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Interview with Gwen Gunter, Workshops, Exhibitions, ArtShare, Reading Club
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September 2014
"My Story, Your Story" by Gwen Gunter
Image Left: "My Story, Your Story" By Gwen Gunter
In this Issue:
A Recap Of a WCAGA Summer
WCAGA has ended the summer going full steam into the fall.

It all began in early July, when WCAGA members met at Callahan McDonough’s studio for our last summer drawing marathon session in a member’s studio. It was a full house with conversations popping up throughout the session. One of the topics involved the coming DRAW4DAYS marathon scheduled for August in the Further Polycontemporary Gallery in MOCA/TULA Art Complex.

But, we had other programs to complete before that began. The first being the installation and opening reception of the drawing marathon program’s On the Mark Exhibit held in the Upstairs ArtSpace Gallery in Tryon, NC.

Attending the opening reception on August 3, were WCAGA members, Linda Hudgins, Kate Lehman Landishaw, Kathy Meliopoulos, Maggie Davis and Barb Rehg. Work from 17 of the 32 artists who participated in the 3 year drawing marathon program was shown. It intrigued the Gallery’s board enough that they decided to hold their own two marathons in September headed by our own Linda Hudgins.

The very next weekend we had installation of our WCAGA Member’s Exhibit, LAYERS, at GA Perimeter College in Clarkston in the Jim Cherry Resource Center, 4th floor. Don Dougan, once again, created a dynamic exhibit with his skillful placement of diverse work. Our opening reception is scheduled for September 11 - 6 to 8pm. We hope you will join us.

August still had it’s biggest event to come. Our DRAW4DAYS Marathon began that very next week. On Monday, August 18, 18 artists began a four day drawing marathon in full view of the public.

It was always our hope that we could hold a multi day drawing marathon and for over 2 years of our program, we were always on the lookout for a venue that would allow us to do just that. Our opportunity came about due to Ann Rhodes’s introduction to Paul Light jr., Gallery director and owner of Further. Paul was on board with the idea from the beginning. Once the venue was confirmed, within a few days we had participants signed up and committing to the week long program.

Starting on Monday the 18th, multiple postings were made on our WCAGA Facebook page showing our progress. Ruth Schowalter and Jes Gordon set up our social media and Marie Weaver created an Ad for ArtAtlanta and made signs that she distributed in different locations.

Each day we began around 9am and stayed till 6pm or later. Each artists created works using their own choice of media, substrate and concept.

I think one of the surprising aspects of the whole week was how interactive the group was. Discussions would crop up, off and on all day long. Lunch was especially fun. Some days we had drop in visitors and on the 2nd day, we received a cake from an artist down the hall. Plenty of sugar was had by all. We had ideas. We made changes and then we persevered, some of us working even on Friday morning.

Friday evening, August 22, we held a closing reception from 6 to 9pm and then on Saturday, we had an artists’ talk. Afterwards we started taking down all that had been created.

September is fast approaching with our September 11 Opening Reception at GPC and take down of our On the Mark exhibit in Tryon, NC.

Still to come is our Annual Members meeting (date TBD) that is also a fun social, a board meeting, an Art share and Book club. Watch for the Mail Chimp announcements and put them on your calendar.

Fall is also a time when we begin planning for the coming year and we are already getting our exhibits program lined up. I hope you’ll have the chance to participate in the coming months.
I’ve learned one sure thing over my 14 years with WCAGA, I reap the benefits if I’m involved.

Thank you to all the wonderful artists who have entered my life.
Barb Rehg(WCAGA Exhibit and Drawing Marathon Chair)
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Three images, created as part of DRAW4DAYS are included at the bottom of this Newsletter. To see more check out the WCAGA Facebook Group Albums and the albums and videos of  Ruth Scholwalter

 
Interview With Artist Gwen Gunter

1. Who are you and what do you do, and what is your background?
I am Gwen Gunter and I am primarily an abstract painter at this point in my career. I have been a graphic designer, photographer, product designer and manufacturer of functional art items for the gift, home décor and apparel industries. This has included such diverse activities as designing paint by number kits, commercial sign painting, licensing my art for posters, note cards and fine art publishing. All of these endeavors have provided outlets for creative expression and contributed to my overall aesthetic.

2. What's integral to your art and or art career?
I think what has been most integral to my career has been dogged persistence. I have refused to give up on what I believe to be my reason for being here.

3. What themes do you pursue and what medium do you use?
My themes always seem to revolve around the personal narratives that make up everyday life. Whether it is the layers of memory or commentary on present situations, the many layers of existence are always there, some revealed and some completely hidden in the painting process. I use acrylic on wood primarily, but also mixed media from time to time.

4. What makes you angry, what makes you happy?
What makes me angry is the emphasis on “hopeless” worldwide conditions that we are bombarded with through the media daily. I feel there is always hope for transformation no matter what the circumstances happen to look like on the surface and redirecting our focus to what is good and enduring and the highest in each of us can bring about that change. Knowing that makes me happy.

5. Who and what inspire you in your work and or in your life in general?
In my work I am inspired by all the artists I know who make quality inspired work and keep at it even when it is unrecognized and unrewarded. In my life I am inspired by so many wonderful teachers: Eckhart Tolle, Steven Pressfield, Marianne Williamson, Emmet Fox, Michael Neill

6. What superpower would you want?
I think I’ll stick with what I have, probably couldn’t handle the pressure of more!

7. What is your favorite artists and or other person
Wow, this is hard to answer, there are so many! Artists I admire are Richard Diebenkorn, Nicolas de Stael, Brian Rutenberg, Franz Kline, Ad Reinhardt, Ben Nicholson, Lance Letscher, Robert Rauchenberg, Sammy Peters, Ciao Fonseca.

8. What advice would you give to other artists?
I would advise developing a very tough skin to protect the precious gift you’ve been given. It will be up to you to hold your vision and keep joyfully creating to let the “muse” know you are serious about this calling. And I would strongly suggest reading (and rereading) two books by Steven Pressfield: The War of Art and Turning Pro.

9. Contact details if any?
www.gwengunterart.com
Ggunterinc@comcast.net



Above: "All Are Invited" by Gwen Gunter

Above: "Alternate Universes No. 2" By Gwen Gunter
Opportunities and Call for Art

Image above: Miriam Schapiro / The Twinning of Adam and Eve in the Garden of Eden / 1989 / 80″ x 116″, (triptych) / Acrylic on Canvas

St. Louis Chapter Women’s Caucus for Art 
CALL FOR ART
Contemporary Women Artists XVII
Reimagining Femmage
an international biennial exhibit
juried by Lisa Melandri, Executive Director of the Contemporary Art Museum St. Louis (CAM)
February 20 – April 3, 2015 
Juror's presentation:  Friday February 20, 5-6:00 pm
Reception: Friday February 20, 6-8:00 pm 
Foundry Art Centre, 520 North Main Center., St. Charles MO 63301
DEADLINE FOR SUBMISSION:  
Sunday, November 2, 2014, 11:59 pm EST. more information

Call For Art
bARTaco, a restaurant that features exceptional beach food with a coastal vibe in a fun and lively atmosphere, has opened in Atlanta. A billboard sits atop the restaurant, and bartaco will celebrate local artists by featuring their work in rotation throughout the year. The first Atlanta artist to have work featured is Mia Merlin--congratulations!

Interested in having your art grace this space above 969 Marietta Street NW? Send us examples of your work (no more than ten selections) in a hi-res format. Entry deadline is September 15, 2014. This offer is available to all local artists free of charge.

bartacos creative team will judge the entries and the winners will be notified by email by end of September. The winning artists will receive a gift from bartaco, and their art will be featured on our website and social media. Artwork will be featured on the billboard beginning November 7th.

Questions? weloveart@bartaco.com
Follow us on @bartacolovesart

General News

Justice, We Shall Pursue
Along with artist Anne Mandel, WCAGA Member Flora Rosefsky designed an art quilt as members of The Peach State Stitchers, the Atlanta chapter of The Pomegranate Guild of Judaic Needlework. The artwork, entitled “Justice, We Shall Pursue”, was donated by the PSS to the new National Center for Civil and Human Rights, where it is  currently  installed on the lower level in a small hallway  near the Morehouse College Collection of the  King Papers exhibition. Over 15 women did the stitching. The NCCHR expects 1million visitors a year. For more information about the NCCHR, www.civilandhumanrights.org

 Statement for Quilt
“The future belongs to those who believe in the beauty of their dreams”.
A tree of life, with its  hands representing people all over the world, points up to a  bright sun with the embroidered quote attributed to Eleanor Roosevelt.  As a messenger, the bird soars against a blue sky seeking a  peaceful future.  Inspirational quotes spark a conversation.  A colorful border of fabrics represents forty-two countries that symbolize the pursuit for civil and human rights. Together, words and images become vehicles for thoughtful reflection, discussion, and action that embrace universal concepts of equality, compassion,, and  appreciation for all of humanity.

Photo of Anna Wickham (Flora’s 18 year old granddaughter) in front of the CCHR quilt on August 14th  to show you part of it.

Art Is King 2014: Art Business Discussion Panel pt 5
WOMEN IN THE ARTS - where are the women artists

Tuesday October 7, FREE
Confirmed Panelists:
Art Attorney Deborah Gonzalez Esq http://www.dgonzalezesq.com
TeMika Grooms www.temikatheartist.com
Yun Bai http://www.yunbai.com

REGISTRATION LINK

6:30pm      Doors open 
7 pm          Panel Discussion Starts
8:30 pm     Networking 

Binders Art Store 
Ponce City Market
650 North Ave NE Suite S 102
Atlanta GA 30308

Art is King 2014 Panel Discussions is an 8 week conference from September 9th to November 4th that features Art Galleries, Design Firms, Freelance Professionals, Art Industry Experts and share art business tips, advice, mentors and resources for up and coming Artists. For more information go here.
 

A Contemporary Feminist Exhibition and Performance Series

hymHouse is an exhibition honoring the spirit of Judy Chicago and Miriam Schapiro'sWomanHouse in a new light.  The artists, selected by Onur Topal-Sumer, Martha Whittington and Stephanie Pharr, explore and elaborate on the changing social and domestic roles, experiences, attitudes and attributes surrounding a new wave of Feminism. Read More...
 

Dates for the next ArtShare and Reading Club will be announced through Facebook, email and the WCAGA website.

Members Exhibit Opening, "Layers" September 11, 6-8pm. GPC Jim Cherry Resource Center.

 

Workshops
Stitching Together: 

Past and Present with Lori Gann-Smith

Fiber Arts Workshop in conjunction with Women's Work exhibition at Brenau University

Saturday, September 6, 2014

10am-1pm

Sellars Gallery in the Simmons Visual Arts Center

200 Boulevard St.
Gainesville, GA 30501

Space is limited to 12 participants.  Please call for reservations:  770-534-6263

Lori Gann-Smith
Chair, Department of Art & Design
Fashion Design Program Director
Curator, Historic Clothing & Textiles Collection
Brenau University

DRAW4DAYS: Callahan McDonough works in color and the inset piece is of some high gloss material embedded with images.
DRAW4DAYS: Kate Colpitts again and this is a detail of that center images. gives you a better understanding of the intricacies.
DRAW4DAYS: Ann Rowles and Anita Stewart - detail from their 3D drawing

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