Wendy Bertrand Activities with Sitting Room 2020/21

Introduction and Mini Movie  

by Wendy S. Bertrand of her activities 

with The Sitting Room in 2020/21


The Sitting Room is a cozy community free library that was conceived as a unique response to the Women’s Movement 40 years ago and is open to all interested in women’s achievements in the arts and in literature. Currently located in a house surrounded by redwood trees just blocks from Sonoma State University, it provides a destination of books by and about women, with rooms to read and write and converse, accented (pre-pandemic) with workshops and events. This privately funded special library has collected over 6000 publications from donors, its main source.

During a major renovation undertaken amidst the 2020/2021 Pandemic, I was recruited to design new bookshelves for the front room where the fireplace and old carpeting were removed. While the new shelves were being constructed, I offered to exhibit My Self Portrait and three carpets from my series Paying Attention on the open wall designated for the new Bertrand Bookcases.

For people wanting to know more about The Sitting Room, contact J.J. Wilson at her email, boxcar@sonic.net

Four minute Mini Movie for your viewing:   


Speaking at San Francisco Main Library

TUESDAY March 5  Main library talking to audience.LOLA 2. Cas and others at Main Library

Writing Women’s Lives

MAIN LIBRARY     All programs at the Library are free.
100 Larkin Street Latino/Hispanic Community Room A lower level

The Art, Music and Recreation Center of the San Francisco Public Library presents:

San Francisco architect and author Wendy Bertrand will read from her newly published memoir, Enamored With Place: As Woman + As Architect, (Eye On Place Press, 2012), and will discuss the importance of women’s voices in documenting social history.
Her memoir chronicles her experiences as a single mother on a mission to thrive, both personally and professionally. She graduated from the University of California, Berkeley with a Bachelor of Architecture (1971) and a Master of Architecture (1972), after study at the Ecole des Beaux Arts in France. Bertrand graduated at a time when only 3% of registered architects in the U.S. were female. She practiced architecture mainly with the U.S. Navy. She is a founding member of the Organization of Women Architects and Design Professionals. Her feminist values and concern for social justice have informed her design and management decisions, as well as her vision for the future of the profession.


Speaking at OWA – EastBay AIA joint meeting

TUESDAY   February 12, 2013 at 6pm                          The Public is Welcome
Memoirs About Place

East Bay AIA Office
1405 Clay St Oakland, CA 94612
Phone 510 464-3600

Wendy Bertrand, architect/author with Clare Cooper Marcus, well-known landscape architect/educator/author will be speaking about, reading from, and discussing from their careers and memoirs:

Iona Dreaming: The Healing Power of Place (Nicolas Hays, Inc, Lake Worth FL, 2010) www.ionadreaming.com
Enamored with Place: As Woman + As Architect (Eyeonplace Press, San Francisco, CA, 2012) www.youtube.com/user/enamoredwithplace