Interview with Temme Barkin-Leeds, Holiday Party, Reading Club Meeting, ArtShare, Calls For Art, WCA 2014 Conference Information

Header image by Temme Barkin-Leeds. "Anxiety Series: Disquiet Begins"
On The right Images by Temme Barkin Leeds. Top: "Drone baby" Middle: "Bumble-Bungle Drone" Bottom: "Disquiet 3"

In this Issue: Interview with Temme Barkin-Leeds, Holiday Party, Reading Club Meeting, ArtShare, Call For Art, WCA 2014 Conference Information

Interview with Temme Barkin-Leeds

1. Who are you and what do you do, and what is your background?
I am a practicing visual artist working in Atlanta and Lakemont Georgia.  In 2012, I returned from Washington, DC after receiving my MFA in Studio Art from American University. My first training (MA degree from Georgia State University) was in Art History. I taught art history for a while at GSU and soon  after that, I was Associate Curator of Education at the High Museum of Art in Atlanta for four years. I was the owner of an art consulting company, Barkin-Leeds Ltd. for 21 years. (yes, you heard me right). During all of this time and for many years prior, I knew I wanted only to be a practicing artist.  Circumstances and finances prevented me from doing this full time until 2005, when I closed Barkin-Leeds Ltd.
2. What's integral to your art and or art career?
The now-deceased artist Benny Andrews once told me " If you make art, have something to say".  As a person who, from her own instincts and her experience with art history knew, art can indeed convey all kinds of messages, and this comment by Benny was taken by me as a directive to make art about the things I felt most strongly about.
3. What themes do you pursue and what medium do you use?
I have always centered my work on concepts that relate to issues in societies, how these issues affect people, and my responses to those issues.  In the past, I dealt with the crisis in Darfur ( a series of large drawings that were my portfolio when I graduated with my BFA from GSU); the way cultures replace one another, either through war, the environment, or politics; and most recently my reaction to "shooter" video games which are quite often based on actual war scenes in Afghanistan and Iraq. I produced an animation and am continuing to make  paintings about this recent subject.
4. What makes you angry, what makes you happy? Bumble-Bungle Drone
What makes me angry? Liars, war, injustice, cruelty, torture, unfair acts, underhanded people, selfishness, incurable illness. What makes me happy is to be alive (I am a cancer survivor), be able to work, to have family, to love and be loved, to have support from my spouse and friends and family, to live in a country that is not at war, to make progress with my work.
5. Who and what inspire you in your work and or in your life in general?
Anyone who is dedicated to what they do inspires me, especially if it is to the benefit of society as a whole. There are a lot of artists that I admire --Carrie Moyer, Thomas Nozkowski, Goya, Rembrandt, Picasso, Jose Lerma, Katherine Von Heyl, Zoe Charlton, Sam Scharf, Kandinsky, Philip Guston--I could go on and on. What inspires me in my life in general is anyone who has charged ahead when it was risky or difficult to do so--Steve Jobs, Barack Obama, John F. Kennedy, Helen Keller, Louise Bourgeois, Helen Frankenthaler--
Disquiet3again not enough space to keep going.
6. What superpower would you want?
Superpowers scare me a little, but I guess being able to eliminate disease would be high on my list, along with wars, of course.
7. Who are your favorite artists and or other person?
See the list above. I will add a few--Marina Abramavicz, Abraham LIncoln, Albert Einstein,  John Glenn, Frank Gehry,Charles Rennie McIntosh, Elizabeth Murray, Katherina Grosse; OK I have to stop.
8. What advice would you give to other artists.
Follow your passion, and make what moves you. Don't worry about what people say, what sells and what doesn't, who writes about your work and who doesn't.  Be kind to yourself and to others.  Support other artists whenever you can with encouraging words and constructive critique.  Go out and see a lot of work.  Attend openings. Do your work, work, and then go back and work some more. 
9. Contact details if any?
Temme Barkin-Leeds,,
Happy Holidays
A Toast to Women Who Make Art
Join your WCAGA friends for a meal and a toast to a year well spent. Callahan McDonough will graciously host our gathering. Bring your significant "plus one",  a dish, and a beverage. WCAGA will provide the primary protein, so please be polite and RSVP by Dec 3 to Barbara,
What: End of Year / Holiday Party
bring a dish, your preferred beverage, and a friend / spouse/ or housemate
When: Sunday, December 8, 2013, 6:00 - 8:30pm RSVP by December 3 to Barbara,
Callahan McDonough's home
Sager Lofts
455 Glen Iris Dr.
unit #L (ground level/end unit & has a side yard)
Atlanta, GA  30308
From Glen Iris>Turn onto> ANGIER AVE. & park. Walk in open driveway up granite stairs (gate is unlocked) walked a straight ahead you are at Unit # L, Callahan's loft. Look for Christmas lights to guide you to the right spot. 
Important Parking Info-- For easy access to Callahan's loft you must Park on Angier to be on the correct end of the building.
 Call Kate Colpitts if you need help finding us: 860-508-7834

Upcoming Events

Please check our Facebook, Blog and Website for more information and happenings. The More Show At Brenau ends on Decemeber 15. You atill have time to go see it on the walls.

Calls For Art

WCAGA Members Exhibition
Exhibition Dates: February 3 - April 25 2014
Where: Blue Mark Studios
              892 Jefferson Street
              Atlanta GA  30318
Application Deadline: January 18,  2014,
Please check the Opportunity Pages on the WCAGA Website for more Info.

Juror: BUZZ SPECTOR, Washington University
Deadline: December 18, 2013
For more information and Prospectus go to The "Positive/Negative" Pages on Slocumb Galleries

Reading Club

Sunday, January 12, 2014, 3:30 at Marlene Puca's 1113 Mayfield Drive, Decatur 30033, RSVP to if possible. The book is The Judgement of Paris.


There will be no ArtShares for December. ArtShare will start in January 2014 again. Date and place will be announced through email, on Facebook and on the WCAGA website under events. keep on checking.

WCA 2014 Conference Information

Register Now
The specially priced $240 Earlybird Package includes conference registration, Spectrum and Equilibrium tours, Lifetime Achievement Awards Gala, special interest caucus meetings, and chapter network meeting. The Earlybird Package disappears after January 6, 2014, so register now!  Click here to register online or here to download Application Form.
WCA Hotel: Reserve Now!
WCA MEMBERS:  MAKE HOTEL RESERVATIONS at the Essex Inn, 800 S Michigan Avenue. The exclusive rate for WCA is $89 plus tax for a double or king and there are only a limited number of rooms available. To get the hotel link email Karin Luner at Write “Essex Inn Link” on the email subject line for faster processing.
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