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.

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: