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Spring 2017 Newsletter

Issue No. 9: Artists At Work

OF EARTH AND COTTON, Jackie Brookner.  Photo credit: Mitch Epstein.

This Issue’s call was simple enough—tell us about your artwork, the how and why of it. With this template we received an amazingly diverse group of submissions, proving there is more than one road to Mecca. This diversity is what makes work and life interesting.  Good teachers learn this fast:  give a group the puzzle, the same space, tools and materials, and no two results will be the same.  We selected six artists of different ages, venues, and missions.

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Reclaiming Earth
Works by Women Eco Artists
A WEAD Membership Exhibition

Exhibition: April 8th- June 24th
Jewett Gallery, San Francisco Library, CA

Reception:  April 9th @ 1pm
Koret Auditorium, SF Main Library

Reclaiming Earth, a membership exhibition of Women Eco Artists Dialog (WEAD) showcases the work of more than 50 female artists in altered books, textiles, photographs and paintings. Gallerist Donna Seager served as juror.

The exhibit developed from a depression-era adage: Use it up, Wear it out, Make it do, Or do without: Lessons from our Grandmothers. Works focus on the cultural values of conservation, preservation, and frugality practiced by our grandmothers and cultures that live in harmony with nature. The exhibit honors the 20-year local history of WEAD, which was founded by San Francisco environmental artist, Jo Hanson, who would have been 100 in 2018.


Members benefits are:

  • Online Portfolio
  • Members shows
  • Local meet ups
  • Network with likeminded artists



This call revolves around the theme of water, an essential element for life. Water cycles and availability have been drastically modified by the effects of climate change and pollution, two anthropogenic phenomena that, among others, are causing alterations of ecosystems.

Moreover, the evocative potential of water and its antithesis – the aridity of the desert – is a recurrent element in the work of artists who re-signify traditional symbols and iconography from a more contemporary perspective. Our purpose is to collect some contemporary proposals that tackle this issue through an ecological approach.

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Coming soon--and when it does can you help by spreading the word? WEAD needs to revamp our website!
Art as Activism
SubZERO festival
WEAD membership show
Sea Change
Convergence Divergence



Favianna Rodriguez is a transnational interdisciplinary artist and cultural organizer. Her art and collaborative projects deal with migration, global politics, economic injustice, patriarchy, and interdependence. Rodriguez lectures globally on the power of art, cultural organizing and technology to inspire social change, and leads art workshops at schools around the country.

Favianna’s mission is to create profound and lasting social change in the world. Through her bold and provocative art, she has already touched the hearts and minds of millions. In addition to her fine arts and community work, Rodriguez partners with social movement groups around the world to create art that’s visionary, inspirational, radical and, most importantly, transformational.  When Favianna is not making art, she is directing CultureStrike, a national arts organization that engages artists, writers and performers in migrant rights. In 2009, she co-founded, a national online organizing network dedicated to the political empowerment of Latino communities.

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