February  2013

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
Quote of the Month
WIVLA NEWS: Thank you to Cathy, WiVLA Tota Bags & more
True Colores: Sandy Wells
Membership Renewal
Join us on Facebook
Announcements and Upcoming Events
Call for Entries - Visual Arts
Call for Entries - Literary Arts
Calendar of Events

Cathy Nieman Head Shot    

President's Message



Greetings! It is amusing and exciting that I find myself on this side of the page. I am the eleventh president to take the helm of this unique organization. I enter the leadership at a very exciting time.
My goal is to allow my personality, passions, and educational background help enhance the strong foundation that has been set by my predecessors. I hope to steer the creative energy of talent and enthusiasm within both groups of artist and writer.

The January meeting seriously jump started our creative intentions. Bridgette Mongeon's energy, spirit, and talent was infectious. She specializes in the most remarkable figurative sculptures but imparts far more to her audience with an extremely positive message and contagious energy.

We were quite excited to learn about the concept of a Commonplace book and eager to begin one. A Commonplace book is an edited collection of striking passages, literary excerpts and personal commentary
placed into a private journal. Historically it can be traced back to the 5th century," silva rerum", translation: a forest of things. It was suggested that we have a sharing of our commonplace collections at the August meeting.

A special thank you is extended to Bridgette for a program so well done.
Please mark your calendar. February 19th will be our next Circle of Five. This is such a positive learning experience. It offers the opportunity to learn much about our member's creative journeys. This is a great time for new members to jump on board and associate with like minded artisans
and writers. It is a positive and warm session. A happy meeting of like minded women share samples of their work. Join in and share your "show and tell."

Another mark on your calendar must be March 2nd. Our exhibit: Earth/Energy: Through Women's Eyes will begin at the Houston Public Library. A resolution is a fixed determination. Begin your first steps now to put your work forward. Enter your voice or vision and be heard and seen.
"We wanted a networking group for women who were making their living by their creative wits or who wished to explore that creativity. We had no idea how big the synergy would be between visual and literary artists. It has taken on a life of its own." Karleen Koen

And so it grows...


Creative regards,


LETTER FROM THE EDITOR_____________________________________


What a year! Ooops, it's only February. We are so blessed to be involved in such a great community of women.  We are doing some really great things. Right around the corner is our premier exhibit at the downtown library, and all of our artists with their shows ( see annoncements). And our writers hard at work.  What a time it is for us. 


If there is any information that you would like to see in the newsletter or any announcements that haven't been made,pleae feel free to let me know.  


This is our time!




"If you hear a voice within you say 'you cannot paint,' then by all means paint, and that voice will be silenced."

Vincent van Gogh


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






It's time to start preparing for our next big show, Earth/Energy: Through Women's Eyes, set to open on Saturday, March 2, 2013. The show will feature ceramics and ceramic- or clay-inspired pieces, and there will be an accompanying literary presentation with readings addressing the show's theme. This year, WiVLA was lucky enough to score the gallery space at the newly-renovated Houston Public Library. Sharon Dennard has agreed to be our visual juror and Jacqueline Simon will be our literary juror. The prospectus and entry forms are on the WiVLA website and Facebook page. All the details are in the prospectus. So get that potter's wheel spinning, fire up the kiln, put pen to paper, and plan to be part of this exciting show! 


 Call for Refreshments!

WiVLA members, you'll be happy to know that plans for our upcoming show, Earth/Energy: Through Women's Eyes, are progressing well as a result of an impressive cooperative effort among members of the Library Show Committee, our Visual and Literary Co-Chairs, and management at the Houston Central Library, our venue. Now it's time to call on you to help us host an equally impressive reception, replete with the tantalizing tastes that have become a tradition at WiVLA events. Our opening is on Saturday, March 2. If you would like to contribute finger food or soft drinks (no alcohol is allowed at the library), or perhaps even volunteer to set up, serve, or clean up, please e-mail Cathy Lachin at cplachin@yahoo.com with your preference before our next meeting on Tuesday, February19. There will also be a sign-up sheet available at the meeting. Don't miss this opportunity to help make Earth/Energy another WiVLA show to remember!




TRUE COLORS:  Sandy Wells

Sandy is WiVLA's Literary Co-Chair


Crimson: Where are you from and how did you get here? (Can be taken literally or figuratively) I am a 7th generation Texan, born in Abilene on Dyess Air Force base and raised in Dallas. My great, great, great grandparents were cotton farmers, and my great, great grandparents had the first insurance agency in Rosebud, Texas. My great grandparents were in the oil business in downtown Dallas. My mother was a fashion designer in Dallas and had a long career ahead of her when an auto accident left her severely brain injured. When I was 15 I worked in her shop with my grandmother.


Sap Green: How did art discover you or you discover art? Describe your art journey up to this moment.  

My great, great, grandmother was a photographer and so was her daughter, my great grandmother. They taught me photography and bought me a lifetime supply of film. I learned on a view camera. I later earned a journalism scholarship but studied cardiology, then changed to fine art photography and painting.


Yellow Ochre: Where is your special place on earth? Where do you go when life presents difficulties? Where do you go to feel joy? Are they both the same?   Do you have a place where you find your muse? Describe any or all of these.


 I miss the ocean terribly. I do not trust it anymore after Ike... so my second place is home.... I love being at home. When I'm not at the Oceanside, I'm at home... I used to spend day after day on the beach... she and I are estranged now. Damn her fickle nature.




Cadmium Orange: If you could have any kind of work situation, "dream job," or way you spend your time, what would it be?   (Think: anything - no boundaries)




Since I've moved to Houston 5 years ago I've only had small rented gallery spaces, I deeply miss not only my work studio but my daily gallery life I once had... I wished so much I could have both again in this big wonderful Htown. All of my art things are crammed in my home, and it's difficult trying to work but my schedule has not allowed such freedom lately, but I hope and look forward to having that again in my life... it will be a fun place for everyone to hang out and visit and work...


Chinese white: What has been your proudest moment? When did your heart pound out its absolute strongest beat as you clinched that golden ring? Details please! Don't be shy.....we are going to enjoy celebrating this with you - even if it was back in 5th grade!

I have to say, as cheesy as it sounds... it was when I became a grandmother... they named her after me, and my life has been magical since. I never knew true magic before that baby was born.




We'd like to know your True Colors. This new column will allow members to share some of their special details so we can all find new ways to connect with each other. If you'd like to put your True Colors in the WiVLA paint box, click here for the questions and colors. Answer 4 or 5 of them, and submit to Cori Austin at artjournal50@gmail.com and they will be submitted to the newsletter as they are received.








We are halfway towards meeting our goal of $3,000 to fund WiVLA's annual ECO Awards and the Gold Key Scholarships. Thank you to everyone who has contributed so far. The board decided this year to save the cost of printing and mailing letters by raising the money through an email campaign, so you will not be receiving a paper reminder to send in your donation. We will periodically remind you by email to donate until we meet our goal.


Please take this moment, while you are thinking about it, to go to WiVLA's website and donate generously to the Award Funds Campaign or mail a check to us at: WiVLA Treasurer, PO BOX 130406, Houston, Texas 77219-0406. All donations to WiVLA are tax deductible.


If you have access to a corporate matching grant program, please follow up your donation by sending the match form to: WiVLA Treasurer, PO BOX 130406, Houston, Texas 77219-0406. You can double your contribution to WiVLA with no pain to your pocketbook that way! 



If you haven't renewed your membership for 2013, you are overdue. This is the last newsletter you will get and you won't have access to the directory after the password changes. 


Please fill out the membership form completely because we will use it to update the roster. We would love to include your photograph and any websites, blogs, or other electronic addresses you are using. The membership form is online and photo jpgs should be sent to membership chair Cori Austin at membership@wivla.org


Individuals who joined after October 1, 2012 need not renew for 2013. Individuals with financial need may ask for a scholarship by contacting Cori Austin.


We're On Facebook

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


Our Facebook page is an excellent tool for communicating informally among members. 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 on Facebook, click here, then LIKE us and post a greeting to all your WiVLA friends. 




Cary Reeder will be part of a two-person exhibition, Toward Subsistence: Paintings by Rebecca Hamm and Cary Reeder, at the O'Kane Gallery, University of Houston-Downtown. The opening is Thursday, February 7 from 6-8 pm and the exhibition is up until March 14. Gallery hours are M-F 10-5 pm, and Saturday 12-5 pm.


Sandy Wells curates for the Tremont House Hotel for the Galveston Artwalk one night only events... if any artist or author is interested in a showing. As well, for Waldo's Coffee shop on Heights blvd. Please contact Sandy Wells for inclusion

Archway Gallery

Media Contact: Monica Rhodes


(979) 285-8512

Archway Gallery presents Signs, Symbols and Sentinels

Featuring paintings by artist Becky Soria

Exhibition           February 2 through February 28, 2013

Opening Reception

DATE:                   Saturday, February 2, 2013

TIME:                    5 - 8 pm; with Artist Talk at 6:30 pm

LOCATION:         Archway Gallery, 2305 Dunlavy, Houston, TX 77006

                             Light refreshments will be served

The works featured in the exhibition are done with the intention of exploring the physicality of animals, in particular as it relates to the bodies of a specific group of animals - the bison, the bull and the horse; the animals of the Paleolithic past.


Art Dwellers presents Spring Art Market

"A World of Art", April 13, 2013, at Stevenson Park in Friendswood from 10-4pm. Registration and more info can be found at www.artdwellers.com This is a great opportunity for artists to showcase and sell their work. Please like us on Facebook for more information or visit our website at www.artdwellers.com


Alice Van Farowe is looking for a few women artist volunteers to share their experience as an artist at a very elementary level to young girls aged 5-10 in February. Up to three artists are needed. February's theme centers on mosaic, collage, quilting, or other media where many parts come together as one. Presentations do not require demos of actual work although it can. It should include a basic explanation of how you do your work & your inspiration & showing an example of your work past, present, or in process. Presentations run roughly about 15 minutes or more & will be on the northwest side of town near or in Cypress. If you are interested or would like more information, please contact her at vrai7true@gmail.com or 281-758-0795.


Dodie Meeks - Announces that Becker's Books, located at 7405 Westview (between Wirt and Antoine) is to have a celebration of LYRIC MAGAZINE'S "A Bouquet of Poems for Children of All Ages" Sunday afternoon, from two to five on February 10. I did most of the illustrations for fifty some poems. --- Wonderful WIVLA & Ann Becker saw to it that "When I Got Dressed Again" sold out almost at once. www.dodiemeeks.com 713 461 5659


Galeria Regina presents on the 1st floor - "Mongrel: Collaborative Works" by Mike Reed & Matt Adams& - on the 2nd floor - "A Moment In Time" Lou Sprecher.  on view through February 24, 2013.Other featured artists: Tania Botelho, Bill Brenza, Elizabeth Cencini, Veronica Dyer, Jane Ewen, Raquel Kreipe, Maryam Lavaf, David Lloyd, Bruce Monical, Lorena Morales, Ana Ramos, Kelyne Reis & Regina Verani
Gallery Hours: Saturdays & Sundays 1-5pm & by appointment
Parking at Galeria Regina & at the empty lot on the west side of DeSantos Gallery, which is next door 1716 Richmond Ave.
Houston, Texas, 77098


 Art Opportunities Monthly Professional (AOM) is offering a free, no-obligation 3-month subscription for those not yet familiar with it. To find out more and sign up, visit their website.  


Would you like to post an announcement? Send your email

by the 20th of the month to newsletter@wivla.org.




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:









Fiber Art Calls for Entries: http://fiberartcalls.blogspot.com/    


Awesome Houston Foundation. Monthly grants of $1,000. For more information, contact Allison Skidmore or click here. Any idea is fair game, profit or non-profit; just has to be awesome. The group votes on ideas monthly and awards the grant.


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.   


The Fort Worth Community Arts Center is seeking exhibition proposals from individual artists and curators in Texas, New Mexico, Oklahoma, Arkansas, and Louisiana for all art forms, including new media, for its 2013-14 seasons. Proposals and images are reviewed on a biannual basis:  June & December. Fee: $20. Click here for more information.


New Contemporary Gallery. Submissions: Avis Frank welcomes submissions from artists and curators. We require that you submit a single e-mail, which includes all files and links. In addition to work samples, please submit an artist resume and biography. http://www.avisfrank.com 


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.  


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


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 


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. Get full details of rules, genres and how to submit on their website.  





Monday, February 11 at 6 p.m.

WiVLA Board meeting  

Sosa Community Center

1414 Wirt Road

Houston, TX77055 


Tuesday, February 19 at 6p.m.

Membership Meeting

Museum of Printing History

1324 West Clay


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

WiVLA 2013 Board of Directors


President                     Cathy Nieman             (wivla.cathyniem@yahoo.com)

Vice President           Jane Mulholland          (mulholland.jane@gmail.com)Secretary                    Rona Lesser                    (ronales@wt.net)

Treasurer                     Pattie Berg                    (jewelry@sapamojo.com)

Membership              Cori Austin                     (artjournal50@gmail.com)

Communications     Dianne Webb               (diannewebb@gmail.com)

Programs                    Laura Pena                    (iselapena@hotmail.com)

Newsletter                  Diane Door                     (newslettereditor@wivla.org)

Visual Arts                  Michele Zacks                (visual@wivla.org)                 

Mary Baker                     (visual@wivla.org)

Literary Arts                Patricia Barry Rumble (literary@wivla.org)

                                      Sandy Wells                    (literary@wivla.org)

At- Large                    Cindy Rasche                (cindyrasche@yahoo.com)

                                     Sharon Messimer           (sbodeart@yahoo.com)

Historian                     Cathy Lachin                 (cplachin@yahoo.com)          

Past President            Lane Devereux             (wivla.lanedev@yahoo.com) 


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