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  • October 3 thru November 13, 2020: Common Ground exhibition at Embed Gallery (see below for full programming information)
  • October 10: Common Ground  Opening & Conversation - 1 - 2:30 pm
  • October 14: Why Artists Make Socio-Political Images - 7 - 8:30 pm
  • October 17: Making Art in An Unbalanced World - 1 - 2:30 pm
  • October 21: Change Through Building Community - 7 - 8:30 pm
  • November 7: Common Ground Words & Pictures Workshop for SCWCA members 1 - 4:00 pm
  • October 30: Zoom She Votes Cocktail Hour - 4:00 pm (email Shelley Heffler for link)
  • December 12 thru 19, 2020: SCWCA 10 X 10 Holiday Show Fundraiser at SoLA Gallery
  • 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)

Dear SCWCA members and friends,

This letter comes at a crucial time in our nation’s existence. We are at the precipice of an election that is tenuous at best. This year has been filled with hardship and anxiety, and I for one, am feeling fatigued by it. As we move forward in our lives, we have to believe that right will win. It is heartwarming at this time to be part of an organization that provides community and support. 

The She Votes book is now an online exhibit and will be on view at the Common Ground exhibition at Embed Gallery opening on October 3rd. I do hope you will attend the many virtual offerings in conjunction with this show  (see below for details). SCWCA will be hosting a cocktail zoom meeting October 30th with interviews and overview of She Votes. We will send out a separate announcement to RSVP and you will receive a link for this event.  
We can all look forward to a members only holiday exhibition at SOLA Gallery in December. All works must be 10”x10” and will sell for $100.00 with 70% to artists and 30% to SCWCA scholarship fund. I hope you will participate. Look for details coming soon. 

Finally, my Community Quilt Project is growing and I hope you will submit something soon. Mail to me: 815 N. La Brea, Inglewood, CA, 90302. 

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
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. 
Above image: Planet in Peril by Ann Isolde

Common Ground is an exhibition focused on planet earth as an ever-shifting politicized landscape of borders, exclusions and omissions as well as a shared terrain under pressing physical assault. Through paintings, photographs, sculptures and videos, this multicultural, multigenerational group of 21 artists explore the reality of a single planet that is humanity’s most divided territory and damaged common ground. 

It is curated by Suvan Geer and Sandra Mueller and sponsored in part by the Department of Cultural Affairs, Los Angeles and SCWCA and presented by Embed Gallery .

Participating artists include Kim Abeles, Mariona Barkus, Sharon Barnes, Pilar Castillo, Danielle Eubank, Samantha Fields, Suvan Geer/ Stitch in Time, Eloisa Guanlao, Ann Isolde, Sant Khalsa, Meg Madison, Kaoru Mansour, Maryrose C. Mendoza, Sandra Mueller, Naida Osline, Pamela J. Peters, Sheila Pinkel, Sinan Leong Revell, Bonnie J. Smith / She Votes, Linda Vallejo and Gail Werner.

Beginning on October 3rd, the Common Ground exhibition can be viewed virtually by visiting Embed Gallery or in person by appointment. 

Words and Pictures Workshop —Saturday, November 7, 1 – 4 pm  SCWCA Members Only 
Led by artist and published author Nancy Spiller, this special half day workshop for SCWCA members  uses creative writing techniques to dive deeper into our art. Working with selected pieces from the Common Ground exhibit, we’ll explore the show’s concepts of the Earth as a shared but threatened space. A $10 fee applies and limited spaces are available.  RSVP via  email to Karen Schifman.

Opening Conversation — Saturday, October 10, 1-2:30 pm
Curators Suvan Geer and Sandra Mueller will talk with exhibiting artists on how their artworks speak to the earth as a shared terrain yet damaged landscape. 
Why Artists Make Socio-Political Images  — Wednesday, October 14, 7-8:30 pm
Linda Vallejo with Mariona Barkus, Pilar Castillo, Naida Osline and Pamela J. Peters discuss the inspiration, meaning and impact for making works that focus on the politics of color, class, culture or gender.

Making Art in An Unbalanced World — Saturday, October 17, 1-2:30 pm
Suvan Geer with artists Sharon Barnes, Danelle Eubank, Eloisa Guanlao, Maryrose C. Mendoza and Sinan Leong Revell explore using art to navigate social, political and environmental problems.

Change Through Building Community —Wednesday, October 2, 7-8:30 pm
Sheila Pinkel with leaders from Justice LA & Dignity and Power Now, Los Angeles Poverty Department, Kaos Network and Uncommon Good consider innovative ways to building community.
The Art of Here and tHere Workshop — Wednesday, October 7 and 11, 9:30-11:30 am
Kim Abeles leads  hands-on art workshops to explore our relation to space and time beyond oneself. Limited spaces available. Must commit to attending both sessions.

Join the Conversations — *RSVPs for all Common Ground Conversations to

Embed Gallery at Toolbox LA
9410 Owensworth
Chatsworth, CA 91311
The She Votes altered book project commemorating the 100th anniversary of the passage of  the 19th amendment ratifying a woman’s right to vote can be seen at the Common Ground exhibition from October 3 thru November 13, 2020. 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 She Votes 
merchandise. The link below will take you directly to our Redbubble site where you can purchase these items.
She Votes

We will have a She Votes Cocktail hour to celebrate the completion of the project ant talk about the art work. Email Shelley Heffler for the link to this zoom event.

STILL ACCEPTING QUILT BLOCKS. 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. 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 at 815 N. La Brea #487, Los Angeles, CA. 90302 Questions: Call

Call and Response is a project organized by Kristine Schomaker, Sheli Silverio, S. Vollie Osborn, Emily Wiseman and Susan T. Kurland of Shoebox PR/Art and Cake. Drawing on the tradition of Jazz, Exquisite Corpse and ping/pong this project is meant as a way for us to stay connected, to check in with each other and to support each other.

This is collaboration at a distance. Many of our SCWCA members are participating in this event.

Round 7
Opening Reception - Online
Saturday, October 3, 3-5pm PST

Round 8 is coming up. Click this link to participate Call and Response Round 8
Ann B. Schwartz

Ann tends to work in series. Her Crystal Auras Series features an alluring amalgam of terrestrial and otherworldly qualities. These mixed media paintings are created with countless layers of potent earth tones that permeate the sculpted surfaces. A primordial energy exudes from the core of each painting, causing the work to feel as if it has been spawned from a prehistoric cave wall, a stratum of a familiar or distant terrain or the glistening interior of a geode. Due to her experience working with gemstones, she is adept at the manipulation of light. This allows her to best enhance the natural energy inherent in the chosen pigment, which is invigorated by the intact geography of the surface.

Her more recent Ricordi d’ Italia Series continues her exploration of color, light and surface (see Embracing Positano above). Inspired by travels to Italy’s Amalfi Coast, these paintings still have the ethereal quality of the Crystal Auras images but also include a more formalized abstraction and defined composition. The layering of surfaces and color reveal a geometry with a distinctive Modernist flair. Elements of the past and present architecture of Southern Italy’s coastal villages and ruins emerge from this abstracted imagery, producing a dreamlike mood that does not reside in a specific time or place. Other works utilize a more electric and pulsating palette reminiscent of the potent energy of vibrant coastal vistas. The work exudes the unique variances of Italy’s terrain and achieves an otherworldly quality through a reductive process in which the tangible is deconstructed into its essential elements.

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.
It's a Zen Thing (pictured right) by Cathy Engel-Marder has won first place in Collage Artists of America's member exhibit. The show can be seen online ( ). Two of her works are also featured in the virtual exhibition at Fusion Arts titled 3rd Women Artists Art Exhibition, which is online at https://www.fusionarts./com and runs thru December 14, 2020.The two pieces in the show are Daddy Plays the Blues (assemblage sculpture - fifth place award) and EquiLibrium (mixed media wall hanging). 
Pam Douglas presents Sanctuary Part Two of her multi-year project at TAG Gallery October 6 thru 31. She will reprise Sanctuary Part One in a solo show at the Los Angeles Art Association/Gallery 825 from October 30 to December 4, 2020.
In her dramatic installation of Sanctuary Part Two, refugee rafts escape across the gallery floor from a 36-foot abstract mural of a devastated land.
Douglas began her Sanctuary project last year as a visceral response to refugees seeking asylum on our border and around the world. In 2020 the series grew into a metaphor for all of us adrift in the winds of change.
TAG is open on a limited basis at 5458 Wilshire Blvd., LA 90036. Appointments are available by calling (310) 829-9556 or emailing
Please join Pam for a virtual walk-through on Wednesday, October 7 at 4 pm via zoom. Here’s the link:


Ruth Ellen Hoag Fine Art at Grayspace is featuring 5 on the RiseThe participating artists are Dorothy Churchill-Johnson, Ruth Ellen Hoag, Cynthia James, Cynthia Martin and Kerrie Smith

While reservations are not required, you may reserve your own time.
Text: 805-689-0858, or email:

Runs thru October 11, 2020
During the LAAA Annual Auction, Equipoise Spring (pictured above) by Kerrie Smith sold to a collector in Los Angeles.

Kerrie has been very productive during this pandemic. Here are a few things she'd like to share with us.

Shout Out LA Article on her studio -
Westmont Ridley Tree Museum of Art 'Art at Home’-you tube Video for Art Education for children.- more on the way!

She received a Jurors Choice Award in the Santa Barbara Studio Artists Show titled ArtSee Annual Art Show.

LAAA shows she's in include: Non Sequitur, Habitual, Field of Vision.

Kerrie is the incoming President of the Arts Council at the Westmont Ridley-Tree Museum of Art.

Art and Cake On being an Abstract Painter-
Dellis Frank has a piece titled See Me (pictured left) accepted into the Women’s Caucus for Art of Greater Washington, DC’s juried online exhibition entitled See My Color. All members of the National Women’s Caucus for Art were invited to submit artwork for WCADC’s Social Justice Art Exhibition.

This exhibition explores artists' relationships with racial injustice, police brutality and criminal justice reform through visual art. The show aims to confront the current social injustices surrounding the deaths of people of color in the United States by law enforcement, as well as systemic racism as a whole. “I don’t see color” is not an acceptable response.
by Karen Schifman

Read Karen's monthly blog  at ARTFULAMPHORA


- 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?


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."
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 is 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  link to purchase merchandise that displays the She Votes logo.

A portion of the proceeds from the SCWCA 10 X 10 Holiday show at SoLA will also go to fund this program. Get those 10" X 10" pieces ready for December!
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