Wednesday, May 6, 2015

WCA PENINSULA SHOW: Breaking Ground Redux

Our recent show, Breaking Ground, at San Mateo City Hall was very well received... so well received, in fact, that we've been asked to extend the exhibition and relocate it to the San Mateo Public Library. So this past Tuesday a few of our members packed up all the artwork and transferred it to the library.  This is a lovely venue with longer hours and a convenient parking garage located beneath the building.

55 West 3rd Avenue
San Mateo, CA 94402

Monday - Thursday: 10 am  - 8 pm
Friday - Saturday: 10 am - 5 pm
Sunday: 1 pm - 5 pm

And... there will be a party!

Please join us for a reception on Sunday, May 17th 1:30 - 3:30 pm.

This exhibition opened on May 5 and will go through June 15th, and presents work by Beate Amler, Lorraine Capparell, Grace Cohen, Kris Idarius, Patricia Keefe, Annamaria Kusber, Rebecca Lambing, Ellen Lee, Tanya Lin, Marie LaPrade, Nancee McDonnell, Alysanne McGaffey, Yvonne Newhouse, Irene Schlesinger, Bonnie Smith, Deanna Taubman, Leigh Toldi, Susan Varjavand and Marian Yap.

Monday, April 27, 2015

Silicon Valley Open Studios: WCA Peninsula members showing

Four members of our WCA Peninsula chapter are showing their work in the Silicon Valley Open Studios event this upcoming weekend. They'd love to see you! See below for address information.

Yvonne Newhouse - Yvonne Newhouse Designs
May 2 - 3, Site 517: 1516 Tarrytown Street, San Mateo, CA 94402

Nancy Woods - One of Designs 
May 2 - 3, Site 1: Peninsula Museum of Art/ Peninsula Art Institute
1777 California Drive, Burlingame, CA 94010

Nancee McDonell - Growing Graphics 
May 2 - 3, Site 428: Growing Graphics

2006 Ticonderoga Drive, San Mateo, CA 94402

Rebecca Lambing
May 2 - 3, Site 16: 1333 Bernal Avenue, Burlingame, CA 94010

Saturday, April 25, 2015

MEETING REPORT: : Mike Wong's seminar on photographing artwork

April's WCA Peninsula meeting took place on Tuesday the 21st, and included an exceptionally helpful and informative presentation by Coastal Arts League member Mike Wong, who also co-owns Spring Mountain Gallery in Half Moon Bay. Mike is a professional photographer with decades of experience photographing everything from weddings to artwork. In his presentation he demonstrated how to adjust camera settings to get the best possible photographs when photographing artwork for the purpose of submission to shows, placement on websites and any other digital media use.

In addition to specific camera settings, Mike emphasized the importance of other components of set-up. These included the use of a tripod and easel, the use of the self-timer feature, taping down the edges of paper against a white background, and many other tips. Lighting, aperture and speed settings were all discussed and WCA members came away with a treasure trove of information and some great new ideas on how to improve the photographic presentation of their artwork for competitions and websites.

Mike's handout is reproduced below.

Tuesday, April 7, 2015

WCA PENINSULA SHOW: "X 2" at Twin Pines Gallery, Belmont CA

The Twin Pines Art Center presents work by the Peninsula Women’s Caucus for Art.  

Nancee McDonnell
X 2” will exhibit two works by each artist showing diversity of style, diversity of content, or diversity of medium. “X 2” which opens April 8 includes work by Lorraine Capparell, Grace Cohen, Kris Idarius, Patricia Keefe, Annamaria Kusber, Rebecca Lambing, Ellen Lee, Marie LaPrade, Nancee McDonnell, Alysanne McGaffey, Yvonne Newhouse, Bonnie J Smith, Francine Survilo, Deanna Taubman, Leigh Toldi, Susan Varjavand, Nancy Woods and Marian Yap. 

Deanna Taubman
There is an opportunity to meet the artists at the reception April 12, 1-4 pm. 

Twin Pines Gallery is located at 10 Twin Pines Lane, Belmont, CA. 

The hours are Wednesday through Sunday 12-4 pm. This exhibition will run through May 6, 2015.
Nancy Woods

Saturday, March 28, 2015

WCA Peninsula Meeting Notes - featuring PAT KEEFE

Pat Keefe gave a dynamic artist presentation at the WCA Peninsula March meeting. She began her artistic endeavors in painting and bronze casting.  Initially, Pat attended college to study nursing but later advanced to art therapy.

A highlight of Pat’s presentation was her story about a door and it’s frame that she towed around in her Jeep Wagoner to make photographs at many varied locations around the Bay.  They included the DeYoung Museum and the Pacific Coast beaches.  The door project became an integral part of her college art studies and a sculptural exhibit.  This portfolio was an inspiration to those in attendance.

One of Pat’s other art projects were life-size paper dolls that she constructed from objects that tell her story. Luckily for our members, besides having wonderful pictures of the full size dolls, she had a set of the original small size paper dolls to pass around for each person to handle and to admire the feminine perspective. (See inset picture.) 

As a fellow artist, I came away with a message from Pat’s presentation.   Anything is possible.  We want to let our artistic journeys flow from within ourselves.

The March meeting was held in The Peninsula Museum of Art Library, Burlingame, and a potluck lunch provided by members followed.

Peninsula Chapter meetings rotate between the Burlingame location and Coastal Art League located in Half Moon Bay. Times and dates listed below.

April-June-September-November- Coastal Art League, 6:30 dessert & tea, meeting begins at 7:00.
May-August-October-December- Peninsula Museum of Art, meeting begins at 12:00, followed by potluck lunch.

No meeting is scheduled for July 2015.

--Bonnie J. Smith, chapter president

Sunday, March 8, 2015

YVONNE NEWHOUSE – Yosemite Renaissance, Yosemite Museum Gallery, Yosemite, CA

Yosemite Museum Gallery,  February 28 – May 10, 2015
Headwaters Eastside
Kings Art Center, Hanford,  June – July, 2015
Carnegie Arts Center, Turlock, August – September, 2015

Yosemite Renaissance is an annual juried competition/exhibition intended to encourage diverse artistic interpretations of Yosemite. Its goals are to bring together the works of serious contemporary artists that do not simply duplicate traditional representations; to establish a continuum with past generations of Yosemite artists; and to help re-establish visual art as a major interpretive medium of the landscape and a stimulus to the protection of the environment. Historically, the arts have played a very important role in the establishment of our State and National Parks. It is our hope that they can be just as important in future efforts to preserve and protect that heritage. More information at

Juried entry –  Headwaters Eastside

Tuesday, March 3, 2015

WCA PENINSULA SHOW: "Breaking Ground" at San Mateo City Hall

The whole world comes alive after winter. In March the world awakens with color and the scent of aromatic greenery. Spring is a time to renew the excitement and zest for the life within. The theme, Breaking Ground, was chosen by the WCA Peninsula Chapter membership for this exhibit due to the diverse number of possible interpretations and the wide range of media it accommodates. The exhibit will consist of about thirty works of art.

Where: San Mateo City Hall Gallery
Dates: March 11 - May 4, 2015
Hours: M-F 8am - 5pm

Tuesday, February 24, 2015

GRACE COHEN - Dart For Art Benefit, Burlingame CA

Two of Grace Cohen's works have been selected for inclusion in the 2015 Dart For Art benefit for the LymeLight Foundation. More information from the LymeLight Foundation page:

Dart for Art is not an auction and not your typical cocktail party. Here’s how it works; as guests arrive each couple or single will be assigned numbers which will be used for the “Dart”. Guests will stroll through the gallery enjoying cocktails and meeting the artists, and previewing the various works of art. After a brief introduction the fun will begin. The numbers will be randomly pulled. As your number is called you are invited to Dart for your favorite piece of art. Dart for Art is a wonderful opportunity to obtain original art and have a good time doing it, all while supporting LymeLight Foundation. 

When: March 6, 2015, 6:30 pm - 10:00 pm
"Fog 6"
Where:  Burlingame Masonic Center
145 Park Rd, Burlingame , California 94010

"Almost Birds"
for more details on attending this event.


There are two upcoming San Mateo County-based exhibition opportunities for residents. The entry deadline for the San Mateo County Arts Commission show Women's View - 2015 had now passed, but the deadline for the San Mateo County Fair Arts Galleria is May 27th. Information for both shows can be found in the attached image.

Thursday, February 12, 2015

REBECCA LAMBING - Dart For Art Benefit, Burlingame CA

A Meditative Moment
Rebecca Lambing’s painting “A Meditative Moment” has been selected to be included in the 2015 Dart for Art to benefit LymeLight Foundation. In it’s fourth year, Dart for Art has become a sell-out event and the juried artwork has grown to become even more desirable. As guests arrive each couple or single is assigned a number which will be used for the “Dart”. Guests stroll through the gallery enjoying cocktails while previewing the various works of art and meeting the artists. Eventually the numbers are randomly pulled and attendees claim their favorite piece of art as their own to take home with them that same night. 

LymeLight's mission is to provide grants to enable eligible children and young adults with Lyme disease to receive proper treatment and medication as well as raising awareness about Lyme disease.

This year’s event is on March 6 in Burlingame, California. To learn more about the event and to purchase tickets click on this link to LymeLight Foundation’s Dart for Art. More information about Rebecca paintings can be found by clicking on this link to Rebecca Lambing’s website