Friday, April 22, 2011

“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:

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