Time for Arts Fund-Raiser for Kids

A group of women artists in town is wrapping up its 19th annual show with a silent auction to support budding student artists. The event will take place from 1-3 p.m. on Saturday, Sept. 1, at the Alameda Museum and is being hosted by Alameda Women Artists.

The group started in the mid-1990s and includes 18 women who do traditional painting, sculpture, clay monotypes, photography, collage, mixed media and encaustic painting, which is done in wax with a damar varnish and oil paint for color. “We really want to raise funds to support student artists and expand this educational program in Alameda,” said Teddy Goldsworthy-hanner, a member of Alameda Women Artists and exhibitor at the Alameda Museum, 2324 Alameda Ave.

The proceeds, she adds, will be given to students in the form of gift certificates for art supplies. One past winner of the group’s student award later participated in a show at the Redux Gallery on Lincoln Avenue, for instance.

Alameda Women Artists, along with other local groups like the Island Arts Alliance, also plans to host workshops for budding artists in town in the future. “We want to expand the vision for the arts in Alameda,” explained Goldsworthy-hanner.

Beginning artists – young and old alike – have to become familiar with to the jury process used to pick artwork for shows and galleries, she adds. “We have talented kids in the community that need exposure. They also need the right materials and guidance to get started and get their work out there,” said Goldsworthy-hanner, who studied at the Academy of Art University in San Francisco and now teaches there.

For the auction, 18 artists in Alameda Women Artists each made a work of art that is about 13 inches by 13 inches in size. At the Alameda Museum, the pieces are displayed together on one wall “like a quilt,” which is a “beautiful metaphor for the concept of what we are working on with our art as women,” she explained.

Guests at the silent auction are encouraged to start the bids for these works at $40. The artists will also sell other items at the event. “They’ve made such a great effort,” said Goldsworthy-hanner. “Everyone in the show has gone out of their way to share something very special for the auction that has a unique story behind it.”

The 18 artists in the show, who mainly live in Alameda but include several residents of Oakland, are: Mi’Chelle Fredrick, Wendy Gudzuk, Mirian Infinger, Karen McCloud, Teddy Goldsworthy-hanner, Lily Abraham, Thelma Richard, Colene Leong, Glenna Mills, Briana Learnihan, Patricia Edith, Joan Tharp, Bonnie Randall Boller, Nicole Wakeman, Gretchen Blais, Kate Anderson, Jeanie Moran and Deborah Griffin.

Janet Levaux