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  • ONGOING: Join or Renew if you have not already done so.
  • ONGOING: She Votes promotional items on sale now to support our scholarship fund (information below)
  • October 3 thru November 13, 2020: Common Ground exhibition at Embed Gallery 

Dear SCWCA members and friends,

As 2020 progresses, we find ourselves going deeper down the rabbit hole. Fear, unrest and isolation are becoming our new norm. I look to creating art and the support of artist friends to make it through the day. Election day cannot come soon enough for me. Now more than ever, we all need to get out and vote for change.  
Bonnie Smith has recently put the finishing touches on the She Votes book with designer Melissa Reischman. Over 100 submissions were submitted. This is an SCWCA Project in Honor of the 100th Anniversary of the 19th Amendment dated August 18, 1920, which gave women the right to vote. Artists from various WCA chapters have contributed amazing pieces of art. We will keep you posted regarding various iterations of how this one of a kind book will be presented.
Also, we now have She Votes merchandise that can be purchased in our Redbubble shop. There are t-shirts, masks, mugs and more available. All proceeds will go to the SCWCA Professional Development Award Fund. I ordered my mask and plan to wear it proudly. 
If you would like to participate in another project, I am spearheading The Community Quilt Project, with support from the SoLA Gallery. We are asking participants to create a 12" square with the theme We Are Home. Please mail your completed artwork to me by September 30, 2020. My address is Shelley Heffler, 815 N. La Brea Ave #487, Inglewood, CA 90302 and my email is if you have any questions. The quilt project will be exhibited and then auctioned off and proceeds will be donated to Homeless Organizations. See my Facebook page to view work that has been submitted.
As always, we stand together. We have much to be proud of as an organization and as artists. Look for our zoom meetings and opportunities to participate.
I want to urge you to send information about your future exhibitions and what has kept you sane through this stressful time to

Sharing your accomplishments is one of our priorities.

Stay well, stay safe, stay connected.

Shelley Heffler
Black Lives Matter
Now more than ever the Southern California Caucus for Art, as mothers, daughters, sisters, friends and allies we feel the pain of all people of color who have suffered from or have had a family member victimized by brutality and injustice. We share your outrage. This must stop if we are going to live together in harmony.
We support the fight for justice for yet another tragedy in the shooting of Jacob Blake Jr. and countless others who have been unjustly killed or hurt by the police and white vigilantes. We will say their names.
We believe that Black lives are equally entitled to liberty and justice. We think the stains of racism and sexism must be cleansed from the fiber of every society for the world to live in peace. To achieve this, individuals must take responsibility alone or with others, seek solutions and take action.
Part of our mission as an organization is activism, so we stand with the Black Lives Matter movement because we believe that all humans are connected. 
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 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
Our scholarship program will be launching next year. It's in the planning and funding stage. We are calling it the SCWCA Professional Development Award. The purpose of this award is to boost membership, support struggling women artists and provide opportunities for diverse ideas and discourse. The first opportunity to fund this program comes in the form of promotional items for sale connected to the She Votes altered book project. You can click on the  She Votes purchase your mask, t-shirt, water bottle or mug.

- 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? 

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."
Artists, assemblage artists in particular, there is an opportunity to come and treasure hunt through loads of material. A very prolific artist died earlier this year and her daughter Judy is clearing out the studio. It is a goldmine of items and a stroll through history. I guarantee artists that use found objects in their practice will find this worth the trip. She does have some boxes but you might want to bring your own. I wish I had brought my truck instead of my small car. Judy would really like these items to go to artists that will use them.

See the images below of the kind of items that are available. Contact Dellis Frank at if you're interested in  taking some of the material.
You can still view the SCWCA Special Edition: Pulse of LA in the Time of Protest online exhibition. This exhibition speaks to the experience of being a visual artist in Los Angeles in trying times. The artworks express both solidarity with recent BLM protests and continuity with long standing injustices. The myriad of forms, materials and ideas results in a compelling exhibition. 

This exhibition can be viewed on our SCWCA website. 

Participating Artists: Carolyn ApplegatePamela BenhamAnahid BoghosianMary Sherwood BrockVivian Wenhuey ChenDebra DobkinPam DouglasPaula DwyerMarta FeinsteinMarla FieldsDellis FrankDwora FriedShelley HefflerBrenda HurstAnn IsoldeYvonne JongelingBeanie Kaman​Susan Karhroody​Alexis KrasilovskyNancy Goodman LawrenceSinan Leong RevellLynn LettermanKarena MassengillMahtab MohammadiBeverly MorrisonSandra Mueller​, Barbara NathansonStacey RasfeldKaren Schifman Kerrie SmithBonnie J. SmithAnn StorcKathleen Thoma​Darlyn Susan Yee. 

There are plenty of reasons to celebrate the She Votes altered book project commemorating the 100th anniversary of the passage of  the 19th  amendment, a woman’s right to vote. We have surpassed our goal of 100 submissions. Thank you to all participants. 

Thank you Bonnie J. Smith for conceiving the project that enabled so many wonderful artists nationwide to participate.

Please support our scholarship fund by purchasing a She Votes T-shirt, mug, mask or water bottle. The link below will take you directly to our Redbubble site where you can purchase these items.
She Votes

This is a Call for Entries Show for WCA Members in the USA that our Colorado chapter is sponsoring. The show is called Old Myths, New Stories and will  be held at the Curtis Cultural Arts Center in Greenwood Village, CO just south of Denver and juried by their Cultural Arts Manager Chris Stevens. He will be looking for art depicting where women, (womxn, womyn, wimmin) have come from and where they are going to; arts expressing ideas about the experience of women through time and in the present time. This exhibition celebrates the 100th Anniversary of the 19th Amendment guaranteeing women the right to vote.

The exhibition will be on view from November 7 thru December 23, 2020 with an opening on Saturday, November 7 to include presentation of Best of Show awards and three Honorable Mentions with cash prizes. Entries are due through the CaFE Site: by September 23, 2020 $25 for up to three pieces.

This call is open to all WCA members in the USA. 

 SoLA Contemporary, a non-profit arts organization, is reaching out to members of the community to tell you about an opportunity to participate in a project called, We Are Home: A Community Quilt Project. All citizens, living in the LA region are invited to join in this art-making endeavor. Although we are all living separately our lives are still connected.

Our goal is to collect as many 12" blocks for the quilt as possible to be exhibited at the SoLA gallery and participating organizations.

At the end of touring, the quilts will be auctioned off and all proceeds will be donated to homeless organizations. We appreciate your donation in an effort to help heal our community.  



1. Cut a piece of fabric, any kind, overall size, 12”x12”, leave a border around your design for quilt assembly.

2. Expressively, create and cut from fabric your design based on the theme.

3. Paint, glue, hand or machine stitch your design to the 12” x 12” block

4. Send your completed quilt block to Shelley Heffler or we can collect it.

5. If you do not have materials, we will provide them for you.

6. Be creative. This is your time to shine.

Please include your name and contact information.
Send completed block to: Shelley Heffler 815 N. La Brea #487 Los Angeles, CA., 90302 Questions:

Andrée B. Carter has a work titled Secret Orange
 the 4th Biennial Visual Impressions show.

Ryan James Fine Arts
11905 124th Ave NE
Kirkland, WA 98034
Runs September 1 thru October 31, 2020

Bonnie J. Smith was asked to create an audio/video gallery for the 2020 Festival of Quilts, U.K.  A reduced version of the 2020 Festival was created for online this year. You can view her new “Drought” series at  



The LAUNCH gallery presents Tarfest, a multidisciplinary festival produced to provide artists performance /exhibition opportunities and audiences from all over Los Angeles with unique arts programming in the Miracle Mile District. 


Tarfest 2020 Transition: Group Exhibition 
There were 132 artists who submitted a total of 441 works. Juror, Holly Jerger selected 47 pieces from 45 artists. Eleven of these artists are SCWCA members. They include: Lorraine Bubar, Pam Douglas, S.P. Harper, Shelley Heffler, Brenda Hurst, Beanie Kaman, Nancy Goodman Lawrence, Seda B. Saar,  Mary Sherwood Brock, Cathy Weiss and Valerie Wilcox.

170 S La Brea Ave, Los Angeles (Former Jan Baum/Merry Karnowsky Gallery)

Runs thru Sept 5, 2020 
Tarfest 2020

Sue Ann Robinson
Since 1981, Sue Ann Robinson has been creating mixed media, unique and limited edition artist’s books. (see Quercus Psalter, Limited edition mixed media artist’s book above). She is drawn to the artist’s book form for its intimate and participatory nature since it has the potential to be a garden in the pocket or a cathedral in the palm of the hand. She makes artist’s books as a place and time for contemplation.The artist’s book is an ideal format—providing for the manipulations of layers of meaning, materials, texts/fonts, sequencing of pages and the integration of image and text, all creating a three-dimensional sculpture engaging the viewer’s attention—which combines to elucidate complex topics. 
Nearly all of the subjects which intrigue her eventually can be summarized as the way in which we create stories of our lives and construct our sense of home—time and place—from the natural and cultural artifacts all around us. She is interested in complete, inseparable visual integration of text and image and has been inspired by William Blake, medieval illuminated manuscripts, and such contemporary artists’ books as Tom Phillip’s A Humument and Daniel Spoerri’s An Anecdoted Topography of Chance.
The artist’s book form facilitates the faculties of delectation and imagination in the viewer and encourages contemplation, which is defined as thoughtful observation and looking with continued attention. As culture moves at an ever-faster clip in cyberspace, the intimacy of the book form to communicate and the sensual pleasure of hands over pages will continue to inspire and delight.

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.
by Karen Schifman

Read Karen's monthly blog  at ARTFULAMPHORA

Is summer over? I know that some galleries are now open by appointment. However, I am very hesitant about things returning to "normal" in the artworld in 2020. I will keep my optimism at bay with the looming flu season, election results, civil unrest and climate realities. The petite artwork to the right is by yours truly and addresses some of our current concerns and how this all makes me feel-oh- the title is Uncomfortable.


The current exhibition at Sprueth Magers Gallery focuses on the work of Senga Nengudi. Her oeuvre situates itself at the threshold of sculpture and object-related choreographed performance. She is known for work that uses such ordinary materials as nylon stockings. This current exhibition brings together two large-scale projects, Bulemia, (image above) and Sandmining. Each of these works characteristically demonstrate the use of everyday materials and  a unique approach to using form and space.
Runs thru October 2, 2020

Shoshana Wayne Gallery presents Forms Fired, a collection of over 40 contemporary sculptures in clay on loan from galleries, collectors and artists worldwide. They all make fired forms but unlike traditional ceramics their objects eschew functionality—relationships between the viewer, object and space often define the meaning, sometimes in order to make social or political statements or in an attempt to stretch formal, conceptual or material boundaries. In sum, these are sculptures in the round that inspire us through imagination, ideas, skill and beauty. In this virtual exhibition, works by Ann Agee, Kathy Butterly , Nicole Cherubini, Petah Coyne (image above), Anina Major, Lindsey Mendick and many others shine.
Runs thru December 31, 2020

The Art of Coping is the current virtual exhibition by Women Painters West. Click here to view.The image on the right by Nancy Goodman Lawrence is one of the stunning works in the exhibition.
David Kordansky Gallery is open by appointment only with upcoming shows by two women artists, Linda Stark and Lesley Vance. Hearts by Linda Stark (image above) best described on their website "These paintings frequently address varied iconographies associated with this most resonant of forms. Hearts occupy the literal and figurative centers of human and animal life, but they also appear in a wide range of social and narrative contexts. Emphasizing the physical, even sculptural, qualities of paint as much as its visual or color-based ones, Stark creates objects that reflect the multivalent potential of the heart as vessel and beacon, physical organ and mystical source. In so doing, she reveals a broad array of interests, notable for their historical depth and up-to-the-minute urgency alike. The suffragette movement and the fight for women’s right to vote, the use of hearts in medals for military purposes, the emotional power of religious imagery and the ability of a heart to transform another image, like a watering eye into something richly metaphorical are a few of the thematic areas Stark explores in the show.
But these are also highly personal paintings that arise as responses to inner experiences of mind and body. Often years in the making, they are meticulously planned and executed so that they engender intimacy, wonder and surprise." 

Additionally, Large Scale by Lesley Vance (image above) emphasizes relationships between light and shadow, exploring different perceptions of space and reckoning with the materiality of color. 

Runs September 19 thru October 24, 2020


Enjoy the Southern California Contemporary Quilt exhibit online at the Oceanside Museum of Art. Works by 36 artists who live and work in our vibrant and diverse region provide varied interpretations of life. They certainly do not abide by traditional quilt patterns. Some incorporate the latest modern technology with time-honored quilting techniques for art on the wall, free standing sculptures or ceiling mounted hanging forms. The results are images ranging from the mountains to the oceans and from urban lifescapes to rural farmland to the stark, compelling desert. Among the artists in this exhibition are Linda Anderson, Charlotte Bird, Lynne Hodgman, Sandra Lauterbach, Kathleen McCabe, Nelda McComb (image left), Kathy Piper, Dinah Sargeant,  Heather Urquhart, Libby Williamson and many others.
Runs thru February 21, 2021.


The Body, The Object, The Other exhibition at the Craft Contemporary Museum can be enjoyed online through January 2021. The show is their 2nd annual Clay Biennial and features contemporary ceramic practices that start with the human figure as the basis for material and conceptual experimentation. The exhibition presents works from 21 emerging and established artists who challenge traditional notions of the body, the self and systems of representation. Works in the exhibition include sculptural objects, site-specific installations and performative works.

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