Meeting in January
At our January 17 member
meeting, our members will be asked to participate in a “Town
Meeting” discussion of how WiVLA should spend $1000 to benefit young
women – both artists and writers – in in our community to
encourage their creative development.
For many years WiVLA has
given two Gold Key Awards through the Scholastic Achievement Program
administered locally by the Harris County Board of Education. The
awards were given to senior high school women – $500 to an artist
and $500 to a writer for their senior portfolios. These young
women then were invited to WiVLA’s May meeting to showcase their
work. This past year, for several reasons, we made no award
and are considering spending the funds in a different way. The
background and considerations for these funds will be outlined at
the January meeting. Please come let your voice be heard. We will
meet at Archway Gallery at 2305 Dunlavy Street on Tuesday, January
17 beginning with refreshments at 5:45 pm.Meeting
Place to Change
Our long and happy
relationship with the Printing Museum will be temporarily
interrupted as the Museum deals with the aftermath of the fire that
caused considerable destruction last May. The Museum will need
to inventory their entire collection, and that will necessitate
bringing their collected works out of storage and using all the
rooms to compile and sort them. The fire has also caused a
reassessment of the Museum’s priorities as well. 2017 will
mark the 35th Anniversary of the Printing Museum, and although they
would rather be celebrating than cleaning up and re-envisioning
their future, they suggest that those who want to continue to
support the Museum can do so by donating $35 for 35 years on their
Announces Two Shows in 2017
As I prepare for to hand over the
WiVLA reins to Cori Austin in January I would like to thank all of
you who helped make my time as president so pleasant and rewarding.
A special thanks goes to all our current board members for their
service to WiVLA. Without an active and willing board it would be
impossible for WiVLA to function. Several deserve specific mention.
First is Alicia Young who has not only provided clear minutes of our
board meetings, but has set the standard for form and speed in
getting the minutes to us quickly and accurately. Second is Lane
Devereux, our Treasurer, who monthly gives us an accurate
reporting of our finances and is ever willing to ask, “What was
amount for?” MORE Jane Mulholland
to next year, we have two exhibitions on the horizon. The first one
will be at the Cloisters Gallery at Christ Church Cathedral opening
March 3, 2017. The Prospectus is here
. 2D artists are encouraged to enter this
juried show. The theme of the show is “Abundant.” Entries will be
accepted online beginning December 1 through January 27. Please note
that this venue is quite special since Treebeard”s Restaurant serves
lunch daily in this space to approximately 400 people. Few venues in
Houston get this many visitors during an exhibition. If you know
artists who might like to participate and who aren’t currently WiVLA
members, ask them to join now and be a member through 2017. (Current
members will be asked to rejoin at the beginning of 2017.) The
exhibition will be open February 27 – March 23 with the gallery open
11 am to 2 pm weekdays.The Call for Entry
will invite women to submit up to
three 2D pieces for consideration for this juried exhibit beginning
December and ending on January 27, 2017.
The juror will consider
photography, watercolor, oil painting, acrylic painting, pastels,
drawing and any other 2D work that represents or reflect the theme
“Abundant.” Click here
for a look at the Prospectus.
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
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
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.
you can see, 2017 promises to be an exciting year for
Scoop by the Snoop: January 2017
of you the Snoop has been busy getting ready for the holiday season.
She happened upon a gathering of the December board meeting as the
board celebrated the end of the year at a potluck dinner. It seemed
they conducted enough business to carry us forth to the New Year but
mostly the evening was spent in laughter and happy
Recently as I listened to NPR there was a story about
the too short life of singer Sharon Jones (1956-2016). Jones, the
lead singer of Sharon Jones & The Dap-Kings,
a soul and
funk band, released her first album when she was forty years old.
According to the NPR report, she had been told when she tried to get
a recording contract that she was, “too black, too old and too fat”
for that to happen. In 2014 she was nominated for her first
Stories like Sharon Jones make the Snoop think of the
difficulties of a creative life for women. Immediately I think of
the double standard that women often carry concerning weight and
appearance. I wonder if Fats Domino was ever told he was too fat for
a record contract. I remember a co-worker – an extremely
ordinary looking man – who was aghast when he saw Germaine Greer one
night on TV. “How could she let herself go?” he asked with a tone of
enormous insult. Again I wondered: was she a better writer when her
hair was flaming red without the signs of grey. George Eliot is the
source of the Snoop’s favorite quote: “It’s never too late to be
what you might have been.”
Good to ponder as we begin the new
year. The Snoop rather likes ruminating on questions and creating
possibilities as she faces the new year: What turn will my
creative life take in 2017? What are the things I feel I can’t do
because of self-imposed limitations? Will I step up and write those
things I have been planning to say? How many pieces (I can enter up
to three) will I enter in the WiVLA “Abundant” Show at the Cloisters
Gallery at Christ Church Cathedral? Will I apply for the WiVLA
ECO Fund Award this year? What will I bring to the “Circle of Five”
meeting in February to show others what I am currently creating?
And, finally: How will I utilize WiVLA to encourage,
develop and nurture me in my creative life?
What a lovely
party at June Russell's on December17! About 45 members and
friends/spouses came to share the holiday spirit with one of WiVLA's
more ample and delicious buffets. It was a relaxed and comfortable
evening and the Snoop apologizes for not taking the pictures she
promised the newsletter editor. In her defense the Snoop thinks if
you wanted to see who was there, you should have joined
us.Send the Snoop your news as she has been slowed down in
this holiday season and hasn’t been up to normal snooping. Your help
is needed! Although the Snoop thinks she knows a lot, she can
use your help. Let her know your scoop:
The end of the year is almost here
and our WiVLA memberships will need to be renewed. You will receive
a formal notice at the beginning of 2017 or you can go to our
website and renew or send a check to WiVLA, P.O. Box 130406,
Houston, TX 77219-0406. If you joined in September 2016 or
thereafter, you are a member through 2017 already. Whenever you
renew, it will insure you of a happy, inspirational and creative New
Best to you in the holiday season.
to Host Table at "What It's Like"
WiVLA will host
an information table at a free event to highlight mental illness on
January 6. The event is called "What It's Like" and is open to the
public. Ten artists will highlight their experience of mental
illness in general and psychosis in particular. This will be
presented through a central theme of text/photography in addition to
between three and seven individual pieces. This event will be from
6:30 to 9 pm at The Rec Room, 100 Jackson Street, 77002 (near Minute
you shop at Randall's, use the "Good Neighbor" code of 5341 and
WiVLA will benefit every time you shop!
tuned for upcoming events!
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 firstname.lastname@example.org.
- Kaye Brand has poems published in Creatrix 34 and Creatrix 35, the electronic arm of Western
Australian Poets. Scroll down to her name, Kaye Brand, under
contributions in both web sites below and click her name to access
the poems ‘The Scottish Brave’ and ‘Together’.
- Jo Zider has five pieces of sculpture: The
Urban Relic Series, on exhibit at Rudolf Blume/Art Scan
Gallery, 1836 Richmond, corner of Driscoll and Richmond, through
January 21. The show is titled "SPACE GARDEN" to
continue the theme for SCULPTURE HOUSTON MONTH, and is the final
exhibition in the celebration of sculpture in Houston.
- Kay Adshead has five canvases in the Houston
Women Artists exhibition at the HTV studios at City Hall through
- 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 will be performing with The
Balcony Poets, who are featured January 6 at First Friday Reading
Series. They will also perform on January 15 at the Writers Resist
event coordinated by Robin Davidson. Billie'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. Opening is January 14 from 6 to 9
- Sharon Worley's new book, Love Letters and the Romantic Novel during the
Napoleonic Wars, has been published by Cambridge Scholars
- Jane Chance's new book Tolkien, Self and
Other: 'This Queer Creature' was published in December and is
available at Amazon, Walmart or from the publisher,
Palgrave-Macmillan. See description here.
- Shirl Riccetti will begin 2017 with a
One-Person Show at Archway Gallery, 2305 Dunlavy. Entitled,
“….In a Good Place” (watercolors, pen and musings). The
exhibit runs January 7 to February 2. The Opening Reception
is Saturday, January 7, 5-8 pm, with Artist’s Talk at
- “Radiance I”, Mary Ramain's photographic
collaboration with Jere Pfister, has been
accepted for the Assistance League of Houston exhibition this
coming January at the Williams Tower Gallery, 2800 Post Oak Blvd.
The show opens January 18 at 6 pm and closes February 24.
- Jere Pfister will be presenting her work,
Forbidden Gardens, at the Annual Storytellers Event sponsored by
the Houston Storytellers Guild on Saturday, February
20 at 3 pm at MATCH. Tickets will be on sale soon. The event is
supported in part by Poets and Writers.
- 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, but we have to
know about it!!!
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.
Training is Sat. Jan 7, as some classes start early. Some are
a full semester and some 10 weeks. Curriculum and supplies
provided. Contact Margaret Bott at 713-681-1331 for more
Public Poetry announces the following events
WiVLA member and Advisory Board Chair, Leigh Owen,
has been asked by Houston Woman
Magazine to repeat her Creative Ways to Save
and Savor the Moment Workshop. Join her Saturday, January
14, from 9 to noon at the Center for Recovery at 303 Jackson Hill
Street (near Memorial Drive between Scotland and Dickson Streets in
Montrose - free garage parking). The workshop will be $49 including
morning coffee and continental breakfast. If you are interested in
being placed on the e-vite list for this workshop, please email your
request to Beverly@HoustonWomanMagazine.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 Rona Lesser at email@example.com. If the files are large
separate into several emails. 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
January 7, at 2 PM, Winter Series Featured Poets Stephanie
Bension, Chris Brunt, Adam Holt, Paul Klinger will be
reading at Morris
Frank Library (an HPL Express location), 10103 Fondren
January 21, at 8 PM, The PM Show: Poets &
Musicians featuring poet Billie Hill with Sam Sheppard,
poet Gerald Cedillo with The Free Radicals, and poet Mike
Alexander with Chase Hamblin performing at Rudyards 2010 Waugh
January 23, at 7 PM, Public Poetry is offering a workshop in
partnership with Brazos Bookstore. The workshop will be at Archway
Gallery, 2305 Dunlavy, 77006, with poet Carolyn Hembree.
and a copy of her book is $26 ($10 workshop + $16
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 January.
For pricing, registration and more information, go to the WriteSpace
website or contact them.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
will find an abundance of resources on this new website created by writing coach Joan Dempsey.
for Entry: Visual ArtInclusion
in this list does not indicate endorsement by WiVLA. We recommend
you research each contest, and contact the
"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
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
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
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
for Entry: Literary ArtInclusion
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
Poets & Writers has a great database of conferences and
residencies for writers. Check it out.
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.
Winning Writers is another great website for writing
opportunities. Check it out by clicking here. Please
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