Meeting Looks at Local Arts OrganizationsWiVLA
July 19 Member Meeting
: gathering: 5:45; Meeting: 6:15 at
the Metropolitan Multi Service Center, 1475 W Gray (Don’t be
deterred by the construction – drive in and there is plenty of
Four WiVLA members - Rona Lesser, Carol Watson, Lee
Steiner and Cathy Nieman - will discuss their participation in arts
organizations both locally and nationally. Our purpose is to inform
our members of the great diversity of organizations that are
available to us and to give our panelists a forum to discuss the
arts organizations that have enhanced their creativity.
for more information. We will start with
light snacks with the meeting beginning promptly at 6:15 pm.
Please bring your friends! August
Meeting Explores One Dancer's Creative Journey
Choreographer Amy Elizabeth, founder
and artistic director of Aimed Dance Company, will share her journey
through the dance world and what it takes to claim your space in the
Amy is currently wrapping up a year as
Artist-in-Residence at Dance Source Houston. In June, VIVO Ballet, a
dance company out of Rome, announced that Amy has been chosen as the
manager of VIVO Ballet USA, their inaugural, touring company in
Come to the August 16 WiVLA meeting and discover what it
means to be AIMED and how to claim your purpose. READ MORE
Collaboration: Keep Thinking Big!
Summer: vacations, fireworks, picnics and
more great WiVLA meetings. Many years ago, I drove up the driveway
happy to be home from a stressful day at work. I could hear the kids
playing in the A-frame clubhouse in our backyard not paying much
attention until I entered the kitchen where the carpet was covered
with mud. My screeching sent all but my two boys flying home. The
thought that every good clubhouse should be protected by a moat was
carried out with the help of the neighbors hose once the chasm had
been dug. A tour de force quickly destroyed by my lack of
This is an offhanded way of illustrating that
our creative endeavors are often squashed even before they have
fully bloomed. Nurturing those creative sparks is part of the
essence of WiVLA, which, in many of our meetings become a virtual
bonfire. At our June meeting, the second day of this summer, sparks
flew as our presenters discussed and read ekphrastic poetry from
ARTlines2: Art Becomes Poetry.MORE Jane Mulholland
getting closer to our big show in September. Note the deadlines
below - especially JULY 2 and enjoy creating!!
ahead for WINDOWS:Jul 2, 2016
- Deadline for
image and text submissionSep 10, 2016
Deliver art & excerpt to Brazosport Art CenterSep
- Windows Opening Reception Anthology &
Reading from 4 to 6 pm with reception from 6:30 to 8:30
pmOct 9, 2016
- Pick up art at Brazosport
The following are the
Mary Riggs Ramain (artist) and Jere Pfister
Josena Arquieta (artist) with Jane Mullholland
Zita Giraldo (artist) with Jane Mullholland
Peggy Sexton (artist) with Diana Weeks
Judith Shamp (artist) with Lilibeth André (writer)
Zider (artist) with Paige Moore (writer)
Anna Phillips (writer)
and Marguerite Baldwin (artist)
Gladys Mae Bullock (writer) and
Lane Devereux (artist)
Rona Lesser (artist) and Linda Stelljes
Lillian Tharp (artist) and Kathleen Merritt
Patti Richardson (visual) and Leigh Owen
Lane Devereux (writer) and Carol Watson
Sandi Stromberg (writer) and Luisa Duarte
Kay McStay (writer) and Jennifer Segel
Marcia Patrick (artist) and Tayyba Kanwal
Millie Hast (writer) and June Russell (artist)
Austin (artist) and Varsha Saraiya-Shah (writer)
(artist) Elizabeth Hall (writer)
Roberta Sadja (writer) and
Janice Smith (artist)DID
YOU KNOW... about our affiliation with Liberty Mutual?
Liberty Mutual has
been a strong financial supporter of WiVLA for many years. Our
association began with a donation of several hundred dollars from a
fundraiser that agent Eileen Collins sponsored. Liberty Mutual also
paid for the chapbook for our 20th anniversary show, VCR.
affinity relationship benefits WiVLA members by giving them an
automatic discount on insurance products. Many of us, including
myself, have found their products to be very competitively priced
even without the added discount. After having a large claim on my
homeowners policy last year, I can attest that their service is
great, too. To find out if you can bring down your cost of insuring
your home and car, contact Eileen Collins at 281-320-1181 or email@example.com
Event Great Fun for All
WiVLA members had a play day with
Cookie Wells on Saturday, June 18 as they experienced collage at
Silver Street Studios. Special thanks to WiVLA member Cookie Wells
for sharing her expertise and to Kay McStay for organizing and to
Elizabeth White-Olsen for sharing her WriteSpace studio. The photos
below tell the story.ArtLines2
Celebrated and Enjoyed by WiVLA
Our second July meeting on
the evening of June 21 proved a delight for all in attendance.
Our panel of seven writers and artists from the ArtLines2
publication made the program excellent. Read more in the President's Message
.Pictured above: Anna Tahinci, Carolyn Dahl
and Gabrielle Langley
Pictured above: Fran
Sanders, Anna Tahinci and Carolyn DahlWiVLA
Scoop by the Snoop: Looking Ahead to the Second Half of
The “Experiencing Collage” workshop at
WriteSpace on June 18 was enjoyed by all who attended. One new
member wrote: “Good workshop! Thanks! So glad to have been
introduced to this organization!”
Board, the Advisory Board and our “brainstorm” group have all been
intent on finding ways to involve our members and provide a variety
of mediums to develop our collective creativity.
Snoop looks forward to the remainder of 2016 she sees a panel of
WiVLA Women in July
discussing arts organizations
to which they belong; a presentation in August
choreographer Amy Elizabeth; a poetry reading in
by our own Varsha Saraiya-Shah; a field trip to
Cherryhurst in October
and our final meeting of the
year in November
with actor and Stark Naked theatre
owner Kim Tobin.
You might wonder why we are talking about other
arts organizations at our July meeting. The Snoop was telling an
artist about WiVLA and about the July meeting and each of our
presenters and the organizations they represented. As the Snoop
named each group, the artist said, “No, I have never heard of the
group;” or in two cases, “yes, I know that one.” Then she said,
“This will be good. I’d like to know about more that is going on
here.” The Snoop hopes you will come and learn about what are
members are doing and about organizations that might help you
develop your creativity.
It should be noted that the achievement
of choreographer Amy Elizabeth being named the manager of VIVO
Ballet USA by VIVO Ballet a dance company out of Rome is huge. One,
this will be VIVO’s inaugural touring company in America. But
moreover, the dearth of female choreographers was recently
highlighted in an article in the New York Times, June 26, 2016,
“Breaking the Glass Slipper.” Once again, the Snoop is amazed to
find yet another area where women lag behind. ”But the dearth
of female choreographers at major ballet companies is perhaps more
startling’ writes Michael Cooper, “given the prominence of women in
the rest of the ballet and dance fields – and the way pioneering
female choreographers helped shape ballet during the 20th
In the meantime preparations are being made for the
“Windows” collaboration opening on September 17 at the Brazosport
Art and Culture Center. As part of the opening an anthology of the
visual and written works is being produced. In this effort the
Anthology Committee could use our support in finding underwriters
for the printing: if you have suggestions or would like to make a
contribution for this effort let us know: firstname.lastname@example.org
, P.O. Box 130406, Houston, Texas
The unfortunate fire at the Printing Museum has sent
us scrambling for alternate places to meet which has the Snoop
realizing how much we take for granted and grateful for what we do
have. On Thursday, October 13 the Printing Museum will have
their annual fundraiser at the Houston Country Club so save the date
and watch for more information to come in our September
Have a wonderful summer and don’t forget to come to
WiVLA July 19 and August 16.
And should you have a “scoop” for
the Snoop, send it to: email@example.com
the Snoop thinks she knows a lot, she can use your help. Let her
know your scoop: firstname.lastname@example.org.
you shop at Randall's, use the "Good Neighbor" code of 5341 and
WiVLA will benefit every time you shop!
tuned for upcoming workshops!
send in your news - art exhibits, works published by the 20th of
each month to be included in the following month's newsletter.
Please share your good news with WiVLA members by sending to email@example.com.
- Kay Brand has recently had a poem, "Sharing
Myself with My Self," published in Creatrix, the electronic
publishing arm of WA (Western Australian) Poets. Click on the link
here to read.
- Rona Lesser will have art work as part of the
faculty exhibit for City Art Works at the Cloister Gallery, Christ
Church Cathedral from July 29-Aug. 16th. There will be a
reception on Fri. Aug. 5 from 6-8 p.m The gallery is open
during the week from 11-2 as part of Treebeard's Restaurant.
- Book Artist Lee Steiner will have a Grand Opening
Open Studio Saturday, July 9th at the new, larger studio/retail
space she shares with art partner Missy Bosch. at Art Square
Studios on Commerce, 2315 Commerce Street, from 6pm - 10pm
on July 9.There will be a mini make-and-take, refreshments, and
- Cindy Butler Rasche will have her colorful
geometric abstractions of cities and landscapes called "GeoCities"
exhibited at Galeria Regina, 1716 Richmond Avenue, from July 16
until September 3. The Opening Reception will be July 16 from 6-9
pm. A second reception will be August 13 from 6-9 pm. Refreshments
will be served both times. The gallery hours are 1-4 Saturdays and
- Ava Cosey and her art were recently featured
in an article in Arkansas Life Magazine. Her art is part of a
traveling exhibit of the Kinsey Collection.
Worley won 3rd place in the professional artist category
of the LHAA Spring Show at Christ Church in Kingwood on April 23.
She will participate in the Lonestar Art Guild Summer show for the
- Mary Riggs Ramain received a very nice review
from "LensCulture"--an online international venue for photography.
Check it out on her website.
- Marian Szczepanski's essay "Suleymaniye"
appears in Issue 10 of the online nonfiction journal Proximity.
- Alicia Young’s two-part series, The Savvy Bride’s Guide, won a silver medal at
the 20th Anniversary Independent Publishers book awards.
- Margo Davis has a poem in the Spring issue of
Wisconsin Review and two persona poems are to
appear in the “Truth or Dare” issue of Longleaf Pine. Also the
Texas Poetry Calendar just accepted another of her poems for their
- Karen Anne Smith is proud to announce her
solo show called “Joe Goodbuddy Goes 3D” at Galeria Regina. The show is on view from May 14
- July 9 and is open to the public each Saturday from 12 - 4
- Varsha Saraiya-Shah's chapbook
collection of poems, “Voices” is being published by Finishing Line
Press with a release date set for July 2016. Varsha
will read from her book at our September meeting.
- 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!!!
|IMMEDIATE CALL FOR ARTISTS! Group show of
Houston Women Artists at Houston City Hall opening mid July.
Submit up to seven 12" x 12" pieces digitally to Gail Mebane:
gmebane@firstname.lastname@example.org, by July 8 to be
considered for the show. |Wanted:
Seeking a graphic designer to tutor me in photoshop. Want to learn
layer organization as well as special effects. Contact:Mary RamainCori
Austin's Visual Journalers group will not meet in July or
August.WriteSpace is offering several
workshops in July-August including:
pricing, registration and more information, go to the WriteSpace website or contact them.The Mayborn Literary Nonfiction Conference July
22-24 in Grapevine, Texas is a forum for journalists, writers,
readers, students, educators and the general public to listen to, be
inspired by and practice their craft at the highest possible level.
Don't miss the opportunity to participate in one of the most
exciting literary conferences around.Katy Contemporary Art Museum is a relatively new
museum in our area and it's located in Katy at 805 Avenue B. WiVLA
member June Russell says it is worth a
Houston, a new magazine dedicated to all types of art, is
looking for articles. For general submission guidelines, contact the
Stitch Bookbinding: Create Your Own Notebook with LAYLA AL-BEDAWI
on Saturday, July 9th from 9:30 AM-1:30 PM
Your Writing with ANDREANA BINDER on Saturday, July 9th from 2-4
Art of Memoir with Introduction to Personal Essay and Memoir:
Turning the Pen on Ourselves with MARK DOSTERT on Thursdays, 6 to
9 PM, July 14-August 4.
Effective Prose with CASSANDRA CLARKE on Saturday, July 16th, 9:30
Your Inner Editor Work for You with JULIA RIOS from Tuesday, July
19th to Tuesday, August 23rd, Online Workshop (Remote
from Facts: Mining the Media for Characters and Plots with MARIAN
SZCZEPANSKI on Saturday, July 23rd from 9:30 AM-12:30
to Write a Novel with ANIS SHIVANI on Saturday, July 23rd, 1-4 PM
& Saturday, July 30th, 9 AM-4 PM (two-day
Power of Point of View with JOY PREBLE on Saturday, August
6th, 9 AM-12 PM
More Than a Place: Crafting Settings That Matter with JOY PREBLE
on Saturday, August 6th, 1 PM-4 PM
Do I Get Started? Q&A Session with CASSANDRA CLARKE on
Saturday, August 13th, 9:30 AM-11:30 AM
Simple Plans for Great Stories with KYLE RUSSELL on Saturday,
August 13th, 1-4 PM
Family Reunion Build-Your-Writing-Community Event with Multiple
Instructors and Writers on Saturday, August 20th, 8:30 AM - 5:00
PM (5:30 p.m. including meet-and-greet)
to Personal Essay and Memoir: Turning the Pen on Ourselves with
MARK DOSTERT on Saturday, August 27th, 9:30 AM-12:30
will find an abundance of resources on this new website created by writing coach Joan Dempsey.
Houston Writers Guild offers several Critique Circles at different
times and locations. For more information, click here.
studio space? JoMar Visions is expanding to an amazing new location
in Northwest Crossing in Houston! Location at 5247-5249
Langfield Rd, Houston, TX-77040. Be part of a vibrant art
more information and a map of the studio
for Entry: Visual ArtInclusion
in this list does not indicate endorsement by WiVLA. We recommend
you research each contest, and contact the
~ Archway Gallery is reviewing portfolios
of local artists. To apply, please read the information on the Archway Gallery Website, Work for Archway's
annual juried show due July 5 and 6: see website for
Magazine is an online venue dedicated to fine art, contemporary
photography and brings together diverse bodies of work by
established and emerging artists from around the globe. They accept
from new and emerging photographers.~
WCA-CO announces its 2016 national juried show - State of Unions to
be exhibited from May 26 to June 12 at the Core Annex, 900 Santa Fe
Drive, Denver CO 80204. Go to https://www.callforentry.org.~
FreshArts, of which we are members, has many opportunities for
artists listed on their website.
Check it out!
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 entries 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).
~ The Tenth Gate Prize: founded for mid-career
poets, this imprint honors the work and vision of Jane Hirshfield.
Poets with two or more published books of poems may submit between June 1 and July 15 to WordWorks
Books. They have several other contests and opportunities to submit
on their website.~
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.
~ The Aesthetica Creative Writing Award 2016 is now
open for entries, presenting an opportunity for emerging and
established writers and poets to showcase their work and further
their involvement in the literary world. Short Fiction entries
should be no more than 2,000 words. Poetry entries should be no more
than 40 lines. Deadline for submissions is 31 August 2016.
Poets & Writers has a great database of conferences and
residencies for writers. Check it out.
Winning Writers is another great website for writing
opportunities. Check it out by clicking here. Please
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