December 2018

exhibition continues 
at the Houston Public Library central building in downtown Houston. The location of the exhibit is just inside the front entrance on the first floor. 
The art exhibit and excerpts of the literary works will be on view through December 31, 2018.  Please check the library hours at  The entrance to the library parking garage is on Lamar Street. There is a fee for parking.
First meeting in 2019: January is always a good time to reflect on our creative practice and how to jumpstart it or how to continue to feed it. Our program will be presented by Kelly Penrod, an artist who re-purposes anything recyclable into amazing creations. One of her favorite themes is birds - her works with birds are all over her home! She is also a Licensed Chemical Dependency Counselor. “LCDC?" you ask. Her field of expertise fits beautifully with creativity. Kelly says that creativity is about exploration, about trying something to see if it works. It is a major problem-solving skill. Sometimes her clients lack the ability to think creatively toward solutions to problems. They get stuck and turn to chemical relief. She encourages them to play and be curious, to see that there are a multitude of solutions out there. And the more we use creativity to problem-solve, the more we encourage play, the more prepared we will be for challenging situations. She loves to focus on play, and she has various workshops (playshops?) available for those who wish to join her for several hours of joyful fun. 
     This is a fabulous way to begin a New Year’s resolution:  “I resolve to play more often.” So join us Tuesday January 15, for a fun and inspiring program with Kelly Penrod.
ARCHWAY GALLERY, 2305 Dunlavy, Houston TX 77006
5:45 - 6:15: Mix and Mingle
6:15 - 6:30: Short business meeting
6:30 - 7:30:  Program with Q & A
7:30 - Restore Archway Gallery’s chairs and food bar to their rightful order and then, optionally, go for dinner at Paulie’s (dutch treat, 1834 Westheimer).
Holiday Party: A fun and festive time! The holiday party fulfilled its promises to be chock-full of visiting time with friends, greeting guests and new members, art and literary activities, and tables of delicious snacks, salads, and sweets along with many beverages including the winning cocktail, Frida Kahlua, a recipe from our fundraiser earlier in the fall. One of the highlights of the evening was the awarding of multiple door prizes. Twenty-two of the 44 attendees received gift bags or presents that were donated by members. 
  A short business meeting included art and literary announcements from members and the presentation of the new board members. (See article below.) Creative conversations and fellowship filled the remainder of the evening.

President's Message: Quilt Messages
Grandma made me a quilt that has followed me for many years, from college to my current bed. My Sunbonnet Girls quilt, made from scraps of family clothing, reminds me of her fingers stitching and how she never wasted a thing. 
   Works of art are often a platform for personal expression. Painting, printmaking, sculpture, writing - all give voice to the artist’s passions and feelings. Quilts, too, are more than fabric and design. Quilts can have a passionate message. Traditionally a women’s medium of practicality, now quilts are “out of the box” and can depict themes of political and social unrest.
   In the center of all the piecing, pattern, and story-telling color and enthralling beauty of the entire show, The Houston International Quilt Festival featured a specific display of quilts with human rights themes. “OURstory: Human Rights Stories in Fabric” is a 42-quilt show that is traveling around the country. 
     “Color Blind,” by Mary Jane Sneyd of New Zealand, features two young girls embracing, one fair-skinned and the other dark-skinned.  Above them are two stitched signs with dates. The 1957 sign features: "No Dogs, Jews, Negroes," while the 2017 sign lists: "No Dogs, Muslims, Mexicans." 
     Another quilt features Anne Frank’s words on an off-white background of quilted fabric: “I believe, in spite of everything, that people are truly good at heart,” and was created by Maggie Vanderweit. She related to Anne Frank through family stories of resistance workers and family losses in concentration camps. 
     “Women’s Voices Matter,” is a composite of several photos Susan Price took while at the Women’s March on Washington. The quilt features many figures against the backdrop of Washington, pink hats visible against the grey, white, and black of the background. Price speaks of herself as always staying in the background, but the 2016 election created such a strong reaction within her that she had to speak out through a quilt.
     Cynthia Parry is half-Japanese and has grown up with stories of family hardship and internment. Her quilt, “Don’t Fence Me In,” shows a young girl standing behind a barbed wire fence and an armed soldier in the background.
     The show’s originator, Susanne Miller Jones, said, “The quilts in this exhibit are very poignant, and many of them tell the same story of ‘I was denied my right to do this because I’m this and I’m not this.’ " An elementary teacher until she retired several years ago, Jones took up quilting, expecting to use more traditional designs. Political unrest around the world has refocused her perspective. Her quilting has given her a political voice. She had two quilts in this exhibit:  “Gotta Eat” which references access to food and “We’re Still Here,” a picture quilt of two elderly people looking still very capable.
     These are only a few of the 42 quilts in the show. Eventually, these quilts will be part of a book about OURstory. 
     There are several other traveling quilt shows which feature politically-charged topics. Look for “Threads of Resistance” and “The Migrant Quilt Project.”
     These quilts are profound in their voices, juxtaposed against the soft comfortableness of fabric. I try to imagine my grandmother’s Sunbonnet Girls speaking, and because Grandma always donated quilts to the tribes in northern Minnesota, I imagine the girls saying, “Everyone deserves to be warm.” (Some details in this essay are courtesy of the Houston Chronicle.)
   WiVLA Member Lane Devereux also had a quilt in the You’ve Got Talent exhibit. Lane gave it to her mother for her 90th birthday. Beautiful!
    Cori Austin
Quilt by Mary Jane Sneyd from the 
Houston International Quilt Show
WiVLA's Literary Reading at Archway Gallery. Thursday, November 15th
My Mother’s Purse 
was the prompt for the reading this year. What was in your mother’s purse? Money? Love? Indifference? Lipstick? Nurturing? Old love letters? Addiction? Too little? Too much? Family rules and expectations?
Members took the theme and ran with it in works that were rousing, emotional, funny, and very wise as the writers considered memories, fashion and make-up, rules about a mother's purse, exciting stories, advice about love, and endearing life milestones and the role a purse, (and a mother!) in how we grow and learn as women and artists. These members read their works: Gladys Bullock, Patricia F. Pagan, Jody T. Morse, Ann Boutte, Cori Austin, Sandi Stromberg, Kathleen Merritt, Leigh Owen, Habibah Haugstad and Jane Chance. Karleen Koen, literary co-chair and the person who suggested the writing prompt, hosted the evening which included her writerly comments and info about Archway Gallery and the Archway Readers. Cookie Wells, member and attendee, said it best: "This had been one of the best readings that I've ever attended. It was so wonderful and varied. I appreciate the theme and all the writers!"

The Nominating Committee, a subset of the WiVLA Board, presented the following Board members for 2019: President - Lee Steiner; Vice President - Kay McStay; Treasurer - Melody Locke; Secretary - Ann Boutte; Membership - Susan Salter; Communications - Janet Reynolds; Social Media - Jody T. Morse; Literary Co-Chair - Debbie Blumberg; Historian - Regina Vitola Mader; Newsletter - Patricia F. Pagan; At Large - Sally Worthington and Nathalie Tardif. 
   There are a few open positions on the board. If you are interested to serve or want to nominate a member to serve, please email Cori Austin at, and Cori will forward the name(s) for consideration by the Nominating Committee. Thank you to those who have volunteered to serve on the WiVLA Board of Directors!
As 2019 draws near, it’s a good time to get your 2019 WiVLA dues paid before the hectic holiday season takes over and you forget. 
Here are some events that 2019 will bring to WiVLA members:
  • January meeting:  New Year: New Creativity by Kelly Penrod
  • February meeting:  SoulCollage and Art Therapy by Deborah Lindeen
  • March 2:  SoulCollage Workshop by Deborah Lindeen
  • March 30:  Edible Books Festival
  • April meeting:  ECO Fund 2018 presentations, and announcement of 2019 ECO Fund winners
  • June: WiVLA Art Exhibition, The Cloisters, details TBA.
  • WiVLA’s 25th Anniversary, details TBA
  • Informative and inspiring meetings every month at the beautiful Archway Gallery
  • There is a lot more in the works for our 25th anniversary year.
Please don’t let your membership lapse. Stay with us! Keep current, keep creating. We’re here for you! The easiest way to renew or join is online: 

  • Kay Kemp writes enthusiastically about her Holiday Marketplace in the Wild Heart Art Studio" on Saturday,  December 1, 2018  ~  11 am - 4 pm, 909 Harvard Street  ~  Houston Heights, TX 77008
    Special "in-studio" pricing, plus lovely one-of-a-kind items only
    available at this studio event and are not featured on the website. 
    832.618.1416 or 713.806.3322 
    Email & Spirit Works 4 U Website
  • Sandi Stomberg is a featured poet on Saturday December 1 at a Public Poetry event at the Mancuso Library at 2:00 pm. The location is 6767 Bellfort, Houston TX 77087.
  • ClayHouston  Please check out the website to see all of the events and activities.  ClayHouston’s 2nd Annual Bayou City Clay Crawl, featuring 32 ceramic artists in 10 studios in the Heights and Braeswood/Midtown, will be Sunday, December 2 from 10:00 am to 5:00 pm. For artists names, studio locations and a map, go to  Also, the group has a members' show currently exhibited  in Gallery 100 at the Silos at Sawyer Yards, 1502 Sawyer Street, Houston. The show continues until December 15. Upcoming events include workshops. The website is full of details and helpful info.
  • Do you want to post on WiVLA's Facebook page? Click here for a short tutorial with easy-to-read instructions and images. Many thanks to Regina!
  • Regina, Social Media Chair, writes: "I created a post on our public Facebook page and also shared it in our private group. I compiled a few links to helpful video and blog tutorials for using Google photos. I also included the link to our shared album. In the post, I recommended that members leave a comment if they are still having issues uploading and accessing photos to the shared album. I will help them as needed. Here is a link to the note /post:
  • President Cori Austin reminds everyone about Creative Mornings. "This is a breakfast lecture series for the creative community. Each event is different, but all are attended by creative people. Lots of young hipster branding graphic artists, I think, and all sorts of other people. I’ve run into Anna Tahinci from Glassell there, artists from VAA, hand-lettering people I’ve met around town….everyone is welcome. You do need to register. There is always a snack and coffee, and a program. Check out their next meetings at www.creative
  • Many members are involved with WriteSpace, as students, instructors, founders/administrators, guests, Writefest goers, etc. Writespace has the new December class and workshop schedule posted on line. Please go to the website and see the many topics and the calendar. WiVLA and Writespace have a great synergy a-glow, let's support their excellent schedule. Writespace Houston, Silver Street Studios, 2000 Edwards Street, Studio 208, Houston TX. and 713-516-5679.
  • Your shopping makes a difference. Do your regular Amazon shopping at and Amazon donates to Women in the Visual and Literary Arts a percentage of your order.

Please send in your news by the 25th of each month - art exhibits, literary works, news, etc. -  for inclusion in the following month’s newsletter to
  • Judy Shamp has two pieces of good news. "I'm happy to report my submission is juried into an exhibit "Mirrors of the Mind, by the Los Angeles County Psychological Association. The piece will be at the Santa Monica Art Studios. A second piece of good news is an invitation to participate in the "Heights Artisan Market". My award-winning Japanese Chirimen purses are on the move, again...there's a hidden metaphor in that message. I hope y'all will come." [Editor's notes: The Heights Artisan Market hosts its annual Invitational Fine Art and Craft Show and Sale. The event will be held from 10:00 am to 7:00 pm on Saturday, December 8 at All Saints Church Hall, 215 E. 10th Street, Houston TX 77008.]
  • Good news times two for Sharon Worley is having a solo exhibition Dec 10 through Jan 14, 2019 at Sean Anthony Salon, 3300 Chimney Rock Suite 100, Houston 77056. The show is curated by Suzanne Buckley of Houston Curator. Also, Sharon has published a new book: The Legacy of Empire: Napoleon I and III and the Anglo-Italian Circle during the Risorgimento, Cambridge Scholars Press, 2018,
  • Jane Chance sends an invitation to a joint reading with Stacy Nigliazzo of their second books at Kaboom Books, 3116 Houston Ave, Wednesday, December 12 from 7:00 to 9:00 pm. Jane says, "Stacy is an emergency room nurse whose beautiful lyric poems in “Sky the Oar” offer a real treat. “The Middle Ages,” my new book, is available at Brazos Books."
  • Sally Worthington, Dune Tencer, and Rona Lesser have pieces accepted in the Art Car Museum's 13th Annual Open Call show entitled Animals. The exhibit runs from December 8 through February 24 with an opening reception on Saturday December 8 from 7:00 to 10:00 pm.  Dune mentions that their openings are one of the best parties around!
  • Rona Lesser announces her solo exhibit at the Evelyn Rubenstein Jewish Community Center gallery  "How Great are Your Works, Oh God!"  from January 4 through February 18.  There will be an artist meet-and-greet reception and short talk on Wednesday January 30 at 6:30 pm. The lobby gallery is at 5601 S. Braeswood and is open during building hours. The exhibit will feature landscape and nature paintings along with Biblical and other quotes from Judaic sources that evoke the scenes in the paintings.  
  • Margo Davis sends lots of news and writes: "I've had a good month, with three [poems] appearing in as many weeks on an e-journal entitled What Rough Beast. They chose four more!  I'm headed to a month-long writing residency at Can Serrat, outside Barcelona, tomorrow and my head's literally in a suitcase." Margo's poem was featured in the Houston Chronicle on October 21. Here is the link to "Poem - I don't appear":
  • Visual Arts Alliance has selected one of Melody Locke's lumen prints for the VAA 36th Juried Membership Exhibition. All the details are in this thorough press release. Click here. The exhibition runs November 12 through December 8 at Silver Street Studios/West Wing. Opening reception on November 14. Please use link for full details.
  • Kay Sarver continues to film youtube interviews with local artists. There are at least nine videos at Houston Art Tribe on YouTube  "I'd appreciate any feedback, and certainly wish to include any of you in this conversation about what you do as artists. After all, I do believe we creatives are a close and supportive tribe! .... I love talking with artists, seeing where they work, and watching them light up when they speak about their process and their work. It soothes my creative soul!" Click for youtube link."
  • Editor’s Note: We know a lot of you are showing your work and getting published, so we ask you to send the information to by the 25th 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.


    ~ Recent guest Ilissa Collins writes, "I am looking for someone to teach me how to make paper flowers." You can reach her at Ilissa loved the recent monthly meeting and says hello to WiVLA members.

    Also, the Fuente Collective is sponsoring writing events this month. Find them at to register.
    ~ 14 Pews located at 800 Aurora Street, Houston TX 77009 is a space for cultural events, theater, films, readings, and more. Visit them at this site

    The Glassell School of Art For more information on schedule, contact or 713.639.7500.

    Houston Writers Guild (HWG). The Guild has a great website at  that gives the schedule of activities and classes.

    ~ Check out December events at Public Poetry on its website including  Public Poetry monthly events and call for submissions and contests. Click the blue link for PP's great colorful and informative web page.   check for specific info here.

    ~  Visual Arts Alliance The Visual Arts Alliance (VAA) website is a great resource for all news and events scheduled by the organization. Click
    Be sure and check out the special discussion panels the VAA has organized along with their usual events such as 3rd Monday Critique Groups, etc. See the link to their informative website.

    ~ Archway Gallery has a great website: Click here to go to the website. Monthly exhibits and special events including the popular Figure Drawing Sessions, Latenight Pie, Wine and Art Dinners and great monthly exhibits.

    ~Texas Accountants and Lawyers for the Arts (TALA) has a good website at and it lists the events and workshops that they sponsor. 
    Texas Accountants and Lawyers for the Arts was formed in 1979 to meet the legal and accounting needs of artists and art nonprofit organizations across the State of Texas. TALA volunteers throughout Texas handle more than 250 matters per year. In 2016, TALA began serving inventors in the Patent Pro Bono Program.

    ~ Houston Art Alliance site

    ~ Wordsmyth Theater at is a "Houston-based playwright’s theater dedicated to the development of new theatrical works from formative stages through full production." They have just sponsored the Texas Playwrights Festival and have an active calendar throughout the year. Find them at the link above.

    Literary Events -- Call for Entries
    Inclusion in this list does not indicate endorsement by WiVLA. We recommend you research each contest and opportunity and contact the sponsor(s).

    Now through January 15, 2019, Public Poetry is accepting contest submissions on the theme of ENOUGH. (Submissions accepted on the program Submittable.) This is a national contest with a $1,000 first prize and the opportunity to be published in an online anthology. Check out the details, the judges' biographies, and more at   Keep on writing!

    Check out this very helpful and interesting link from member Celeste Budwit-Hunter. The link is an article in Writer's Digest. This is a great read for writers and for artists.

    TRIPLE WOW! For lots of good information including calls for submissions, guest speaker events, and literary festivals in Houston and San Antonio  --   Check out Gulf Coast - A Journal of Literature and Fine Arts very excellent website for news of current competitions and events. The link for Gulf Coast is here. (  Of special note: This is the magazine's "open reading period" -- check the website for submission guidelines. The open submission period runs from September 1, 2018 to March 1, 2019. There is a $3 fee. All fee monies will be used to sponsor and upgrade honorariums to writers. The website has the information and additional details about themes and genres. #3 GC is offering bundle gift packages including subscriptions at special rates. Use the link above for details.

    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.

    "One of the Writer's Digest 101 Best Websites for Writers" is Inspiring stories of writing success and competition information.

    Does Kallisto Gaia Press have anything new going on? Please see this link. See for details.
    3rd Coast Books is now accepting fiction and non-fiction submissions in several genres. Please go to: to find out more about this innovative and commercial publisher.

    A former WiVLA member sent a helpful list of about 20 literary opportunities. Click here to pull up the page with the information and organizational names. Many thanks to the creator of the list!

    Visual Events -- Call for Entries
    Inclusion in this list does not indicate endorsement by WiVLA. We recommend you research each contest and opportunity and contact the sponsor(s).
    FreshArts, of which we are members, has many opportunities for artists listed on their website here. Their motto is "Where Art Meets Opportunity" -- a cousin or sibling of WiVLA's  mission.
    Rona Lesser shares the site with WiVLA. It's a fascinating commercial art site and its magazine is particularly engrossing with a variety of articles such as a recent one, "This New Website Is Offering Free Art Lessons from Professors and Artists." Check it out at this link. Click the Magazine button to scroll through the latest articles.

    Check out the great website for Artadia. The group has an impressive mission statement and is sponsoring a call for entries for financial awards in the Houston area. Click website: and be sure and scroll to information about Houston competition.

    CaFE for Artists is the leading online application and adjudication system for managing calls for entry. The website is   This is a stunning collection of news and opportunities.
    If you shop at Randall's, tie your account to WiVLA (#5341).  You can do this at the customer service counter once, and from then on, WiVLA will benefit every time you shop!

    Amazon Smile provides your favorite nonprofit with a percentage of the purchase each time you go through Amazon Smile to get to Women in the Visual and Literary Arts is listed and can be chosen as your favorite charity or nonprofit. Please see article above in newsletter with special link.

     Please forward WiVLA Voices to all your friends who might be interested in WiVLA. BRING A FRIEND TO OUR NEXT MEETING!

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    Upcoming Events

    S P A C E Collaborative Exhibit
    continues on the first floor
    Houston Public Library
    Central Branch-Downtown
    500 McKinney St.
    through December 31, 2018
    For hours, please check

    WiVLA Monthly Meeting
    Kelly Penrod: 
    New Year: New Creativity
    Tuesday, January 15, 2019
    Gather: 5:45 pm
    Archway Gallery
    2305 Dunlavy
    Houston TX 77006

    Time to renew your membership.
    See article and links in this issue.


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    Vice President - Lee Steiner

    Secretary - Ann Boutte         

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