Board of Directors
July 1, 2017 - June 30, 2018


Susan Gesundheit

Vice Presidents/Exhibitions
Eva Andry

Vice Presidents/Programs
Lorraine Bubar, Mar Arbella

Membership Chairs
Pat Derby, Judy Heimlich

Corresponding Secretary
Anne Marie Keene (Ferreira)

Recording Secretary
Liz Tucker

Susan Price


About Us
Founded in 1921 in Laguna Beach, Women Painters West is a non-profit membership corporation with educational, benevolent, fraternal, and charitable objectives. Originally created under the name of The Woman's Art Club of Southern California, the organization saw two name changes before officially becoming Women Painters West in 1983.

Many of Women Painters West’s early members were among the great early California women artists including notables Mabel Alvarez, Kathryn Leighton, Elsie Palmer Payne and Donna Norine Schuster, whose works were featured in the Autry Museum of Western Heritage special exhibition Independent Spirits — Women Painters of the American West, 1890-1945.

In recent years, Women Painters West has been comprised of some 250 professional women artists working in all mediums committed to the practice of art. Women Painters West includes among its members art instructors in all levels of art education. Many members exhibit individually in galleries, museums, and universities and have been recognized and honored nationally and internationally. Membership is by application and juried selection.


Networking Lunch Reservations
Joan Boral


Constitution and Bylaws

Past Presidents

Fact Sheet




As an educational and philanthropic association, Women Painters West has created a scholarship fund to award outstanding art students in the Southern California area to realize their academic and career potentials. In addition, our programs include philanthropic assistance to community art programs as well as enriching and enhancing members' professional opportunities.These programs build on Women Painters West's goal of assisting in the development of emerging artists throughout the community.

     Our Mission Statement

     We are a diverse group of professional artists who work together to:

        — Promote the spirit of fellowship among members;
— Recognize and elevate the standard of creative work;
— Enrich and enhance members' professional opportunities through
    exhibitions and other activities;
— Encourage and provide financial assistance for the development
    of emerging artists;
— Offer philanthropic aid to the community.