February 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
Easy Money for WiVLA
Quote of the Month
Meeting Recap and Announcement
Award Fund Campaign
Mixed Messages
Membership Renewal
Art Prompt
Member News & Accolades
Spring Readings by Local Artists
Houston Indie Book Festival
Call for Entries
Calendar of Events

LETTER FROM THE PRESIDENT__________________________________



Dear Friends,


Your new board of directors held its annual board retreat in January. June Russell graciously opened her home to us for a day of team building, brainstorming, and sharing of creative work. WiVLA's board of directors reflects its membership - imaginative, exceptional, and enjoyable. Working together is going to be a real treat in the coming year.


The theme of the retreat is something I would like input on from every WiVLA member: WiVLA is a small organization with BIG ideas. We spent the day brainstorming and recording every BIG idea that came to mind as we worked on issues. It did not matter how far-fetched an idea might be, if it fit WiVLA's mission and could benefit our members, we wrote it down so we could explore it during the coming year.


The board would like to know what your BIG ideas are for WiVLA. What event should we be hosting? What new project should we be tackling? What marketplace opportunities should we be pursuing? Do some brainstorming and daydreaming of your own and then let me know what you imagine for WiVLA's future. We want to add your BIG ideas to the list we started at the retreat. Look for more on BIG ideas as the year unfolds.


Did you remember to renew your WiVLA membership? I hope you did. If you still need to get that done, go to our website, www.wivla.org, for the membership form. You can print the form and mail it with your check or complete the online form and pay through PayPal. Just do it! Our dues remain $40 per year.


For our published authors, be sure to see the article about the Houston Indie Book Festival. WiVLA will have a table for you to sell your books. For everyone, see the 2012 ECO Fund article. Application time is approaching.


Warm regards,


LETTER FROM THE EDITOR______________________________________

Hello everyone,


If anyone wants to contribute an article, quote, or have any ideas, please send them my way! Everyone is welcome to participate in the newsletter.

Here's to a creative and productive month!    


Andrea Waguespack

AN EASY WAY TO EARN MONEY FOR WiVLA____________________  

By Lane Devereux


WiVLA participated for a few months in 2011 and had a few Good Search users. We earned $16. My quilt guild, with a comparable membership, but more participation, earned $168 for 2011. We could put that much money into our treasury in 2012 if you will sign up to be a Good Search/Good Shop user.

It's easy to sign up: 


1. Go to www.goodsearch.com

2. Type in WiVLA at the prompt

3. Go to your favorite search location or a favorite store

4. That's all there is! You can search daily and WiVLA gets credit, even more when you buy something from an affiliated store.

QUOTE OF THE MONTH_____________________________________ 




Home is where the art is.    



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

MEMBERSHIP MEETING - JANUARY 17_______________________   


Marjorie Silverstein and Lee Steiner pose with their work at January's membership meeting.


Creative team of Marjorie Silverstein and Lee Steiner of the Houston Book Arts Guild presented a "show and tell" of their work at last month's meeting. Thank you, Marjorie and Lee, for a wonderful evening! 

MEMBERSHIP MEETING - FEBRUARY 21______________________    


Circle February 21st on your calendar for WiVLA's Circle of Five meeting.  It is a Girls Show and Tell night!   Please come to our Circle of Five with your most treasured creation and share it within the circle of your choosing.  No critiquing is allowed.  Just kudos and fun!

Afterwards, please join us "Dutch Treat" at Cafe Express on West Gray for dinner and the gift of gab.



Thank you to all the individuals who so generously supported WiVLA's 2012 Educational and Cultural Opportunity awards and Gold Key Scholarship awards. The 2011 Award Funds Campaign - our first ever - succeeded admirably. We raised $2,595 as of December 31, 2011 and almost $300 more has come in since January 1, 2012. Look for news about the ECO Fund award winners in May's newsletter and about the Gold Key Scholarship award winners in the June newsletter. Thanks again to all who contributed to making these awards possible this year.


Contribution levels: Supporter - up to $49; Friend - $50 to $99; Patron - $100 to $299; Quill & Brush - $300 to $499 - President's Circle - $500 and over.



Carlee Alm-LaBar

Connie Buchanan

Carolyn Dahl

Blanche Griffin

Jeanne Haner

Carla Hinson and Deborah Rogers

Diana Meade

Nancy Michon

Anna Phillips

Jennifer Watson



Corrine Austin

Maggie Baldwin

Jean Caslin

Pete Cronquist

Carolyn Florek

Marsha Harris

Tracy Xavia Karner

Sharon Messimer

Carrie Reeder - In Memory of Linda Reeder

Patricia Rumble

Laury Simmons

Jenni Rebecca Stephenson and KC Scharnberg

Terry Tomkins-Walsh

Carol Watson

Germaine Welch

Cookie Wells

Michelle Zacks



Pattie Berg

Catherine Brown

Piyali Dasgupta

Diane Griffin Gregory

Catherine Lachin

Kate Matthiesen

Leigh Owen

Jere Pfister

Diana Weeks

Dorothy Wong



Lane Devereux




Baker Hughes

"MIXED MESSAGES" IS COMING TOGETHER____________________      

The Board of Directors is finalizing the venue for the 2012 Collaboration Show, "Mixed Messages," and we will have the prospectus to you very soon. But that's no reason to stop thinking about great places for us to exhibit in the future. If you have, or know of, a gallery or similar space that would welcome high-caliber art from an established arts organization, please email the information to the visual arts co-chairs, Donna Durbin and Michele Zacks.  


Please keep in mind that WiVLA is a not-for-profit organization that operates on a lean budget and cannot afford to pay for gallery space. 


Lane Devereux has been working on a presentation highlighting WiVLA's long exhibition history and successes and would welcome any photographs or show memorabilia, such as postcards, that you might have kept from previous exhibitions to use in it. Contact Lane by email if you have any memorabilia to contribute.

MEMBERSHIP RENEWAL TIME_______________________________  


Do not forget that WiVLA's membership year now coincides with the calendar year.  


The deadline has passed to continue your membership without a lapse this year, but it is never too late to renew your membership. Members receive our newsletter, are eligible to participate in WiVLA exhibits, readings, and other events, and members will be included in the new WiVLA directory coming out this spring. Individuals with two years of continuous membership may apply for an ECO Fund award.


Membership renewal forms are available on our website  and will be available at the January meeting also. Dues can be paid on the website as well or mailed to us at P.O. Box 130406, Houston, TX 77219-0406.  


Do not neglect to send us an updated membership form; it is the only way we know about changes in your address, email address, phone numbers, and creative pursuits. WiVLA is due for a new directory, and we will need current information for that purpose. 

2012 ECO FUND NEWS_______________________________  

By Lane Devereux 


The board of directors discussed the 2012 Educational and Cultural Opportunity Fund awards at great length during our recent board retreat. People came to the conversation with a variety of opinions that reflected the diverse opinions among WiVLA's membership about the changes made in 2011.  


At the time of the 2011 ECO Fund grants, the sitting board decided to make those awards based on a juried competition instead of a drawing. The current board discussed the 2012 grants in depth. The discussion ranged from the ECO Fund creators' original intentions to the board's responsibilities in fulfilling WiVLA's mission in 2012 and everything in between.  


The board conducted its debate with great respect for the positions of everyone involved and I am happy to say the ultimate decision was unanimous. The 2012 ECO Fund awards will combine the best elements of the two previously used alternatives. The award will continue to be a drawing, but with an improved application that asks each entrant to present a well thought out, feasible plan for using the grant.  


The board will revise the application form to make it more relevant to WiVLA's mission. We will recruit a committee that includes past ECO Fund winners to review the applications in a blind reading to ensure that entrants have filled them out completely and according to instructions. Applications that are not complete or do not meet the criteria set forth on the application form will be rejected.


All eligible applications will go into either the literary or the visual category. Members may only submit one application per year and must indicate the category into which their application should go. Past winners of ECO Fund awards may not enter. Individuals who have not been members for two continuous years without lapsing may not enter. All other WiVLA members may submit an application for a 2012 ECO Fund award.


The board encourages every eligible member to submit an application for the 2012 awards. Applications will be available later this month. The deadline for submitting applications will be sometime around the March 20, 2012 meeting. The drawing will take place at the program meeting on April 17, 2012. All necessary details about submissions, such as the due date, will be on the application form. 



ART PROMPT______________________________________________  

By Andrea Waguespack


Send submissions by the 20th of the month to newsletter@wivla.org. Members may submit up to 5 entries. Submissions must be for this month's prompt only. Visual art will need to be submitted in digital format as a .jpeg image. Literary art must be submitted in .doc format and can be no longer than 2 pages.  This is not a contest - all submissions will be published for everyone to enjoy! To review the art prompt guidelines, please click here    


No entries were submitted for January's prompt. Be sure to check out February's submissions in the next newsletter!  

February 2012 Prompt:


My life as an artist.... 



Rona Lesser had a piece accepted in the annual National Womens Caucus for Art Jewish women's art neatwork show, Song of the Land. The exhibit is from Jan 20-May 31 at the Hebrew Union College Skirball campus in Los Angeles.  


Cari Reeder's painting, Shotgun, was selected for the Assistance League of Houston Celebrates Texas Art 2012 exhibition. The show is on view at the Williams Tower Gallery, 2800 Post Oak Blvd., through February 24th. 


Big Dog Publishing is considering 4 short plays written by Pat Morgan for publication. Pat is also negotiating a contract with a publisher for her book, Angel Tracks. Her children's play, Goldilocks (adapted), will go up at Express Theatre April 1st. 

Lois Hudson's poem, Autumn, was accepted and published in Poetry in the Arts, Inc. magazine.     

Cindy Hickok's "A Visual Feast--Stitched Narratives" will be a solo exhibition at Smithsonian-affiliated Ellen Noel Museum of Art from March 23 until June 10.  Cindy will also have a piece in the "teapots!" invitational at Jane Morgan Glass Gallery in Pittsburgh during those same dates. The exhibition "Sleight of Hand", which shows their permanent collection including a work by Cindy, at the Denver Art Museum has been extended to April 15.

Have news you'd like to share? Send an email by the 20th of the month to newsletter@wivla.org. 

SPRING READINGS BY LOCAL POETS_____________________________ 


Public Poetry and the Houston Public Library partner to present Spring readings by local poets beginning February 4, 2 pm at the Park Place Regional Library. The Spring series continues the first Saturday of each month through May. This weekend features poet and memoirist Sarah Cortez with news anchor Art Rascon as special guest. For more information, visit http://publicpoetry.net.

HOUSTON INDIE BOOK FESTIVAL_____________________________ 


Save the date for the Houston Indie Book Festival, Saturday, April 14th from 11:00 am - 5:00 pm at the Menil Campus!

WiVLA is proud to be a participant at the festival and will host an exhibitor table with information about our organization. The table will be available to members who have published books they want to sell.

Please join WiVLA and local independent booksellers for a lovely day of readings, children's activities, and panel discussions in the park.

For more information about selling your books, contact Jennifer Watson via email.

PLEASE "LIKE" US ____________________________________________ 


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


This FB page could be an excellent tool for communicating informally among members. Are you still looking for a collaboration partner? Post it on our page. 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, search Facebook for Women in the Visual and Literary Arts [WiVLA]. Then LIKE us and post a greeting to all your WiVLA friends.

CALL FOR ENTRIES - VISUAL ART______________________________   


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:





JoMar Visions is accepting entries for "All Things Erotic" 2012
. The show will be held February 10 and 14. If you would like your art featured in this exhibit, email JoMar Visions.   


Houston Center for Contemporary Craft is accepting entries for crafttexas 2012. Applications must be completed and submitted online via the Cafe system. Deadline is March 15. Exhibition dates: September 29 - December 30, 2012. Work in clay, fiber, glass, metal, wood and found/recycled materials.


Texas National 2012 Art Competition and Exhibition at Stephen S. Austin University, Nacogdoches, Texas is accepting calls for entries. Deadline: February 10, 2012. Click here for information and prospectus.  


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.  


CALL FOR ENTRIES - LITERARY ART____________________________   


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.  


New Letters Magazine seeks fiction, essays, or poetry regardless of subject, style, or genre. A rough average length for prose is 3,000 to 5,000 words. Deadline: April 30, 2012. Click here for more information.     


The Loop Online is an online scriptwriting site. Click here for information about various scriptwriting opportunities.


Borderlands: A Texas Poetry Review is accepting poetry, essays, book reviews, and art. Deadline: June 15. Click here for more information.  


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.


Austin Poetry Society Monthly Contest sponsors two regular monthly contests from October through April, in the categories of General and Light Verse. Deadlines are monthly through March. For more information, click here.


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. This is not a competition with prizes. There is no entry fee. Only Print Ready novels of genuine merit will be chosen. Get full details of rules, genres and how to submit on their website.



Rona Lesser is looking for a collaboration partner. Her media can be pastel, acrylic or watercolor. She can be contacted via email at ronales@wt.net or ronalesser@gmail.com.     


Joan Son will host her annual "Last Minute Valentine Sale"in her Montrose studio, located at 904 Welch, 77006 on Friday, Feb. 3 from 12-8 p.m. and Saturday, Feb. 4 from 12-6 p.m. Items include handmade Valentines, pillow books, ceramics, origami, jewelry, and metal & yard art. 


Would you like to post an announcement? Send your email by the 20th of the month to newsletter@wivla.org.  

WiVLA CALENDAR OF EVENTS_________________________________  


February 13, 6 p.m.

Museum of Printing History, 1324 West Clay  (Map)    


For a complete list of upcoming events, visit the WiVLA calendar online.

WiVLA BOARD MEMBERS_____________________________________  


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 (jwatson5@uh.edu)  

Programs                   Rebecca Kveton (gigglesrk@aol.com)  

Newsletter                 Andrea Waguespack (andreawag@live.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)

                                 Terry Tompkins-Walsh (tomkinswalsh@uh.edu)  

                                 June Russell (jrrbug281@aol.com)

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