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Femme Cartel announces Graphic Artists

20 Jun


Saturday, July 9, 2-4pm. Second Saturday art opening.

Friday, August 5, evening hours. First Friday art closing.


Oakland-based art curator duo “Femme Cartel” has assembled a provocative poster art show that promises to move hearts, minds, and feet. This show — at Naming Gallery on 15th Street from the Second Saturday in July through the First Friday in August —  represents an inspired and conscious look at the current cultural moment, as our beloved city of Oakland struggles with violence and gentrification and, yet, hope; as the nation grapples with its largest mass shooting ever; and during the summer of an extremely controversial presidential primary.  

This Graphic Design Art Show features screen printing, street art posters, silk screening, woodblock prints, illustration and general graphic designery in printed poster form. While the themes are indeed diverse, the 18 carefully-selected pieces that comprise the show are connected by the theme of artists who convey political, uplifting and/or powerful messages that insist on a better world. Tender messages that whisper sit alongside forceful messages that demand.

“We specifically sought out work that would be stunning to look at from an art perspective as well as truly inspiring from a political and human standpoint,” said Christina Bohn, one half of the Femme Cartel curatorial duo.

In spite of themes that can push viewers to grapple with harder issues, Femme Cartel art openings are known as bustling, upbeat, and diverse events.  “It really doesn’t get any better than a Femme Cartel art opening,” says Leanne “Elrod” Rodriguez, an artist who has shown with Femme Cartel, “The audience range is massive and the vibes are sensational. I can’t get enough of it.”

While the quality of the art always comes first, Femme Cartel highlights female artists front and center. In June 2011, Femme Cartel formed to celebrate female artists, diversity, and contemporary urban art. “In the mainstream art world, male artists are given a disproportionate share of the press attention, financial backing, and art shows,” explains Emily “Femily” Howe, the founder and co-curator of Femme Cartel, “we’re changing that—and much, much faster than anyone could have imagined.” Since their beginnings, Femme Cartel has highlighted the work of over 200 female artists (plus youth artists as well as a few male artists with strong, relevant work.).


Femme Cartel is beyond thrilled to have selected the following artists:

  • Addendum24
  • Brittany Luby
  • Design Active Collective
  • Emily Cruz
  • Kelly Autumn
  • Krissy Teegerstrom
  • Lost Boy Illustrations
  • Mer Young
  • MF Urbi
  • Mimi Williams
  • Monica Magtoto
  • Oree Originol
  • Renee Castro
  • Vanessa “Agana” Espinoza

See the list of all artists who have shown work with Femme Cartel.


Femme Cartel: Emily Howe & Christina Bohn, 



13 Apr


for a Graphic Design Art Show by Femme Cartel

This Summer of 2016 Oakland art show will feature screen printing, silk screening, woodblock prints, illustration and general graphic designery in printed poster form. (For the show, you will need to print your piece at 11”x14”,  plus, sell a set of exclusive prints.)

femme cartel poster art

Big love to artists Favianna Rodriguez, Barbara Kruger, Melanie Cervantes and, and Nikki McClure for their inspired imagery.





The show, organized by Oakland-based Femme Cartel, will be an inspired and conscious look at the current moment, through poster art focused on what’s going on locally in our city of Oakland, nearby in California and in the Bay Area, and nationally in the heat of the summer leading up to the U.S. presidential election. This group art show will focus on art/designs with political, uplifting and or fierce messages that are on making the world a better place for all, especially on the following themes:

  • Femme/feminist issues,
  • Race/cultural politics,
  • Current social/political movements, and/or
  • Life and change in today’s exact moment in Oakland’s history.


  • If you have an idea you’d like to propose, email a link to your online portfolio or social media presence that represents the work you would create PLUS a quick note telling the curators your intended theme (or text if you’ve gotten that far) and the type of media (i.e. screen print, adobe InDesign, silk screening, hand painted) you’d like to do for the show.


  • APPLY TO BE IN THE SHOW: By 5/18/2016 at 6pm sharp.  
  • To keep the show cutting edge and relevant, all artists/designers are encouraged to make new, current work for this show. If you have something already created that you feel is current and is “poster art”, do submit it!
  • FIND OUT: By the end of May 2016: Femme Cartel will notify all applicants.




  • At the lady-run, super-fresh Naming Gallery, on 15th St in downtown Oakland.


  • Artist gets 50% of all work sold, including prints.
  • Femme Cartel will sell work on behalf of the artists. (All work must be for sale.)



Femme Cartel(.com) curates gorgeous, provocative contemporary art shows, mostly in Oakland and San Francisco, by kickass artists and designers who happen to be female.

Finding Your Fans

23 Jul


Find Your Biggest Fans (& Collectors).

To help you get your artwork into the hands and eyeballs of the people (collectors) who would buy it…we’ve polled some of our favorite art world pals to get their advice for you.

Before you get a gallery working for you, you should be hitting up contest watchers and Bay Area Art grind. Apply to everything. Especially New American Paintings. I got so many collectors and gallery inquiries from my feature in that publication.
-Jessica Hess, artist (art site)

Do you. Make your art visible. Be happy. Make friends. Make sacrifices. + Do you.
-Joanne Ludwig, curator, artist, and arts-events-maker (All Lady Warrior Zine + Art Show | Saturday, July 26)

…One thing Oakland likes/needs to some extent, needs, is free programing. By offering free space (in my shop/gallery) to host a free book shop, I created a “free program,” if you will, for my shoppers. They can buy and the can shop for something for free!
-Lisa Aurora Calderon, Gallery Owner (Naming Gallery Tilde vintage/contemporary boutique)


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3 Mistakes with Galleries

28 Jun

To help you figure out the gallery world so that your work can really shine, we’ve polled some of our favorite art world folks to get their advice for you.

Tips on avoiding 3 big mistakes new artists make…with galleries:

1. (Dont get discouraged.) Submit to the right galleries. Don’t waste your time or get discouraged by approaching galleries who just don’t show your kind of work. Kristi at Rock Paper Scissors gallery says, “Be thorough! Do your research on the gallery specifics/call for art, what type of work is shown/desired.”

2. (Don’t be rude.) Be the kind of person galleries love working with! “Follow up and always punctually show for meetings,” Kristi advises, “Galleries have a tight schedule so be respectful and kind throughout the process. No gallery I know will work twice with a rude artist, no matter how great their work is.”

3. (Don’t be caught off guard by the gallery!) Know exactly what each art space expects. “Devour your contracts so there are no surprises and you are prepared for your obligations,” encourages Kristi.

 Rock on…

…and shine your art and message out there! …. Let us know in the comments if you have additional suggestions.

If you found these tips useful,

Please share this piece–we want to reach and help more emerging artists than just those in our current circle!

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Our Printed Instagrams Show

24 Jun

For Immediate Release. Media Contact: Femme Cartel:



Opening Night: Friday August 1, 2014 from 6-9 PM. (FB invitation)

Curated by Femme Cartel. At Rock Paper Scissors Gallery (2278 Telegraph Ave. Oakland, CA).


(Photo credits: Kenny Robinson, Maija Burnett, Michelle San Agustin, Amber Schadewald)

Oakland, California- Femme Cartel is pleased to present their upcoming photography show, “Beyond Breakfast and Selfies: Instagram Shots of Everyday Life”. The show opens at Rock Paper Scissors Collective on August 1, 2014 during Oakland Art Murmur and runs through August 30, 2014.

Beyond Breakfast and Selfies is a photography show that explores the beauty, the funkiness and the sweetness of everyday life. “Selfies and food shots seem to flood Instagram feeds and we wanted to see the more artful, creative moments that people were documenting” says co-curator/producer Christina Bohn, “Instagram is such a huge part of life now and we are really only just starting to see art shows focusing on this four year old medium.” The show features Instagrammers from California as well as from around the world, some of whom are professional photographers, while many are showing their work for the first time.

The photos selected by Femme Cartel range from gorgeous, lush natural landscapes to sweet, intriguing city vignettes and a balanced assortment of everything in-between. “We knew that we wanted the show to view like a fine art photography show, but unlike our past shows, there wasn’t a theme chosen beforehand. We used our curatorial intuition, this time, so the show is a rich blend of emotionally resonant work that truly is fine art photography” says co-curator/producer Emily “Femily” Howe.  Out of around 1,300 images that were submitted, the duo narrowed down the selection to 100 pieces that will be printed as 4” x 4” squares, courtesy of Social Print Studio and framed by Tiny Mighty Frames.

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The show also highlights the curatorial eye of Femme Cartel one the duo has honed since 2011. “You can see a little bit of Femily, a little bit of me, and a whole lot of the Femme Cartel girly/urban art vibe in this show” says co-curator/producer Christina Bohn.

While the quality of the art always comes first, Femme Cartel highlights female artists front and center. In June 2011, Femme Cartel formed to celebrate female artists, diversity, and contemporary urban art. “In the mainstream art world, male artists are given a disproportionate share of the press attention, financial backing, and art shows,” explains Howe, “we’re changing that by shining the spotlight on talented female and other under-represented artists and connecting emerging artists to gallery spaces.” Since their beginnings, Femme Cartel has highlighted the work of over 200 female artists (plus youth artists as well as a few male artists with strong, relevant work.).

While nearly all of their group shows have included photography, this is the third show that is exclusively focused on photography, and ninth show produced by Femme Cartel. Previous photography shows focused on the San Francisco foodie scene and Oakland as a fashion/style hub. Femme Cartel has also shown the work of mixed media artists, traditional fine artists, and sound artists.





(Photo credits: Leah Korbin, Nicole Gervacio, Antonette Streeter, Alison Millar)



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  • Alexandra Nazari  |  @AlexandraNazari
  • Alicia Dornadic | @adorndesign
  • Alison Millar  |  @Slightlysurly
  • Amber Schadewald  |  @aschadewald
  • Antonette Streeter  |  @Scenebystreeter
  • Brittany Ko  |  @savethelizards
  • Brittany Luby  |  @technicolorbrit
  • Brook Vanderford  |  @brook_v
  • Carmina Eliason  |  @carminaeliason
  • Caroline Egan  |  @coeurdela
  • Christopher Byrne  |  @atrophybeauty
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  • Elena A. Harper  |  @elenaarielle
  • Erin Fenley  |  @erinwithan_e
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  • Jane C. Allen  |  @janecallen
  • Jen Firlik  |  @jenfir3000
  • Jes Espinoza  |  @Jespi78
  • Jessica Davies  |  @jdmetalworks_
  • Jose Vaca |  @mav_rik
  • Juli Elin Toro  |  @Sunfunnels
  • Juliette Spirson  |  @spirson
  • Kaitlin Trataris  |  @kaitlintrataris
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  • Lila Kahn  |  @lilakahn
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  • Maria Fatima Urbi  |  @Paloma_in_black
  • Marie Metran  |  @mcm1216
  • Michelle San Agustin  |  @quichemeesh
  • Mollie Ito Roark  |  @mollitoroar
  • Monica Palos  |  @monicamarie5
  • Nam Black  |  @handxfire
  • Naomi Thompson  |  @NaomiStrange
  • Natasha Wilder  |  @Tashiworld
  • Nicole Dargahi (NDar)  |  @ndargahi
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Femme Cartel Announces SOLO SHOW for Elrod

29 May

Femme Cartel is beyond psyched to announce a solo show by Femme Cartel artist Elrod.





We have always been over-the-moon for her art and swoon swoon swoon for Betti Ono gallery, our incredible gallery space for art, community & culture.

(If you would like Femme Cartel to connect you to a perfect space for your solo show or to help you with the publicity, email Or just stay in the loop about opportunities by joining our monthly newsletter list.)

VaVa Vroom! Art by Elrod

A Glittering Shrine to Kustom Kulture and the Big Haired Beauties Who Love it

Opening Night: Friday July 4, 2014 from 6-9 PM

Oakland, CA – Betti Ono gallery (1427 Broadway, Oakland, CA 94612) is pleased to present VaVa Vroom!, a debut solo show by mixed media artist Elrod. The exhibition opens to the public Friday, July 4, 2014 from 6-9 pm during Oakland Art Murmur and runs through August 9, 2014.

VaVa Vroom! is a contemporary art show created by Elrod as a sparkling celebration of kustom kulture and the big-haired beauties who love it. “Car culture is clearly a male dominated scene and women within this subculture are often seen as just hood ornaments or decoration. I felt compelled to show that there are plenty of ladies out there who are just as passionate and invested in the lifestyle as much as the men, and look damn good while they’re doing it” Elrod explains. “I hope to portray my version of female “custom culture” by honoring the time old tradition of getting dolled-up. This is how some of us customize ourselves- big hair, winged eye liner and maybe a little sparkle here and there.”

To glorify the female experience and give space to the women in her favorite cultures and subcultures, Elrod has assembled a show of bold, vibrant, glittery paintings about independent women, big hair, car culture, and overall exuberance of personality. While the show is a hot collection of sexy images of women, Elrod’s women are substantial, holistically interesting, not just sex objects. They balance femininity and power. With their firm eye gazes and mischievous depth of personality, they are not only gorgeous, but demanding of attention. So often are the images in the subculture created by men, it is time to show it from the perspective of a woman.

Elrod’s work sells out often before finishing it; mainly as a result of her sharing her works in progress on Instagram. Her Snooki series was highlighted in Hi Fructose: The New Contemporary Art Magazine, her low-rider art was featured in Lowrider magazine [October 2013], where she confessed her love for, “beautiful cars, gorgeous women, people with pride and sparkly paintjobs.”





Elrod will provide key opportunities for the community to engage with her work during her time at Betti Ono. The opening party on Friday, July 4th, Independence Day, will be an over-the-top celebration of all things sparkly (including glitter bombs). Guests will find a hot summer Oakland art party, full of contemporary art, independent women, kitsch, glitter, roller skates, and music. The event will serve as an over-the-top alternative July 4th celebration, toasting American cultures and subcultures that are often overlooked, such as Mexican-Americanness, lowrider scenes, and drag/femme cultures. Put simply, VaVa Vroom! is a shrine to the over-the-top, to the power and allure of culture and to powerful feminine sexiness.

Her encore/closing party on Friday, August 1, will feature Elrod’s sculptural work in a shrine to big hair and a large-scale collaborative art sculpture drawing from piñata culture.

Additionally, as a part of Oakland Saturday Stroll, Elrod will offer a glitter workshop (details to be posted on her web site) for aspiring through advanced glitter artists (aimed to teach the world how to not make a glitter mess!)



Leanne Rodriguez (b. 1985) is a contemporary mixed media artist aiming for total art world glitter domination and beyond. She spent a majority of her simple Southern California youth in solidarity and pursuing her “arts and craps” [as her older brother called them]. It was obvious to her family that her artistic interests would dominate her future. In her early 20’s, she left the states on a 2 year sabbatical to Columbia where she adopted the moniker “Elrod” and befriended a female drug lord and bordello Madame named Cha-Cha Blanco who taught her the loyal and merciless ways of the cartel underworld. Elrod returned to the states and proceeded to recruit her own underground fellowship of chubby female Hispanic art gangsters, known as 3XL or “Tres Xrazy Locas” who perform her miscellaneous illegal bidding. Currently, with a studio on the highest peak overlooking the entire Bay Area, Elrod spends her time making art and mischief and continuously expanding her arsenal of skills. She not only does specialFX makeup, glitter resin casting, silk-screening and  bedazzling but also instructs her highly popular underground glitter workshop “Glitter 101.”


Betti Ono’s mission is to inspire limitless creativity, presenting multidisciplinary arts, media and performance exhibitions, programs and experiences with a slant towards experimentation and independent thinking. The art space includes a commercial gallery, performance venue and retail shop that connects downtown Oakland with the City’s vibrant Uptown Arts & Entertainment District and was founded by Anyka Barber in 2011.


  • Interview with Betti Ono founder/curator Anyka Barber
  • Interview with artist Elrod
  • High-resolution images and artist biography all available upon request
  • Contact: Anyka Barber


Nearly 150 Instagrammers submit work

17 Apr

Nearly one hundred and fifty lovers of Instagram submitted more than a 1300 photographs for consideration for the photography show Femme Cartel is curating.

True to Femme Cartel’s mission,

  • 70% of the entrants are female
  • more than half identified as “artists of Color”
  • ~50% expressed another identity (such as queer, Oakland native)
  • ~50% said this would be their first time in an art show, and
  • 20 artists ID-ed as “youth”

While Femme Cartel highlights SF/Oakland-area artists, primarily, submissions came in from locations including Nigeria, Australia, Germany, Norway, Mexico, Canada, North Carolina, Texas, New York City, and LA.

On Saturday, April 19, the curators will review and select the artists for the show, which will take place at Rock Paper Scissors gallery in the heart of Oakland “first Fridays” Art Murmur. Shortly after selection, all artists will be notified via email.

Then, the Femme Cartel community and the public will be notified, first via the Femme Cartel newsletter. To find out which artists are selected for the show and to hear about other Femme Cartel shows, news, and opportunities, sign up for our old fashioned email newsletter! 

Tips: 3 Key (Online) Ways to Boost Your Art Career

31 Mar

We know you’re busy making art, rocking out, making the world a better place, and loving up your community (and maybe even still working a day job or two).

But that doesn’t mean you can’t have a rockin online art presence. And make some $$ while you’re at it. Here are our latest tips for emerging artists.

  1. Invest in high quality photos of your art. If your art is incredible but your photo quality stinks, no one will know how badass your art is! (If you can’t pay a photographer full price, try finding a new photographer who will swap photography for art!)
  2. Sell your art 24-7. Have a web page where your fans can buy your art even while you’re creating more!
  3. Befriend the right social media—for you! Find the platform(s) you feel comfortable with–and excited about! (You don’t need to be on every platform; you just need to be consistent and authentic on the ones you’re on.)

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Also, we’d love to hear what works for you: let us know in the comments below what you think!


Femily & Christina

CALL FOR ART: Deadline April 15

3 Feb

We’re gearing up for a visually stunning Instagram show at Rock Paper Scissors Collective in Oakland this summer (August 2014).

This concept is fine art photography that happens to come in Instagram form.

Think gorgeous shots of everyday life, especially arty, city-centric Instagram snaps. As always, bonus points for lady photographers, first-timers, artists of Color, and youth artists.

Submit up to ten of your favorite Instagram shots hereDeadline is April 15, 2014.


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New Artists Announced

19 Jul

Femme Cartel is excited to announce the artists who were selected to participate in the “Oakland Style” contemporary urban art photography show in October 2013.

The show will question, explore, and celebrate personal style, independence, fashion, and identity…in our vibrant, resilient, diverse, creative, stylin city of Oakland.

The photography highlights individuals living, working, playing, activating, flirting, and makin it happen in Downtown/Oakland Metro, Uptown, East Oakland, West Oakland, Jack London Square, Port of Oakland, North Oakland, Peralta Junction, Lake Merritt, China Hill and Temescal.

Congratulations, artists:

See the list of all artists who have shown work with Femme Cartel.