Frivolity AheadWiVLA members and their guests are
looking forward to a wonderful relaxed evening at the home of June
Russell on Saturday, December 17. PLEASE RSVP by December 12 to firstname.lastname@example.org and
let us know whether you will be bringing a side dish or dessert. You
will receive an invitation via email Dec 3.Theater
Night On Tap
WiVLA members can take advantage of a
special WiVLA discount night at the current performance at 4th Wall
Theatre Company's performance of Shakespeare's comedy, "Much Ado
About Nothing." Click here
to purchase tickets and use the special
discount code of WIVLA for the Thursday, Dec. 15
performance (7:30pm Curtain):. Tickets will be only $22
each using the discount code. Many thanks to our November speaker,
WiVLA Board Elected at November Meeting
members have accepted and been approved for the following board
President - Cori Austin
President - Lilibeth Andre
- Lee Steiner
Treasurer - Lane
Literary Chairs - Karleen Koen
will join Mary Harlan
Visual Chairs -
Communications - Mary
Newsletter Editor - Kay
Membership - Zita Giraldo
and Kristine Rivers (ex-officio)
Media Chair - Regina Vitolo Mader
At-Large - Josena Arquieta
and Tayyba KanwalPresident's
Announces Two Shows in 2017
“Oh,” she said smiling, “a gift for
me. I can’t think of anything more lovely.”
And given her
delight, I knew with a flash the wisdom of scripture that says, “It
is more blessed to give than receive.” The gift long forgotten, but
her joy is forever remembered. I remember this friend as the holiday
season begins. And think of how I can use this season to
meditate on ideas for the January 2017 WiVLA meeting as I do my
holiday chores.At our January 17, 2017 member
meeting, our members will be asked to participate in a “Town
Meeting” discussion of how WiVLA should spend $1000 to benefit young
women – both artists and writers – in in our community to
encourage their creative development. A brief
For many years WiVLA has given two Gold Key Awards
through the Scholastic Achievement Program administered locally by
the Harris County Board of Education. The awards were given to
senior high school women – $500 to an artist and $500 to a writer
for their senior portfolios. These young women then were
invited to WiVLA’s May meeting to showcase their work.
past January the WiVLA board during their annual retreat discussed
our Gold Key participation. Board members had several
concerns. Because our awards have been based solely on merit, there
was discussion around finding students who have need as well as
merit. Several noted that our hope that these women might
become involved with WiVLA had never been realized because all of
our recipients started college shortly after receiving the award –
and not one had ever returned to attend a WiVLA meeting.
Additionally, because the award went to only two people, the impact
on the community was limited and there was some discussion around
giving the award to programs benefiting women rather than
individuals. At the end of the discussion it was decided that we
would go back to the Harris County Board and ask to have our 2016
awards be based on need and to see if it were possible to give
awards to younger students – eighth or ninth grades – who might then
become involved with us during their HS years. Unfortunately because
of an administrative change at the Board of Education our requests
were never addressed and as a result no awards were made this
Therefore, the WiVLA Board with the encouragement from
the WiVLA Advisory Board has decided to have the WiVLA membership at
the January member meeting address how we might best spend $1000(the
amount we have always allocated to the Gold Key awards) to reward,
encourage and/or support creative young women in our community.
Keep in mind that such an award can be a way to make WiVLA
more visible in the community as well as to attract younger women to
our organization. The format for this “Town Meeting” will be for
each WiVLA member attending to tell the group how she thinks WiVLA
could use this money. Ideas will be recorded and at the end of the
meeting participants will be “vote” to see which ideas have the most
viability. Following the meeting the WiVLA board will take the ideas
that the group likes the best and make the final determination on
how the money will be spent.
I remind all here that we do not
meet in December, but will celebrate together at our WiVLA
member/guest party on December 17. Members will receive formal
notification of the party via email around December 3.
and happy holidays and plan to join us on December 17. Jane Mulholland
to next year, we have two exhibitions on the horizon. The first one
will be at the Cloisters Gallery at Christ Church Cathedral opening
March 3, 2017. The Prospectus is here
. 2D artists are encouraged to enter this
juried show. The theme of the show is “Abundant.” Entries will be
accepted online beginning December 1 through January 27. Please note
that this venue is quite special since Treebeard”s Restaurant serves
lunch daily in this space to approximately 400 people. Few venues in
Houston get this many visitors during an exhibition. If you know
artists who might like to participate and who aren’t currently WiVLA
members, ask them to join now and be a member through 2017. (Current
members will be asked to rejoin at the beginning of 2017.) The
exhibition will be open February 27 – March 23 with the gallery open
11 am to 2 pm weekdays.The Call for Entry
will invite women to submit up to
three 2D pieces for consideration for this juried exhibit beginning
December and ending on January 27, 2017.
The juror will consider
photography, watercolor, oil painting, acrylic painting, pastels,
drawing and any other 2D work that represents or reflect the theme
“Abundant.” Click here
for a look at the Prospectus.
second art show of 2017, WiVLA is extremely excited to collaborate
with the Evelyn Rubenstein Jewish Community Center – “the J” - in an
event called One Voice, One Vibe, Our Community
little background is necessary: As many are aware the greater
Meyerland area was hit by devastating floods twice within a ten
month period. “The J” became a hub for relief efforts and continues
to communicate with the community and local leaders in the city and
county. This has led to a renewed sense of pride and excitement
about the community. To celebrate the commitment to connecting and
rebuilding this vital community “the J” is sponsoring One Voice,
One Vibe, Our Community.
As the centerpiece of One
Voice, One Vibe, Our Community
“the J” is commissioning an
original anthem-like composition to reflect the resilience of the
greater Meyerland area, its Jewish imprint and the Evelyn Rubenstein
Jewish Community Center. The WiVLA part of this will be an
art exhibit along with written work from our writers on the topic
The composition will premiere at the Evelyn
Rubenstein Jewish Community Center on August 20, 2017 with local
musicians and singers. Earlier that afternoon an opening reception
will be held with the WIVLA art work exhibited in the Deutser Art
Gallery along with a chapbook of the WiVLA written work.
Prospectus for this show has not yet been posted. But, artists
should begin to think about the theme “Renewal.” There will be NO
charge for WiVLA members to enter this show. You will be asked to
submit only one piece, although you may submit one written and one
2D piece of art. Because the Deutser Art Gallery is a small space,
we will be limiting size to 24” x 30” framed in any direction.
Writers will be confined to one page, double spaced, Times New Roman
12-point font. As you ruminate on what you want to create for this
significant event, please think in terms of a secular approach to
Because the work is to be presented to the entire
community, it should have broad appeal. Work with a religious slant
will not be appropriate for this show.
As you can see, 2017
promises to be an exciting year for WiVLA!WiVLA
Scoop by the Snoop: December 2016
stoops to conquer after she makes lunch: For years this WiVLA woman
used her creative powers in the kitchen testing new recipes and
planning and having elaborate dinners for her friends and family.
Thanks to WiVLA and Julia Cameron’s The Artist’s Way,
woman has been catapulted into art and writing and musing often on
how domestic responsibilities and jobs can make the creative life a
rocky like the parking space in front of the Winter Street Studios.
Perhaps it was thirty-five years ago when my youngest son – now in
his fifties – said, “Mother, you’re weird.” Then and now I see that
as both freedom and a compliment, although I suspect neither were
meant at the time.
What I have come to understand is
that creative is always there in most of what I do. More easily
expressed on the page or canvas, but never far from the surface of
how I live. WiVLA has taught, inspired, nurtured, supported, and
provided outlets for those creative impulses in ways I never thought
imaginable. I came to support a young friend, a brilliant painter
who was winning awards in her first semester at the University of
Houston. “I’ll go, if you go with me,” she said. Three months later
Janeen Thompson, then WiVLA’s President called, “Would you mind,”
she asked, “putting a photograph in our show at Etui?” Coolly I
said, “Yes,” and only after I hung up did I start shouting, “WOULD I
MIND? WOULD I MIND!” When that photo sold opening night, I was
forever hooked on WiVLA.
Lately I’ve had the opportunity to
snoop around and see work done by our WiVLA women in their own
studios and also at the VAA show on Spring Street and at the
Holocaust Museum. It is exciting to walk up to work and say to me,
“That’s a Jo Zider or a June Russell or a Rona Lesser or an Ava
Cosey or a Lydia Bodnar-Balahutrak or a Carolyn Dahl,” and feel the
comforting sense of the familiar of being among WiVLA
Those who attended the standing room only readings at
Archway Gallery on November 17 to hear our writers’ share their
works on “Color” were gratified at the depth and diversity of the
The “Abundant” season is upon us and our
website is ready to accept your submissions for our show at the
Cloisters Gallery at Christ Church Cathedral through January 27.
This show gives us an opportunity to show our work to the
approximately 400 people who eat lunch in this space every day
provided by Treebeard’s Restaurant. See the Prospectus for
The end of the year is almost here and our WiVLA
membership will need to be renewed. You will receive a formal notice
at the beginning of 2017 or you can go to our website and renew or
send a check to WiVLA, P.O. Box 130406, Houston, TX 77219-0406. If
you joined in September 2016 or thereafter you are a member through
2017 already. Whenever you renew it will insure you of a happy,
inspirational and creative New Year!
Best to you in the holiday
season.If you know people who want to join WiVLA
tell them: NOW is the time! Anyone joining now will be a member
through 2017 – and will be invited to our member/guest Holiday
Party! Although the Snoop thinks she knows
a lot, she can use your help. Let her know your scoop:
Encouraged by Kim Tobin at November meetingby Mary
Following your passion. Accounting.
Which of these four doesn’t
If you guessed accounting
, you haven’t
heard Kim Tobin-Lehl talk about how she and her husband Phillip Lehl
Wall Theatre Company. Accounting and
financial accountability are the foundation of Kim’s success as a
theatre founder and her fulfillment as an actor. On Tuesday,
, Kim shared her journey begun as a fearless
three-year-old high-diving into her grandfather’s arms. Fast
forward to her pre-teens and the decision to be a competitive
swimmer instead of acting. Lines didn't sound so fun to
The good news for Houston is that Kim found her
way back to theatre, studying with Sandy Meisner and Edward Albee,
and eventually leaving New York to found the local theatre recently
Wall. The good news for the actors of
her theatre is that Kim has parlayed her insistence for financial
accountability into her stand that actors are fairly
compensated. Even while producing, directing, and acting, she
runs a payroll company focused on the arts.
WiVLA gathering was inspired and resulted in a special WiVLA
discount night at the current performance at 4th Wall of
Shakespeare's comedy, "Much Ado About Nothing." Click here
to purchase tickets and use the special
discount code of WIVLA for the Thursday, Dec. 15 performance (7:30pm
Curtain):. Tickets will be only $22 each using the discount code.
Thank you, Kim
Publishing: The New Way to Get Your Book to
Readers by Faye Walker, 3rd Coast
of traditional publishing and self-publishing (called indie
publishing these days), and even vanity publishing. 3rd
Coast Books is an innovative alternative that brings the best of
both the traditional and indie publishing worlds together to benefit
the author in a model called Hybrid Publishing.
principals, with over 65 years in book publishing, have seen
publishing from every conceivable angle. We decided the publishing
triangle is upside down. The publisher gets almost all the proceeds
and the writer sits at the bottom with his/her measly 5-7%. And the
writer has no creative control.
charge a high fee to produce an inferior product over which you have
little if any control. In addition, they don’t help you with
marketing at all!
As a hybrid publisher, 3rd
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traditional publisher would, but we partner with the author.
Additionally, hybrid publishers have a real
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to get books into the market. 3rd Coast Books moves your
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- Vet all manuscript submissions,
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- Create your book in house with a
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- Market your book extensively via
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- Grant the writer 40%
As all hybrid publishers do, 3rd
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want the author to make money so we give them a great deal of
creative control. They can often help us better understand how to
market their title.
As David Vinjamuri notes, “If these
hybrid publishers act like very clever marketers, it’s because they
are. Beyond exploiting new segments, they’ve started to create
imprints that are meaningful consumer brands. The benefit to the
publisher is significant, because an imprint with brand equity can
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(“How Hybrid Publishers Innovate to Succeed”, Forbes Jan
Publishers Weekly extolls the best
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of working with hybrid publishers rather than self-publishing is
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Since we aim to be the premier hybrid
publisher, we’re serious about what leaves our house. We want well
written literature that has been professionally edited, so we can
market it aggressively. Won’t you join us?
SUBMISSIONS: 3rd Coast Books is now accepting fiction and
non-fiction submissions in seven genres. Please go to: www.3rdcoastbooks.com
you shop at Randall's, use the "Good Neighbor" code of 5341 and
WiVLA will benefit every time you shop!
tuned for upcoming events!
send in your news - art exhibits, works published by the 20th of
each month to be included in the following month's newsletter.
Please share your good news with WiVLA members by sending to email@example.com.
- Jo Zider won an honorable mention for
her work in the VAA Show at the Spring Street Studios.
- Sharon Worley's new book, Love Letters and the Romantic Novel during the
Napoleonic Wars, has been published by Cambridge Scholars
- Susan Salter submitted 2 encaustic paintings
to Art on the Avenue, recently held at Winter Street Studios, Nov.
3, and 5th. Out of over 250 pieces of art submitted, one of
her paintings, "Falling Upward" was juried into the 35 piece
special gallery. Both paintings sold!
- Janet Reynolds' book “Fall Risk” won 3rd
place in the 3D category in TAEA’s Electronic Gallery to be shown
at the conference.
- Ava Cosey, Artist & Printmaker, nominated
Texas State Artist by Texans for the Arts, is on the
Ava’s oil painting, entitled “Legacy of a Lie” is
at the Holocaust Museum Houston until December 31,
HMH’s first contemporary juried exhibition,
“GENOCIDE: Man’s Inhumanity to Humankind” includes 65
selections of works featured from more than 600 submissions by
Texas area artists. This contemporary art exhibition
explores the suffering humans are capable of bestowing on one
another. Ava’s work is in the catalog produced by the HMH, and,
also featured in their Newsletter, “Hope Is Greater Than
Also, Ava’s oil painting, “Ancestor’s Torch”
continues to travel in the Kinsey Collection which historically
has been seen by millions, will be exhibited at the University of
Hong Kong Museum and Gallery from December 2016 to February 2017
plans to go to Beijing. The artist will be present for the
- Jane Chance's new book "Tolkien,Self and
Other: 'This Queer Creature'" will be out on December 19 (she
hopes!) at Amazon, Walmart or from the publisher,
- Sharon Worley's latest book has been
published by Cambridge Scholars Press (2016): Love Letters and
the Romantic Novel during the Napoleonic Wars.
- Shirl Riccetti will begin 2017 with a
One-Person Show at Archway Gallery, 2305 Dunlavy. Entitled,
“….In a Good Place” (watercolors, pen and musings), the exhibit
runs January 7 to February 2. Opening Reception is
Saturday, January 7, 5-8 pm, with Artist’s Talk 6:30
- Jere Pfister will be presenting her work,
Forbidden Gardens, at the Annual Storytellers Event sponsored by
the Houston Storytellers Guild on Saturday, February
20 at 3 pm at MATCH. Tickets will be on sale soon. The event is
supported in part by Poets and Writers.
- Lydia Bodnar-Balahutrak is still featured in
3 Houston-area exhibitions: "Genocide"from
September 30, 2016 – January 1, 2017 with the opening Reception:
Wed. October 19, 6-8 pm at the Holocaust Museum Houston.
- Jo Zider, Carolyn Dahl and Ava
Cosey also have work in the Holocaust Museum
show"Genocide" to January 1.
- Janet Reynolds created a book using the
Turkish map that will be displayed at NAEA offices and gallery in
- Judith Shamp has collage and mixed-media work
in the Art Crawl and on exhibit at Mother Dog Studios opening
November 19 through February 14.
- Editors Note: We know a lot of you are showing your
work and getting articles and books published, but you MUST send
the information to newsletter@WiVLA.org by the 20th of each month.
We want to support you and come to your openings, but we have to
know about it!!!
WiVLA member and Advisory Board Chair, Leigh Owen,
has been asked by Houston Woman
Magazine to repeat her Creative Ways to Save
and Savor the Moment Workshop. Join her Saturday, January
14 from 9 to noon at the Center for Recovery at 303 Jackson Hill
Street (near Memorial Drive between Scotland and Dickson Streets in
Montrose - free garage parking). The workshop will be $49 including
morning coffee and continental breakfast.
Treat yourself to
this engaging Saturday morning and you’ll come away with dozens of
special ideas and the enthusiasm to put them into action. During the
various hands-on workshop segments you will secure moments and
memories as you begin your own
will learn the trick to cut the clutter of ticket stubs, greeting
cards, brochures, and photos while you delight in saving life’s key
experiences in a useful and accessible way. Also find out the four
simple steps to an effortless travel log that basically creates
leader Leigh Owen is a marketing pro, artist, and
writer. She has loved the texture, boldness, and beauty of paper all
her life. She will guide and share with attendees her many
ingenious, clever, and entertaining hacks to turn blank books into
To make the most of this workshop, bring a
few magazines to cut up, any kind of blank notebook or journal and
your favorite writing tools.
We will provide scissors, glue
sticks and more magazines.
If you are interested in
being placed on the e-vite list for this workshop, please email your
request to Beverly@HoustonWomanMagazine.com.Calling
All Romantics! Here’s your chance to be “Locked in Love”! by Lee
For my ECO Fund Grant from WiVLA , I am
creating a multi-media art project that calls for active
participation from those who care to share a brief story about their
My “Locked in Love” project is inspired
by the European custom where newly married couples attach a padlock
to a bridge railing and toss the key in the water below. Many
padlocks are engraved with the couple’s names, as a way of declaring
the bond between them forever.
I am intrigued by the variety and
sheer quantity of locks and the names and dates inscribed on them
and I wonder who these lovers are and what their stories are.
I have great photos of love padlocks that I shot in Latvia and
Lithuania and my daughter photographed the locks in Moscow and St.
Petersburg for me. Now I need stories!
please write your love story in 30 words or less. You don’t need
complete sentences, I’m hoping you’ll sum up your love experience in
a string of colorful, descriptive, heartfelt phrases. Your
story (named or anonymous, your choice) will be printed on the back
of an Artist Trading Card (ATC) that features a detail photo of a
Love Lock. So far, I have created 20 different lock card
designs! As my thank you, I will make a set of “Locked in
Love” cards with your story, just for you!
My “Locked in
Love” project goal is to host an interactive exhibit in February
where I will display a completed series of concertina books with
rotating photo/story cards inset in the panels. Larger images
of the bridges and rails packed with locks will add context. Guests
will be encouraged to select a Love Lock ATC and write their own
love story on the back as a make-and-take reminder of this charming
Please consider helping me.
I’ve always loved hearing how people met and fell in love and now I
have a special way to share these unique stories with others.
on left an image of my sample cards, one with my parents’ story and
one with my own. I hope these inspire you to tell me a
needs a critique group and is willing to have it at her house. If
you are interested let her know:
WiVLA Event Photographers needed. We need to collect photos of
recent events and exhibits for both our newsletter, website and the
archives. Please send any photos you have digitally to
Historian Rona Lesser at firstname.lastname@example.org. If the files are large
separate into several emails. Free
docent led tours of the current exhibit are available at the Blaffer
Museum at the University of Houston on Fri. at 2:00 each week.
Check the website for the current exhibition
City ArtWorks will be staffing fall after school
and studio classes soon and is looking for new instructors.
Curriculum for classes and supplies are provided. Classes
located all around Houston area. Also they may be interested
in people to teach more advanced classes in subjects like
photography, sculpture, ceramic clay for ages in middle school and
high school. Inprint opens its doors at 1520 West Main on the
first Friday of every month from 9 am to 12 noon for a writing cafe.
Any and all writers looking for a pleasant morning space in which to
write are welcome. For information, click here..WriteSpace is offering several
workshops in December.For
pricing, registration and more information, go to the WriteSpace website or contact them.Katy Contemporary Art Museum is a relatively new
museum in our area and it's located in Katy at 805 Avenue B. WiVLA
member June Russell says it is worth a
Houston, a new magazine dedicated to all types of art, is
looking for articles. For general submission guidelines, contact the
will find an abundance of resources on this new website created by writing coach Joan Dempsey.
Houston Writers Guild offers several Critique Circles at different
times and locations. For more information, click here.
studio space? JoMar Visions is expanding to an amazing new location
in Northwest Crossing in Houston! Location at 5247-5249 Langfield Rd, Houston, TX-77040.
Be part of a vibrant art community.
more information and a map of the studio
for Entry: Visual ArtInclusion
in this list does not indicate endorsement by WiVLA. We recommend
you research each contest, and contact the
~ The Women's Caucus for Art is
pleased to announce the Call For Art for "WAGE ON! Women, Art, and
Money" exhibition that will take place at Ceres Gallery in Chelsea
from January 31 to February 25, 2017. Submissions deadline is
Sunday, November 13, 2016. Submit online or find out more
"WAGE ON!" explores how women
artists view the current economic climate and it’s impact on wages,
identity, and lives of women both in and beyond the art world.
Artists at all career levels are invited to submit work for
consideration on this timely topic. The exhibition will be an
integral part of the 2017 WCA conference that runs concurrent with
CAA and the TFAP day of panels.
the Women's Caucus for Art Facebook page for more opportunies for
Magazine is an online venue dedicated to fine art, contemporary
photography and brings together diverse bodies of work by
established and emerging artists from around the globe. They accept
from new and emerging photographers.~
FreshArts, of which we are members, has many opportunities for
artists listed on their website.
Check it out!
Art Services has a digital jurying system. Click on the
link above for more
CAFE' 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 ArtInclusion
in this list does not indicate endorsement by WiVLA. We recommend
you research each contest, and contact the sponsor(s).
regularly publishes fiction, poetry, and nonfiction, including
stories, novels, novel excerpts, novellas, personal essays, humor,
sketches, memoirs, literary biographies, commentary, reportage,
interviews, and features of interest to readers who take pleasure in
storytelling and imaginative prose.
Coast Books is now accepting fiction and non-fiction
submissions in seven genres. Please go to: www.3rdcoastbooks.com
Public Poetry asks for submissions on the
theme of ‘WORK’ with poems that reflect activities,
experiences, the way that work impacts your life, etc. Poems
must be submitted on Submittable between Sept. 5, 2016 and Feb.
28, 2017. Three prizes will be awarded on May 1; the amount of
the prize depends on when you enter; the entry fee is the same
whenever you submit, but the prize is reduced for later
entries.* Poems will be judged blind by a panel
comprised of people from different sectors of the
economy. *Pubic Poetry Members can submit in Jan &
Feb and the prize amount is not reduced. For membership
information click HERE.
~ Poets & Writers has
a great database of conferences and residencies for writers. Check it out.
Winning Writers is another great website for writing
opportunities. Check it out by clicking here. Please
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