In light of this historic time, the WHAL Annual Members' Mother's Day Show is going VIRTUAL! Call for Artists Deadline: Friday, May 1
This year's annual art exhibit will be presented virtually with images of all artwork compiled into a video presentation which will be posted on our website, Facebook page and YouTube channel!
Our Judge, Laura Domencic, will review the digital images and select the award winners. We will announce the winners on Sunday, May 10 during an online presentation. Laura will offer insights into her selections with a recorded presentation during our virtual May 21st meeting.
* No entry fee or commission -both will be waived this year.
* All submissions must have been completed within the past two years, not exhibited in a prior WHAL Art Show and not completed in a workshop or under instruction.
* The show is open to all active members whose membership dues are paid in full.
* Each member is limited to two pieces of artwork.
* All mediums are accepted. Original artwork only. No giclees. No diptychs or triptychs.
* Digital registration/art email deadline date: 11:59pm Friday, May 1, 2020.
* Please email submissions to email@example.com by 11:59pm Friday, May 1, 2020.
* Digital requirements for emailed images are a jpeg format. *Image file size is limited to 2.0 MB or less.
* Each image should be labeled as: Artist’s last name, title of piece, year created, and medium (LastName.Title.Year.Medium.jpeg) Example: Smith.Flowers in a Vase.2019.oils.jpeg
* Also, IN THIS SAME EMAIL, please include the title, size in inches and price of each piece.
Note: Artwork that does not meet the above criteria will be disqualified.
We do hope you will join us for our first ever virtual show and look forward to seeing your entries!
Please let me know if you have any questions.
This social distancing has been difficult and we miss seeing everyone so we are going to try to keep the creativity flowing and offer virtual meetings and speakers in April and May!
Members, check your emails for meeting web link and password.
Day/Time: Apr 16, 2020 7:00 PM
Our agenda will be as follows...
7:00-7:30 Business Meeting
1. Open meeting - Welcome
3. Virtual Mother's Day Show info
6. Announcements and also an opportunity to show off some art you have been working on.
7. Close Meeting
7:30-9:00 Virtual demo by sculpture Artist Gadi Leshem
Gadi will start a portrait from scratch and present an intro to materials.
In light of the COVID-19 developments and acting in an abundance of caution, we have decided to cancel the March 19 West Hills Art League meeting. Stay well all!
Please note that in light of the COVID-19 developments and acting in an abundance of caution, we have decided to cancel the March Second Saturday Maker Meetup. Stay well all!
Great fun tonight at the West Hills Art League February Meeting! A HUGE thank you to Chris Fondi for leading us all through mark making techniques and creating our own Art Zines! LOVED IT!!!
By Rita Wilson
When Leah Shuck walks into a room, you might notice her oversized glasses, her chic bangs, and her easy smile. It’s also likely that you’ll notice her original style – especially if she is wearing one of her repurposed outfits. Leah has brought her creativity and energy to WHAL, jumping right in to volunteer to serve on the board as Secretary. Let’s take a peek at what’s behind the woman who is clicking away on her laptop at every month’s meeting to provide us with the minutes.
Leah hails from Huntingdon, PA. She was first inspired to create art by her elementary art teacher who played Beatles music during class, wore Hawaiian shirts, and brought in Iguanas. Motivated by her early experiences, she continues to take art classes in high school. But when her high school art teacher said, “Do you have a Plan B?” Leah turned her direction towards business classes. Luckily, she created a business plan for an Art Therapy office, and her initial love for art was rekindled.
Leah attended Seton Hill University with the intention of obtaining a degree in art therapy. She took all the studio courses that she could fit into her schedule, with a focus on oil painting and printmaking. She soon realized that it was the making of art that stood out to her, and she switched to K-12 art education.
Upon earning her teaching certification, Leah landed a job as an art teacher for West Allegheny High School. She was thrilled to get a high school position, as she finds high school students both fun and challenging. “I like them,” she says, “and no day is the same!”
Teaching art only scratches the surface of Leah’s busy life. While teaching full time, Leah earned her Master’s in Art Education at Carlow University. While there, she took a class on “Creativity” which motivated her to examine re-using items to create art. Her interest in repurposing was further enhanced by a workshop on altered books that she took at Contemporary Crafts, where she realized that she could “do things with those little things and scraps I’ve saved.” With an inclination to create using mixed media, Leah worked on altered books for a few years – taking old books and creating art pieces out of them. With a full-time teaching job keeping her from being able to invest the time into larger works of fine art, this gave her the opportunity to experiment in mixed media on a smaller scale. From there she moved into upcycled and recycled “stuff,” and subsequently launched her website, sustainablestiches.earth in spring of 2018. Leah’s focus has been on recycling and repurposing items and clothing. This art educator has taken creativity to a new level.
After living briefly in Coraopolis and Ben Avon, Leah bought a house in Carnegie, where she has resided with her dog, Xander, an eight-year-old pitbull, for the last four years. She has set up a studio in the basement with a drafting table and separate areas for sewing, and she continues to explore fiber arts and creating new clothing out of old clothing. When she’s not making art, she likes to read, walk Xander, or cuddle on the couch with him and watch Gilmore Girls repeats.
Between her job, her projects, serving as the PA Art Education Association Representative, and volunteering as the West Hills Art League Secretary, Leah still makes time to attend workshops to “keep the ideas flowing.” She has also started Second Saturday Maker Meetings, a time and space for people to get together and make art. Whether it’s in a workshop or in the classroom, Leah says, “I want everyone to have the opportunity to be as excited about art as I am!”
Thank you to everyone who came out to our January Pot Luck meeting! Great artwork and snacks were shared. Welcome to our two new members Alaina and Karen! Also thank you to Garrett from the Artists and Craftsman's Supply for allowing us to play with the guilding materials and for the samples.
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