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

Tuesday, August 21, 2012

Let's get to know our members--Thelma Johnson

From Thelma Johnson's photographs

Thelma Johnson drew and made art since grade school. Her love for color played an important role in her inspiration to become an artist.

She says that Art comes easily to her and she finds  she can draw anything she wants to. To strengthen her natural artistic talent she studied at Savannah College of Art and Southern Crescent School of Technology.

From Thelma Johnson's Paintings

"My life enjoyment is art and photography. I go out to capture the most beautiful sites possible and with the skills I learned in school, I can enhance my photography to be a beautiful sight to the eye. Having graphic art skills gives me the ability to be creative with my photographs.Being an Artist gives me the eye to see art and things that I normally wouldn't see just being a photographer. God has blessed me with the skills to give both of my talents to the world, so that I can give you all beauty, of my photograph's and art, that you can appreciate and remember for a life time."(Thelma Johnson's website)
Please have a look at Thelma Johnson's website to look at more artwork and contact details.


Friday, August 10, 2012

Let's get to know our Members--Gerry Sattele

Thoughts While Doing Women's Work. 1993
Gerry Sattele walked a solid road in the art world, starting at the Georgia State University and moving on to  Gallery Director at Georgia Perimeter College.

Her sculptures as abstract wire drawings filled with wisdom speaks with an ancient voice about family, what it means to be female, nakedness and protection. On their own Gerry Sattele's pieces can stand as beautiful and pensive bodies, but when reading what the artists says it begin to take on a new meaning.

Thoughts While Doing Women's Work deals with the lack of importance that are bestowed on women's work.
Installation at Agnes Scott. 20

In the Installation at Agnes Scott, Gerry Sattele says she wanted to concentrate on the similarities between trees and being female. What it means to be strong but vulnerable.

Vertical Scar. 2003

In Vertical Scar she uses negative space to reveal the fear of separation

Have a look at more of her sculptures on her website.

Regards Corlia