November 21, 2015: Beyond the Book Reception

2015November1 Boston Public Library Brighton meeting room

2015November2 Boston Public Library Brighton meeting room, more attendees

2015NovemberBoard Board: C.M. Judge (President), Joanna Ruggiero (Treasurer/Membership), Jennifer Weigel (Secretary)

Our November meeting followed the opening reception of the Ninth Annual “Beyond the Book” juried exhibition of artist’s books and book-related art organized by BWCA member Ronni Komarrow. The reception featured performance Counting Flatbread by Helga Felleisen and included works at both the Faneuil & Brighton branches of the Boston public library, with the reception held at the Faneuil branch and WCA meeting at the Brighton one.  This year’s exhibition will be on view from November 21, 2015 — January 23, 2016 at the Brighton & Faneuil Branches, Boston Public Library.

Attendance: C.M. Judge (President), Joanna Ruggiero (Treasurer/Membership), Jennifer Weigel (Secretary), C.J. Lori, Elaine Alibrandi, Ronni Komarow, Paula Rendino, Ruth Nelson, Amy Kaufman, Marsha Odabashian, Helga Felleisen, Tara Marvel

Needed roles include: Vice President, Exhibitions, Social Media/Publicity

Meeting Synopsis:

This meeting marked the official emergence of the Boston WCA chapter.  The By Laws have been accepted and the chapter recognized by the national organization and membership dues collected for 2016.

A Facebook page will be created to showcase and feature members’ art & events; the newsletter will also offer a feature section towards this.

The group discussed exhibition needs with many members requiring video & installation capabilities and a high level of professionalism.  As the group develops exhibition proposals and ideas it will pursue them at places that can accommodate this, such as university galleries, women’s centers and large business settings where a wider audience can be reached.

The next meeting will take place on Sunday, January 24, 2016 at 2 PM at a member’s home with an Art Share and Potluck of Nibbles & Noshes.  We will also discuss direction and focus for potential shows.

The national conference and Lifetime Achievement Awards will occur Feb. 4, 2016 in Washington D.C. Award recipients include Tomie Arai, Helene Aylon, Sheila Levrant de Bretteville, and Juana Guzman.

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