December 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
WIVLA NEWS: Exciting January Meeting; Fabulous WiVLA Tote Bag; Renewal Time; Winter Holiday Social; Art Show; and more
Announcements and Upcoming Events
Call for Entries - Visual Arts
Call for Entries - Literary Arts
Calendar of Events

Remember, WiVLA does not meet in December. See you in January.


LETTER FROM THE PRESIDENT_______________________________



Dear Friends,


This is 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 organization.


While I 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.


Thank you 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 and festivities.


For other 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.


Warm Regards,



LETTER FROM THE EDITOR_____________________________________




Holiday Greetings!

I 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.

In 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.

I 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!







QUOTE OF THE MONTH_____________________________________ 


 Difficult times have helped me to understand better than before, how infinitely rich and beautiful life is in every way, and that so many things that one goes worrying about are of no importance whatsoever..."


Isak Dinesen




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








At our January 15 meeting, sculptor and writer Bridgette Mongeon will share a few exercises that she has created for participants in her creativity workshops.


What holds us back from reaching our fullest creative potential? Thomas Edison said, 'Genius is one percent inspiration and ninety-nine percent perspiration.'


Can we 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 creative process?


Bridgette 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.


If you 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 ceiling.




Your 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.


Last 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.)


You can renew online or print a membership form from the website and mail it in.



This 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!



Tote Bag 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.


Order tote 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 info@wivla.org for the mailing cost.


The proceeds of the tote bag sales will go to improving our website with features like a member gallery. 


Thank you to Black Swan Printing for generously donating the ink and printing of our tote bags.




It's time 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!




That's 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!




We're On Facebook

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


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.




Lavender: 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.


Yellow: 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 name?

I have never liked my name. I always wanted something more creative or dignified like Katherine (like my idol Katherine Hepburn).


Pink: What is your favorite memory?

I have 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.


Mauve: 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 grade!

In 1993 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.


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

I never 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.


Purple: 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.

I have 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.


Champagne: 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)

My dream 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.



Peggy 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.


From 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.


Alice 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.


Come 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 Watson


Visit the websitetoday for the details and to purchase your tickets.


Join 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.  832-703-8650


Marsha Harris'swork, 'Life us Difficult,' was awarded Honorable Mention in the November exhibition at the Watercolor Art Society-Houston.


Eileen 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 - 7pm.


Jane Lowy's Victorian-era literary novel Wobbly Barstool is now available as an e-book!


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.


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.  


28th 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 newsletter@wivla.org.



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:









Fiber Art Calls for Entries: http://fiberartcalls.blogspot.com/    


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.   


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 seasons. Proposals and images are reviewed on a biannual basis:  June & December. Fee: $20. Click here for more information.


New 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 


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.  





 Saturday, December 8 at 7 p.m.

WiVLA Winter Holiday Social

Contact Cathy Lachin for the address.


Monday, December 10 at 6 p.m.

WiVLA Board meeting  

Sosa Community Center

1414 Wirt Road

Houston, TX77055 


Remember: WiVLA does not meet in December!! 


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 (jwatson7_77346@yahoo.com)  

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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