Saturday, December 20, 2014

WCA National Conference in New York City

The Women's Caucus for Art National Conference will be held in New York City, February 11 - 15, 2015

There are several exhibits that are featured at the conference and will be shown in the Westbeth Center for the Arts Gallery, 55 Bethune Street, New York City.  The exhibit dates are February 9 - February 21, opening reception on Saturday, February 14. 

The following 5 members of the Peninsula Chapter will have their work shown at the Westbeth Gallery:

JWAN (Jewish Women's Art): "The Difference Spirituality Makes"
Deanna Taubmann               My Mother's Ring
                                               Skipped Beat

Marian Yap                           Boundary

ECO Art Caucus:  "Ecology: The Difference Perception Makes"
Nora Raggio                         Dissident Skies

National WCA:  "Transforming Community:  Disability, Diversity, and Access"
Bonnie J. Smith                    Swimming Upstream
Leigh Toldi                           Uplift #2

Congratulations to all of the artists whose work was selected for this important exhibit. There will be a catalog available.

The website for WCA is


Tuesday, October 28, 2014

Seasons of Life - Exhibit at Peninsula Art Institute in Burlingame

Here is your invitation to the WCA Peninsula Chapter's exhibit, SEASONS OF LIFE, which will be shown at the Peninsula Art Institute Gallery at the Peninsula Museum of Art, 1777 California Drive in Burlingame.  The artwork of 16 member artists will be on display, and the exhibit is curated by Yvonne Newhouse.
The exhibit opens on November 20, 2014, and runs through January 4, 2015.  A reception for the artists will be held on Saturday, December 6, from 1 - 4PM and the public is invited to attend.  The Peninsula Art Institute Gallery is open Wednesday - Sunday, 11AM to 5PM and admission is free.

Tuesday, October 14, 2014

Bonnie J. Smith Has Work Featured in Global Fund for Women's Imagining Equality Project

                       Bonnie J. Smith is featured this month in  the Global Fund for Women's Imagining Equality Project


Krista Walton Potter | Digital Communications & Editorial Manager
International Museum of Women, now part of Global Fund for Women
222 Sutter Street, Suite 500 | San Francisco, CA 94108
direct +1.415.248.4875


Sunday, September 28, 2014

Cristina Velazquez Makes a Statement With Repurposed Material

Please join Cristina Velazquez at the Palo Alto Art Center

For Repurposed Black—Endless, artist Cristina Velázquez employs VHS tapes as material for large-scale, densely knit sculptures, transforming trash into art. VHS tapes, unsuitable for disposal and unwanted by many, form a major part of the growing landscap of e-waste. But these tapes hold vast amounts of visual information, images, stories and narratives—those created from Hollywood
as well as the ones we’ve recorded ourselves. The record of these narratives, now discarded and abandoned, resonates with a sense of fragility, impermanence, and loss.
In this project, Velázquez will work with the public to collect unwanted VHS tapes, unravel them, and knit them together with community members in “knitting circles” to create unique sculptures.

The Palo Alto Art Center is located at 1313 Newell Road, Palo Alto.

Cristina Velazquez

Visual Artist
Please visit me at

Tuesday, September 23, 2014

Alysanne McGaffey Profiled in SF Examiner

Here is the article that appeared in the SF Examiner:

Picks for the week of September 8. Coastal Arts League and Museum 

 September 8, 2014

Coastal Arts League and Museum in Half Moon Bay. The Peninsula Chapter of Women's Caucus for Art is presenting a show around the theme of water, a theme that resonates more strongly the longer the drought continues.
Some of the most beautiful work is by Alysanne McGaffey who was a part of the Bay Area Figurative Movement of the late 1950s and early 60s, while studying at the San Francisco Art Institute. Like many artists, she was forced out of S.F. but moved down to Half Moon Bay and continues to create, although well into her 80's.
She continues to teach art and painting; for the last several decades focusing on watercolor. She has had numerous solo and group exhibitions throughout her career, is heavily involved in various art organizations and holding offices in several.
In her last show in SF, at the Lost Art Salon, the artist herself curated a group of watercolors depicting a lifelong devotion to the Pacific Ocean and its remarkable vistas. McGaffey's roots in the Bay Area Figurative Movement are still palpable - in palette, stroke, and vibrancy; reminding us of the inherent similarities between the human figure and its environment. With titles such as "Sonoma Coast" and "Rockaway Beach", one can trace McGaffey's Bay Area route of inspiration. Its effects are translated into vignettes of a coastal life, and ultimately, a life lead in pursuit of natural beauty.
Through October 12, 2014

Saturday, September 20, 2014

Certificate of Recognition for WATER Exhibit from Daly City Mayor David Canepa

Daly City Mayor David J. Canepa attended the opening reception of the WATER exhibit at the Coastal Arts League Gallery in Half Moon Bay.  He had this Certificate of Recognition made for us and the chapter is very proud of this gesture.

The certificate reads:  It is a great pleasure to present this certificate to Women's Caucus for Art - Peninsula Chapter in recognition of your exhibit "Water" from September 12 - October 12, 2014.  You are commended for providing exhibition opportunities for women artists, sharing resources and educational networking.  Congratulations and best wishes for a successful event.

Thank you, Mayor David Canepa, for attending our reception and giving us this Certificate of Recognition.  We appreciate the gesture!

Alysanne McGaffey Interview on Designer's Website

Alysanne McGaffey was interviewed on the Serena and Lily website - here is the link:

Friday, September 12, 2014

Cosette Dudley - Closing Reception for "COLLATERAL DAMAGE" Exhibit at Peninsula Museum of Art

Peninsula Museum of Art - 1777 California Drive - Burlingame, CA -

Collateral Damage

Aug 3, 2014 to Oct 12, 2014 North Gallery

A closing reception will be held on Sunday, 
October 5, 2 - 4PM

Cosette Dudley is a printmaker and lithographer.  Her work in this exhibition was inspired by her childhood friend Betty, a young girl of Japanese descent who was forced into an internment camp during WW2.  That brutal action shattered Betty and Cosette’s suburban neighborhood, delivering the cruelty of war right to their doors.  Betty was seemingly erased from the community, her innocence and childhood cut short.  With this exhibit, Dudley creates a link between the historical and the personal, furthering the conversation of erasure by burnishing portions of the images directly off the copper plate.
Cosette Dudley began her printmaking career during the turbulent 1960s.  Her work was highly influenced by her own experiences as a child during WW2,as well as the impact of the Vietnam war on her later life.  Throughout her career she has continued to explore themes of social justice, civil liberties, war and peace, and the environment.

Thursday, September 11, 2014

WCA Peninsula Chapter - WATER Exhibit opens

WATER  - an exhibit by members of the WCA Peninsula Chapter opens on Friday, September 12 at the Coastal Arts League Gallery, 300 Main St., Half Moon Bay, CA

Reception for the artists on Saturday, September 13 from 5 - 7PM
The event is free and open to the public

Wednesday, August 20, 2014

Bonnie J. Smith Publishes New Book

Bonnie J. Smith's new eighty page book, "Swimming Upstream a Memoir with Portfolio Selections" is available on her web site or may be purchased directly from Bonnie.  The Memoir tells the story of her work related accident and finally able to get back into life through swimming everyday. Swimming becomes the metaphor letting the reader know they are not alone in life's struggles.  The Portfolio selections are divided into different phases of Bonnie's art with artist statements and commentary.  

Thursday, July 24, 2014

Bonnie J. Smith and Cristina Velazquez at San Jose Museum of Quilts and Textiles

"Forming Our Lives"

In the exhibit ‘Forming Our Lives’, three women recount personal stories that have affected and continue to shape their lives. Bonnie J. Smith found herself literally swimming upstream in her life after a work related injury forced her to use a wheel chair. Carol Larson was surgically shortened six inches as a teenager to make her a better fit for society. Cristina Velazquez’s work questions the world that says, “Women must be and do certain things.” The artwork they have created continually asks the question, “Why do certain situations happen in our lives and how do we overcome them” and gives insight into how three women have answered those hard questions.

July 26 - Sep 14, 2014, San Jose Museum of Quilts & Textiles 520 So. First St, San Jose, Ca. Contact: Bonnie J. Smith 408-298-7898 –


Saturday, June 28, 2014

Honorable Mention Award for Marian Yap's Painting STRATA

Marian Yap's painting, STRATA, took home an Honorable Mention award at the Wet Paint juried exhibit at the Pacific Art League in Palo Alto.  The exhibit is over now and the painting, acrylic/mixed media on 40" x 30" gallery wrapped canvas, is available for sale.
Two other of Marian's paintings were also juried into the Wet Paint exhibit - Gemini's Twin, and Stillness, both acrylic on 24" x 20" canvas.  
Gemini's Twin



Wednesday, June 18, 2014

Yvonne Newhouse at Peninsula Art Institute

Hidden Treasures in Full View – Flowers and Landscapes
At Peninsula Art Institute Gallery

I am looking forward to seeing you at my next solo exhibit of watercolor paintings.  I have quite a few new paintings of landscapes and wildflowers in this exhibit so please come by especially for the reception on Sunday June 29 1–4 pm. The exhibit will be on view June 26 to July 27, 2014 at the Peninsula Art Institute Gallery,1777 California Drive, Burlingame CA

The Peninsula Art Institute Gallery is across the courtyard from the Peninsula Museum of Art’s main entrance; and is open the same hours as the Museum, Wednesday through Friday 11 AM to 5 PM. For directions, visit PAI's 'Contact Us' page:  or call  650-692-2101. If this is your first visit, looking at the map is a good idea.

About the Exhibit
An avid hiker both on Bay Area trails and in the Sierra Nevada backcountry, Yvonne has witnessed and recorded many vistas of infinite beauty, 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 mountain meadows that host the wild flowers of California. She paints local flowers and gardens with the same sense of adventure.

Penstemmons Sunrise

Edge of the Burn

Thursday, June 5, 2014

Marian Yap in group exhibit "DISCONNECT" at Transmission Gallery

Marian Yap is exhibiting her painting, "Going to the Gypsy", in the group exhibition "DISCONNECT" at the Transmission Gallery in Oakland.

Going to the Gypsy - Marian Yap
Acrylic on canvas 

Opening Art Reception for "Disconnect"

Disconnect is an exhibition of contemporary art by members of The Northern California Women's Caucus for Art (NCWCA). The work included in this exhibition varies in medium, process and experience. The exhibiting artists were invited to submit work within the conceptual parameter of disconnection.
Their individual interpretations of this concept may be as diverse as the audience member’s point of view.

Meet the NCWCA artists 
Complimentary refreshments
Transmission Gallery
770 West Grand Ave.
Oakland, CA

Friday, June 6, 2014
6-9 pm
Barbara Milman ~ Jellyfish 8, 2013  Linocut on Stonehenge paper

Transmission Gallery
770 West Grand Ave.
Oakland, CA 94612
(510) 835-2626
Fri. 12-6pm,
Sat. 11am-5pm
& by Appt.

Thursday, May 29, 2014

Cristina Velazquez Exhibits Work in IDENTITY Show

In a world dominated by pop culture, society and the media – how is identity defined?
In collaboration with gallery nine5, Karen Gutfreund, Exhibition Director of the Women’s Caucus for Art, is pleased to announce an international exhibition of 25 works from 21 female artists.
Identity seeks to expose the extremism of a consumer culture dominated by Western notions of beauty and the pursuit of idealized feminine perfection by exploring themes of power, representation and objectification. Female artists, in particular, face the challenge of identifying themselves amidst a society determined to do it for them. The artists featured in Identity attempt to manipulate the boundaries of authority and dominance and explore deeper themes of control. The viewer is challenged to confront his or her own gaze on the body and reflect on the psychological aspects of the female persona. Drawing from a feminist perspective, the selected works aim to define gender and identity through the artist’s terms, whether through accepting or rejecting society's view, and voicing their individual definitions of the powerful feminine.
Please join us for the opening reception on Saturday, May 31st from 6:00 – 8:00 p.m.
Performance Art by Megan Mantia and Leone Anne Reeves: GIRL WORLD OUR WORLD OUR BRAINS WE LIVE HERE AND WE LOVE IT: An Erotic Memoir on May 31 at 4:30 p.m.

gallery nine5
24 Spring Street
New York, NY
Exhibition runs from May 31 to June 22, 2014
The artists in the exhibition at gallery nine5 are Shonagh Adelman, Chan & Mann, Sally Edelstein, Claire Joyce, Lauren Kalman, Beth Lakamp, Jessica Lichtenstein, Jessica Maria Manley, Meghan Mantia and Leone Reeves, Sarah Maple, Ellen Deitell Newman, Samantha Persons, Mei Xian QIu, Jennifer Reeder, Phyllis Rosser, Sonal Shah, Erin Sparler, Joanne Ungar, Cristina Velazquez, and Meghan Willis.


Sunday, May 25, 2014

Color x 3, orange - headed to Birmingham, U.K.

Bonnie J. Smith's fiber artwork "Color x 3, orange" was selected to be exhibited in the Masters Art Quilt division at The  Festival of Quilts ;  Birmingham, U.K. August 7-10, 2014,and was also short listed to be previewed at the Business Design Centre, Islington, London N1, 25-28 June in the New Designers Exhibition. 

"Color x 3, orange", was also a Niche Award finalist.

Monday, May 19, 2014

Marian Yap Selected as Featured Artist by Coastal Arts League

Marian Yap, a member of the Coastal Art League Gallery, has been selected as their Featured Artist.  Marian exhibits her paintings at the gallery and you will find a selection of her work from the ongoing Haiku Threads series as well as several monoprints and other mixed media work.  The gallery is located at 300 Main Street in Half Moon Bay and is open Thursday - Monday, noon to 5PM.  Please visit Marian's website  

Photo: Thank you Coastal Arts League Gallery for choosing me as Featured Artist.

Wednesday, April 30, 2014

Ruth Waters Honored by 13th Senate District

 Our 13th Senate District "Woman of the Year", hello Ruth Waters!

Ruth Waters, "Woman of the Year", is a long time
advocate for the fine arts in San Mateo County.
Well deserved recognition and honor!
The Daily Journal/Angela Swatz, 4/26/14. "Museum head named woman of the year." 

"A “deep commitment to art” in the local community is the reason Ruth Waters, founder and executive director of the Peninsula Museum of Art in Burlingame, is what landed her as the woman of year for the 13th Senate District.

State Sen. Jerry Hill, D-San Mateo, presented the award to Waters. Hill named Waters Woman of the Year because he said she has been such a force in the community, tirelessly advocating on behalf of art and artists. “She is dedicated to making art accessible to everyone,” Hill said in a statement. “Ruth Waters has demonstrated unparalleled leadership by serving as a guiding light to the Peninsula Museum of Art, the 1870 Art Center in Belmont and the Peninsula Chapter of the Women’s Caucus for Art.”
About a year ago, her museum in Burlingame opened after about $800,000 worth of renovations were done. This only was able to happen after a man named Charles Homer donated $1 million to launch a building fund. The museum now hosts 28 artists that include artists from China, Germany, Iran, England and the Netherlands."   Read more.
Reference -  Peninsula Museum of the Arts.  "Our Mission:To become  premier Northern California visual arts destination by showcasing trailblazing regional artists and meeting the needs of the community as an extensive art resource and educational center."
CA State Senator Jerry Hill, representing the 13th Senate District.  "SD 13 is based on an almost complete nesting of AD 22 and AD 24 and consists of the remainder of San Mateo County south of SD 11 and northern Santa Clara County, including the sister cities of Mountain View and Sunnyvale. This district keeps the San Mateo coastline from Pacifica to the Ano Nuevo State Reserve and peninsula cities from South San Francisco to Sunnyvale together. South San Francisco is the only city split to achieve population equality." There is an area map of the 13th Senate District on this link. 
Note photograph from The Art Scene in Silicon Valley, "The Art of Ruth Waters."

Monday, April 28, 2014

Bonnie Smith's Video

Here is Bonnie Smith's first YouTube video and it is of her indigo installation "Thoughts of the Mind, Interpretations in Indigo". It is available now. Please remember this is her first video to make.  But I think you will enjoy seeing the lovely Olive Hyde Gallery, Fremont, California.  The video was shot in the Redwood Gallery at Olive Hyde. 


Sunday, April 27, 2014

Deanna Taubman and Space Tourists

The juried student show at Skyline College opened last week on the 14th and runs through May 9th. There is a reception on Wedesday April 30th from 12 - 2 pm. Deanna Taubman, a member of WCA and a student at Skyline, had two pieces accepted into the show.  One of those pieces won a merit award in the printmaking category. The piece that won is a diptych called Space Tourists - a humorous piece that almost wasn’t submitted because Deanna thought it wasn’t serious enough to put in a show. You can see more of Deanna’s work at her website:

Regular gallery hours at Skyline College are:
Monday 9 - 12 and 2 - 4
Tuesday 11 - 2
Wednesday 9 - 10 and 2 -4
Thursday 11 - 2
Friday 12 - 4

The art gallery is located on the ground floor of Building 1, at 3300 College Dr, San Bruno, CA 94066

Monday, April 7, 2014

Ellen Lee Selected as Featured Artist for April 2014 by Women's Caucus for Art Website

This month the work of Photographer Ellen Lee will be highlighted on the WCA National website as Featured Artist.
Visit the website

Sunday, March 30, 2014

Ellen Lee Exhibits Photographs at Peninsula Art Institute

The Peninsula Art Institute presents a duo exhibit, Natural Visions, featuring the work  of photographers Kay Podolsky and Ellen Lee.  This exhibit, to be held in the Peninsula Art Institute Gallery, 1777 California Drive, Burlingame, CA, runs from May 15 through June 22. There will be a reception open to the public on Sunday, May 18 from 1-4pm

Photography is continuously evolving with new and diverse techniques and treatments.  This exhibition explores how different photographic images can offer new perspectives
on photographic art – two artists revealing the parallels between their distinctive visions.

Ellen says, “Working abstractly could impact an image’s meaning.  Looking for beauty in the ordinary and spotlighting fragmentation in most of my work, the curious are compelled to contemplate the reason for their visual impression”.

Kay says, “Augmenting reality to entice the viewer to “feel” the 3-dimensional image requires a knowledge of perspective and the use of technology to produce my work.  The images have a tactile quality a 2-dimensional photo can only approximate.  Their construction can go beyond reality as when a cat’s paw reaches out of the mat and dares the viewer to pet it; or a tulip lowers its blossom to show the interior of its cup”.                           

About the Peninsula Art Institute (PAI)
Grand opening day for PAI was March 16, 2013. PAI is home to more than 25 resident visual artists and is located on the San Francisco Peninsula.  Its mission is to: Provide a supportive working environment for creative professionals in the visual arts and a cultural resource for the community.

PAI is a department of the Peninsula Museum of Art. Artist disciplines include Painting, Sculpture, Photography, Fibre Art.  Visit
for more information, or by calling 650-692-2101.  The Peninsula Art Institute Gallery is across the courtyard from the Peninsula Museum of Art’s main entrance; and is open the same hours as the Museum, Wednesday through Sunday 11 am to 5 pm.

Thursday, March 27, 2014

Coffee With the Curator - at Triton Museum of Art
Coffee with the Curator Monday, March 31, 2014, 8:00 to 9:30 a.m.
Museums collect. It is the defining characteristic of a “museum.” Okay, so that isn’t big news, but what is not always known is how and why do museums collect what they do? Once collected, how do museums preserve and protect the works in their care? And of more immediate application, how do museum collecting methods apply to my own personal collection?

Please join us Monday March 31, 8:00-9:30 a.m. for our next Coffee with the Curator as Chief Curator Preston Metcalf gives you a behind the scenes peek at the ins and outs of museum collecting.

Learn how collecting decisions are made, how the works are cared for, the responsibilities of collecting, how museums deal with collection growth and change, how these collections in public trust benefit our community, and tips on caring for your own art collection. This presentation will coincide with the exhibition, Contemporary Heritage: Selections from the Permanent Collection, which will be on view.
General Admission: $5.00/TMA members: Free

Coffee and light snacks provided. RSVPs are helpful, but not required. To RSVP email:

Triton Museum of Art, 1505 Warburton Ave., Santa Clara, Ca 95050
Office Phone: (408) 247-3754 / Gallery Phone: (408) 247-2438 /