The WCA/NH Chapter continued to be busy with 89 members in 2019.
We have one member on the National Board, Laura Morrison, VP for Chapter Relations.
Our WCA/NH Board consists of nine members and meets monthly. Officers include Donna Catanzaro, President; Adele Sanborn, Membership; Anne McMillan, Treasurer; Lucy Mueller, Secretary; Kimberly Smith, Publicity; Paulette Brace, Newsletter; Heather Lord, Exhibitions Chair; Cynthia Cutting and Darlene Nadeau, Members at Large.
Our Exhibitions Committee meets monthly. The following exhibitions were held in 2019:
“Text and Textiles,” a show pairing 12 artists with 12 poets including New Hampshire Poet Laureate, Alice Fogel, who helped organize the show. It traveled to various libraries throughout the state and included panel discussions along with opening receptions. The show started in 2018 and concluded in 2019 at the Nashua Public Library, January 6 – 30, and the Newport Library Arts Center, February 9 – March 21st.
“Busting Out: Powerful Women” March 30 – May 5th, Twiggs Gallery, Boscawen NH,
“Making Cents” July 2 – September 8, Peoples Bank, Keene NH.
“Cycles” October 1 – November 1, Pease Public Library, Plymouth NH.
“Retablos for Our Times” organized by the Plymouth Pod, October 2-30, Plymouth Congregational UCC, Plymouth, NH
Our editor, Paulette Brace, sends out the monthly Artgenda newsletter with Constant Contact, keeping the membership abreast of WCA/NH exhibitions, calls for art, member participation in other shows around New Hampshire and the United States, and other membership news.
Our webmaster Deb Claffey added a new website feature for members to showcase their art.
In May 2019 we awarded a $1000 scholarship to Alexandra Buciak, a freshman majoring in Illustration at the NH Institute of Art in Manchester, NH.
Edith Weiler Scholarship for Professional Development
After the passing of long time member Edith Weiler, we started a new scholarship in her name. This scholarship is for members only to help fund their ongoing professional development, including seminars and workshops. So far we have raised $1500, created an application form, and have made it available for members to apply online through our website.
Two membership meetings were held in 2019. Our Spring meeting was held April 27 at Twiggs Gallery in Boscawen, NH, where our current exhibit was “Busting Out, Powerful Women.” 40+ women attended. A gallery talk was followed by a seminar conducted by Debra Claffey on “How to Write an Artist Statement.”
Our Fall meeting was held on October 26 at the Pease Library in Plymouth, NH where our current exhibit was “Cycles.” We elected new board members and said thank you to outgoing President Beverly Runyan. Tricia Soule, Executive Director of the New Hampshire Business Committee for the Arts, presented a talk on “Connecting Art and Commerce.” A lively discussion followed.
PODS are groups of members who meet regularly in their region to discuss their work, attend exhibits and network. We currently have four PODS meeting around the state. The Plymouth POD meets in the northern part of the state; the Lakes Region POD meets in central New Hampshire; the Artists Meeting Point POD meets in Concord and the Monadnock POD meets in the southwestern region. This has been a very successful program of fun and networking for a large portion of our membership. Two of our PODs came up with ideas for two exhibits this year!
Busting Out: Powerful Women
The “Busting Out: Powerful Women” art bra exhibit was an idea hatched by our Concord Pod and it ended up being one of our most memorable and popular shows. It was written up in several local newspapers and drew a very large crowd. Because of the success, we decided to have the pieces professionally photographed by local art photographer Charley Freiberg. In order to reduce our costs, we offered the photos to our members for $10, and enough responded to reduce our fee to the photographer by 50%. Board member Donna Catanzaro designed a 19 month calendar with the art bra photos and had it printed by Magcloud, an online on-demand printer. We sold 85 calendars, online and at Twiggs Gallery. Calendars are still available on magcloud.com.
Pop Up Event at The Studio
On November 23rd we had a Pop-up event at The Studio, an eclectic funky gift shop in Laconia owned by former WCA/NH President Melissa McCarthy. We sold Busting Out art bra calendars and small matted original artworks donated by our members, proceeds going to our scholarships. We also spread the word to area artists, hoping to attract new members.
This recap was compiled from the annual Chapter Report, written by WCA/NH President Donna Catanzaro.