Grand Rapids Artist T’Alyne Makes the Environment Her Cause

WCA-Michigan member artist T’Alyne is clearly in her element when it comes to water and the environment. Two recent shows in Michigan, Clouds and Waterfalls (Grand Rapids Arts Council, 2012) and Then There was Water (Open Concept Gallery, 2011) emphasize her continuing fascination with this ubiquitous yet precious substance.  She is currently working on a newContinue reading “Grand Rapids Artist T’Alyne Makes the Environment Her Cause”

The Hazards of Pay to Play Exhibits and Art Fairs

I have had conversations with a number of fellow WCA-MI members recently about various opportunities to show work at art fairs, online galleries or “vanity” galleries which are paid for by fees levied from artists.  There are many, and seem to be more all the time, both physical and virtual.  The best advice I’ve comeContinue reading “The Hazards of Pay to Play Exhibits and Art Fairs”

WCA Michigan Artist’s Profile: Gabrielle Pescador

Gabrielle Pescador became an artist on the Day of the Dead. A linguist by training, the installation for the Day of the Dead that she created in collaboration with the her husband Juan Javier Pescador for Michigan State University Museum sparked her interest in a new career. Since their debut in 2007, these multifaceted altarsContinue reading “WCA Michigan Artist’s Profile: Gabrielle Pescador”

Diet Detour Installation Opening at Whitdel Arts

” “Fat Feminist Activist” blogger, artist and prominent WCA-MI member Brenda Oelbaum will open her new installation “Diet Detour” on February 22 from 6-10 in Detroit’s Whitdel Arts Gallery. The installation is a kind of maze composed of discarded diet books which the artist has been collecting for several years. The exhibit promises to beContinue reading “Diet Detour Installation Opening at Whitdel Arts”

Big Plans for 2013 at WCA-MI

WCA MI members gathered in January at the studio of Brenda Oelbaum in Ann Arbor to celebrate the new year and plot our strategies and projects going forward. We reviewed our priorities, which include: Increasing membership (to 100) Barbara Carson, Membership Chair, has lots of great ideas for how to do this, but she could useContinue reading “Big Plans for 2013 at WCA-MI”

WCA Holiday Sketchtacular

Sunday afternoon,Michigan WCA members and friends from all over the state congregated at Brenda Oelbaum’s studio in Ann Arbor, to sketch, talk and enjoy food and drink together for the holidays. A life drawing session with Satori Circus, a well-known Detroit performance artist, artist’s model and “Detroit Institution” (pictured above in a fetching pink frock)Continue reading “WCA Holiday Sketchtacular”

WCA-MI at Wayne State Noel Night event

WCA-MI members Brenda Oelbaum, Amanda Moyer and K.A. Letts represented the organization at an event  in Wayne State’s Community Arts building on Noel Night, December 1.  Their goal was to interest potential members in joining the organization with printed material about previous exhibitions,  an informational  slide show designed by Amanda Moyer and a participatory activity called “IContinue reading “WCA-MI at Wayne State Noel Night event”

WCA-MI visits the James R. DeSana Center for Arts and Culture in Wyandotte

Not content with merely attending the opening of Pat Izzo and Martine MacDonald at Rivers Edge Gallery on November 17, WCA members took a side trip to the new home of the Downriver Council for the Arts, where Executive Director Tamara Trudelle took us on a tour of the former Masonic Lodge. This beautiful buildingContinue reading “WCA-MI visits the James R. DeSana Center for Arts and Culture in Wyandotte”

Patricia Izzo and Martine MacDonald at River’s Edge Gallery opening November 17

WCA-MI members attended the opening on November 17 of works by WCA-MI members Patricia Izzo and Martine MacDonald. Izzo’s work features female archtypes in black and white staged photos overpainted on canvas. MacDonald’s works are elegant, gilded bird nest-like constructs that incorporate classical architectural elements as well as natural elements such as birds and bones.