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December 2016
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Image above: Katherine Mialkowski "DARK FOREST"


Interview with Katherine Mialkowski

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

My name is Katherine Mialkowski and I am an artist. I have been painting, drawing and creating since I was a child. I went to The Atlanta College of Art long before SCAD bought it and I have a BFA in painting.

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

Exploring the natural world, reading, studying are all integral to my creating new artwork. Getting out and showing, selling and talking with people is integral to my art career. I enjoy talking with people at art fairs that I might never have met at a gallery show. I get a lot of important feedback.

Image above: Katherine Mialkowski "HIDDEN"


Continue Interview on WCAGA BLOG

Call for Art
Our Nature


February 25, 2017 - Deadline for images submissions

February 29, 2017 - Notification of images chosen

March 18, 2017 - Delivery of Work to GPC - 10 to noon

March 18, 2017 - Installation

March 23, 2017 - Opening Reception - 6 to 8pm

May 6, 2017 - Take Down - 10 to 1pm


For more information and how to submit your work, go to the Opportunities Page

WCAGA Members and Prospective Members

Have you joined or renewed your membership for 2017? It is time! Don’t miss the opportunities to exhibit, attend art shares, book discussion sessions, drawing marathons and more. National is raising their dues by $10.00 next year so renew now at the same $55.00 as last year. If you renew after January 1st the dues will be $65.00. All categories will increase by $10.00. Visit the website and renew with PayPal.

Or click on the members’ tab and then membership and download the membership form pdf. Mail your check to the address:

Women’s Caucus for Art of Georgia
P.O. Box 8033
Atlanta, GA 31106

Any questions: please email me: Helen DeRamus, membership chair


Derived From Nature

The last month to see WCAGA's show Derived From Nature as part of the Atlanta Celebrates Photography at the Blue Heron Nature Preserve.

Work by Vicki Bethel, Helen DeRamus, and Pamela Ellerbrock, artists who photograph the natural world and use it as a starting point for their personal visions. Presented by The Blue Heron Nature Preserve and the Women’s Caucus for Art of Georgia.

Blue Heron Nature Preserve Gallery
4055 Roswell Rd NE Atlanta, GA 30342


Above Photograph: Pamela Ellerbrock

Holiday Show and Sale @ Ashley Benton Studio

 December 10, 2016 all day
Tula art Center, Ashley Benton 's studio, Street: 75 Bennett Street, Atlanta
970 846 7175 

Original works from Ashley Benton, Julie Henry, Jiha Moon, Rose Grown , Lynn Sisler, Lisa Shinault, Jeff Rackley, Waldo Street Pottery and more...Browse the studio, meet the artists, purchase work!


WCA GA Vice President Maggie Davis is opening a solo painting show: Maggie Davis, The Fourth Wall at Sandler Hudson Gallery on Dec. 16 from 7-9 pm. The gallery is located at 1000 Marietta Street. Davis will be doing an artist talk on January 7 at 2 pm. The exhibition runs through January 28, 2017.

Everyone is invited

Local artist Leisa Rich presents "grownupland", a solo exhibition.
The exhibition will be on display October 21,  2016 - January 13, 2017.

Location: Stanley Beaman Sears’ Gallery 180
Opening Reception: November 3, 2016. 5pm-8pm

The exhibition will present installations, viewer interactive panels, sculpture, 3D printed communal sound, viewer participatory experiences, 3D printed sculptures, and more. Read more on the WCAGA Website.

Little Things Mean a Lot
Flora Rosefsky will have work in the  16th annual “Little Things Mean a Lot” holiday  small works show at the Swan Coach Gallery in Atlanta (next to the Altanta History Center on Salton Drive– opens  November 10th  and I am almost sure the opening reception Is on November. 10th. . show ends on December. 31.

Invitational Exhibition, LIGHT
Flora Rosefsky – Invitational Exhibition, LIGHT, at the Jewish Cultural Center of Greater Chattanooga.  November 3-December 16, 2016. Artist’s  Reception: November 3rd  5:30-7:30pm  5461 North Terrace Road , Chattanooga, TN 37411

Sycamore Place Gallery & Studios –Holiday Show and Open Studios
Two new WCAGA members, Jenny Bell and Michele Philips are having a Holiday Show called “Adornment” at The Sycamore Place GaLlery & Studios with an opening reception on Sat. Dec. 3rd from 6-9pm. There also will be open studios that evening ,Live music from W8ting 4 UFOs with Bill Taft. Refreshments. “We will be building a wall of creative expression”. Gallery hours during show run: Thursday evenings 6-8pm, FridaYs 11am -1pm, SundaYs 1-3pm, or by appointment. Artist talks and workshops TBA. 

Art, Art Gifts and Open Studios from Sycamore Place Artists
Sylvia Cross – Flora Rosefsky- Gibbs Hasty, Lisa Alembik, Michele Phillips, Jenny Bell, Julie Miller, Rachael Bommacino, Rita Omark, Julie Hale- Cheryl Southern, Alikson Shockley , Jess McMillan.

Sycamore Place Gallery & Studios: 120 Sycamore Place – Decatur, GA 30030(behind Fellini’s). (404) 377-7747

Feb 7, 2017 Tuesday opening “Aviary”  Jane Jaskevich and Ann Hollingsworth, Watson MaCrae Gallery, Sanibel FL

WCAGA artists:  Yun Bai, Maggie Davis, Maxine Hess, Callahan McDonough, Flora Rosefsky, Ashley Schick, Susie Winton are participating in this year’s 16th annual “Little Things Mean a Lot” holiday show at the Swan Coach House Gallery Nov. 10-Dec. 30, 2016. 

Swan Coach House Gallery - 3130 Slaton Dr. Atlanta, GA 30305. Gallery hours: Tues. – Sat. 10am-4pm.

Flora Rosefsky is part of the  Invitational Exhibition, "LIGHT," at the Jewish Cultural Center of Greater Chattanooga.  

November 3 - December 16, 2016. 

5461 North Terrace Road , Chattanooga, TN 37411 
Stop by during business hours, Monday-Thursday 9-5 or Friday 9-4.

Goat Farm Open Studios
December 9, 2016 at 4pm to December 10, 2016 at 6pmThe Goat Farm, Street: 1200 Foster St. NW, Atlanta 469-682-5276

Have you ever wanted to see what's behind all of those studio doors at The Goat Farm? Are you searching for unique, locally made gifts? Well here's your chance. Leisa Rich will have small art works, my famous crazy stuffed animals, one-of-a-kind pillows, and other items for sale! See some of my larger works there, also!

Join Goat Farm resident makers, artists, crafts and trades people, engineers, etc. for two days when they open their offices, studios, workshops, and secret laboratories to the public.

Friday December 9, 4-9pm

Saturday December 10, noon-6pm

*Parking is limited. Please carpool or use alternative transportation if possible. Overflow parking next door at The Howard School. 

Mind Travel: new works by Karen Phillips
Please join me for an opening reception for my new series Mind Travel. It will be held at Georgia Perimeter College in Clarkston on Thursday, November 3 from 6:00 to 8:00pm.
My inspiration for this series came from a drawing I did while listening to calm, meditative music. I wondered how we create new worlds through our imagination and how we find ways to revisit them. What would it be like to have that dream job, create a new gadget, or be a completely different person? What traces are left in the mind from these imaginary worlds we create? If we could peer into the mind what would we see?

Mind Travel
November 3, 2016 - January 23, 2017
Opening reception
Thursday, November 3, 2016
6:00 p.m. - 8:00 p.m.

Studio Gallery
Fine Arts Building
Georgia Perimeter College

Clarkston Campus

555 North Indian Creek Drive

Clarkston, GA


WCAGA's Annual Meeting

December 4th 2016 1pm - 4 pm

Goat Farm Art Center
1200 Foster St. NW Atlanta, GA 30318

If you need any assistance please call Sally @ 678-642-5300

Please join the WCAGA for their Annual Meeting at the Goat Farm’s Rodriguez Room to share food, drinks, and to visit the studios of artists Eleanor Neal and Khalilah Birdsong. 

Please bring a sweet or savory snack or a bottle of spirits if you prefer.

Please email Kathy Meliopoulos @ to let her know what you are bring to make sure we have a balance of the salty and sweet.

We need a couple of volunteers if anyone wants to help. We need guilds to help make sure people can find the Rodriguez Room/studios and a few folks to help Kathy with  setting up, serving, & teardown.
To help Kathy please email her ( and to help to be a guild email Sally (address below).

Please bring a photocopy of your artwork so we can hang all of our members artwork up on a clothesline if you like. 

If you would care to donate a small piece of art for the raffle at the end of the party that would be great too, please email if you would like to make a donation. 

Timeline (Give or Take :-)
1 pm - 1: 20 pm
Drop off food, art, and images of art at the Rodriguez Room

1:20 pm - 2:30  pm
Studio Tour of artist Eleanor Neal and Khalilah Birdsong

Everyone meet back at the Rodriguez Room to enjoy snacks, drinks, art hanging on the wall

3 pm 
Meeting starts with introduction of Board and Committee chairs

3:40 pm
People mingle around our program tables to sign up for programs they might be interested in.

3:55 pm 

*Art and Activism
*Book Club
*Art Share 
*Drawing Marathons
*WCA National
*Website and Newsletter

Will have sign up sheets for volunteers for:
Different interest for program directors and/or committees
Helping with Hospitality
Art shares host
Drawing Marathons host
Exhibits ideas

Drawing Marathon

2017 Drawing Marathon Program

Greetings WCAGA Artists. 
Our Drawing Marathon program is entering it’s 5th year. 
This began as an experimental one year program and seemed to take on a life of its own after that. 
The purpose is to shake up our habitual working process and ways of thinking, to look for new input from new surroundings and to enjoy the opportunity to talk ‘art’ to our hearts content to other like minded individuals. Our initial format was to simply gather to work in one another’s studios with simple drawing materials and no theme, just whatever method each person worked. We’ve occasionally chosen to work a theme for a given day. Sometimes we’ve had multi day events. This year we thought we’d mix it up but the basic format is still there.

Format: We have a host, who opens their studio. Each person’s studios tends to have limits as to how many can work in their space. So there is a limited number of spaces per month possible. The host decides this number. Each artists who wishes to participate emails Barb Rehg ( the session or sessions they want to attend. (You may attend more than one) I let the host artists know who has signed up for their month. Once I have the max. positions filled, I take the extra names and keep them advised in case there is a vacancy that comes up. The further out the dates the more likely this is to happen as you can imagine.

Each participant brings their own materials. They also bring whatever food and drink they want for the lunch break. You are not required to finish any piece.  : ) The session generally runs from 10:30 to 3pm. (unless otherwise indicated in my responding email)  Some sessions will be on weekends and others may fall during the week. Each session is for one day only. The only exception is the multi day event held at Barb Rehg’s studio. (February for this year).

If you have questions, please email Barb and she’ll get you an answer.

The following six months is the schedule as I know at this date. 

If you see a month that doesn’t have a studio host and you would like to take that month, contact Barb Rehg. Please go to the Drawing Marathon Page on the WCAGA Website to see the SCHEDULE for 2017.

Sad News.

One of the WCAGA's founding members Silja Lahtinen passed away.

Silja Liisa Lahtinen (os. Talikka), 82, of Marietta, Georgia, passed away peacefully at home surrounded by her loving family on October 26, 2016. She was born in Lumivaara, Karelia, Finland, on October 3, 1934 to Vaino and Katri Elisa Talikka. She was very proud of her Karelian roots. Silja graduated from University of Helsinki, Finland, with MA Degrees in Foreign Languages (Swedish and German) and Philosophy. She taught Swedish and German at Lahti Technical College, Finland, to engineering students. Later after relocating to the United States with her family; Silja continued her studies by obtaining her BFA Degree from Atlanta College... Read full obituary here
Image of Silja Lahtinen

on the left
Silja Lahtinen
October 3, 1934 - October 26, 2016
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