Wednesday, December 19, 2012

2012 in the Spotlight

Picture at the WCAGA 2012 Holiday Party. copyright Tom Meyer
For the WCAGA 2012 was a great year. With continuing activities and events throughout the past year.

THE READING CLUB started off with a meeting in January featuring the artists Louise Nevelson, Helen Frankenthaler, and Kara Walker after the successful exhibition at Alan Avery Gallery. In March they discussed the work and life of Agnes Martin and in April Anne Truitt. The artist for May was Betye Saar. In July they investigate the work and lives of women in Surrealism including Leonora Carrington, Maya Deren, Frida Kahlo, Remedios Varos and more. September Meeting had a look at  "The Creative Habit" by Twyla Tharp. Then  October was selected to review the "The Body Artist" by Don DeLillo. The Reading Club organizers: Vidkie Martin and Maggie Bethel.

The program, ART SHARE, is a forum for members of WCAGA to show their work for the
purpose of gaining feedback and insight, a sort of a critique, and a place to network with other
artists and art professionals. This program met quarterly and moved from the private home or studio setting to the Spruill Center for Arts. This program continues to grow thanks to Kathy Abernathy Meliopoulos.

WCAGA DRAWING MARATHONThis program is designed as a year long project. The participants will be engaged in the drawing process at designated locations on specific dates. You may sign up for more than one session and it is fine to choose different studios each time. As artists you will create work based on your personal concepts and method of working, therefore how you choose to draw, what you choose to draw is ultimately your choice. This is a free program for our members. Non members may be invited to participate in the process.The marathon part of the program happens in two ways.  Working in a space, foreign to one, creates a special dynamic. It is a challenge but it is about more than that. The act of making work in the presence of others creates a shared experience, creates a memory and that can be as enriching as the actual process of drawing. Under the wing of Barb Rehg this program flourishes with more plus minus 30 studio drawing marathons all over Georgia during 2012.

The PROFESSIONAL DEVELOPMENT PROGRAM was held in August 2012. The topic was Social Media for Artists. The following WCAGA members made this workshop possible by sharing their knowledge Vickie Martin, Marilynn Brandenbergur, Anita Stewart, and Helen DeRamus and myself, Corlia Potgieter Kock. Judy Parady our current President was the moderator. 

As For ARTSHOWS during 2012, WCAGA had two Art Exhibitions. The first WCAGA Member Show was  “correcting for drift” at Jim Cherry Learning Resource Center Gallery from February 27 to March 30, 2012. The second is the Visual Poetry Exhibition Dates from December 6, 2012 to January 25, 2013 at the Atlanta Public Library Central. This venue is part of the First Thursday Art Walk. We are thankful to Barb Regh for creating opportunities for the WCAGA. 

WCAGA was part of THE LITTLE RED BOOK. The Little Red Book is a collaborative book of images by WCA artists.  The book will travel around the country this next year to participating chapters and WCAGA will have it from September 21 to October 22.  The individual pieces are restricted to three inches tall by two inches wide and should be no thicker than cover stock weight paper.  While there is not a specific theme, 2012 is the fortieth anniversary of the organization.  When completed, the book will be exhibited at the New York WCA conference in 2013 and auctioned among WCA members.

Several of the WCAGA members was juried into National WCA Art shows and featured on the WCA Website. Within the WCAGA members their are a lot going on with members being part of shows, being represented by Galleries throughout America and members presenting workshops and classes. WCAGA is looking for someone to run the Professional Development Program. All these programs will continue in 2013 and coming up is The RagDoll Project organized by  
The year of 2012 also saw the interactive WCAGA Website came to life. On this site you can view images of current members and there work, see what events is scheduled. And see how to become a member

In 2012 there were some changes to the WCAGA Board and the 2013 board will look like this:

Judy Parady - President
Kate Colpitts - Vice President
Marie Weaver - Secretary
Ann Rowles - Co Treasurer
Vicki Bethel - Co Treasurer
Marjorie Jordan - Membership Chair
Corlia Potgieter Kock - Website/blog
Vicki Martin - Book club
Barbara Rehg - Exhibit Chair
Kathy Meliopoulos - Art Share
Loretta - Paraguassu - Special Projects

The WCAGA end the years happenings with a the Holiday Party at the loft of Callahan McDonough. 

With this formidable year nearly behind us we will say hello to a 2013 with vigor and gratitude.


Tuesday, December 11, 2012

Apply for Ignite Scholarships for 2013 - Due Dec 17th

Through donations from individuals and funding by the City of Atlanta Office of Cultural Affairs, C4 Atlanta is able to offer 20 artist FULL scholarships from January 2013 – June 2013 for Ignite. Scholarship recipients must be City of Atlanta residents or be affiliated with an arts business within the city of Atlanta.

Please complete the following application. Applicants will be selected by merit in addition to need. Incomplete applications will not be accepted. Applications are due December 17, 2012.


 is an 8-week entrepreneurship training seminar specifically designed for arts professionals. 

Information about class schedule, requirements, etc. can be found on the application. 

Friday, December 7, 2012

Let's get to know our members--Ruth Schowalter

Ruth Schowalter lives her life with a spirit of inquiry and “joie de vivre.” This wonderful light radiates in her work and her Blog. She calls herself an Art Pilgrim on a creative journey.(Coffee with Hallelujah) In her work I see intricate designs with bright colors and wonderful lines and shapes. What a joy to look at. Topics in her work vary from Mother Earth to the mysteries of the Burka and Hijab, Myths, Religion and Inner Searching. 

Learn and enjoy with her, the enigma of life, art, language, and Science. Explore the travels of Paleontologist Barbie. She recently did the Illustrations for “The Misadventures of Maria the Hutia” published on July 27, 2012. All this and so much more one can follow on her Blog “Coffee with Hallelujah.” Also see her work on her WCAGA Member Page.

Thank You Ruth Schowalter for taking us on this marvelous pilgrimage. 

Thursday, November 29, 2012

Let's get to know our Members--Beverly Harding

A large part of Beverly Harding's portfolio is representational paintings. Mostly figures. One can see her love for Figures and faces shines through her portraits. However she also shows her talent and imagination through painting abstract ideas and/or creating images regarding the senses.

Harding teaches a continuing educational class at Kennesaw State University and teaches adult and high school art at her studio. She is and has been part of several solo and group art exhibitions and she is a member of a number of Art Groups and Art Caucuses in Atlanta, GA. Distinctive Designs and Fine Art Gallery in Marietta shows her work.

See more of her series, the Aural Expressions, International Youth, A Class of Their Own, Figures and portraits, Landscapes and abstract work on Beverly Harding's Website.

Monday, November 5, 2012

November Newsletter and LinkedIn information

For those who are interested in boosting there LinkedIn Profile have a look at the

How to Write a KILLER LinkedIn Profile... And 18 Mistakes to Avoid

It gave me some valuable tips on getting more connections and getting more recommendations. 

You can find the WCAGA Newsletter on the WCAGA Website.

Topics covered in this newsletter

  • New WCAGA Website
  • November ART SHARE
  • WCAGA Annual Meeting
  • 2012 Holiday Party
  • Next WCAGA Members Exhibit: Visual Poetry


Wednesday, October 31, 2012

Let's get to know our Members--Connie Lyon

Connie Lyon's work engage you with the use of windows, interesting use of figures and the abstraction of landscapes. One can definitely see the influence of Richard Diebenkorn and Pierre Bonnard in her art. The two artists that inspire her most.  An eye for detail and beautiful compositions.

On her art she says:
When I look at my art I see interiors, still life, landscape and the figure. For most of my career my mediums of choice have been pastels and oils. My work often includes windows and one subject that has been of continuing interest to me has been the effects of light on clear and colored glass. I never seem to tire of trying to capture this. My work in mixed media and collage is very different than my work in pastel and oil. It tends to be abstract and is often darker in color than my light filled oils and pastels. I am presently experimenting with encaustics, acrylics and watercolor. I am looking forward to developing new techniques using these new, to me, media.

See more of her work at Connie Lyon Studio.

Saturday, October 27, 2012

How to: create an event on

If you are a member of the WCAGA(Women's Caucus for Art Of Georgia) you can sign up on
One of the advantages of this site is that you can upload your images. Another one is that you can create events for all your shows and or workshops.

Click on EVENTS. This will take you to the Events page. Here you can add events by click on the "+ ADD" on the right hand side.

Click on + ADD will take you to the event form.
You can personalized your event with a image, This you will be able to upload when clicking on the camera image.

After you have filled in this form, click "add event" and the bottom of the page. Then you will have the Option to share this event and invite people.

If you are not a member of the WCAGA, you can click here, download the membership form, fill in and mail with payment to WCAGA and send to Post Office Box 8033, Atlanta, GA 31106.

Wednesday, October 17, 2012

Let's get to know our Members--Judith Kruger

Judith Kruger finds inspiration from ancient traditions using esoteric and alchemical methods and ideas. She looks deeply into the structure of everything to find that what is contradictory and unseen. 

My masters are the artisans of distant cultures who have time-honed arcane, alchemic painting processes, often employing natural resources.

My studio is an eco-lab. I respond deeply, on a sub-surface level, to human-environment connection by digging, grinding, boiling, mixing, concocting, scraping, photographing, printing and layering. The juxtaposition of disparate, viscous matter, as an amalgam of mingled macro and micro particles, communicates a new fertile language for abstract painting during a time when our essence and ecology, as one, matter.

She has bodies of work that examines extensively the connection between all in the universe. The seemingly unconnectedness that make up all life. Below are three examples namely Painting/Drawing, Nihonga, and Constructs/Collage. Other groups of art fall under Particles, Monoprints, Photo Paintings, Seeking Peace, and 0x0=0 Hiroshima 2007.

Layers and layers of paint and mixed media.

In this series she follows the art form of Nihonga, a Japanese art direction.

Here she uses contrasting media and combine them in a suitable composition.

She contact details, and more art by going to Judith Kruger's website.

Friday, October 5, 2012

The WCAGA Book Club--Next on the Reading List

The previous Meeting was held at the house of Vickie Martin. "The Creative Habit" by Twyla Tharp was the book of the meeting. 

The next Book Club Meeting will be on October 28 at 3 pm. Contact Vickie Martin( for details on place and time. The book on the table for discussion is "The Body Artist" by Don DeLillo. 

Monday, October 1, 2012

Yvonne Wilhelmi, Collage and Abstract artist.

The Escape, Mixed Media Collage
 (Acrylics, Paper, self created digital art papers)
 on self prepared Paper, 22.86 cm x 30.46 cm,
 Portfolio #781, © Yvonne Wilhelmi, 2007

Just like Wassily Kandinsky, Yvonne Wilhelmi uses individual geometrical elements in her work. In her work reminiscent of Kadinsky the use of color, line and form are important. 

Ivonne Wilhelmi photomontage
A Degree of Uncertainty II,
 Mixed Media Collage (Paper, Acrylics)
on Japanese Paper, 40.64 cm x 50.8 cm,
Portfolio #697 l Yvonne Wilhelmi, 2006
Yvonne Wilhelmi’s portfolio consist of two definite types, Collages and photomontages. In her work she combines two important fields in her life, namely science and art. She uses media like oil, acrylic and paper to create little worlds of collages and photomontages. She takes a graph or combine two graphs and translate that into romantic compositions. Her mood influences the outcome of the line and form. Thus her work ranges from quiet lines to a wild bunch of dancing lines and forms.

She creates abstract collages and there is an inner harmony between each form, line and color. To achieve a thorough appreciation of her work one needs to look deeper into her work. In her photomontages she wants to convey a specific message and even in these work the use of line and forms are obvious. There is a certain romanticism to her work. 
High Expectations,
 Mixed Media Collage (Paper, Found objects) on Paper,
 43.18 x 43.18 cm, Portfolio #750 © Yvonne Wilhelmi, 2007

Yvonne Wilhelmi originates from Berlin, Germany where she studied Information Technology. She moved to Atlanta Georgia, USA to study at the Art Institute of Atlanta. Her work enlivens private collections across the world. She are part of various exhibition throughout America one of the them, the Swan Coach House Gallery’s “Little Things Mean a Lot.” The Rhonda Schaller Studio in New York showed her work as part of the exhibition “A Great Awakening.”

You can find more information, contact details and art at the Yvonne Wilhelmi Website.

Monday, September 24, 2012

WCA News from National

For those of you that receive the receive and read the WCA E-News letter, this will not be news. 

I CAN WE CAN: Participate!

Do this simple thing: decorate your hand with the inspirational words "I CAN," take a photo of it with your phone or camera, and email the image to Brenda Oelbaum at

WCA is joining forces with 2012 President's Awardee Cathy Salser's A Window Between Worlds (AWBW) and Eve Ensler's One Billion Rising to draw attention to domestic violence. The I CAN WE CAN Solidarity Campaign is dedicated to building solidarity with the arts,social justice, academic, and feminist communities together with domestic violence survivors and the courageous women and men who work in the front lines on this issue.

The February 14, 2013 Lifetime Achievement Awards falls on the same day as Ensler's One Billion Rising global action event. WCA will show its solidarity with AWBW and One Billion Rising by displaying a mosaic of hands projected on the screen during the awards ceremony. So help usmake a statement -- send your I CAN Hand Art to Brenda!  

Wednesday, September 19, 2012

Arts Leaders of Metro Atlanta - Spring 2013 Applications Open

Arts Leaders of Metro Atlanta

Spring 2013 Arts Leadership Class Applications Now Open!

Deadline: October 17, 2012

Link to Application:

In May of 2012, the Atlanta Regional Commission (ARC) board of directors voted to integrate arts and culture planning into the commission's planning portfolio. Recognizing the pressing issues facing the creative industries, the ARC is committed to supporting this vital industry in our region.

We know you are aware that as the challenges facing arts and cultural industry mount, we need to continue to develop leaders that share a sense of responsibility for supporting arts and culture. Arts Leaders of Metro Atlanta (ALMA), was created by the Metro Atlanta Arts and Culture Coalition (MAACC) in 2004 to encourage leaders throughout the community to take an active role in solving the issues and challenges facing the region's arts & culture community.
This five-month program is now managed by ARC and will continue to:
    * provide arts leaders with insights from corporate and foundational leaders as to why the arts are important to them, why they fund the arts and how to plan for success when seeking corporate funding
    * provide both arts and corporate leaders with the tools and knowledge to become informed and powerful advocates for the arts in Atlanta and Georgia
    * facilitate open, frank and high level topical & policy discussions within the class on problems & solutions to address key arts issues facing the region resulting in greater understanding and knowledge about the cultural community

During the course of five one-day classes, participants visit arts and cultural venues across metro Atlanta, meet with key arts leaders and elected officials from our region, and hear from experts on the issues facing the industry.

Applications are solicited region-wide. Interested individuals may apply directly. Also, Board members, business leaders, arts leaders, government officials and ALMA alumni may nominate individuals for participation in the program.

I am a passionate believer in the arts and the value they provide to our community, and an active participant in the arts myself. I hope you will consider applying to this year's class, or nominating someone you think you would be an asset in tackling the difficult issues the arts face.

To be considered for the program, all you need to do is fill out a brief online application, which can be found on the ARC Web site . Deadline for application is October 17th at 4 P.M .

For more information and to apply, visit

If you need additional information, please contact Gregory Bubidge at 404-463-3217 or via email at .


Douglas R Hooker, P.E.
Executive Director

The Arts Leaders of Metro Atlanta (ALMA) class is a program of the Atlanta Regional Commission (ARC). ARC is the regional planning agency for the ten county Atlanta region including Cherokee, Clayton, Cobb, DeKalb, Douglas, Fayette, Fulton, Gwinnett, Henry and Rockdale counties, as well as the City of Atlanta. ALMA will be held from January to May 2013.

Friday, September 7, 2012


The following Art Opportunity wassend my way by Marie Weaver. 
2409 Second Avenue North



Space One Eleven, a nationally recognized non-profit Visual Arts Organization in Birmingham, Alabama, is seeking experienced artists to develop innovative, thought-provoking, and engaging art to collaborate in one or more projects. 

Space One Eleven intends to introduce the work of often overlooked Deep South artists to a diverse national audience. Space One Eleven is looking for contemporary artists who are challenging social, racial, class, and political boundaries with artistic experimentation relevant to Birmingham, Alabama, and the Deep South.


The opportunity to compete for these projects is open to individual artists residing in (or from) the Deep South. Space One Eleven does not discriminate on the basis of race, gender, religion, age, national origin, sexual orientation, or disability. Qualifications by employees and members of the Artist Selection Panel will not be considered. 

Applicants must be able to work effectively within project timelines and collaborate with a design team and multiple design team personalities. Careful consideration will be given to the quality of the work as well as the quality of the ideas behind the work.


Interested artists should submit the following, to be delivered to the address listed in the Submittal Delivery section of this RFQ by 4:00 PM Central Standard Time, on September 18, 2012. Late submittals will be returned unopened. Please submit one packet in the order listed below:
1. A professional Resume – limited to two (2) 8-1/2x11 pages.

2. A Letter of Interest - typed in at least 12 point font and limited to two (2) 8-1/2x11 pages. 
Outline your approach to collaborative public art and provide insights regarding your interest in making thought-provoking and engaging art; challenges and/or sources of inspiration presented by Birmingham, Alabama, and the Deep South; what you would hope to gain from this experience; and any other comments that might help to differentiate you as a candidate for this program.
3. An annotated Image List of five (5) past works on one 8-1/2x11 page.
Clearly indicate the title, dimensions, materials, date of work, and locations, as well as the project budget and the commissioning entity, if applicable. A thumbnail image adjacent to each list entry is required to assure the panel understands what they’re seeing.
Do not send any original artwork.
4. Optional items:
a. Movie clips on CD or DVD accompanying the digital images must be cued and no more than three minutes maximum length. Movie clips must be formatted in Windows Media Player or QuickTime only.
b. Up to three individual, selected printed materials such as articles, catalogs, etc. 
If submitting digital files, provide one CD with documents required above as PDFs and up to five (5) clearly labeled images of related past work in JPEG format:
  • Image names must match image names on the printed Image List and be in the exact same order.
  • Maximum pixel dimensions per image – up to 1000 x 1000 (height and width can vary)
  • Maximum file size per image 1 MB
  • Name each image with the following format in the order you want them to appear: lastnamefirstnameimagenumber.jpg. For example, filenames for artist Pablo Picasso would be picassopablo01.jpg, picassopablo02.jpg, picassopablo03.jpg, and so on.
·    Label the CD clearly with the artist’s name. Space One Eleven is not responsible for distortion or alteration of images as they appear on monitors as projected.

Do not use any binding, folders, or notebooks in packaging your materials.
Materials will only be returned, if artists provide a self-addressed stamped envelope.


The selection panel includes artists and arts professionals familiar with the field of visual art, citizens, and design professionals. The panel will select a small group of finalists who will be asked to develop conceptual proposals that provide some insight as to how the artist might approach the opportunity. The Request for Proposal (RFP) will include a $100 stipend for each of the chosen finalists to develop a proposal for a project and prepare for an interview.

The criteria used by the panel will include the artist’s professional credentials as evidenced by the submitted materials. 

Space One Eleven is not required to make selections from these submissions, if, in their opinion, qualifications are not appropriate.


Submitted materials may be hand-delivered or mailed but must arrive by the deadline, September 18, 2012 by 4:00 PM Central Standard Time. Postmarks are not acceptable. Late submittals will be returned unopened. Space One Eleven is not responsible for lost, stolen, or work not received.

Space One Eleven
2409 Second Avenue North
Birmingham, AL 35203
Attn: binx newton 

For further information, contact Space One Eleven  (205) 328-0553 or

Follow the link for general information about Space One Eleven.


Request for Qualifications response Deadline:  September 18, 2012 by 4:00PM CST

RFQ Panel Review:  Mid September 2012 

SOE notifies and sends Request for Proposals to Finalists:  September 25, 2012

Finalists’ Request for Proposals response deadline:  October 9, 2012 

Proposals Reviewed and Artist(s) Selected:  Late October 2012 

Estimated First Project Start Date:  Spring/Summer 2013

Estimated First Project Completion Date:  Spring/Summer 2015

Thursday, August 30, 2012

Social Media--Sharing

Thank You to everybody attending the WCAGA Social Media Workshop. Thank You to the panel, Vickie Martin, Marilynn Brandenbergur, Anita Stewart, and Helen DeRamus.

A BIG! thank you to Judy Parady for organizing the room at the Toco Hills Library and struggling with the wi-fi till the last minute.

Social Media is also about sharing. Below we share the blogs and websites of those of you who shared it with WCAGA.

Edna Lorri Shipp--Drawing for 15 mins a day/
Jenny Bishop Heaton--Tannery Row Artist Colony
Jane Elliott and
Loretta and
Kathy Rennel

Wednesday, August 29, 2012


Women's Caucus for Art of Georgia



WHERE: Atlanta Public Library Central
               One Margaret Mead Square, Atlanta GA 30303
               First Thursday Art Walk Venue

Visual Poetry
The premise is that when we use images, it is a visual expression of an idea. It can be rhythimcal. It can have structure. It can be symbolic.

We hope it arouses strong emotions because of its beauty or its message.

We create images imbuing them with understanding and meaning be they abstract or representational.

Application Deadline: November 10, 2012
Image Notification: November 12, 2012
Installation: December 1
                   Deliver work: Saturday from 9:30 to 11am Or contact Barb Rehg to leave work at her studio  or with another artist who can deliver for you.
Contact Info: Barb Rehg -
Opening Reception: December 6 - 5:30 to 7:30pm
Take Down: January 26, 2013 - 9:30 to 11am
                    Or: Contact Barb Rehg to have work taken back to her studio for later pickup or have another artist designated to pick up your work.

As with many venues, the Atlanta Public Library is working with a limited budget. This year, they will only be able to provide a few posters.  Their budget doesn't allow for a printed postcard. They will provide an email version, however. Also their reception budget is reduced and we will plan on helping by bringing additional food.

General Information
This exhibit is open to all WCAGA members in good standing. Work accepted must remain on view for the entire exhibition. This show is open to the first 35 applications submitted.
NOTE: Some images or parts of images may be used for the invitation. If you Do Not wish us to use your image, please indicate this in your submission.

Entry & Fee

A non-refundable fee of $20.00 qualifies the artist to submit three works. This means each artist will have at least one of their works chosen from the three submitted images.
Please make checks payable to WCAGA.
Mail fee and application to:  Barb Rehg, 407 Creekview Trail SE, Smyrna, Georgia 30082.

Images Submission

Send up to three images by email to Send your images high resolution: 300dpi. And no larger than 5x8".
Only the artwork should be visible, no background, frames etc.
Label each image file as follows: number.artist's name.jpg, for example, 1.brehg.jpg. The number should correspond to the application.

All two dimensional work must be framed and properly equipped for hanging.
Maximum size –60”x 72”.
Assemblage work needs to be able to be wall mounted..
This venue is not able to handle sculptural works.

Submitting an entry form constitutes an agreement on the part of the artist with all the conditions in the prospectus.

Delivery & Return of Work
The artist is responsible for making arrangements for delivery to and pickup from the gallery. If your work will be shipped from out of town please make arrangement with a WCAGA member to receive the work. Please do not ship to the Atlanta Public Library. They are not equiped to store your work. So, you will be responsible for the method of return and for picking the work up on the specified dates.
If you need to send your work, you may send it to Barb Rehg and she will see it is there for installation.

Contact Barbara Rehg for address.

Once the work arrives at the venue for installation, the gallery has insurance. Insurance while in transit is the artist’s responsibility.

Monday, August 27, 2012

A Rag Doll Pattern Plus

Friends and doll makers, I have a link for you:


You'll find a pattern and instructions on how to make one sweet rag doll. If
that's not good enough for you, other patterns are being mailed to me from
Philadelphia. I'm told that there are some better ones. However, I used the
one from this link and it was very acceptable -- and easy. If I had taken a
little more trouble and not made it a midnight project, it could have been
much, much better.

This is going to be fun! Ann Rowles has suggested we meet at her house
and have a group sew-in. We will certainly have public workshops at the
gallery during the exhibit.

Thursday, August 23, 2012

The Rag Doll Project coming up!

I want everyone to know that we're moving along. I had a meeting last week with the owners of 2 rules Fine Art Gallery in Marietta and they are behind us 100%. They are going to let us have most of the gallery for the months of May and June (some of their artists will get to display art on the topic in part of the gallery). The plan is to keep it as busy as possible -- a ticketed preview, an opening and closing, all with performance art, music and exhibits. We'll also be doing rag doll making workshops and an auction. Celebrities involved if possible. The idea will be to try and raise some money to give to charitable organizations involved rescuing and sheltering women who have been unlucky enough to get snared in the trade.

We need to schedule a meeting for everyone interested in volunteering. Does anyone have any suggestions about where or when? And let me know who you are and how I can reach you.

I think this is going to be a great experience for all of us. We get to do this exhibition and host the rag dolls that were made in Philadelphia. They'll be well-traveled by the time they get to us. L.A. is doing an exhibit and so is New York. We're going to make some noise!!


Wednesday, August 22, 2012

i-witness review on ArtShare

Report by Barb Rehg, Photos by Callahan Pope McDonough

Sunday, August 19, WCAGA met for an Art Share. This particular time, we decided to focus on viewing work created during the Drawing Marathon sessions. 

The following bits are, I hope, an accurate distillation of the observations made by some of the artists regarding the work during the August 19th Art Share.

Chris Lewis started the afternoon with a wonderful work she created from an old photograph of her mother holding her as an infant. While she could have simply rendered an exact duplicate of this wonderful sentiment, instead Chris presented us with an abstracted dreamscape which only served to focus our attention more securely to the image. The backdrop of brown and white paper were a stark contrast to the lovingly rendered image of mother and child. She took a specific photo of her mother and herself as an infant and instead created a memory we could all get lost in.

Susan Ker Seymer’s drawings presented three versions of the same images. Susan’s work seems to always be a search to find an elegant simplification of form. Each drawing in the progression was made with fewer marks but somehow said more. 
I used to always hear professors expound on the benefits of drawing, over and over again, the same image. How it taught the mind to find the true essence of a form and how the mind could always find new ways to portray the same forms. Seeing Susan’s three drawings proved them ‘right’. 

Loretta Paraguassu loves creating visual imagery and the written word. The drawing she presented showed a marriage of the two. The images drew one in and once there, the viewer stayed to read the words. The lines used for the images were lyrical and calligraphic in nature and the words written under each image were not a story so much as words chosen to convey the mood created by the line drawings. 

Kathy Meliopoulos has been working in her studio, creating drawings based on photographs she has taken or found. She explains that the photos are merely inspirational and are meant for information of form. Kathy brought a number of very small images that were created from just one photo. While her images are representational they go beyond reproduction of the photo and become creative compositions that have endless variations possible.

Barb Rehg started by sharing the first drawing she created during a session that took place at Ann Rowles studio. This drawing and all the others she brought, are inspired by the work she saw in the studios she visited. The final work becomes a combination of what she saw and her specific fascination with certain aspects of their work. Mostly, they are what she finds beautiful in the work other’s are doing.

Jane Jaskevich ended the afternoon by sharing a sculpture from her most recent body of work. The polished head of a man was created in a unique stone that had these wonderful lines and bands of color. The way Jane chose to carve the stone enhanced the features of the man’s head, making it It look like a drawing done in 3D. 

B Rehg