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Michigan Chapter Update by Kathleen Letts

March 24, 2010

2010 started out with a burst of activity for the Michigan chapter of WCA.  Board President Brenda Oelbaum headed up the chapter’s organizational contribution to the National WCA Conference in Chicago in February. This  included organizing the bus tour of notable Chicago art venues for conference attendees, manning the entrance at the Lifetime Achievement Awards Dinner with the able assistance of Aisling Arrington and her two roommates Sophia and Ellise Smolenyah of the Center for Creative Studies and selling art books to benefit the National WCA at the CAA Conference. Chapter members Margaret Parker and K.A. Letts were included in the JWAN WCA exhibit Drawing the Line at the Beverly Arts Center, and members Christy Kelly-Bentgen(gallery show) and Shaqe Kalaj(online gallery) showed their work in the National WCA exhibit From the Center Now, curated by well  known feminist art critic Lucy Lippard at Woman Made Gallery. Brenda Oelbaum, K.A. Letts, Margaret Parker, and Barbara Carson attended the National Conference.

The western branch of the Michigan WCA  will begin meeting regularly next month and members of the eastern branch have made arrangements to visit the newly formed group in Grand Rapids.  Susan Mulder of the western branch has started a blog to help artists  to exchange information about calls for art,  brainstorm and generally keep in touch statewide.  The Hyperlink is:”\t_blank Susan encourages all members to mail her at the new Michigan blog address.

The Balance Project is moving forward, with most participants having finished Part 1.  Part 2 of the project is due to be completed by April 1.  The exhibition of the final work will be touring several venues during the summer and fall of 2010 including:-The Gallery in the Duderstadt Center, University of Michigan, River’s Edge Gallery, in Wyandotte, MI, Finlandia Reflections Gallery, Finlandia University, and Holland Area Arts Council, Holland,MI(tentative).  There are 38 artists participating in the project.

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