2014 Year in Review- WCA PAP
Kristin Osgood Lamelas
Change does not come easily, especially when things have been done one way for a very long time. There has been some major turmoil, conflict and administrative changes in the beginning of 2014. However, I am happy to report that the Philadelphia Chapter has finally reinvented itself, and is now back on course. Kristin's goal has been to put a friendly face on the local chapter; to keep it drama free; to make it more transparent, open and accessible to all of our members. Over the past two years, we have had many planning meetings, figured things out and even learned how to Zentangle. We designed and printed business cards and began a new feature called “Your WCA" so we can highlight and get to know the members in our chapter. So far we have featured Diana Riukas and Laura Petrovich-Cheney.
All of this hard work is finally paying off. During the month of September, thanks to WCA member Pamela Flynn, we held an exhibition at Holy Family University called Connections. The show, featuring seven WCA Philadelphia chapter members- Rosalind Bloom, Claire Giblin, Jude Lang, Kristin Osgood Lamelas, Virginia Maksymowicz, Simone Spicer and Laura Petrovich-Cheney, went extraordinarily well. As we were setting up the show, we placed a figure sculpture next to two figure paintings. Little did we know the connections that would soon be made.
During the opening reception and artist talk, it was really touching to hear Claire Giblin talk about the relationship between her paintings and Simone Spicer's sculpture of a homeless man, which was constructed out of discarded corrugated cardboard. Claire said she felt like she was standing there, surrounded by her family. The one painting she made was about her nephew who was an addict. The other was about her mother, called Madonna de la Roccia, painted after an experience of feeling so close to her mother spiritually, upon viewing so many madonnas in Italian churches. She then looked down at Simone's sculpture and shared the little known fact that her own father was indeed homeless. He used to come home with a bar of soap and a razor in his back pocket. Eventually he stopped coming home and died on the street. Her story was so powerful and brought many people to tears. It was truly a magical evening. We never really know how our art will personally affect the viewer. During the same time as the HFU show, we had a connecting show at Plaza Artist Supply that featured the work of Simone Spicer.
The catalog of the Connections exhibition is here: http://issuu.com/presphilawca/docs/wcaholyfamilyshowcatalog2014.
Special thanks to Virginia Maksymowicz for her compelling essay, to Jude Lang for the fabulous design and to Kristin Osgood Lamelas for designing the exhibition card and coordinating everything.
On October 12th, we had a photography workshop at Jude Lang's studio. Kristin Osgood Lamelas demonstrated how to properly light and photograph your artwork. Then, she and Jude demonstrated how to edit the photos using Adobe Photoshop.
On November 9th, we met at Laura Petrovich-Cheney's studio for a tour and to discuss the business of art. Laura gave us a tour of her workspace and generously shared her organizational tips for shows, residencies and grants. We also discussed future exhibition ideas.
Meeting and working with these women is what the WCA is all about. It's about stepping out of your comfort zone, getting involved in the art scene, meeting fabulous women, learning from them and forging new friendships.