Sunday, March 8, 2015

YVONNE NEWHOUSE – Yosemite Renaissance, Yosemite Museum Gallery, Yosemite, CA

Yosemite Museum Gallery,  February 28 – May 10, 2015
Headwaters Eastside
Kings Art Center, Hanford,  June – July, 2015
Carnegie Arts Center, Turlock, August – September, 2015

Yosemite Renaissance is an annual juried competition/exhibition intended to encourage diverse artistic interpretations of Yosemite. Its goals are to bring together the works of serious contemporary artists that do not simply duplicate traditional representations; to establish a continuum with past generations of Yosemite artists; and to help re-establish visual art as a major interpretive medium of the landscape and a stimulus to the protection of the environment. Historically, the arts have played a very important role in the establishment of our State and National Parks. It is our hope that they can be just as important in future efforts to preserve and protect that heritage. More information at

Juried entry –  Headwaters Eastside

Tuesday, March 3, 2015

WCA PENINSULA SHOW: "Breaking Ground" at San Mateo City Hall

The whole world comes alive after winter. In March the world awakens with color and the scent of aromatic greenery. Spring is a time to renew the excitement and zest for the life within. The theme, Breaking Ground, was chosen by the WCA Peninsula Chapter membership for this exhibit due to the diverse number of possible interpretations and the wide range of media it accommodates. The exhibit will consist of about thirty works of art.

Where: San Mateo City Hall Gallery
Dates: March 11 - May 4, 2015
Hours: M-F 8am - 5pm

Tuesday, February 24, 2015

GRACE COHEN - Dart For Art Benefit, Burlingame CA

Two of Grace Cohen's works have been selected for inclusion in the 2015 Dart For Art benefit for the LymeLight Foundation. More information from the LymeLight Foundation page:

Dart for Art is not an auction and not your typical cocktail party. Here’s how it works; as guests arrive each couple or single will be assigned numbers which will be used for the “Dart”. Guests will stroll through the gallery enjoying cocktails and meeting the artists, and previewing the various works of art. After a brief introduction the fun will begin. The numbers will be randomly pulled. As your number is called you are invited to Dart for your favorite piece of art. Dart for Art is a wonderful opportunity to obtain original art and have a good time doing it, all while supporting LymeLight Foundation. 

When: March 6, 2015, 6:30 pm - 10:00 pm
"Fog 6"
Where:  Burlingame Masonic Center
145 Park Rd, Burlingame , California 94010

"Almost Birds"
for more details on attending this event.


There are two upcoming San Mateo County-based exhibition opportunities for residents. The entry deadline for the San Mateo County Arts Commission show Women's View - 2015 had now passed, but the deadline for the San Mateo County Fair Arts Galleria is May 27th. Information for both shows can be found in the attached image.

Thursday, February 12, 2015

REBECCA LAMBING - Dart For Art Benefit, Burlingame CA

A Meditative Moment
Rebecca Lambing’s painting “A Meditative Moment” has been selected to be included in the 2015 Dart for Art to benefit LymeLight Foundation. In it’s fourth year, Dart for Art has become a sell-out event and the juried artwork has grown to become even more desirable. As guests arrive each couple or single is assigned a number which will be used for the “Dart”. Guests stroll through the gallery enjoying cocktails while previewing the various works of art and meeting the artists. Eventually the numbers are randomly pulled and attendees claim their favorite piece of art as their own to take home with them that same night. 

LymeLight's mission is to provide grants to enable eligible children and young adults with Lyme disease to receive proper treatment and medication as well as raising awareness about Lyme disease.

This year’s event is on March 6 in Burlingame, California. To learn more about the event and to purchase tickets click on this link to LymeLight Foundation’s Dart for Art. More information about Rebecca paintings can be found by clicking on this link to Rebecca Lambing’s website

Friday, January 23, 2015

BONNIE J. SMITH - 2015 NICHE Awards Winner

January 17, 2015 – Artist Bonnie J. Smith of San Jose, CA has been selected as a winner in the 2015 NICHE Awards for the piece titled “Contemplate” in the Fiber: Art Quilts category. 

The awards program is sponsored by NICHE Magazine, the exclusive trade publication for independent retailers.

The NICHE Awards program began in 1989 to recognize the outstanding creative achievements of American craft artists who produce work for craft galleries and retail stores.  Judging is based on three main criteria:
  • Technical excellence, both in surface design and form
  • Market viability
  • And distinct quality of unique and creative thought

Winners of the 2015 NICHE AWARDS were announced at a ceremony on Saturday, January 17, 2015 at the Walter E. Washington Convention Center, held in conjunction with the American Made Show.

Sunday, January 11, 2015

YVONNE NEWHOUSE - Portola Art Gallery, Menlo Park CA

Headwaters Eastside

January 1-31, 2015

Artist's Reception: Saturday, January 10, 1:00 - 4:00 P.M

Portola Art Gallery at Allied Arts Guild
75 Arbor Road, Menlo Park, CA 94025
Hours:  Monday - Saturday, 10:30 am to 4:30 pm

The Portola Art Gallery presents, “Treasures Revealed” - a joint exhibition by new gallery members Shaowei Liu and Yvonne Newhouse. The exhibition of watercolor paintings highlights scenes of brief but precious moments of life, such as clouds over snowy peaks or children playing. Yvonne Newhouse, of San Mateo, brings attention to some of winter’s hidden treasures in this exhibit. An avid hiker both on Bay Area trails and in the Sierra Nevada backcountry, Yvonne has witnessed and recorded many beautiful vistas, 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 snowy mountain passes of California’s high country. Also included in this exhibit are some more intimate scenes of the season. More information about Yvonne is available at


Friday, January 9, 2015

SUSAN VARJAVAND - Gallery 9, Los Altos CA

LIGHT’S PLEASURES - Landscapes in Oil
February 3 - March 1, 2015,

Artist Reception: Friday, February 6, 5 -7:30 P.M.

143 Main Street, Los Altos, 94022     (650) 941-7969
Hours: Tuesday to Saturday, 11-5p. Sundays, 12-4p.

Susan Varjavand’s new paintings explore the bay and hills. She paints to record how she feels about light and depth, especially dawn and dusk. Playfulness with light, the subject of this exhibit, is landscape telling how it soaks up light to enjoy itself. Light makes palm fronds sparkle, quiets trees at dusk, transforms a boulder’s color after rain, and gilds a valley, defining it as Californian.

A “colorist,” in the past Susan developed subjects such as the nude, “chair,” and mud-brick architecture to convey inner life, attitudes, and the memory of ancestors. In this exhibit, reworking favorites such as the bay and gestures of tree limbs, she suggests freshness of the moment with the help of a a vivid palette and sometime a palette knife.


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.