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
WELCOME TO OUR NEW
BOARD OF DIRECTORS
give a big WiVLA welcome to the board of directors elected at
our meeting on November 20, 2012. The new president of WiVLA
will be Cathy Nieman, a long-time member, past board member,
and calligrapher par excellence. Cathy will have Jane
Mulholland as her vice-president. Rona Lesser will be the new
secretary, replacing Cathy Lachin, who is moving over to the
historian position on the 2013 board. Patti Berg will remain
as treasurer and Cori Austin will remain as membership chair.
Laura Pena will join the board as program chair and Diane Door
will remain on the board as editor of WiVLA VOiCES. Mary Baker
will join current visual arts co-chair Michele Zacks. Patricia
Barry Rumble and Sandy Wells will share the co-chair duties
for literary. Dianne Webb will be the new communications
chair. Cindy Rasche and Sharon Messimer will join the board as
fortunate to have such a deep well of talented and thoughtful
members to draw from for leadership. We deeply appreciate your
willingness to serve.
DEPARTING BOARD MEMBERS
welcome new faces, we must say good-bye to individuals who
have completed their term in office and are moving on to new
challenges. Leaving the board are Cookie Wells,
vice-president, Rebecca Kveton, program chair, Donna Durbin,
visual co-chair, Pat Morgan and Leah Lax, literary co-chairs,
Jennifer Watson, communications chair, and Piyali DasGupta and
June Russell, at-large members. Per our by-laws, I will remain
on the board for another year as past president in an
board of directors has been especially productive and
creative, guiding WiVLA forward to exciting new activities,
like our upcoming show at the Houston Public Library - Central
Library and setting the stage for other activities and events
in the future. The 2012 board, following up on the groundwork
done by the 2011 board, also protected our ECO Fund award and
Gold Key Scholarship award and helped WiVLA become more
with the 2011 and 2012 board members while serving as WiVLA's
president has been a most rewarding experience for me and I
cannot thank them enough for their contributions. Next time
you see one of departing the 2012 board members be sure to
thank her for everything she did
FROM THE EDITOR_____________________________________
New Year to all!
am usually a pretty optimistic person at the beginning of a
new year. However 2013 has taken me a little by surprise. My
optimism for a brand new year seems to be shadowed more than a
little by my own challenges in life and the challenges we face
as a city, nation and world. I must say that being a part of
the WiVLA community has given me a sense of hope and
"female"ship that I have never known. I look forward to
working with everyone this year and feel free to send in any
ideas for the newsletter.
QUOTE OF THE
rejection is nothing more than a necessary step in the pursuit
of success." Bo Bennett
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CATHY DID IT
to Cathy and Paul Lachin for welcoming WiVLA members and their
guests into the Lachin's charming home for another delightful
winter holiday social. The conversation was scintillating, the
laughter sincere, and food and drink scrumptious. What a treat
it was to see everyone decked out in their holiday finery,
ranging from cocktail dresses to chef's pants. And it was
splendid to meet each other's partners and friends in a fun
and friendly atmosphere. Thanks again, Cathy, for hosting
WiVLA's social event of the year!
THE FABULOUS WiVLA
TOTE BAG IS HERE!!
canvas tote bags, brilliantly emblazoned with WiVLA's
distinctive pen-and-paintbrush logo, are selling briskly.
Priced at only $12, plus mailing costs, the tote bags are a
beautiful bargain. You can order a tote bag online
and it will be mailed out promptly or you can pick one up at
the January meeting. We only had 100 to start with, so get
yours while you can.
OOPS, THEY WEREN"T
sales were a bit disorganized at the November meeting and the
tote bags were put out on the table without a sign telling
people how to buy them. Apparently, a few people thought the
tote bags were freebies and took them without paying. We are
sorry that we were not clear about that. If you picked up a
tote bag thinking it was a give-away, please bring your $12
payment to the January meeting or return the bag, no hard
feelings. Just see Cori Austin, our membership chair, or
Pattie Berg, our treasurer, to get things straightened
FIRST-EVER SHOW AT HOUSTON PUBLIC LIBRARY
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. More
info will appear soon 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
EXCITING PRESENTATION AT OUR JANUARY
our January 15 meeting, sculptor and writer Bridgette Mongeon
will share a few exercises that she has created for
participants in her creativity workshops.
holds us back from reaching our fullest creative potential?
Thomas Edison said, 'Genius is one percent inspiration and
ninety-nine percent perspiration.' Can we change
our neural connections or our biochemistry to help us to be
more creative and productive, and if so, is that difficult to
do? How can we feel more fulfilled in our creative
Mongeon is a published writer/author and a sculptor. She loves
to help others to "make a living while living a dream." With a
fervent passion and interest for brain and neurology, she has
been studying the creative process and teaching, writing, and
conducting workshops about marketing in the arts and
creativity for over 30 years.
are interested in seeing more of her work, she has multiple
creative endeavors including podcasts, 3D technology, and a
gift line. Google her or check out her sculpture
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
TIME TO RENEW YOUR MEMBERSHIP
your WiVLA membership on time is important because you
must have two years of continuous membership to be
eligible for an ECO Fund award; the online roster is available
only to members; and the newsletter goes out only to members.
WiVLA's membership year runs from January 1 to December 31
each year. We must receive your renewal by January 31, 2013
for you to be considered on-time for purposes of the ECO Fund
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 email@example.com.
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
The Arts Alliance
Center at Clear Lake (TAACCL) announces
our new Spring Art Studio Class Schedule! Classes begin
January 8, 2013 in our new studio space located at: 18036
Upper Bay Road (Nassau Bay). For class registration contact
Cindy Fischer at firstname.lastname@example.org or
281-335-7777. Go to www.taaccl.org for class schedules
two paintings in the juried open invitational exhibition
sponsored by "Artists Alive and Well". The Exhibition
runs from January 14-March 1 and is located on the upper
concourse at 1600 Smith Street. The reception is January
14, 2013 from 6:00-8:00pm. The juror is Patrick Palmer of the
Watson received an Honorable Mention for the
entry "Digni-Tree" at the December 7th, 2012 show at the
Watercolor Art Society-Houston. Polly Hammet,
is also looking forward to inviting the membership to the
new HAS-G (Heights Area Salon-Gallery) located at 129 Aurora
Street - Studio 4 on the 1st Saturday of every month. An Open
Studio and Event was held December 8th, 2012 from noon to
6pm. Carol displayed 25 original pieces of art, some
reproductions, a very small amount of handmade books and
various creative expressions. Glad to say that it was a really
nice event that was visited by many fellow artist and
collectors. See everyone next time!
11, 2012, Carol was a participant along with other
distinguished artists in the 'Art for the Trees if You Please
Benefit/Auction' at Mixed Emotions.
"Trish" Barry Rumblerecently published her first book,
"The Night the Animals Talked," a Christmas story about three
generations in a blended family. The book includes 2 original
Christmas songs recorded by Sammie Ammons. Her book signing on
12/12/12 was a great success. She has sold out of the
first edition of her book. See playitstore.com for
more information on the book.
Russellreceived Honorable Mention for
her photo Galapagos Sunset from Women In Photography
International (WIPI). The show, it's Magical, can be found
online at: womeninphotography.org/Competitions-Exhibits/2012_Magical_Competitions/Honorable
Lesserwill have three pieces in the
Artists Alive and Well 2013 Juried Exhibition January 14
- March 1 at 1600 Smith street. The opening reception is
January 14, 6-8 pm.
Meeks Take a moment on a cold winter's
day and read LYRIC Magazine's "A Bouquet of Poems for Children
of All Ages". You can find it at River Oaks Books, Becker's
Books, The Friendswood Library, and online at www.dodiemeeks.com.
The book has 36 poems and color on every page. Dodie
Messer Meeks did most of the art and some of the poems. LYRIC
is the best and oldest publisher of poetry you can sing or
memorize in the USA today.
Regina presents on the 1st floor -
"Mongrel: Collaborative Works" by Mike Reed & Matt
Adams& - on the 2nd floor - "A Moment In Time" Lou
Sprecher. Artist's Reception: Saturday, January 12, 6-9pm on
view from January 5 to 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
Announcing the 2013
Amazon Breakthrough Novel Award
start accepting entries on January 14, 2013. Visit
CreateSpace to learn
more. There will be cash prizes and publication
awards. Visit the Prizespage for the
full list of prizes and details. HOW TO ENTER. We must receive
your Contest entry between January 14, 2013 at 12:00:01 a.m.
(U.S. Eastern Standard Time) and January 27, 2013 at 11:59:59
p.m. (U.S. Eastern Standard Time). The contest is limited to
10,000 Entries, and we will stop accepting Entries after we
have received 10,000 Entries. For complete eligibility
details, view the official
contest rules, or read details on
(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 email@example.com.
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.
7 at 6 p.m.
Janaury 15 at 6p.m.
a complete list of upcoming events, visit the WiVLA calendar online.
2013 Board of Directors
Patricia Barry Rumble (firstname.lastname@example.org)