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   info@yosemiterenaissance.org.

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

Friday, January 23, 2015

BONNIE J. SMITH - 2015 NICHE Awards Winner

January 17, 2015 – Artist Bonnie J. Smith of San Jose, CA has been selected as a winner in the 2015 NICHE Awards for the piece titled “Contemplate” in the Fiber: Art Quilts category. 

The awards program is sponsored by NICHE Magazine, the exclusive trade publication for independent retailers.

The NICHE Awards program began in 1989 to recognize the outstanding creative achievements of American craft artists who produce work for craft galleries and retail stores.  Judging is based on three main criteria:
  • Technical excellence, both in surface design and form
  • Market viability
  • And distinct quality of unique and creative thought

Winners of the 2015 NICHE AWARDS were announced at a ceremony on Saturday, January 17, 2015 at the Walter E. Washington Convention Center, held in conjunction with the American Made Show.

Sunday, January 11, 2015

YVONNE NEWHOUSE - Portola Art Gallery, Menlo Park CA

Headwaters Eastside

January 1-31, 2015

Artist's Reception: Saturday, January 10, 1:00 - 4:00 P.M

Portola Art Gallery at Allied Arts Guild
75 Arbor Road, Menlo Park, CA 94025
Hours:  Monday - Saturday, 10:30 am to 4:30 pm

The Portola Art Gallery presents, “Treasures Revealed” - a joint exhibition by new gallery members Shaowei Liu and Yvonne Newhouse. The exhibition of watercolor paintings highlights scenes of brief but precious moments of life, such as clouds over snowy peaks or children playing. Yvonne Newhouse, of San Mateo, brings attention to some of winter’s hidden treasures in this exhibit. An avid hiker both on Bay Area trails and in the Sierra Nevada backcountry, Yvonne has witnessed and recorded many beautiful vistas, interpreting them using transparent watercolor. A native of the prairies of Saskatchewan, Canada, she is in awe of the stature and grandness of mountains and snowy mountain passes of California’s high country. Also included in this exhibit are some more intimate scenes of the season. More information about Yvonne is available at http://yvonnenewhouse.com/.


Friday, January 9, 2015

SUSAN VARJAVAND - Gallery 9, Los Altos CA

LIGHT’S PLEASURES - Landscapes in Oil
February 3 - March 1, 2015,

Artist Reception: Friday, February 6, 5 -7:30 P.M.

143 Main Street, Los Altos, 94022     (650) 941-7969
Hours: Tuesday to Saturday, 11-5p. Sundays, 12-4p.

Susan Varjavand’s new paintings explore the bay and hills. She paints to record how she feels about light and depth, especially dawn and dusk. Playfulness with light, the subject of this exhibit, is landscape telling how it soaks up light to enjoy itself. Light makes palm fronds sparkle, quiets trees at dusk, transforms a boulder’s color after rain, and gilds a valley, defining it as Californian.

A “colorist,” in the past Susan developed subjects such as the nude, “chair,” and mud-brick architecture to convey inner life, attitudes, and the memory of ancestors. In this exhibit, reworking favorites such as the bay and gestures of tree limbs, she suggests freshness of the moment with the help of a a vivid palette and sometime a palette knife.