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
Remember, WiVLA does not meet
in December. See you in January.
LETTER FROM THE
my last letter to you as president of WiVLA. I feel honored to
have had your trust for the last two years and privileged to
have worked with the fine individuals on our 2011 and 2012
boards and advisory committees. I am most grateful to have had
the opportunity to get to know so many of WiVLA's members
better and to share in the progress of this unique
have been president, WiVLA members recommitted to following
the model of WiVLA as a supportive, non-competitive
organization that our founders laid out. Our members have
shown tremendous support for the ECO Award and Gold Key
Scholarships by donating generously to keep them funded. We
have continued the tradition of collaborative work, held
several well-regarded juried exhibitions, shared our literary
work in readings, and secured a prestigious venue for our
first show in 2013.
for your contributions to WiVLA in so many ways over the last
two years. I know you will continue to support WiVLA and its
work in the future.
I ask two
important things of you as I leave office. One is to give
as generously as you can to the current Award Fund Campaign.
Go to our website right now and make an online donation,
or write a check and mail it to WiVLA at PO BOX 130406,
Houston, TX 77219-0406. The other is to attend the Winter
Holiday Social on December 8 so we can end the year with fun
important news and information, including our sale of the
fabulous WiVLA tote bags, please read the rest of the
newsletter. If I don't see you before then, enjoy a happy and
festive holiday however you celebrate the season.
LETTER FROM THE
remember a few years ago when we had snow on Christmas eve and
while I know that was a freak occurrence it is a nice idea to
dream of as the Christmas season approaches.
the bombardment of seasonal commercialism let us all remember
the spirit of kindness and love that is the true meaning of
this time of year.
wish for us all a blessed and safe holiday as we travel or
stay at home. And as we move into 2013 may we all see our
dreams come true!
EXCITING PRESENTATION AT OUR JANUARY
January 15 meeting, sculptor and writer Bridgette Mongeon will
share a few exercises that she has created for
participants in her creativity workshops.
holds us back from reaching our fullest creative potential?
Thomas Edison said, 'Genius is one percent inspiration and
ninety-nine percent perspiration.'
change our neural connections or our biochemistry to help us
to be more creative and productive, and if so, is that
difficult to do? How can we feel more fulfilled in our
Mongeon is a published writer/author and a sculptor. She loves
to help others to "make a living while living a dream." With a
fervent passion and interest for brain and neurology, she has
been studying the creative process and teaching, writing, and
conducting workshops about marketing in the arts and
creativity for over 30 years.
are interested in seeing more of her work, she has multiple
creative endeavors including podcast, 3D technology and a gift
line. Google her or check out her sculpture
website . Connect with her before December 12 on Facebook
and get an invite to visit her Heights area art studio for her
upside down Christmas Party where she hangs the tree from the
RENEWAL TIME IS
WiVLA membership expires on December 31, 2012. The renewal
period is January 1 through January 31, 2013. Renewing your
membership on time means that you will get the newsletter
without a lapse; you will get the updated password for our
online directory as soon as we announce it; and, if you have
been a member for two years, you will be eligible for the ECO
Award drawings in March.
year, the ECO Award review committee had to disqualify two
members from the drawing because they had forgotten to renew
their membership on time. Do not let this happen to you!
Remember also that you have to be a WiVLA member to
participate in our Houston Public Library show in March and
April 2013. (If you joined WiVLA between October and December
2012, your membership carries over to 2013.)
or print a membership form from the website and mail it
WiVLA EARNED A
BIGGER GOOD SEARCH DONATION IN 2012
year, WiVLA earned $35.00 from your searches on Good Search.
That is three times more money than we earned in 2011. Think
how much more WiVLA could make in donations if a few more of
you made Good Search your search engine. Help WiVLA in 2013 by
going to the Good Search
website and making their search engine your default. It is
easy and it helps WiVLA!
THE FABULOUS WiVLA
TOTE BAG IS HERE!!
WiVLA has beautiful black tote bags
for sale printed with our eye-catching logo in white ink. They
are available for the wonderfully reasonable price of $12.00
apiece. Buy one for yourself and some for your friends for
Christmas gifts. The bags are lightweight canvas with handles
long enough to sling over your shoulder. These 15 ˝" square
totes are roomy and stylish.
bags on our website and we will mail them out to you the
next day through the US Postal Service. The cost for mailing 1
is $1.75; 2 is $3.00; 3 is $4.00; and 4 is $5.75. For more
than 4 tote bags, please email email@example.com for the mailing
proceeds of the tote bag sales will go to improving our
website with features like a member gallery.
to Black Swan Printing for generously
donating the ink and printing of our tote bags.
FIRST-EVER SHOW AT HOUSTON PUBLIC LIBRARY
to start preparing for our next big show, Earth/Energy:
Through Women's Eyes, set to open on Saturday, March 2,
2013. The show will feature ceramics and ceramic- or
clay-inspired pieces, and there will be an accompanying
literary presentation with readings addressing the show's
theme. This year, WiVLA was lucky enough to score the gallery
space at the newly-renovated Houston Public Library, and
Sharon Dennard has graciously agreed to be our juror. More
info will appear soon on the WiVLA website and Facebook page,
and you'll find all the details in the prospectus coming in
the January issue of Voices. So get that potter's wheel
spinning, fire up the kiln, put pen to paper, and plan to be
part of this exciting show!
YOU'RE INVITED TO
right - party time is here, and you're all invited! This
year's potluck event will be held Saturday, December 8, from
7:00 p.m. until 10:00 p.m., in the Katy home of Cathy Lachin.
Each WiVLA member may invite a guest and is asked to provide a
dish or a beverage. If you haven't signed up yet, or would
like more information, feel free to e-mail Cathy at. Last year's social was a
great success, so let's all join in the festivities and make
it another wonderful night to remember!
know WiVLA has a Facebook page? We do and we want you to LIKE
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.
us on Facebook, click
here, then LIKE us and post a
greeting to all your WiVLA friends.
TRUE COLORS: Diane
Where are you from and how did you get here? (can be taken
literally or figuratively)
I grew up
in the San Francisco/Bay Area, California. At the young age of
9 I suffered a life changing head trauma that ultimately left
me with a bad right leg. Something I have been fighting to
overcome all my life. In high school I was a total nerd but I
found my writing voice in journalism class. Upon graduation I
wanted to explore the world but my parents decided I was going
to college. I found like minds on the college newspaper staff
and remember fondly the hours working on deadlines with mega
cups of coffee to keep us going. Eventually I became Editor in
Chief of my college newspaper. After leaving college and
joining the workforce I became involved in state politics. I
single handedly organized a fundraiser for a candidate running
for attorney general and raised $25,000. I followed my career
to Houston in 1999 and fell in love with this city.
Do you like your name? Why or why not? How would you decorate
it if you could make your own nameplate? How does your name
make you feel? Is there a family or friend story about your
never liked my name. I always wanted something more creative
or dignified like Katherine (like my idol Katherine
What is your favorite memory?
many memories, but, not sure any would qualify as a favorite.
But a recent memory that I love is when my friends 4 year old
(at that time) put her little hand in mine because she knew
she could trust me.
What has been your proudest moment? When did your heart pound
out its absolute strongest beat as you clinched that golden
ring? Details please! Don't be shy...we are going to enjoy
celebrating this with you-even if it was back in 5th
after years of reading about it and dreaming about it, I saved
my money for a year and booked myself on an 8 day tour of
England and Scotland. I went by myself and was scared the
whole time. Our tour director said that if we missed the bus
we would be left behind. He said this every night as we
checked into our hotel and I don't think I slept the entire
trip. But my proudest moment was standing in the cobblestone
covered square of Stratford upon Avon, the reported
birthplace of Shakespeare; with fall leaves falling all around
I spotted a lone phone booth (the days before cell phones) and
called my Dad collect.
How did art discover you or you discover art? Describe your
art journey up to this moment.
considered myself an artist, but I always thought an artist
was defined as a painter, sculptor, etc. What I have
discovered is that an artist cannot be defined. I enjoy
collage art for the abstract aspect. I have always
considered myself a writer from a very young age. I am filled
with hope when I am able to put words and ideas down on paper.
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.
two places I consider special. One is a place called Half Moon
Bay in California. To get there you have to cross the bay and
then eventually as you approach the ocean you descend down a
winding road to the water. I can sit there and let the waves
and the sea take my troubles away. The other is Napa Valley,
California. As you drive into the valley the highway becomes
covered by a canopy of trees and then you encounter the
wineries and the smell of grapes and earth. It is a little
slice of heaven.
If you could have any kind of work situation, "dream job," or
way you spend your time, what would it be? (Think: anything -
job is to be a working writer and artist in Paris. Sipping
coffee at an outside café with friends during the day and
writing at night.
Sextonwas awarded the Stitch In Time Fashion
Show Judges Choice Award at the Houston International
Quilt Festival. Her entry, entitled "Royal Promenade,"
was a three piece ensemble inspired by the Ashanti people of
Ghana, Africa, who built a civilization by weaving.
Peggy interpreted their woven design with machine embroidery
and hand dyed batik cloth.
Pat Morgan- Our minds are drifting to Christmas
and I have a suggestion. If you have suffered a loss or
know someone who has Angel Tracks will be the perfect
Christmas gift. It's available at Amazon.com, Kindle, Nook and my publisher: allthingsthatmatterpress.com. It's the
story of a mother who lost her only child, it's the story of
learning to live again, it's about angels, and it's about me.
It can help you and the people you care about to know we
are not alone. Order now.
Van Farowe will have 2 of her photographs
featured in the National Society of Artists' National Juried
Show at the Butler Longhorn Museum in League City.
The exhibit runs through December 29.
to the Art For the Trees If You Please- Art
Benefit December 11th at Mixed Emotions Fine Art and Frame on
95 Tuam St. from 6:30-9:30pm to raise money for Memorial
Park's trees. The money that is raised will be donated to The
Memorial Park Conservancy. Listen to guest speaker, Jim
Porter, chairman of The Memorial Park Conservancy, Brian
Kalinec- singer/songwriter and watch Suzanne Marsh talented
silhouette cut out artist in action and the amazingly tall
Walking Tree Of Life performer for entertainment as well as,
many wonderful artists will be selling tree-themed art. Among
the artists included are two WiVLA members: Kay Kemp and Carol
websitetoday for the details and to purchase
Nelda Gilliam and Lucinda Cobley for an Open
Studio and Special Exhibition of "Background Noise" on
Saturday, December 8 from 11am to 6:00pm. Paintings,
drawings, prints and sculpture will be on display and
available for sale. Nelda's Montrose studio is located behind
her residence at 218 Avondale, Houston, TX 77006. The
exhibition is also open by appointment through December 15.
Harris'swork, 'Life us Difficult,' was awarded
Honorable Mention in the November exhibition at the Watercolor
McClellanhas a print in IMPRESSIONS, the 2012
PrintMatters Membership Exhibition, at the Museum of Printing
History. The show will be up until February 9.
Artist's talks will be held on January 26th from 6 -
Lowy's Victorian-era literary novel Wobbly
Barstool is now available as an e-book!
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.
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
Annual Write on the Sound Writers' Conference Presenter
proposals are now being accepted for the 28th Annual Write on
the Sound Writers' Conference presented by the Edmonds Arts
Commission. The two and a half day conference focused on the
craft of writing will be held October 4-6, 2013 at the Frances
Anderson Center (700 Main Street) in Edmonds WA.
Would you like to
post an announcement? Send your email
by the 20th
of the month to firstname.lastname@example.org.
CALL FOR ENTRIES -
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 Calls for Entries:
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.
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.
Quarterly Journal seeks visual art. For
submission guidelines and more information, visit their website.
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 seasons.
Proposals and images are reviewed on a biannual
basis: June & December. Fee: $20. Click here for more
Contemporary Gallery. Submissions: Avis Frank
welcomes submissions from artists and curators. We require
that you submit a single e-mail, which includes all files and
links. In addition to work samples, please submit an artist
resume and biography. http://www.avisfrank.com
FOR ENTRIES - LITERARY
Inclusion in this list does not
indicate endorsement by WiVLA. We recommend you research each
contest, and contact the sponsor(s).
is accepting poetry, translation, review,
essay, and interview entries. Deadline: open. Click here for
Our Stories Press is seeking memoirs between
100-300 words for a memoir project. Deadline: rolling. Click
Loop Online is an online scriptwriting site.
Click here for
information about various scriptwriting
Magazine 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
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.
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.
December 8 at 7 p.m.
Winter Holiday Social
Cathy Lachin for the address.
December 10 at 6 p.m.
does not meet in December!!
a complete list of upcoming events, visit the WiVLA calendar online.
Lane Devereux (email@example.com)
Cookie Wells (firstname.lastname@example.org)
Cathy Lachin (email@example.com)
Pattie Berg (firstname.lastname@example.org)
Corry Austin (email@example.com)
Jennifer Watson (firstname.lastname@example.org)
Diane Door (email@example.com
Michele Zacks (firstname.lastname@example.org)
Leah Lax (email@example.com)
Pat Morgan (firstname.lastname@example.org) At
Piyali Dasgupta (email@example.com)