January 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
Award Funds Campaign
Membership Renewal
Join us on Facebook
Announcements and Upcoming Events
Call for Entries - Visual Arts
Call for Entries - Literary Arts
Calendar of Events




By Lane Devereux


Let's 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 at-large members.


WiVLA is fortunate to have such a deep well of talented and thoughtful members to draw from for leadership. We deeply appreciate your willingness to serve.




As we 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 ex-officio spot.


The 2012 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 financially stable.


Working 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 for WiVLA. 



LETTER FROM THE EDITOR_____________________________________


Happy New Year to all!

I 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 MONTH_____________________________________ 


A rejection is nothing more than a necessary step in the pursuit of success." Bo Bennett 


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




Thank you 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!



 Tote Bag

 Our black 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.





Tote bag 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 out.




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. 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 show! 




 At our January 15 meeting, sculptor and writer Bridgette Mongeon will share a few exercises that she has created for participants in her creativity workshops.


What 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 process?


Bridgette 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.


If you 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 website .




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! 




Renewing 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 eligibility.


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. 




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 cfischer@taaccl.org or 281-335-7777. Go to www.taaccl.org for class schedules and descriptions.


 Marguerite A. Baldwinhas 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 Glassell School.  

Carol Watson received an Honorable Mention for the entry "Digni-Tree" at the December 7th, 2012 show at the Watercolor Art Society-Houston. Polly Hammet, Juror.

She 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!

December 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.



Patricia "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.


June 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


Rona 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.


Dodie Messer 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.


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. 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

We'll 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 how to enter.


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, January 7 at 6 p.m.

WiVLA Board meeting  

Sosa Community Center

1414 Wirt Road

Houston, TX77055 


Tuesday, Janaury 15 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             (nie46@earthlink.net)

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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