August 11, at 6 p.m.
Sosa Community Center
August 19, at 6 p.m.
Circle of Five Sharing
of Printing History
1324 W. Clay Street
a complete list of upcoming events, visit the
WiVLA calendar online.
you know WiVLA has a Facebook page? We do, and
we want you to LIKE us!
Facebook page is an excellent tool for informal
communication 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 something to brag about or
share? Why not post it?
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a greeting to all your WiVLA
~ Picture from the
~ WiVLA News: Stay
informed. Get involved.
~ A Look
Ahead: Exciting monthly meetings
~ Announcements: Who's doing
~ Review: Orna
~ Calls for Entry: More
opportunities than ever!
Links: Connect with the Houston arts
2011: Pattie Berg makes a point to Diana Meade
and Vivian Blaha at a Circle of Five
you have a photo that you would like to submit to Voices,
email it, along with an informative caption, to firstname.lastname@example.org
We'd love to print it in our next
A Note from
regards, WIVLA members,
opening message for the month of August: Make
circles. Circle your calendar.
first circle should be August 19th. The Circle
of Five still remains a positive learning tool for all
who are in attendance. Breaking into groups of
five women and sharing who we are resonates with the
WiVLA voice. We share our passions and the
journeys we must follow to express the unique crafts
we have chosen. I encourage you to take part in
our clever show and tell.
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. (Rex
Crane) Bring a new friend to share with
today -- make it the day that you visit our
newly-redesigned web site. While you're
there, read the
entire prospectus. Become aware of how our
November event is open to a variety of possibilities
to exhibit in the warm, inviting atmosphere of
18 Hands Gallery.
another circle. Circle the target date that you
will choose to enter your contribution to the VCR
one more circle on October 11th, a Tuesday. This
will be your last chance to purchase that lucky raffle
closing, circle the third Tuesday of each month, 6
p.m. Our roster of speakers is filled with
dynamic women with unique stories. You will
benefit in many ways.
with those who help your well being.
Painted Door Opened
, Carolyn Dahl and Carolyn
Vocabulary word: ekphrastic
you participating in an exhibit or a reading? Do
you know of a cultural event that would be of interest
to fellow WiVLA members? Have you sold a
sculpture or published a poem? Let us know in
our monthly newsletter.
announcement in the
newsletter is your foremost method of reaching every
WiVLA writer and artist. Make Voices a part
of your networking effort.
for contributing to Voices is the
twentieth of each month. Simply send your
contribution email@example.com. We'll do
our best to include your
I've been thinking about
I've always thought
of August as the month of "meh." First of all,
it's hot. Then there's the whole back-to-school
thing, which, when you're a kid in the Deep South, you
reluctantly accept since it's really too hot to do
anything else. There are no holidays in
August. In my family? Not even a birthday
to celebrate. I can't find any leftover Fourth of July
fireworks around the house -- not even a sparkler
(believe me, I've looked). My kind of movie
never premieres in August, and I'm all caught up
with House of
Cards. The summer reading list is
dwindling, and I'm searching for new titles
again. The theater season is over a month away,
and a trip to the beach is blistering. Did I
mention it's hot?
So it's hard for me to think
of August as a month of opportunity. But a scan
of this month's Voices quickly
proves me wrong. Allow me:
- As a member of
WiVLA, you can announce your efforts and
achievements to an artistically diverse group of
approximately 300 newsletter recipients each and
every month. I'd call that an opportunity in
marketing/public relations, wouldn't you?
- This month's Circle
of Five meeting just might give you a chance to see
some of your fellow members in a new or different
light. You'll be inspired by the work they
do. You'll probably provide some inspiration
yourself. My guess is that you'll leave the
meeting feeling creatively challenged, energized,
and ready to tackle your next project.
- You can increase
your chances of winning a twentieth anniversary gift
basket by purchasing a few more raffle
tickets. One ticket goes for less than the
price of a cup of coffee. And you win art. Can't
beat that with a stick.
- You can be
charitable. Donate a piece of your own
creation to the gift basket drive. It's a
bighearted thing to do, and you'll feel great doing
- You can help
make The VCR
Showan exceptional event. Enter a
piece. Or two. Or three.
- There's been nothing
but sweet, sweet buzz about the monthly Sketchbook
Gathering. Attend on the first Monday of the
month and prepare to draw. Productive andfun,
am I right?
- Start planning your
proposal for next year's ECO Fund Award.
Wouldn't it be great to have some extra cash to
dedicate to that idea you've been kicking
around? WiVLA is here to provide you with that
- Volunteer for one of
two available board positions. You'll make
some wonderful friends while helping to lay the
groundwork for WiVLA's future.
- Support WiVLA by
starting your shopping at smile.amazon.com. Online
shopping is convenient, and this website makes
donating to our organization a breeze.
- When you think
you're ready, enter one of the competitions listed
in Calls for Entry. Isn't that what Orna
Feinstein would recommend? Who knows -- maybe
you're readynow. Get
your entry form in order and go for it!
ten -- count 'em, ten --
opportunities presented in this one newsletter
alone. August is so hot it's cool . .
when the dawn will come, I open every
We often miss
opportunity because it's dressed in overalls and looks
August Meeting: Circle of
Join us for one of WiVLA's
most popular events of the year, the Circle of Five
Circle of Five is WiVLA's
version of "show and tell," providing its artists and
writers with a welcoming place to share their most
recent work. After the general business portion
of the meeting, members break into groups of
five. Each member of every group then has the
opportunity to present briefly a current project -- a
painting or drawing in progress, a fragment of a
story, a poem, a sketchbook or
What is so remarkable about
Circle of Five is that it is not a critique
session. It's a wonderful occasion of
introduction, revelation, conversation, and
support. If you thought you knew your fellow
members, think again. They're doing work that
never fails to surprise, delight, and
So pack up your canvas or sketchpad,
your manuscript or journal, your photography or your
pottery, and join us on August 19. You'll be
glad you did.
Tickets Available at Next
The fun has begun!
Raffle tickets for WiVLA gift baskets, to be given
away at the opening
of The VCR
Show, will be
sold at the August, September,
and October meetings.
a heads-up, though:
You might want to get in the
game as early as possible; we predict a swift
are $1.00 each, or $10.00 for a book of ten. You
may purchase as many tickets as you like. Cash
or a check made out to WiVLA will be accepted (change
will be available for cash purchases, but exact
amounts are always preferable). Because
your contact information must be printed on each
ticket, you may want to bring small address labels to
expedite the process.
For more information
on the gift baskets, read on. Remember, you need
not be present to
Your Gift Basket Donations!
Wouldn't you love to own
a piece of a fellow WiVLA member's work? Or have
a truly unique opportunity to promote your own
creations? WiVLA's Twentieth Anniversary Planning
Committee is pleased to announce its plans to create
dazzling, art-centric gift baskets to be raffled off
during our celebration on November 1, 2014. We are
currently soliciting donations
talented membership in order to fill the
baskets. Be imaginative -- any piece of
your own creation is welcome, including 2D and 3D work
in your choice of medium or media, photographs, books,
altered books, chapbooks, framed or unframed
So far, we have received prized
contributions from Jo
Zider, Shirl Riccetti, Marian Szczepanski, Linda
Stelljes, Cornelia Amiri, Joyce Marie, Theo Billings,
Jane Mulholland, and Anne Rita Taylor. But
we need more! Zita Giraldo has offered to lend her
boundless talent to assembling the baskets (we plan to
offer three -- small, medium, and large), so they are
sure to be lovely.
You may bring any
contributions to the WiVLA general meetings -- Cathy
Lachin will happily collect them. Gift
baskets have been both highly coveted and immensely
successful in the past, so scour your studios, ladies,
for the perfect piece(s) to donate!
VCR Show: Vision.
Twentieth Anniversary Planning Committee is pleased to
announce that our celebratory exhibit will be held at
18 Hands Gallery, 19th Street in The Heights, on
November 1, 2014, from 6:00 p.m. until 9:00 p.m.
Curators are Kellye Sanford (visual) and Karleen Koen
all current and prospective members to enter this very
special show by going to http://www.wivla.org/exhibitions.htm There
you'll find a complete prospectus with links to online
applications and payment options. Entry is
simple -- you can do it from the comfort of your
easy chair in a matter of minutes!
something interesting for all to know: The VCR
Show is not a themed exhibit.
This is truly an opportunity to exercise your
creativity without the restriction of a particular
subject. So get started now, and enter those
pieces that you've always wanted to share. A
twentieth anniversary is considered a platinum celebration
-- this is your time to shine!
more about The VCR Show, including entry requirements
and bios of our curators, click on the link
above. Any questions may be directed to Cathy
MONDAY, AUGUST 4, 2014
(FIRST MONDAY OF THE MONTH)
TRINI SOSA COMMUNITY
WIRT AND WESTVIEW (SPRING
6:00 P.M. - 8:00
your WiVLA friends as we sketch, journal, paint, etc.,
in our sketchbooks. We have enjoyed the camaraderie
and sharing thus far, and always come away having
learned something new.
If you wish to work in
the sketchbook from the Sketchbook Project, that's
fine. Or bring a sketchbook of your own or plain
heavy paper for drawing. Bring any supplies that
will satisfy your sketching needs - pencils, pens,
paints, markers, etc. If you have a book or
other resource you have found helpful, bring it along
you'd like to work toward a completed sketchbook to
submit to the Sketchbook Project, we can provide
information, or you can look up www.sketchbookproject.com We
look forward to seeing
New WiVLA Website Up
We've been talking about it
for quite some time now, and it's finally here.
WiVLA's redesigned website is officially
The web address remains the same -- just search www.wivla.orgto view. Many
thanks to Kristine Rivers of West of the World for her
technical expertise, her commitment to the project,
her reliably quick turnaround time, and for truly
understanding our vision for the
site. Please visit www.wivla.org and let us
know what you think.
lively interviews: While
you're visiting the new site, please notice that
there's a tab labelled "Featured Member." If you
click on it, you'll see that it says "Coming
soon!" Your newsletter editor is looking for
members who will consent to an interview to be posted
to this section. WiVLA members are always
curious to know more about one another -- who we are,
where we're from, what we do, how and why we do
it. Why not be our first "Featured
Member"? To volunteer, just contact firstname.lastname@example.org.
The ECO Fund
Award: Do You Know What It
the ECO Fund Award, and you're likely to see a few
WiVLA members, both new and longtime, scratch their
heads. Perhaps the award doesn't get the press
it deserves. Maybe it's the name ("Does it
have something to do with ecology?").
Whatever the reason, it's time to clarify, so here we
ECO stands for Educational
and Cultural Opportunity. Each year in
April, WiVLA gives two $1,000 awards -- one to an
artist and one to a writer. All individuals who have
been dues-paying members for two consecutive years are
encouraged to apply. (Previous winners are
ineligible.) Applications are first reviewed for
consistency with WiVLA's mission and goals by a
committee that includes previous ECO Fund award
recipients. Then the names of two lucky members are
drawn from the pool of qualified applicants at the
April membership meeting. The application form is made
available on the WiVLA website in early
Previous winners have used the
award to attend classes and workshops, purchase
equipment, improve their workspace, install community
art, research books, travel, and more. Each recipients
is asked to make a short presentation about the
project that she completed as a result of the award at
the following year's April membership meeting (if you
win the award in 2014, you present in 2015).
Whether the presenter is a skilled orator or a nervous
novice, she is always greeted warmly and supported by
the genuine interest of her WiVLA
The ECO Fund award has made a
significant difference in the artistic lives of all
the past winners. Now that you know more, please don't
miss the chance to participate in next year's
Be a part of
our leadership team! Remaining board
opportunities include . .
and Communications Chair. If you think
you'd enjoy occasionally delving into the treasures
that are WiVLA's archives or documenting any of our
activities with a candid photo or two, then Historian
is the job for you. If you fancy yourself a
fledgling PR whiz who enjoys promoting a worthy event
by way of Houston's many media outlets, then you'd
make the perfect communications chair.
interested party must be current on her WiVLA dues and
must have been a member for at least one year.
The board meets on the second Monday of each month,
excluding December, at 6:00 p.m., at the Trini
Mendenhall Sosa Community Center on Wirt Road.
Our gatherings are friendly and lively, creative and
insightful, energizing and productive. If your
talents and skills lend themselves to one of these
positions, please contact any of the board members
listed below. Serving on the board is a
wonderful opportunity to get to know other WiVLA
members and to contribute to the organization in a
meaningful way. Let us hear from
Look Ahead: Exciting Monthly Meetings
to our resolute Program Chair, Zita Giraldo, here are
the programs that WiVLA members have to look forward
to in the coming months
- August: Circle of Five meeting (members
share their work in groups of five)
- September: Alicia Young, journalist and
author of The
Savvy Girl's Guide to Grace
- October: Mary Lampe, Executive Director of
Southwest Alternate media Project (SWAMP)
- November: Twentieth Anniversary Literary
Join us for stimulating
offerings by vibrant members of the Houston arts
community. You won't be
C. Cole has had a
productive first half of 2014 with short prose
forthcoming or in Binnacle, Les
Femmes Folles, Blotterature, short fiction
page, inCarnival Literary
Magazine, and in Wild
Literature, poetry accepted
for June Cotner’s Prayers to Change
the Earth, Whistling
Skin’s anthology Poetry
Saved My Life, The Texas Poetry
Calendar 2015, and already
published in The Shine
Journal and Postcard
Poem’s Haiku Haven.
Another poem took second place in the
Greater New Braunfels Arts Council’s competition.
An essay was published in Pork Belly Press’s
anthology Love Me, Love My
~ Karen Anne
pleased to announce that all four pieces that she
submitted for the Visual Arts Alliance Sixth Juried
Invitational Exhibition were accepted into the
byNicole Longnecker of Longnecker
Gallery, the exhibition, located in the lobby at 1600
Smith Street, Houston, will hang from July 13 to
August 23, 2014. Please feel free to drop by any time
and take a look at some amazing art from local
artists. Says Smith: "I cannot believe I
submitted 4 art pieces to be juried and 4 art pieces
were selected for the event. This has never happened.
PS. I am on cloud
entries were accepted into The Big Show at Lawndale
Art Center. The show runs through August
9. Lawndale is located at 4912 Main and is open
Monday through Friday from 10 a.m. until 5 p.m.;
Saturday, noon until 5 p.m.
Second Saturday Open
studios at Winter, Silver and Spring Streets are open
on the second Saturday of each month from 2 to 5 pm.
Join us August 9: Josena
Arquieta, Margaret McElrath and Jane
Mulholland at Spring
Duarte at Silver
Dasqupta, Cary Reeder, Janet Roe and Karen
Smith at Winter
In July, Orna Feinstein, an
accomplished artist who lives and works in the Houston
area, spoke candidly to WiVLA members about how best
to submit their artwork while following the guidelines
of a prospectus -- a timely and practical topic as
WiVLA's twentieth anniversary show draws
addition to offering sage and crystal-clear advice to
visual artists about the importance of entering
competitions in the most efficacious way possible,
Feinstein shared photos (both good and bad,
calculatedly) of her distinctive, award-winning
work. As her bio states, Feinstein is "inspired and fascinated by the
interior geometry of the organic -- the concentric
patterns of tree rings or the cellular structure of a
plant when observed under a microscope -- [which she]
continues to investigate [by using] oil inks on
various surfaces, such as fabric, paper and Plexiglas
that she assembles or stitches together." The
results are truly one-of-a-kind, and WiVLA members
were a sincerely appreciative
If you missed Feinstein's
presentation, she is represented by Anya Tish Gallery
here in Houston. More work and info is available
for Entry: Visual
in this list does not indicate endorsement by WiVLA.
We recommend you research each contest, and contact
Alliance 32nd Juried Membership
- Juror Dennis Nance
- Submission Deadline: August 24, 2014 (midnight)
- Eligibility: This juried exhibition is open to
all members of the Visual Arts Alliance aged 18 and
over and is produced by volunteers of the Visual
- Awards & Catalog: More than $2,500 in cash
and merchandise will be awarded. An exhibition
catalog will be produced.
- Fees and Entry Form:The entry fee is $40 for 1-4
- Promotional CD: All submitted artwork will be
placed on a custom-designed CD and hand-delivered to
over 50 Houston-area galleries and art consultants
- For prospectus and application: http://www.visualartsalliance.org/
submisions: Sunday, August 24,
2014. See www.spacetaker.org for more
for Artists! www.CallForEntry.org is a website
that lists calls for entries nation-wide.
Descriptions of type of art and theme are listed, as
is a link for more information. Deadlines are
for Entry: Literary
in this list does not indicate endorsement by WiVLA.
We recommend you research each contest, and contact
Houston Writers Guild Fall Contest is open for
- Open to all writers, regardless of publishing
- Winners will be announced at HWG's annual Fall
- $75 prize awarded to first place in each
- Deadline for entry is September 1.
- For entry fees and more information, visit http://houstonwritersguild.org/contests
Texas Observer Short Story Contest
The 2014 Texas
Observer Short Story
Contest is now open for submissions. The winner
receives a check for $1,000 and publication in the
magazine and online.
This year’s guest judge is Elizabeth McCracken,
author of the recent story collection Thunderstruck (Random
House) and Fiction Chair at the University of Texas at
Austin’s Michener Center for Writers.
more information, go to www.texasobserver.org.