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
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.
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
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.
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!
can only speak for myself, but I feel that I am not alone in
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.
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
ago, my college professor told me: "Don't wait for the muse -
you could be waiting forever."
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.
will find more information about the art prompts later in the
newsletter. What fun it will be to see what we can create!
to a creative and productive month!
SEARCH / GOOD SHOP / 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
MEETING - JULY 19,
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.
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
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
MEMBERSHIP MEETING - AUGUST
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
WELCOME BACK, NELDA
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.
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.
is not a contest - all submissions will be published for
everyone to enjoy!
by the 20th of the month to
firstname.lastname@example.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
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.
ado, here is this month's prompt.
ARE HAPPENING SOON_________________________
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.
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 email@example.com.
9/8 from 7:00-9:00 PM, hosted by Lane Devereux in the
Cypress area 77429 for up to 12 guests. RSVP
9/11 from 6:00-8:00 PM, hosted by Diana Weeks in the
Montrose area 77006 for up to 6 guests. RSVP
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 firstname.lastname@example.org.
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 email@example.com.
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 firstname.lastname@example.org.
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 email@example.com.
10/21 from 7:00-9:00 PM, hosted by Cathy Lachin in the
Katy area 77450 for up to 12 guests. RSVP to
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 firstname.lastname@example.org.
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.
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.
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
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.
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.
McClellan received second prize from juror Bert
Long at the 3rd Annual Juried Show at Archway Gallery.
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
news you'd like to share? Send an email by the 20th of the
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.
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.
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
actually got a story written."
is weird; I went home and cleaned off my desk."
is not like me. I'm writing."
found out that I may have more than one book in here."
so glad to be here."
dog ate my manuscript."
are too many distractions."
too hot to write."
leaf blowers, Oprah or children
your writer self and your writing tools and write. We'll be
here and we're saving you a seat!
HAPPENING IN VISUAL ARTS___________________________
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.
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
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
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
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
the show: Invite your friends, post it on Facebook.
We will provide an email invitation to send to everyone.
August 16 - 6:00 WIVLA meeting - pick
up exhibition POSTCARDS to mail
August 17 - Acceptance Notification by e-mail or
August 22 - Email & Snail Mail "Finding Balance"
Postcards with .29 postage & email version to address
August 27 -10 a.m.-5:00 p.m., Delivery of artwork
with signed loan agreement to Museum of Printing History
August 29 - re-email "Finding Balance" Postcard
Invitation reminder to your mailing list for opening reception
September 1 - Opening Reception 6-8:00
October 3 - Pick up artwork between 10 a.m.-5:00
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.
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TO WATERMARK YOUR PHOTO USING PICNIK_______________
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.
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
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
hope this helps and good
GALLERY - 3RD JURIED ART EXHIBITION________________
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!
cannot describe the air of excitement created by fans and
supporters at the opening.
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.
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.
art co-operative shows only its own members' work through the
rest of the year.
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
FOR ENTRIES - LITERARY ART____________________________
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
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
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.
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.
& 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
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.
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.
FOR ENTRIES - VISUAL ART______________________________
General Websites for artist
exhibition Calls for Entry:
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.
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
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.
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.
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.
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
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.
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.
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.
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
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.
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.
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.
contact Anne Taylor if you have studio space
available in west Houston.
you like to post an announcement? Send your email by the 20th
of the month to firstname.lastname@example.org.
WiVLA CALENDAR OF
8, 6:30 p.m.
Oak Meeting House
16, 6 p.m.
of Printing History, 1324 West Clay (Map)
1, 6-8 p.m.
Balance Opening Reception
September 2, 5:30
Soiree hosted by Piyali Dasgupta
September 8, 7:00
Soiree hosted by Lane Devereux
September 11, 6:00 p.m.
hosted by Diana Weeks 77006
18, 4:00 p.m.
hosted by Cookie Wells 77005
28, 7:00 p.m.
hosted by June Russell 77079
4, 7:00 p.m.
hosted by Jean Caslin & Diane Gregory 77008
14, 7:00 p.m.
hosted by Corry Austin 77077
21, 7:00 p.m.
hosted by Cathy Lachin 77450
27, 7:00 p.m.
hosted by Jane Mulholland 77098