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  • NOW: RENEW, RENEW, RENEW if you have not already done so.
  • February 4, 2020: Valley SCWCA Meet-up. Contact: Susan Karhroody for details.
  • February 19, 2020: Gloria’s Call free screening at Park La Brea at 2:00 pm
  • February 28, 2020: Open to all SCWCA members, Board meeting in Santa Monica at 10:00 am. RSVP to Shelley Heffler or Karen Shifman.
  • February 13 – 16, 2020: WCA  Intersectionality Conference in Chicago at Columbia College
  • February 15, 2020: Art Matters Brunch at the home of Freyda Miller in Westwood RSVP to: Freyda Miller 
  • March 14, 2020: Then and Now — Strategies for Inclusion in the Visual Arts  at the Santa Monica Public Library. Saturday from 1:00 to 3:00 pm. Participatory conversation on cultural equity with participants from the recently published Personal Voices / Cultural Visions: Conversations in the Visual Arts Community Los Angeles 1994-1996. A short reception will follow from 3:00 to 3:45 pm. The program is being organized by Ann Isolde and Sandra Mueller with Anne Gauldin.
  • May 16 - 30, 2020: SoLA Pulse of LA 2020 exhibition

Dear SCWCA members and friends,

Thank you for making SCWCA part of your artistic life. We began 2020 with a ‘New Year New You’ event at the home of our outstanding hostess, Secretary and Treasurer, Karen Schifman. Our speaker, Georgia Freedman-Harvey enlightened us with approaches to protecting our artworks and our legacies as artists. For me, this was an eye-opener that raised my awareness of my art practice and my place in the art world. Many museums and galleries are now exhibiting artists whose contributions to art movements have been obscured or forgotten in the past.

SoLA Gallery’s current exhibition titled Women by Women 2020: Depictions and Interpretations by Greater Los Angeles Women is curated by Sharon Allicotti and marks the centennial of the 19th Amendment to the U.S. Constitution granting women the right to vote 🇺🇸and in tribute, invites viewers to re-engage with the traditional “classicist” elements of figurative realism. I am excited to announce that we will also be involved in a collaborative project to celebrate this centennial. Details to follow.
I encourage everyone to network as much as possible to foster relationships within the art community. Susan Karhroody is a good example with her initiative to form a San Fernando Valley Meet-up group for SCWCA artists. Another event that supports community and art is the upcoming Art Matters Brunch at the Westwood home of Freyda Miller on Saturday, February 15, 2020 . 
 In addition, Anne Isolde, Sandra Mueller and Anne Gauldin are working on a program related to the Personal Voices / Cultural Visions publication. It will take place at the Santa Monica Public Library on Saturday - March 14, 2020 and will bring together some of the visual arts activists who participated in the archival oral history conversations in this book. You won’t want to miss it.

As always, I am proud to be surrounded by talent and enlightened artists.
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 a creative life,
Shelley Heffler

Special guest speaker, artist and curator Georgia Freedman-Harvey spoke about legacy for artists at this well-attended event.

Georgia Freedman-Harvey has a background in art and museum studies. Her training was primarily in glassblowing and a variety of art media as well as studies in Brazil and England. More recently she has worked in fiber and mixed media with an emphasis on paper and book making. There is more information about Georgia on our Facebook page: SCWCA
Our next Art Matters/Art Share Brunch will be at Freyda Miller's home in Westwood. RSVP to: Freyda Miller
Just to be clear this is a potluck, Art share and a chance to clean out your studio for a materials exchange. It is on Saturday, February 15, 2020 from 11:00 am to 2:00 pm.
2020 WCA Conference:
Chicago: February 13 -16, 2020 
Click here to register!
SCWCA members are taking an active role in leading events at the 2020 Intersectionality national conference in Chicago from February 12 thru 15. Dellis Frank will represent the chapter at the Chapter’s Council meeting, Gilah Hirsch is presenting an “Art and Healing” workshop, Sandra Mueller will chair the Eco-Art Caucus Meeting and Ruth Weisberg is presenting Alison Saar her Lifetime Achievement Award at the LTA Awards ceremony on Saturday evening.
Other LTA awardees include Joyce Fernandes, Michiko Itatani, Judy Onofrio and Judith Stein.
The President’s Art & Activism awardee is Rose B. Simpson.

We are pleased to announce that one of our members, Bonnie J. Smith, has an artwork in the Young Women’s Caucus show titled Intersectional History at Woman Made Gallery in Chicago.

Noreen Larinde and Carolyn Applegate are in the national Collectively Shifting exhibition at Bridgeport Art Center Gallery. Noreen has also been the featured artist on the national web site for the month of January.
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
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Happy New Year, everyone!  Last year in this column we were happy to connect photographers and career coaches with clients and to announce an ongoing, interactive art therapy project.  My hope is that we will continue to link artists with resources, friends and kindred spirits.  If you're looking for a critique group, an art travel partner or anything else to enrich your creative environment or if you've discovered a connection worth sharing, please let us boost your signal.  

My personal goal for this year is to build my portfolio and seriously do my market research.  It has been a long time since I've been Out There and the art world has definitely changed. Since I'm sure there are others on a similar journey, I am going to kick off the year by sharing two resources I've found helpful.  
The first is Red Dot Blog from Xanadu Gallery in Scottsdale, Arizona. Sign up online and you will receive frequent posts from gallery owner Jason Horejs on topics including the development of relationships with galleries, using social media as a sales tool, fielding questions from collectors and so on. Although some of this information is familiar, it comes from a gallery owner's perspective, which I greatly appreciate.

The second resource is a book by artist coach Aletta de Wal.  This is a simply-written guide for artists at each step of their career, as they prepare to transition to the next level. It is full of common sense reminders and I have found it useful as an aid in setting realistic goals.The book is available on de Wal's website.

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 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 "Finders and Seekers."  
Cathy Salser is inviting individuals to join her in an interactive art piece using “touchstones" (small, meaningful, personal creations) to seed lived journeys transforming trauma. February, March and April workshops are available. Each workshop will center on a different theme including: Courage, Spirit and Connection. 
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, Touchstone Journey, as a 30-month durational art piece and shares, "From the
individual level to relational, family, community and systemic levels, legacies of trauma ripple generations back and forward. This project invites exploration of intersecting layers, and welcomes a learning lab investigating how touchstones can anchor healing and transformation.” Cathy can be reached at
Holly Tempo is a 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

Free screening of Gloria's Call on Wednesday, February 19, 2020 from
2:00 to 3:00 pm (17 min. run time).
After the screening, there will be a Q & A with Gloria Orenstein and the team who created the film: Cheri Gaulke, Cheryl Bookout, Anne Gauldin, Sue Maberry and Christine Papalexis. This event is sponsored by JFS (Jewish Family Service of Los Angeles).

Location: Park La Brea, Los Angeles
Activity Center Theater
475 S. Curson Ave., Los Angeles, CA 90036

For more information: Gloria's Call
Mary Sherwood Brock wants to invite SCWCA members to the exhibition titled 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.

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.
Shelley Heffler is included in three exhibitions.The first is titled The Something Everyday at Moorpark College and curated by Kristine Schomaker and Erika Lizee.
Runs through February 24, 2020

The second is A Contemporary Nod to Modernism in Palm Springs.
Runs February 7 thru February 29, 2020

The third titled About Place at the South Pasadena City Hall and is curated by Erin Stone.
Opening Reception February 15, 2020 and runs through April 2020
Bonnie J. Smith is writing a proposal to create a new book project with artwork to commemorate the 100 Year Anniversary of the 19th Amendment that gave women the right to vote. Stay tuned for more information coming soon. In the meantime, begin your conceptual thinking of how you want to commemorate this epic time in our history.
If you are in the Valley, Susan Karhroody will be forming a San Fernando Meet-up group for the SCWCA organization. The first meeting will take place on February 4, 2020 at 4:00 pm. For more information, she can be contacted at:
Eva Kolosvary-Stupler is a member of the Los Angeles Assemblage Group. She will have artwork in an upcoming group show at Loiter Galleries in Long Beach, CA. (
Opening Reception: February 8, 2020 from 5:00 to 9:00 pm 
Gallery Hours: Tuesday-Friday from 5:00 to 8:00 pm. Saturday from 
5:00 to 9:00 pm and Sunday from 5:00 to 8:00 pm and by appointment
Call:  310-968-1693. 2 hour FREE parking available. 
Location: 180 East 4th Street, Long Beach, CA 90802
Runs February 4 thru 29, 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
Suffragettes, a textile work by Bonnie J. Smith will be exhibited in the WCA Michigan chapter's exhibition titled The 19th Amendment at 100: Women's Voices Then and Now.

Location: Swords Into Plowshares Peace Center and Gallery
33 East Adams Street
Detroit, MI 48226
Runs January 24 thru February 29, 2020

Suzanne Pratt will have a solo show titled Bird-Song at Gallery 825.
Opening Reception: February 22, 2020 from 6:00 to 9:00 pm
Runs February 22 thru Mar 20, 2020
Location: Gallery 825, 825 N. La Cienega Blvd., Los Angeles, CA 90069

Darlyn Susan Yee will have six artworks in calm, centered, calm - torn, stitched, knotted at Chaffey Community Museum of Art. It is a group exhibition of contemporary artists who bring a meditative aspect to fiber including dyed paintings, vessels, sculpture and installation. 

Enter a world created by these artists: Madeline Arnault, Debbie Carlson, Sumi Foley, Harrison Fraley, Beanie Kaman, Susan Ossman, Darlyn Susan Yee and Lori Zimmerman. Curated by Cindy Rinne. Postcard Image: Unbound (detail) 2012 by Lori Zimmerman.

Opening Reception: February 23, 2020 from 2:00 to 4:00 pm
Location: Chaffey Community Museum of Art
217 S. Lemon Avenue, Ontario, CA 91761
Regular Museum Hours: Thursday - Sunday, 12:00 pm to 4:00 pm
Runs February 6 thru March 28, 2020
Pamela Benham has a painting titled Up Against It included in the exhibition Miniatures: Big ART in Small Packages, a show of miniatures which are no larger than 12" x 12".
Location: Monmouth Museum, 765 Newman Springs Road, Lincroft, NJ 07738
Runs thru March 15, 2020
The work of Mei Xian Qiu will be included in two upcoming exhibitions. One is a group show titled Woven Threads: The Migration of Myths and Metaphors curated by Gary Brewer at Brandstader Gallery located at La Sierra University in Riverside, CA.
Opening Reception: January 26, 2020 from 6:00 to 8:00 pm.
Runs January 13 thru February 13, 2020 

The other is Round Hole: Square Peg: Photo LA curated by Phil Tarley at Barker Hanger in Santa Monica, CA.  
Opening Reception: January 30, 2020 from 6:00 to 9:00 pm
Runs January 30, 2020 thru February 2, 2020
 The hanging shredded American flag and shredded fabric representing the amendments to the Constitution along with dream catchers is by Vivian Wenhuey Chen. The fired clay orangutan skull with the wig, Cro-MAGA Man hat, golf clubs, and shredded U.S. Constitution are by David Hennage. This Viv-viD art installation was created by the artists to reflect their despair with the lies and the policies of the current US president, Donald J Trump.  
One way to look at this installation is to consider a political cartoon designed to shock and disturb us into action.

To view this installation by appointment only contact
Vivian Wenhuey Chen 
Carolyn Applegate
The featured artist for the Member Gallery this month is Carolyn Applegate. Much of her art is created with dyed stockings stuffed with polyfill. Early pieces include resin chairs covered with hundreds of brilliantly colored nylon stocking balls (see Carnival Time above). After the chairs, she began creating wall hangings using many of the same materials.
She subsequently started exploring with sculptures that are both kinetic and participatory. They were created using flexible wire covered in fabric. The heads were made of stockings, fabric and polyfill. These pieces were designed to be reconfigured by the viewer. They will sway when a fan is directed on them. Works in progress later included Auduino computers that enable the pieces to move independent of the fan.

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

You can also read my complete column on my blog site: Women Around Town

A Conjuring of Conjurers by Lezley Saar at Walter Maciel GalleryConjurers are depicted in myriad ways, from mannequins to paintings to manipulated photographs. Much of it comes solely from her imagination. Each of the mannequins was dressed in garments sewn and assembled by Saar and then embellished with a plethora of ephemera. Here is a wonderful review of the exhibit in Art and Cake by Betty Ann Brown: "Lezley Saar: History, Spiritualism and the Construction of New Narratives"  Runs thru February 22, 2020
Coincidentally, coinciding with her sister's show is the current exhibition at L.A. Louver featuring the work of Alison Saar. Syncopation offers an array of her printmaking examples with some on paper and some on repurposed worn fabric. A good example (seen above) is Redbone Blues, an intaglio print on found vintage handkerchief.
Runs thru February 29, 2020 

You can also view new works by Alison Saar: Chaos in the Kitchen at Frieze Los Angeles at Paramount Studios. February 14 thru 16, 2020
Art + Practice presents Collective Constellation: Selections from The Eileen Harris Norton Collection. This exhibition draws from philanthropist, art collector and Art + Practice co-founder Eileen Harris Norton’s collection, showcasing a selection of artworks by women of color. Each of the artworks are powerful on their own as bold statements of artistic identity. Together they reveal a biography of their collector and offer a deeper look into the vast creative production of women of color. Works range from painting and sculpture to video and installation, and include artists such as Wangechi Mutu, Shirin Neshat, Betye Saar, Doris Salcedo, Amy Sherald, Lorna Simpson, Carrie Mae Weems and Brenna Youngblood
Opening Reception: February 8, 2020, 2:00 to 5:00 pm
Runs February 8 2020 thru August 1, 2020

Interval is an exhibition at CSU, Northridge Art Gallery by artist and faculty member, Anita Bunn. The works for Interval are comprised of lithographs made from digital captures and manipulated photographs from Bunn’s personal archives that address her interest in combining traditional analog techniques with contemporary digital photography.
Opening Reception: Saturday, February 1, 2020 from 4:00 to 6:00 pm
Runs thru February 13, 2020
Kristine Schomaker: Perceive Me is the current exhibition at the Ron Silverman Gallery at Cal State, Los Angeles. As an artist and curator, Schomaker has created a spectacular collaboration that celebrates herself in addition to educating the larger world about acceptance. Perceive Me is for everyone. Among the 60 artists whose works depict her in one way or another are Holly Boruck, Karen Hochman Brown, Diane Cockeril, Bibi Davidson, L Aviva Diamond, Kim Kimbro, Debbie Korbel, Janet Milhomme, Bradford J Catherine Ruane, Betzi Stein, Jane Szabo and Nancy Kay Turner.

Artist Talk with Alexandra Grant Sunday, February 2, 2020 from 2:00 to 4:00 pm
Artist Talk with Leslie Labowitz-Starus Sunday, February 16, 2020 from 2:00 to 4:00 pm
Artist Panel and Closing Reception Saturday, February 22, 2020 from 2:00 to 4:00 pm

Runs thru February 24, 2020
David Kordansky gallery presents sculptural painting installations by Lauren Halsey. The gallery is filled with  "a vivid, mythopoetic hauntscape of South Central Los Angeles". These latest works continue Halsey’s exploration of monuments, memorials and public space, particularly her reckonings with gentrification and the threatening economic displacement of Black and Latino/a stores and shops. "These works are like South Central L.A. business taxidermy," Halsey says of several pieces in her new sculptural installations. She arranges the large cubes and prisms—a play on the "big box" retail developments that often replace local independent retailers in assemblages which evoke bristling city blocks. Runs thru March 14, 2020
SoLA Contemporary presents Women by Women 2020: Depictions and Interpretations by Greater Los Angeles Women. The exhibition is curated by Sharon Allicotti with curatorial advisor Fatemeh Burnes. Several local artists have provided depictions and interpretations of actual women and girls as subject. This show marks the centennial of the 19th Amendment to the U.S. Constitution granting women the right to vote. Artists: Sharon Allicotti, Chloe Allred, Jodi Bonassi, Kaleeka Bond, Ada Pullini Brown, Leslie Brown, Therese Conte, Lani Emanuel, Zara Monet Feeney, Melanie Florio, Ashley Gardner, Candice Gawne, Ja’Rie Gray, DJ Hall, Lanise Howard, Regina Jacobson, Linsley Lambert, Margaret Lazzari, Lucinda Luvaas, Aline Mare, Judy Nimtz, Aihua Pearce, Serena Potter, Hope Railey, Linda Santana, Betty Shelton, Cynthia Sitton, Ondy Sweetman, Cynda Valle and Ruth Weisberg.
Closing and Artist Talk: Saturday, March 7, 2020 from 2:00 to 4:00 pm
Runs thru March 7, 2020

This PLACE is a group exhibition at Quotodian: a jill moniz project. All of these artists are addressing ideas about geographical and cultural perceptions of place. The exhibit highlights local artists whose work relies on the creative energy of Los Angeles for inspiration. Included in the exhibit are June Edmonds, Dwora Fried, Fran Siegel and others.
The Armory Center for the Arts in Pasadena presents Tanya Aguiniga: Borderlands Within. She has created a project that draws from her lived experience of the US/Mexico border. Her art involves an experimental approach to craft, using fiber, ceramics, hand-blown glass and traditional techniques to generate conversations about and across political and cultural divides. You can learn more about this amazing artist by seeing her on YouTube.
Runs February 9, 2020 thru August 9, 2020
The current exhibition at the Long Beach Museum of Art is Decade by Decade: Women Artists of California. The artworks are all culled from the museum's extensive collection. 
Runs thru April 26, 2020

Of special note is the current exhibit at the UCLA Fowler Museum, Rina Benerjee: Make Me a Summary of the World. Here, several of her monumental installations and more than two dozen sculptures, as well as a selection of works on paper create an otherworldly and multi-sensory space. "Using a variety of gathered materials ranging from African jewelry to colorful feathers, light bulbs and Murano glass, Banerjee’s works investigate the splintered experiences of identity, tradition and culture prevalent in diasporic communities.
Runs thru May 31, 2020
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