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
to 2012. It's time to put the hectic holidays behind you for
another year and turn your attention to new projects, new
dreams, and new experiences. For WiVLA, it is a new fiscal
year, a new board year, and a new membership year.
of renewing our memberships in March, as we have in the past,
now membership renewal takes place in January. WiVLA dues
remain at $40.00 per year. You are welcome to renew on line,
by mail to PO BOX 130406, Houston, TX 77219-0406, or at the
meeting on January 17, 2012. It is important to renew by
January 31 to keep your membership current because eligibility
for the ECO fund award requires two years of continuous
a tremendous outpouring of generousity from our members and
friends in response to the Awards Fund Campaign. On behalf of
the board, I thank all the contributors for their gracious
gifts. We will be thanking everyone individually and publicly
over the next few weeks and sending out tax letters soon. Look
for a full report next month.
Lachin hosted a well-attended, convivial Holiday Party for
WiVLA members and their guests. Cathy's main dishes, jambalya
and vegetable lasagna, tasted wonderful and our members
provided a wide variety of delicious side dishes and
desserts as well. Cathy and her family deserve a rousing
thank you for their warm hospitality!
look forward to seeing you at the meeting on January 17. The
topic, handmade books, is dear to me and the presenters are
very talented bookbinders whose work you will not want to
hope you all had a restful and joyous holiday season. I am
coming out the the sugar-induced coma from all of the pumpkin
pie and Cool Whip I consumed during the holidays!
a good thing, too, because I have a lot of resolutions to
start working on!
If any of your resolutions include
producing more art, then you've come to the right place. In
every newsletter, we have literary and visual calls for entry,
art prompts (for both writers and visual artists), and
opportunities for members to write columns on a variety of
topics. (And that's just naming a few!)
is what you make of it - and there's a lot in here to make it
work in your favor!
to a creative and productive month!
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MEETING - DECEMBER_______________________
meeting was held in December. We hope you had a happy
MEMBERSHIP MEETING - JANUARY
Please join us
for the first meeting of the new year!
Our speakers for January are the creative team of
Marjorie Silverstein and Lee Steiner of the Houston Book Arts
They are thrilled to present a "Show and Tell" of
their work. Afterwards, they are going to provide
members with a brief hands-on activity.
Please come out and enjoy the information and the
opportunity to experience their creative wisdom and
meeting, we will go to Café Express on West Gray, around the
corner from the Museum of Printing History, for our Dutch
treat dinner and camaraderie. Please join us!
GENEROUS RESPONSE TO AWARD FUND
CAMPAIGN ____________ By
you to the many, many generous supporters who have donated
over $2,600 to WiVLA's Awards Fund Campaign. What a wonderful
outpouring of support from our members and friends! Tax
letters will be sent out soon and thank you gifts for those
who requested them will follow. Look for your name in the
listing of donors in the February
"MIXED MESSAGES" NEEDS A
Board of Directors is actively seeking a venue for the 2012
Collaboration Show, "Mixed Messages." If you have, or know of,
a gallery or similar space that would welcome high-caliber
collaborative art from an established arts organization,
please email Lane.
is a not-for-profit organization that operates on a lean
budget and cannot afford to pay for gallery space. The show is
on the calendar for May 2012; staying on schedule depends on
finding the right venue.
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
Do not forget that WiVLA's membership
year now coincides with the calendar year. In order to
continue your membership without a lapse, you must renew by
January 31, 2012.
Avoiding a lapse is important because
you must have two full years of continual membership to be
eligible for the 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
address, email address, and phone numbers. WiVLA is due for a
new directory, and we will need current information for that
submissions by the 20th of the month to
firstname.lastname@example.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.
Check out December's
art prompt submissions here!
Karleen Koen has been included
in RT Book Reviews and the Library Journal's
selections of best historical fiction for 2011.
Before Versailles is the story of four tumultuous
months in the life of a young Louis XIV.
Durbin has a piece in the "Reconstruction" exhibition
at the Art Car
located 140 Heights Blvd. on view until March 2,
Marguerite Baldwin's painting sold on
the opening night of the juried "Open Door Series: Winter
2011" at TAACL. She felt very fortunate as her work is "very
geometric/abstract and there was not a lot of that in this
McClellan's work was selected for the 42nd annual
Assistance League Houston Celebrates Texas Art. The opening
reception will be held January 12 at the Williams Tower
news you'd like to share? Send an email by the 20th of the
WHAT'S HAPPENING IN VISUAL
is about play and a kind of willingness to go with your
intuition. It's crucial to an artist. If you know where you
are going and what you are going to do, why do it?"
we start a New Year 2012 in our lives and with WiVLA, what
creative goals do you have for yourself? I'm going to make
daily appointments in my calendar for time in the studio. I
easy distract myself with other activities, putting my
creativity last. So, renewed discipline is on my
have two exhibition opportunities for members this year.
First, is our collaboration show in May with the theme "Mixed
Messages." Round up your collaborators (one or more) and start
playing with ideas. The prospectus will be coming soon, along
with the location.
second one will be the end of August with our juried WiVLA
Print and Photography Exhibition at the Museum of Printing
History. We're still working on the juror and theme. So, stay
posted for more information.
can always use a creative spark. Here's an inspiring email
introducing a new artist daily. Check out the Daily Art Muse
by Susan Lomuto. You can sign up here.
Let me know what you think.
a fabulous women's organization, WomanMade Gallery
in Chicago, that gives opportunities to its members to exhibit
in their gallery and online. They also offer call for entries
and a newsletter. What if we had one of these in Houston? Why
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
is currently accepting exhibition and performance proposals.
Submit recent or proposed experimental works not previously
shown in Houston by January 15. CD/DVD format submission
is required. Click here for more information.
Art Society Houston is accepting entries for their
35th International Exhibit. Deadline: January 28.
The juried show exhibition dates are March 13-20. For more
information, click here or email Norm Wigington.
Visions is accepting entries for "All Things Erotic"
The show will be held February 10 and 14. If you would like
your art featured in this exhibit, email JoMar Visions.
16th Annual Citywide African American Artists Exhibition
is accepting entries. Deadline: January 7. The
exhibit will be held February 1-March 3, and will be juried by
artists Floyd Newsum and George Smith. Visit their website
or email Margaret Mims for more
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, 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
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
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.
Baldwin is looking for a partner for the WiVLA
collaboration next May. She is willing to wear the visual or
literary hat or both! Please contact Marguerite via
you have an "odd" schedule, but would still like to
participate in the WiVLA collaboration project? Contact
Andrea Waguespack! She is a writer who is
available to meet up during week days from noon-3 p.m., or
anytime on the weekends. Please contact Andrea via email.
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