August 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
Letter From the Editor
Good Search
Quote of the Month
Membership Meeting News
New Member Profile
Art Prompt - NEW!
Soirees Are Happening Soon
Member News & Accolades
Wordsmyth Theatre News
Writing Group News
What's Happening in Visual Arts
Watermark Using Picnik
Archway Gallery
Cultured Cocktails
Call for Entries
Calendar of Events

LETTER FROM THE PRESIDENT__________________________________


Dear WiVLA Members,


WiVLA is having an exciting summer. We had top-notch speakers in June and July and the buzz at Café Express afterwards went atmospheric. Members are sharing a cornucopia of innovative and creative ideas with each other and the board. It is great to see and feel the enthusiasm about our future.


August also promises to be terrific because it is a Circle of Five meeting. For new members, Circle of Five is a chance to show and tell your WiVLA colleagues about your artistic work. A short piece of writing, a painting, or photograph, whatever your creativity produces. At the last one, a singer/songwriter sang for her group and the other lucky groups nearby! Don't be shy. This is not a critique group, but a friendly sharing. In addition, it is another chance to become aware of potential collaborators for the 2012 Collaboration Show.


Speaking of collaboration, the Soirees planned for September and October are filling up. (See the Soiree article for dates, locations, and contact information.) Don't miss these opportunities to discover the perfect partner or two for an artistic adventure. In my experience, collaborations take people to unexpected places where the scenery is stunning.


Entries for the Finding Balance Print and Photography Show are in and being juried right now. Good luck to everyone who submitted work. Please join us on Thursday, September 1 from 6:00 - 8:00 PM at the Museum of Printing History for the opening reception and literary reading. Besides the creative outpourings of talented women in the visual and literary arts, we'll be serving delicious hors d'oeuvres and beverages. I'll look for you there!


Warm regards,


LETTER FROM THE EDITOR______________________________________

Hello everyone,


I can only speak for myself, but I feel that I am not alone in this sentiment:


I woke up one morning recently filled with the excitement of knowing I have an uninterrupted day of writing ahead of me. Housework - check. Cats fed - check. Suspiciously loaded my husband's golf clubs in his car and shooed him out of the house - check. I imagined fresh, blank paper awaiting my words. Today is the day I will create, I thought.


I sat down at the computer, my fingers ready to strike the keys. Nothing happened. So I stared out the window for inspiration. Nada. Flipped through my mental Rolodex - has anything interesting happened to me lately that I can write about? Nope, nothing. I was uninspired. After about half an hour, I claimed defeat.


Years ago, my college professor told me: "Don't wait for the muse - you could be waiting forever."


So, on that note, I have a challenge for you. Let's not wait for the muse - let's grab art by the horns and just do it. I am excited to tell you that the WiVLA newsletter is now offering a monthly art prompt to serve as a stand-in muse and to help get the creative juices flowing. This is designed to be a fun, low-pressure way to get ourselves back in the saddle and to have a non-competitive avenue to showcase our art.


You will find more information about the art prompts later in the newsletter. What fun it will be to see what we can create!


Here's to a creative and productive month!    


Andrea Waguespack

GOOD SEARCH / GOOD SHOP / GOOD DEED_________________ 

By Lane Devereux


Good Search/Good Shop is easy to do. It's painless and it puts money in WiVLA's treasury when you search the Internet or buy things. You keep meaning to do it. So just do your good deed now. Go to Good Search and follow the directions. You'll be glad you did. 

QUOTE OF THE MONTH_____________________________________ 



"There is a vitality, a life force, an energy, a quickening that is translated through you into action, and because there is only one of you in all time, this expression is unique. And if you block it, it will never exist through any other medium and will be lost. "  


-Martha Graham



Have a favorite art-themed quote? Send it to newsletter@wivla.org - it could be our next Quote of the Month. 


MEMBERSHIP MEETING - JULY 19, 2011__________________________

By Connie Buchanan


Shelley Roth knows social media - there's no question about that!  Her knowledge is mind boggling!  In order to help her with her presentation she decided to do an "interview" and asked J-Coby Wayne to help her.  She covered all aspects of social media (web site, Facebook, Twitter) in enough detail to give a feeling for it.  She emphasized the question of ownership: on your website you own the material and control; on Facebook, etc., they own it and you have no control. She discussed the various settings you can use to have more control over who sees what.


She was asked about the new Google Plus.  She is a participant in the beta testing of this (no surprise there), and is impressed with it.  She feels that it will challenge Facebook in the marketplace, which won't be bad for consumers.


Shelly said that her company will be offering free workshops to explain how to navigate the mysterious byways of the different social media available to us.  As I am fond of saying, I like to do my social networking face-to-face, but after Rita Mills last month, and Shelley Roth, even I am beginning to think there might be something there I should learn.

MEMBERSHIP MEETING - AUGUST 16____________________________   

August's meeting will be the much-anticipated Circle of Five meeting. It gives members a chance to share their favorite projects and ideas among a supportive group. Bring your paintings, poems, and photos and enjoy a fun night with fellow artists!  

After the meeting, we will
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!

WELCOME BACK, NELDA GILLIAM!_____________________________  


I just moved back to Houston from Dubai 3 weeks ago after living there for 13 years.  It is good to be back home even though right now it feels surreal.  I am in the throes of getting my home and my life organized and am waiting for my household shipment to arrive in August.  I am ready for a new chapter of my life to begin, but will miss the excitement of living in the Middle East.


- Nelda Gilliam

ART PROMPT______________________________________________  

By Andrea Waguespack


This month, the newsletter is going to feature something new: an art prompt. We hope it serves as a great way for us to share our work casually and to break out of any creative blocks we may have.  


Each month, a phrase or picture will be posted in the newsletter to serve as a prompt. Members will have until the 20th of that month to create art from that prompt - a photograph, sketch, poem, prose - ANYTHING! The entries will be posted in following month's newsletter.  For example, this art prompt was released August 1. Members will need to submit their entry by the August 20 deadline. The entries will be posted in September's newsletter.     


This is not a contest - all submissions will be published for everyone to enjoy!  


Send submissions by the 20th of the month to newsletter@wivla.org. Members may submit up to 5 entries. Submissions may only be for that month's prompt. Visual art will need to be submitted in digital format as a .jpeg image.   Literary art must be submitted in .doc format and can be no longer than 2 pages.  


If the muse hits you and you have more than 2 pages, feel free submit a sample of the work. You can post your work in its entirety on your website or blog. Make sure to add your website link to your submission so that members can be directed to your website to read the rest of your work.    


Without further ado, here is this month's prompt. 



August 2011 Prompt:  





SOIREES ARE HAPPENING SOON_________________________ 

By Lane Devereux  


Don't wait or you'll miss your chance to share an evening of conversation and camaraderie in an intimate setting. They are scheduled and filling up. Here is the list with all the pertinent information, including the locations. Bigger groups will have more diversity; smaller groups will be more intimate. You choose, but email your preferred hostess soon or you may be disappointed.  


Friday, 9/2 from 5:30-8:00 PM, hosted by Piyali Dasgupta at Winter Street Studio, Houston 77007 for up to 15 guests. RSVP to piyalidasgupta@hotmail.com.


Thursday, 9/8 from 7:00-9:00 PM, hosted by Lane Devereux in the Cypress area 77429 for up to 12 guests. RSVP to wivla.lanedev@comcast.net.


Sunday, 9/11 from 6:00-8:00 PM, hosted by Diana Weeks in the Montrose area 77006 for up to 6 guests. RSVP to dianaweeks@att.net.


Sunday, 9/18 from 4:00-6:00 PM, hosted by Cookie Wells in the Rice University area 77005 for up to 8 guests. RSVP to wadsworth@sbcglobal.net.


Wednesday, 9/28 from 7:00-9:00 PM, hosted by June Russell in the Memorial/Briar Forest area 77079 for up to 20 guests. RSVP to jrrbug@aol.com.


Tuesday, 10/4 from 7:00-9:00 PM, hosted by Jean Caslin & Diane Gregory in the Heights area 77008 for up to 4 guests. RSVP to dianeggregory@gmail.com.


Friday, 10/14 from 7:00-9:00 PM, hosted by Corry Austin in the West Houston area 77077 for up to 8 guests. RSVP to corry@sbcglobal.net.


Friday, 10/21 from 7:00-9:00 PM, hosted by Cathy Lachin in the Katy area 77450 for up to 12 guests. RSVP to cplachin@yahoo.com.


Thursday, 10/27 from 7:00-9:00 PM, hosted by Jane Mulholland in the River Oaks area 77098 for up to 10 guests. RSVP to mulholland.jane@gmail.com.  



Piyali Sen Dasgupta participated with the PrintMatters group in Houston for the Rockin Rolling Print event. Piyali created a 3-panel, wood-carved print titled Fall.


Lauran Perry English exhibited photography/digitally enhanced art, some with poetry, and a selection from Seashell Seascrolls at the Zen Art Space with StartArt from July 15-24. The opening reception for the Island Art Gallery on NASA Parkway is August 6.


Mary Carlisle's poem, Unfinished Ode, was published in the Texas Poetry Calendar 2012. Her poem also was awarded Honorable Mention by judge Barbara Ras, director of Trinity University Press. 


Donna E. Perkins' paintings are on display at the Daily Review Cafe through August 21. The paintings are in the dining area and in the banquet room, so please ask to see the banquet room, too. The Daily Review Café is located at 3412 West Lamar Street, just off Dunlavy. Phone: 713-520-9217.


Michelle O'Michael received the Texas Executive Women's award Woman of Excellence for the Federation of Houston Professional Women. Michelle will be recognized at the Federation's Awards Gala on September 17, 2011 at the Hyatt Regency Downtown. A reception and silent auction start at 5:30 PM and dinner at 7:00 PM.


Eileen McClellan received second prize from juror Bert Long at the 3rd Annual Juried Show at Archway Gallery.


Sandy Stromberg's poem "Mixed Messages," about Istanbul, was accepted for publication in the 2011 issue of Colere, Coe College's journal of multi-cultural creative writing; and the Texas Poetry Calendar has accepted "Giving Up the Herd" for its 2012 calendar.  


Have news you'd like to share? Send an email by the 20th of the month to newsletter@wivla.org. 

WORDSMYTH THEATRE NEWS__________________________________ 

By Elizabeth Earle  


The first reading of Mildred's Umbrella Theatre Company's Fresh Ink Reading Series will be in collaboration with Wordsmyth Theatre, another company that strives to present bold, original work.  


Wordsmyth found the play, and Mildred's thought you'd love to hear it and tell them what you think. Galaxy Blink, by Francesca Sanders from Portland Oregon, and directed by Trish Rigdon, will be performed on August 15 at 7:30 p.m. The event will be held at Spacetaker, located at 2101 Winter Street, Suite B11, 77007.

WRITING GROUP REPORT_____________________________________ 

By Diana Meade


Hello WiVLA Writers,


I would like to remind you that the WiVLA writing group is fulfilling its intention of writing at the SOSA Community Center in Spring Branch at 1414 Wirt Road, Houston, TX 77080. The hours are from 9 a.m. - noon Tuesday mornings until August 30.



  • "I actually got a story written."
  • "This is weird; I went home and cleaned off my desk."
  • "This is not like me. I'm writing."
  • "I found out that I may have more than one book in here."
  • "I'm so glad to be here."

Not overheard:  

  • "The dog ate my manuscript."
  • "There are too many distractions."
  • "It's too hot to write."
  • Snoring, leaf blowers, Oprah or children

Bring your writer self and your writing tools and write. We'll be here and we're saving you a seat!

WHAT'S HAPPENING IN VISUAL ARTS___________________________ 

By Donna Durbin   


As I write this notice for the August newsletter, it's five days before the "Finding Balance" deadline. I congratulate each of you who submitted an entry. It takes courage for artists to share their creative self and risk exposure. Overcoming that fear, stepping out of our comfort zone opens a door to new possibilities. We grow. We learn new skills, step forward to claim our creative voices and risk not only rejection, but also success.  


For an artist, each juried exhibition adds credibility to your resume and visibility in the art community. "Finding Balance," our first juried show, is one of the opportunities WIVLA provides to build your confidence and experience.  


Whether your work is juried into the show or not, you succeeded in overcoming your procrastination, fear of rejection and annoying voice of self-sabotage. You've succeeded in sharing your creativity with WIVLA. I thank you. I feel honored by your courage and determination to create. That's reason to celebrate. I look forward to a fabulous exhibition. See you there.


Save the Date: Thursday, September 1, 2011- 6-8:00 p.m. will be the opening reception for "Finding Balance," our WIVLA Juried Print and Photography Show, at the Museum of Printing History, located at 1324 West Clay. Please invite your friends to join us in an evening of creative celebration to see the artwork and hear the readings of our members. The show continues through October 1, 2011. Hours: Tuesday-Saturday 10-5, closed Sunday and Monday. For more information: 713-522-4652


Volunteer to bring something for the reception: A great opening always includes good food and beverages. Please volunteer to bring your favorite canapes or hors d'oeuvres to the reception. Email Anita Long or call her at 713-667-9736 to tell her your contribution.


Promote the show: Invite your friends, post it on Facebook. We will provide an email invitation to send to everyone.  


Tuesday, August 16 - 6:00 WIVLA meeting - pick up exhibition POSTCARDS to mail

Wednesday, August 17 - Acceptance Notification by e-mail or phone

Monday, August 22 - Email & Snail Mail "Finding Balance" Postcards with .29 postage & email version to address book

Saturday, August 27 -10 a.m.-5:00 p.m., Delivery of artwork with signed loan agreement to Museum of Printing History

Monday, August 29 - re-email "Finding Balance" Postcard Invitation reminder to your mailing list for opening reception

Thursday, September 1 - Opening Reception 6-8:00 p.m.

Monday, October 3 - Pick up artwork between 10 a.m.-5:00 p.m.


Stay current in the Houston art scene and see what's new on the gallery walls! It's a great way to meet other artists, become familiar with gallery directors, get inspired, see professional framing and themes, check out artists' statements and have a fun, free evening of entertainment.   


Sign up for the following weekly newsletters by emailing them at the addresses below:


Norma Comstive: ncomstive@sbcglobal.net 

Anthony Palasota: apalas@tsulaw.edu. He can also be followed on Facebook and Twitter.

Dennis Jones: drjones@red-hand-art.com.


By Diana Meade    


At Tuesday's meeting, I mentioned that you could use Picnik to watermark your photos. If you would like to (try to) prevent unscrupulous people from taking your images when you post them in social media sites and on your own web pages, watermarks might be a deterrent.


After I spouted off, I decided I better check out the site and I realized that if you have never attempted to do this before the task might be a little daunting. Because there is no explanation on Picnik and because I am very familiar with how frustrating it can be to try to intuit how "easy" something is, I decided to create a tutorial that hopefully will make sense.


This tutorial turned out to be too long for the newsletter, so I put it on my blog page. Here is the link if you want to try it out: Energize Your Creativity.


I hope this helps and good luck!


By Anna Phillips    


I had the delightful experience of attending the opening of this very popular Annual Art Exhibition on Saturday, July 9, 2011. The art space in this beautiful gallery was so well installed that each piece had excellent exposure for the throngs of people who came to the opening. To add to my delight, I was soon very aware of the fact that many of the pieces on display were from WiVLA members - 9 members in total - quite an accolade to our visual artists!


Words cannot describe the air of excitement created by fans and supporters at the opening.  


This year, two WiVLA members received honors from Juror Bert Long: Eileen McClellan was awarded Second Place and Karen Smith was awarded Honorable Mention. Congratulations to Eileen and Karen! The other WiVLA members with work in this exhibition are Marguerite Baldwin, Lane Devereux, Margaret Dobbins, Margaret Howell, Rona Lesser, Marlene Llanes, and Diane Webb. Congratulations to each one of them, too.


Three years ago, the artists at Archway Gallery decided to hold an annual open juried art exhibition. The quality of art shown at these events has been notable and has only served to raise awareness of this wonderful gallery.  


This art co-operative shows only its own members' work through the rest of the year.


If you have not yet had the chance, I strongly recommend that you visit Archway Gallery's website and learn more about the artists and the gallery. Visit them at the Archway Gallery website.

SAVE THE DATE: CULTURED COCKTAILS___________________________ 

By Jennifer Watson       



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Save the Date: Thursday, September 22, 2011 from 5-10 p.m. 


On September 22, WiVLA will be the featured organization of Cultured Cocktails, a fundraising and marketing event created by Spacetaker to support local arts organizations. A portion of the proceeds from the evening benefit WiVLA programs and services - so the more people you invite, the merrier! Join us as we raise a glass (or 2) to the women of WiVLA! 


The event will be held at Boheme Cafe and Wine Bar, located at 307 Fairview at Taft.  For more information, click here.  


See you there!    

CALL FOR ENTRIES - LITERARY ART____________________________   


Good Housekeeping is hosting a writing contest for short stories no longer than 3,500 words. First prize is awarded $3,000 and a chance to be published in the May 2012 issue. For more information, visit Good Housekeeping.    


Mildred's Umbrella is now accepting submissions for their annual Museum of Dysfunction.   They are interested in short scenes, one-person shows and monologues 15 minutes or less. Deadline is August 15. For more information, Mildred's Umbrella. 


Pandora's Theatre in Houston is seeking original theatrical pieces for its February 2012 show, Vox Feminina. Submissions can be monologues, duet scenes, one acts - anything that celebrates the feminine spirit. Email submissions to Pandora Theatre.


Mozelle Memoir Writing Contest (Writers' League of Texas) is accepting submissions. Deadline is September 15. First place will receive $500 and publication on the Writers' League website and blog. Download the guidelines and entry form.


Boundaries & Borders. The Women of Color Writers' Community seeks unpublished writing and artwork. The theme is living within, overcoming, and/or challenging the confines of culture, status, condition, and/or geography. Deadline September 1. Fee $10. Click here for guidelines.


Call for submissions: The Ship Sailed Without Me: Poems, Stories and Essays by Women Who Missed their Chance at Motherhood. Well-crafted works that address grief, anger, regret, and reconciliation. Send brief bio and submissions by September 1 here


Paper Nautilus is accepting short fiction, poetry, and aphorisms. All styles welcome. Submissions due August 15 for next issue, but accepted year-round. Work encouraged from emerging and established writers. See website for details. Submit work here

CALL FOR ENTRIES - VISUAL ART______________________________   

General Websites for artist exhibition Calls for Entry:






The Pearland Chamber of Commerce is looking for artists to display their work in the Chamber offices. If you're interested, call Samantha Foley at (281)485-3634.


Buchanan Gallery in Galveston is accepting entries for "Water Works," a juried competition to premier August 27 at the ArtWalk. Deadline is August 5. Call for Artists: Buchanan Gallery


The Arts Alliance at Clear Lake is accepting entries for their Body Image Invitational & Juried Exhibition. This will be an all-media, any medium, two- and three-dimensional exhibit. Deadline is Saturday, August 6. For more information, visit www.taaccl.org. 


Avenue CDC's 15th Annual Art on the Avenue is accepting entries. Entry deadline is September 1, 2011 for Art on the Avenue Silent Auction. The event will be held Saturday, November 12, 2011. To participate, complete the form.   


The 2012 Materials Hard & Soft, National Contemporary Craft Competition and Exhibition in Denton, Texas is accepting entries. The deadline is September 9, 2011. The exhibit will be held February 3-March 30, 2012. For more information, visit www.dentonarts.com. The prospectus can be found here.


Visual Arts Alliance 29th Juried Membership Exhibition at the Continental Center 1 opening November, 11. Deadline for entries is Friday, September 30. For information to join and enter, visit the Visual Arts Alliance.


18 Hands Gallery is accepting entries for "Interwoven III," a juried exhibition that will be held October 22-30 in conjunction with the International Quilt Show in Houston. All areas of fiber art are eligible. Deadline is September 15, 2011. For full details, visit their website.   


FiberPhiladelphia 2012 is accepting entries through October 31, 2011. The Outside/ Inside the Box Exhibition, held March/April 2012, will showcase fiber/textile art. The online application can be found here. For more information, click here.


Womenarts Quarterly Journal seeks essays, fiction, poetry, visual art, reviews and interviews by women. For submission guidelines and more information, visit their website.  


Inkwell seeks poetry, prose, and artwork submissions for both its Spring 2012 and Fall 2012 issues. The Fall 2012 issue's theme is "Living on the Edge." The Spring 2012 issue does not have a theme. Reading period is August 1-November 15. For more information, click here.    



Maryann Gremillion is facilitating a workshop in collaboration with TrueYou Creativity Studio on Saturday, September 24 from 9:30 AM - 1 PM. This workshop is an exploration for women on how writing and art stimulate the creative process. For information and registration, visit TrueYou Creativity.  


Dune Tencer invites you to her Solo Art Show and 60th birthday party on September 9 from 6-9 pm. The event will be held at JoMar Visions Gallery at the Hardy Nance Studios, located at 902 Hardy St.  


Ann Bell is offering one-day workshops, with all supplies provided, to help stretch your creative limits. Classes through Labor Day are listed at her website.  


Writers in the Schools (WITS) seeks 10-12 creative writing teachers who can teach the joy of creative writing to young people. Employment is part-time, typically 2-6 hours of teaching one day a week from September - May. For more information, visit WITS.


Please contact Anne Taylor if you have studio space available in west Houston.


Would you like to post an announcement? Send your email by the 20th of the month to newsletter@wivla.org.  

WiVLA CALENDAR OF EVENTS_________________________________  


August 8, 6:30 p.m.

WiVLA Board meeting  

Live Oak Meeting House


August 16, 6 p.m.   

WiVLA Member meeting 

Museum of Printing History, 1324 West Clay  (Map)   


September 1, 6-8 p.m.

Finding Balance Opening Reception 


September 2, 5:30 p.m.
Soiree hosted by Piyali Dasgupta 77007


September 8, 7:00 p.m.
Soiree hosted by Lane Devereux 77429


September 11, 6:00 p.m. 

Soiree hosted by Diana Weeks 77006


September 18, 4:00 p.m. 

Soiree hosted by Cookie Wells 77005


September 28, 7:00 p.m. 

Soiree hosted by June Russell 77079


October 4, 7:00 p.m. 

Soiree hosted by Jean Caslin & Diane Gregory 77008


October 14, 7:00 p.m. 

Soiree hosted by Corry Austin 77077


October 21, 7:00 p.m. 

Soiree hosted by Cathy Lachin 77450


October 27, 7:00 p.m. 

Soiree hosted by Jane Mulholland 77098


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


WiVLA BOARD MEMBERS_____________________________________  


Lane Devereux   


Diane Griffin Gregory   
Vice President     


Cathy Lachin   


Diana Meade


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


Pattie Berg




Jeanne Haner



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