January 2017

Town 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 website.

President's Message
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 that amount  for?” MORE

  Jane Mulholland

WiVLA Announces Two Shows in 2017
 Looking forward 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.

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.
As you can see, 2017 promises to be an exciting year for WiVLA!

WiVLA Scoop by the Snoop: January 2017
Like many 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 dining.

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 Grammy.

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: info@wivla.org.

Renew Membership Now
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 Year!
Best to you in the holiday season.

WiVLA 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 Maid Park).

If you shop at Randall's, use the "Good Neighbor" code of 5341 and WiVLA will benefit every time you shop!

       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.
  •  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 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 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 pm.
  • 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'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 6:30 pm. 
  • “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!!!


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.  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 information. 

Public Poetry  announces the following events for January:
  • Saturday, 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 77035
  • Saturday, 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 Drive, 77006. 
  • Monday, 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.  Workshop and a copy of her book is $26 ($10 workshop + $16 book).

Long-time 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 ronalesser@gmail.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 news.

~  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 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 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). 

~  "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!

Upcoming Events

WiVLA Member Meeting
Tuesday, January 17
WiVLA Town Meeting

Location: Archway Gallery
2305 Dunlavy, Houston

Tuesday, February 21
Circle of Five

Location: TBA

WiVLA Member Meeting
Tuesday, March 21

Location: TBA

Cultured Cocktails

Thursday, April 20
Boheme Bar
More information to come!


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


About Women in the Visual and Literary Arts

The mission of WiVLA is 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.

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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

Our mailing address is:
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P. O. Box 130406
Houston, TX  77219-0406


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