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  • June: No Saturday Salon 
  • June 16: Artist Talk with Nancy Spiller at 7:00 pm on Zoom
  • June 30: Deadline for What's Next! exhibition
  • August 5: Juried exhibition at the Betsy Leuke Arts Center in Burbank
  • August 31: Deadline for scholarship applications
  • 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,

The heat of summer is raging here in the desert. Galleries and restaurants are beginning to shut down since the snow birds are flying back home. I still see all the happenings in Los Angeles and I have a little FOMO (fear of missing out) in my gut. Since we opened up after the pandemic shut down, there have been exhibitions and meet ups all over the city. Photos on Facebook and Instagram keep me in the loop, so if you are out and about, don't forget to post.
SCWCA will be having our first in person juried show in August. Check entrythingy for What's Next! juried by Erika Ostrander, director of CSUN galleries. The exhibition will be held at the Betsy Luke Creative Art center in Burbank. Look for details below.
Zoom has been a life saver. Our Saturday salons and Third Thursday artist talks have been well attended. If you have not checked it out yet, here is the official link to all our events. Put it in your calendar or a place where you'll have access. Keep in touch. 

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Our Board is always looking for our members to join our Board. Are you interested in being a part of the exhibitions, programming, social media or fundraising committees?  We are looking for members with skills in those areas who are willing to accept responsibility and work with Board members on committees or programs toward fulfilling SCWCA’ s mission and goals. Please contact Shelley Heffler at or Karen Schifman at if you wish to participate or have any questions. 

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 break in June. See you in July.

Find all Zoom codes on the SCWCA website in the calendar section.
Email Karen Schifman with questions or suggestions for future Salons.
Artist Talk - Our artist talk this month is with Nancy Spiller on June 16 at 7:00 pm on Zoom. Be sure to sign up for your turn. We are anxious to learn all about you! 
Nancy Spiller is a journalist, author (Entertaining Disasters: a novel (with recipes) and a memoir written and illustrated by her, Compromise Cake: Lessons Learned from My Mother’s Recipe Box), writing instructor (UCLA Extension Writers’ Program) and visual artist. Her Reverse Trash Streams: The Junk Mail Project was reviewed in Art in America.

This past November, she did her first ever artist residency, an entire month in the beautiful winter chill of Port Townsend, Washington. While enjoying a private studio and apartment in a former military fort, she developed Collapsology, a body of work including drawings and paintings inspired by a crushed bicycle basket she found on a Southern California beach. Collapsology is the term coined for the study of collapsing modern civilizations.

She considers this work a metaphor and meditation on challenges both personal and global. Topics will include her creative journey, the evolution of her Collapsology series and the remarkable generative benefits of artist residencies.
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.
This exhibition aims to make visible the complex concerns of self-identified women artists living in Southern California. The theme may be broadly interpreted from a political, personal or formal context.

Artists are invited to submit two and three dimensional works in most media except video and installation. The entry fee is $25 for SCWCA members and $40 for non-members, 3 images per entry.
Artists may join SCWCA and then submit at the reduced members rate. Visit to join and be sure to select CAS as the chapter.

This exhibit 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. 

Enter on Entrythingy by: June 30, 2022

Exhibition Dates: August 5-25, 2022
Submission Deadline: 6/30/2022
Notifications: 7/10/2022
Delivery to gallery: 8/1/2022
Reception: 8/10/2022
Pickup at gallery: 8/26/2022
Hand Delivery only

Betsy Lueke Creative Arts Center
1100 W Clark Ave
Burbank, CA 91506
Dwora Fried’s solo show Curate/Cure Hate, resulted in Glendale Community College acquiring her Collage Boxes series consisting of seven assemblages for their permanent art collection!

Nancy Goodman Lawrence was one of over 100 international collage artists whose work was shown in the Corporeal Gestures exhibition at Portland State University. The show was curated by Clive Knights, Professor of Architecture.
A catalog was created with all of the images in the show.

Nancy's work, Words, was included in the book to represent Communicating.
Closing reception for Susan Amorde, Dellis Frank and Vivian Wenhuey at Shelley Heffler's Cathedral City Gallery. The exhibition titled, It's Time delves into contemporary issues and the need to deal with them now.

On view now at Shelley Heffler Contemporary Art Gallery in Cathedral City 

Call the gallery (number below) for an appointment or drop by for a reception during the Perez Road Arts District First Fridays: June 3, from 5:00 to 8:00 pm

Shelley Heffler Contemporary Art Gallery
68845 Perez Road
Cathedral City, CA 92234

Bonnie J. Smith's textile art work Color x 3, red is currently in the San Jose Museum of Quilts & Textiles 45 Anniversary Exhibit. Included in this exhibit are textiles that have been placed in the permanent collection in the last five years. This textile was also juried into a previous Quilt National.
Her entire Images series was designed from a one inch nature scribble when created was copyrighted. The series consisted of over thirty textiles and a line of purses that incorporate the design. Many variations of this textile have received awards and traveled extensively around the globe including Japan.

You never know where one good design might take you in this world.

If you are visiting the San Jose Museum of Quilts & Textiles please call for hours. 1-408-971-0323

Runs thru July 3, 2022
Susan Spector
Crowdsourced Text-based Art
Closing Reception: June 3, from 5:00 to 9:00 pm
Artist Talk: June 3, at 7:00 pm
Location: TAG Gallery
5458 Wilshire Boulevard, LA 

WCA 2022 Lifetime Achievement Awardee Linda Vallejo is featured in 2022 Terra Lectures in American Art Decolonising Art History through Latinx Art, Counter-storytelling Chicanx Art and Conceptualism presented by Professor Charlene Villaseñor Black and the Department of History of Art, University of Oxford.  

Linda's work is also on view in L.A. Memo: Chicana/o Art from 1972-1989 at LA Plaza de Cultura y Artes and AltaMed Art Collection, Los Angeles, CA and runs thru August 14, 2022. Her work titled Xicanx: Dreamers and Changemakers is at the Museum of Anthropology, University of British Colombia and runs thru January 1, 2023. She also has Fronteras del Futuro: Art in New Mexico and Beyond at the National Hispanic Cultural Center Art Museum in NM and runs thru January 9, 2023.

Pamela Benham’s solo exhibition Something Good’s Coming continues through June 30, 2022 at the Christ Presbyterian Church in Santa Barbara.

The reception is June 2, 2022 from 5:00 to 8:00 pm and is part of the fun Santa Barbara’s First Thursday evenings where galleries and the museums are free and open until 8:00 pm.

Her piece A Touch of Summer Hot is in Watercolor USA 2022 at the Springfield Art Museum, Missouri, from June 4 thru August 28. And her painting Jump for Joy is in the exhibition Salon des Refuses at the Wausau Museum of Contemporary Art, Wisconsin and runs thru July 2, 2022, where all the accepted pieces had to have been entered in a juried exhibition and been rejected!
Rescued Refuse is an exhibition of artworks by Shelley Heffler created from up cycled vinyl street pole banners and fence graphics. Beginning in 2017, the City of West Hollywood's arts Division began offering used vinyl to artists. This used vinyl was once used to display artwork on fences around the City or to advertise West Hollywood art events on street pole banners. Shelley received some of these vinyls and it inspired her to create a whole new body of artwork derived from cutting slashing, crunching and weaving these materials into new forms.
Runs thru November 2022
Check out this YouTube video on the exhibition.
Linda L. Carlson
The practice of art draws from a multitude of areas. As a beginning artist we make art using formal aspects such as line, form and color. While technical features are incorporated into our art, other characteristics also come into play. Our senses, experience, preference and instinct begin to take a prominent role. It is through many aspects that we form our art practice.

This months featured artist is Linda L. Carlson. Linda is a multi-media artist who creates 3-dimensional artwork. She draws from her spiritual and emotional experiences that she communicates through her artwork. She collects a variety of found objects as well as different fibers such as feathers or beads, which she uses to construct her art. By combining a variety of elements together with various techniques, Linda creates pieces containing layered, textural patterns. Through her background in fiber arts, a story is woven. To view more of Linda’s artwork go to SCWCA Artist Registry or contact her directly at

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

Be sure to read Karen's monthly blog  at ARTFULAMPHORA or check out our Facebook page to see her insightful musings.

Women Around Town

Most of the interesting art out there this summer seems to be in our local museums. I do recommend checking them out.

Mixografia presents Sonya Clark: Confederate, Surrender. The highly respected print gallery has created a new edition of Clark's work reflecting on the Confederate Flag of Truce, the portion of a hand-woven kitchen towel used to signal the Confederate Army’s truce leading up to its surrender at Appomattox Court House on April 9, 1865. Among Clark’s earliest explorations of this subject is Monumental, a larger-than-life recreation of the truce flag originally made in collaboration with The Fabric Workshop and Museum in Philadelphia for her 2019 art exhibition Monumental Cloth, The Flag We Should Know. In this show, several of her prints will be on view.
Runs thru July 2, 2022

 Vielmetter Los Angeles presents Hannah Van Bart: New Paintings. "Van Bart’s paintings are focused on emulating a particular mood or emotional landscape in lieu of representing real people or places. When painting, Van Bart relies on mark-making and her painterly dexterity to create compositions with an aim to portray a particular light and psychological space. Throughout Van Bart’s works, there is an element of familiarity, the portraits and landscape are classically informed yet steer from the stereotypical context of such painting traditions. Van Bart paints her subjects without a preconceived notion of what they will reveal, instead, she is more interested in exploring paint and mark making as a process to explore expressions of longing and loss. Self-described as “imaginary portraits,” her paintings hinge on the landscape of imagination to conjure a sense of discovery and exploration. For Van Bart, the process of painting is about experimenting with subtle shifts in light, tone, and color to exude a felt experience. She says, “In a landscape, the collars and buttons would be pools of water or edges of a house or tree. It is a way of looking for space and light. I see the faces, figures, and landscapes all as places where I want to be. Painting as to answer the question: 'how to get there?'." (Gallery website) Runs thru July 2, 2022

Lois Lambert Gallery will be having a group exhibition mid-month titled Reflections on our Warming Planet. Artists, scientists, filmmakers and community activists come together to celebrate the natural world, while calling attention to the climate crisis. This exhibition includes painting, drawing, sculpture and photography as well as short films and documentary interviews. Twenty-four artists join with scientists and community activists to make the public more aware of environmental challenges we face now and in the future, combining the visual arts with short films and interviews. These artists come together to visualize their thoughts about the severity of climate change through their various disciplines. The outcome is an expression of anger, dismay, fear, dread and hope.  Here are just a few of the artists in this exhibition: Kim Abeles, Sharon Allicotti, Fatemeh Burnes, Darlene Campbell, Merrilyn Duzy, Megan Frances, Joanne Julian, Sant Khalsa, Margaret Lazzari, J.J. L’Heureux, Linda Vallejo and many more.

Opening Reception: Saturday, July 16, 2022 from 4:00 to 7:00 pm
Runs from July 16 thru September 10, 2022

Andrea Bowers, a retrospective at the UCLA Hammer Museum traces the entire scope and evolution of her work. With over 60 works plus some of her ephemera, the exhibition reflects Bowers’s embrace and experimentation with a wide range of mediums including drawing, performance, installation, sculpture, video and neon sculptures.

Runs June 19, thru September 4, 2022


 A group exhibition at The Broad Museum, This Is Not America's Flag spotlights the myriad ways artists explore the symbol of the flag of the United States of America, underscoring its vast, divergent, and complex meanings. Titled after Alfredo Jaar’s iconic 1987 work, A Logo for America, This Is Not America’s Flag provides a critical discourse on the symbol’s meaning, the complexity and contradictions of contemporary national identity, and artists as active citizens. Among the artist's whose work is included in this exhibit are Laura Aguilar (pictures above), Nicole Eisenman, Genevieve Gaignard, and Betye Saar. 
Runs thru September 25, 2022

The Frederick Weisman Museum at Pepperdine is exhibiting Gwynn Murrill: Animal Nature. This retrospective exhibition features early works from the 1970s carved from wood, combined with more recent work—including sculptures that merge animal and human forms—made in bronze, wood, marble and clay. Inspired in part by the contours of the Santa Monica Mountains where Murrill has made her home for several decades, her smooth, streamlined forms capture the essence and vitality of the often elusive creatures Murrill sculpts.

Runs thru July 31, 2022

Continuing at LACMA is the massive and overstimulating Barbara Kruger: Thinking of You. I Mean Me. I Mean You. Text abounds in your face, some with accompanying sound and narration. This exhibition is the largest and most comprehensive presentation of Kruger’s work in 20 years. As an active consumer and vigilant viewer of popular culture, Kruger grapples with the accelerated ways pictures and words instantaneously flow through media. Don't miss it!

Runs thru July 17, 2022
A wonderful retrospective of the photography of Imogen Cunningham continues at the Getty Center. Runs thru June 12, 2022. The Getty Center is also presenting Judy Baca: Hitting the Wall. "To underline the ongoing vulnerability of mural art, this focused display highlights the design, painting, destruction, and renewal of artist Judy Baca’s famous 1984 Hitting the Wall mural on a freeway underpass in downtown Los Angeles. The presentation will include preliminary sketches, colorations and an actual-size reproduction of a part of the mural. This exhibition complements The Lost Murals of Renaissance Rome." (Getty)

Runs thru September 4, 2022
The California African American Museum is exhibiting a large-scale mural by Deborah Roberts entitled Little Man, little man. It features collaged images of a young Black male figure in animated expressions of joy. The artist titled this work after author and civil rights activist James Baldwin’s Little Man, Little Man (1976), a children’s book articulating the triumphs and struggles of Black childhood through the adventures of a four-year-old boy in Harlem, New York.

Runs thru August 20, 2022
Have you signed up for an Art Pod?
Congratulations to our new 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 supportWant 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.

Membership Orientations for the general membership will be available in June 2022. 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.

Networking and Resources

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?


Start the new year with a plan. 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 “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 “Artist 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 2021 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

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.

The Common Ground Exhibition catalog is available for purchase on Amazon.
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

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 above link.
The SCWCA Scholarship Award is open for applications. 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. 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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