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.