WEAD News

WEAD EXHIBITION CALL FOR ARTWORKS

November 30th, 2016 by Krystle Ahmadyar

Use it up, Wear it out, Make it do, Or do without: Lessons from our Grandmothers.

The title is a depression era adage taught by wise grandmothers and families in need. Selected art should focus on eco and cultural values of conservation, preservation and frugality. To protect the earth, it is essential we consume less and conserve resources.

The exhibition will feature text and image work curated by highly-respected gallerist Donna Seager. Accepted media will include 2-D wall work, books, altered books and calligraphy.

San Francisco Central Library’s Jewett Gallery is located in San Francisco’s culturally rich Civic Center.

The call is open to all current WEAD members. Non-members are welcome to join WEAD online (www.weadartists.org). New members become immediately eligible. To apply to the call go to: https://www.callforentry.org

WEAD AT BIONEERS CONFERENCE 2016

October 18th, 2016 by Krystle Ahmadyar

RECIPROCITY
WEAD SHOWCASE HALLWAY EXHIBIT
October 21-23
Marin Center, San Rafael CA

SPECIES ENCOUNTER: DIVE IN!: An interactive temporary installation about the plastic pollution in the oceans, Michele Guieu, San Jose, CA and Santa Cruz Museum of Art and History, 2014.

SPECIES ENCOUNTER: DIVE IN!: An interactive temporary installation about the plastic pollution in the oceans, Michele Guieu, San Jose, CA and Santa Cruz Museum of Art and History, 2014.

Based on Robin Wall Kimmerer’s book Braiding Sweetgrass, we chose the theme of Reciprocity to bring attention to the indigenous idea of giving back to nature that provides for us, and in keeping with our need to work together collectively, in and with nature and each other, for a healthy survival.  We have chosen artists whose work reflects of these issues.  Individual professional artworks chosen from the WEAD directory, will be on one wall  the Exhibition Showcase hallway, as usual.

INTERACTIVE ART AND YOUTH ECOART
ON the opposite wall, WEAD artist Jane Ingram Allen, will install an interactive “raindrop” project with pieces made by EcoArt Matters students under her directions.  Visitors are invited to take one in exchange for a commitment to do a water-saving action.

In addition, WEAD artist Julia Dashe will install in interactive piece to include viewers’ responses to questions she poses about environment and social justice issues.

ARTISTS
Jane Ingram Allen, Christina Bertea, Julia Dashe, Lauren Elder, Leslie Goldberg, Michelle Guieu, Mary O’Brien, Danielle Siembieda, Susan Leibovitz Steinman, Shayna Weimer, Minoosh Zomoridinia

FAMILY FAIR
WEAD board member and artist, Christina Bertea will install another science/art project in the Family Fair.

Students and WEAD artist, Phoebe Ackley, will conduct interactive art workshops.

YOUTH TENT
Once again, WEAD board member, Carol Newborg, San Quentin Art instructor, will organize prison art for the youth tent.

Students from the Laney College ECOART Matters class will conduct informal surveys, talking with fellow attendees, asking for their views on the environmental issue they have chosen for their semester’s research.  This information will be posted on line and used to complete their final project.

This class is taught by WEAD board members, Sharon Siskin and Andrée Singer Thompson.

OPEN CALL for WEAD Membership Exhibition

August 28th, 2016 by Krystle Ahmadyar
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TRANSFORMATION & DEGRADATION, Aviva Rahmani, 2002.

WEAD announces its 2017 international members’ exhibit: Use it up, Wear it out, Make it do, Or do without: Lessons from our Grandmothers. Application found at www.callforentry.org

Highly respected gallerist Donna Seager is guest juror tasked to select the most original, diverse artworks incorporating image and text, books, altered books, and/or calligraphy. Opening April 8, 2017, WEAD’s exhibit will remain on view through June 2017 in the elegant Jewett Gallery of downtown San Francisco’s Civic Center Public Library.

The title is a depression era adage taught by wise grandmothers and families in need. Selected art should focus on eco and cultural values of conservation, preservation and frugality. To protect animal and plant partners, humans and earth, it is essential we consume less and conserve resources.

Additionally, the exhibit will honor WEAD’s 20-year history and connection to San Francisco history through photography and text. In anticipation of the 100 th birthday in 2018 of WEAD’s cofounder Jo Hanson, San Francisco eco artist-activist, photos of her famous ‘Street Sweeping’ project will be shown. More celebration activities will be planned for 2017-2018.

To exhibit artists must be a current WEAD member, but one can join or rejoin upon applying.

Call Type: Exhibitions
Eligibility: International
State: California
Entry Deadline: 12/15/16
Days remaining to deadline: 109

Apply at www.callforentry.org

 

Pixelache Festival 2016

April 15th, 2016 by Krystle Ahmadyar

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Pixelache Festival 2016 will happen again in September. The festival, named ‘Interfaces for Empathy’ explores possibilities of the societal shift towards the understanding and consciousness of human species as a balanced part of the ecosystem we live at.

The profound technological changes are increasingly challenging the classical conception of perception and on the individual level the increase of information mostly tends to promote new modes of consumption. These changes in our perceptual processes push us further away from the embodied experience and alter our direct experience of the environment.

The perspective that the festival seeks is empathy. We set out to engage with the question and proposal that maybe empathy could be learned, found or especially re-found through eg. bodily presence, experimental communication and embodied and alternate visions of perception that distance us from the perceptual machines that we might be in danger of becoming. Is it possible, through this very basic ability to sense or identify, to change the narrative of the human-kind? Could empathy is one of the key elements in re-connecting with our ecosystem?

Pixelache Festival 2016 main venue is Lapinlahti former hospital with Lapinlahden Lähde as a partner. Other venues are Kiasma Museum of Contemporary Art and MUU Gallery. Other locations and paths will be confirmed later the year. The festival dates are 22.9. – 25.9.2016.

Please read more about the history of Pixelache Festival from here: http://www.pixelache.ac/festivals

WEAD SEEKS BOOKKEEPER

March 22nd, 2016 by Krystle Ahmadyar

PRO BONO BOOKKEEPER NEEDED BY WEAD–WOMEN ECO ARTISTS DIALOG.

Skills needed: basic bookkeeping and Quickbooks.  A “meetings optional” Board member, the bookkeeper works closely with the Treasurer. A well respected nonprofit, WEAD was founded in 1996, and has a growing international membership. Based in Oakland, the volunteer Board works to educate and connect diverse audiences on women artists’ positive contributions to eco and social justice issues. Web: <www.weadartists.org>  Contacts: Christina <singingwater@jps.net>; Susan <steinmanstudio@gmail.com>