SMALLER FOOTPRINTS: WEAD Members’ Annual Exhibition

January 21st, 2016 by Raheleh Minoosh Zomorodinia

GROUNDED ICEBERG, Camille Seaman, East Greenland 2006.

Presents WEAD members’ annual juried exhibition:
SMALLER FOOTPRINTS: Artists Examine Global Warming
The exhibition’s opening reception will take place on Saturday, January 30, from 6 to 8 p.m. at MOAH:CEDAR, 44857 Cedar Avenue, just off the BLVD.

Tuesday, Wednesday, and Friday – Sunday: 11:00 a.m. – 6:00 p.m.
Thursday: 11:00 a.m. – 8:00 p.m.
Closed Monday

Free – Suggested Donation Only

Smaller Footprints Juried Artists:

Celia Anderson, Krisanne Baker, Laura Spalding Best, Lisa Breznak, Sandra Camomile, Reenie Charriere, Katie Craney, Nicole Dextras,  Pascaline Doucin- Dahlke, Danielle Eubank, Nancy Gesimondo, Angela Gonzalez, Gina Herrera, Elizabeth Kenneday, Water Kerner, Artists Formerly Known As Women, Laura Larson, Olga Lebedeva, JJ L’Heureux,     Joanne Mattillo, Sandra Mueller, Leslie Morgan, Aline Mare, Christine Neill, Anna Olsson, Paula Ortega, Katharine Owens, Meike Paniza, Bonnie Peterson, Raquel Rabinovich, Alice Raymond, Robin Repp, Yolanda Reyes, Fabiola Rodriguez, Seda Saar, Ilse Schreiber-Noll, Soraya Sharghi, Jessica Stalvey, Lorna Stevens, Suzy Sureck, Ruth Wallen, Riva Weinstein, Tammy West, Elizabeth Wood, Shai Zakai.

WEAD Board Participating:

Krista Anandakuttan, Christina Bertea, Hagit Cohen, Verona Fonte, Michele Guieu, Isabella La Rocca, Carol Newborg, Sharon Siskin, Susan Leibovitz Steinman, Andree Thompson, Mary White, Raheleh Minoosh Zomorodinia.

On Saturday, January 28, MOAH:CEDAR’s exhibition, Smaller Footprints, opens as part of the Lancaster Museum of Art & History’s (MOAH) award-winning Green MOAH Initiative. This exciting exhibition, featuring international artwork that addresses the subject of climate change, marks a partnership between the Museum and the Women Eco Artists Dialog (WEAD), a group of arts professionals working with environmental and social justice issues.

Smaller Footprints showcases work that reflects the life-altering effects of climate change and its impact on water, food, human health, social justice, and species loss. The exhibit was curated by Linda Weintraub, WEAD member and prominent American ecoart writer/educator; WEAD cofounder/chair Susan Leibovitz Steinman; and MOAH/Cedar administrator/curator Robert Benitez.

Smaller Footprints is a celebration of the 20th anniversary of WEAD’s distinguished history. Of the inspiration behind the exhibition, Weintraub states, “Impending climate calamity impinges upon all humans and all forms of life. Smaller Footprints promises to leave larger imprints upon the sensibilities of all viewers.”

In conjunction with Smaller Footprints, MOAH:CEDAR welcomes environmental artist Jane Ingram Allen, the first participant in the Museum’s Artist in Residency (AiR) program. Allen will take residency in the Andrew Frieder Creative Space during the month of February, creating new work and leading community art projects.

MOAH:CEDAR and WEAD have established several opportunities for community engagement, including an artists’ panel, during the Smaller Footprints’ exhibition. These events will take place on Friday, February 26, and Friday, March 4, details available on www.facebook.com/MOAHCEDAR The Museum and WEAD have also partnered with local schools to complete a temporary, environmentally friendly installation, in which painted footprints of endangered species will be stenciled along the sidewalks leading from MOAH to MOAH:CEDAR.
The last day to view the exhibition is Sunday, March 27, 2016.




Jane Ingram Allen Selected as WEAD Artist in Residence at MOAH Lawrence, CA

January 10th, 2016 by Jane Ingram Allen

Announcing the selection of Jane Ingram Allen as the first WEAD (Women Eco-Artists Dialogue) Artist in Residence in cooperation with the Museum of Art & History, Lancaster, CA, from Feb. 12 to March 13, 2016. Jane will be going to Lancaster in southern California, about 1 hour north of Los Angeles in the Antelope Valley, to work at the Museum of Art & History’s Cedar Center for the Arts to create a site-specific environmental art installation with local participation during this one month artist in residency.

Jane’s art installation will make use of handmade paper from local plants, seeds for local wildflowers and other natural and biodegradable materials and consist of an “Eco-Art Quilt” that will be sited in a public area (perhaps the Prime Desert Woodland Preserve in Lancaster) and that will evolve over time with the paper quilt dissolving into compost and the wildflower seeds in the pulp sprouting and growing and blooming to make a living blooming bed cover. This installation will be part of the WEAD (www.weadartists.org) program in environmental art cooperating with the Museum of Art & History in Lancaster, CA. The theme for the WEAD group show at MOAH and this residency is “Smaller Footprints” focused on what we can do to prevent more global warming and climate change.

Jane’s planned installation to be created in Lancaster will be somewhat like other projects she has done around the world using seeds in handmade paper and working with nature as a partner to make changing and evolving artworks that contribute to the earth and improve the environment. Here are some photos of an eco-art quilt installation Jane Ingram Allen made in a city park of Sumter, SC in 2003, showing it evolving over about 6 months:

Jane will be looking for local people in the Lancaster area to help with the papermaking from local plants, making the quilt block squares, creating a headboard and footboard for the bed and installing the quilt as well as helping to care for it as it evolves.

Keep checking Jane’s Blog at http://janeingramallen.wordpress.com for more information and photos of her artist in residency project in Lancaster, CA, Feb. 12 to March 13, 2016.

Arts & Healing Network: Closure & Gratitude

December 24th, 2015 by Krystle Ahmadyar


November 19, 2015

Arts & Healing Network: Closure & GratitudeWhen the Arts & Healing Network began in the mid-1990’s, we dreamed that this field would become more dynamic, appreciated and integrated into culture and society. Today the use of art as a transformational force in the world is even greater than we had dreamed, and we now feel that our work is complete.

And so the Arts & Healing Network is closing. Our web site will remain online as an archive of all the incredible work documented here over the past 20 years.

Thank you to all of you who have participated and contributed to making this web site the rich resource that is has been. May the field of art and healing continue to flourish.

Mary Daniel Hobson, Executive Director
Arts & Healing Network


Vision LA Fest

November 25th, 2015 by Krystle Ahmadyar
Claudia Borgna is pleased to announce that she will be part of the Vision LA Fest in two occasions. During the opening of the event on November 30th at the Bergamot Station in Santa Monica she will be performing Domestic Apocalypse, a collaboration with artist Jenny Kane: http://visionlafest.org/event/domestic-apocalypse/ .
On December 6th at Helms Walk in Culver City I will perform Beauty Parlor http://visionlafest.org/event/beauty-parlour/ .



October 9th, 2015 by Krystle Ahmadyar


Three Weeks in May Recreation, Suzaane Lacy, 2014.


“FEMINISM NOW” is the theme of the next WEAD Online Magazine, Issue #8, to be published November 2015. Prominent public performance/installation activist artist Suzanne Lacy is the honored pioneer artist. Issue #8 introduces Leslie Goldberg, feminist activist satirical cartoonist–a new ongoing feature; plus a wealth of multi-generational essays on feminism’s persistent call to struggling women around the globe.

To view the WEAD Magazine visit: http://weadartists.org/magazine