Thursday, September 29, 2011

Upcoming Events: WCA/DC

Sunday, October 23, 2011, 2:00pm to 5:00pm, WCADC Art Share and Small Works Sale at
VNNC Building - Bombay Room (East Indian Room), 3001 Veazey Terrace, NW, Washington, DC
20008 (Metro Red Line,Van Ness, DC ) ART SHARE, 2:00pm-3:30pm; SMALL WORKS ART SALE,

Please RSVP for the art share by October 13th to Margaret Paris at Bring an
original work to share.

Deadline for registering small works for sale: 10/13 by e-mail to Marguerite Beck Rex at Artists must register in advance for the art sale, specifying the number of small
works for sale, and the artist's name, size, medium and price of each. Artists with work in the art sale
must arrive at 1:30pm to set up. Specifications for small works sale: Maximum size, including mat
and frame, is 14"x 11" horizontal (or 11" x 14" vertical); pieces may be smaller. We can accommodate
36 pieces on the wire screens. An artist may exhibit from 1-3 pieces on the wire screens; the number per artist will depend upon the number of participants in the small works sale. Artists can also exhibit small sculpture and 3-D work (1-3 pieces, depending on space), meeting the specifications above.

VOLUNTEER TO HELP: Please volunteer to help with the art share, refreshments and art sale set up.  Contact Marilyn Hayes at to volunteer.
Sunday, December 4, 2011, 11am to 5pm – Holiday Brunch – Fun, Food, Connection, Sharing at
VNNC Building - Bombay Room (East Indian Room), 3001 Veazey Terrace, NW, Washington, DC
20008 (Metro Red Line,Van Ness, DC ) VOLUNTEERS NEEDED

January 2012WCA/DC January Planning Meeting –Date and Time TBD

Upcoming Events/Exhibitions
Second Annual Feminist Art Conference at American University, November 4-6, 2011, Katzen Arts Center, American University, Washington, DC; Register online or at door. Free -

National Portrait Gallery, “Seeing Gertrude Stein: Five Stories,” October 14, 2011 January 22, 2012

National Museum of Women in the Arts, “Visions of the Orient: Western Women Artists in Asia
1900–1940” and “Trove: The Collection in Depth,” October 28, 2011 - January 12, 2012

NEW WCA/DC BLOGSPOT – Check Out Calls for Art, Monthly Featured Artist, WCADC Event
Updates. To get to the blog - Go the WCADC website and click on the link,

Tuesday, September 27, 2011

Featured Member Artist: Elaine Langerman

I am fascinated by dreams, fairy tales, mythology and mystical thought.
With my work, I explore the visions I receive through dreams, the subconscious, and intuition. I like to put found objects together to see what happens.

I make work in both 2-and 3-dimensions. I compose, construct, juxtapose and paint. In my quest, I capture images using photographs (my own and others), drawing and painting. I use varying scale systems and points of view, employing image-as-text and text-as-image.

I let these objects, composed of found and fabricated elements, create their own meanings and resonance.

Elaine Langerman
(c) 2011

Permanent Collections:
         National Museum of American Art, Washington, DC.
         National Museum of Women in the Arts
         National Institutes of Health, Bethesda, MD
         University of California, Santa Barbara Davis Library,       
         Special Collections
         University of Tulsa, McFarlin Library, Special Collections
Selected Exhibitions:
2004 Matter & Spirit, Wells Books Arts Center, Wells College
         Aurora, New York.         
2003 In Flight, travelling book exhibit, till 2005, Guild of
         Book Workers.
2002 Women of the Book, Judith Hoffberg, Curator
         1997-2002 (travel throughout the US), resumed 2003,
         2004, 2005.
2000 Work included in: Dreams: 1900-2000, Science, Art and the
         Unconscious Mind
, Gamwell, Hartmann, Kuspit; Cornell
         University Press, 2000
1995 Fellowship, Virginia Center for the Creative Arts.
         Greenbriar, VA
1992 - 2005, seven grants from the DC Commission on the

Monday, September 26, 2011

Member News: Cindy Renteria

Sept. 28th – Nov. 6th, 2011
Wednesdays & Thursdays 
11 am - 9 pm 
Fridays & Saturdays
11 am - 12 am 
12 pm - 6 pm

Artomatic@Frederick will utilize
over 27,000 sq. feet of space at
the former FCPS Central Office building at 

115 E. Church Street, Frederick, Maryland

During the 5-week event Artomatic@Frederick
will feature:
Art Exhibits
Musical Performances
Theatrical Performances
Film Screenings
Poetry Readings
Open Mic Events
Student Art & Performances
and much, much more...

Friday, September 23, 2011

Second Annual Feminist Art History Conference

Second Annual Feminist Art History Conference

Free and open to the public at American University in Washington, DC.
For details of sessions and speakers please see:
2011 Feminist Art History Conference Program
"The Future of Feminist Art History.
Where Have We Come From, Where Are We Going?
Mary D. Sheriff, W. R. Kenan, Jr., Distinguished Professor of Art History
University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill


  • Friday afternoon program at the National Portrait Gallery in connection with the exhibition  Seeing Gertrude Stein: Five Stories (lunch, tour of exhibition with curators, and speakers/panel), 12:00-6:00 p.m.
  • Friday evening: Opening Conference Reception at American University, Katzen Center, 6:30-8:00 p.m.
  • Friday evening: AU Chamber Singers: Gender Settings, music focused on women composers and writers, 8:00 p.m

Conference registration on Friday afternoon and Saturday morning
  • Saturday and Sunday conference events will be held at American University
  • 51 papers will be presented in 9 sessions on Saturday and 3 sessions on Sunday morning
  • Conference networking Luncheon on Saturday ($10 fee)
  • Saturday Evening: Reception followed by the Keynote Address
Feminist Art History Conference 2010 reception

November 4-6, 2011
Katzen Arts Center
American University
Washington, DC

Sunday, September 18, 2011

Member News: HIRO

Fumiko Nishinaka Hayashida

To honor Fumiko Nishinaka Hayashida for service to community and country, HIRO unveiled her portrait painting at Fumiko's 100th Birthday Celebration on January 22, 2011.
Fumiko Diptych
The painting is in the collection of the Bainbridge Island Japanese American Exclusion Memorial located at the original site of the historic Eagledale Ferry Dock across Puget Sound from Seattle. This was the place where Fumiko Hayashida, together with the other residents of Japanese ancestry, were forced out of their homes on March 30, 1942, by the United States military, shipped off to the desolate Manzanar War Relocation Camp in the middle of nowhere of Owens Valley,California, and incarcerated for the duration of World War II. This happened in accordance with President Roosevelt's Executive Order 9066, issued February 10, 1942, without due process of law of the Constitution. No matter whether they were Americans citizens or not, and most were born in Bainbridge Island.
Caught in a photograph by the Seattle Post-Intelligencer, the mother and child became an instant iconic figure personifying the plight of the Japanese American “internment”. The mother, with that subtle look of mixed apprehension and will to endure, “gaman,” captured my attention, for I too am a Japanese American.
Who is this woman with the child? I did not know her name. I did know that she was from the Seattle area. My first sighting of this well-known photograph when this photograph was displayed in the same exhibition that my two paintings were being shown, “A MORE PERFECT UNION: Japanese Americans and the United States Constitution," at the Smithsonian American History Museum, Washington, D.C. The titles of my paintings are, “SADA MEMORIES: Thinking of Justice,” and “Justice For All,” and may be seen on a link of this website. At that time I did not follow-up, and her identity remained unknown.
However, another opportunity developed when I .was working on the exhibit for SITES, Smithsonian Institution Traveling Exhibition Service, “STRENGTH AND DIVERSITY: Japanese American Women, 1890-1990.” My painting, “Kimono and Barbed Wire,” was included in this three-year national museum tour. But this time I was determined to investigate the mother and child photograph. Is this woman still alive? Where is she? What about the daughter? I did a nationwide search via telephone and found Dr. Frank Kitamoto, a prominent dentist living in Bainbridge Island. When I inquired about the mother, he exclaimed, “She's my aunt!” After asking him for a formal introduction, I followed-up with many telephone interviews. The mother in the photograph is Fumiko Nishinaka Hayashida, living in Seattle; her daughter is Kayo Natalie Hayashida Ong, living with her husband Albert Ong in El Lago, Houston, Texas. I found Fumiko Hayashida happy to be of help, friendly, very communicative with a sense of humor, an optimist looking forward to the future, a wonderful personality.
“Fumi,” as her friends call her, was born on January 21, 1911, at Bainbridge Island, Washington, graduated high school on the island and worked on the Nishinaka family farm. She married another strawberry farmer, Saburo Hayashida, and started a family when World War II began. She and her family were among the first group of 227 evacuees being transported off the Island to prison at Manzanar when that now famous mother and child photograph was taken.
Through SITES, I invited Fumiko to participate as a guest in the various events of the exhibition, wrote her biography, and presented her to the museum directors who were exhibiting this show. She was a favorite with the press, a natural. The first venue was at the High Desert Museum in Bend, Oregon, in 1993, followed by eight more museum venues throughout the United States, including the Burke Museum of Natural History and Culture, Seattle, Washington.
By keeping in touch with Fumi from that time on, we have become very close friends. Through the many years of knowing her I had thought of painting a portrait of her to depict the experiences she had in her lifetime. The inspiration for the painting came exactly in the year 2006, when she came to Washington, D.C., on September 28, at the age of 95 years, to testify on behalf of the legislation for the Bill, H.R. 5817, The Bainbridge Island Japanese American Monument Act of 2006. Fumiko Hayashida she gave her testimony at the Hearing before the Committee on Resources, Sub-committee on National Parks, United States House of Representatives.This legislation enabled the U.S. Park Service to declare this memorial a National Historic Site and part of the Park Service. She gave thanks to Congressmen Jay Inslee for introducing the original bill and to Congressman Mike Simpson for co-sponsorship. After the hearing she conducted a memorable press conference under the auspices of Congressman Inslee at his office on Capitol Hill. Through the years Fumiko became the spokesperson for the Japanese American experience and the cause for justice and civil rights.
After 69 years the Bainbridge Island Japanese American Exclusion Memorial was finally dedicated on Saturday, August 6, 2011. The monument and the forthcoming interpretive center was constructed on the original site of the Eagledale Ferry Landing where the first group of Japanese Americans were forcibly evacuated. A total of ten internment camps were constructed in remote areas from California to Arkansas housing approximately 120,000 evacuees in crowded barracks. The advantage of this urban location is that it is the only site that is easily accessible to the public to serve the purpose of the memorial, “Nidoto Nai Yoni — Let It Not Happen Again.” This message, together with 277 names of the island evacuees, is engraved on the long cedar wall bordering the memorial grounds. Present at the ceremony were Fumiko Hayashida, her daughter Kayo Natalie with her husband Albert Ong, Fumiko's son Neal, the extended members of the Hayashida family, Frank Kitamoto and family, relatives and friends, members of the Bainbridge Island Japanese American Memorial organization, and supporters of the memorial project.
Fumiko mom child
Fumiko Daughter
Fumiko HIRO
Fumiko Hayashida is the oldest internment camp survivor from Bainbridge. Forever the optimist, Fumiko says she carries on one day at a time, looks to the future with a smile.

About the painting:
Title of Painting: “FUMIKO NISHINAKA HAYASHIDA” (#887-2011)Medium: Acrylic on canvasSize: Diptych, 2 panels, each (32"H x 26"W)Panel 1: March 30, 1942, Bainbridge Island, Washington: Waiting to be transported to the World War II “internment camp” at Manzanar, California
Panel 2: September 28, 2006, United States House of Representatives: Fumiko Hayashida testifyingg at the Hearing on H.R.5817, The Bainbridge Island Japanese American Monument Act of 2006

Friday, September 16, 2011

WCA/DC: Events & Art Opportunities


WCA/DC ART SHARE, Sunday, October 23, 2011 at the VNNC Building, Bombay Room, 3001 Veazey Terrace, NW., Washington, D.C. metro: Van Ness/UDC , RSVP Marilyn Hayes,

Art All Night: Nuit Blanche DC
On September 24th, indoor and outdoor venues will showcase work by artists in a diverse range of media-vibrant visual arts, street performances, live music, and DJs contributing to an unprecedented mash-up of cultural experiences in the nations capital. Stretching from the heart of Chinatown to the Shaw neighborhood. One night only. Free. 


Event: Arlington Arts Center Fall Happy Hour Series. Thursdays, 5:30-7:30 Tickets $10 in advance, $15 at the door, can be purchased on line. 3550 Wilson Blvd. Arlington, VA 22201 703-248-6800. metro: Virginia Square (orange line) 

Call for Art: Bus Boys and Poets: looking for new and exciting works, ideas for exhibitions and emerging curators to collaborate with. If interested please send jpeg images of each piece (min. 5/max 15), detailed checklist of artwork as a separate attachment, short bio (max 300 words), references preferred but not mandatory, resume optional. For more Information contact: Simone Jacobson, Busboys and Poets, Arts & Events Coordinator, 202-332-6432, Ongoing.


1) We are currently accepting poetics and short prose work for consideration for issue 2.1.  FORMAT:  Send text in body of an email OR as a word document.  PDF also accepted for concrete poetry.  Send up to TWO pages of prose and TEN pages of poetry. 
2) We are currently accepting art and film/video stills for consideration for ONLINE and possible consideration for issue 2.1. FORMAT: JPG at 300 DPI
Print contributors will receive a copy of volume 2.1.  The reading period for issue 2.1 closes on SEPTEMBER 30 at midnight EST.  

Member News: Lynne Grossman

Mini Solos at Touchstone Gallery  
Summer Sampler

lynne GrossmanMini Solos Exhibit
at Touchstone Gallery in Washington, D.C. was a wonderful exhibit that featured WCADC Artist Lynne Grossman. Her work was beautifully displayed an stood out amongst more overwhelming pieces nearby.  Her textured landscapes captured serenity and vitality, drawing the viewer closer. The depth of her pieces closed the gap between reality and imagination. The exhibit was nicely put together, featuring paintings, drawings, photography, and collage. Most of the artwork displayed were done by women artists, such as Tina Learned a mixed media artist whose work has a "world beat" feel to it, used alot of repetitive imagery such as circles and organic shapes to create her paintings.  The layering of imagery and color really made her work pop and grab your attention. The works of Nancy Abeles has a pop art feel to it. Encompasing repetitive imagery to bring the work full circle. Her sue of the female form as the focus, draws the eye in to take a look at the interesting dialogue created between the images within her work. Deborah Saks, collages are images that reflect moments of whimsy, girly fun, and gives a different view of a womens perspective in collage form. Pictures from the exhibit below.

This was an exicting exhibit that was well attended. The exhibit ran from August 4-27, 2011. The Touchstone Gallery is located at 901 New York Ave., Washington,D.C.

Saturday, September 10, 2011

Frostburg State University: Images

Students at Frostburg State University writing about our WCA/DC exhibition.

Show runs September 9-October 12

For more on WCA/DC click here.

For details on our artists, click here.