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  • January 7: Saturday Salon topic: New Year New Art at 10:00 am Zoom
  • January 12: Board/Member meeting 5:30 pm (all are welcome) Zoom
  • January 19: Artist Talk with Sandra Mueller at 7:00 pm on Zoom
  • January 20: Deadline for Seeing Red exhibition
  • January 24: Notification for acceptance into Seeing Red exhibition
  • January 26 - 29: Drop off for Seeing Red exhibition
  • February 3: Friday, Opening Reception for Seeing Red from 5:00 - 8:00
  • 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.
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Dear Members,
Buh Bye 2022 and Hellooooo 2023! I thought it might be fun to see what Google had to say about the New Year 2023. 
  • According to numerology, the year 2023 could carry with it an aura of discovery, intuition, and compassion.
  • The Numerology Meaning of 2023 is all about curiosity and compassion.
  • Libra is the lucky zodiac sign in 2023 with the highest potential to find love, luck and glory.
  • 2023 is the year of the Water Rabbit. The sign of the Rabbit is a symbol of longevity, peace, and prosperity in Chinese culture.
  • The four lucky colors associated with the Year of the Rabbit are azure blue, apple green, red and pink.
  • Pantone has declared 2023 “The Year Of Viva Magenta.”
Heralding in a new year comes with tons of excitement, anticipation, resolutions, hope and desires. My wish for you is to live your best life and my hope is for this next chapter in your life to be filled with awesome adventures and a little bit of risk taking.
I look forward to seeing you on January 12, 2023 at 5:30pm at our next Board/Chapter Meeting. Until then…
Happy New Year!
SCWCA President

Every year you make a resolution to change yourself. This year, make a resolution to be yourself. -Anonymous
As a reminder, EVERY monthly meeting is open to all SCWCA members: Board meetings, Artist Talks, and Saturday Salons. All of our monthly zoom meetings and zoom/in-person events are listed on our website in the calendar section  Join us, please! Your voice is truly important to the future of SCWCA.
Questions? Email 
Want to share accomplishments and/or exhibitions? Email by the 15th of the month. SCWCA eNews is your news.
Saturday Salon -  Saturday January 7, 2023 at 10:00 am. The subject of January's Salon is New Year New Art on ZoomJoin us for a lively conversation about new ideas for our artmaking in the new year. Spark some innovation with us!

Email Karen Schifman with questions or suggestions for future Salons.
Artist Talk -  We absolutely love having our artist talks on the third Thursday of every month. This month on January 19, 2023 at 7:00 pm we will see Sandra Mueller. We'd love to have you participate in our artist talks. Please contact Shelley Heffler and let her know which month you are available.

Sandra Mueller is an interdisciplinary artist, writer and arts facilitator who has been on a lifelong journey of social concern and creative expression. She has shown her colorful abstract paintings, collaborative installations and eco-feminist prints broadly through the Pacific Rim region. Community and connection are at the heart of her creative and curatorial practices. She engages the dynamics of emergence — embrace mystery, choose possibility and invite divergence — to make new possibilities visible in our personal and collective relationships with one another and our dear planet.

Open to all current SCWCA members
Juror: Shelley Heffler
Submission Deadline: Sunday, January 22, 2023
Notification:Tuesday, January 24, 2023.
Drop off: January 26-29th, either at the gallery or arranged drop off location in Los Angeles.
Pick-up: March 1- March 5th, 12-4pm.
We will assist in making arrangements for pick-up and delivery of work.
All works must have the color ‘red’.
Entrythingy: $10 per entry. $20 for 2.
Limit 2 per person.

Requirements: Label your work with your last name_first name__title.
All works must have red in it, no larger than 18" x 24" in any dimension. If it is a sculptural work, please provide a pedestal. Provide medium and dimensions and any special installation instructions in entrythingy. All work should be ready to hang with screw eyes and hanging wire. No clip or saw-tooth hangers. Work that does not comply with these rules or match images submitted to the juror will be disqualified and not installed. Pedestals are not available in the gallery.
Insurance: Artists must provide their own insurance.
Sales: Gallery will receive 20% of all sales.
Opening of the exhibition corresponds to the Perez arts district open studios, first Friday of the month, February 3, 2023 from 5:00 - 8:00 pm. Turn out for this event is great, so plan your stay.

Seeing Red Entries Here

As a Sister SCWCA artist member, Julienne Johnson would like to extend this exhibition opportunity to each of you, for her upcoming Curatorial/Production to be held at the Tokyo Metropolitan Art  Museum for the 22nd Japan International Art Exchange Exhibition.

The USA Exhibition for the 22nd annual Japan International Art Exchange Exhibition

Formal Opening Ceremony, June 15, 2023 at 11:00 am

June 15 – June 20, 2023

Tokyo Metropolitan Art Museum (at Ueno Park)
8-36 Uenokoen, Taito City, Tokyo 110-0007, Japan


Saturday - January 14, 2023


This is not a public invitation.


Do not post this invite on your social media sites.

More Questions? – Ask Ilana at 

View a mini teaser video of my a previous Curatorial/Production for the 

21st Japan International Art Exchange Exhibition at the same museum


Occupy the Moment | Fabric of Change was initially created to launch and serve the in-person conference in Chicago. We are now continuing our efforts of re-envisioning this durational project to anchor connection, leadership and community beyond the conference. This durational project can be used at any WCA regional or local event as a resource to anchor sustained action and change. We urge you to use this project to share your voice about anything that concerns you. Feel free to create as many as you want to address as many issues, thoughts or concerns as you want to share.

 This is the link to see the full presentation from the artist talk. Fabric of Change Presentation

These are the tools to help get you started in producing your project.
Video: Fabric of Change video
Worksheet: FabricOfChangeWorksheet
Upload your pictures here: Digital Mosaic Portal

We urge each of you to create your own Fabric of Change project and upload the image to the Digital Mosaic Portal. What a great way to stay connected!

If you have more questions after viewing the resources listed above you can contact Dellis Frank.
Let's welcome our newest member: Anjale Perrault from Redondo Beach. We're glad to have you with us.
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.
Linda Vallejo our honored Lifetime Achievement Awardee has work in ROME!! for AltaMed Art Collection’s In Your Face: Chicano Art After CARA in partnership with the Embajada de México en Italia hosted at the Instituto Cervantes in the historic Piazza Navona, Rome, Italy. Fifty-three works by thirty Chicano/a artists.

Runs thru January 21, 2023
Dellis Frank has been juried into The Portrait Show at the California Heritage Museum. This Women Painters West members only exhibition will be on view from January 21 thru April 30, 2023.

Opening Reception: Saturday January 21, 2023 from 3:00 - 5:00 pm
Location: 2612 Main Street, Santamonica, CA
Gallery hours: Wednesday - Sunday 11:00 am - 4:00 pm
Pamela Benham’s oil painting on gessoed paper In the Pink (pictured left) is in the exhibition 6 x 6 2023 at the Grants Pass Museum of Art, Grants Pass, Oregon from January 20 thru Feb 16, 2023.

She is also exhibiting at the Monmouth Museum of Art, Lincroft, New Jersey from November 18 thru January 1, 2023 and at the Rochester Contemporary Art Center from December 2, 2022 thru February 11, 2023.
Art in the Time of Corona has accepted Dellis Frank into the next volume of this series. Her work Absolute Chaotic Disaster can be viewed on the Artsy website and will be listed on their sales platform. 
You are invited to an evening of fabric collaging, sewing and painting with artist Dellis Frank on Maker Night at Craft Contemporary, Thursday, January 5, 2023 from 6:00 - 8:00 pm.

Participants will draw inspiration from the current exhibition of Lezley Saar titled Diorama Drama and create their very own fabric banner or wall hanging. Cost of program includes materials and drinks.

Masks are required for all in-person programs. Members get a discount on all programs!

$12 / Free for Members
In-Person and outdoors
Linda Levy has a piece in the Jewish Artist Initiative. The opening of the JAI 18th Anniversary exhibition is Thursday, January 26, 2023 at 7:00 pm. It will be at the Dortort Center for Creativity in the Arts as Hillel at UCLA located at 574 Hilgard Avenue, Los Angeles, CA.
Marla Fields
At this time of the year, one reflects upon the past and future. The year can be seen through a series of events and/or emotions. How do I feel about what I have accomplished and what is yet to come? What do I see for myself? Deciphering it all, at first, is a series of confused texture, color and emotion. As we observe with patience it begins to be resolved.

This month’s featured artist is Marla Fields. Marla brings a great deal to her abstract paintings. She combines more than material, form, texture and color to her work. Marla ventures into emotions that are revealed through exploration and time. Using repetitive shapes, Marla creates an environment for the viewer to explore. The eye follows form then color. Her pieces are layered with previous artworks creating depth and texture. As we are drawn to the piece, to distinct segments of the art, clarity of emotion is revealed.

To explore more of Marla’s artwork go to or SCWCA’s Artist Registry.

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

Check out Karen's monthly blog for more information on what's in the galleries and the museums around town: Artful Amphora

Women Around Town
January 2022

Sending artful wishes for a wonderful new year.
Looking around to see the noteworthy  exhibits that  feature  women artists  this  month….


Moorpark College Art Gallery is featuring a comprehensive exhibit of works by Joanne Julian. Julian is well-known for mixed-media drawings that combine realistic natural elements with flowing abstractions of line, shape and color. The exhibit features a wide range of works on paper that represent her oeuvre from the past 40 years of  her practice providing a journey of her development. Some of the examples dating from 1978-2000 include: surrealistic bouquets, Kabuki wigs, Zen circles, Ravens, large scale botanicals and starry skies.

Runs thru January 25, 2023
Artist Talk and Reception: January 19, 2023 at 11:00 a.m.

A survey of works from 2001-2022 by artist Rebecca Morris is the current exhibit at ICA (Institute of Contemporary Art). Thirty large-scale abstract paintings in the exhibit showcase her progression of styles and rigorous commitment to experimentation and abstraction.

Runs thru January  15, 2023

 Later this month, Mimi Smith: Head On opens at Luis de Jesus Gallery. Smith’s work was considered groundbreaking in the 1960s and certainly was influential on the Feminist Art Movement. The exhibition will present sculptures, paintings, and drawings spanning the 1960s to the present. She is known in particular for creating objects that “simultaneously engage the personal, domestic sphere and the larger socio-political context of our time.”
Runs January 14 thru March 4,  2023

Honor Fraser gallery presents Future Sensitive, a solo exhibition of short films, soft sculptures and kinetic installations by the filmmaker and body architect, Lucy McRae. “McRae's genre bending, science fiction films and installations gesture to a speculative, not-so-distant future where advanced genetic engineering will enable humans to be grown in laboratories outside of the womb. The exhibition spotlights McRae's dynamic capacity for world-building and brings together a selection of her recent projects to ask how future technologies of design will fundamentally alter entrenched notions of human intimacy, reproduction, spirituality and wellness. Can our technologies be more than a quick fix, and instead help us find strength in our imperfections? Can sensitivity be a guiding principle as we dream about the future? Future Sensitive cultivates these questions and asks us to trust in the unknown as we pioneer new aesthetics, new stories, and new ways of being together in the world.” (HF Gallery)

Runs thru February 17, 2023


Guo Pei: Art of Couture is the current exhibit at the Bowers Museum. Pei has carefully curated her own exhibition providing “a creative journey that charts her rise as China’s ‘Queen of Culture’. Each gown not only underscores her unique ability to tap into China’s rich cultural heritage, but also an array of cultural influences from international arts, architecture and mythology. The interplay of female empowerment, strength and vulnerability are all reflected in exquisitely rendered couture. The exhibition is further enriched by the inclusion of several influential pieces from her highly successful and much lauded couture bridal wear, which makes its North American debut at the Bowers.” Each garment is truly a  feast  for the eyes. Click here for a brief video walk-thru of the exhibit.
Runs thru May  14, 2023

Paper, Stone: Six Women Artists and the Language of Lithography continues at the Norton Simon Museum. The exhibit features works by  Ruth Asawa, Gego, Eleanore Mikus, Louise Nevelson, Irene Siegel and Hedda Sterne. Each woman received a two-month fellowship at the famed Tamarind Lithography Workshop, founded by the visionary printmaker June Wayne in 1960. Though each of the artists in this exhibition had already established her reputation in other media by the time of her visit—and only two had made lithographs before—they all found that lithography offered fascinating, new possibilities for exploring their aesthetic interests.

Runs thru February 13, 2023
Image by Louise Nevelson
Uta Barth: Peripheral Vision is one of the current photography exhibits at the Getty Center. “Los Angeles–based photographer Uta Barth has spent her career exploring subtle changes of light as it illuminates various surfaces, documenting the passage of time and investigating the differences between how the human eye and the camera perceive the world. This selection of objects represents the most formative and critically acclaimed projects of Barth’s nearly 40-year career, including the debut of a new multi-part work commissioned by the Getty.”  (Getty)

Runs thru February 19, 2023
Tala  Madani: Biscuits continues at MOCA (Geffen).
This Iranian-born American artist is well-known for her contemporary paintings, drawings and animations. The exhibit features 15 years of the artists paintings and animations.
Madani’s paintings and animations are powerful meditations on the potential for art to reflect the deeply seated cultural fears, conflicts and desires of our present day. “Rich in narrative and heavy in irony, they elicit curiosity, fantasy, and repulsion.”
Runs thru February 19, 2023

The recently reopened Orange County Museum of art is celebrating its 60th anniversary, paying homage to the thirteen women who founded the Balboa Pavilion Gallery, the earliest iteration of OCMA, which opened in 1962. 13 Women is curated by Heidi Zuckerman and presented with multiple rotations over the course of almost a full year. The exhibition presents work from the 1960s to the present by artists central to the museum’s collection. Each rotation is centered on the work of thirteen pioneering female artists, each of whom share the visionary qualities of the museum’s founders.

Runs thru August 20, 2023

The Skirball Cultural Center’s current exhibit  is Fabric of a Nation: American Quilt Stories. This is  a traveling exhibit from the  Museum of Fine Arts, Boston. The exhibition features over 40 examples of American quilts (mostly by women) including Amish quilts, Gees Bend's Lillie Mae Pettway (pictured left) Harriet Powers’ well-known story quilt as well as some outstanding examples by contemporary quilters. There are many visually  stunning quilts here, however one should also be reminded of the political messages they carry.

Runs thru March 12, 2023
Continuing at the newly remodeled Museum of Contemporary  Art, San Diego (La Jolla) is a retrospective of work by Alexis Smith. Alexis Smith: The American Way includes many of her collages which combine found texts, images and objects to underscore and exaggerate how we are shaped by the media and culture that surround us. With her signature sense of humor, Smith turns a keen eye to literature, movies, and pop culture to scrutinize the myth of the American Dream.

Runs thru  Jan. 29, 2023
We have very active pods. They meet monthly, either on Zoom or in person. They meet for art-shares, friendship and all-around supportThey are really having a great time! Want to join a Pod or create one of your own? Contact Cathy Engle-Marder at

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 of them.

Membership Orientations for the general membership are available now. 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.


- 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?


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. Another Zoom class is “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 “Artists 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 2022 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.

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  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.

Personal Voices / Cultural Visions: Conversations in the Visual Arts Community, Los Angeles 1994 - 1996
is available on

The Common Ground Exhibition catalog is available for purchase on Amazon.
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 link.
The SCWCA Scholarship Award applications are always available. 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. The deadline for the application is June 1. Feel free to promote this all yeaer long!

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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