Friday, April 22, 2011

"What to Say About Racism?"

Bonnie Smith's work "What to Say About Racism?" will be exhibited at ARC Gallery in Chicago, Illinois, April 27 - May 22, 2011.
This is a group exhibit by "Fiber Sisters of Hope".  The women of "Fiber Sisters of Hope" formed a artistic union in 2008 to express our personal and professional sentiments on many diverse topics.

“Visions of Childhood”

Peninsula Women’s Caucus for Art - Art Exhibition “Visions of Childhood”

Belmont, California, April 18, 2011 – The Peninsula Chapter of the Women’s Caucus for Art presents a member exhibition titled “Visions of Childhood.”  Curated by WCA President, Karen Gutfreund, the exhibit highlights the work of California women artists. The exhibition will be held from May 14, 2011 through July 9, 2011 at the Avenue 25 Gallery, San Mateo. The public reception and opportunity to meet the artists will be heldon Saturday, May 14, from 2-4 pm. This event is free and open to the public.  Gallery hours are Mondays through Fridays from 9 am to 5 pm.

“Visions of Childhood” include artwork by 16 women artists.  The works on display cover a broad range of media, including painting, mixed media, textiles and photography. The artists with diverse perspectives of their work express the theme for the exhibit.

Cosette Dudley says “The theme “Visions of Childhood” was chosen because our venue for the show has offices to which mothers and children frequently come.  That being the case, we thought we should do images this time that might interest the children and their mothers passing through.  We decided to include a collaborative "Diaper Piece", to which each artist could contribute an artwork diaper, with all diapers to be assembled in some interesting manner on the wall.  I, personally, love the theme and the idea of collaborating on diapers.  The past, and themes from my own childhood, have formed a body of art work I have done and keep returning to.”

Fiber and mixed media artist, Bonnie Smith, was inspired for the artwork by a photo of her mother and herself.  She combined textile, photography, appliqué and machine stitching.

Nancee McDonell made a collage using colors and shapes that reflect her thoughts. “Visions of Childhood - A time of imagination, carefree play and happiness is my ‘ideal’ vision of childhood.”

About the Women’s Caucus for Art
Founded in 1972 in connection with the College Art Association (CAA), WCA is a national member organization unique in its multi-disciplinary, multicultural membership of artists, art historians, students /educators, and museum professionals. The mission of the Women's Caucus for Art is to expand opportunities and recognition for women in the arts.

WCA is committed to education about the contributions of women, opportunities for the exhibition of women's work, publication of women's writing about art, inclusion of women in the history of art, professional equity for all, and respect for all individuals without discrimination and support for legislation relevant to our goals.  For more information visit:

About Avenue 25 Gallery

Avenue 25 Gallery features emerging as well as established Bay Area artists and is sponsored by Peninsula Library System (PLS).  PLS is a consortium of 35 public and community college libraries working together to provide innovative and cost-effective service to their users.  "The Peninsula Library System strengthens local libraries through cooperation, enabling them to provide better service to their diverse communities.”
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Gallery Coordinator: Kim McCool Nelson –

view selected works from the show:

Thursday, April 21, 2011

Portrait Painting Demonstration 4-23-11 from 1-3pm


Portrait Painting Demo This Saturday Afternoon at University Art Supply in Palo Alto, Ca.

demo given by Felicia Forte

from 1-3pm

free to attend

Alysanne McGaffey at Lost Art Salon, San Francisco

Member Alysanne McGaffey has three collections of her early works in
the Bay Area Figurative tradition on view at the Lost Art Salon in San
, 245 South Van Ness Avenue #303.The phone contact number is
(415) 861.1530. Click the link below to view a body of Alysanne’s
earliest works (1950 thru 1980) and biography. This grouping comprises
three different collections at the Lost Art Salon in San Francisco.

Alysanne's watercolor is in the Peninsula Museum of Art's
"Perspective" exhibition of Artworks and Artifacts from the the
personal collections of the museum's Governing Board. The piece is
from the collection of museum founder and artist, Ruth Waters of 1870
Studio and Galleries, Belmont. The Museum is at 10 Twin Pines Lane,
Twin Pines Park, Belmont , CA.

"Coastal Fogs" is an oil painting inspired by the Pacific Fog Bank as
it streamed over the mountain ridges beyond Canada College, in San
Mateo County
. The painting  is in the Peninsula Museum's private


Cristina Velazquez and her husband a long with many other bay area Latino artists are part of this art exhibition and auction.


MACLA’s 13th Annual Art Auction

Saturday, May 14, 2011

Live Auction at 7:30

special appearance by vocalist Kat Parra

Collect the very best of Latino art from the Bay Area and beyond!
Mark your calendars for MACLA’s signature fund-raising event.

Exhibition: April 15 – May 14
Opening Reception : Friday, April  15th
Auction ticket prices: $30 in advance / $40 at the door
To purchase tickets and information about sponsorship opportunities please call (408) 998-2808 or email jennifer(at)maclaarte(dot)com

Cristina Velazquez
Visual Artist
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