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Interview with Artist, Art Instructor and Gallery Director  Don Dougan, Call for Art, Workshops, Exhibitions, ArtShare, Reading Club
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February 2015
Don Dougan -MÉNAGE À TROIS
Image Left: Don Dougan. 'MÉNAGE À TROIS' Brazilian rosewood, Indiana limestone, acrylic, 20"x 23"x 3½",  2014

Interview with Don Dougan

1. Who are you and what do you do, and what is your background?

 

I am a sculptor and I make things that I can touch.

Ever since I was young I have made things -- whether it was modeling dinosaurs in clay or taking scraps of wood from my father's workshop and assembling them to make toy boats to float in the creek. I collected rocks and fossils, sea shells, bits of broken glass and pebbles, always looking at the forms and materials and imagining how they came to be... read more

 

2. What's integral to your art and or art career?
 

The ability to use tools: the feel of the tools in my hands, the feel of the surfaces and textures of the materials, and the interplay of all the materials' characteristics with each other to provide a sense of narrative and history. Also integral is the process of discovery of how to evoke meaning through those juxtapositions, and tell a story without words... read more


To read the rest of this interview follow the link to the WCAGA Blog

Image below: Don Dougan 

MÉNAGE À TROIS

Brazilian rosewood, Indiana limestone, acrylic

20"x 23"x 3½"

2014





don dougan

Work for the WCAGA

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Request for Member Participation

 

Dear Members

 

In 2014 the WCAGA Board had some very intense discussions about acquiring a permanent space of our own for programming, exhibitions and meetings.  These discussions lead to the idea of creating a plan for future WCAGA endeavors which would help us to establish clarity of direction, goals and how to achieve them.  We then solicited and received a Proposal for Strategic Planning Services from a professional facilitator, Wendy Cardell, former colleague of Board member Maxine Hess. The Board voted to accept Wendy's proposal and now we have begun the process of forming a Strategic Planning Committee.  I am asking each of you to consider serving on the committee.  This will require a high level of commitment but we believe it will be a worthwhile investment in the future.

 

Here is what being on this committee will involve:

 

Current plan is to have three meetings over a six week period. The meeting dates are to be determined by committee members.

 

These meetings will be held on weekends, most likely a Sunday afternoon but this remains flexible.

 

In general the meetings will focus on revisiting our vision and mission, conducting analysis of our strengths, weakness, etc., establishing goals and how to meet them as well as methods for determining our success.

 

We want to locate a venue centrally located and as convenient as possible for everyone.

 

This requires FULLY committed participation.

 

We currently have five fully committed members from the Board and are looking for five more from the general membership.

 

 

If you are interested please contact me at KLFrost@aol.com.  I will answer any questions and send you a very short and simple application form.

 

As WCAGA begins it's fifteenth year ( first meeting held on a Saturday in 2000, thank you Ann Rowles and Cherie Redlinger ) please consider taking part in shaping the future of this extraordinary organization.  I look forward to hearing from you!

 

Kate Colpitts, President

WCAGA's Moveable Feast

 

Thursday, February 19,  6:30pm - 9:00pm

 

Sager Lofts

455 Glen Iris Drive NE

Atlanta, Georgia 30308

 

Members of the Women's Caucus for Art of Georgia are invited to attend the first "Moveable Feast," a potluck gathering for artists to chat and be social!

 

This first Moveable Feast will take place at WCAGA board member Callahan Pope McDonough's home at Sager Lofts, 455 Glen Iris Drive NE, Atlanta, Georgia, 30308, on Thursday, February 19th, from 6:30-9:00.

    •    Guests are asked to park on Angier Street, walk into the open driveway at the Sager Lofts, go up the granite stairs and look for the festive lights at the top.

    •    Bring a dish and your beverage of choice. Lemon water, herbal tea, and coffee will be provided.

    •    WCAGA members in good standing are encouraged to bring an artist friend who may be interested in joining WCAGA.

Questions?

Callahan Pope McDonough

Callahan.McDonough@gmail.com

404-614-2855.

 

The Moveable Feast will occur at intervals throughout the year so stay tuned!

Members Events and Shows

February 7

Saturday       

Ecology - The Difference Perception Makes
February 7, 2015 to February 21, 2015 – Westbeth Center for the Arts
One of the exhibitions on view during the National WCA gathering.

February 14
Saturday

Rosefsky's Invisible No. 1 will be on exhibit at Westbeth Gallery, 

55 Bethune Street, NYC. 
February 7-22, 2015. 

Artist Reception at Westbeth Gallery: Saturday, February 14, 6-8pm

www.nationalwca.org
 

February 20
Friday      

Contemporary Women Artists XVII: Reimagining Femmage
February 20, 2015 from 6pm to 8pm – The Foundry Art Centre
My film, A Binder of Women, https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=QBUwSWM7TxQ, is included in this exhibit. The juror, Lisa Melandri, Executive Director of the Contemporary Art Museum St. Louis, will be sp…


 

February 22
Sunday      

WCAGA reading group
February 22, 2015 from 3pm to 5:30pm – Vickie Martin Conison's
What to read:  COLOR, A Natural History of the Palette by Victoria Finlay   "Discover the tantalizing true stories behind your favorite colors. For example: Cleopatra used saffron—a source of the col…

 

March 1
Sunday        

March Art Share
March 1, 2015 from 1pm to 3pm – East Lake Common House
The next Art Share will be held on Sunday, March 1, from 1-3 pm. It will be hosted by Jes Gordon at East Lake Common House. Bring your finished work or work in progress to share.

 

 

 ArtShare


The next Art Share will be on Sunday, March 1, from 1-3 pm. It will be hosted by Jes Gordon at:

East Lake Common House, 900 Dancing Fox Rd., Decatur, GA 30032

Bring: Your finished work or work in progress to share. Beverages will be provided. You may bring a snack to share (optional.

RSVP: to Kathy Meliopoulos, kathymeliopoulos@gmail.com or 404-325-0863 or Jes Gordon, 410-597-7991 so that we can have an idea of attendees. You may also RSVP on the WCAGA website under events. HOST: Jes Gordon

NOTES ON PARKING: provided by host Jes Gordon - Please enter the community and follow the road into the parking lot. You will see parking spaces become available on the right at the retention wall. Please park here. The Common House is in the middle of the community. All paths lead to the Common House. There will be sidewalk chalk directing you. If you have questions or need help, please call Jes at 410-597-7991.

Art Share is a forum for members to show their work for the purpose of gaining feedback and insight, and to network with other artists and professionals. Guests and prospective members are welcome. If you would like to host an Art Share please contact Kathy Meliopoulos, kathymeliopoulos@gmail.com

Reading Club


When: Sunday, February 22, 3p

What to read: COLOR, A Natural History of the Palette by Victoria Finlay 

 

"Discover the tantalizing true stories behind your favorite colors.

For example: Cleopatra used saffron—a source of the color yellow—for seduction. Extracted from an Afghan mine, the blue “ultramarine” paint used by Michelangelo was so expensive he couldn’t afford to buy it himself. Since ancient times, carmine red—still found in lipsticks and Cherry Coke today—has come from the blood of insects."

 

If you don't have time to read the entire book, read about your favorite color. It is a rich history of color!

 

Where:Vickie Martin Conison's

3120 Mays Court

Decatur, Ga.  30033

vickiemartinarts@comcast.net

RSVP (It’s helpful, but not essential.)

What:WCAGA Reading Group

    •    It’s a very informal format.

    •    We have art-related reading material and then meet to discuss what we read.

    •    Everyone is welcome to come to the discussion meeting

    •    (even if you don’t get time to read the material first.).

    •    The reading material is a jumping off place for the discussion.

Bringing something tasty to nibble on or drink is always nice, but not required.

Also let us know if you would like to offer your house or studio for a future Book Club gathering. 

Vickie Martin Conison

vickiemartinarts@comcast.net

Paper Trail Art Center offers Book Lab and Adult Kindergarten 

 

Book Lab

Every week in February: Basic Codex

Tuesdays 10am-1pm and Wednesdays 6:30 – 9:30pm

$40 per session.  WAC-GA member discount: 20%

 

Adult Kindergarten

Topics rotate monthly: Zen Doodling, Paste Paper, Origami and Creative Writing

Friday evenings 6:30-8:30 pm

Fees vary from $15-$20 and all include supplies

 

Rail Arts District Studio Cruise 

Avondale Estates and Scottdale

March 14, 11-7 pm

Free trolleys will take you from Little Tree Art Center and Garage Studio at Tudor Square to Mudfire Clayworks, Atlanta Hot Glass and Paper Trail Art Center for an afternoon of demonstrations, shopping and refreshments. FREE
info@papertrailartcenter.com
www.papertrailartcenter.com
 

Application for a

WCAGA Members' Show: “MARK”

SEPTEMBER 10  to OCTOBER, 2015 

MARK

Lyndon House in Athens, Georgia 

in the Lower Atrium and the Ronnie Lukasiewicz Gallery

293 Hoyt St. 

Athens GA  30601 

 

 

Mark 

Often it is through the personal nature of our marks that viewers come to know work as ours. 

Marks can be delicate, bold, gentle, aggressive, simple, complicated, obtuse or explicit, intuitive, logical, 2D or 3D, moving or static. And the message, the concept becomes enhanced and individualized by how our hand/mind/experience creates that unique mark. 

 

Material and media are usually chosen to strengthen our language, our concept, our singular marks.  

 

The Women’s Caucus for Art of Georgia has been invited to exhibit at Lyndon House Art Center during their 40th year celebration. In conjunction with the exhibit, the WCAGA members participating will take part in 2 drawing marathon days, Draw Table. 

 

 

Curator: Georgia Strange

Bringing together a cohesive, engaging exhibit is an art unto itself. We are pleased to announce Georgia Strange, professor at UGA in Athens GA will be curating our WCAGA exhibit. 

 

Georgia Strange, a professor in the Lamar Dodd School of Art, earned her bachelor's degree in Biological Sciences, a master's degree in Science Education and an MFA in Fine Arts from Indiana University.  She recently earned an EdD in Higher Education from the University of Georgia.  She has held teaching positions at Centre College of Kentucky, the Ohio State University, and Indiana University prior to her current appointment at University of Georgia.

Professor Strange received the James P. Holland Award for Exemplary Teaching and Service to Students and the Herman Frederic Lieber Memorial Award in Recognition of Distinguished Teaching at Indiana University.  She was selected as a Senior Teaching Fellow at the University of Georgia and admitted to its Teaching Academy.

 

Service in the Peace Corps in Liberia, West Africa, work on an archaeological excavation in Greece, and several years of study in Italy are important influences on her artwork.  She was awarded an Indiana Arts Commission Masters Fellowship and several competitive research grants at research universities where she has taught.  In addition to many venues across the country, Strange’s sculptural work has been exhibited at SOHO20 Gallery in New York City since 1990.  Strange serves on the Board of the College Art Association.

 

 

Calendar 

May 1, 2015 - Deadline for images submissions

May 10, 2015 - Notification of images chosen

August 31, 2015 - Delivery of Work to Lyndon House in Athen GA - 10 to 4pm

September 1- 9, 2015 - Installation

September 10, 2015 - Opening Reception and Artist talk - 6 to 8pm

September 17 -  Our first Draw Table - 6 to 8pm - An evening of collaborative community drawing with exhibiting artists and members of the WCAGA (6 artists requested)

October 10, 2015 - Draw Table - Our 2nd Drawing Marathon from 1 to 4pm

October 13, 2015 - Artists pickup work at Lyndon House Arts Center 12:30 - 5pm

 

General Information

This exhibit is open to all WCAGA members in good standing. We have space for 40 to 50 works. WCAGA is inviting a select group of non members from the Athens area. 

 

Mark will be held in the Lower Atrium Gallery and the adjoining Ronnie Lukasiewicz Gallery. 

 

Work accepted must remain on view for the entire exhibition. August 31 to October 13, 2015.

MEMBERSIHIP
Now is the time!
Time to renew your WCAGA membership.
2015 will be another year full of exhibitions, art shares, reading group, drawing marathons, etc.
How to renew online:
Go to the WCAGA website: http://www.wcaga.org
See the left hand column and renew via Paypal.
Or wait for a paper renewal via snail mail. If you have not already renewed, one will be sent this week.
Contact me if you have any questions.
Maggie (Vicki Bethel), WCAGA Membership Chair, bethel.thayer@mindspring.com
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You can SIGN UP if you are a Member of Women's Caucus For Art of Georgia. If you are not. Pay with the Paypal button on the WCAGA Website.

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