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”

Book Fairs in the Morning, Galleries in the Evening.

Today was a day filled with great discoveries, good book deals, networking, and artistic inspiration. From the CAA book fair to a walking gallery tour in Chelsea, the only way I can describe the day is in photos. Enjoy!

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”

Arts Alliance and Ann Arbor Visitors and Convention Bureau Meet

On Nov. 8, Barbara Carson And K.A. Letts attended an informational meeting of the Arts Alliance and Ann Arbor Visitors and Convention Bureau at Michigan Theater, the subject of which was the branding of Ann Arbor as an “established” arts destination in Michigan. We found this ironic since Ann Arbor just voted no on ProposalContinue reading “Arts Alliance and Ann Arbor Visitors and Convention Bureau Meet”

Opportunity for Community Art and Action

                                            Happy Year of the Dragon          A year for action evidently and we appreciate your receptivity and enthusiasm for a community project. To that end, our Michigan WCA will conductContinue reading “Opportunity for Community Art and Action”

Michigan Women’s Caucus for Art shares Visual Thinking Strategies

Nine of us gathered Thursday evening, May 19th to share our artwork and ideas.  We continued our exploration utilizing Visual Thinking Strategies to discover new ideas about the art we are creating. Beginning with three simple questions we were able to generate a whole list of concepts and themes that enriched both the artist thatContinue reading “Michigan Women’s Caucus for Art shares Visual Thinking Strategies”

Inspiring Michigan Women’s Caucus for Art Workshop

We had a wonderfully inspiring workshop  April 28, 1-3:30pm at BrendaOArt Studio lead by Christy Kelly-Bentgen.  A great group of women gathered. We began utilizing Visual Thinking Strategies helped to identify some of the unifying ideas and motifs contained in Beverly Buchanan’s piece “Richard’s Home.” We then moved into a “free write” and collage around theContinue reading “Inspiring Michigan Women’s Caucus for Art Workshop”

Nationally Recognized Artist Beverly Buchanan livens up Local WCA-MI Gathering

On March 17, 2011 a group of about 30 women were energized by the vibrant artist Beverly Buchanan.  Buchanan was a recently honored by National Women’s Caucus for Art’s with a Lifetime Achievement Award. In an essay written for the event Lucy Lippard describes Beverly’s work as; “precarious, wackily off-kilter, and oddly cheerful shacks,” createdContinue reading “Nationally Recognized Artist Beverly Buchanan livens up Local WCA-MI Gathering”