Monday, April 04, 2016

March Minutes, April News

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EXHIBITION COMMITTEE

If you are a current MEMBER and are interested in helping out on the exhibition committee, please email wcaphiladelphia@gmail.com and let us know.
 

March Minutes

Philadelphia Women’s Caucus for Art Members Meeting Minutes: 
March 30, 2016 3rd Street Gallery 45 North 2nd Street Philadelphia

Attendees: Sarah Bloom, Colleen Gahrmann, Roz Bloom, Carol Wisker, Mia Gahrmann, Jude Lang, Gaby Heit, Colleen Quinn, Trish Thompson, MaryAnn Laverty, Katherine Kurtz.

Meeting Business:
  • Meeting called to order by Sarah Bloom at 6:45
  • Introductions and attendance sign in followed by announcements: Moore College of Art hosts Film Festival, “About and by Women Artists” April 1-3.
  • Sarah Bloom will be opening speaker at the University of Pennsylvania Fox Gallery Claudia Cohen Hall, April 7th at 6pm. PRISM: An Exhibition Race Dialogue Project and Women in Art Initiative.
    • In addition, submissions for the PRISM Exhibition are still being accepted until April 3rd.(will consider date extension)
  • Reading and approval of the February 27th minutes.
  • The Red Sand Project is in process, tentative date and site May 21st, 3rd Street Gallery, consensus is this site offers greater public and increased social awareness. Twenty Red Sand Kits have been ordered and received.
    • Sarah will inquire if Dawns Place is interested in partnering with our #Red Sand action. Dawns Place is a Philadelphia based non-profit that supports and provides services to sexually exploited women.
  • Member Jude Lang has volunteered to chair the Exhibition Committee, along with Marie Weaver, Dora Fischer and Virginia Maksymowicz. Members are encouraged to consider joining this committee any amount of time offered is appreciated and needed. Plans for the Scotts Mills Exhibition, East Falls in October will be addressed.
  • Parameters for a future caucus exhibition, titled A Space Of Her Own: An Aesthetic Directory proposed by member Colleen Gahrmann, were discussed to include an association with/representation of and contact with a social, training, educational, non–profits (a hand up agency) as part of the art work submission/theme. Further discussion/refinement will ensue
  • Philadelphia Chapter will continue to award a $ 100.00 scholarship and membership into WCA to a 2017 Moore College of Art Graduate. President Sarah Bloom and 2 others will select the recipient at Moore’s student art exhibition, awards ceremony date April 27th.
  • Sarah reviewed and summarized her experience from the National Women’s Caucus Impact Convention February 2016.
  • The next meeting will be held at the Charles Santore Library, 932 South 7th Street, Philadelphia, PA 19147 Saturday April 30th 10:30-12:30. Bring a friend!
  • Meeting Adjourned @ 7:45

Sunday, March 06, 2016

February Minutes and March News!



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Letter from the President

Progress and A Call for Help


March 6, 2016
Dear Members and Potential Members,
Once again we had an exciting and productive meeting at the end of February (minutes from that meeting included at the end of this letter). We have a lot of ideas and we need active members to do them well! The next meeting is being held on a weeknight evening in order to give opportunity for those who couldn't come on the weekend mornings. So mark your calendars for:

WEDNESDAY MARCH 30th 6:30pm at 3rd St. GALLERY on 2nd st.

I am determined to get our membership up and active and need your help. Talk us up to your female artist friends, invite them to come to the next meeting with no obligation, just to check us out. I will be sending invitations to other local Philadelphia artist communities, groups, and galleries this week to invite potential members and potential collaborations.

The more active membership we have, the better for everyone.
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EXHIBITION COMMITTEE FORMING
Who wants to be on the exhibition committee? We have space secured for October 2016 (during POST) at Scotts Mills Studios in East Falls, and need to get a plan together ASAP for the show.
We also have a HUGE themed show idea in the works in the early stages of planing. Get in on the ground floor!

Please email wcaphiladelphia@gmail.com if you are interested, putting "exhibition committee" in the subject line, and tell us about your experience and availability.

RED SAND PROJECT
We are in the process of ordering kits and organizing a day of action adopting artist Molly Gochman's Red Sand Project.
April 30th 2-5pm. Stay tuned for more info on that as we finalize details.


SWAN DAY (Support Women Artists Now)
Saturday March 26th is SWAN day, but supporting women artists is a year-round affair. We are in contact with the University of Pennsylvania group "Women in Art Initiative" spearheaded by WCA member Linda Lin to join up for some educational and nurturing activities.
Stay tuned.
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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:
http://www.nationalwca.org/membership/membership.php
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 if you joined before October and you must renew by April. 
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 Chapter of the WCA February Meeting Minutes

Saturday February 27th, 10am (8 members present)

Board Members:
President Sarah R. Bloom
Vice President Damini Celebrese
Treasurer Virginia Maksymowicz
Secretary Colleen Gahrmann

Membership Teresa Unseld


Meeting Business:
  • Meeting called to order by President Sarah Bloom at 10:15.
  • Reviewed the 2/27 agenda stating that a relaxed application of Roberts Rules will be applied to future meetings.
  • Treasury report and the WCA Impact Conference outcomes were shared.
  • Event possibilities for SWAN Day March26th (Support Women Artists Now International) were discussed.
  • Explanation of social activist /artist: Molly Gochman’s Red Sand Project and discussion of the Philadelphia Chapters potential partnership in that project.
  • Motion was made to move forward on becoming involved in the Red Sand project seconded and passed. (Roz and Colleen will coordinate and make recommendations)
  • Recommendations were made to reach out to area colleges Woman’s Study & Art Departments regarding partnerships, use of facilities and widening membership.
  • Proposals/ ideas for the adoption of the WCAP Chapters social awareness art focus project discussed. Amended original proposal of a single issue project.
  • Proposal: “A Space of Her Own: An Aesthetic Directory” was introduced by Colleen Gahrmann discussion ensued.
  • Motion to accept the proposal, passed by the members in attendance.
  • Motion to call for and form an Exhibition Committee seconded and passed. Sarah will notify members of this committee opportunity.
  • Inquiries regarding exhibition space at Scotts Mills, East Falls, Philadelphia, target date Sept/Fall 2016 will be made by Dora Fischer and Marie Weaver.
  • President Sarah Bloom will schedule and announce the next Chapter meeting with in the month. Notice will be through membership email, WCA Philadelphia Chapter Facebook. Please bring a friend.
  • Meeting Adjourned @ 11:40

 


 

 


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Monday, February 08, 2016

DATE CHANGE FOR FEBRUARY MEETING

DATE CHANGE for FEBRUARY MEETING

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,
Sarah

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 wcaphiladelphia@gmail.com
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: http://www.nationalwca.org/membership/membership.php

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

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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 to:wcaphiladelphia@gmail.com
  • 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.

CALLED DUE TO SNOW

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.

Warmly,
Sarah

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.