April 2011


WiVLA's Mission: 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.

In this Issue
Synchronizing Our Calendars
Letter From the Editor
Membership Meeting Recap
Upcoming Membership Meeting
New Member Profile
Connie Buchanan
Member News and Accolades
Prison Reform Film Festival
Call for Entries
Good Places to Write and Draw
Women's Scholarships
Cafe Express
Calendar of Events



It is a great honor to be chosen as president of WiVLA and I thank you for your confidence in me. Taking over from the excellent leadership of Jeanne Haner gives me a head start. Jeanne will continue to support the board in the ex-officio, past president position for the coming year. Only two individuals left the board permanently - Connie Buchanan, secretary, and Cary Reeder, membership chair. Both of them deserve our praise and thanks for the good work they have done in service to WiVLA.


Diane Gregory, Rebecca Kveton, Jennifer Watson, and Jean Caslin continue to serve in new positions. Diana Meade, Terry Tompkins-Walsh, Anna Phillips, Elizabeth Earle, and Corry Austin continue to serve in their existing positions. And Cathy Lachin, Kathleen Merritt, Donna Durban, Andrea Waguespack, Piyali Dasgupta, and Royce Ann Sline are joining the board. Thank you to each one for making a commitment to WiVLA's future. See the board roster at the end of this newsletter for a list of positions and contact information.


This year, with the help of WiVLA's board and members, I will continue to work to make WiVLA a more influential organization in the Houston community and recognized as a premier arts organization for women. I will ask the Visual and Literary Co-chairs to work together to plan a collaboration show, a signature WiVLA event that our members always get excited about. I will work with the board to stabilize our finances and secure the ECO Fund grants and Gold Key scholarships we care so much about. Above all, I will listen to your concerns and ideas with an open mind and seek solutions to problems by drawing on the rich, creative, and thoughtful intelligences of our members.


I look forward to hearing your ideas and concerns. You can contact me at wivla.lanedev@yahoo.com or at 281-373-9658.


Warm regards,


Lane Devereux

SYNCHRONIZING OUR CALENDARS                                                          

by Lane Devereux


The board, with membership approval, made many positive changes to the structure of WiVLA last year by updating and streamlining our bylaws. As the calendar turned over from 2010 to 2011, we realized that we had missed one item. WiVLA's various activities, including our fiscal year, our membership year, our board year, and the Advisory Committee year are not synchronized. It is time to get everyone on the same calendar year. To this end, the board voted at our March meeting to put all activities on a calendar year basis beginning in 2012. This means a shortened board year and membership year for 2011; however, the board believes that this inconvenience is worth the benefits to WiVLA. If you have any questions or concerns about making the change to a unified, calendar year basis for WiVLA, please contact me to discuss it.


Hello everyone,


Touching back on what Jennifer said in the February newsletter, change is in the air! I hope you are enjoying the new layout of WiVLA VOiCES, as we go green to help the environment.  Additionally, this will be the first month with our new board of directors and yours truly as the newsletter editor. Jennifer has done a fantastic job with the newsletter and has been a tremendous help in showing me the ropes!  


I am looking forward to serving WiVLA as the newsletter editor. If you have any questions, suggestions, story ideas, or member news, please contact me at newsletter@wivla.org.


Best Wishes,


Andrea Waguespack

Trisha Keel
Trisha Keel presenting her Feng Shui for Creativity program
at the March meeting.
The March meeting program, "Feng Shui for Creativity" presented by Trisha Keel, was enthusiastically received by more than 50 members. Following her delightful talk, Trisha answered questions from the audience and this continued during the dinner at Cafe Express. For those of you who missed the program, Trisha has shared her handout which can be printed as a PDF file. Feng Shui Handout




ECO Fund Awards and Presentations


Please join us for the 2011 ECO Fund Awards and the presentations by the previous recipients, Bonnie Blue and Diana Weeks. Following the announcement of this year's fellowship winners and the jurors for the awards, Bonnie and Diana will give a short overview of how they used the $1000 presented to them at the April 2010 meeting. We will then go to Café Express on West Gray, around the corner from the Museum of Printing History, for our Dutch treat dinners and camaraderie. Please join us! 



My name is Sara Buchanan and I am a full-time student at UH-Downtown. I like to

write poetry, music and do calligraphy. I find music to be the most beautiful

form of artistic expression. If there were no such thing as music, there would

be no such thing as Sara. I will leave you with a quote that most calligraphers

will appreciate... Bad spellers of the world, UNTIE!




Connie and Jeanne


Connie Buchanan (left) has served WiVLA well over the many years of her membership. It was with honor that Jeanne Haner presented her with the first Founders Award and Certificate of Appreciation at the March meeting. As a token for her dedication and generosity, she was given a sterling silver founders pin - a sister to the pins that Karleen Koen, Martha Skow and Janean Thompson were given last year at the 15th Anniversary Celebration. It was especially fitting that Connie's granddaughter and new WiVLA member, Sara Buchanan, attended the meeting to join in the celebration. Thank you, Connie!   



Ann Bellinger Hartley was the juror for the awards for the Beaumont Art Exhibit, Beaumont, Texas.


Ann Hartley and Janet Ruffin have work in the "Portals" exhibit at the Dragonfly Gallery in Austin, Texas. The exhibit will open Thursday, March 17 from 5-7 p.m.


Sharon Worley is giving an artist's workshop in acrylics at the West Bank Art Guild in Westwego, Louisiana on Saturday and Sunday June 25 & 26. She delivered a paper "Racine's Phedre and the Criminalized Femme Fatale: Gender and Primogeniture in Neoclassical Tragedy" at the Consortium of the Revolutionary Era on March 3-5 in Tallahassee, Florida.

Mylène Dressler has accepted an appointment to be the Visiting Writer-in-Residence at Guilford College, North Carolina, for 2011-12.

Joan Son debuts new work in a major exhibition at the Houston Center for Contemporary Craft / Artist Hallway: PART GEOMETRY/PART ZEN. It will be on view from April 9 to June 12 with an opening reception on Friday, April 29 from 5:30 to 8 p.m.

Joan Son's Montrose studio will be open for an ArtWalk on Saturday, April 16 from 10 to 4, featuring Joan's paper art and visiting artists Kay Nguyen, Lee Benner, Nanci Engle, Marguerite Belkin and Jan VanLiere in conjunction with the East Montrose Home Tour.

Cookie Wells will have her paintings on exhibit at Anderson Fair during the ArtWalk.

Janet Hull Ruffin has work in the following shows: "Portals," Society for Layerists in Multimedia regional exhibition at Dragonfly Gallery, Austin, Texas, March 8-May 6, 2011, and "Fusion" featuring Rosanne Hudson & "TXT" 10+ Artists, Archway Gallery, April 2-May 5th. Visit http://10plusartists.blogspot.com

Dune Tencer, Donna Villarreal, Cary Reeder, Sue Liska, Kay Sarver and Kate Matthiesen were accepted into the Visual Arts Alliance 28th Juried Open Exhibition 2011, which will be held at the Continental Building, 1600 Smith Street, Houston, Texas on the Concourse Level. Tencer will be showing her ink-on-paper piece titled "Dance of Nirvana," Reeder will be showing two of her paintings, "Good Fences" and "Better Homes and Garages," Liska will be showing her painting "Late Again" and Sarver will be showing her piece, "Daydreaming." Matthiesen will be showing two of her abstract paintings on paper. The opening reception will be Friday, April 8, from 6 - 8 p.m. The show will be on view untill April 30, 2011.

Donna Durbin, Carol Scott and Sally Worthington of the Phoenix Art Group are exhibiting at Mixed Emotions Gallery, 95 Tuam from March 11-April 1, 2011 showing a variety of media including sculpture in bronze, papier mache and "found" materials, photography, collage, fiber, mixed media and paint. Hours are M-F, 9-5 p.m. or by appointment, call: 713-861-9666.

Karleen Koen will be on a panel with Jennifer Weltz, co-owner of the Jean Naggar Agency, at the Historical Novel Society Conference in San Diego in June. Her novel, "Before Versailles," comes out June 28. Booksignings are set up at Murder by the Book and River Oaks Book Store in July.

Cary Reeder's painting Left Behind has been selected for the Texas National 2011 exhibition. The show runs from April 9-May 21, 2011 at the Cole Art Center, Stephen F. Austin State University in Nacogdoches, Texas.


Claudia Kleefeld has two solo exhibitions curated from her latest body of work, "Patterns of Nature: The Spiral & Interconnectedness." The exhibitions will be held in Chicago, Illinois during March and April 2012 at the Woman Made Gallery (http://www.womanmade.org), and in Los Angeles, California during December 2012 at LA Artcore (http://www.laartcore.org).



The Prison Reform Film Festival 2011 is dedicated to using cinema to inform and inspire citizens about the need for change in the U.S. prison system, which houses a quarter of the world's prisoners in a nation containing 5 percent of its population. The festival will be held April 2-3 at the Museum of Fine Arts, Houston, with an Oscar-nominated film. At Rice Media Center on April 8-10, the vision of founders Jean and Dominique de Menil will be acknowledged by screening a dozen eye-opening documentaries. Discussion panels throughout will encourage audience response. The festival poster can be downloaded and printed on 8.5" x 14" paper from:

For more information, contact co-organizers Elizabeth Stein at 281-989-6556, or Ray Hill at 713-523-6969, or visit http://theprisonshow.org/festival.html.



The Writers Block International Writing Competition is accepting submissions of short and feature length scripts and manuscripts of all genres including documentary, horror, sci-fi, Wiccan, fiction and nonfiction, Religious/Spiritual, animation, and Gay/Lesbian for their 2011 competition. Deadline is October 29, 2011. For more information, visit http://www.spacetaker.org/field_guide/artist_opportunities/call-entry-2011-writers-block-international-writing-competition.   



The Serie Project is accepting applications for 2012. The organization offers a nonprofit Artist in Residence (AIR) program, with the mission to promote Latino artists as well as to grant access to the serigraphy technique. The deadline is Aug. 26, 2011. For more information, visit http://glasstire.com/?page_id=25824&id=20.


The Art in Public Places program seeks to commission professional visual artist(s) living or working in the state of Texas, to create works of art at three municipal pool sites: Barton Springs, Bartholomew, and West Enfield. The deadline is Monday, April 25, 2011. For more information, visit http://glasstire.com/?page_id=25824&id=32.


Houston Community College Art Gallery is looking for artwork for its 2011-2012 gallery. Deadline is April 15, 2011. For more information, visit http://glasstire.com/?page_id=25824&id=19.


The Power of Self is accepting self-portraits for their 2011 competition. Deadline is April 15, 2011. For more information, visit http://www.artistswanted.org.


Artists Alive & Well Members Only Juried Show: "In-site" is accepting entries. Deadline is April 12, 2011. For more information, visit:



The Northbrook Public Library 9th Annual Juried Art Show is accepting entries for 2-3 and 3-D digital media submissions. Deadline is May 31, 2011. For more information, visit http://www.northbrook.info/artshow/2011. 


The Photo Center NW is accepting entries for its16th Annual Photo Competition Exhibition. This year's exhibition theme is focused on land and water, and anything related - open to interpretation. Deadline is May 14, 2011. For more information, visit http://pcnw.org/gallery/call-for-entries/16th-annual-photo-competition-exhibition.



By Cary Reeder



1219 Marconi (off Montrose and West Clay), Phone: 713-524-2591


The Montrose is one of my favorite neighborhoods to visit but I've never wanted to live there. It's always felt a little too hip, cosmopolitan, and fast for me compared to the bucolic, small town charm of the Heights. It's not that I'm not cool or anything; I did play bass guitar in a new wave/punk band in the early 80s after all. Still the area feels a little too aloof for my liking, and that's why I am just giddy about Bungalow, a new coffee house/gift shop/clothing boutique in the neighborhood.


Bungalow adds a much needed touch of sweetness to the Montrose. Dare I say, a bit of Heights-like charm? Bungalow is run by the mother/daughter team of Denise and Katie Skorka. I learned from Denise that their original plan was to open a gift and clothing boutique with coffee as a minor element, but after a few months in business it was clear that what the neighborhood really wanted was a coffee house. Bungalow still sells gifts and clothing but their primary focus is now coffee, and you know that coffee makes this writer hap, hap, happy.


General Atmosphere: Bungalow is absolutely adorable. It would be like walking into my own house if my garden had flowers instead of weeds, my living room was clean instead of strewn with old newspapers and a layer of cat hair, and there was a friendly woman in my kitchen ready to make me a frothy, delicious latté instead of my cat Oreo waiting for me to turn the water faucet on for him. Bungalow has the feel of a nice bed & breakfast with homey decorations, comfy couches and chairs with lots of pillows, and a general feeling of warmth.


Features:  Where do I begin? Bungalow has a lot going for it. The location is just about ideal if you live in-town. It's conveniently located right off of Montrose Boulevard, down the street from the Museum of Printing History, but seems a world away from all of the hubbub of city life. There are two cozy seating areas inside the converted house - a front "living room" with couches and chairs, and a more secluded back room with a couch, desk, table, and counter to sit at. There are also several tables and chairs outside in an absolutely idyllic setting under a canopy of trees, as well as more seating and a swing on the front porch. Bungalow has free WIFI and, drum roll please, lends out iPads to customers for free. Beware: iPads are so much fun that I had to turn mine back in so I could finish this column.


Coffee and Comestibles: Bungalow uses locally roasted beans for their coffee from Java Pura, which scored points with me because I like supporting the little, local guy/gal. I had my usual latté which was nice and strong, and gave me the fortitude to get through a hard day of writing grant proposals. I also spied several delicious and very fattening-looking pastries, brownies, and the like but because I would like to be able to continue buttoning my pants without lying down on my bed, I abstained from trying them.


When to Go: I visited Bungalow on a Wednesday morning and it was nice and quiet. I get the sense that it's always nice and quiet here. They do not serve alcohol or meals so you will not run into the happy hour or lunch crowd here. My best guess it that anytime is a good time to go, as long as they are open.


The Verdict: I fell head over heels in love with Bungalow the moment I walked through its garden arch. What a sweet, welcoming respite from the cold, cruel world. The next time you're having a bad day, grab your laptop or sketchbook and head over to Bungalow. I guarantee that it will help chase the blues away, no matter how cranky, petulant, or cantankerous you may feel.



Have you found a Good Place to Write or Draw in your neighborhood? We encourage and invite WiVLA members to be guest columnists. Contact the editor for details.




Who can apply for a scholarship from The Professional Group (TPS)? Any woman with true financial need, who is beginning/continuing college or taking a class, is eligible to apply. Applicants may not be recent graduates. Last year, TPG awarded six scholarships ranging from $250 to $2000. It is best when a member of The Professional Group nominates the candidate. Please contact Patricia Rumble (WiVLA and TPG member) for an application and information on the nomination process at trish@mtherapy.com or 713-784-9400. The final application deadline is Friday, May 27, 2011.



Cafe Express

After every WiVLA meeting, we migrate over to Cafe Express for dinner and conversation. In March, five of the board members lunched at Cafe Express-River Oaks with the specific goal of giving Milton Williams (L) and Craig Orr (R) this Certificate of Appreciation on behalf of WiVLA and its Board of Directors.  A big thank you to

Cafe Express - West Gray for their exemplary customer service! 



Lauran Perry English was a vendor (Seabreeze Expressions) at the Women's Conference at Moody Gardens, where Elizabeth Gilbert, author of "Eat, Pray, Love" was a guest speaker, on Thursday, March 31. She mostly sold her "Seashell Seascrolls," and photo/poetry/cards.

WiVLA member Ann Bell is participating in the annual Midtown Visions Cultural Arts Tour on Saturday, April 9, from noon until 5 PM. Her studio at 2711 Main #114 will be open to visitors. WiVLA members & guests are cordially invited. Art Venues from Midtown to the Museum District will have special activities that afternoon. For more info, call Ann Bell at 281-330-3827 or visit www.AnnBell.net.



April 11, 6 p.m.

WiVLA Board meeting  

Live Oak Meeting House


April 19, 6 p.m.  

Membership Meeting: ECO Funds Awards and Presentations 

Museum of Printing History, 1324 West Clay  (Map


For a complete list of upcoming events, visit the WiVLA calendar.



Lane Devereux   


Diane Griffin Gregory   
Vice President     


Cathy Lachin   


Diana Meade


Kathleen Merritt   


Rebecca Kveton   


Jean Caslin   


Terry Tompkins-Walsh   


Anna Phillips   
Visual Co-Chairs


Donna Durbin   
Visual Co-Chairs


Elizabeth Earle   
Literary Co-Chairs

Corry Austin   
Literary Co-Chairs


Andrea Waguespack   


Jennifer Watson   
At Large


Piyali Dasgupta   

At Large


Royce Ann Sline     


At Large


Jeanne Haner



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