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.

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 if you are interested, putting "exhibition committee" in the subject line, and tell us about your experience and availability.

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.

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 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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