WIVLA's mission is to provide an inspiring forum for women to explore and advance their creative development, to promote their work in the marketplace, and to infuse the community with their spirit of cooperation and invention.

Women in the Visual and Literary Arts is a nurturing place for sharing and growth, where visual artists, writers and other creatives meet in an atmosphere of support and mutual respect.

WIVLA began with a dialogue among Karleen Koen, Janean Thompson and Martha Skow (a writer, an artist and an art consultant) who were members of a professional businesswomen's group. Recognizing the organization’s benefits of intellectual stimulation, camaraderie and networking, these friends envisioned a similar group for women artists and writers.

Much of WiVLA’s success is due to the philosophy, tone and spirit set in motion by its founders at its first meeting in March 1994. WiVLA’s first exhibition was held in May 1995. At that reception, 11 writers gave readings of their works and a unique WiVLA tradition was born. Since then, the organization has held exhibitions and readings in galleries, museums and alternative spaces.

Each month, dynamic speakers give informative and inspiring presentations. We invite you to join us, whether you are on your way to becoming the writer or artist you want to be or are already a seasoned professional.

Please attend a meeting as our guest. WiVLA meets at 6:00pm on the third Tuesday of every month at the Archway Gallery, 2305 Dunlavy St., Houston, TX 77006. There is no meeting in December.


"You may not be able to alter reality, but you can alter your attitude
towards it, and this paradoxically, alters reality. Try it and see."
Margaret Atwood


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