Monday, January 09, 2017

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Dear Members,                                                                                        January 2017

Happy New Year! Winter is in full effect and it is time for us to do the same. Our next meeting will be

Thursday evening, February 2nd
Da Vinci Art Alliance
704 Catherine St.
Philadelphia, Pa.

We will have lots to discuss. I have not forgotten about the DivaNation collaboration, we may have to give ourselves a little more time is all. Meanwhile, please see our call for art below and get excited to create and spread the word!

Sarah R. Bloom
President, WCA Philadelphia Chapter
Where to park (aside from street parking)?
Municipal Parking Lot (Free) 719-35 Christian Street
Municipal Parking Lot (Free)  738-48 South 7th Street
Municipal Parking Lot (Free) S. 11th Street between Catharine and Fitzwater
Municipal Parking Lot (Free)  East Passyunk and Montrose Street
Patriot Parking Inc. 616 South 7th Street
Central Parking System 516 South Street

Member Call For Art

WCA Philadelphia presents:
April 2nd - 29th
Entry Deadline: February 27th
“There may be times when we are powerless to prevent injustice,
but there must never be a time when we fail to protest." -Elie Wiesel
Artists have always been interested in creating work, in all media, that addresses the social, political, and environmental issues of their times. A society’s artists are often the first to confront the biggest challenges facing its citizens, often through provocative means. Artists are invited to submit work that addresses injustice from any time period. The artwork may also point to the broader theme of art and injustice, by focusing on a particular artist or movement.
The Women's Caucus for Art, Philadelphia Chapter (WCA) is pleased to announce an open call to all WCA Northeast Region Members and Non-Members (WCA chapters are listed as NH, Central Mass., Boston, NYC, Philadelphia). All media considered.
JUROR Mary Salvante has been working in the visual arts for over 20 years as a curator and arts administrator with a focus on visual art program development and planning of trans-disciplinary curatorial projects, public art installation programs, and artist in residence programs. Successful projects include her NEA award winning work as founding director of the environmental art program at The Schuylkill Center for Environmental Education. Now in its fifteenth year, the program was the first of its kind in Philadelphia and introduced ecological art installations and artist in residence programs to the public. Established funding with the NEA, William Penn, PA Council on the Arts, and Mid Atlantic Arts foundations. As Gallery Director at Rowan University, Mary has transitioned the Rowan University Art Gallery from a locally focused program to one now with regional impact through the curation of innovative contemporary art exhibitions resulting in Citation of Excellence Awards from the New Jersey State Council on the Arts.

  • Open to all WCA Northeast Region Members and Non-Members (NH, Central Mass., Boston, NYC, Philadelphia)
  • Original artwork completed in the last two years
  • All media considered
  • Images must be submitted by FEBRUARY 27th
  • Notification of acceptances delivered by MARCH 13th. Instructions in email for delivery
  • Delivery of accepted work:
  • Hand delivery Friday March 31 6-8pm; Saturday April 1 9am-11pm
    • Shipped work must be received NO LATER than Friday March 31
  • Opening reception Sunday April 2nd 4-7pm
  • Pick up of work:
    • Saturday April 29th 5-8pm; Sunday April 30th 10am-12pm
Philadelphia WCA is responsible for all press releases, listings, price lists, and gallery labels. Your participation is permission to include images of artwork in promotion. Artwork will be handled with great care, but Philadelphia WCA is not responsible for loss or damage. Insurance is the responsibility of the artist.

Thursday, December 01, 2016

Dear Members,                                                                                                                                 December 1, 2016

Can you believe it is already the end of the year?? I think we are probably all glad for this particular year to be over, but it went fast.  Thank you to the women who came out the other night to Scotts Mills for our meeting. We had some good discussion and the minutes are shared below!


  1. Are you interested in being on the exhibition committee? 
  2. Are you interested in collaborating with one of the DivaNation singers but couldn't register because the website is down? Let me know with your name and a link to an online portfolio if you have it, and I will pass it on.
  3. Do you have any specific skills that might be of use to the group and want to make yourself available? i.e. carpentry, graphic arts, website building, etc. Anything really! 
The exhibition committee will need to meet within the next two weeks to finalize decision about our show in April (social justice theme) at Da Vinci Art Alliance.

Sarah R. Bloom
President, WCA Philadelphia Chapter

Thank you to Bonnie's husband Ndokaa for taking the above photo! 

November Minutes

In attendance: Sarah Bloom, Rosalind Bloom, Bonnie MacAllister, Jude Lang, Marie Weaver, Simone Spicer, Nadia Kunz, Andrea Beizer

-Discovered that many of you are either not receiving the emails OR not bothering to click them open :)
Please be sure to check that you are receiving these emails, but know that I also post the content onto the Facebook Page AND to our little blog, so you do have two other ways of keeping informed.
--Going forward, we will be starting a Google Group so that we can not only share the newsletter information, but we can also share specific events and news with one another that may be relevant. Some of those events may be also then shared to the FB page.

-Discussion of DivaNation Mixer and how awesome it was, seems people are only interested once they hear me talk about it if they weren't at the mixer. Talk to me about it!! It is going to be amazing. Collaborating with incredibly talented singers. We have leads on several venues as possible performance/showcase spaces for either late April or early May. More than one show is a likely possibility. The website for registering to participate is down temporarily, will post when it is up. Meanwhile, contact me if you want to know more and/or wish to declare your participation.

  • Suggestions for other possible spaces were many. Already have good deal from L'Etage in South Philly and White Pines Productions in Elkins Park as potentials.
    • Synagogue (Jude)
    • Studio 34 
    • Fox at Penn, free, perhaps they also have performance space we could use?
    • Asian Art center?
    • Plastic Club is $250 for month, both floors, don't know how far they are booked
-APRIL show for just WCA in April at Da Vinci
  • Theme is how art impacts social justice
  • Exhibition committee needs to meet within next 2 weeks to discuss who show is open to, cost, whether it is juried, possible jurors, dates, etc. 
  • Press needs to go out by mid February.
-March is Women's History month... looking for ideas for one-day event we can do as a group?? 

-National WCA Conference is in NYC this February. Info here:

-Discussed ways in which to reach more members for meetings and diversify the group (age and race). 

  • Bonnie mentioned many young women left after Old Enough to Know Better (for women over 35). 
  • Many galleries and groups around area to reach out to. 
    • Imperfect Gallery in Germantown
    • Germantown Round Table group
  • Possibly sending out a SurveyMonkey to find out when are good times/days for members to meet.

Monday, November 21, 2016

November Meeting

November 17, 2016

Hi Everyone!

My apologies for not calling a meeting before now, though we did have the incredible DivaNation Mixer event last week that gave me life. If you were unable to make it, check out some of the videos I posted to our Facebook page and please please sign up if you're interested! These women are a force to be reckoned with and collaborating is a great way to channel that political outrage. :)

Our current show, Outside In, had a lovely opening reception and looks great. I'm calling for a meeting in the space so you can come see the work as well as have some time for us to reconnect and make plans for the future. On agenda is answering questions about DivaNation and talking about a show we have space for in April.

Therefore! Our next meeting will be

MONDAY November 28th
Scotts Mills Studios Bldg. 32
3510 Scotts Lane
Philadelphia, Pennsylvania

JUST AN FYI: there is a parking lot here, which is fabulous, but it is not obvious where to go once you are parked.
The show is in Building 32, which you access from the main road, Scotts Lane. There is an alleyway between two buildings, and the entrance to the studios is across from the Glass Blowing Studio. 

Hope to see you there! A Facebook Event page will be created as well.

Sarah R. Bloom
2016 Chapter President

Thursday, November 10, 2016

HOT OFF THE PRESS: New Book About Women Artists!

Sabra Moore’s new book, Openings: A Memoir from the Women’s Art Movement, New York
City, 1970-1992 has just been published. Sabra was active with the Women’s Caucus for Art (she was president of the NYC Chapter), the Women’s Action Coalition (WAC) and Heresies. She now lives in Abiquiú, NM.

Sabra has been traveling across the country on a speaking tour. At the launch event at Rizzoli's bookstore in Chelsea, NYC, Sabra (center) moderated a panel discussion with (left to right) Marina Gutierrez, Patricia Spears Jones, Cecilia Vicuña, Bibi Lencek, Kazuko Minamoto, and Janet Goldner.

Thursday, September 29, 2016


Download Prospectus HERE: Prospectus Download Link

November 4th-30th WCA Members Juried Show
Call for Artists
Entry Deadline: October 3rd, 2016

The Women's Caucus for Art, Philadelphia Chapter (WCA) is pleased to announce an exhibition opportunity for current members. The exhibition will be at the Scotts Mills Studios at 3510 Scotts Ln, Philadelphia, PA 19129

Public armor, private thoughts.
External defenses, inner ambitions.
Outside agency, inside domesticity.
Fear, safety
Street, house.
Invisible, visible.
For women this duality is a condition of existence. Please submit work that explores the multisided and layered aspects of our exterior and interior experiences.

Eleanor Schimmel’s encaustic paintings have been featured in major exhibits for over 25 years. She has distinguished herself in the field of encaustic painting with numerous awards and recognition, museum exhibits and public installations. Her inventive use of this ancient technique of painting with pigmented wax has elicited high praise for her abstract works. Eleanor Schimmel attended the Pennsylvania Academy of Fine Arts and is a graduate of Moore College of Art and Design, where she was honored as the 2005 Distinguished Alumna. She resides in Haverford, PA and works at her studio in the Norristown Arts Building in Norristown, PA.

Open to all current members of the WCA Philadelphia Chapter
Original artwork completed in the last two years
All mediums accepted

Entry Fee: $25 for up to three (3) artworks
Image Requirements: Submit high resolution jpeg images at 300dpi no smaller than 950kb and no larger than 2mb. Each jpeg should be labeled with the artist’s last name, first name initial and title of work ((i.e. BloomS_Salvation) and the body of the email should contain title plus medium and size of each work.
3-D artists may submit 2 additional jpegs per piece, labeled “title with detail1, “title with detail2”.
Payment can be made via PayPal to or snail-mailed to WCA c/o Sarah Bloom, 135 Winchester Rd. Merion Station 19066.
Images should be emailed to with “Outside In” in the subject line. Once payment is confirmed, entry will be sent to juror.

Images must be submitted by OCTOBER 3rd.
Notification of acceptances delivered by OCTOBER 21st
Delivery of accepted work:
Friday Oct. 28th, 12-5pm and Saturday October 29th, 10am-12pm
Opening reception Saturday November 5, 4-7pm
Pick up of work:
Friday Dec 2, 12pm-3pm and Saturday Dec 3, 10am-12pm

Sunday, June 26, 2016

Member News: Virginia Maksymowicz in Sculpture Magazine!

An article about the work of longtime member, Virginia Maksymowicz, has just been published in the July/August issue of Sculpture Magazine!

If you don't subscribe or can't find a copy at your local art store, you can read it HERE.

Monday, May 09, 2016

April Showers Bring May Flowers. I mean News.

We Want YOU!

Reminder: Our email list is OPEN to anyone interested in WCA Philly news and updates, not just current members. INCLUSION is the motto going forward. If you do not want to receive emails from us, please unsubscribe using the button at the end of this email, and accept my apologies.
Red Sand Project 
Group Action May 21 12 noon!
Facebook Event Page
Clay Bunny Project
We are planning a studio visit to make bunnies.
See info here: Bunnies

We need your E to the 3rd Degree

Greetings Everyone! I'm very happy with how things have been going in general, even though we are a long way from where I'd like us to be. We've seen new faces and new interest over the past few meetings and we are starting to connect with other groups and organizations. The potential for greatness is here and it is up to us to harness it!

Lots of opportunities for involvement and now is the time to really step up so you can be in on things from the start. Members of DivaNation, an all female jazz vocalist and composer group, have reached out and are planning on joining forces. They are bringing experience, enthusiasm, and energy (E to the 3rd Degree)!

PLEASE send an email to and let me know your interest/availability in any of the following (see minutes below too):

1. DivaNation Workshopping for collaboration
2. Attending a studio visit to make clay bunnies on a Wednesday evening (or another day)
3. EXHIBITION committee, where you'd help plan/organize upcoming exhibitions
Thank you! Looking forward to our meeting next weekend on the 21st plus the Red Sand Project group action!

Philadelphia Women’s Caucus for Art Meeting Minutes: April 30, 2016 Charles Santore Library 932 So.7th St.
Attendees: Sarah Bloom, Colleen Gahrmann, Roz Bloom, Patricia Proniewski, Shekhinah Davis, Khadijah Renee, Vita Tew, Uta Fellechner, Elizabeth Filante Sanders
Meeting Business:
  • Meeting called to order by Sarah Bloom at 10:30.
  • Introductions & general announcements:
  • Scott Mills Exhibit scheduled for Nov 2016.
  • WCA Art Scholarship Recipient has been selected and awarded to a Moore College of Art 2016 graduate. Taylor Weckerly receives $100 and one year membershipt to WCA.
  • A Red Sand Project Action, developed by activist artist Molly Gochman will take place Saturday May 21st 12noon, meeting at 3rd street gallery to walk together.
    • Members meeting begins at 10:30, followed by Red Sand action.
  • Dawns Place and Six Senses Clay Studio will join the May 21st WCA Philadelphia Red Sand Action. Both organizations offer support services to exploited women.
  • Six Senses Studio will host a collaborative fund raiser with the Clay Bunny Project. A clay Bunny Making event is opened to a group of 10 at Six Sense Studio 7pm May 11th.( off Germantown Ave.) Clay bunnies will be made, fired and sold at the May 21st Red Sand Action, all proceeds are donated to local and international anti sex trafficking organizations.
  • Exhibition Committee chaired by Jude Lang needs volunteers any amount of time is appreciated. Planning can be done through email & teleconference.
  • Members of DivaNation & The Women’s Coalition for Empowerment were in attendance. They expressed interest in collaboration with WCAP regarding exhibitions, performance and ideas of fusion in the visual, and performing arts.
    • Very exciting and fruitful discussion on ideas for collaboration. Decided we needed to schedule separate workshopping dates for those committed to putting in the effort to make this a reality.
  • Next meeting May 21st 10:30 -12 at the 3rd st. Gallery 45N.2nd St. Philadelphia
Red Sand Project/Action May 21st 12 noon 3rd St Gallery followed by group walk towards Constitution Center. All are welcomed adults, children friends.