Wednesday, July 5, 2017

Parts Patterns and Pieces

Parts, Patterns, and Pieces through September 17, 2017: 
Society of Contemporary Craft BNY ​Satellite Gallery​ 
500 Grant Street, Pittsburgh, PA 15219

This interdisciplinary exhibit features artworks exploring visual expressions related to Black hair. From intuitive geometry to strands of decorative resistance, these varied and rich expressions innovate and integrate cultural notions of identity, adornment and beyond. Please stop by the BNY Satellite Gallery and enjoy this  multi-media exhibit.  The satellite gallery is located in the "T" station lobby of BNY Mellon in downtown Pittsburgh and is open daily from 6:00 AM through midnight. 

Wednesday, September 21, 2016


Please join Women of Visions at Sweetwater Center for the Arts for an event highlighting "Patterns of Injustice." Women of Visions artists will feature work touching upon societal ills which continue to tear at the fabric of freedom. We hope you will join us for this special event, which will start with an opening reception September 23, 2016 and end November 4, 2016 with a lecture by artist and historian Elizabeth Asche Douglas.

Tuesday, June 7, 2016

Lots going on in WOV-land...Exhibitions, Projects and Ten New Members!

Wov members @ Artrsmiths show with juror, Kilolo Lucket
WOV is proud to welcome the following members:
Lynne B.
Ruth Bedian
Richena Brockinson
Brenda Brown
Celeta Hickman
Annette Jackson
Charlotte Ka
Christiane Leach
Gail Manker
Njaimeh Njie
Altha Pittrell

There's a lot going on with Women of Visions Inc. for our 35th Anniversary year! We just wrapped up our show at Artsmiths in Mt. Lebanon, and are now preparing for our next show at the Manchester Craftsmen's Guild from July 5-August 5. More info to come! In the meantime, look what WOV members are up to....

Mayota Hill has 2 works selected by Chiz Gallery for its Salon des Refuses (Salon of the Rejected) exhibition.  The original Salon des Refuses was an art exhibition held in Paris in 1863, showing works that had been rejected by the official Paris Salon exhibition jurors.  The artists protested vehemently after so many paintings were rejected, and because of this, Emperor Napoleon 111 ordered a special exhibition which could display their rejected work.  Hence the name, Salon des Refuses.  The juror's tastes were considered conservative and academic.  Artists who exhibited inSalon des Refuses included Manet, Whistler, Cezanne, Pissaro.  Manet exhibited his famous painting, Le Dejeuner sur l'herbe, officially regarded as a scandalous affront to taste.  Sooo--- you never know, do yuh? The exhibit opens June 26. 

Member, Christine Bethea recently won an award as producer of the annual event GA/GI Fest (Geek Art/Green Innovator's Festival) from the Pittsburgh Technology Council. GA/GI has been named as one of Pittsburgh's Top Ten projects in Arts and Technology. The award was given at a special ceremony at the prestigious Fairmount Hotel, in downtown Pittsburgh. In addition, her event is part of visual showing of the city's best projects at the Pittsburgh airport. Visitors get to view it as they wait to board airplanes.

Asche Douglas Gallery

Elizabeth Asche Douglas has been honored as the only artist from Beaver County to be selected for the 2016 State of the Art Exhibition, a showcase highlighting the talent, creativity and diversity of Pennsylvania's established and emerging artists. The exhibtion includes 117 works from 34 counties. The work will be on view from June 26 through September 11, 2016 at the State Museum of Pennsylvania in Harrisburg. "Betty" Douglas, in addition to being a nationally known visual artist, is also an accomplished Jazz singer. 

Saturday, February 13, 2016

35th Anniversary Plans in High Gear

Photo Courtesy of Artsmiths
We held our February 2016 meeting at Artsmiths, 1635 McFarland Rd. in Mt. Lebanon, a fantastic new venue that's been open for less than a year, to finish tweaking our plans for our 35th anniversary. Artsmiths is a partnership between the Satterfield brothers (Doug, Chuck and Bob), who owned the barn style building which houses the business, Kate McGrady, who was the visionary for the project and her Creative Director, Kate Wagle Hitmar. 

Artsmiths has represented the work of over 200 local artists, and has a mission to keep the work mainly local, a real boon to Pittsburgh art makers, who are often overlooked or underrepresented in the city's expansion plans. With amenities that also include a cafe and a full scale art gallery on the lower level, Artsmiths will host Women of Visions' first formal art exhibition of the anniversary year in May. 

"We also plan to have a kick-off event for our 35th Anniversary in April at another location, " said Tina Brewer, our new WOV, Inc President, who took over in Janurary. "It's going to be a very full and exciting year. And we're so lucky LaVerne Kemp, was able to connect us with Artsmiths." 

Other upcoming Women of Vision plans include adding new members to its roster, offering a few more exhibitions to round out the anniverary year, and joining the Carnegie Library/Homewood for some community collaboration.  Stay tuned for more details in the upcoming weeks!  

Monday, November 9, 2015

The New Executive Mix and WOV Fills a Surprise Exhibition and more!

A while has past since we were last able to post, but WOV is clearly moving forward with great gusto and enthusiasm. We thought we'd take a break in our extremely busy schedule to give you some highlights. Just before Thankgiving, we held our biannual election. Our new officers for 2016-2018 are:

Tina Williams Brewer--President
Harriette Meriwether- Vice President
Mayota Hill--Secretary
Elizabeth Asche Douglas--Treasurer
Christine McCray Bethea--Financial Secretary
LaVerne Kemp--Past President

As luck would have it, five of these women, along with WOV members JoAnne Bates and Ruth Richardson, are also part of an important show, open to the public now through December 11, 2015--Exposure: Black Voices in the Arts. This showcase features work by over 50 famous, notable and emerging African American artists from he Pittsburgh area. The show is spearheaded by Pitt Instructor, Janet McCall, who is also the Director of the Society of Contemporary Craft. She teaches students at the University of Pittsburgh who seek to learn the inner workings of putting together an art exhibition from the ground up.The exhibit came as an impromptu "call for artists" from Ms. McCall's students, who researching art in the university archives, felt they needed to make a statement about the lack of black culture represented, not only at Pitt, but at art institutions and universities nationwide. Despite some opposition from noted colleagues who felt the show needed black leadership and should not be student initiated, Women of Visions and others were pleased at the chance for visibility at Pitt's Frick Art Building, and applauded the academic efforts of Ms. McCall and the students from her museum studies class. The opening reception held Monday, November 9th boasted 300+ guests.

"Excitement from the exhibit has been overwhelming," said Isabelle Chartier, Guest Curator for the Frick Fine Arts Building in Oakland, where the show is being held. " Because it was so well receieved, Pitt students are planning a catalog and we'll do an online PDF as well so even more people can view the show once it's taken down."

Charlotte Ka and her art from the Voices postcard
Part of Women of Visions' mission is to seek out opportunities of this kind and work with organizations to solicit the inclusion of African Americans in all levels of the city's art scene. We have also spent some time in-house reorganizing. This year, WOV projects have included:  Curating our first major exhibit at the Pittsburgh Center for the Arts in over 15 years--Storyteller: Truth Be Told; updating the guilds bylaws; priming for growth in our membership, and laying the foundation for events to celebrate our 35th anniversary in 2016...Stay tuned for more on that!

Frick Fine Arts Building, Oakland

Saturday, November 22, 2014

Storyteller's Opening Reception at Pittsburgh Center for the Arts

Inside the Gallery/ On the left: Yvonne Palkowitsh and daughter
We're gathering pics to showcase just what happened on Friday, 21, 2014 at the PCA's Guild Shows and Holiday Shop showcase. Women of Visions, Inc, along with the Fiberarts Guild and Craftsmen Guild of Pittsburgh, held a joint event worthy of high praise from all who attended. There were of course those few hiccups (our favorite being the inability to round up our artists because they were having so much fun), but throughout the hours of the show, the crowd was riveted to the work of our esprit de corps. Winner of the Sam Black Award was Yvonne Palkowitsh; and the Anne Tanksley Award went to Ruth Richardson. Ruth Ward's quilt The Birds Are Back was the first purchase of the guild's exhibit with more--we are sure--to come. Here is just a sampling of some of the people and the moments at Storytellers: Truth Be Told!

The wall sez it all! Gateway to the Exhibition halls

Wendy Kendrick w/ Big Mama's Shadow

Lesley Ansley, Brenda Brown and Christine Bethea w/ Brown's Under Authority

LaVerne Kemp w/  Black Moss/Hainted Trees

Mayota Hill w/ The Messenger: Go Tell It On the Mountain
Thanks for the photos Pepper Johnson, Mary Martin, and Christine Bethea and leslie Ansley. More to Come!

Monday, November 17, 2014


Look out! This blog is about to be filled with dozens of great pics of our Storytellers: Truth Be Told! Art Exhibition at the Pittsburgh Center for the Arts, Friday, November 21, 2014 from 5:30 pm to 9 pm. And check back for more info on the accompanying community events in January as well. Our exhibition catalog was designed by Martha Wasik, who also designed books for the other two groups hosting opening receptions in tandem with us and the Pittsburgh Center's Holiday Shop Evening Showcase. This is a very special and festive evening.  Enjoy the bounty of creative talents from three PCA art organizations: Women of Visions, Inc., The Pittsburgh Fiberarts Guild, and the Craftsmen Guild, plus lots of sparkle and shine in the PCA shop with gift ideas from over 200 regional artists! DON'T MISS THIS EVENT.

Friday, November 14, 2014

WOV Women WOW Wilberforce!

Often good news hits our Facebook page before we update our blog! We'd like to congratulate Mayota Hill, Harriette Merriwether, and Tina Williams Brewer for being accepted into the second year of the National Afro-American Museum's Black Heritage Art Show, "Visual Rhythms," in Wilberforce, Ohio. The exhibition runs now through February 28, 2015.

Harriette Merriwether at Ohio exhibition/ Photos by Karen Womack
Mayota Hill at Ohio exhibition

One of our WOV Storyteller's exhibitors, Pepper Johnson, won a second place honor!
Pepper Johnson with award-winning drum