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
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
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
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.
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
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
thank you is extended to Bridgette for a program so well
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
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."
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
"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
FROM THE EDITOR_____________________________________
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.
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.
is our time!
OF THE MONTH_
you hear a voice within you say 'you cannot paint,' then by
all means paint, and that voice will be silenced."
Have a favorite
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HOSTS FIRST-EVER SHOW AT HOUSTON PUBLIC
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!
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
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!
COLORS: Sandy Wells
is WiVLA's Literary Co-Chair
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
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
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
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.
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...
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
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
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 email@example.com and they will be
submitted to the newsletter as they are received.
FUNDS CAMPAIGN IS UNDERWAY
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
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
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
RENEWALS ARE OVERDUE
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
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 firstname.lastname@example.org.
who joined after October 1, 2012 need not renew for 2013.
Individuals with financial need may ask for a scholarship by
contacting Cori Austin.
know WiVLA has a Facebook page? We do and we want you to LIKE
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.
us on Facebook, click
here, then LIKE us and post a
greeting to all your WiVLA
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.
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
Media Contact: Monica Rhodes
Gallery presents Signs, Symbols and Sentinels
paintings by artist Becky Soria
February 2 through February 28, 2013
Saturday, February 2, 2013
5 - 8 pm; with Artist Talk at 6:30 pm
Archway Gallery, 2305 Dunlavy, Houston, TX
Light refreshments will be served
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
Dwellers presents Spring Art Market
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
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 email@example.com or
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
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
Gallery Hours: Saturdays & Sundays 1-5pm &
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 www.galeriaregina.com
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 firstname.lastname@example.org.
CALL FOR ENTRIES -
in this list does not indicate endorsement by WiVLA. We
recommend you research each contest, and contact the
Websites for artist exhibition Calls for
Art Calls for Entries:
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.
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.
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
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
FOR ENTRIES - LITERARY
Inclusion in this list does not
indicate endorsement by WiVLA. We recommend you research each
contest, and contact the sponsor(s).
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
Loop Online is an online scriptwriting site.
Click here for
information about various scriptwriting
Magazine 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
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 a
contract, paid royalties, and receive full promotion and
marketing strategies. Get full details of rules, genres and
how to submit on their website.
11 at 6 p.m.
February 19 at 6p.m.
a complete list of upcoming events, visit the WiVLA calendar online.
2013 Board of Directors
Patricia Barry Rumble (email@example.com)