August  2012


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
Quote of the Month
Entry Deadline for "A Heroine's Journey"
WiVLA Lands a Two-Month Exhibition at the Central Library
An interview with Nancy Wozny
The Mayborn Experience
July Meeting Recap
Membership Meeting on August 14: Circle of Five
An Easy Way to Earn Money for WiVLA
Members show their "True Colors"
Request for Prayers
Like Us on Facebook
Member News & Accolades
Call for Entries - Visual Arts
Call for Entries - Literary Arts
Calendar of Events

LETTER FROM THE PRESIDENT_______________________________



Dear Friends,


The once-a-year event that supercharges my creativity and craft more than any other just happened: the Mayborn Literary Nonfiction Conference. This year's theme, Crossing Genres, proved to be exceptionally fruitful. The keynote speakers, Luis Alberto Urrea, Richard Rhodes, and Isabel Wilkerson, commented on craft and the writering life in equal measure, inspiring me to take up my work even more vigorously than I have been.


Carol Watson, who also attended the conference, has written a stirring report on her experience that appears a little later in the newsletter. Do not miss reading it! Next year, I would love to see a WiVLA contingent dipping into the well of writing refreshment that is the Mayborn.


On the way up to the Mayborn, I read aloud Donna Howell-Depew's book, Improv Your Way on the Stage of Life All Day, Every Day, to my husband so he could appreciate and share in the wonderful lessons Donna imparted at our July meeting. It is so satisfying when we as WiVLA members can learn and laugh together as we did that evening.


Our August show and tell meeting, Circle of Five, is another unique WiVLA program that blesses us with the opportunity to get to know each other and our work a little better. If this is your first Circle of Five, do not be shy. Bring something you are very proud of and want to show off. You are guaranteed an interested and enthusiastic audience of other WiVLA members.


I am looking forward to seeing many exciting and thoughtful prints and photographs at our next exhibition, A Heroine's Journey. Submitting online is simple and easy, thanks to the hard work of our visual co-chairs, our webmistress, and a variety of testers. Look at the article farther on in the newsletter and join in! Also, look for my announcement this month of a special exhibition WiVLA will have in 2013.


Warm regards,








LETTER FROM THE EDITOR_____________________________________


Greetings all!


I would like to introduce myself, my name is Diane Door. I have lived in Houston for the last 12 years. I moved here from Northern California. I am a poet and working on my first novel. I also do collage art. I know that I have not had the privilege of meeting everyone in WIVLA yet, but, look forward to getting to know everyone.


If you have anything you would like to see in the newsletter please feel free to email me at dianedoor@gmail.com.


QUOTE OF THE MONTH______________________________________ 


"Do the thing you think you cannot do."    
-Eleanor Roosevelt



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


By Donna Durbin


August 10 is the entry deadline for A Heroine's Journey, our membership Print and Photography Exhibition at the Museum of Printing History to be juried by Sara Kellner. You still have time to enter. This will be a fabulous show. I can't wait to see how you've interpreted the theme. Each of us has a story to share with our creative talents and what a wonderful venue to showcase our work.  


This is the first year for our new online entry form (click here to download.) Remember to deliver your artwork to MPH on August 18 from 2-5:00 p.m. All art not selected for the show can be picked up on Tuesday, August 21, 3-7:00 p.m. before our August Circle of Five meeting.


I've already got a great group of volunteers who've signed up to help with different parts of the exhibition. Thanks in advance to each of you. Your art, plus a couple of hours of your time and bringing wine and eats for the reception make it possible to create such an incredibly special event. Please join us for the opening reception on August 30, 6-8:00 p.m. The exhibition runs from August 30-October 6, 2012.  


Send in me a note at visual@wivla.org or call 713-893-7363 to find out how you can help, even if you're not entering the show. We want everyone to participate.

WiVLA LANDS A TWO-MONTH EXHIBITION AT THE CENTRAL LIBRARY GALLERY!__________________________________________

By Lane Devereux


 WiVLA members will be exhibiting their work at the Houston Public Library - Central Library in March and April 2013 in conjunction with the National Council on Education for the Ceramic Arts annual conference in Houston. The theme for our show, Earth/Energy: Through Women's Eyes, responds to the conference's theme Earth/Energy


Artists may submit ceramic pieces or ceramic-inspired paintings, photographs, and mixed media pieces for this important exhibition. Writers may submit work for a related literary reading planned for this exhibition.


WiVLA will get wide exposure through this exhibition and associated reading. It is our chance to "infuse the community with our spirit of cooperation and invention." Let us do this right by getting started soon. We will need volunteers to prepare the prospectus, coordinate the exhibition and reading, and put on the reception. Will you help?


Please let us know of your interest in making the Central Library exhibition the best we have ever held by emailing info@wivla.com to volunteer and to give us your ideas for the show.

Nancy Wozny



A Perfect Equation: Nancy Wozny turns love of art + stories into her dream job

By Jennifer Watson  


Long before Nancy Wozny took the helm at Arts + Culture Magazine, she served on the board for Women in the Visual and Literary Arts. She remembers sitting in the auditorium of the Museum of Printing History and hearing then President Kelly Sanford recite a piece written by Wozny's son for the Scholastic Gold Key Award. It was a great moment for her, a moment that sparked a friendship with Sanford that continues today.


 Her time with WiVLA has been punctuated by other great memories, like when she led a workshop in Feldenkrais movement at a member retreat, and, at another meeting, presented as guest speaker during Video Night. Wozny's fondness for WiVLA runs deep, so deep that when I introduced myself to her as a writer and WiVLite in 2010 at the opening of Fotofest, a smile as big as Texas lit her face. We connected that night, exchanged information, and shared an interview with an exhibiting photographer.


 As many WiVLA artists, Wozny possesses a talent in both genres. She also has the ambition to parlay her passion for performance arts and her knack for the literary into a career as a freelancer. In 2006, she left her position at Baylor College of Medicine to write full-time. Today she contributes to publications such as Dance Magazine, Pointe, Dance Spirit, Dance Teacher, Dance Source Houston, and Culturemap.


 I caught up with Wozny to discuss her latest gig as Editor for Arts + Culture, a Dallas-based magazine that debuted in locations across Houston last fall. Using the fresh perspective of local writers, Arts + Culture vividly paints Houston's diverse artscape, covering gallery openings, classical music, opera, contemporary dance, readings, and people in the arts. Pick up a copy at newsstands, visit artsandculturehouston.com, or contact the editor at nancy@artsandculturetx.com.


As Houston keeps expanding, we're seeing more magazines, e-zines and webzines vying for readers' attention. What's special about Arts + Culture?

There is not another Houston publication that exclusively covers the visual arts, dance, music, theater, literature, film and architecture. No parties, no food, no celebrities-just the arts. We feature a variety of voices, from old school arts journalists to artists to scholars. Also, we are made out of paper. How rare is that?

Take me through your editorial calendar for the year. What are your favorite stories thus far, and what are you planning?

Issues don't have a particular focus in each issue per se, but it's interesting how a theme will emerge as we are planning the issue.  Read the complete interview here...


THE MAYBORN EXPERIENCE__________________________________

By Carol L. Watson

There is nothing like the first time! I could not contain myself, I had to sit down and write something, anything, about the Eighth Annual Mayborn Literary Nonfiction Conference. In case you do not remember, our WiVLA President, Lane Devereux, posted information in VOiCES about this conference. (She is a 5 time attendee).


The conference convened from July 19th -22nd, 2012 in Grapevine, Texas. I had the honor and the privilege to meander, learn and be exposed to some of the best journalists and professional writers in the country. The conference offered an opportunity to enter one of three writing competitions, a reported narrative, personal essay, or book manuscript. As a result, if someone is accepted in the competition they would be able to attend an all-day writer's workshop. To my surprise, I was accepted and had an incredible workshop experience! Just like some of our books, I am sure that I am altered forever.


There were writers of all kinds in attendance, from Pulitzer Prize winners, to essayists, biographers, photo-journalists, newspaper columnists, magazine contributors, editors, poets, publishers, and the cutting edge authors of the day.

During the plenary sessions, the past, present and future writers, presenters, and attendees; sat side by side to hear and participate in the inspiring lectures. The sessions included sharing literary secrets of successes, failures, critiques, questions, laughter, sorrows, and the 'how-to' of storytelling.


The nonfiction writers tribe of storytellers let it be known that their job was to document, report, write, and tell the truth. They collectively told the attendees, old and new, that they did not have license or permission on any level to marginalize, fictionalize, fantasize, stretch, alter, guess, or change the truth of a written piece "to make it better.In other words, if a writer could not back up her story with well-researched facts and documented proof, she dare not print it! The hubbub and gallery of writers received the gift of encouragement to pursue the passion of a well-written story. 


The air was not rarefied, it was electric and alive with literary chatter, old and new found friends. The days consisted of very well-prepared food, coffee, tea, water, tennis shoes, cocktails, book signings, blue jeans, high heels, photo-journalism, costumes, blazers, movie clips, docudramas, hair dos and don'ts, standing ovations, and last, but not least, pure awe with such a gathering. I cannot believe that I actually witnessed a Pulitzer Prize winner that was sitting in the audience ask a panelist, who was a Pulitzer Prize winner as well, how to become a better writer!


If I could re-gift the first time experience that I had in Grapevine, Texas it would be to encourage others in WiVLA to submit to the writing competition for the upcoming Mayborn Conference in 2013. More information about the competition and examples of past submissions are available online.


JULY MEETING RECAP __________________________________________


At our July meeting, Donna Howell-Depew shared the rules of improvisation (improv), challenging us in attendance to be in the moment, replace our "yes, but"

statements with "yes, and ..." affirmations, make our teammates look brilliant, become characters, and acknowledge each other. Thank you, Donna, for helping us build our skills in improv and making us laugh through it all. For those who missed this excellent presentation, Donna's book, Improv Your Way on the Stage of Life All Day, Every Day, is available by contacting her at info@thirdcoastcomedy.com.  



Do you sometimes miss the younger years?  The days you could stand before your classmates in that old classroom and hold up in your tiny hand for everyone to see a tiny plastic ball with a trinket inside?  Your voice fills with glee as you describe turning the knob of the red metal machine and the treasure gliding into your hand as you stood on the boardwalk.


It is a "show and tell" moment without critique!  It is plain and simple moments of awecoolfabulouswow's from your creative sisters.  Don't miss your chance to be WOWED!


Join us at the Museum of Printing History at 6:00 pmfor the fun!  More fun to come afterwards at Cafe Express, "Dutch treat,"as we gab and gnaw on our favorite munchies.

AN EASY WAY TO EARN MONEY FOR WiVLA____________________

By Lane Devereux

 It is easy to overlook this little blurb when you see it every month. If you still have not used Good Search in your Internet searches, please consider starting now. Good Search puts money in WiVLA's pocket every year. We have already earned more in 2012 as we did in 2011, but it could be much more if YOU would participate, too. Thank you to everyone who is helping.


Sign up for Good Search/Good Shop - it's an easy way to earn money for WiVLA!  

  It's easy to sign up: 


1. Go to www.goodsearch.com

2. Type in WiVLA at the prompt

3. Go to your favorite search location or a favorite store

4. That's all there is! You can search daily and WiVLA gets credit, even more when you buy something from an affiliated store.

TRUE COLORS ______________________________________________


We'd like to know your True Colors. This new column will allow members to share some of their special details so we can all find new ways to connect with each other. If you'd like to put you True Colors in the WiVLA paintbox, answer 4 or 5 of the True Color questions, and submit to Corry Austin. Repsonses will be submitted to the newsletter as they are received.


Corry Austin

Crimson:Where are you from and how did you get here? (Can be taken literally or figuratively.)  


I am from a long time ago and far away... and it has taken me years to get here. I had a lovely Minnesota farm childhood, and I spent many hours in the woods behind our farm. There is, however, a 35-year gap of difficult times, until I was reborn into my real self.


Sap Green: How did art discover you or you discover art? Describe your art journey up to this moment.  


My journal discovered me. During emotionally taut times, it was (and is) my comfort and Exploratorium. Poetry began trickling out of its edges, much to my surprise. (I had always been known for my wonderful Christmas card letters, but poetry??) From there, I found an Artists' Way group, which was a strong support system during my early writing years. (Cindy Hickok came and spoke to the group one night - my first introduction to WiVLA! She recommended Twyla Tharp's book: The Creative Habit.) I had a calligraphic background, so I joined the local guild. Their workshops in color, design, and embellishment broke me open to the visual arts - and it has been an adventure since then. I never want to reach my destination - I only want the journey.


Yellow Ochre: Where is your special place on earth? Where do you go when life presents difficulties? Where do you go to feel joy? Are they both the same?   Do you have a place where you find your muse? Describe any or all of these.


The woods and mountains. I go to the woods for quiet, for solace, for enlightenment, for cleansing. When I am up above, on a ledge, on a peak, somewhere up high with a view below, I feel enlarged, like there is finally enough air to breathe, enough space to spread into, enough sacredness to fill me up. Sometimes my journal accompanies me, sometimes I just need the air and space to clear my mind.


Cadmium Orange: If you could have any kind of work situation, "dream job," or way you spend your time, what would it be?   (Think: anything - no boundaries.)


I have always wanted to be an ambulance EMT. The drama appeals to me, the ability to make a life or death difference, and having confidence in my skills.


Rose: What is your favorite memory? Do you use memories as places of comfort or signs of growth and strength? Do your childhood memories differ from your recent memories?


Childhood memories are very strong - my dad showing me the constellation Orion while we worked outside on the farm one night; inventing a house from the rock pile in the woods; going to the library with my mom.   My own daughters' childhoods are places of precious memories. Recent memories have much to do with strong connections between dear friends and times when I jumped out of my box or took a risk and achieved something I didn't think was possible.


Burnt Sienna: Where do you see yourself in 5 years? 10 years? Farther in the future? Do you use a particular tool for visualizing your future?  


I was in an art gallery on Canyon Road in Santa Fe, New Mexico recently, when a thought interrupted my perusal of the amazing art. "I want to show some of my work in a gallery." That was the first time I had ever allowed myself to contemplate that possibility.   I've learned that nothing will happen unless I say it aloud, or make a visual representation of it for my wall above my dinner table, or tell it to someone.   Secrets don't happen, they just stay inside. I have to put it "out there" in the world, in order to work toward it.


Ivory Black: Wild Card!! What would you like us to know about you?


As I write this, I am in the Santa Fe National Forest at my campsite, on an eight-week hiking and exploring sojourn around the southwest. My mini-van thinks she's an RV, and together we have explored mountains, dirt roads, canyons, Native American ruins and pictographs, and art galleries. Last week took me to Taos, New Mexico for a week-long art class.


Hello from the forest and the mountains!


Ann Bell requests your prayers and healing thoughts for her husband, Robert Campbell, who is recovering from Heart Surgery performed on July 5. A dissected aortic aneurysm was revealed by a routine test in preparation for his annual visit to his cardiologist, Dr. Patrick Hogan. The damaged aorta was replaced with a dacron tube by Dr. Joseph Coselli of Baylor College of Medicine. Bob is now in Rehabilitation at St. Luke's Episcopal Hospital.

LIKE US ON FACEBOOK _____________________________________ 


Did you know WiVLA has a Facebook page? We do and we want you to LIKE us!  


This FB page is an excellent tool for communicating informally among members. Do you have a show coming up? Post it on our page. Are you teaching a workshop or selling equipment? Post it on our page. Do you have a new brag to share? Post it on WiVLA's Facebook page.  


To find us, search Facebook for Women in the Visual and Literary Arts [WiVLA]. Then LIKE us and post a greeting to all your WiVLA friends.

ACCOLADES _______________________________________________


While in the process of moving to College Station, Lauran Perry English, will maintain involvement in the arts community in the Houston/Galveston area. Her art can be seen at Affaire d'art in Galveston and IslandArtGallery in the ClearLake area.


Eileen McClellan is pleased to announce that she will have three pieces in the NEXUS Women Printmakers of Austin exhibit at Live Oak Art Center in Columbus, TX. The show will be up through August 18th. Also, she has one piece in the PrintMatters Invitational exhibit at Design Works Gallery in Galveston, TX. That show will continue until August 12th.   


Sharon Worley is currently showing in the Artists Alive and Well Exhibition July 23-August 17, 2012 at the Phoenix Tower 9th Floor space bridge, 3200 SW Freeway at Rt 59 and Buffalo Speedway, Houston TX 77027. The Closing Receptions will be from 4 to 6 pm on Aug 17. Sharon also has a new publication out titled A Feminist Analysis of Gender and Primogeniture in Neoclassical Tragedy: The Literary Politics behind the French Revolution. It is available from Edwin Mellen Press 2012.


Cornelia Amiri has a new book release on August 8, 2012, Vampire Highland Fling, from Ellora's Cave, available in more eBook formats. You can find Cornelia's book here.


Cary Reeder's painting, Three O'Clock Shadow, is in The Big Show at Lawndale Art Center through August 11, 2012. It was also included in Glasstire.com's Lawndale's Big Show Highlights! review.


Marsha Harris is a finalist in the national 2012 Artist's Magazine open competition with her painting Zebra Valentine.


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




CALL FOR ENTRIES - VISUAL ART ______________________________

Inclusion in this list does not indicate endorsement by WiVLA. We recommend you research each contest and contact the sponsor(s). 

General Websites for artist exhibition Calls for Entry:









Copper Shade Tree Gallery in Round Top, Texas Call is accepting entries for their juried show, "The Art in Fiber 2013." Deadline: Sunday, October 13th, 2012. Click here for more information.   


Women and Their Work Call for Entries: Solo Series 2013, upload materials by Aug. 10. For detailed guidelines: http://womenandtheirwork.org 


WiVLA 2012 Print and Photography Exhibit call for entries. Theme: A Heroine's Journey. Deadline: August 18,2-5:00.p.m. Hand-deliver two works to Museum of Printing History. Sara Kellner, juror. Prospectus available here.


Awesome Houston Foundation. Monthly grants of $1,000. For more information, contact Allison Skidmore or click here. Any idea is fair game, profit or non-profit; just has to be awesome. The group votes on ideas monthly and awards the grant.


The Lone Star Art Guild is a non-profit organization started in Brenham, Texas in 1961. Visit their website to find more information about contests and art leagues that are within a 200 mile radius of Houston.


Womenarts Quarterly Journal seeks visual art. For submission guidelines and more information, visit their website.   


Greater Denton Arts Council in Denton, TX is soliciting entries for the 2013 Materials: Hard & Soft, National Contemporary Craft Competition and Exhibition. Entry fee: $30. Eligible Media: clay, fiber, glass, metal, paper, wood, or any combination of craft media. Submission Deadline: September 7, 2012. Click here for more information. 


The Fort Worth Community Arts Center is seeking exhibition proposals from individual artists and curators in Texas, New Mexico, Oklahoma, Arkansas, and Louisiana for all art forms, including new media, for its 2013-14 season. Proposals and images are reviewed on a biannual basis:  June & December. Fee: $20. Click here for more information.


My Chicken Diaries is accepting Artist in Residence applications. Located on a 3-acre no-kill farm located near Manvel, TX, the AIR's time requirement is part-time and often on weekends. In exchange for rent-free lodging, the AIR assists with various farm chores and MCD educational tours and events, and makes an artistic contribution to MCD. For more information, click here.    

CALL FOR ENTRIES - LITERARY ART _____________________________

Inclusion in this list does not indicate endorsement by WiVLA. We recommend you research each contest, and contact the sponsor(s).   


Rattle is accepting poetry, translation, review, essay, and interview entries. Deadline: open. Click here for more information.


Telling Our Stories Press is seeking memoirs between 100-300 words for a memoir project. Deadline: rolling. Click here for more information.  


The Loop Online is an online scriptwriting site. Click here for information about various scriptwriting opportunities.


ByLine Magazine sponsors monthly contests for essays, short stories, poetry, articles, essays, and more. Deadline: open. For more information, visit Byline Magazine.


Fiction Weekly accepts submissions via email, reads year round, and responds to submissions within 30 days. For more details, please visit Fiction Weekly.


Scratch is a monthly writing contest that seeks new short fiction to be selected by rotating guest judges. Deadline: monthly. Small fee to enter, cash prizes and publication every month, plus annual anthology. For more information, click here .


Poets & Writers is a great source for writing contests. Check out Poets & Writers contests listings here.


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


Creative Print Publishing offers a genuine, no fee book competition that stretches over 12 months. Each month a different genre; each month a winner. Winners are offered a
contract, paid royalties, and receive full promotion and marketing strategies. Get full details of rules, genres and how to submit on their website.  


My Chicken Diaries is accepting Artist in Residence applications. Located on a 3-acre no-kill farm located near Manvel, TX, the AIR's time requirement is part-time and often on weekends. In exchange for rent-free lodging, the AIR assists with various farm chores and MCD educational tours and events, and makes an artistic contribution to MCD. For more information, click here.  

ANNOUNCEMENTS _________________________________________


Looking to rent an art studio space? Call Vikki Trammel with ArtSpace at 713-652-4984. She is handing the leasing for a space located between Main and Fannin on the north side of Sears, above the barber school.


Karen Smith's Joe Goodbuddy canvases and greeting cards are now being sold at One Green Street located 5160 Buffalo Speedway at the corner of Westpark and Buffalo Speedway in the Kroger shopping center. Check out their eco-friendly products like jewelry, lotions, seat belt handbags, and much, much more.


Sandy Wells has 2 rooms at the Tremont House in Galveston in which she curates art shows that last one evening. They have 2 storefront type rooms where she will have one or many artists show their work on the day of a Galveston Art Walk. There is no commission charged on sales, but the artist must deal with any purchases herself. For more information, contact Sandy at 407-771-7215 or via email.   


Art Opportunities Monthly Professional (AOM) is offering a free, no-obligation 3-month subscription for those not yet familiar with it. To find out more and sign up, visit their website.  


Houston Fine Art Fair will be held September 9 - 16, 2012 at the ReliantCenter.  It provides the unique opportunity for art fair attendees not only from Houston but also from out of town to become better acquainted with Houston's burgeoning art scene. During the week of the fair, various cultural institutions will offer a wide selection of events and exhibitions to make this a citywide event.  


Sandi Stromberg will lead a writing workshop at the JungCenter on Saturday, Aug. 4: "Writing to Find the Extraordinary in the Ordinary." This 3-hour workshop provides space and time for participants to reflect on the things in their lives that seem ordinary then, through a series of writing exercises, explore their extraordinary nature. For more information, call 713-524-8253 or visit the website  


Ann Bell teaches one-day Mixed Media and Creative Collage classes in her Midtown Houston studio. To get all the details and to register, click here or call Ann at 281-330-3827 


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




August 6, 6 p.m.

WiVLA Board meeting  Museum of Printing History

Sosa Community Center

1414 Wirt Road

Houston, TX77055 


August 14, 6 p.m.   

WiVLA Member meeting

1324 West Clay  (Map)


August 30, 6-9 p.m. 

Opening reception for A Heroine's Journey

An exhibition of photography and prints

On view August 30 - October 6, 2012

Museum of Printing History   



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



President                   Lane Devereux (wivla.lanedev@yahoo.com)  

Vice President            Cookie Wells (wadsworth@sbcglobal.net)  

Secretary                   Cathy Lachin (cplachin@yahoo.com)  

Treasurer                   Pattie Berg (jewelry@sapamojo.com)  

Membership               Corry Austin (corry@sbcglobal.net)  

Communications         Jennifer Watson (jwatson5@uh.edu)  

Programs                   Rebecca Kveton (gigglesrk@aol.com)  

Newsletter                 Diane Door (dianedoor@gmail.com

Visual Arts                 Donna Durbin (donna@donnadurbin.com)  

                                 Michele Zacks (mazacks@hotmail.com)  

Literary Arts               Leah Lax (leahlax@sbcglobal.net)  

                                 Pat Morgan (angeltrack@aol.com)  

At Large                     Piyali Dasgupta (piyalidasgupta@hotmail.com)

                                 June Russell (jrrbug281@aol.com)  

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