December 2017

Dear Members, There is no meeting in December. We hope you'll join us for the January monthly meeting on Jan. 16, 2018.
Happy Holidays to Everyone!

Editor's Note: To present a shorter newsletter this month, I've deleted many of the resource links. They'll be back in January and combined with new links and opportunities.
   Additionally, in January we'll publish highlights of the WiVLA Reading at Archway Gallery on Nov. 16th and our fabulous Holiday Party on Nov. 28th and the announcement of the 2018 Board of Directors.
   Meanwhile -- Best wishes to everyone, Kay McStay

President's Message:
      I’m still basking in the glow of WiVLA’s holiday gathering! What a fun night we had! It’s what WiVLA is all about – camaraderie, creating, connecting, consuming delicious treats (well, that last one is just for special occasions). Long time members, new members, possible members -- we all enjoyed the time with each other. That is what this gathering provided – time with each other, which is one of the best holiday gifts ever.
      The wonderful evening reminded me that creating is another huge gift we give ourselves. The joy, satisfaction, frustration, problem-solving, and beauty that we derive from our creativity enlivens us, makes us feel real, and empowers us. 
     Whatever opportunities the month of December brings you, let many of them be creative – new recipes, gift-giving, art and writing projects with family, games to play, time alone to daydream. And give yourself a inviolate chunk of time to devote to your own personal needs – either to relax, create, renew a relationship, or whatever is necessary for your spirit to spread its wings.   
     Let’s finish the year joyfully!
     Cori Austin
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SAVE THE DATE: Saturday, January 27, 2018
WiVLA presents #Social Media Demystified

A one-day workshop on social media platforms to benefit your creative business. Sessions include: Instagram and Pinterest, Facebook, Twitter, Video and YouTube posting and online classes, Mail Chimp email postings, Blogging, and Begin your social media business plan.
8:30 am to 3:30 pm at the Mendenhall Community Center, 1414 Wirt Road, Spring Branch. 
Registration is now open on the WIVLA home page. See
Fees are $75 for members and $85 for non-members.
Renew Membership Now
Make 2018 your opportunity for creative encouragement and support by renewing your membership to WiVLA. The coming year promises to be outstanding in programs, writing and visual art opportunities, and friendships with interesting and creative women. Keep your membership current by renewing today! You can do it easily online: click here and pay online OR download a membership form and send the form and a check to WiVLA, P.O. Box 130406, Houston, TX 77219-0406.

You can also renew at the January meeting. To facilitate this, please print the membership form and fill it out ahead of time so you don't miss the opportunity to visit friends before the meeting! If you are a new member who joined at the end of 2017 (October through December), your membership will run through the entire year of 2018.

  • The Board sends this notice about (Wo)Men on Boats: A Paired Art Exhibition with Main Street Theater’s Production of Men in Boats   Regrettably, this exhibition has been cancelled due to circumstances with the exhibit space. The pending location is used as a classroom and for other events, and there were concerns for the proper exhibiting and security of the art pieces. We'll investigate future collaborations with the theater.
  • [Editor's choice to repeat news.] Cori Austin calls our attention to Google Photos and Facebook items by Regina Vitolo Mader, our social media guru. Regina encourages everyone to share their WiVLA photos to a Google album. Click here to read her thoughtful request and see more details. Regina says: "Hi, everyone, this is a link to WIVLA'S GOOGLE PHOTOS ALBUM. Please feel free to to upload any of your own WiVLA photos, or email them to me at" Use this link to the album itself. And, finally, use this one for a how-to tutorial on Facebook. [Editor notes that there's a TUTORIAL link.]
  • Debbie Blumberg writes: "I'm going to be writing a regular feature for AAA's Texas magazine, Texas Journey called "Texas Made" and am looking for artists to profile. The stories are short profiles of Texas people/businesses that are making especially unique items that you could give as a gift.
    Two recent stories I've done so far that will published soon:
    1-a feature on a small town blacksmith who forges items like chimineas, ranch gates and custom fixtures, like rattlesnake door handles and 2-a feature on a Sealy leather goods company housed in a historic mattress factory that crafts unique, high-end purses and bags by hand. Any leads for me? Thank you!" You can reach Debbie at
  • Margo Stutts Toombs says mark your calendars: Free Writers' Retreat on Saturday, January 20 from 10:30 am to 2:30 pm. Location to be announced.

Please send in your news by the 20th of each month - art exhibits, literary works, news, etc. -  for inclusion in the following month’s newsletter to
  • Anna Cogliandro invites you to her ceramic sale on Saturday Dec. 9 and Sunday Dec. 10 from 11:00 am to 4:00 pm. "Functional and sculptural pieces, hand built, wheel thrown and painted. Great choice, variety, and great prices." The location is 1223 AUGUSTA DR. NUMBER 18, GATE CODE 6239. Checks and cash accepted. Refreshments served. Anna's works have been exhibited at the Glassell School of Art and at WHAM at Winter Street. Her cell 713 898 3599.
  • Melody Locke writes: "One of my lumen prints was selected for the Unique: Alternative Processes exhibition at the A Smith Gallery in Johnson City. The exhibition runs from November 24, 2017 through January 14, 2018." This link provides the details: unique: alternative processes - A Smith Gallery
  • Lilibeth Andre has had a busy autumn. She launched Tu Salud, Naturalmente/Your Health, Naturally: An online radio/TV talk show on CBBA Radio to demystify holistic health and broaden collaborations between therapists and medical practitioners. The show is live on Wednesdays at 4:00 pm, and it runs in Spanish and in English (4:30pm). She is host and creative producer. Finally, her book The Songs of My Grandfather is now available in eBook format. It is available where online books are sold.
  • Debbie Blumberg is co-chairing the regional conference of the American Society of Journalists and Authors in Austin in February 2018. Please see the ANNOUNCEMENTS section for full details and the link to the conference.
  • Editor’s Note: We know a lot of you are showing your work and getting articles and books published, so we ask you to send the information to by the 20th of each month. We want to support you and come to your openings and readings; timely info to the newsletter gets the word to members and their friends and contacts.

~ Editor's Emphasis: I'm repeating a couple of announcements.

~ Member Patricia Flaherty Pagan, editor in chief at Spider Road Press, calls attention to the new releases and announcements at the press. Please see the excellent website for news, contests, giveaways, and book suggestions. A link to the press website is here.

~ Member Debbie Blumberg says: Save the date: February 3, 2018 - Debbie is co-chair of the American Society of Journalists and Authors regional writers conference next spring in Austin (and also the co-president of the group's Texas chapter). This is shaping up to be an amazing event for writers, freelancers, book authors, content marketers--anyone who's making a living from writing--to make connections and pick up new skills. Stay tuned for more information! (HTTP://TINY.CC/ASJATX). For more information on volunteering or sponsorship opportunities, please email   AND This just in: Here are more details on the lineup for ASJA's writers' conference in Austin this spring! Debbie is co-chairing and she says, "We're excited about our speakers and full schedule. Please spread the word! Registration is open." Click here to open the link. Here is the link as text:  

~ June Russell, visual co-chair points members to the excellent website for Public Poetry events for the month and, as June notes, call for submissions and contests. Click the blue link for PP's great web page.   The editor notes that the Public Poetry website is always hopping with ideas, events, and opportunities for collaboration.

~ Events and upcoming shows are noted on the Visual Arts Alliance (VAA) helpful website at

~ Archway Gallery has a great website: Click here to go to the website. Monthly exhibits and special events. 

[The editor thanks pixabay for free images, especially TerriC.]

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Upcoming Events

WiVLA Monthly Meeting
No meeting in December.
Join us in January 2018
Tuesday, January 16th
Archway Gallery
2305 Dunlavy
Houston TX 77006

Sponsored by WiVLA
Social Media workshop on
Saturday, January 27, 2018

8:30 am to 3:30 pm
Many sessions and topics!
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The mission of WiVLA is 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.

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WiVLA 2017 Board of Directors

President - Cori Austin  

Vice President - Lilibeth Andre

Secretary - Lee Steiner          

Treasurer - Lane Devereux
Membership - Zita Giraldo and Kristine Rivers

Communications -  Mary Ramain

Social Media - Regina Vitolo Mader
Programs - Lillian Tharp     

Newsletter - Kay McStay 

Visual Arts - Dune Tencer and June Russell                       

Literary Arts - Karleen Koen and Mary Harlan            

At-Large - Josena Arquieta  and Tayyba Kanwal

Historian - Judy Shamp

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