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
LETTER FROM THE
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.
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.
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
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.
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
anyone wants to contribute an article, quote, or have any
ideas, please send them my way! Everyone is welcome to
participate in the newsletter.
to a creative and productive month!
AN EASY WAY TO
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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
It's easy to sign up:
1. Go to www.goodsearch.com
2. Type in WiVLA at the
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
MEETING - JANUARY 17_______________________
|Marjorie Silverstein and Lee
Steiner pose with their work at January's membership
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
MEMBERSHIP MEETING - FEBRUARY
February 21st on your calendar for WiVLA's Circle of Five
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.
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
2011 AWARDS FUNDS CAMPAIGN: HONOR
ROLL OF DONORS_____ By
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.
levels: Supporter - up to $49; Friend - $50 to $99; Patron -
$100 to $299; Quill & Brush - $300 to $499 - President's
Circle - $500 and over.
Hinson and Deborah Rogers
Reeder - In Memory of Linda Reeder
Rebecca Stephenson and KC Scharnberg
"MIXED MESSAGES" IS COMING
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.
keep in mind that WiVLA is a not-for-profit organization that
operates on a lean budget and cannot afford to pay for gallery
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.
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
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
2012 ECO FUND
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 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
submissions by the 20th of the month to
email@example.com. 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!
life as an artist....
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.
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.
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
Hudson's poem, Autumn, was accepted and
published in Poetry in the Arts, Inc.
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
news you'd like to share? Send an email by the 20th of the
SPRING READINGS BY LOCAL
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,
HOUSTON INDIE BOOK
the date for the Houston Indie Book Festival,
Saturday, April 14th from 11:00 am - 5:00 pm at the Menil
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.
join WiVLA and local independent booksellers for a lovely day
of readings, children's activities, and panel discussions in
For more information about selling
your books, contact Jennifer Watson via email.
PLEASE "LIKE" US
you know WiVLA has a Facebook page? We do and we want you to
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.
find us, search Facebook for Women in the Visual and Literary
Arts [WiVLA]. Then LIKE us and post a greeting to all your
FOR ENTRIES - VISUAL ART______________________________
in this list does not indicate endorsement by WiVLA. We
recommend you research each contest, and contact the
Websites for artist exhibition Calls for
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.
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
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.
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.
Quarterly Journal seeks visual art. For submission
guidelines and more information, visit their website.
FOR ENTRIES - LITERARY ART____________________________
in this list does not indicate endorsement by WiVLA. We
recommend you research each contest, and contact the
is accepting poetry, translation, review, essay, and
interview entries. Deadline: open. Click here for
Our Stories Press is seeking memoirs between 100-300
words for a memoir project. Deadline: rolling. Click here for
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
Loop Online is an online scriptwriting site.
Click here for
information about various scriptwriting
Borderlands: A Texas Poetry
Review is accepting poetry, essays, book reviews, and
art. Deadline: June 15. Click here for more information.
sponsors monthly contests for essays, short stories, poetry,
articles, essays, and more. Deadline: open. For more
information, visit Byline
Weekly accepts submissions via email, reads year
round, and responds to submissions within 30 days. For more
details, please visit Fiction
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.
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 .
& Writers is a great source for writing
contests. Check out Poets & Writers contests listings here.
Quarterly Journal seeks literary art, including
essays, fiction, poetry, reviews and interviews by women. For
submission guidelines and more information, visit their website.
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
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.
Lesser is looking for a collaboration partner. Her
media can be pastel, acrylic or watercolor. She can be
contacted via email at firstname.lastname@example.org or email@example.com.
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
Lane Devereux (firstname.lastname@example.org)
Cookie Wells (email@example.com)
Cathy Lachin (firstname.lastname@example.org)
Pattie Berg (email@example.com)
Corry Austin (firstname.lastname@example.org)
Jennifer Watson (email@example.com)
Andrea Waguespack (firstname.lastname@example.org)
Michele Zacks (email@example.com)
Leah Lax (firstname.lastname@example.org)
Pat Morgan (email@example.com) At
Piyali Dasgupta (firstname.lastname@example.org)
Terry Tompkins-Walsh (email@example.com)