Sunday, October 30, 2011

Featured Artist: Jane Pettit

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 

Larger portfolio of work here.

Jane Pettit, Mosaic Assemblage Artist

Tuesday, October 25, 2011

Member News: Our Recent Art Share

WCA-ART SHARE AND SALE- Members speak on work and invited friends to an afternoon art sale.  Featured:  Marilyn Hayes, Elena Maza, and Mary Jo Tylecka

Monday, October 24, 2011

National Call for Art: Petroleum Paradox

Petroleum Paradox -- NYC 

Exhibition: Petroleum Paradox: For Better or For Worse?

ABOUT THIS EXHIBITION: This is an exhibition hosted by WCA for Spring 2012. This is NOT the NATIONAL WCA Show 'MOMENTUM' that is in conjuction with the CAA/WCA conference in Los Angeles in February. Please scroll down to enter into that exhibition. 

The discovery of oil, in 1859, in Pennsylvania, transformed our way of life; we are enveloped by petroleum products - from the shoes we wear, to the materials our clothes are made of, to the way we heat our houses, to our modes of transportation. Oil dependency pollutes the environment causing respiratory illness, endangers wildlife, and necessitates the large scale loss of life as we search to secure sources of oil overseas. How do we initiate change with this rush to grab dwindling non-renewable energy assets, instead of focusing on renewable energy and the prevention of global warming?

Our founding fathers could not have envisioned that our two-party system, with built-in checks and balances, would fail to safeguard against the tyranny of big oil companies. The failure of our elected officials to implement an effective energy policy leaves the American people in a vulnerable position. A petroleum based economy subjects our citizens to resource-based wars that jeopardizes our children and holds our standard of living perilously tied to the price of a barrel of oil.

Fossil fuels are contributing to global warming and misinformation about global warming on media networks owned by major corporations, benefits the status quo. The self-interest of the American people is not paralleled by the self-interest of energy companies that seek to maximize profits at the expense of innovation and development. This exhibit seeks to raise awareness of our imperiled democracy and the Petroleum Paradox. What do you think about the Petroleum Paradox and what is happening in our oil dependent society and world?

Petroleum Paradox: For Better or For Worse is a collaborative exhibition with the Women's Caucus for Art and Denise Bibro Fine Art.

Please upload a current Bio and Artist Resume as the Denise Bibro Gallery will be promoting the artists selected and their work.

JUROR: Eleanor Heartney, Contributing Editor to Art in America and Artpress.

The juror will select works that will be on display at Denise Bibro Gallery. These works will also be in the exhibition catalog. The juror will select additional works that will be in the catalog only. This allows for more works to be seen that are relevant to the theme beyond the physical limitation of the gallery.

Denise Bibro Fine Art
529 West 20th Street 4W
New York, NY 10011

May 24 to June 23, 2012

Thursday, May 24th, 2012 6-8:00 p.m.

Open to all self-identified US women artists.

Artists may submit up to three works. All media is accepted. 2D works may not be more than 72 inches in any direction and installations may not be more than 5 foot square.

$35 for WCA members in good standing.
$45 for non-members

Must complete submission by Friday, February 10, 2012 at 11:59 PM PST.

Eleanor Heartney, is a Contributing Editor to Art in America and Artpress and has written extensively on contemporary art issues for such other publications as Artnews, Art and Auction, The New Art Examiner, the Washington Post and The New York Times. She received the College Art Association's Frank Jewett Mather Award for distinction in art criticism in 1992. Her books include: Critical Condition: American Culture at the Crossroads (Cambridge University Press, 1997); Postmodernism (Cambridge University Press, 2001); Postmodern Heretics: The Catholic Imagination in Contemporary Art (Midmarch Arts Press, 2004); Defending Complexity: Art, Politics and the New World Order (Hard Press Editions, 2006) and Art and Today (Phaidon Press Inc., 2008), a survey of contemporary art of the last 25 years from Phaidon. She is a co-author of After the Revolution: Women who Transformed Contemporary Art (Prestel Publishing, 2007), which won the Susan Koppelman Award. Heartney is a past President of AICA-USA, the American section of the International Art Critics Association. In 2008 she was honored by the French government as a Chevalier dans l?Ordre des Arts et des Lettres.

Denise Bibro began exhibiting the work of a diverse group of contemporary artists in corporate and alternative spaces in 1980. After showcasing work at her art salon in Union Square, 1992 saw the opening of her first gallery in SoHo. Denise Bibro Fine Art moved to its current Chelsea location in 1997, and encompasses the main gallery as well as a project space, Platform, providing over 4,000 square feet of exhibition space. Presenting and promoting both emerging and established artists, the gallery has an emphasis on painting, works on paper, sculpture, and multi-media works. The programming for Platform explores more conceptual work, including video and installation works, as well as presenting collaborative projects with other curators and dealers. Ms. Bibro also provides comprehensive advisory services for both artists and collectors. For artists, she offers portfolio reviews, promotion, publicity, and grantwriting; and for collectors, art appraisals and installation services.

WCA is unique in its multi-disciplinary, multi cultural memberships of artists; art historians, students and educators, gallery and museum professionals, and others involved in the visual arts. WCA has focused attention on the enormous contributions of women and people of color throughout the history of art. WCA has affiliates in over 40 states.

To join WCA, visit

Deadline for entries in 4 months on Feb 10 2012   Notification of Jury Results in 5 months on Mar 18 2012   Show date in 7 months on May 24 2012 thru Jun 23 2012

Saturday, October 22, 2011

Exhibition: Weaving Abstraction: Kuba Textiles and the Woven Art of Central Africa

Textile Museum
Weaving Abstraction:
Kuba Textiles and the Woven Art of Central Africa

October 15, 2011 through February 12, 2012
2320 S Street, NW, Washington, DC 20008-4088,
Hours: Sun 1–5pm; Mon Closed; Tue-Sat 10am–5pm
Amazing textiles of the Kuba kingdom are among the most distinctive and spectacular works of African art.
The stunning, inspirational patterns are made by the women.  
Also a beautiful small show on recycling fabrics including examples from cultures around the world

Member News: Jane Pettit

Friends, Come join in the fun of you can! Warmly, Jane
7507-OP-Pettit-20117514-OP-Pettit-2011DOTS OF THE PEOPLE, BY THE PEOPLE, FOR THE PEOPLE!!
Artomatic is having a community art project and we hope you’ll join us!! Everyone’s welcome. No art experience needed. We’re making mosaic “art dots”--see above. When done, they’ll be around town at agreeable establishments.  Come have fun, learn how to mosaic and meet new friends! Come for 15 minutes or 4 hours. Hope to see you!
WHERE: Artomatic, 115 E Church St, Frederick, ground floor
WHEN:       Saturday, October 22, 12-4
                   Saturday, October 29, 12-4
If you have some, please bring outdoor-worthy* materials for the mosaic: ceramics, dishes, tiles, stained glass scraps, old jewelry. Questions, donation of materials, please contact Jane Pettit: or Jamie Gerhold:
*How to tell if it’s outdoor-worthy? Put a drop of water on an unglazed part. If the water soaks in, it won’t work. If it just sits on the surface, we can use it: china, porcelain, high-fire ceramics.

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Jane Pettit, Mosaic Assemblage Artist       202-494-4801

Friday, October 14, 2011

Member News: Cherie M. Redlinger

Cherie M. Redlinger Works on Canvas can be see at
The Maris Elaine Gallery
178 Waterfront Street
National Harbor MD 20745
(301) 686-0323

7:00 PM- 9:00 PM

Thursday, October 13, 2011


We can easily display 3 works apiece for each of 12 artists. Thus far we have five artists participating. Not enough! We need more to make it worthwhile for our buyers to attend. Marguerite is working hard to spread the news of the art sale along building residents See the details below.

Sunday, October 23, 2011, 2pm to 5pm

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

Please RSVP for the art share by October 19to Margaret Paris at Bring an original work to share.

Deadline for registering small works for sale: 10/19 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.

Monday, October 10, 2011

Fall Planning Meeting


WCA-DC Fall Planning Meeting fostered many interesting views on leadership, publicity and future events. Exhibiting plans underway, watch for upcoming “Calls for Entries”!  Additionally, nominations are being accepted for 2012-14 leadership positions.


WCA-DC Fall Planning Meeting fostered many interesting views on leadership, publicity and future events. Exhibiting plans underway, watch for upcoming “Calls for Entries”!  Additionally, nominations are being accepted for 2012-14 leadership positions.

Images of Frostburg State University Exhibition

Thank you to the curators:  Marilyn Hayes (past WCA National President, past DC President), Gallery Director Dustin Davis, Jane Forth (WCA-DC Vice President).  We especially thank the students who visited the exhibition, truly studied it, and wrote about for their courses at Frostburg State University.

Reception Photos: WCA/DC Frostburg State University

Stephanie Ann Roper Gallery
September 9-October 12

Tuesday, October 4, 2011

CALL FOR ENTRIES: for “RE/Using our Re/Sources"

Market Day in Ethiopia--Bonnie MacAllister
for “RE/Using our Re/Sources," 
an exhibit exploring your environmental concerns and values.

Sandy Spring Museum, Sandy Spring, MD.

Opens September 10, 2012
Reception Sunday, September 16, 2012, 2-4pm

CURATOR:  Barbara Wolanin

$35.00 (due at the end of January when notification of acceptance has been received.)

This exhibit is a collaboration of the Washington DC and Philadelphia WCA Chapters.  Two and three dimensional work as well as performance and special projects that relate to the theme are to be part of this exhibit.

All artists submitting work will be represented in the exhibit. Because of the limited exhibiting space, 2D work wider than 36 inches may not be able to be accommodated, so please send smaller work for consideration too, if you are including work larger than 36 inches in your submissions

All Washington DC Chapter members are invited to submit up to 3 pieces of recent work that relates to the theme.
Those who were part of the proposal and previously notified have a choice to submit 2 additional works.  Otherwise the work in the proposal will be exhibited.

If you have a community project you would like to have considered, please send your idea and outline of how it would be completed.

Send up to 3 jpegs, 300 dpi, 4x6 to .  Entries are accepted until December 1st.  Please check out    to view current entries on our on-line exhibit.  Your work will be posted too, as soon as it is received.