NCWCA Welcomes You
The Northern California Women's Caucus for Art (NCWCA) is a networking organization for women in the arts. We offer exciting events and programs: member forums, exhibitions, art-making, art activism and community.
Membership is based on the calendar year (Jan 1 - Dec 31). Click here to sign up online.
A Day at Djerassi Sept 7
The Women's Caucus for Art (WCA) Day at Djerassi brings together a vibrant community of women artists to explore, make art, reflect and interact in a setting of great natural beauty. This is also an unique opportunity to tour the land art created by artists in residency at Djerassi in the hills above the Northern California peninsula. Djerassi is closed to visitors most of the year so this is a special offering to WCA.
Included in the ticket price are:
- 2 hour walking tour of the land art at Djerassi
- Two workshops of your choice (see below)
- Continental breakfast, gourmet lunch, afternoon beverages catered by Djerassi chef
- In the Moment Movement Exercise
- Making a Living as an Artist: Embracing Failure and Success Conversation
Members: we have limited spaces remaining for the Sept 7 Djerassi Day. Sign up by August 24 through Eventbrite using the personalized invite you received via email!
DEFINING YOUR ARTISTIC VOICE
Facilitated by Judy Shintani, NCWCA Professional Development Chair and Narrator of Culture
What makes your art unique? Create vocabulary and develop your path through art making and inquiry. All materials will be provided.
RECORDING NATURE SOUNDS
Facilitated by Amanda Chaudhary, NCWCA member and Composer/Electronic Musician
Record sounds on your smartphone or hand held device while exploring Djerassi. We will synthesize our captured sounds into a composition. Materials List: bring one of these: your smartphone with a recording app such as the built-in Voice memo for an iPhone or a recording app like iProRecorder; or a solid-state field recorder (Zoom or Tascam) or any recording device where files can be accessed via USB. In our workshop we will process our captured sounds through Amanda’s Audacity program and analog synthesizer.
Facilitated by NCWCA president Judy Johnson-Williams, who creates her works with cardboard.
Learn about land art, then go out and make your own using found materials. A self guided tour of the day's creation will follow. No need to bring any materials.
MONOTYPE WITHOUT A PRESS
Facilitated by Elizabeth Addison, NCWCA member and artist-in-residence at Kala Art Institute
Learn to use water-based ink on plexi-glass with natural objects to create patterns and silhouettes. Transfer images directly from plate to paper. All materials will be provided.
Djerassi Volunteers Needed
The success of Djerassi Day depends on the help and goodwill of many people. Volunteering only takes a few hours and rewards are in the friendships you make and the acknowledgement that you helped make this amazing event happen. Here’s where we need your assistance:
Facebook & Twitter Invite :by August 22, create a Facebook and Twitter invite for the public to our event.
Event Graphics: by August 29, create graphics and handout with the Djerassi Day event schedule and directional signage.
SEPT 7 DJERASSI DAY
Event Day Set-Up: sign up area, class materials, move chairs as needed.
Registration Desk: welcome and sign in attendees, provide class list.
Onsite Coordinators: help organizer with trouble-shooting and make sure everything runs smoothly.
Tour Helpers: attend walking tour of Djerassi land art and troubleshoot any attendee issues - slower walkers, stragglers, etc.
Photo and Video Documentarians: capture both candid and posed images; video Professional Development conversation at end of the day.
Event Tear Down: help with packing up materials and general clean up.
TO SIGN UP
Click this link to go to our invitation page on VolunteerSpot
Enter your email address: (You will NOT need to register an account on VolunteerSpot)
Choose your spots - VolunteerSpot will send you an automated confirmation and reminders.
Thank you for making a difference!
Other Exhibition Opportunities
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September 9, 2014 Chapter Meeting
Who's Invited? All chapter members and nonmembers who may be interested in joining
When: Tuesday, Sept 9 from 6-9:30 pm
Where: Arc Gallery 1246 Folsom St, San Francisco
Bring: Potluck item or drink
Map to Arc Gallery 1246 Folsom St, San Francisco
Suggest An Activity
Suggest an art-making activity or art demonstration that you want to lead at one of our monthly board meetings. If your idea is selected, you get a $40 stipend! For details, click here.
Art Tag Rounds
Art Tag is a way to explore new topics, break through artist block, try new ways of art-making, and be inspired by other artists -- all within a selected theme and sharing process. The rules are simple: you must be a current NCWCA member, commit to making three new works of art within the three-month Art Tag cycle, exchange the first two works with your partner, and come to the meeting at the end to discuss your inspiration and creative process. For examples of works created in past Art Tags, click here.
Saturday Group: Round begins May 17 and ends September 13. Theme is "Thresholds."
Sunday Group: Round begins May 18 and ends September 14. Theme is "Fauve Intimiste."
Peninsula Group: Feb 10 - May 29. Theme is "Beauty and Decay."
National Group: Jul 25 - Oct
National Art Tag Round: Texture
Arising from the Portland Visioning Session, we have started a national Art Tag round. The players are Sherri Cornett (Billings, MT), Kelly Hammargren (Berkeley), Priscilla Otani (San Francisco), Amanda Rogers (Detroit) and Sondra Schwetman (Arcata). This is a trial round, lasting from July 25 - October 19. If it works, we will expand this national version in the future.
Members' Summer Shows
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2014 NCWCA Goals
P.O. Box 11512
Oakland, CA 94611