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Interview with Barbara Rehg, Call for Art, Workshops, Exhibitions, ArtShare, Reading Club
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January 2015
Barbara Rehg. "Dig Down"
Image Left: Barbara Rehg. Dig Down 54'x72” Charcoal, oil stick on canvas

Interview with Barbara Rehg

1. Who are you and what do you do, and what is your background?
I am someone interested in understanding my world. Drawing, painting, photography, reading and looking are the methods I use to bring clarity to my curiosity. So, background is a process of building…a timeline of one thing leading to the next, choices being made along the way. 
Watching Jon Gnagy ‘Learn to Draw’ on Saturday morning TV when I was a preschool child was the first inkling I had an obsession with mark making. What I find interesting at this point in my life, is that the show wasn’t dummied down for children…it was fascinating. I learned about perspective, contrast, shading, seeing. It was magic. 
Once in school, any chance I had to draw legitimately on my assignments made the work worthwhile learning. Later, of course, I drew while listening to lectures and when I should have been taking notes.
Image below: "Blackboard" Chalk on Blackboard paint,32x84 by Barbara Rehg
Blackboard      32x84”        Chalk on Blackboard paint by Barbara Rehg
My art classes, at first, were simply joyous breaks in the day but as I grew older, they started to take on a competitive atmosphere. By the time I was finished with college, my BA seemed inadequate to the task of being an artist. 
For a long time, all I had were small, stolen moments of sketching. Gradually, over the years, I allowed myself to become obsessed once again with the visual language of drawing and painting. I let other concerns of being judged become less and less important. 
So, here I am today…learning who I am, how I view the world…all through the process of drawing and painting. 
 
2. What's integral to your art and or art career?
Of primary importance, my connection with other artists. It is through those connections that I have grown most. Growth, change, learning…these are what are important to my art. 

3. What themes do you pursue and what medium do you use?
I’d like to address media first. I have definite preferences. Charcoal being the first, followed by oil sticks, ink, watercolor, colored pencils and graphite. Media, however, isn’t a deciding factor when I begin a piece. I’m happy working with any of the above. Although I delve into color occasionally, it is secondary to mark making. 
For a  number of years, the focus of my work was about the mind and how it learns and what it learns. Of late, it has morphed into my understanding of how I am intrinsically connected to this world and how that is woven into my past. 

4. What makes you angry, what makes you happy?
What makes me happy? For the most part, it is loving the moment I am in. Whether it is walking alone in the woods, listening to music while doing yoga, being with my family: talking, laughing, playing cards, or skiing, being in my studio faced with a problem of a painting that isn’t working and trying to solve it, walking through an art museum, reading a book by a fire, pulling weeds alongside my husband …the moment of realizing… I am aware, I see, I feel, I think, I live. 
Anger is very hard to hold on to. Disgust is a more accurate word. I get disgusted with people who do violent acts and place the blame on someone else. Anger feeds anger. It’s malignant and the stronger it is, the more virulent it becomes.
Image below:  "Dig Down",  Charcoal, oil stick on canvas, 54x72 by Barbara Rehg 
Detail from Graffiti Wall                      108x54”                     Charcoal, Ink, Oil Stick on paper by Barbara Rehg











5. Who and what inspire you in your work and or in your life in general?
Inspiration, for my work and life, comes from so many sources. My family, my artist friends, books I read, images I see, travels I experience. 

6. What superpower would you want?
I would want a sharp mind with a golden tongue. 

 7. Who are your favorite artists and or other persons?
When I first saw the drawing of Leonardo DeVinci, I was entranced. Later, I found Diebenkorn, DeKooning and Joan Mitchell and a part of my brain woke with a jolt. But that’s my visual world…I live with an amazing man who never stops challenging himself and that inspires me to embrace my own set of challenges. 

8. What advice would you give to other artists?
Making work that fascinates you and has meaning to you…enriches your whole life. 

Barbara Rehg
brehgstudios@bellsouth.net
Exhibit and Drawing Marathon Chair for the WCAGA (www.wcaga.org)
Artist with Murer Gallery in Atlanta

Even though the notice is very short, a “call for art”  opportunity has come up  for a one day exhibition on the theme of Human/Sex Trafficking to be held at the Atlanta Justice Conference at the Perimeter Church in Johns Creek, GA  to be held on Saturday January 31, 2015.   The call is open to all WCA-GA artists and those members who participated in the Dolls in the City show. If interested, send up to 3 jpg images with your name, title of the work, dimensions to Flora Rosefsky, flora@FloraRosefsky.com by Tuesday, January 6th. Details and more information will be sent once your jpgs are received.  All artists, up to 30  submissions, will be accepted. 

WCA-GA Human/Sex Trafficking Steering Committee: Maxine Hess-Callahan McDonough – Flora Rosefsky- Ruth Schowalter

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The Jewish Federation of Greater Chattanooga and A Step Ahead Foundation Chattanooga invites you to submit photographs for exhibition called 

Leading Roles 

(March 26 – May 1, 2015) 
Meet-the-Photographer Reception and Celebration: Thursday, March 26, 5:30 p.m. 
Concept: Photographic images of women fully experiencing life, whether that means working, studying, creating, hiking, traveling, interacting with children, playing with pets, or just relaxing. 
Eligibility: Area artists over 18 years old. Work will be selected from digital submissions. Professional and amateur photographs may submit up to three pieces for consideration. 
Guidelines: Selected images will be printed and temporarily matted framed by The Jewish Federation. Participants grant the use of the selected image(s) to be copied and placed on permanent loan at A Step Ahead Foundation offices. Photographers will be credited for all images. 
Deadline for submission: Digital images of the entry or entries must be submitted by Thursday, February 16, 2015. Email a high resolution image to atreadwell@jewishchattanooga.com. The Jewish Federation will be printing selected images. 
Acknowledgement of acceptance: February 20, 2015 
Deadline for public relations and label information: Selected photographers must send an electronic statement about the selected image(s) and a brief biography of the photographer to atreadwell@jewishchattanooga.com no later than February 26, 2015. 
Other: The copyrights for the image will remain in the ownership of the photographer for the express use of the image for the exhibit and on loan to A Step Ahead Foundation for display in their offices. Other than as previously mentioned, the image will not be used for any other purpose without the sole permission of the photographer with the exception of media and press 

releases about the exhibit. There will be no sales of images for this exhibit. Any inquiries regarding sales will be directed to the photographer. 

Contact information: 

Ann Treadwell, Program Director of the Jewish Federation of Greater Chattanooga/ Jewish Cultural Center: atreadwell@jewishchattanooga.com, or 493-0270 ext. 13 

Check out the Jewish Federation on our website www.jewishchattanooga.com 

The exhibit is co-sponsored by A Step Ahead Foundation Chattanooga. 

The mission of A Step Ahead Foundation Chattanooga is to ensure that any Chattanooga-area woman seeking birth control has access to long-term, reversible methods regardless of her ability to pay. 

The tie-in to this exhibit is that when women plan their pregnancies, they can take a leading role in the direction their lives take. Access to effective birth control enables women to make (and stick to) life plans—whether those plans include pursuing an education, learning a trade, exploring the world, or advancing a career. And, of course, doing these things can co-exist with having relationships and/or being mothers when she feels ready. 
2015 Featured Artists Call for Art

Details: Twelve WCA members will be selected to be featured on the front page of the WCA website www.nationalwca.org. The “Featured Artist” section of the website includes the artist’s name, 3 rotating images and a link to the artists’ website,
Eligibility: All current 2014 paid members of WCA may submit but you must be a member in good standing in 2015 to be featured.
Entry fee: FREE
Deadline: JANUARY 5th
Juror: WCA President, Brenda Oelbaum
Application process: To facilitate a blind review, please email one jpeg to nationalwca@gmail.com using “Featured Member Competition” as the subject line and naming your JPEG with your member id number (for example: 0123456.jpg). You must use this email address to be considered.
Image size: 72dpi, not exceeding 500 pixels in any direction.
Notification: January 10, 2015
The Museum of Contemporary Art of Georgia (MOCA GA)

is organizing a major exhibition of work by the artists of Georgia.
To assemble an exhibition of work being produced today, MOCA GA is reaching out for submissions from all artists residing in the State. To curate this exhibition, MOCA GA has asked three artists to serve as the jurors. The intent of this exhibition is not to do a survey or to find a common theme, but to assemble in one exhibition some of the best work currently being produced in Georgia. By having this open call, we expect to mount an exciting and thoughtful exhibition of work which embraces artists from around our State and at the same time fulfills MOCA GA's mission of producing programs that promote the visual arts and create a forum for active interchange between artists and the community. 
This call is open to all artists 18 years and older living in Georgia.
Deadline is Friday, January 9, 2015 at midnight
Click here to read more & to submit your work

Members Shows and Events

WCAGA JANUARY BOARD MEETING
Time: January 28, 2015 from 10:30am to 12:30pm
Location: Home of Sally Wannsboro Eppstein
1202 Gail Dr. NE 30319, Brookhaven, GA
Organized By: Catherine Colpitts
The first WCAGA Board Meeting of 2015 will focus on the forming of a strategic planning committee.  In 2014 there was serious conversation about having a place of our own so this seems the perfect moment for us to use the strategic planning process to more clearly define the organization and set some specific goals for the future.  

MSA SELECTS
Opening Jan 9th
Time: January 9, 2015 at 5pm to February 27, 2015 at 7pm
Location: AVA Gallery
Street: 30 Fraizer Ave.
City/Town: Chattanooga TN
Website or Map: http://www.avarts.org/upcomin…
Organized By: Association of Visual arts of Chattanooga
A  juried sculpture show with Ann Rowles and Jane Jaskevich and 10 other Mid South Sculptors.
METAL WORKS AND MORE- Solo Show by Jeannine Cook
Time: January 15, 2015 at 5pm to March 26, 2015 at 5pm
Location: Glynn Visual Arts gallery, near airport
Street: 106 Island Drive
City/Town: St Simons Island, GA
Website or Map: http://www.glynnart.org/up-co…
Phone: 912-638-8770
Organized By: Glynn Visual Arts
Solo exhibition of nature-inspired metalpoint drawings and watercolors.
GEORGIA WATERCOLOR SOCIETY
Time: January 23, 2015 from 4pm to 7pm
Location: Oglethorpe University Museum of Art
Street: 4484 Peachtree Road
City/Town: Atlanta, GA 30319
Website or Map: http://museum.oglethorpe.edu/
Phone: 404-364-8555
Organized By: Georgia Watercolor Society
Jeannine Cook is part of the GWS Signature Members' Exhibition at Oglethorpe University Museum of Art
ECOLOGY-THE DIFFERENCE PERCEPTION MAKES
Time: February 7, 2015 to February 21, 2015
Location: Westbeth Center for the Arts
Street: 55 Bethune Street
City/Town: New York, NY 10014
Website or Map: http://www.nationalwca.org
Phone: 212.691.1500
Organized By: WCA
Jeannine Cooks is part of this exhibition on view during the National WCA gathering.

Temme Barkin-Leeds will be teaching at Piedmont College in Demorest, GA this Spring Semester. www.temmebarkin-leeds.com

ArtShare
The next Art Share will be held at the studio/home of Kathy Meliopoulos Sunday, January 25, 3-5pm. The studio is located in back of my house. The gate at the top of the driveway will be open. Park out front of Kathy’s house then walk through the gate and take a left down the hill, the studio is in the greenhouse on your left. Two white lions are standing guard!

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. It is not required that you show work - you may want to visit, observe and comment only.

Guests and prospective members are welcome.

Address is: 1886 Fisher Trail, NE, Atlanta, GA 30345
phone: 404-325-0863
email: kathymeliopoulos@gmail.com
Please let me know in advance if you plan to attend. I need to know in order to have adequate seating for everyone.

Beverages will be provided, you may bring a snack to share (optional).
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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