Monday, February 08, 2016



FORGIVE me for the screw-up
(I'm too enthusiastic for my own good)

SATURDAY February 27th, 10-11:30am
Da Vinci Art Alliance
704 Catherine St. Philadelphia

(I had previously said Sunday the 28th. Turns out Da Vinci is not available that date).
I will post this to the blog and to Facebook and make an event page, but spread the word!

Thank you,

Wednesday, February 03, 2016

February 3, 2016

Dear Members and Potential Members,

We had a very energetic meeting this past Sunday, the minutes of which are included. In discussing my goals for the coming year, I emphasized the mission statement of the WCA which states that we create community through ART, EDUCATION, and SOCIAL ACTIVISM. The streamlining that was necessary to get things organized again over the past couple of years meant that not all these areas were being addressed. In order to accomplish more, we need more members who are ready to be actively involved.

Along this line of thought the idea came up to choose a focus social issue around which our other programming could operate. Themed art shows, community art projects related to that issue/with people affected by that issue, film screenings, lecture series, etc.

We were unable to come to a decision on one issue and it would certainly be better to get more input. We do not, however, want this to drag on with lots of vague or broad subjetcs being suggested without some concrete ideas. So, WE WANT YOU to email your ideas/proposals for the issue you'd like to see us focus on, with some specific goals and ideas (does not have to be a full plan for the next year, but needs to have some direction) to me at
Come to the next meeting with your ideas (if you cannot make it, say so in the email but your ideas WILL be represented). The next meeting will be SUNDAY FEBRUARY 28th at Da Vinci Art Alliance 10am-11:30am. They won't all be at Da Vinci, but I wanted to have another meeting before too much time passed and I know we can have it there. If you cannot make Sunday mornings I apologize, and I will make an effort to have meetings at different days/times moving forward, but as you know it will be impossible for a meeting to be a good time for everyone.

Lastly, a big thank you to those potential members who came out and shared their experience and knowledge with us! I do hope you join. We need you.

To join the Philadelphia Chapter, one must also join the national. You can join only the national organization, but not only the chapter. Total cost is $55 for the year ($40 for national plus $15 for chapter), though the year ends Dec. 31 no matter when you join, so now is better than later. There are also student rates. 
You can become a member of the Philadelphia chapter by filling out the application form on the National WCA website, choosing "PAP" as your chapter. The national WCA membership page is here:

You can either click the PayPal link to fill the application online and pay online, OR you can click the "APPLICATION FORM" link to download the pdf, fill it out and mail it with your check to the address listed on the application page.

Current members, it is time to RENEW! 2015 memberships expired Dec 31st.

Please let me know if you have any questions or problems with the application process.

All the best,
Sarah R. Bloom
2016 Chapter President


Philadelphia Women’s Caucus for Art Members Meeting Minutes January 31, 2015
15 people present (7 current member and 8 potential members )

Introduction and Agenda
  • Meeting called to order by President Sarah Bloom at 10:15.
  • Sarah offered a brief history of the National Women’s Caucus for Art as well as her vision/ideas for the Philadelphia Chapter: The mission of the Women's Caucus for Art is to create community through art, education, and social activism.
  • Sarah wishes to hold regular business meetings about every 3 months, separate from other events/gatherings.
  • Ideas and Vision for the Philadelphia Chapter events include museum, studio visits, exhibitions, films community and social involvement.
  • Membership categories and dues were noted all those in attendance are welcomed and encouraged to join. WCA is a networking organization for women in the arts.
Meeting Business
  • Discussion ensued regarding Social Issues that the Philadelphia Chapter would like to adopt and pursue as a group to raise social awareness. Some ideas were seen as too vague/broad, some too stereotypical.
  • A motion to vote was made by Sarah Bloom to adopt Violence against Women as the Chapters Social Activism Issue; however after group discussion the vote was tabled to our next meeting.
  • Those in attendance were asked to bring definitive ideas and specific goals regarding social issues that affect women for Chapter consideration.
  • Ideas for social issue suggestions can be emailed
  • Suggestions were made regarding the use of face book hashtags such as #wcaphilly as a means of additional chapter communication.
  • President Sarah Bloom will schedule and announce the next Chapter meeting within the month.
  • Notice will be through membership email, WCA Philadelphia Chapter Facebook. Please bring a friend.
Meeting Adjourned @ 11:40

Saturday, January 23, 2016

Member News: Laura Petrovich Cheney at the Michener Art Museum

BYOB! Bring Your Own Blanket

Gallery Talk with Laura Petrovich Cheney

Tuesday, January 26, 2016 · 1:00 pm
$10.00 for Member · $20.00 for Non-Member · $5.00 for Student (w/ Valid ID)

Exhibiting artist Laura Petrovich Cheney joins Louise Feder, Assistant Curator, in an informal gallery talk through the exhibition, Pattern Pieces. Bring your own quilt and join in on the conversation! 

Advance registration is required.


Hello everyone! My first chapter meeting as president was to be this Sunday.
Due to this crazy blizzard, we will be holding it one week later. 

WCA Philadelphia Chapter is ready to grow!
We invite you to join us at our first meeting of the new year and learn more. Observe our discussions, ask questions, and maybe decide to join us :)
Coffee and donuts will be served.

--- Cheers to 2016 (President letter sent out to Chapter):

 Dear Members,
Hello and Happy New Year, and thank you for welcoming me as your new President! I am both honored and a little bit nervous, but mostly looking forward to keeping the chapter engaged and growing.
One of my goals for this year is to get members more involved and excited about the chapter. Your ideas and creative concepts are welcome. Encouraged, even.
We have so many things to discuss and so many directions in which we could go:
Collaborations with other arts organizations
Getting involved with the community
Organizing art-centered trips both locally and afar
Figuring out the next show or shows

All of this is fodder for our first meeting, which I'd like for you to consider an open house. Anyone interested in joining is absolutely welcome to attend and observe, and talk with us before and after the meeting. Please invite any women artists you know come! Our first meeting will be held on Sunday January 24th January 31st 11:30am at Da Vinci Art Alliance, who are graciously allowing us to use the space (I'm a member). We hope to collaborate together in the near future.

Da Vinci Art Alliance
704 Catherine St.
Philadelphia, Pa. 19047

It is located on the same block as Fleisher art memorial and a lot of parking is free around there on Sundays. Do not park in Fleisher's lot if it is open. This first meeting of the new year will be more of an open forum to bounce ideas against the wall and see what sticks. I will get the ball rolling with a few ideas of my own, and will provide coffee and donuts!
I hope to see you there.


Sarah R. Bloom
WCA Philadelphia Chapter President

 Facebook event listing here: Open House WCA Meeting

Sunday, January 17, 2016

Virginia Maksymowicz at Holy Family University

Virginia Maksymowicz's solo exhibition, "Architectural Overlays," has just opened at Holy Family University's Art Gallery, which is directed by WCA member Pamela Flynn. The show explores the link between the human body and architecture through a variety of media: sculpture, photography, drawing and printmaking.

The gallery is located on the lower level of the Education & Technology Center, 9801 Frankford Avenue (near Grant Avenue) in northeast Philadelphia.  Hours are Monday through Friday, 8:00 am to 9:00 pm, and Saturday and Sunday, noon to 4:00 pm. The show will be on display until February 3.

There will be an artist’s talk and reception on Tuesday, January 26, 6:00 – 8:00 pm.

Sunday, December 27, 2015

Thank you! (Old Enough Catalog, Year in Review)

Thank you!

Dear all,

Happy Holidays!

It has been an honor serving as president of the Women's Caucus for Art Philadelphia Chapter for the past three years. I’m grateful for the friendships developed, the Connections and Old Enough exhibitions we put together and the interesting and informative studio visits we had.

I am especially thankful for Sarah R. Bloom for continuing to nurture the chapter that we spent so much time and energy rebuilding. The chapter is now thriving and we have 48 active members.

Beginning January 1, 2016 Sarah R. Bloom will take over as the President of the WCA Philadelphia Chapter. I know she will do a fantastic job continuing to provide opportunities for women artists.

Thank you in advance for supporting Sarah as you have supported me in the past. This is truly a fantastic group of women. I hope to continue to see you at meetings and events.

I wish Sarah and her new team continued growth and success and I wish you all a happy, healthy and creative new year.


Kristin Osgood Lamelas

Old Enough to Know Better Catalog. After much editing and many revisions, it's ready! Thanks to Jude Lang for designing the Old Enough to Know Better Exhibition Catalog, Sarah R. Bloom for taking the exhibition photos and to Samantha Maldonado of Art & Architecture magazine for her glowing review! It is available here:

Renew Now! Don't miss out on all Sarah has planned for you... renew your membership now! Be sure to select the PAP chapter (that's us!)

2015 Year in Review

Saturday, November 21, 2015

Old Enough To Know Better in the Broad Street Review!

Check out this article by Samantha Maldonando in the Broad Street Review about "Old Enough to Know Better"!

The opening reception last Thursday was terrific. An incredible crowd and a good time was had by all!