August   2013

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
From the Editor
Board Bites - July 8 - WiVLA Board Meeting
August Program information
Poet's & Prose Cafe Table
Announcements and Upcoming Events
Calendar of Events



Cathy Nieman Head Shot    


August greetings WIVLA Members,

 "Find a mentor,
Whatever you are trying to accomplish will become much easier if you follow those who have already accomplished it.
The mentor is the one who comes to shorten the distance.
Look. Listen. Learn." (Rex Crane)

This was the case when Nan Cuba came to speak to us.
She was rejected by over fifty editors.
 She spoke of a "sustained persistence".
This rang true when her memoir, Body and Bread was chosen by Oprah magazine.
She sets an example that we as artisans should all follow.
"Sustained persistance"!

1994-The first WIVLA art exhibition.
2013-We are very excited about our upcoming art event on September 19th.
Our next art exhibit,"Freeing The Word In Small Spaces offers a new reflection and interpretation for our visual and literary artist in the Book Gallery of the Museum of Printing History.                                                                                                                       
The August program is a most popular event- The Circle of Five.
On August 20th we will be sharing discussion of our crafts and an extra option will be our Common Place Books. 
A Modern Common Place Book is a little place for your thoughts, curiousities and favorite things. We began our collections in January.                                                                                                                                                                         
Please join and share with us. 
We learn so many things about one another.

"Blessed are the weird people, poets, misfits, writers, painters,
troubadours for they teach us to see the world through
different eyes."

Summer regards,





 FROM THE EDITOR_____________________________________
Dear Members, 
As always, the newsletter is seeking your imput, stories, and reviews. Please submit through website. 
we are seeking a volunteer to take over the position of  Newsletter Editor. This will start in January 2014.  The time commitment is minimal - approx 2-3 hours a month.  The Board does ask that the editor attend the monthly board meetings.  All submissions for the newsletter are sent through the WiVLA website and forwarded to your email address.  Some knowledge of editing is beneficial.   For more information please contact Cathy Neiman.

Board Bites - July WiVLA Board Meeting


              Development of the 20th Anniversary is being planned.
"WIVLA Market" is being formulated and worked on. This would provide artisans and writers an opportunity to sell their wares in a bazaar like event. 
The Advisory Board will be meeting on August 11.
 August Program information
Meeting - August 20
Our August  meeting will be our annual "Circle of Five" meeting.   This is a great opportunity to bring samples of your specific craft whether it be visual or literary form and share your passions with fellow artisans. We will also share our Common Place Books with those who have participated in this unique form of self expression. 
We look forward to seeing you there!

Poet's  & Prose Cafe Table


By Diane Door


I scream from the rooftop yet nobody hears me

and I wonder if my mouth is moving is nothing coming out?

Our world is in decline and folding in on itself. People are crying out for help, for love, and mostly for understanding ...

Most just look at their phones and pass it by


I heard the story of a homeless man who helped a police officer being attacked. He rescued the officer. And he knew he would do it again if he had to. He said he didn't mind being homeless as long as he wasn't hopeless.  And that made tears come to my eyes.  The man he was telling this story to choked when he tried to tell of his own past and how he had lived in his car for three years until friends helped him get back on his feet. He agreed that you can never be hopeless no matter what your situation.


So I cry from under my bed. Tears of fear for the unknowns in my life and tears of regret for a past I will never get back.  And no one hears.  Noone has to hear.  Because I know what it is like to be rejected whether it is for a job or from  a sibling.  I know what it is like to spend time with a precious child and hold her hand when she does not feel well.

But no matter what comes I am amazed because I am not hopeless.  




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Our Facebook 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 on Facebook, click here, then LIKE us and post a greeting to all your WiVLA friends. 


T. Maya Kanwal's  short story, "I Breathed You First..." appears in Squawk Back Journal's Issue 97 and can be read online here: http://www.thesquawkback.com/2013/07/mayakanwal.html
 Peggy Sexton, Jo Zider and Karen A Smith, have art in the Salon des Refuse exhibition in the BLUEORANGE Gallery which is located at 1208 West Gray Street, Houston, Texas 77019. This gallery is in the same area of the Museum of Printing History. 
Cary Reeder is excited to announce her first solo show, Now, What Was There?, at Lawndale Art Center. The opening is August 23rd at 6:30 p.m. with an artist talk at 6 p.m. The show runs until September 28. She has also been selected for inclusion in issue #108 of New American Paintings to be published later this year.

 Would you like to post an announcement? Send your email

by the 20th of the month to newsletter@wivla.org.



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







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









Monday, August  12, at 6 p.m.

WiVLA Board meeting  

Sosa Community Center

1414 Wirt Road

Houston, TX77055 


Tuesday,August 20, at 6p.m.

The Circle of Five-Modern Common Place Books

Museum of Printing History

1324 West Clay


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

WiVLA 2013 Board of Directors


President                     Cathy Nieman           (wivla.cathyniem@yahoo.com)

Vice President           Jane Mulholland   mulholland.jane@gmail.com

  Secretary                    Rona Lesser                   (ronales@wt.net)


Treasurer                    Pattie Berg                    (jewelry@sapamojo.com)

Membership              Cori Austin                     (artjournal50@gmail.com)


Programs                    Laura Pena                    (iselapena@hotmail.com)

Newsletter                  Diane Door                     (newslettereditor@wivla.org)

Visual Arts                 

Literary Arts               Mary Baker                       (literary@wivla.org)  


                 Sandy Wells                   (literary@wivla.org)

At- Large                    Cindy Rasche                (cindyrasche@yahoo.com)


Historian                     Cathy Lachin                 (cplachin@yahoo.com)          

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



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