The Indiana Women’s Caucus for Art met in October for a presentation from member Teresa Wolf.
Born and raised in Santiago, Chile, Teresa came to the United States four decades ago so that her husband could complete his advanced degree at the University of California, Berkeley. However, during her absence, Pinochet took power of her beloved Chile, and the volatile political climate forced them to stay longer, until they found their life was now in a new land. Teresa’s work reflects the flavor of her homeland culture while embracing the influences of the country she now calls home.
Teresa shared many of her works in slides, talking about the techniques and materials she uses, as well as the themes of social justice that her recent work has focused on. You can find out more about Teresa’s art on her website, https://www.teresagrevewolf.com/ and her Instagram page.
Katharine Schmidt at Fire Arts, July 7- August 25, 2023
“I work in ceramic sculpture and mixed media using the human form, sometimes realistic, sometimes not, to explore the vague anxieties, confusion, and spiritual hunger that come from living through rapidly changing times.
Since childhood I have studied archaeology, archetypes, and mythology, so it is no surprise that motifs from these sources tend to show up in my work. Many of us feel that the worlds of our youth and young adulthood have disappeared forever, and we often feel displaced. The advantage of using historical imagery is that I am reminded that many wonderful worlds have come and gone before us, and that what we are going through is nothing new to the human experience.”
The IWCA gathered at the South Bend Museum of Art and 12 members and visitors viewed the exhibit that just opened. Acumulation and Revelation, works by Julie Tourtilotte and Nicole Havekost, is in the SBMA Warner Gallery Until August 27. Here are a few words from each of the artist statements:
“My textile work in this exhibition was produced over a two-year period beginning in early 2021. One thread that connects all of the pieces is my interest in expanding my knowledge of and direct experience with natural dyes, a fascinating subject with deep histories and cultural importance in many parts of the world.” Julie Tourtilotte
“I am fascinated by bodies. They are magical and glorious and gross and bewildering…Stitching, sewing, constructing, assembling–I have been doing this to make bodies and body parts for over twenty years. Piercing, pulling, closing; each stitch is both aggressive and restorative.” Nicole Havekost
After looking at the exhibit and reading and watching the documentation we moved to the “knitting lounge” and enjoyed discussing the show and sharing news about what we have been working on.
A group of IWCA members traveled to the Lubeznik Center for the Arts in Michigan City, IN, for a curator led tour of the exhibit We Are Us: The Human Condition, led by Lora Fosberg. This was an engaging “inside look” at each piece in the exhibit and the choices involved in putting together a group of artworks to display together. This exhibit continues through February 24, 2023.
IWCA member Liz Roetzel is a multi-media artist presently living and working in South Bend. She has lived all over the country, doing many interesting jobs and making her art. Liz selected works from her Snake Bowl series to show here.
“I began painting them after I received a “visitation” from a snake in my apartment in Chicago. I’m convinced it was from my dear brother who had died a few weeks earlier, telling me to face my fears. Simultaneously it was about rebirth (his then, and mine in various subsequent life changes.) Over time I also came to recognize it as a symbol of healing, flexibility, and resisting temptation. “
Fire Arts Gallery is hosting an exhibition of new IWCA member Cindy Cooper’s ceramic work entitled “Gifts from the Sea”. The exhibit runs from September 2- October 28, 2022. Cindy will be giving an artist talk on October 7. The gallery is located at 305 E. Colfax Ave, South Bend, IN 46614.
Seventeen IWCA members have work represented in Around the Bend, at the South Bend Museum of Art. The exhibit will run through June 26, 2022. Pictured (clockwise from top) are works by Liz Roetzel, Susan Ward and Jessie Lentych Lloyd.
IWCA continues to offer opportunities to share work in progress at our monthly ART SHARES. This month we met at the South Bend Museum of Art, toured the Around the Bend Exhibit, then gathered to see five artists present their most recent work. This is a casual, relaxed setting for showing what you are doing, or just taking a look at what other members are up to. Keep your eyes open for the next ART SHARE on IG and Slack.
IWCA is initiating an Art Share opportunity for our members each month from 3-5 PM at Good Shepard Montessori in South Bend.
Monthly Art Share 3-5 p.m. Sundays: April 10 May 15 (third Sunday) June 12 2022 Join us from 3-5 pm the Second Sunday of each month to discuss and appreciate each other’s artwork. 15 minutes each will be spent on 6 artists. Show up even if you don’t sign up. Follow the link below to RSVP to share your work. https://forms.gle/N8xWUjDLmhCzdvGv6 This is a great opportunity for social interaction, sharing our creative energy and artwork. Hope you can join us! Good Shepherd Montessori School, 1101 E. Jefferson Blvd., South Bend, Indiana 46617
Here are a few photos from The March 13 Art Share: