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
What a busy
time we had at the November meeting with the election of the
2012 Board of Directors, the announcements about the Awards
Fund Campaign and the holiday party, and our excellent
speaker, Sarah Cortez. Sarah gave an inspiring talk about
removing the veils that obscure our creative processes. By
popular demand, she also read two of her powerful, award
There are so
many people to thank for their board service. First, I would
like to thank Jeanne Haner for her selfless service as vice
president, president, and ex-officio. She has shown true
dedication to WiVLA and her leadership has been crucial to
updating many aspects of our organization. Another big thank
you goes to our retiring board members: Jean Caslin, Diane
Gregory, Elizabeth Earle, Diana Meade, Anna Phillips, and
Royce Ann Sline for the hard work they have done this
I would also
like to thank the board members who are returning for another
year of service to WiVLA: Corry Austin, Pattie Berg, Piyali
Dasgupta, Donna Durbin, Rebecca Kveton, Cathy Lachin, Terry
Tomkins-Walsh, Andrea Waguespack, and Jennifer Watson. And let
me welcome our newest board members: Leah Lax, Pat Morgan,
June Russell, Cookie Wells, and Michele Zacks. The new board
of directors is an exciting combination of talents and ideas
that I predict will make a big impact on WiVLA. A list of 2012
board members and their positions appears later in WiVLA
If you have
donated to WiVLA's Awards Fund Campaign, thank you so much for
your support. If you haven't gotten around to it, don't forget
that we are a 501(c)3 organization and your contribution is
tax-deductible for 2011 if you get it to us by December 31.
And, if your company (or your partner's) matches charitable
contributions, please provide that information with your gift.
You can contribute by mail or through our website.
Thank you for
your support during my first term as president and your
continuing support for 2012. I look forward to serving
will probably be the quickest month that goes by this year
with all the shopping, parties, and decorating. The next time
you look up, you'll have a "Happy New Year!" message from me
in the January newsletter.
will simply wish you a warm and cozy holiday season. Now go
have a glass of eggnog!
to a creative and productive month -- and Happy Holidays!
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MEETING - NOVEMBER 15________________________
last month's meeting, writer and editor Sarah Cortez explained
to us how to prevent and remove the "veils" that can block us
from creating our art.
NO MEMBERSHIP MEETING IN
our busy schedules during the holiday season by skipping the
membership meeting each December. We look forward to seeing
you at the January 17, 2012
LAST CALL FOR THE WiVLA
HOLIDAY PARTY _______________________
festive reminder: it's time for our WiVLA Winter Holiday
Social! This year's potluck event will be held Saturday,
December 3, from 7:00 p.m. - 10:00 p.m. in the Katy home of
Cathy Lachin (20603 Ivory Creek Lane).
WiVLA member may invite a guest and is asked to provide a dish
or a beverage. Don't forget to RSVP at email@example.com.
all join in the festivities and make this party a
2012 BOARD OF
The incoming board of directors and
their positions are as follows:
"MIXED MESSAGES" NEEDS A
board of directors is actively seeking a venue for the 2012
Collaboration Show, "Mixed Messages." If you have, or know of,
a gallery or similar space that would welcome high-caliber
collaborative art from an established arts organization,
please let me know as soon as possible by emailing me.
is a low-budget, not-for-profit group and cannot afford to pay
for gallery space. The show is on the calendar for next May
and staying on schedule depends on finding the right
have been working on a presentation highlighting WiVLA's long
exhibition history and successes and would welcome any
photographs or show memorabilia, such as postcards, that you
might have kept from previous exhibitions to use in
RENEWAL DUE JANUARY
Do not forget that WiVLA's membership
year now coincides with the calendar year. Your 2012
membership renewal is due January 1, 2012. In order to
continue your membership without a lapse, you must renew by
January 31, 2012.
Avoiding a lapse is important because
you must have two full years of continual membership to be
eligible for the ECO Fund award.
Membership renewal forms are available
on our website and will be available at the
January meeting also. Dues can be paid on the website
as well or mailed to us at P.O. Box 130406, Houston, TX
Do not neglect to send us an updated
membership form; it is the only way we know about changes in
address, email address, and phone numbers. WiVLA is due for a
new directory, and we will need current information for that
submissions by the 20th of the month to
firstname.lastname@example.org. Members may submit up
to 5 entries. Submissions must be for that month's
prompt only. 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. This is not a contest -
all submissions will be published for everyone to
enjoy! To review the art prompt guidelines,
please click here.
Check out November's art prompt
A single path of shoe prints
in the snow ...
Reeder's painting Home Sweet Home
received Honorable Mention in the 29th Visual Arts Alliance
Juried Membership Exhibition. She has two other paintings in
the show that runs through December 17 at Continental Center 1
in downtown Houston.
Cox's poem, Ranch Ants, was
accepted into the Texas Beat Poetry Festival at
Texas A & M. She also has a show opening December
2 of her self-portrait series on Lyme Disease at the
Bay Area Unitarian Universalist Church in
news you'd like to share? Send an email by the 20th of the
WHAT'S HAPPENING IN VISUAL
all of you had a wonderful Thanksgiving. I'm looking forward
to a great creative year. WIVLA will have two exhibitions:
"Mixed Messages" collaboration; and the "Print and Photo
Show." I would like to create an active arts committee to
generate and implement ideas to stimulate our creative growth.
Please contact me to get involved. Your participation is much
needed and appreciated.
different note, if you are looking for paint, check out
the City of Houston's Environmental Services Center at 11500
S. Post Oak on Fridays from 9 a.m. to noon. The City gives
away hundreds of gallons of reclaimed house paint each
copied the message below from a website you may want to check
out, http://www.ArtAdvice.com. Sylvia says
10 Things Artists
Should Be Thankful For
White's October 2011 Newsletter: Happy Thanksgiving!
It is so
easy to forget how special you are, when there is no one
around to remind you, but you. So, in the spirit of
Thanksgiving, I give you my list of 10 Things Artists Should
Be Thankful For. Print this out, fold it up and put in
your wallet. Send it to your artist friends. Read
it whenever you feel all your work is for nothing and you are
thinking maybe you should just stop making art and grow up.
Post it in your studio when you are wondering what the
heck you are going to do with all this work? But, most
of all...believe it. Remember, it is impossible to feel
thankful and be depressed at the same time.
1. I am
thankful that I am not one of the majority of people in this
world that wakes up every morning, goes to a job they hate,
just to come home and do it all over again.
I am thankful that when I am away from my studio, my
ideas come with me. They keep me company everywhere I
I am thankful for this passion that gives me so much joy
(and angst) but mostly joy.
I am thankful that when I have left this earth, I will
leave something meaningful behind.
I am thankful that I have a mind that can not sleep; I
will never be bored.
I am thankful that there is a part of my life that
nobody can control, except me.
I am thankful that no one in the world can ever take
this gift from me.
I am thankful that I am brave. It takes courage to
pursue my gift.
I am thankful that I am never satisfied. It forces me to
move forward and grow.
I am thankful I discovered this list! Pass it
FOR ENTRIES - LITERARY ART____________________________
in this list does not indicate endorsement by WiVLA. We
recommend you research each contest, and contact the
is accepting poetry, translation, review, essay, and
interview entries. Deadline: open. Click here for
Editors is accepting up to five canyon-themed poems
for their Grand Canyon Anthology. Deadline: December 31. Send
an email to request more
Our Stories Press is seeking memoirs between 100-300
words for a memoir project. Deadline: rolling. Click here for
Poetry, in collaboration with the Museum of Fine
Arts, Houston, is sponsoring an ekphrastic
juried poetry competition, ARTlines. Early Deadline: Nov. 15.
Regular Deadline: Dec. 30. Click here for more information.
New Letters Magazine seeks
fiction, essays, or poetry regardless of subject, style, or
genre. A rough average length for prose is 3,000 to 5,000
words. Deadline: April 30, 2012. Click here for more
Loop Online is an online scriptwriting site.
Click here for
information about various scriptwriting
A Texas Poetry Review is accepting poetry, essays,
book reviews, and art. Deadline: December 15 and June 15.
Click here for more information.
sponsors monthly contests for essays, short stories, poetry,
articles, essays and more. Deadline: open. For more
information, visit Byline
Weekly accepts submissions via email, reads year
round, and responds to submissions within 30 days. For more
details, please visit Fiction
Poetry Society Monthly Contest sponsors two
regular monthly contests from October through April, in the
categories of General and Light Verse. Deadlines are monthly,
September through March. For more information, click here.
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 .
& Writers is a great source for writing
contests. Check out Poets & Writers contests listings here.
Quarterly Journal seeks literary art, including
essays, fiction, poetry, reviews and interviews by women. For
submission guidelines and more information, visit their website.
FOR ENTRIES - VISUAL ART______________________________
in this list does not indicate endorsement by WiVLA. We
recommend you research each contest, and contact the
Websites for artist exhibition Calls for
Art Car Museum:
Reconstruction has an open call for entries. The
first 125 pieces will be accepted. The delivery date is
10th from 11am-6pm. There is no jury
and no fee. Only one piece per artist will be
accepted. Click here for
Houston Center for
Contemporary Craft is accepting entries for
crafttexas 2012. Applications must be completed and
submitted online November 15, 2011 through March 15, 2012 via
the Café system at www.callforentry.org.
Exhibition dates: September 29 - December 30, 2012. Work in
clay, fiber, glass, metal, wood and found/recycled materials.
Texas National 2012 Art
Competition and Exhibition at Stephen S. Austin,
Nacogdoches, Texas is accepting calls for entries. Deadline:
February 10, 2012. Click here for
information and prospectus.
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.
Journal seeks visual art. For submission guidelines
and more information, visit their website.
Dragonfly Gallery at
Rosedale in Austin, Texas is accepting photography
entries for Extraordinary
Exposure, which will be held February 9 - April 7, 2012. Deadline: January 3. This is open to all photographers, both
amateur and professional. Click here for
are no member announcements this month.
Would you like to post an
announcement? Send your email by the 20th of the month to
WiVLA CALENDAR OF
Board or Membership meeting scheduled for December.
next board meeting will be held January 9, and the next
membership meeting will be held January 17.
a complete list of upcoming events, visit the
WiVLA calendar online.