OWCA Artists’ Meeting Sept. 17, 2017
OWCA (Oregon Women’s Caucus for Art) will be having an important meeting this September 17, 2017 at 6 PM at Jan Carp’s house. Her address is: 3635 S.W. Kelly Ave., Portland, OR 97239. For more information please email email@example.com.
OWCA has not met formally for some time, so a lot has to be decided and discussed. Not only do we need to figure out who is going to do what, but we also have to figure out a new focus for our group, including new projects and exhibits.
In addition, our new webmaster (Bea Garth) will be asking for new images of our artwork as well as current website addresses so she can create a more up to date and interconnected gallery page for our site. If we have any newsworthy places we will be exhibiting our work, or have noteworthy projects, she would also be interested in seeing that. Please contact her at the same email address: firstname.lastname@example.org.
New Direction(s) for OWCA–and new juried member exhibit
commentary by Bea Garth
Some of us got together in early August to honor Harriet and all she has done for the Oregon WCA Artists. She wanted to know what direction our organization of artists is going to take.
It was brought up that we should approach the situation from a position of strength. Our feminist vision and creativity is needed now more than ever given the social, political. and ecological difficulties facing the world. Together we can help create some much needed awareness with out art and newly energized focus.
Una Kim suggested that we create art work for a members juried exhibit at a new gallery in NE Portland that is an extension of PCC (Portland Community College).
The focus Una Kim and I suggested is for feminists to step up to help create a new more ecological paradigm of caring and healing. We honor those who brought us to this point wherein we as feminist artists are more able to assert ourselves than in the past. Certainly it is true there is still work that needs to be done to right the wrongs made to women. However, it is becoming more clear with each year that the patriarchy is finally dying by its own hand of pure excess. The unfortunate reality of that however is that its excesses are poisoning us all. In counterpoint, feminists tend to see how everything is interconnected and to act from that space. This is exactly what the world needs now to heal from the patriarchal paradigm that is unable to deal with the fact that we live in a finite world.
Artists are historically visionaries, so its very possible for us to tap into what is happening on a personal, social, political and ecological level. The idea we are suggesting is to help create a new interconnected feminist paradigm that can help lead the way out of humanity’s present quagmire.
I hope many of you agree, but agree or not, we are inviting you to come to the meeting on September 17th to discuss how to re-organize ourselves and what we want to focus on as a group. With that in mind we plan to also discuss creating our next juried members show.