A crowd of several dozen Alamedans turned up for the finale of a show and silent auction put on by Alameda Women Artists on Saturday, September 1, which included refreshments and a special discount art sale.
The group started in the mid-1990s and includes more than 15 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.
Along with participating in the bidding process for 13-by-13 works of art, guests at the silent auction could buy raffle tickets for a $1; winners received a basket full of art supplies.
Some of the 18 pieces of art sold for over $60 each, and the group most likely raised close to $1,000.
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.
Sadly, one of the founding members of Alameda Women Artists — which will celebrate its 20th anniversary in 2013 — recently passed away: Kathyrn Duncan, who worked for Alameda Recreation & Parks Department and taught at Island High School, and was also a painter and artist.
Several of the members of Alameda Women Artists now have their work on display at Redux Studios & Gallery on Lincoln Avenue. The show will be up through Oct. 1.