The Regional Center for Women in the Arts

is a 501 (c) (3) non profit corporation formed in 2000.

Our Story extends beyond the borders of Delaware and Chester Counties in Pennsylvania, our center of operations. It began in 1998 when artist Valetta purchased a house with the dream of converting it into a special kind of art center. Out of this dream rose the R.C.W.A.

Our Mission and Goals are to serve and enrich the community by raising money for charities that benefit women in need, highlighting the work of the best regional women artists, providing a library for the study of women in the arts, presenting lectures and panel discussions about women's arts issues, and providing a space for visiting artists and lecturers.

Our Exhibitions and Programs: (selected list)

participants at the Florida workshop

Workshop, mind-body-art, at the Delaware Art Museum

brigitte goutal admires shirt
alan soffer uses a paint tube

^ Brigitte Goutal admires shirt


barb suplee paints on the wall  

^ Barb Suplee paints on wall 

Alan Soffer uses paint tube>              

participants at the Florida workshop

Artists at our RCWA South Workshop/Retreat in Sarasota, Florida.

carol cole speaks about her prize winning sculpture

December 11, 2012

Carol Cole speaks about her prize winning sculpture at the Delaware Center for Horticulture at our luncheon in Wilmington, DE. Also seen are the Blue Line by Tatana Kellner and an installation by Nancy Sarangoulis.  Funds were raised for the Baylor Women's Garden program.

Deb Hagan on the set of "Pee Shy" winner of the award, 2005

West Chester Film Festival RCWA awards "I'm in the Mood for Death" Carolyn London winner RCWA Best Woman Filmmaker, 2008 (below)

(right) Scene from "Twitch", Leah Meyerhoff's award winning film, 2006

Concert of works by women composers at The Arts Scene

A piano concert by Julie Nishimura of works by contemporary women composers in conjunction with an exhibition titled "Harmonies" featuring six women artists whose work
explains in visual form the musicality of art. At The Art Scene.  November, 2006

Award Winning Pianist

Julie Nishimura

Harmonies - Art works by women artists

Children Helping Children, a special exhibition of art work in all media by elementary and middle school children, raised money for the Children's Emergency Shelter in West Chester.

Ceramic Chess Set created by students at the
Montessori School in
Wilmington, Delaware.

Media, PA student working on her painting.

Art donated by women artists, two performances by young Indian Bharatanatyan dancers and volunteer workers and sponsors helped make our fund-raiser for the birthing room at the Good Shepherd Hospital in Putar, India a success.

Bharatanatyan Dancers Perform at the R.C.W.A.

Our first exhibition included twenty-one women artists. All the profits (50% of all sales and 100% admission donations) went to the Friends Association for Care and Protection of Children in West Chester, PA.

The First Art on the Wall: Our new program gives donated original prints to women transitioning from shelter housing to their own homes or apartments.

the fabric of peace quilt
first art on the wall

The Fabric of Peace is an on-going project begun in 2008.  Women artists from around the world are creating fabric swatches which will be assembled to create a quilt. The quilt will be displayed in the United States and abroad. The Fabric of Peace is a positive statement by women, connecting our shared interest in keeping peace in the world.


Guests arrive for inaugural reception at the Regional Center
for Women in the Arts, West Chester, PA



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