19th Amendment show garners more appreciation

Andrea Drouillard, a writer for a local educational publisher Gale Cengage, came to see our show, ‘The 19th Amendment at 100: Women’s Voices Then and Now’, at Swords into Plowshares Peace Center and Gallery, Swords into Plowshares.  Though she came just before the show closed on February 29, she appreciated it so much she wanted to write about it in her blog for Gale, Gale Cengage. What women did to gain the vote demonstrates what unrepresented people can do to establish their own worth, their equal rights, and make their own history known. This is what the Women’s Caucus for Art is dedicated to accomplishing. With every WCAMI show, we take another step for women in the visual arts in Michigan.

Thirdy-four Michigan artists were shown and works from nine other states were included as well. Three outstanding jurors selected the work that made up the show: Dr. Clare Rogan, Curator of Prints and Drawings, Detroit Institute of Arts; Ms. Michelle Word, Director of Education, Broad Art Museum, MSU, East Lansing; and Amy Lazet, Visual Resources Specialist and Adjunct Professor, College for Creative Studies, Detroit.

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19th Amendment at 100, closing images

Jane posted a great batch of photos of this fantastic show we held at Swords Into Plowshares Peace Center and Gallery, in downtown Detroit. See all of them at: https://retreadart.com/blog/sip2020c

The 19th Amendment at 100: Women’s Voices Then and Now

One hundred years ago, on August 18, 1920, the 19th Amendment was ratified, which gave women the right to vote. After years of struggle and education, organising and marching, American women won the right to participate in the democratic process. Not all women were included, but the basic argument was won – that women could not be kept out of decisions that affected their lives. Many years followed expanding the vote to include women of all colors, and years more of protecting the right to vote. Join the Women’s Caucus for Art, Michigan Chapter to honour the importance of the Centennial through art. Our jurors are Dr. Clare Rogan (Detroit Institute of Art), Amy Lazet (College for Creative Studies), and Michelle Word (Eli and Edythe Broad Art Museum). 
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Show Dates: January 24 – February 29, 2020
Gallery:  Swords Into Plowshares Peace Center and Gallery,
                 33 E. Adams Street, Detroit, MI, 48226
Gallery Hours: Thursday-Saturday, 1:00-4:00PM.
Opening reception:  Friday, January 24th—6:00-8:00PM.
   with light refreshments and music by The Windscape Trio.
Make a Book Workshop: Saturday, February 15, 1-3:00PM, Jane Reiter will lead a hands-on workshop making simple books. Create your own statement on how you feel about voting rights! Supplies and instruction provided. Register with Jane Reiter at retreadart@gmail.com.

Call for Art – The 19th Amendment at 100: Women’s Voices Then and Now

Call for Art:

The 19th Amendment at 100:  Women’s Voices Then and Now

Exhibition Dates: January 24-February 29, 2020

Gallery: Swords into Plowshares Peace Center & Gallery, 33 East Adams, Detroit, Michigan, 48226

Entry deadline: December 6, 2019.

In a time when women’s rights are being denigrated, women’s health and bodies are being threatened, and women’s pay is still unequal, it is important to remember the strength of the suffrage movement that established women’s right to vote. Honor and recognize the centennial of the 19th Amendment that was ratified on August 18, 1920. Commemorate this pivotal moment in women’s rights with art. Depict your message through paint, print, text, metal, clay, mixed media, glass, fiber, paper, photo, video, or performance. 2-D, 3-D, and computer based works accepted. This call is open to artists 18 and older. You do not need to be a WCAMI member to enter.

To enter your work in The 19thAmendment at 100, go to Entrythingy.

Amendment XIX

The right of citizens of the United States to vote shall not be denied or abridged by the United States or by any state on account of sex. Congress shall have power to enforce this article by appropriate legislation.


More information about the show: https://www.facebook.com/19at100/

More information about the gallery: (SWORDSINTOPLOWSHARESDETROIT.ORG).

Questions: contact Jane Reiter: janereiter@sbcglobal.net


Workshop at Maker Works

Saturday, September 7, from 1 to 3:00 pm


MPareker_SHIP with David Earle builder734.222.4911                                  https://www.maker-works.com

Make an acquaintance with the Maker Works folks and their community fabrication space. They have tools to work in wood, metal, textiles, plastic, jewelry, digital printing and electronics. And they rent work space.

They’ll give us a tour of their shop and tools, and answer any questions you might have about a special project. Then we’ll meet to give each of us a chance to talk about what we’re up to, and update you on WCAMI shows and events.

When David Earle and I built the SHIP for the citizenSHIP show, we built it at Maker Works and I had a chance to find out what a great community resource this is.

To reserve a place at the workshop, contact mparkerst@gmail.com

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Artwork in citizenSHIP

citizenSHIP Opening a big Success

On August 2, the Opening Reception with the Soap Box Event at Riverside Arts Center attracted a large crowd! The exhibitions featured many Michigan artists as well as work from seven other states. We had eight community speakers: Mayor of Ypsilanti Beth Bashert, Ypsilanti Township organiser and radio host Alex Thomas, Mary Heinen Director of Prison Creative Arts Project, Brother Noah from Ann Arbor Ypsilanti Arts, Rena Basch from Voters Not Politicians, John Hollingsworth for the Poor People’s Campaign, our juror Valerie Mann, dancer and choreographer Gina Danene Thompson, and musician and storyteller Ken Kozora. First Friday in Ypsilanti brings in so many people and we gave them lots to reflect on. Our thanks to Trevor Stone and the Riverside Arts Center staff for partnering with us on this community engagement project.