Tuesday, February 28, 2017

Double Treat: Kathy Meliopoulos and Margee Bright Ragland

Don Dougan and Kathy Meloipoulos standing
next to Melipoulos's sculpture "Pinhead."

Double Treat: Two WCAGA member solo shows at Georgia State University’s Perimeter College at the Clarkston Campus

By Flora Rosefsky

Kathy Melipoulos’s artist talk was held at GPC- Clarkson Campus art gallery on February 15th. I enjoyed hearing about this talented member’s body of work now on exhibit through March 11th. The show’s title, “Under My Skin”, had new meaning after hearing what Kathy had to say. Many of Kathy’s mixed media works use chamois, which she says, “smells good, is soft, pliable, can be stretched, molded when wet then dried, stitched, drawn on, stapled, stained, painted. Very versatile.” 

In her talk, Kathy mentioned she “had never seen any work done on chamois leather. I had seen Native American art done on skin and have since found some contemporary artists who use it.”  To Kathy, skin became a “vehicle for autobiographical subject matter and other things that “get under my skin.

To someone who appreciates personal story telling in one’s art, Kathy’s work revealed her own journeys, some which were health challenges she has overcome, and her positive philosophy to live life fully each and every day. Articulating her thoughts about subject matter, Kathy said, “Family stories, narrative, impart information . . . Although I do believe all artists are a filter and all art is a reflection of how each one processes life, we all use different language and materials to communicate.”

Besides the chamois skin, Kathy uses aprons, which “are iconic symbols of women’s work, traditionally worn to protect the clothes from dirt. I have saved my aunts’ aprons because they are loaded with nostalgia, memories of family meals and gathering.  They also cover the part of the body that I have had trouble with – heart, lungs, sternum and neck. What’s underneath the “apron armor” can be fragile.”  

Text and/or figures are manifest through embroidery stitching – drawing with threads instead of more familiar pens, pencils or paint.  Some powerfully arresting pieces incorporate steel pins. Kathy says, “…the sculpture ‘PinHead’ feels like an extension of drawing. I could have drawn a glass head full of pin cushions but I had a lot of fun searching for the components, painting the pin cushions white, using antique hat pins as skewers, struggling with the many pin pricks. 

Kathy’s show is on view at the Jim Cherry Learning Center, Fourth Floor, through March 11, 2017.

Margee Bright Ragland—“Magical Narratives: A Retrospective. – Forty-Four Works from 1983-2016”.  

Night Bed by Bright Ragland
As I was leaving Kathy’s exhibit, GPC Gallery Director Don Dougan suggested I visit the solo show of another WCAGA member, Margee Bright Ragland. Margee is a full time professor of art at GSU Perimeter College and plans to retire next year. This marvelous retrospective was in the Perimeter Main Fine Arts Gallery of the Fine Arts Building on the Clarkston campus.

I gravitated toward Margee’s collage works, small in size compared to her paintings. Her shadow boxes were exquisitely crafted with strong use of composition, color, and texture using carefully selected found objects. I could see where each work, even without specific statements from Margee, is meant to begin a dialogue or conversation.  This is the kind of exhibition where you may “surf” the show quickly, and then return later to spend time appreciating the intimate details. 

Personal favorites included “Night Bed,” a collage that takes you to another century or world features mystical elements of floating female head and white owl staring at the viewer. Many of Margee’s works incorporate birds, which have their own symbolic meanings relating to both past and present. The collage “Night Vigil,” perhaps a companion work to “Night Bed,” uses different found materials with botanical motifs and patterns. “Suspension,” an assemblage of found and painted objects, symmetrically balances two red ladders and two gold leafed trees flanking what resembles a miniature theatrical stage set. “The Annunciation” is another work where I stood by it for a long time, thinking of the power of a story that probably went with the art – with images of angels, and a large staring eye. As Paul Gauguin said, fifty percent of the interpretation of a work of art belongs to the artist. The rest of the interpretations belonged to anyone who was looking at the work, even if they came up with a totally different idea. I find that is true today; I appreciate that our own life experiences offer up our own personal interpretations, even if different from what the artist intended. 

The Closing Reception was held on February 22nd, 2017.  Margee’s new book, “Bright Illuminations – The Art of Margee Bright Ragland and the Words of Others”, is now available on Amazon. The book pairs Margee’s collages with quotes from various authors.  If you missed her exhibition, this is a good way to enjoy Margee’s work.

A sincere thank you to member Don Dougan for the outstanding exhibition opportunities he coordinates as the curator and gallery director of the GSU Georgia Perimeter College and Clarkson Campus Art Galleries, and again, thanks to Don Dougan for his support of WCAGA member artists, for various group member exhibitions, and for solo invitational shows.
In August-September 2016, GPC-Clarkson had a memorable solo show, “Graffitti,” of large scale drawings by member Barb Rehg in the Fine Arts Building’s art gallery. “What is Seen,” a still life photography show for WCAGA artists Vicki Bethel, Lucy Hale, and Loretta Paraguassu was held at the JCLC 4th floor art gallery during Atlanta Celebrates Photography in October 2016.  

As WCAGA vice-president Maggie Davis said at the annual meeting, it is important for our members to support each other during the year by attending each others’ shows.  I look forward to getting to see more of our members’ work. 

GPC- Clarkson Campus:  Jim Cherry Learning Center (JCLC)–Art Gallery on 4th floor
555 No. Indian Creek Drive, Clarkson, GA 30021
(678) 891-3647
Hours (when library is open):  Mon.—Thurs. 7:45am—10pm, Fridays to 5:15pm, Saturdays 10am—4pm. Closed on Sundays. 

Wednesday, February 1, 2017

Interview with Aleta Aaron, Artist and Psychotherapist

Above Image: Sculpture by Aleta Aaron

1. Who are you and what do you do, and what is your background?
My name is Aleta Aaron. I am an artist and a psychotherapist. I was born into a family of artists and have loved making art since I was a young child. I have been a psychotherapist for 30+ years working with individuals, couples and families. With gratitude, my career life as an artist and psychotherapist has evolved together over the years.

2. What's integral to your art and or art career?
When I sculpt I seek to capture the spirit and beauty of the human form by relying on the simplicity and purity of abstraction in my sculptures. My sculptures reflect inner dialogues, the complexity of the emotions.

Above Image: Sculpture by Aleta Aaron
3. What themes do you pursue and what medium do you use?
I primarily sculpt in clay, caste in bronze. I do enjoy dabbling some in painting, photography, wire art & create with whatever treasures I find around me!

4. What makes you angry, what makes you happy?
Someone expressing or acting disrespectful towards another upsets me. Spending time with my daughters and their family and pets, my husband, our families & friends, gardening, sculpting and creating art make me very, very  happy.

5. Who and what inspire you in your work and or in your life in general?
Among the people in my life who are an inspiration and inspire me is my mother, who is 90 years old. She is a sculptor who has worked in stone for many years and more recently in her late 80's returned to painting and drawing. She is an amazing woman and mother. I am also inspired through my work with clients. Thus, my art reflects upon matters of the heart.
Above Image: Sculpture by Aleta Aaron

6. What superpower would you want?
The power to heal the pain of suffering such as Cancer, Parkinson's, Alzheimer's & AIDS etc...would be an incredible super power to possess.

7. What is your favorite artists and or other person?
Among some of my favorite artists are: Andrew Goldsworthy, Barbara Hepworth, Constantine Brancusi, Henry Moore, Frank Lloyd Wright, Georgia O'Keefe and Alexander Calder.

8. What advice would you give to other artists?
Especially when one is going through a challenging time in life -create art. Be patient with yourself and preserver. 

9. Contact details


Sunday, January 1, 2017

Annual Meeting at The Goat Farm Arts Center – December 4, 2016 By Flora Rosefsky

Image by Ruth Schowalter
A gray, cold and rainy Sunday did not dampen the wonderful WCAGA annual meeting at The Goat Farm in Atlanta on December 4th. Approximately 30 members attended, including four new members who joined that afternoon. 

Following visits to the studios of member artists Eleanor Neal, Khalilah Birdsong, and Maggie Davis, those attending shared food and drinks along with an informative program in the Rodriquez Room. Officers and Directors of the WCAGA Board spoke about their responsibilities and welcomed members to get involved in the coming year. All members were encouraged to participate to help implement the initiatives our Georgia chapter hopes to fulfill in 2017 and beyond. Committee updates included Art+Activism, Art Share, Book Club, Communications, Drawing Marathons, Exhibitions, Membership, and an announcement to form a Fund-Raising committee.  All members had the opportunity to introduce themselves by telling us about their particular art medium as well as how they developed their current artistic passion.

In her opening remarks, WCAGA President Sally Eppstein noted she wants to encourage a feeling of inclusiveness so that any members who wish to participate in a committee or to help an elected officer are welcome to offer their assistance.

Vice-President Maggie Davis inspired us with her talk about how WCAGA impacted the arts community in the Atlanta area and beyond, emphasizing that we artists need to support each other, particularly other women artists in our community. Attending art openings is a key example. She reminded us to reach out to promote a greater appreciation for the work of contemporary women artists. Supporting Burnaway, ARTS Atlanta and Art Papers is also important.  Although a lot of progress has been made since the early 1970s when the Feminist movement took on inequality issues in the art world, there is still a lot of work to be done today. 

A special thank you to Kathy Meliopoulos for organizing the delicious refreshments, along with all those who provided them, and to Sally Eppstein for coordinating the annual meeting. It was delightful to see the many prints of members’ work exhibited along one wall, and to have a raffle of artwork donated by several WCAGA members. 

One can say those attending the annual meeting made their own “sunshine,” where we felt the warmth of friendship and the possibilities of what the Women’s Caucus for Art – Georgia can accomplish in what will hopefully be a bright future for our members and other artists in our community.

 – December 4, 2016 By Flora Rosefsky

Wednesday, November 30, 2016

Interview with Katherine Mialkowski

Image above: "HIDDEN" by Katherine Mialkowski
 1. Who are you and what do you do, and what is your background?
My name is Katherine Mialkowski and I am an artist. I have been painting, drawing and creating since I was a child. I went to The Atlanta College of Art long before SCAD bought it and I have a BFA in painting.

Image above: "DARK FOREST" by Katherine Mialkowski
Image above: "MISHAP" by Katherine Mialkowski
2. What's integral to your art and or art career?
Exploring the natural world, reading, studying are all integral to my creating new artwork. Getting out and showing, selling and talking with people is integral to my art career. I enjoy talking with people at art fairs that I might never have met at a gallery show. I get a lot of important feedback.

3. What themes do you pursue and what medium do you use?
I paint with watercolor and oils and I draw. My main theme is our relationship to and interaction with the natural world around us. I like to explore the ways that humans explain what we experience through our Myths, Science and Religion.

4. What makes you angry, what makes you happy?
Painting makes me happy! I don’t like drama and people that complicate everything.

5. Who and what inspire you in your work and or in your life in general?
My daughter and friends and family inspire me to always keep going and be happy. The fun of creating artwork keeps me inspired to create more work. I can’t imagine not making artwork everyday, it’s just a part of me.

6. What superpower would you want?
Hmmmmm………..that’s a tough one. I would love to be able to help people somehow, maybe relieve suffering?

7. What is your favorite artists and or other person?
I love the Dutch Masters, Odd Nerdrum, Anselm Keifer, Hans Holbein the younger, too many to mention.

8. What advice would you give to other artists?
Keep working, keep improving, strive to be better all the time. Always be yourself and follow your own vision.

9. Contact details.

Tuesday, November 1, 2016

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Picture of Pie with Candles taken by Vicki Bethel.

Save the Date for WCAGA's Annual Meeting

December 4, 1 pm - 4 pm

Mark your calendars for the WCAGA's annual meeting at the Goat Farm's Rodriguez Room. There will be studio tours, food, and a great time to get to know all the artist from WCAGA. More information will be sent with the announcement of the studio tours and what to bring.
Contact Sally for more details.
Vivian Liddell in studio (photo by Jeanne Ann Davidson)
Image above: Vivian Liddell in studio (photo by Jeanne Ann Davidson)

The newly formed Athens Art Share Group welcomes all members of WCAGA and potential members (visitors) to attend their Studio Visits. Their next visit is at Vivian Liddell’s studio in Athens on Sunday, Nov. 13 from 3:00-5:00.
Her studio address is #3D, 160 Tracy St., Athens GA.
The format for their meetings is focused on the individual artist studio they are visiting.  They see this as an opportunity for the artist to have a focused viewing and response from members and artists in the community… A time for feedback and a constructive/ supportive critique.  We are also sharing books about art, brainstorming for future exhibition opportunities, and just general “art talk”! They plan to meet once a month on Sunday afternoons.
Please join the Athens Art Share Group!
Stacy Koffman is coordinating this group.  If you have any questions, please email stacy.koffman@ung.edu
Two works by Lucy Julia Hale, "American Powder Room: Killer Decor" and "His Last Summer at Home" were published in the October issue of "The Hand: A Magazine for Reproduction Based Art."   https://thehandmagazine.net/issue-14-purchase-and-artist-links/
Image above:"His Last Summer At Home"
Image of Flora Rosefsky
Image above: Flora Rosefsky with her Stop Series and Photographic Image of Kolbrun Sigurdardottir
WCAGA ART+ACTIVISM artists Kolbrun Sigurdardottir and Flora Rosefsky exhibited their work at an AA ACTS Art Exhibition held at Ahavath Achim Synagogue in Atlanta on  October 30, 2016 in conjunction with a program to raise awareness and education about Human and Sex Trafficking issues. A particular focus of the event, with a panel of four speakers,  was to raise more awareness about an amendment noted as the Safe Harbor initiative to help rehabilitate rescued victims in the State of Georgia.  Kolbrun’s photograph of a young child was selected by the AA ACTS committee to be used on their invitation and promotional social media, giving credit to both the artist and the WCAGA ART+ACTIVISM’s Artist Registry which now includes over 55 WCAGA artist members.  Flora’s work, STOP Series, also was selected to be part of this exhibition. The AA ACTS effort works closely with a large and diverse  local  interfaith community and will continue throughout the year with other events, where the visual arts can again be an integral and meaningful  addition to their educational and proactive programs. 
Emily Clanton is a founding member of the White Rabbit Gallery of Fine Art in Travelers Rest, SC. The gallery will be officially open on November 1, 2016. They will participate in First Friday in TR (November 4th). Keep up with updates via the website (http://www.artintr.com/white-rabbit-gallery.html) or Facebook (https://www.facebook.com/whiterabbitartgallery). 
New Member Katherine Mialkowski will be part of the Benefit Show For McFarlane Park. "Art for the Park 2016" runs from November 2nd to November 3rd. It is "Open to the Public", at Atlanta Country Club. 10:30AM - 8:30PM each day (Free Parking)
WCAGA artists:  Yun Bai, Maggie Davis, Maxine Hess, Callahan McDonough, Flora Rosefsky, Ashley Schick, Susie Winton are participating in this year’s 16th annual “Little Things Mean a Lot” holiday show at the Swan Coach House Gallery Nov. 10-Dec. 30, 2016. 
Opening Reception: Thursday, Nov. 10th.  6-9pm.  Swan Coach House Gallery - 3130 Slaton Dr. Atlanta, GA 30305. Gallery hours: Tues. – Sat. 10am-4pm.  
It's that time of year to find unique gifts for friends and family - or - to spice up your home or office decor.  Original art is an innovative solution. Kathy Meliopoulos is opening up her studio to offer over 90 pieces of art - from $30 and up.  
WHEN:  November 12, from 11 a.m. - 4 p.m.
WHERE:  Kathy Meliopoulos Art Studio
1886 Fisher Trail NE Atlanta, GA 30345
CONTACT:  404 502-3651
WEBSITE:   www.kmeliopoulosart.net
FACEBOOK: https://www.facebook.com/search/top/?q=kathy%20meliopoulos%20art
Cash or checks accepted.
Interest prior to - or after - the event is welcome.
Email or Message me with any interest, inquiries, questions.
Postage and Handling not included in pricing.  Standard UPS/FEDEX rates would apply.
We look forward to seeing you.
Two new WCAGA members, Jennifer Bell and Michele Phillips are having a Holiday show called “Adornment”  at The Sycamore Place Gallery & Studios with an opening reception and event on Dec. 3rd.
I will send this announcement again for the December newsletter, but thought it needed to go in now so people can mark their calendars. There also will be open studios that evening – where I will be one of the artists doing that. 
Adornment – Holiday Art Show and Open Studios at Sycamore Place Gallery & Studios
Saturday December 3, 6-9 pm
120 Sycamore Place   Decatur, GA  30030  (behind Fellini’s)
404-377-7747    www.decaturartclasses.com
Featuring works by Jenny Bell and Michele Phillips
Live music from W8ting 4 UFOs with Bill Taft,  Refreshments
Art, Art Gifts, and Open Studios from Sycamore Place Artists:
Sylvia Cross
Flora Rosefsky
Gibbs Hasty
Lisa Alembik
Michele Phillips
Jenny Bell
Julie Miller
Rachael Bommacino
Rita Omark
Julie Hale
Cheryl Southern
Alison Shockley
Jess McMillan
Gallery Hours during show run:
Thursday evenings 6-8 pm; Fridays 11am-1pm; Sundays 1pm-3pm; or by appointment. Artist talks and workshops TBA.
Flora Rosefsky is part of the  Invitational Exhibition, "LIGHT," at the Jewish Cultural Center of Greater Chattanooga.  
November 3 - December 16, 2016.
Artist’s  Reception: November 3rd  5:30-7:30pm.
5461 North Terrace Road , Chattanooga, TN 37411
Stop by during business hours, Monday-Thursday 9-5 or Friday 9-4.
Temme Barkin-Leeds has work in two shows: AtHICA Second Annual Juried Exhibition, Athens, juried by Annette Cone Skelton and Tell Me A Story at B Complex, Atlanta, juried by Anita Arliss and Dominick Lombardi.
Image of Flowers by Helen DeRamus
Image above by Helen DeRamus

The 3 Members Show "Derived From Nature" were featured in the “Atlanta Celebrates Photography” Festival Guide.
Exhibition Sep 12 - Nov 29
Work by Vicki Bethel, Helen DeRamus, and Pamela Ellerbrock, artists who photograph the natural world and use it as a starting point for their personal visions. Presented by The Blue Heron Nature Preserve and the Women’s Caucus for Art of Georgia.
Blue Heron Nature Preserve Gallery
4055 Roswell Rd NE Atlanta, GA 30342
Leisa Rich's  show "grownupland" will continue until January 13, 2017.
Local artist Leisa Rich presents "grownupland", a solo exhibition.
The exhibition will be on display October 21,  2016 - January 13, 2017.
Location: Stanley Beaman Sears’ Gallery 180
Opening Reception: November 3, 2016. 5pm-8pm
The exhibition will present installations, viewer interactive panels, sculpture, 3D printed communal sound, viewer participatory experiences, 3D printed sculptures, and more. 

Monday, October 17, 2016

WCAGA Send in News! November 2016

Let us know about your workshops, exhibits, photos, links for the WCAGA Newsletter. Add your events to the WCAGA Website
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Hello WCAGA Members!

Now is the time to send your submissions for the WCAGA Newsletter. The deadline is the LAST day of this month.
The newsletter welcomes listings of news about any of our members. If you know of any interesting calls for entries or workshops, panels related to art, we will also list those.

There is no guarantee that the newsletter will be distributed on the 1st of every month.  Please remember that any events for the first few days of the month should be posted in the previous month's newsletter.

Sincerely, Corlia
Any events, exhibitions, workshops or classes that had been added to the events on the WCAGA Website will automatically be in the Newsletter for that month and you do not need to send the news to me again. That way you have the information in two places, the newsletter and the Website.

If you prefer to send it to me (corliasilver@hotmail.com) for the Newsletter, it will appear in the newsletter but I will not list it on the WCAGA Website for you.

Please create an event for your upcoming shows, exhibits, openings, workshops and classes on the WCAGA website at http://www.wcaga.org/events and click on ADD after you have signed in to your profile.
Thanks for you contributions!
ps. Without your News there will be no Newsletter.
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