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  • Sunday, November 17, 2019: 11:00 am to 2:00 pm: Annual Member Chapter meeting and walk through at Craft Contemporary Museum. The three exhibitions on view will be Finding the Center: Works by Echiko Ohira, Cynthia Minet: Jacked and RAW: Craft, Commodity and Capitalism
  • Sunday, December 8, 2019:  Studio visit with Nancy Turner at 12:00 pm  Maximum 15 people (details to follow)

Dear SCWCA members and friends,

I am so delighted with our most recent #ENOUGH exhibition at the Neutra. I am especially pleased that so many members participated with artwork that was so outstanding and professional. A big thank you to Lynn Letterman, Susan Kurland and Karen Schifman for making it happen.

Nancy Spiller's “Words and Pictures” workshop was also a great success. We plan to bring her back for another round with more attendees at some point in 2020. I personally learned better ways to approach writing about my work and the work of others.

I am looking forward to the upcoming event this month at the Craft Contemporary Museum. It is important to attend this annual meeting to bring your ideas to the table. Additionally, we will have the opportunity to see some great art together. To keep our momentum going, I suggest that each of our members reach out to someone who may be interested in being part of our community of artists.

As I reflect on things for the month of November, I think about how grateful I am to be part of this organization. I am deeply thankful to the board for their support while I was away on my residency and trip to Italy with Dellis and Melissa. As always, this community is here for you to meet and collaborate with your peers. I look forward to moving our organization into 2020 with art events that bring us together. 

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
The Annual SCWCA Chapter Meeting where we vote on our Board of Directors will take place at 11:00 am on Sunday, November 17, 2019 at the Craft Contemporary Museum located at 5814 Wilshire Blvd., Los Angeles, CA 90036. Coffee and bagels will be served. 

We need a head count so please RSVP to no later than Friday, November 8th. That way she can let the museum know how many people will be attending this event. The meeting will be followed by a curator walk through of the three current exhibitions. We look forward to seeing you there.

$5 parking is available at 5750 Courtyard Place, Los Angeles, CA 90036. Enter from Wilshire Blvd. at Courtyard Place (between Masselin and Curson). The structure will be on the right. Make sure to pick up your validation coupon from the Craft Contemporary Museum admission desk after your visit. There is also two-hour street parking within a block of the museum.
Our member only exhibition closing reception was a phenomenal success. We heard from all the artists in attendance about their #ENOUGH artwprks. If you're not a member already, please join now so you can participate in upcoming 2020 events.
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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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."  
Southern California Women's Caucus for Art welcomes our newest members: Jennifer Bentson, Vivien Chen, Cathleen Kaman, Sarah Liss, Barbara Nathanson, Kumiko Ruch and Peggy Zask.
We also welcome our new Board Members: Susan Karhroodry and Susan Kurland
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 November and December. Cathy can be reached at
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
The California Chapter of the Guild of Book Workers presents The Artful Book exhibition at the Long Beach Museum of Art through January 5, 2020. Curator emeritus and participating artist Sue Ann Robinson conducted a walk through on October 10, 2019. Artist Suvan Geer will lead another walk through on November 9, 2019. Visit the web site for other programs and dates. 

SCWCA member Danielle Eubank recommends a gala event titled "Ocean Resiliency: A Call to Action," which will take place on Tuesday, November 12, 2019 from 6:30 to 9:00 pm at the Aquarium of the Pacific in Long Beach, CA. It will feature a presentation of her quest to paint all five oceans and a panel discussion with noted environmentalists Dr. Jenny Lentz of the Aquarium, Dr. Chris Lowe from CSULB’s Shark Lab and Justin Luedy from the Port of Long Beach. They will speak about programs helping the ocean and the climate. All proceeds will go to the Shark Lab and the Aquarium. Please consider buying tickets to support these important programs.
For more information: Ocean Resiliency Sponsorship
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
Seda Saar's installation Infinity Pyramid II is now in the collection of the Wonder Museum in Chicago.
Pamela Benham will have new work exhibited in a solo show titled The Other Side of Looking: Paintings by Pamela Benham in the Faulkner Gallery East at the Santa Barbara Central Library. Runs November 3, thru 29, 2019.

Opening Reception: Thursday, November 7, 2019
from 4:00 to 7:00 pm

Location: 40 East Anapamu Street
Santa Barbara, CA

She also has pieces in the Santa Barbara FASCINATIONS exhibition at State Gallery. Runs September 29, thru November 2
, 2019. 

In addition, her work will be included in an upcoming exhibition titled The Flat File Show at the Westmont Ridley-Tree Museum of Art. Runs November 21, 2019 thru January 18, 2020.
Danielle Eubank has a solo exhibition titled Ocean Resiliency at the Aquarium of the Pacific in Long Beach, CA. The show includes over 24 works from all five oceans. There will be a viewing of these paintings at the Aquarium before her lecture from 6:30 to 7:00 pm. She will discuss the process of documenting all five of the world’s oceans and her travels, which have included expeditions aboard replica historic ships.

Opening Reception: November 5, 2019
For more information: Danielle Eubank
Lynda Levy is among the artists in the group exhibition described below.
Lynda Levy
The featured artist for the Member Gallery this month is Lynda Levy (see Butterfly Fashion image above). Over the past eight years, her artwork has taken the form of montage or mixed media and her focus has been on defining form and shape, often with a three-dimensional perspective that has depth, a strong sense of design and typically a black-and-white color palette. Her work explores the juxtaposition of line and space that provides both internal and external boundaries creating a narrative image or design investigating negative and positive environments.
She is an intuitive artist utilizing her mood that day, facing the blank material, paper, wood or canvas and utilizing various images drawn either from her personal photography library or from magazines with subjects ranging from fashion to nature and from texts to shapes. Most recently, she has played with color on canvas, which is a  huge departure from her more graphic work on cold or hot press paper on which her images are printed.
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
At the top of my list to see in the next few weeks is Shirin Neshat: I Will Greet the Sun Again at The Broad. The exhibition includes over 200 photographs and eight immersive video installations.These selections offer a rare glimpse into the evolution of Neshat’s artistic journey as she explores topics of exile, displacement and identity with beauty, dynamic formal invention and poetic grace.  Runs thru February 12, 2020.
Suzanne Veilmetter Projects presents An Abundance of Errors, Linda Besemer’s glitch paintings, The configuration of each painting is derived from a process of digital manipulation. The artist begins by composing on the computer, openly allowing for glitches. The digital compositions are then hand-painted into picture planes.
Runs November 2 thru December 21, 2019.
Also at the gallery is the work of Chicago-based artist Margot Bergman. This exhibition brings together works in her signature neo-expressionist manner from 2005 through the present day that exemplify the artist's emotive portraits of fictional women. Described as “anti-heroines," Bergman’s women exude a psychological charge–their exaggerated features teeter on the grotesque and veer toward the psychedelic. Runs November 2 thru December 21, 2019.
Annie Lapin: Strange Little Beast is the current exhibition at Shulamit Nazarian Gallery. Lapin's paintings call attention to the human desire for meaning making, which is our effort to create order out of chaos. This selection of  paintings demonstrate the artist's use of her passion in art history, perception and the materiality of painting itself to examine the role of digital technology and narrative building in our contemporary moment. For example, she incorporates an array of art historical scenes such as John Martin’s English-Romantic apocalypses and Edouard Manet’s Luncheon on the Grass with ubiquitous imagery sourced from the Internet. While making her paintings, the artist moves between the canvas and computer, constructing worlds with both chaos and control by using a back-and-forth process within the technological landscape and the painted landscape.

Opening Reception: Saturday, November 9, 2019 from 6:00 to 9:00 pm
Runs November 9 thru December 21, 2019. 

Ratio Poems is the current exhibition at Lora Schlesinger Gallery.  These works by Laura Karetsky are a continuation of her “embedded” series, analyzing the digital channels through which information travels and the exchange between multiple points of engagement. The paintings explore the recursive portrait that occurs in a virtual transaction, like a FaceTime call, and probes the space between relationships as we struggle to stay connected.
Runs thru December 7, 2019.
Launch LA presents a two-person exhibition titled A Love Letter by Lynne McDaniel and Lindsey Warren that poetically paints a love letter to the city of Los Angeles through light dappled vignettes of the often overlooked corners of the city. Rather than an exact replica of specific locations, both artists create work that addresses the overall feeling of living in Los Angeles, woven together through smokey panoramic vistas and sunset streaked skies. Lynne McDaniel uses the language of landscape to explore current events as well as the sometimes surprising beauty of urban existence. Lindsey Warren’s recent urban landscape paintings flush with a colorful palette that celebrates the unique light of the city of Los Angeles. Runs thru November 16, 2019.
Edward Cella gallery presents Paint into Pattern: Constance Mallinson 1979-82. This gallery exhibition compliments The Museum of Contemporary Art in Los Angeles exhibition titled With Pleasure, Pattern and Decoration in American Art 1972-1985. Mallinson’s paintings of floating grids of rectangles in pale atmospheric fields are found in her early work from the 1970s. As artists such as Mallinson embraced feminist theory, there was a call for a “defiant embrace“ of forms traditionally coded as “low art”, feminine, domestic, or craft based such as weaving, architectural decorations, quilt making, handicrafts, calligraphy and decorative ceramic motifs. Profoundly influenced by both feminist politics and the Pattern and Decoration artists, she turned to the intricate, often dizzying designs of textiles and embroideries from many cultures for inspiration as can be seen in this exhibition. Runs thru January 4, 2020.
I had the great pleasure of previewing the mid-career survey of work of Julie Mehretu at LACMA this week. This is a very extensive survey as it includes nearly 40 works on paper with 35 paintings dating from 1996 to the present by the Ethiopian-born artist. This very comprehensive selection covers over two decades of her examination of history, colonialism, capitalism, geopolitics, war, global uprising, diaspora and displacement through the artistic strategies of abstraction, architecture, landscape, movement and most recently, figuration. There are intimate drawings, complex printmaking techniques and large scale canvases demonstrating the depths of her oeuvre. Here is a link to Art 21 to learn more about this artist. Note that when you visit the exhibition, it is on two floors, both first and third, so you don't miss anything. The third floor will remain on view thru May 17, 2020. Runs thru March 22, 2019.
Also at LACMA is Betye Saar: Call and Response. This exhibition focuses on her sketchbooks and their transition to finished works in physical form. Runs thru April 5, 2020.
Mary Corse: A Survey in Light also continues at LACMA. Corse emerged in the mid-1960s as one of the few women associated with the West Coast Light and Space movement. She shared with her contemporaries a deep fascination with perception and with the possibility that light itself could serve as both subject and material of art.  Runs thru November 11, 2019.
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. Covering the years 1972 to 1985 and featuring approximately fifty artists from across the United States, the exhibition examines the Pattern and Decoration movement’s defiant embrace of forms traditionally coded as feminine, domestic, ornamental, or craft-based and thought to be categorically inferior to fine art. Some of the artists included are Valerie Jaudon, Joyce Kozloff, Kim MacConnel, Miriam Schapiro. Artists whose contributions to Pattern and Decoration have been underrecognized, such as Merion Estes, Dee Shapiro, and Kendall Shaw are also included here. Runs thru May 11, 2020.

Open House: Gala Porras-Kim continues at MOCA, this artist seeks to explore the ways in which museums act as stewards of the art they own. Runs thru May 11, 2020.
I am looking forward to our curator's walk through of the current exhibitions at Craft Contemporary later this month. Finding the Center: Works by Echiko Ohira (pictured above) examines her prolific artistic production over the last two decades. Ohira’s work is founded upon the use of repurposed paper, with her love of the material springing from her childhood in Japan and its vast paper traditions. In addition to paper, Ohira utilizes nails, thread, and other found materials to create sculptural forms and collages that explore the physical and spiritual centers of the human body, natural world, and larger cosmos.

Additionally, there is the exhibition of work by Los Angeles-based sculptor Cynthia Minet (pictured below). A multi-media installation by this artist is one-part animal and one-part machine, which combines the form of the panthera atrox – an extinct North American lion whose remains have been excavated from the La Brea Tar Pits – with a modern-day oil pump jack. Minet addresses our complicated relationship with petrochemicals and the specific cultural and geological history of the Miracle Mile neighborhood. Runs thru January 5, 2020.

It is not too late to visit  the Oceanside Museum of Art  to see the outstanding exhibition, Dress Rehearsal curated by Kate Stern. The intersection between art and fashion is represented by artists Yaya Chou, Marian Debris, Alexandra Dillon, Carolyn Hampton, Melissa Meier, Janet Taylor Pickett, Leigh Salgado, Gwen Samuels and Mary Tuma et al. The myriad ways a garment can be interpreted and represented is showcased in this exhibit. The media ranges from sculpture, installation, paintings, photographs to mixed-media. Runs thru January 19, 2020.
OBSIDIAN LADDER, a site-specific installation by Bolivian-American artist Donna Huanca continues at Marciano Foundation. Runs thru December 1, 2019.

Also continuing at Marciano is Anna Uddenberg: Privé.  Uddenberg explores social conventions and norms that are the product of consumer culture. Runs thru December 22, 2019.

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