craft Contemporary. This group exhibition features 21 artists whose practices reflect the expanding notion of figuration within ceramics. All of the artists use the human body as their starting point to challenge traditional notions of representation and often going beyond the bounds of a recognizable figure.

Among the participating artists are Jenny Hata BlumenfieldPhyllis Green, Raven Halfmoon, Roxanne Jackson, Anabel Juarez, Cynthia Lahti, Galia Linn, Nicole Seisler and Meghan Smythe.

Opening Reception: Saturday, February 1, 2020 from 6:00 to 9:00 pm
Curator's Walkthrough: Holly Jerger and Andres Payan Estrada on Sunday, February 16, 2020 at  2:00 pm 
Runs January 25 thru May 20, 2020.
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