WEAD News

APRIL 8: WEAD MEMBER EXHIBIT: RECLAIMING EARTH

March 16th, 2017 by Krystle Ahmadyar

EXHIBITION: APRIL 8- JUNE 24, 2017
JEWETT GALLERY, SAN FRANCISCO LIBRARY

RECEPTION: APRIL 9 @ 1pm
KORET AUDITORIUM, SF MAIN LIBRARY

 

CALL for Artwork: “Use it up, Wear it out, Make it do, Or do without: Lessons from our Grandmothers”

December 16th, 2016 by Krystle Ahmadyar

WEAD MEMBERSHIP EXHIBITION:
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 animal and plant partners, humans and 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 proud to host the WEAD members’ exhibition in celebration of Earth Day 2017. The Jewett Gallery is located in San Francisco’s culturally rich Civic Center.

WEAD (Women Eco Artists Dialog) is an international artists organization which focuses on ecological and social justice issues. The exhibit will honor WEAD’s 20-year history in San Francisco, in anticipation of the 100th birthday of WEAD’s co-founder Jo Hanson, San Francisco eco artist-activist.

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.

REQUIREMENTS

Media: 2D: image, image and text and/or calligraphy. Books, altered books.
Wall work maximum 36 inches each dimension.
Book work maximum 16 inches tall, 16 inches wide.

Entry Fee: None. You need to be a WEAD member. (Sign up at weadartist.org)
Exhibit Dates: April 8 to June 24
Reception: April 9th
Deadline: January 1, 2017
Artist Notification: February 1, 2017
Work due: March 6-10, 2017
Work pick-up dates: June 28-30, 2017

Artists will ship work with pre-paid return shipping labels, or deliver and pick-up their work. Accepted work must be delivered ready-to-hang- framed, with glass or plexi for works on paper.

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

JUROR:
Highly respected gallerist Donna Seager of Seager Gray Gallery in Mill Valley, CA.

The Best Art of 2016

December 16th, 2016 by Krystle Ahmadyar

Holland Cotter of The New York Times has listed WEAD artist ‘Mierle Laderman Ukeles: Maintenance Art’ among the Best Art of 2016

 

“MIERLE LADERMAN UKELES: MAINTENANCE ART

‘After the revolution, who’s going to pick up the garbage on Monday morning?’ That’s what Ms. Ukeles asked herself in the 1960s, when, fed up with an art world that put painting on a pedestal and shut women out, she began making art from stuff that most people threw away. She is now into her fourth decade as honorary artist in residence with New York Department of Sanitation. Her retrospective at the Queens Museum is a tribute to a career that has consistently looked at what’s overlooked, including the environmental crisis. So there are saints after all.” 

     -Holland Cotter, from “The Best Art of 2016.” NYTimes.com, December 7th, 2016.

To read the full article online click here.  This article appeared in print on Sunday, December 11th.

This is the fourth write-up the exhibition has received from leading art critic Holland Cotter and it’s seventh appearance in The New York Times. ‘Maintenance Art’ was first reviewed by Cotter on the front page of the Friday arts section, September 16th, 2016:

“Full and exemplary retrospectives of major but underknown American artists are rare. The Queens Museum has such a show in ‘Mierle Laderman Ukeles: Maintenance Art’…
Care, repair and preservation are what Ms. Ukeles’s art has been about right along. It’s as if her early realization that selfempowerment comes not through fighting but through redefining the meaning of power had given her a usable awareness of vulnerability in the world. That awareness has taken her, in ways extremely rare in contemporary art, through potential barriers of class and gender; it has given her an enviable ease with spirituality (her Jewish faith is central to her life); and it has let her produce work that’s as companionable as a shared meal and as serious as art can be.”

     -Holland Cotter, from “An Artist Redefines Power. With Sanitation Equipment.” The New York Times, September 16th, 2016. 

To read the full review online click here.

 

WEAD EXHIBITION CALL FOR ARTWORKS

November 30th, 2016 by Krystle Ahmadyar

DEADLINE 1/1/2017

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.