February 2016

Digital Publishing is Hot Topic at February Meeting
In the digital age, anyone can be an author.  Digital publishing and print-on-demand have lowered the costs and barriers to publishing.  The question is no longer whether or not to self-publish but when, how and to what purpose.  What if we were willing to shed our preconception of what used to be known as 'vanity publishing' and integrate self-publishing into our development as writers and artists?  What would happen if we embraced the process as a form of growth and self-exploration?  What if we enjoyed it? What if it were the ferment of our newfound creativity?"

Marie-Pierre Stien, a writer and illustrator living in Houston, self published her own picture book, Barely Behaving Daughters a few years ago. With top reviews on Amazon, her delightful illustrations and clever text make this book a real gem for adults and children alike. Once you see the book, you'll want a copy for yourself. Stien will speak at  our February meeting.We will meet at the Printing Museum on Tuesday, February 16 at 5:45, as always. Remember that the parking lot across the street is no longer accessible.  We will start with light snacks and wine with the meeting beginning promptly at 6:15 pm. Please bring your friends!

President's Message
Thank you to all who entered work in the Library Show “Inspired by Her Quote” to open at the Central Library, 500 McKinney on March 8 – International Women’s Day. It will be a lively and diverse show to WOW the lobby of the library.  If you want show bookmarks to give your friends, let us know at info@wivla.org and I will get some to you. Or you can wait and pick them up at the February 16 meeting. When you attend the opening and the readings you will receive a copy of the chapbook prepared for the show.

A word about the upcoming workshops: all of them are designed for both literary and visual artists so if one or all look interesting, sign-up.  You have plenty of time to register and the workshop descriptions are online as well as in the newsletter.

The January meeting turned out to be a real happening with nearly half of our members present. While the group rejected the “Big Idea” to have a WiVLA-Space we had a spirited discussion that evolved into some very excellent ideas for WiVLA to pursue. (See the article below) We were encouraged to think outside the box, to find places for our work “where people actually want us” and to find ways to collaborate with other organizations in Houston. Buoyed by enthusiasm, a dozen people signed up to attend a follow-up brainstorming meeting to generate more ideas.  This group will meet on February 6 from 12:30 to 2:30 and if you would like to attend let me know at info@wivla.org and I will send you the details.

You still have plenty of time to find a partner and sign-up for the collaboration show “Windows.” The deadline to submit your intent along with your entry fee has been extended to March 15. Then you will have ample time to work with your partner to submit your CD and written work by July 2, 2016. You don’t want to miss the opportunity to participate in this signature event and experience the challenge and joy of collaboration. In our past shows, the collaborations have resulted in life-long friendships.

Finally, help our refreshments chair Maggie Baldwin by letting her know what you can bring to the February meeting: mabaldwin1@mac.com.  We all like to nibble but only a few are bringing snacks.
  Jane Mulholland

Windows Deadline Just Ahead
Note that the time to submit the "Intent to Collaborate" form has been extended. The Board has "opened the window" from February 8 to March 15 and during that time you may submit your intention to collaborate along with your submission fee. All submissions must be postmarked by March 15. Link to the prospectus here
Here are all the dates you need to know for the Windows Collaboration:
Feb 8 - Mar 15, 2016 -" Intent to submit" with entry fee due
           This is a newly extended timeline for submitting the form with your intention and partner.  See attached entry form.
Jul 2, 2016 - Deadline for image submission
Sep 10, 2016  - Deliver art & excerpt to Brazosport Art Center
Sep 17, 2016  - Windows Opening Reception Anthology & Reading
Oct 9, 2016  - Pick up art at Brazosport Art Center. 
This exciting opportunity to partner with a visual artist or writer is getting closer. Find your partner now! So far, the following collaborators have announced their intentions (through January 30):
Densie Bossarte (artist) and Pat Morgan (writer)
Mary Riggs Ramain (artist) and Jere Pfister (writer)
Carol Watson (artist) and Mary Harlan (writer)
Josena Arquieta (artist) with Jane Mullholland (writer)
Zita Giraldo (artist) with Jane Mullholland (writer) 
Peggy Sexton (artist) with Diana Weeks (writer)
Judith Shamps (artist) with Lilibeth André (writer)
Jo Zider (artist) with Mary Harlan (writer)
Jo Zider (artist) with Paige Moore (writer)
Anna Phillips (writer) and Marguerite Baldwin (artist)
Gladys Bullock (writer) and Lane Devereaux (artist)

WiVLA Library Show "Inspired by Her Quote"
WiVLA will present a very special show at the Houston Central Library for the month of March, 2016. The theme is "Inspired by Her Quote."

Because March is designated International Women's Month and our venue is the Downtown Houston Public Library, the theme appropriately reflects women who have inspired us with their words of wisdom and wit.  WiVLA writers and visual artists have created original work based upon quotes from women in society:  humorous, vicious, provocative, or at least memorable.  Artists and writer who submitted work to the show will be notified in February.

The reception in honor of International Women's Day on March 8, 2016,  will be open to the public from 4:00 to 7:00 pm.  Non-alcoholic refreshments will be served in the first floor exhibition space of the Houston Central Library on McKinney Street. Our writers will read their works beginning at 6 pm and their work will be in the chapbook available to those who attend the readings.

WiVLA Starting Book Group
WiVLA member Josena Arquieta is starting a Book Group and has already selected the first book. In Montmarte: Picasso, Matisse and Modernism in Paris 1900-1910 by Sue Roe will be the first selection. A thrilling account, In Montmartre captures an extraordinary group on the cusp of fame and immortality., Through their stories, Roe brings to life one of the key moments in the history of art, according to Amazon.If you are interested in joining our book group and didn’t sign up at the last WiVLA meeting, please email josena@josenasart.com. The time and place for the first meeting will be announced soon.

2016 ECO Fund Applications Now Online
Applications are now being accepted for WiVLA's 2016 Educational and Cultural Opportunity awards. Two $1,000 awards will be given—one to an artist and one to a writer. All individuals who have been dues-paying members for two consecutive years are encouraged to apply. Previous winners are ineligible. Applications will be reviewed for consistency with WiVLA's mission and goals by a committee that includes previous ECO Fund award recipients. This year's lucky members will be drawn from the pool of qualified applicants at the April 19, 2016 meeting. The application form is available here.

Completed applications must be postmarked by APRIL 9, 2016. E-mail your application to eco@wivla.org, or mail the application (postmarked by April 9th) to: WiVLA ECO Fund Award,PO BOX 130406, Houston, TX 77219-0406

Previous winners have used the award to attend classes and workshops, purchase equipment, improve their work space, install community art, research books, travel, and more. The award has made a significant difference in the artistic lives of all the past winners. Don't miss the chance to participate in the 2016 ECO Fund awards. Contact info@wivla.org for more information.

The Big Idea Brought Lots of Discussion in January

“THE BIG IDEA”  in January brought our largest attendance to a regular meeting so far in the last year. The big idea was WiVLA renting studio space and it came out of the July Advisory Board meeting when  advisory board members came up with “big” ideas for the organization.  Luisa Duarte suggested that WiVLA look into having its own space. At least half our membership came for this great discussion last month.

Ultimately, the gathered members rejected the idea of signing a lease for studio space, but came up with many creative possibilities for the future of WiVLA. Discussion ranged from social media marketing to recruit younger members, to sharing space with another group or gallery or theatre venue, to ideas for future collaborations. The discussion was lively and wide ranging and lots of fun! Several members agreed to re-convene on February 6 from 12:30 to 2:30. If you'd like to attend, just email info@wivla.org for location and more details.

If you shop at Randall's, use the "Good Neighbor" code of 5341 and WiVLA will benefit every time you shop!
WiVLA Scoop by the Snoop: February 2016
Although the Snoop thinks she knows a lot, she can use your help. Let her know your scoop: info@wivla.org.

The Snoop went to the Assistance League Opening Show at Williams Tower and found work by two WiVLA members: Luisa Duarte and Mary Ramain. The show is up through February so there is still time to see it.

This is the time of the year when members who have two continuous years of membership are eligible to sign up for this year's Educational and Cultural Opportunity Fund (the ECO award). At WiVLA's April 19 meeting one WiVLA writer and one WiVLA artist will win $1000 each! Ask Sandi Stromberg ("I never win anything!") our last year's Literary awardee who will be presenting in April along our Artist awardee Cori Austin how they spent their awards. Learn more on our website here.

The Snoop has heard tales that some won't sign up for the ECO Fund because they are afraid of the presentation requirement for next (2017) April's meeting. The Snoop assures all, "Do not let the presentation be an impediment to signing up for the ECO Fund award. There are many members and former ECO winners very happy to help you. In the luck of the draw - why not you?"


Looking for a Valentine's gift for a special friend?  This lovely teacup and saucer set is available for purchase for only $10 ALREADY WRAPPED. To order, email info@wivla.org

Literary and Visual Workshops
WiVLA Workshops this month and next! All three of these workshops have been selected because they are designed appeal to both writers and artists. All of these workshops will be held at the Trini Mendenhall Community Center, 1414 Wirt Road, 77055.

February 20, 2016: 9 –Noon, “Taming the digital beast: tools for writers and artists” with WiVLA member Marie-Pierre Stien who presented the popular workshop on flash fiction to WiVLA members in April 2015. She is a writer and illustrator living in Houston, Texas.
From blogs to online portfolios, collaborative digital platforms to cloud-based journals, social media promotion to virtual workgroups, this workshop will introduce artists and writers to the ever-expanding creative potential of digital tools.   Participants will learn how to create a cohesive digital presence to promote their work and explore strategies to foster creative collaboration.   No experience necessary.  Participants are encouraged to bring tablets, cell phones or laptops to browse and experiment during the workshop.

March 19, 2016: 9 -11:30, “A to Z: Artful Zentangle or How I Found my Zen by Drawing Focused, Reflective, Abstract marks” with artist and WiVLA member Judith Shamp.
This introduction to the practice of Zentangle can spark a creative fire in both writers and artists. Judith's work has been published in numerous books, has been juried into several exhibitions, and is in several collections, including as far away as Australia. She combines the mark making of tangles with three dimensional objects and always enjoys pushing boundaries...’well mostly, as far as my artistic expression is concerned."     
11:30 to 12:15 Lunch Break for those attending both sessions
12:15 – 2:45 pm,,  "Using Objects and Memories as a Springboard into Writing and Art," former WiVLA President and novelist Marian Szczepanski will show us how to use objects to enhance our work. We'll consider examples of memory- and object-related creative work and then practice our own with writing and/or collage exercises to generate fresh literary and visual inspiration. Participants are strongly encouraged to bring one or more objects (or photos) to the workshop. Objects may have special significance, but seemingly ordinary/mundane items can work equally well. Magazines will be available for those wishing to make collages; participants planning to work in this form are asked to bring scissors, a glue stick, and cardboard. Marian's debut novel Playing St. Barbara (High Hill Press, 2013) has been selected (so far) by 42 book clubs in eight states. She teaches writing workshops at Writespace (Houston), Gemini Ink (San Antonio), the Writers' League of Texas (Austin), and Village Writing School (Eureka Springs, AR).

TO REGISTERhttp://www.wivla.org/workshops.htm

Prospectus: Windows Collaboration
Click here to see the Prospectus for the September 2016 Windows Collaboration.

Please 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 your fellow WiVLA members by sending to newsletter@wivla.org.
  • Mary Riggs Ramain and Louisa Duarte each have a piece in the Assistance League Show at Williams Tower through February 28.
  • Rona Lesser is being featured at Gallerie Spectra at Memorial City Mall through mid February.
  • Leah Lax is still on tour for her book, Uncovered, which was just named by Booklist as one of the Best Books of 2015! Leah will speak at WiVLA's meeting in March. 
  • Jere Pfister is reading from her work, Forbidden Gardens, at MATCH, Midtown Arts Center, on Saturday, February 20 at 3 pm.
  • Novelist Marian Szczepanski will be teaching two writing classes in February: one at Writespace here in Houston and the other in Austin through the Writer's League of Texas. Click on links to sign up or for more information.
  • Stella Brice announces the publication of her new poetry collection, Urged (or, How Sex & Death Lift Up My Granny) by purple flag press of Chicago.
  • 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!!!


WriteSpace, the non-profit grassroots literary center, is hosting WriteFest, a week-long writers festival February 22-28 here in Houston. Different levels of participation are offered and all the workshops, the readings and the literary journal fair look top-notch. It's not too late to sign up!  *** WriteSpace is offering  WiVLA members 20% off all workshops this year. Email: info@wivla.org and get the discount code.

Art Houston, a new magazine dedicated to all types of art, is looking for articles. For general submission guidelines, contact the publisher here.

The Galveston Artist Residency is now accepting applications for the 2016 - 2017 Residency Year. They award three residency grants each year. Click here for more information. The deadline is March 12.

The Houston Writers Guild offers several Critique Circles at different times and locations. For more information, click here.

Need 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.
See http://www.jomarvisions.com/#!studio-space-for-lease/c1p48
for more information and a map of the studio spaces.
Calls for Entry:  Visual Art
Inclusion in this list does not indicate endorsement by WiVLA. We recommend you research each contest, and contact the sponsor(s). 
~ Fraction 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 submissions from new and emerging photographers.

~ FreshArts, of which we are members, has many opportunities for artists listed on their website. Check it out!

~ Juried Art Services has a digital jurying system. Click on the link above for more information. 

~ 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 included.


Calls for Entry:  Literary Art
Inclusion in this list does not indicate endorsement by WiVLA. We recommend you research each contest, and contact the sponsor(s).

Narrative 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.

~ Sable Books is publishing an anthology addressing the subject of violence against women. They are seeking poems on all themes related to this issue (i.e., origins, personal stories, recovery, advocacy, prevention, survival, etc.).Submission fee is $5.  Proceeds from submission fees will be donated to the Global Fund for Women.

~ A Yahoo group has an ongoing and frequently updated list of creative writing opportunities. Writers can join and the notifications come directly to your email.https://groups.yahoo.com/neo/groups/CRWROPPS-B/info     

~ Winning Writers is another great website for writing opportunities. Check it out by clicking here

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

Upcoming Events

Tuesday, February 16 at 5:45 pm
Marie-Pierre Stien, "Barely Behaving Daughters - Why not Self Publish?"

Unless otherwise noted, member meetings are at the Printing Museum at 1324 W. Clay Street.  We start with refreshments at 5:45 and the meeting at 6:15 pm. For a complete list of upcoming events, visit the WiVLA calendar online.

Tuesday, March 15 at 5:45 pm
Leah Lax, "Uncovered"

Tuesday, April 19 at 5:45 pm
"How I Spent My Thousand Dollar Windfall"
2015 ECO Award winners Cori Austin and Sandi Stromberg

February 20, 2016
Workshop: Taming the Digital Beast:
Tools for Writers and Artists (Stien)

March 19, 2016
Workshop: A to Z: Artful Zentangle
or How I Found My Zen (Shamp)

March 19, 2016
Workshop: Using Objects and Memories
as a Springboard into Writing and Art (Szczepanski)

About Women in the Visual and Literary Arts

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 2016 Board of Directors

President - Jane Mulholland          

Vice President - Cori Austin

Secretary - Alicia Young

Treasurer - Lane Devereux      

Membership - Zita Giraldo and Kristine Rivers

Communications -  Mary Ramain

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Newsletter - Harriet Riley           

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and Cookie Wells      

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