February 2017

February's Meeting:
Circle of Five

We return to our beloved Circle of Five for February’s meeting. Bring a small sample of your work, written or visual, musical or movement, and share it within a small group of five members. It’s a wonderful way to meet new friends, learn more about each other, and be inspired by creativity. Sitting in Archway’s art-filled space will only add to the inspiration. If you wish to bring a bottle of wine or a light snack, it would be appreciated.         Schedule:
6:00 – 6:15 Visiting time with each other; wine, water, and snacks. If you have some impending news or an upcoming event, please fill out a “I have news to share” sticker and wear it proudly. As we gather and meet each other, it can be a topic of conversation. (When the meeting ends, please put the sticker on the newsletter paper so your news will be put into the next newsletter.)
6:15 – 6:30  Short business meeting
6:30 – 7:30  Circle of Five
7:30 -- Casual dinner at Brasil Restaurant, 2 blocks south at the corner of Dunlavy and Westheimer. (Dutch treat.)

President's Message
Hello to all of the Creative Women in WiVLA! I am eager to “gavel on” in this presidential journey to further WiVLA’s presence and commitment to its members. One goal of mine is to grow our membership and include younger and varied voices in our mission. One way we can all work toward this is to wear our WiVLA energy and let others know about WiVLA's existence. Not only can we encourage creatives who may not think they are ready for a group like ours, but also we can make certain that emerging and established artists and writers in the area know what we have to offer.
     January’s meeting was an energetic expression of ideas and opinions about WiVLA’s former Gold Key Scholarship money.  Many ideas were broached, and it will fuel positive decision-making. (See the article below.)
     The Abundant Exhibition’s entry deadline has just passed, and I was extremely delighted to see entry after entry ping through my inbox. Every person who entered can look forward to furthering her own art, joining hands with the others in a unique experience of showing together, and knowing each other with more understanding. All members and nonmembers who attend our shows will join that circle of artists and become part of something that is bigger than us as individuals. We are on a mission! 
     Keep in mind that there is a future show in August, Renewal, which will be held at the Jewish Community Center. It will speak to the renewal of the community after the flooding of the nearby neighborhoods. It is a secular theme, not religious in focus or intent. This show will include both written work and visual art.  More details will appear in April. 
     I look forward to serving you and serving WiVLA in these next two years. Always feel free to send me and the board your ideas and thoughts.
   Cori Austin

ABUNDANT Show to Open Friday, March 3
Put Friday March 3 on your calendar! Abundant opens at the Cloisters Gallery located in Christ Church Cathedral, 1117 Texas Avenue, downtown, from 6:00 to 8:00 pm. Also, February 27 – March 23, the exhibition is open to the public on weekdays and Sundays from 11:00 am to 2:00 pm.
Calendar dates to keep in mind for exhibitors:
February 7: Artists will be notified of acceptance to the show.
February 19 & 20:  Artists will deliver their work to Zita Giraldo’s studio at 2217 W. 34th St., Unit E, Houston TX 77018. (Driving tips to the studio are here.)
Work must be wrapped thoroughly for safe transport.
Sun, February 19: Drop off  1:00 - 5:00 pm.
Mon, February 20: Drop off  10:00 am - 2:00 pm.
WiVLA will be responsible for delivering all work to the gallery.

February 27 – March 23: Exhibition open to the public from 11:00 am to 2:00 pm weekdays and Sundays.
Fri, March 3: Opening Reception - 6:00 to 8:00 pm.
Thurs, March 23 from 2:00 - 3:00 pm: Work must be picked up from the Cloister Gallery, Christ Church Cathedral. Please make arrangements to have your work picked up if you are unable to do so.

WiVLA's Second Show of 2017
For our second art show of 2017, WiVLA is extremely excited to collaborate with the Evelyn Rubenstein Jewish Community Center – “The J” - in an event called One Voice, One Vibe, Our Community. A little background is necessary: As many are aware, the greater Meyerland area was hit by devastating floods twice within a ten- month period. “The J” became a hub for relief efforts and continues to communicate with the community and local leaders in the city and county. This has led to a renewed sense of pride and excitement about the community. To celebrate the commitment to connecting and rebuilding this vital community “The J” is sponsoring One Voice, One Vibe, Our Community.
     As the centerpiece of One Voice, One Vibe, Our Community, “The J” is commissioning an original anthem-like musical composition to reflect the resilience of the greater Meyerland area, its Jewish imprint and the Evelyn Rubenstein Jewish Community Center. The WiVLA part of this will be an art exhibit along with written work from our writers on the topic “Renewal.” The composition will premiere at the Evelyn Rubenstein Jewish Community Center on August 20, 2017 with local musicians and singers. Earlier that afternoon, an opening reception will be held with the WIVLA art work exhibited in the Deutser Art Gallery along with a chapbook of the WiVLA written work.
     The Prospectus for this show has not yet been posted, but artists should begin to think about the theme “Renewal.” There will be NO charge for WiVLA members to enter this show. You will be asked to submit only one piece, although you may submit one written and one 2D piece of art. Because the Deutser Art Gallery is a small space, we will be limiting size to 24” x 30” framed in any direction. Writers will be confined to one page, double spaced, Times New Roman 12-point font. As you ruminate on what you want to create for this significant event, please think in terms of a secular approach to renewal. Because the work is to be presented to the entire community, it should have broad appeal. Work with a religious slant will not be appropriate for this show.

January Meeting's Roundtable Discussion
The gavel was passed to incoming President Cori Austin, and the January meeting ensued. A roundtable format was used to discuss the following question:  How should we proceed with our former Gold Key tradition of sharing resources with the community of creative young women?
The discussion was lively and each person’s input heard. As we went further around the circle, ideas begat more ideas. Should we continue to give a scholarship to both a graduating high school senior writer and visual artist every year? Maybe we should give it to local university or community college students. What about a college level instructor writing a grant for female students? Is there some way to involve the art/writing instructors so that the money could be used for a group project? Why don’t we start earlier, with upper elementary school girls - inspire them early - in which the money could be used for a group project and an exhibition? Perhaps a social service agency could use funding for an art and/or writing project for girls. Maybe we should alternate a visual artist one year and a writer the following year and provide $1000 each time. How can we incorporate WiVLA’s brand in this endeavor, and use this gift to spread the word about WiVLA’s presence and mission? Would more community involvement help WiVLA’s presence and perhaps make us eligible for other grant money that we could pass on to younger women? Could we create a Call for Entries for young women in high school or college and then provide mentorship to those that show interest and finish with an exhibit? Members individually voted on the ideas that appealed to them the most and on the age groups that they thought would benefit the most. This will be discussed further at future board meetings. Your continued input is requested. Thank you to attendees and those who sent comments!
A Special Request from Lee Steiner for an ECO Fund Grant project: 
Calling all romantics!
I am creating a multi-media art project that calls for love stories.
My “Locked in Love” project is inspired by the European custom where couples attach a padlock to a bridge railing and toss the key in the water below. Many padlocks are engraved with the couple’s names, as a way of declaring the bond between them forever. I wonder who these lovers are and what their stories are. I have great photos of love padlocks that we shot in Latvia, Lithuania and Russia. Now I need stories!
To participate, please write your love story in 30 words or less. You don’t need complete sentences, just a string of descriptive, heartfelt phrases. Your story (first names only) will be printed on the back of an Artist Trading Card (ATC) that features a Love Lock. So far, I have created 32 different lock card designs! I will make a set of “Locked in Love” cards with your story, just for you, to keep or trade!
My “Locked in Love” event, February 11th, will be an interactive exhibit where the completed collection of submitted stories will be hung as locks on a metal 'bridge' in my studio. Participants can find their lock, toss a key into the 'water' below, and receive their set of handmade LIL cards. (The event is from 5 to 8 pm at Lee's studio on Commerce Street.)
Larger images of the bridges and rails packed with locks will add context. Guests will be encouraged to select a blank Love Lock ATC and write their own love story on the back as a make-and-take reminder of this charming custom.
Please consider helping me. I’m attaching an image of my sample cards, one with my parents’ story and one with my own. I hope these inspire you to tell me a story!
I need your story emailed to me at Leesteinertw@yahoo.com by Feb. 5th to be included in the show! To see more, visit the Facebook page: Locked in Love: a story project.
Many thanks and love,

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WiVLA visits the What It’s Like Project
   Mary Harlan, Mary Ramain and Cori Austin wo-manned the table at an evening gathering at the Rec Room, where the What It’s Like Project made its inaugural event Exposis
   The What It’s Like Project is an new organization in Houston which seeks to remove the stigma surrounding mental illness via artistic expression, involvement with the community, and engagement with professional organizations.  
   Braving a cold and wet January night, many people came to the event to celebrate the new organization, to find out what its goals are, to enjoy the chance to meet new people, and to peruse the art show. At the WiVLA table, we visited with many people. Attendees were event members and artists, parents and families, and friends. We found the evening to be full of heartfelt conversations, and people who were open and welcoming. The art show was fascinating, and we had occasion to speak with many of the artists about their work. One of the most striking exhibits was a series of images of people who had experienced psychosis. Each person chose a personal word to describe their psychosis and then s/he were photographed with that word. The photos were screen printed onto large pieces of plywood. 
   We congratulate the What It’s Like Project on their successful event and wish them continued success in their endeavors. To see a picture of the WiVLA participation at the event click here.

Renew Membership Now
The new year is a time of renewal and personal reflection. Make 2017 your opportunity for creative encouragement and support by renewing your membership to WiVLA. This year promises to be outstanding in programs, writing and visual art opportunities, and friendships with interesting and creative women. Keep your membership current by renewing today! You can do it easily online: http://wivla.org/membership.htm or send a check to WiVLA, P.O. Box 130406, Houston, TX 77219-0406.

Or renew at the February meeting. To facilitate renewing at the meeting, please print the information form and fill it out ahead of time so you don't miss the opportunity to visit friends before the meeting! If you are a new member who joined at the end of 2016 (September through December), your membership will run through the entire year of 2017. Whenever you renew, it will insure you a happy, inspirational and creative 2017!
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  • Outgoing President Jane Mulholland honored with gratitude and gifts. As a sign of appreciation, outgoing President Jane Mulholland was given gifts to honor her two years of hard work and dedication to WiVLA. She has been steadfast in her leadership, moving our organization to regular exhibits and a smooth meeting style. In every last minute situation, she stepped up with solutions. Thank you, Jane, for all that you did for WiVLA both in the obvious work and also the quiet unnoticed tasks!
    Click here and here to see pictures.
  • Looking for a Valentine's gift for a special friend? This lovely teacup and saucer set is available for purchase for only $10 and is ALREADY WRAPPED. To order, email info@wivla.org
  • Abundant reception - Friday, March 3. See article.
  • Books2Eat - Friday, March 31. See article
  • Cultured Cocktails - Thursday, April 20. Fundraiser at Boheme Bar. A percentage of all sales during a certain period of time this evening will go to WiVLA. 307 Fairview, Houston TX.
  • Stay tuned for upcoming events!                                                                                            

Please send in your news by the 20th of each month - art exhibits, literary works, news, etc. -  for inclusion in the following month’s newsletter to newsletter@wivla.org.
  • Works by Lydia Bodnar-Balahutrak are on view at University of Houston/Clear Lake Art Gallery in Reflecting/Re-imagining: A group exhibition of Studio Art Faculty of the Glassell School of Art, MFAH, January 19 through March 23, 2017. Hours: Mon - Thurs, 9 am - 6 pm; Fri, 9 am - 12 noon; Closed weekends. www.uhcl.edu/artgallery
  • Millie Hast has been selected as one of five finalists nationally for the "Freddie" Award for Writing Excellence by the Florida Chapter of Mystery Writers of America in the Thriller category for her novel manuscript Takeover. The winner will be chosen on Feb. 24.
  • Kay Adshead has five canvases in the Houston Women Artists exhibition at the HTV studios at City Hall through February 9.
  • Janice Graham Smith is also featured in the Houston Women Artists show at City Hall through February 9. She has nine works selected for the show.
  • Billie Duncan's new book, Requiem for the Plastic Clown, will be out this spring.
  • Luisa Duarte has a solo exhibition opening at the Galveston Arts Center, Upstairs Galleries, on January 14 through February 26. www.galvestonartscenter.org
  • Sharon Worley's new book, Love Letters and the Romantic Novel during the Napoleonic Wars, has been published by Cambridge Scholars Press (2016).
  • Jane Chance shares the acceptance and publication of  her poem “Homecoming,” in Red Sky | poetry on the global epidemic of violence against women, edited by Melissa Hassard, Gabrielle Langley, and Stacy Nigliazzo, (Wilmington, NC: Sable Books, 2016), and the poem “Spit,” in Memoirs of the Feminine Divine: Voices for Power and Invisibility, ed. Andrea Fekete, and Lara Lillibridge, accepted, 2017.
  • There is a Solo Art Show by Dune Tencer at Catalina Coffee, 2201 Washington Avenue. The show continues until the end of February.
  • “Radiance I”, Mary Ramain's photographic collaboration with Jere Pfister, has been accepted for the Assistance League of Houston Celebrates Texas Art exhibition during January and February at the Williams Tower Gallery, 2800 Post Oak Blvd. The show closes February 24. Mary writes,"Be aware that, other than opening night, the building is open only during business hours during the day. I hope you can make it by to see the exhibition."
  • Judith Shamp has collage and mixed-media work in the Art Crawl and on exhibit at Mother Dog Studios opening November 19 through February 14.
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; timely info to the newsletter gets the word to members and their friends and contacts.

Books2Eat on April Fools Eve! Did you ever read War and Peeps? Or what about A Catsup in the Rye? Maybe Anne of Green Apples? Are you hungry for some delightful and delicious creative work? You are invited to prepare and exhibit an edible work of art based on books and reading. Any edible book idea is eligible, a favorite title, character, or event or a pun involving a book. Join the Houston Book Arts Guild and WiVLA for an evening of eating our words! This evening will be the local festival as part of the International Edible Book Festival, which occurs annually throughout the world. We encourage you to make an edible “book.” There will be prizes and lots of fun! If you want to be on the committee to help with the festival, contact Cori Austin at info@wivla.org
When:  Friday, March 31, 2017, 5:30 – 8 pm
Where:  Metropolitan Service Center, 1475 West Gray, Houston TX 77019; Go to the website www.books2eat.com  for more ideas.
~  Free tax and legal clinics through TALA - Texas Accountants and Lawyers for the Arts. This organization is sponsoring events about taxes and legal topics for artists and artist-related non-profits.
Wed, Feb. 15, Free Legal Clinic and Thurs, Feb 16, The Art of Texas.
Please go to this page to see details about topics, times, and locations.

~  Love art and kids? Come teach and share that love.
City ArtWorks is looking for teachers to teach after-school art all around the city this spring semester. Some classes are a full semester and some 10 weeks. Curriculum and supplies provided. Contact Margaret Bott at 713-681-1331 for more information. 

Public Poetry  announces a full, full February of events. Try as I might, as dear editor, I could not bring up the February calendar but I urge you to go to the Public Poetry website and view the impressive array of events http://www.publicpoetry.net/calendar
Poetry happening every day!

~  WiVLA member Miah Arnold will be teaching at Grackle and Grackle in early February. "The classes all start the first week of February."
Monday 10-1, Variations in Prose with Miah Arnold; Monday 6-9, The Finished Novel with Ben Rybeck; Tuesday 6-9, Forming Writing with Sara Cooper; Thursdays 6:30-9, Songwriting with Glenna Bell. You can sign up at http://grackleandgrackle.com 

~  Urgent! WiVLA Event Photographers needed. We need to collect photos of recent events and exhibits for both our newsletter, website and the archives. Please send any photos you have digitally to Historian Judith Shamp at idoso@swbell.net . If the files are large separate into several emails. Thank you!
~  The Eighth International Urban Sketchers Symposium will be held in Chicago this year. 
http://www.urbansketchers.org/2017/01/registration-information-for-8th.html#more  This is a fantastic opportunity to meet people from all over the world, attend demonstrations, do sketchcrawls around the Chicago area, and learn more about sketching.  It is for all levels of ability. 

~  Free  docent-led tours of the current exhibit are available at the Blaffer Museum at the University of Houston on Fri. at 2:00 each week. Check the website for the current exhibition news.  Some of our members are docents.

~  The Houston Writers Guild is currently seeking blog-post submissions that explore the craft of writing. Your post can be instructive, rhetorical, or anecdotal. Be informative, be inspiring, be creative! Selected blog posts will be published in the Houston Writers Guild Blog, HWGVoices. In addition to the publishing credits and branding opportunity, chosen blog post authors will receive a one-on-one editing session with a Certified SEO Specialist, and a coupon for a free HWG workshop. You can include a short bio in the post, and may link to any currently published works. HWGVoices is Houston’s newest blog on all things writing, featuring posts by Guild members. HWGVoices is scheduled to launch January 2017. 

~  3rd Coast Books is now accepting fiction and non-fiction submissions in seven genres. Please go to: www.3rdcoastbooks.com

~  Houston's Public Poetry asks for submissions on the theme of  ‘WORK’ with poems that reflect activities, experiences, the way that work impacts your life, etc. Poems must be submitted on Submittable between Sept. 5, 2016 and Feb. 28, 2017. Three prizes will be awarded on May 1; the amount of the prize depends on when you enter; the entry fee is the same whenever you submit, but the prize is reduced for later entries.* Poems will be judged blind by a panel comprised of people from different sectors of the economy.  *Pubic Poetry Members can submit in Jan & Feb and the prize amount is not reduced. For membership information click HERE.
~  Inprint opens its doors at 1520 West Main on the first Friday of every month from 9 am to 12 noon for a writing cafe. Any and all writers looking for a pleasant morning space in which to write are welcome. For information, click here.

WriteSpace is offering several workshops in February and March. For pricing, registration and more information, go to the WriteSpace website or contact them. Writefest is coming March 6-12, 2017. Please see the WriteSpace website for details.

~ Art Houston is a new local magazine dedicated to all types of art and they are seeking articles. For general submission guidelines, contact the publisher at Art Houston.

~  Writers will find an abundance of resources on this new website created by writing coach Joan Dempsey.

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).

Member Rona Lesser sends a notice about Breast Strokes: Hadassah Bares All for A.R.T. -- Awareness, Research, and Treatment. This is a unique artistic opportunity with a breast cancer fundraiser. A page with information is here.

~  "WAGE ON!" explores how women artists view the current economic climate and its impact on wages, identity, and lives of women both in and beyond the art world. Artists at all career levels are invited to submit work for consideration on this timely topic. The exhibition will be an integral part of the 2017 WCA conference that runs concurrent with CAA and the TFAP day of panels.

~ Fraction Magazine is an online venue dedicated to contemporary and fine art photography.  It 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 entry 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.

~ Poets & Writers has a great database of conferences and residencies for writers. Check it out.
~ 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! For the February meeting, please mention that the program is "Circle of Five," an artistic conversation in small groups. Please encourage guests to bring a piece of art or written selection to share in an informal group setting.

Upcoming Events

WiVLA Member Meeting
Tuesday, February 21, 6:00 pm
Circle of Five
Location: Archway Gallery
2305 Dunlavy, Houston TX

Abundant Show
Opening Reception

Friday, March 3, 6:00 to 8:00 pm
Cloisters Gallery
Christ Church Cathedral
1117 Texas Avenue, Houston TX 

Tuesday, March 21
Videos and presentation by
Kay Adshead and the drama productions
"Women's Acts of Defiance"
Location: TBA

Books2Eat -- Co-sponsored with
The Texas Book Arts Guild

Friday, March 31
5:30 to 8:00 pm
Metropolitan Service Center
1475 West Gray
Houston TX

WiVLA Member Meeting
Tuesday, April 18

Location: TBA

Cultured Cocktails
Thursday, April 20
Boheme Bar, 307 Fairview
Houston TX 77006
Fundraiser for WiVLA
More information to come!


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


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WiVLA 2017 Board of Directors

President - Cori Austin       

Vice President - Lilibeth Andre

Secretary - Lee Steiner

Treasurer - Lane Devereux      
Membership - Zita Giraldo and Kristine Rivers

Communications -  Mary Ramain
Programs - Lillian Tharp              

Newsletter - Kay McStay          

Visual Arts - Dune Tencer and June Russell

Literary Arts - Karleen Koen and Mary Harlan

At-Large - Josena Arquieta  and Tayyba Kanwal

Historian - Judy Shamp

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