Monday, December 30, 2013

A New Year - A New Beginning

“The human spirit is a natural gardener, producing bouquets in the soul constantly,” says Leigh Toldi, one of the artists whose painting “Unfolding Bouquet” will be in the art show at City Hall in Daly City to celebrate the induction and inaugural term of David J. Canepa as Mayor of Daly City.

The exhibit, “New Beginnings,” runs from January 16 through March 31 an
features twenty-two members of the Peninsula Chapter of Women’s Caucus for Art - painters, photographers, textile artists, printmakers, sculptors and mixed media artists.  A reception for the public will be held from 5:30 to 7:30 p.m. January 16.  The reception will be catered by Elephant Bar.

Alysanne McGaffey describes her recent watercolor poetically, “Waves sweep in roiling, tumbling, scrubbing the beach clear to begin life anew with each passing tide, creating my ‘Blue Beach.’”

Fiber artist, Bonnie J. Smith’s work titled, “The Team,” is based on a long, life changing project that involved team work.  She feels that it relates to the project of becoming mayor and needing a team to make it work.

Lorraine Capperell maintains a regimen that includes tai chi, meditation and producing a new watercolor painting each day.  Her piece for this show is titled, “ Awakening.”

This exhibit is co-curated by Marian Yap and Bonnie J. Smith.

About 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.

Thursday, December 26, 2013

Fiber Art Now Magazine Publishes Article on Bonnie's Work

 Here is the first page of the article about my series.  If anyone would like to read the entire article I can email it to them or they can purchase the magazine 2014 Winter Issue - Fiber Art Now at newsstands now.   My web address is

Wednesday, December 11, 2013

WCA Peninsula Chapter Christmas Party December 17, 2013

We will gather together to celebrate the Holiday Season on Tuesday, December 17, 2013, at the Coastal Arts League, 300 Main Street, Half Moon Bay.  Please note that we will start at 7:00 PM.  Please bring a finger food item - nothing spillable, please - can be sweet or savory. 
Last year the art exchange at our Christmas Party was a big success so we will do it again this year.
Members will be creating 4-5 pieces of original art in the size range 4 x 3 up to 6 x6 or 5 x7 inches and no more depth than a quarter of a inch. So anywhere, in between those sizes - create to your heart’s content.
Please wrap your art works individually in holiday wrapping paper and be sure to stabilize the art so it does not bend. The reason behind the wrapping is, yes, it is a surprise and you will know immediately pulling your art works from the paper bag if by accident, you retrieve your own artwork and it will still be a surprise to others.
Remember if you bring four pieces of artwork you will leave with four and bringing five means you will be able to leave with five.
Be sure and create each piece of artwork different as someone just might pull from the bag all of your art so we want them to have a variety.
WCA Peninsula Chapter Christmas/Holiday Party
Tuesday, December 17, 2013
Coastal Arts League, 300 Main Street, Half Moon Bay
7:00 PM

Tuesday, December 3, 2013

Finding BALANCE in Chicago

“Riding Chaos,” by Leigh Toldi, is chosen to be part of the group show “Equilibrium” at Woman Made Gallery in Chicago. Artworks displayed explore the tensions, demands and challenges inherent in living in a rapidly changing world. This exhibition runs in conjunction with the yearly conference of the Women’s Caucus for Art and the College Art Association. Show dates are January 17 through February 27, 2014.

Monday, October 28, 2013

Web Link for Bonnie Smith's Niche Award

Monday, October 21, 2013

Congratulations to Bonnie Smith - 2014 Niche Award Finalist

Bonnie J. Smith's fiber artwork "Pescadero" was selected as a finalist for the 2014 NICHE Award in the Art Quilt Category. The NICHE Awards are sponsored by the Rosen Group creators of NICHE and American Style Magazines. The NICHE Awards competition is open to professional craft artists who reside in America or Canada and are actively involved in the design and production of craft work.
Winners of the 25th Annual NICHE Awards will be announced at a ceremony held during the Buyers Market of American Craft, Philadelphia, PA January 19, 2014.

Monday, October 14, 2013

WCA Peninsual Chapter Monthly Meeting

The October meeting of the WCA Peninsula Chapter will be held on Tuesday, October 15 at 7:30PM at the Coastal Arts League Gallery, 300 Main Street, Half Moon Bay, CA.  We hope to see you there.

Sunday, October 6, 2013

"Swimming Upstream" Exhibit by Bonnie J. Smith

Bonnie J. Smith discovered the healing benefit - mind, body and spirit of creating fiber art and swimming after a work related injury left her confined to a wheel chair more than ten years ago. Creating the fiber art series "Swimming Upstream" not only healed her but tossed her into championing the rights of individuals disabled on the job.

The exhibit runs October 7 - 24 at the Polk State College Arts Center, Lake Wales, Florida. Artist reception and talk is October 10, 2014, 5 - 7:00 PM. Gallery hours are Monday thru Friday 10 - 4 PM.

                                                 "Companion", fiber art, 65h x 35w

Monday, September 30, 2013

Thursday, September 19, 2013

Sculpture by Francine Survilo in 7th Biennial Sculpture Exhibition

Francine Survilo has had her sculpture, "Thus We Shall Walk,"  accepted into the 7th Biennial Indoor Sculpture Exhibition sponsored by the City of Santa Clara and its Cultural Advisory Commission.
There will be an opening reception for the public to meet the artists on September 28, 2:00- 4:00 pm.  Award presentations will be held at 3:00 pm.
The show in Santa Clara City Hall, 1500 Warburton Ave (across from the Triton Museum of Art) will be on display from September 28 through February 28, 2014.
Exhibition hours are 8 am to 5 pm, Monday through Friday.  Closed on Saturday, Sunday and Holidays.  For more information, call (408) 615-2210.
The title for this bronze comes from a poem by Yves Bonnefoy. 
Thus We Shall Walk
Thus we shall walk on the ruins of a vast sky,
The distant landscape will come into fullness
Like a destiny in the vivid light.
The long-sought most beautiful country
Will lie out before us --land of the salamanders.
Death is in it.
This is the secret lamp burning under our gestures,
Thus we walk lighted.

Sunday, September 15, 2013

WCA Peninsula Chapter Meeting - September 17th

The WCA Peninsula Chapter will be meeting on Tuesday, September 17th at Noon, at the Peninsula Museum of Art, 1777 California Drive in Burlingame.

This is a departure from our evening meeting routine - we are trying out a quarterly daytime meeting to accommodate our members.  We have a busy agenda to work on - we have some exciting exhibit opportunities to talk about.  Bring a brownbag lunch if you like.  

Tuesday, September 3, 2013

Bonnie Smith Creates a Coloring Book for All Ages

Bonnie J. Smith's, a coloring book for all ages that depicts her series "Swimming Upstream" is finally ready for purchase.
The book has all twelve of the images to color plus four pages of the artworks in full color including her personal story about the series and how it came to be created in fiber. The book can be ordered through her web site, price is 15.00 or by contacting Bonnie directly, shipping within the United States is free.

Friday, August 30, 2013

A Family Affair of Art - Cristina Velazquez

The Alvarez-Velazquez Family of Artists will be exhibiting at the South First Billiard Gallery in San Jose.

Please join us for our first family exhibition:
All in One is a collaborative art exhibition between three members of a family.    In their first family show, this unit of artists—mother, son, and father utilize different media and expressions, which is evocative in their artwork.
Efren Alvarez is a painter, who uses the traditional medium of oils to expose highly satirical messages on border issues.  With his overtly prolific collection of hundreds of paintings created, Efren has captured the eyes of many local collectors and has recently exhibited at MACLA, in San Jose, and will be in a group exhibition; We Are You Project, at the Joyce Gordon Gallery in Oakland in August of this year. 
Cristina Velazquez is a mix media seeker, who employs the use of your recyclables to transform what has been discarded into pieces of fine art.  Although considered trash, the outcome will not be such.  Until we can eat our own trash, we will continue to have a garbage problem; Velazquez shares about her site-specific installation, Eat My Trash.  Recently has exhibited at the Sanchez Art Center in Pacifica, with an upcoming show at Pam Foss Fine Art Gallery in Maryland in November. 
Pedro A. Alvarez-Velazquez, at his early 15 years of age has accumulated a vast portfolio of images captured through his different lenses.  A photographer with an expansive view on high art, shares part of his collection in this art exhibition.  As a young photographer he has render different colors and textures, that where shot in passing moments on hikes, at site seeing outings, and on everyday life with camera on hand.  Pedro has an acute eye for details and expands his repertoire of images by engaging in the most minute to the grand and showy of objects.  Recent exhibition with awards of merit at the Redwood City Annual Spring Art Show, where he won first place, and second place in the Middle School Division—Fine Arts with an award of  $25.00 check from the San Mateo Credit Union.

South First Billiards 
Address: 420 S 1st St, San Jose, CA 95112

Exhibition:  August 2 – September 30,

Reception: September, 6th 2013 7pm-10pm.

Please visit all the links:

Promoted on El Observador, of San Jose, paper:

For questions about the location and artwork, please contact Cristina Velazquez (650) 387-7603

Live performances:  7:00 P.M. through 1:00 A.M.

Poets:  Aquiles Borges, Jorge Vargas, Laura San Pablo, Miguel Gonzales, & Umbelina Martinez
Singers:  Aldo Adrian, Laura San Pablo, Nikita, & Rodrigo Vargas
Rock Band:  Los de 1 Dia

Pedro Alvarez-Velazquez - SILVER PLANE

Saturday, August 24, 2013

Yvonne Newhouse at the Jennings Pavilion

Yvonne will exhibit several recent paintings along with other local artists at this juried exhibition.

 Join us at the Jennings Pavilion, 150 Watkins Avenue, Atherton, CA, 94027

Cosette Dudley in California Printmakers Show

Cosette Dudley has one of her prints in the California Printmakers Exhibit - Celebrating 100 Years of Printmaking.  The exhibit runs through September 5th, 2013, at the Firehouse Art Center, 4444 Railroad Avenue in Pleasanton.

Yvonne Newhouse Watercolors at Filoli Exhibit

            Yvonne Newhouse has 2 paintings in this exhibit                      
                      Nature’s Many Splendors:
                  Farms, Gardens and Woodlands                 
                    A Multiple-Media Exhibition
                                     August 27 through October 27
                                    86 Canada Road, Woodside, CA
                                              Tuesday - Saturday
                                               10:00 am–3:30 pm
                                               11:00 am–3:30 pm

The Gallery at Filoli is a space used by the Art Committee of the Friends of Filoli to display artwork related to Filoli Center’s mission and to foster community relationships. Enrich your visits to Filoli in 2013 by visiting the inspiring collection of art and decorative art exhibits.
I visit Filoli often and always come away with an inspiration for a new work.

Peach Magnolia

Invitation to Rest

Marian Yap Painting in San Diego at Lyceum Gallery

Marian Yap is showing with the San Diego Museum of Art Artists Guild in an exhibit at the Lyceum Gallery in San Diego.

In conjunction with the play A Weekend with Pablo Picasso, the San Diego Museum of Art Artists Guild presents the juried exhibition Contemporary Expressionism: The Creative Spirit at Lyceum Gallery, San Diego, California.  The juror for this event was Derrick Cartwright, former director of the San Diego Museum of Art and the Seattle Art Museum.  The exhibit will fun from September 5 - October 14 at the Lyceum Gallery, 79 Horton Plaza in San Diego.  The online exhibition will run from September 15 - October 31, 2013.  The Artist Reception is September 13, 5-8PM at the Lyceum Gallery.
Often focusing on the internal world of emotion and spirituality, or on identity and protest, Expressionism has many faces.  This exhibition seeks to explore the many different approaches to this fascinating form of art-making.
The term Expressionism was first applied to the Parisian painting that followed Post-Impressionism at the turn of the 19th century.  Throughout the 20th century, Expressionism was applied to various figurative and abstract movements, from the German Expressionists, to Picasso and the Cubists, to Abstract Expressionism, Bay Area Figuration, and Neo-Expressionism.   

Faultlines - Acrylic on canvas - 20" x 24"

Tuesday, August 13, 2013

Cristina Velazquez Exhibit in Palo Alto - Art That Moves You

Cristina Velazquez and young artist, Pedro A. Alvarez-Velazquez (her son), will be exhibiting art at Scion of Palo Alto Art Event and Exhibition

Please join Scion of Palo Alto for an Art Event exhibiting local community artists and viewing of the Special Edition SCION FR-S!

Opening Day
Saturday, August 17th!
Drinks, Art, Appetizers, Raffles, + More!

Art Exhibition on display from August 17-September 31.

Toyota SCION of Palo Alto located at
4233 W. Middlefield Road
Palo Alto, CA 94303

RSVP with Sebrina

This is a free event for the whole family, please come on by!


Tuesday, August 6, 2013

Cristina Velazquez Artwork at MACLA Annual Auction

Cristina Velazquez shared two small pointillism art pieces with MACLA:
Movimiento de Arte y Cultura Latino Americana, for their annual auction and exhibition.
Both pieces sold in record time, a month before the auction, which was held on May 18th.

Contributing to the vitality of local art venues is an important factor in Velazquez' art career.
Please visit for an updated view of her happenings.

Wednesday, July 24, 2013

Marie LaPrade and Barbara Lambert - FOUND COLORS Exhibit

Photographs by Marie LaPrade and paintings by Barbara Lambert are featured in an exhibit titled FOUND COLORS at the Coastal Arts League Gallery, 300 Main Street, Half Moon Bay.  
The exhibit opens with a reception for the artists on Friday, August 9 from 5 to 7 PM, and will run through September 2, 2013.

Friday, July 12, 2013

Annie Liebovitz Exhibit at San Jose Museum of Art

Thanks, Bonnie, for organizing the visit to see the Annie Liebovitz exhibit, "Pilgrimage", at the San Jose Museum of Art.  Chapter members Tanya, Bonnie, Annamaria and Marian, along with Annamaria's guest, Susan Switzer, met at the museum on Thursday.  The "Pilgimage" exhibit provided a lively conversation during our lunch - each one of us provided a unique viewpoint, adding to our museum experience.  It is definitely worth seeing - Annie Liebovitz is an iconic photographer who has experienced several life changing events in the past few years which probably was responsible for this new photographic viewpoint. 

Here are some photos taken in the museum lobby - recognize the Dale Chihuly glass sculptures?

Sunday, July 7, 2013

Bonnie Smith's work selected for Women's Rights art exhibit

Bonnie J. Smith's fiber artwork "Suffragettes" was selected for the exhibit "Women's Rights: An Artist Perspective, in support of Women's Rights and the passage of the ERA.  Artists were asked to become part of the Celebration and effort to ratify the ERA through expressing their voices and showcasing their art! is the site where all of the artworks selected can be seen. Go to


Wednesday, June 26, 2013

Marie LaPrade Photograph Juried in Kellicutt International Juried Show

Marie LaPrade has had a photograph selected for the Kellicutt International Juried Photo Show for the tenth annual exhibit   -            Through a Lens: Ten

Artist Reception and Awards Ceremony will be held on
Saturday, July 6th, 5pm-8pm at

Coastal Arts League
300 Main Street
Half Moon Bay, CA

Dew and Blue   


Sunday, June 16, 2013

Francine Survilo to Exhibit Sculpture in Juried Show

Francine Survilo has had her sculpture "51Head" accepted into the show at The Village Theatre Art Gallery in Danville.  "All Figured Out"  is the third annual juried exhibition presented by the Town of Danville.

June 28 - Aug 9
233 Front Street
Danville, CA 94586
(925)  314-3460
Opening Reception:  June 28, 5 pm - 8 pm
Meet the juror, Renee de Cossio @ 7 pm

Here's the link

AFO web image

Tuesday, June 4, 2013

Honoring Bonnie Smith for Her Swimming Upstream Series of Work

Bonnie J. Smith will be honored June 19, 2013 by Voters Injured At Work for her leadership and visually representing other injured workers with her fiber art series "Swimming Upstream".  The series now is a total of twelve. 
Three of the artworks were seen by a reporter from The Huffington Post on the East Coast and he subsequently nominated her for the honor.   
Bonnie J. Smith
"swimming upstream and loving it"


Friday, May 17, 2013

Artslant Showcase Award for Marian Yap

Marian's painting, CINNABAR, has been selected as a Showcase Winner in ArtSlant’s 4th 2013 Showcase. This painting, one of the Haiku Threads series, is acrylic/mixed media on 24″ x 24″ gallery wrapped canvas. Cinnabar is a color that appears frequently in mostly Chinese objects, particularly furniture, and often in ceramics. 
Marian writes about the Haiku Threads series of paintings,  "Using vintage thread from the days when my father worked as a milliner in New York City, and stitching through the canvas over collaged paper, I have created a series of paintings that express my haiku ideals of awareness of the moment and of simplicity."^abstract

7th Annual California Centered: Printmaking 2013

The 7th Annual California Center: Printmaking Exhibition has accepted work from members Marian Yap and from Cosette Dudley for inclusion in their juried exhibit at the Merced Multicultural Arts Center in Merced, California.   Juror Eileen Macdonald is Associate Professor of Art at CSU Chico. The exhibit runs through June 28, 2013.  Their website is

Marian's  monotype, titled TONDO, was printed at Seaweed Studio in 2013 on Rives BFK paper, and is matted and framed.

Thursday, May 16, 2013

Bonnie Smith's Work in Virginia Museum Exhibit

Bonnie J. Smith's fiber art work "Obama In Blue" is in the traveling exhibit The Journey of Hope: Quilts Inspired by President Barack Obama currently at Hampton University Museum, Hampton, April 26, 2013 - August 24, 2013. The exhibit was curated by Dr. Carolyn Mazloomi. Hampton University Museum is the oldest African American Museum in the United States.

Saturday, May 4, 2013

Rebecca Lambing Exhibit in Foster City

"People, Places, and Favorite Things"

May 1 - 29, 2013

Foster City Art Gallery
650 Shell Boulevard
Foster City, CA 94404

Artist Reception
Saturday, May 11th • 2:00 - 4:00 pm

Additional artwork will be on display solely during the reception.

If you can't make it on the 11th, you can stop in Monday thru Saturday from 9:00 - 6:00 pm through May 29th. The gallery is located in the community center for Foster City right on the water. It's a nice place for a picnic.

To check out musings on Rebecca's processes and other art related posts, go to

Saturday, April 27, 2013

COLOR Exhibit Reception Photos

 It was a nice turnout for the reception on Saturday, April 13, for the COLOR Exhibit at the Coastal Arts League Gallery in Half Moon Bay.  Thanks to Deb and Michael Wong, Spring Mountain Gallery, for sharing the photos that they took at the reception.  
Here are a few of them and you can use the link to see the rest of the photos.

Wednesday, April 17, 2013


                          Silk Painting Demonstration
                              Yvonne Newhouse

                      Coastal Arts League Gallery 
                        300 Main Street, Half Moon Bay, CA
                          Sunday April 21, 2013 at 2pm

   This is an opportunity to be introduced to watercolor painting on silk to create exciting wearable art. For an introduction to the possibilities visit Yvonne's website