Monday, February 28, 2011

Meeting: WCA/DC March Planning Meeting


March 12, 9:30-12:30 2011
Pyramid Atlantic
8230 Georgia Ave., Silver Spring, MD 20920

Please bring a snack or dish. You can RSVP to

Member News: Bonnie MacAllister

Green Light Arts

She Should Have Written It: A Story of Bohemian Surveillance

Date: March 12
Time: 7 pm
Location: Shubin Theatre
407 Bainbridge Street

Multimedia Performance and works by Bonnie MacAllister

Featuring the one act play, She Should Have Written It: A Story of Bohemian Surveillance

Celeste Walker as Enyo
Maleka Fruean as Druka

A fundraiser for Green Light Arts
Featuring trunk sales by independent craft merchants.

Member Event: A Woman Like That

March 5, 1pm
A Woman Like That
National Gallery of Art
East Building Concourse, Auditorium

Explores the life and work of 17th Century painter Artemisia Gentileschi. RSVP Barbara Wolanin at

Opportunities: Artists' Gallery and Cocoran

10th Annual Box Show and Silent Auction.
The Artists' Gallery
4 Eash Church Street
Frederick, MD
Opening Reception, Saturday, March 5, 5-9p.m
240.446.1094 gallery phone

This show is open to anyone, so consider participating next year. Participants get an 8" square plywood box and use it to create whatever you like. The auction goes on all month.

Gallery website is

Business and Professional Women

Tuesday, March 15, 2011
Corcoran Gallery of Art

11:30 a.m. Networking
12 p.m. Luncheon with Remarks
1 p.m. Exhibition Open for Viewing

In honor of Women's History Month, this luncheon's program focuses on females in the Corcoran Gallery of Art. Explore images of women as well as works created by female artists in the collection. Network with other area businesswomen and fellow art lovers, while hearing from Linda Powell, the Corcoran's director of interpretation.

Seating is limited for your enjoyment and will be granted on a first-come, first-served basis. Registration is required by Thursday, March 10; no walk-ins permitted. Refunds are not permitted. NOTE: For ticket-holders who cancel by March 7, a receipt reflecting full tax-deductibility can be issued.

BPW members $35/ non members $50
go to for more information.

Member News: Cynthia Farrell Johnson

Artist in Residence - Wesley Theological Seminary - Luce Center for the Arts & Religion

Current Exhibition:
The Shape of Things to Come: A Creative Collaboration
Encore Reception - Sunday, March 13 (2 - 4 PM)
Sandy Spring Museum, January 5 - March 27, 2011
Read The Gazette Article on The Shape of Things to Come:

C. Farrell Johnson Fine Arts LLC products are available at
ArtSpring/Pyramid Atlantic Community Arts Store & Gallery
821 Wayne Avenue (across from the Whole Foods exit)
Silver Spring, MD 20910 or

Sunday, February 27, 2011

Featured Member Artist: HIRO

images copyright (c) HIRO 2011

The Artist

HIRO is a visual and performance artist who combines her American experience with her Japanese cultural heritage to create artworks based on East-West cross-cultural themes. Her paintings concern many issues that impacted her life: identity and the community, cultural diversity, civil rights/justice and politics, cities, environment and technology, figure-in-motion and kinetics, self identity and community. In addition she has developed painting series with titles such as Portrait Biography, East-West Dialogue, Life Cycle, Constellation and Calligraphic Imagery. She curates Asian Pacific American and Cultural Diversity Exhibitons. Using expressionistic brushstroke methodology, HIRO demonstrates and conducts hands-on Creativity Painting Workshops and gives PowerPoint programs on her art and related topics including: diversity, identity, civil right/justice issues, the workplace, goals in education and occupations, and other issues.

The most personal and heartfelt of HIRO's art are two major acrylic on silk paintings, “SADA MEMORIES: Thoughts on Justice” and “Justice For All.” Both paintings were in the Smithsonian Exhibition, “A More Perfect Union: Japanese Americans and the United States Constitution” at the National Museum of American History, 1987-2005, Washington, D.C. These works are a part of the 35-painting series entitled, “KIMONO AND BARBED WIRE: Breaking Barriers,” which have been exhibited nationally and internationally.

From her childhood fascination with the lights of the cities, HIRO's earliest crayon drawings featured the glitter of buildings, cars, and street lights depicted in broad brushstrokes of colors. Her “City Lights” series of artworks grew from this inspiration. In New York, HIRO began working on a series of Manhattan skyline paintings, then added other cities she had lived in or traveled to across the United States and overseas: Washington, D.C., Chicago, New Orleans, Los Angeles, Tokyo, London, et al. The crowning joy came years later upon having been invited to the press opening topping-off ceremony of the Twin Towers of the World Trade Center upon the completion of the elevator shaft to the rooftop. What a glorious sight to view the vast expanse of New York Bay from cloud level. From Soho she first noticed two towers rising up beyond the skyline during the construction period (1966–1973). Amazed at the sight, she quickly researched the World Trade Center project to discover that the architect was Minoru Yamasaki.

All of HIRO's New York series of artworks were painted before “9/11” except for one — which was finally completed after the terrorist attack. In the triptych painting “Before and After 9/11/2001,” she has an “ARROW” pointing up (third panel), to represent the construction of a “NEW” World Trade Center. These Manhattan paintings are in tribute to the beauty of the New York skyline before 9/11/2001, but also to mark the beginning of the “NEW.”

Exhibit Recap: Delaplaine Opening


Saturday, February 26, 2011

Member News: Bonnie MacAllister

The ThickArt Collaborative with Authentic Contemporary Art and The Center For Green Urbanism Presents “Making HerStory 6”, the Annual Celebration of Women in the Arts--a month full of various unifying events celebrating women artists in all genres. The celebration will take place at The Center for Green Urbanism, in Washington, DC’s Ward 7, March 1-31, 2011.

Making HerStory celebrates the vast and diverse forms of creativity offered by women artists. With this being the sixth year of Making HerStory, the creators have found a renewed energy among many of the artists in the Making HerStory family. This year’s theme is The Era of Our Dreams, exemplifying a new energy arising from the ashes of the last decade’s struggles, into a new era. Making HerStory 6 is about collaboration, growth, and sustainability.

The Making HerStory 6 series will kick off with a Grand Opening Reception Friday, March 4, 2011, 6:30 pm-8:30 pm at the Center for Green Urbanism, 3938 Benning Road, NE, Washington, DC. This event will feature music mixed by female online syndicated radio DJ, DJ Fusion of Fuse Box Radio and refreshments by the female foodies at Art.Food.Life. Making HerStory 6 events are as follows:

Artists Participating in Herstory 6 include:

Jade Andwele
Prudence Bonds
Karen Buster
Anne Cherubim
Zandra Chestnut
Sandra Davis
Carla Jupiter
Bonnie MacAllisterr
Helina Metaferia
Suzanne Nejir Tutu
Anike Robinson
Ann Thompson
Sherry Ways
Shawn Yancy
Heather Schmaedeke

For more information about Making HerStory 6, Please visit the website at

Center for Green Urbanism
3938 Benning Road, NE
Washington, DC 20019

RSVP on Facebook here.

Friday, February 4, 2011

Member News: Bonita Latterner

Bonita Latterner, Artist
National Juried Exhibit
Miniature Art Debut
The Dennis and Phillip Ratner Museum
10001 Old Georgetown Rd
Bethesda, Md
Reception: Sunday, May 1, 2011
1:30-3:30 Meet the Artist
April 28-May 28
Spring savory refreshments and wines, accompanied by musicians, vocalists and a tour of the gardens.

For more on WCA/DC click here.

Member News: Marilyn Banner

Marilyn Banner, Artist
Jewish Women Artist Network Show
Kraft Center/Columbia Barnard
for more information go to:

Marilyn Banner, Deep Woods

Marilyn Banner is an artist and arts educator with more than 25 years experience in each discipline. Her educational background includes a BFA in painting from Washington University in St. Louis, graduate work at Queens College, State College at Buffalo, and University of Maryland, and an MSEd from Massachusetts College of Art in Boston. She has taught art in the Washington DC area at Maret School, Green Acres School, Maryland College of Art and Design, and in Montgomery County Alternative Programs, as well as privately.

Ms. Banner's exhibition record includes local, national, and international shows. Recent shows were at NOVA Loudoun, VA, The Ratner Museum, Bethesda MD, Ceres Gallery, NYC, Shepherd College, Shepherdstown, WV, and Artspace in Richmond, VA. She is an eight-time recipient of fellowship residencies at the Virginia Center for Creative Arts, and was included in Who's Who in American Women in 1999. She has lectured on her work at numerous institutions including Maryland Institute College of Art, Maryland College of Art and Design, National Institutes of Health, Shepherd College, and the National Museum of Women in the Arts. Her work is in several public and over 100 private collections. (YouTube videos of two recent shows:2008; 2007)

In addition to teaching and exhibiting art, Ms. Banner has been active as an arts activist and organizer. She is co-founder and co-director of Washington Musica Viva, a popular new music, poetry, and visual arts performance series which began in her Kensington, MD studio and is now city-wide. Since 1987 she has led support/ empowerment groups for women in the arts in the DC area, and was regional coordinator of No Limits for Women in the Arts, a national organization, for five years. She has served on the DC board of the Women's Caucus for Art, and co-organized the national WCA Conference in 1991. She has curated WCA shows and led a panel at the WCA national conference in Seattle in 1993. The DC Area Women's Caucus chapter recently honored Ms. Banner with presentation of the Corinne Mitchell Award for service to women in the arts in the Washington DC metropolitan area.

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Member News: Cherie M. Redlinger

Cherie Redlinger, Artist
February 2011
Euro- Asian Art Center, Gallery M
Margarethengurtel 96, 4/1A
A-1050 Vienna Austria

Cherie M. Redlinger’s artistic career spans over three decades and two continents so it's no surprise that her visual art and art history education was in Europe and the United States. Her visual art education includes a lifetime of drawing, oil paintings, printmaking, and constructions and in 1987 she obtained her B.A. in Art History, University of Maryland, European Division and in 1991 her M.A. of Art, in Printmaking, CSU at Northridge, CA.

Cherie has drawn from life's abstractions to create her art. She is involved in a new series of two-dimensional mixed-media on which she compiles her journeys with mind and nature. Filled with mystic, symbolic, cosmic expressive feelings she brings out the beauty of nature that surrounds her and to capture her mind’s essence. Cherie captured the hearts of clients and collectors throughout the United States and Europe and has artwork placed in the permanent collections of Hill Country Arts Foundation, Ingram Texas; Turchin Center for the Visual Arts, Appalachian State University, Boone, NC; ArtColle Museum & Gallery, Sergines, France; International Museo de Collage, Mexico; Contemporary Museum, MD; and The National Museum of Women in the Arts, Washington, DC.

Cherie has been an Artist, and Educator. Cherie is committed to creating her own art while also participating as a long time member of the WCA. She has supported the Women’s Caucus of Art in every state she has lived in starting with the D.C. chapter, where she was the President. She is responsible for founding the Georgia Chapter, one of the most active chapter in the WCA National organization. In addition, she has felt it necessary to be involved with other art associations, which have served to cross-network and bolster the women’s art movement. With enthusiasm she developed and taught visual art and art history classes for after-school programs, fine art camps, adult education, and college level throughout her career as an ARTIST.

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Member News: Jane Pettit

Jane Pettit, Artist

Old Metal and Recycled Dishes Team up With glass

Free Open Art Show February 6, 2011 from
3-5 p.m.

River Road Unitarian Universalist Congregation (RRUUC) at 6301 River Road, Bestheda, MD.
Jane's solo show of portraits, flowers and abstracts will be in the Fellowship Hall.

Jane Pettit is an artist who creates one-of-a-kind, contemporary fine art for homes, galleries and corporate environments. Her unique, award-winning style is a combination of sculpture, mosaic and collage. The synergy of intricate mosaic combined with larger pieces in asymmetrical forms defines her unique gestalt. Incorporating recycled materials and natural elements play a major role in her creative process. The influence of the abstract expressionists and the ART NOUVEAU style are evident in her work. Her outdoor sculpture and wall art are featured in area galleries, has won awards for originality and excellence and has illustrated the Capital Area Food Bank calendar. Numerous commissioned works are in private collections.

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