July 2018

July Meeting, July 17th – Denise Ditto Satterfield: Writer of the Tooth Collector Fairies Series
Denise Ditto, a native Texan, is a freelance writer who loves writing for children. She is the author of the children’s book series titled, “The Tooth Collector Fairies.” Book one is titled, “Batina’s Best First Day” (“BBFD”) which is a book about persistence, friendship, and teamwork. It also encourages children to brush their teeth, but please  don’t tell them it has a public-service message. “BBFD” was performed by children as a musical at the Katy Visual and Performing Arts Center in October 2016 and by the C.KIDZ Theatre School, junior division of the Players Theatre Company in Conroe, Texas in May 2018. Her second book, “Home from Decay Valley” was released in 2018. 
When Denise is not working on her children’s book series, she is working with other writers in her community. She is the Executive Director at Houston Writers House, a position she shares with her business partner, Rebecca Nolen. Also, she is an active member in the Society of Children’s Book Writers and Illustrators since 2012 and a board member for the American Business Women’s Association (ABWA) – Woven Express in Kingwood 2016-2018 term. We'll welcome her to the July 17th meeting.
Learn more about Denise at www.toothcollectorfairies.com.
Archway Gallery  
2305 Dunlavy, Houston TX 77006
5:45 – 6:15  Mix and Mingle
6:15 – 6:30  Short business meeting
6:30 – 7:30  Denise Ditto Satterfield, writer
7:30 -  Dinner at Brasil’s (dutch-treat) after we pick up the meeting area at Archway. Brazil's is on the corner of Dunlavy and Westheimer -- an easy walk from the gallery.

President's Message: Bluegrass Greetings!
Several nights ago, I stood waiting for the singing group I’m With Her to perform at the Telluride Bluegrass Festival. Three women, Sara Watkins, Sarah Jarosz, and Aoife O’Donovan, took the stage instruments in hand, and I truly mean took the stage. They entered and owned their places up there, They commandeered the audience to go where they wanted us to go, to become more alive with their music, to feel it deeply in our hearts and minds. And the magic that happened that evening!  Mystical energy became reciprocal between the musician-singers and the audience, each feeding the other until it rose higher and higher and they not only had the stage, but they had us as well.
   Have you ever been carried away by someone’s talent? Swept away by the colors and design of a painting? Enthralled by a dancer’s movements? Transported somewhere else entirely by a writer’s words? The suspension of the daily detritus and the entrance into the sacred space of that moment of compelling creativity is art’s gift to us. 
   But, wait, there’s more! When we are in that creative place ourselves, and we are channeling from deep within, that is art’s gift as well. Immersed in the place where there is no time, only creation, we open ourselves to find what is contained inside.  Then we look at the clock and it’s past dinnertime, or suddenly the kids are home from school (already?), or a phone jangles us out of our focus. 
   I always resent those interruptions and long to go back to the making. I like to think of it as “taking my stage.” I know that there is much within me that wants to bloom, and I want the confidence to build a stage for it to show itself.  
   How about you? What does your stage look like? Do you need some nurturing in order to take it or are you already on it? Dream it, build it, bring forth your music and empower yourself to get carried away. 
As the song says:
There's always another corner
Makes me wonder how
How much longer is it gonna be?
Before I get where I'm going
Get what I need
You gotta give to get
You gotta be game to lose.
(Excerpt from "Game to Lose" by I'm With Her)
    Cori Austin
Have you found your S P A C E collaboration partner yet? These members sent notices to the newsletter seeking collaboration partners.
* Collaboration partner wanted:​  Jody T. Morse writes: "Speculative Poet and Fiction Writer (SPFW) seeks a collaborator willing to tell a story of the strange and otherworldly with me. Let’s step outside of the norm to play on the hem of spacial reality. Is your muse feeling this imaginatively frisky? Contact me via jthavenwriter@gmail.com. Thanks!" 
*Jere Pfister's ​request: I’m a writer looking for a partner for the space collaboration. I’ve been in many collaborations over the years. I’ve written plays, memoir, and essays. With each collaboration I grow as a person and writer.
* Janet Reynolds says: "I am a book artist looking for a writer/writing partner. I’m including a link to my website if anyone wants to see what types of books I create."
*Rona Lesser sends this note: "Looking for a literary partner to collaborate for S P A C E exhibit. I have no fixed ideas and open to anything!" Please contact me at ronalesser@gmail.com
* Roberta Sajda writes: "If any one doesn’t have a collaborator yet I would be glad to do either. I write poetry and am a painter. Contact is rodon@flash.net

   Is  it the final frontier?
   Is it inner space or out there space?
   Does it describe a particular area?
   Whatever it means to you, find a collaborator and have a creative and enjoyable experience! This collaboration will be hung and presented at the Houston Public Library central building in downtown Houston in November and December and a literary reading will be held at the opening reception. If you’ve never done a collaboration, it’s usually a written work created to match an art piece. So start thinking about ideas. Specific information and a prospectus are available on www.wivla.org.
   WiVLA is very well known for its collaborative events. Few other organizations offer a such a unique venture. Please consider this opportunity! The growth of each artist and the pure pleasure of the working time together will be unforgettable.
   What is a collaboration? It is an exhibition which ties together two artistic avenues, often writing and visual art, and they are presented together. The creatives meet several times and discuss the path they would like to take to expand the theme (in this case, S P A C E) into a piece of visual art that connects to a written piece. Or, performance art could be one of the avenues. The partners decide how they want to complete the project, each doing 100% of her own part or combining both partners into both avenues, if desired. Here is a video of two of our members discussing their 2016 collaboration: https://youtu.be/KYj9lftuJJ8
     Working together, a collaboration becomes greater than the two artists. A third presence is awoken -- one of connection and spirit.
S P A C E Collaborations as of June 26, 2018 
(W=writer, A=artist)
Kathleen Merritt (W) and Judy Shamp (A)
Susan Salter (A) and Emily Wagner (W)
Margo Stutts Toombs (W) and Aimee Ismaela (A)
Margo Stutts Toombs (W) and Habibah Haugstad (A)
Mary Riggs Ramain (A) and Cori Austin (W)
Mary Riggs Ramain (A) and Leigh Owen (W)
Lane Devereux (A) and Kay McStay (W)
Lilibeth Andre (A) and Kathy Wood (P)
Melody Locke (A) Ann Boutte (W)

When you establish your collaboration partnership, please email Cori at info@wivla.org so we can keep an ongoing list and help others who are searching for collaboration partners. More importantly, when you have your partnership, please complete the Intent to Submit form on the WiVLA website. Deadline for this form is Tuesday, July 31 at 11:59 pm. Thank you for your cooperation, collaborators!
Deadline reminder:
May 15 – July 31: “Intent to Submit” form due (http://wivla.org/exhibitions.htm ) with $50 fee paid online for each Collaboration Partnership. The payment portion of the form is directly after the Intent to Submit page. If you are involved in two collaborations, each must be registered separately. The fees will defray the cost of the anthology that each woman will receive.

Speaker and Body Artist Valerie Ramirez Wows Large Audience with Her Life-Story and Art
   Valerie Ramirez encountered difficult times in her young life, but she turned her hardships into a dedicated focus on her creative ideas, one of which is her body art business, Visual Colors Body Art. https://bit.ly/2z07dLh  Valerie spoke of her beginnings and how she was always wanting to do, to build, and to create. She was naturally very curious and a quick learner in many aspects of daily life such as household tasks, car maintenance, and playing music especially the drums. From an early age, she knew that art was what she needed to go to make her life meaningful and happy. Drawings, murals, and now body-painting give her joy. Her business takes her to events where she creates characters for the people participating in the event. Entirely self-taught, Valerie teaches herself by watching others, watching youtube and videos, and then building her own characters and designs. She uses social media to contact and celebrate other artists she admires and to promote her own creations. An interesting aspect of her work is to help brides and other clients cover scarred areas or tattoos, for example covering a female back and shoulders with paintings of beautiful white roses to help show off a wedding dress.
   As she spoke Valerie showed us and explained her medias, how she makes and stores her color palettes, and how she talks with the models or clients to learn their preferences in images and styles. Right before our eyes, she transformed the model Kayla’s back into a watery paradise with a koi fish. The audience members were riveted on the process of her creation. A few lucky volunteers received beautiful roses painted on their shoulders. Many members and guests said that they loved the body art and would want to have _something_ painted _somewhere_ on their bodies.
  A generous and joyful spirit, Valerie also loves to paint kids’ faces and enjoys family gatherings or volunteer events where she can entertain the kids with her art. Family is of utmost importance to her, and throughout her life she has been deeply involved with the care of her family members and in the traditions of family events. As a community member, sometimes she chalks designs on the sidewalks up to schools’ entrances just to make a beautiful treat for the students.
   Valerie emphasized her positive approach and the necessity of having confidence in one's own intellect and ability to take risks and be brave -- to consider art-making as a great way to make a living and to think of oneself as a professional artist. Oh, and by the way, she also changed her car's fuel pump last week. 

Poetry Reading at LaPorte Community Library
was a lovely, inspiring event.
Saturday, June 9 was the date of a WiVLA poetry reading at LaPorte Library as the library opened their Adult Summer Reading Program. Organized by member Gladys Bullock, the reading featured seven WiVLA writers. The local librarians prepared the auditorium with excellent seating, delicious refreshments and beverages, and welcomed the readers and the audience. Works ranged from humorous pieces to sections of memoirs, to political verse, and poems on current topics including tragic events that have captured the headlines and our emotions. A surprise happened when one of the audience members, Kathy C., rose and introduced herself as a former WiVLA member (now a resident of LaPorte) who joined in the readings with a delightful poem. Some of the readers who had carpooled to the event enjoyed a casual lunch at a local restaurant. [The newsletter editor is ready to go back to LaPorte for another event within the next year.] The library staff truly went above the usual to welcome our group and provide an excellent venue. Many thanks to them!

  • Your shopping makes a difference. Do your regular Amazon shopping at smile.amazon.com/ch/76-0464450 and Amazon donates to Women in the Visual and Literary Arts. 
  • Jane Mulholland again points out the information for the Houston Writers Guild (HWG). The Guild has a great website at www.houstonwritersguild.org. Along with a newsletter and blog, the site showcases upcoming events, in particular a series of workshops, critique groups, contests, and webinars. The latest newsletter focuses on the new HWG President Dorci Hill and a notice about Indiepalooza, a major writing event scheduled for Saturday, October 20, at Rice University.
  • The newsletter editor personally receives many notices from choral groups in the Houston area. She urges you to check out the upcoming seasons and concerts by Houston Chamber Choir www.houstonchamberchoir.org and the Austin-based group Conspirare at www.conspirare.org. If you love choral music you will find excellent and exciting concerts by both groups. 

Please send in your news by the 23rd of each month - art exhibits, literary works, news, etc. -  for inclusion in the following month’s newsletter to newsletter@wivla.org.
  • From Kay Sarver and donne e. perkins: "In case you haven't already seen it, I (Kay S.) just released the second episode of Houston Art Tribe on YouTube a few days ago, which features donna e. perkins! We did enjoy our conversation, and I must admit, it was hard to edit this down to only15 minutes! I'd appreciate any feedback, and certainly wish to include any of you in this conversation about what you do as artists. After all, I do believe we creatives are a close and supportive tribe! This new adventure feels like a continuation of my series of paintings, Studio Junkies. I love talking with artists, seeing where they work, and watching them light up when they speak about their process and their work. It soothes my creative soul!
    Please feel free to share this, and if you like the video on the Houston Art Tribe Youtube channel, this will help it show up for others to find it, especially if you subscribe. Click for youtube link.
  • Debbie Blumberg writes: "I'm honored to share that I was a finalist for historical fiction in the Writers' League of Texas 2018 Manuscript Contest. http://www.writersleague.org/200/2018-Manuscript-Contest-Winners---Finalists
  • Debbie Blumberg announces her recent article published in the AAA Texas Journeys Magazine featuring WiVLA member Lee Steiner and her handmade books!  https://bit.ly/2tWBDbq  Congratulations to both Debbie and Lee!
  • WiVLA members staffed a table at the recent Boldface Writers' Conference at the University of Houston. Many, many thanks to Jane Chance, Diane Heath, and Zita Giraldo!
  • Editor’s Note: We know a lot of you are showing your work and getting articles and books published, so we ask you to send the information to newsletter@WiVLA.org by the 25th of each month. We want to support you and come to your openings and readings; timely info to the newsletter gets the word to members and their friends and contacts.


~ Spring Street Studio Artist Collective Exhibition on view from June 15 through September 9 at Spring Street Studios. The title is Caliente: Evolving Expressions.
The Glassell School of Art is proud to present a series of exhibitions at the Kinder Morgan Building in downtown Houston. The series features artworks by Studio School faculty and students, highlighting the depth and variety of courses that the Glassell School offers. For more information on this exhibition series, contact glassell@mfah.org or 713.639.7500.

~ Many artists and writers point to the excellent website for Public Poetry monthly events and call for submissions and contests. Of special interests are notices about contest winners, readings at Brazos Bookstore and in the Library Series throughout the month. Click the blue link for PP's great web page.   http://www.publicpoetry.net   

~Also, the Fuente Collective is sponsoring writing events this summrt. Find them at www.fuenteco.com  

~ Events and upcoming shows are noted on the Visual Arts Alliance (VAA) helpful website at http://visualartsalliance.org/

~ Archway Gallery has a great website: Click here to go to the website. Monthly exhibits and special events including the popular Figure Drawing Sessions, Latenight Pie, Wine and Art Dinners and great monthly exhibits.

~Texas Accountants and Lawyers for the Arts (TALA) has a good website at www.talarts.org and it lists the events and workshops that they sponsor. 
Texas Accountants and Lawyers for the Arts was formed in 1979 to meet the legal and accounting needs of artists and art nonprofit organizations across the State of Texas. TALA volunteers throughout Texas handle more than 250 matters per year. In 2016, TALA began serving inventors in the Patent Pro Bono Program.

~ Houston Art Alliance site http://houstonartsalliance.com/

~ 14 Pews located at 800 Aurora Street, Houston TX 77009 is a space for cultural events, theater, films, readings, and more. Visit them at this site
Literary Events -- Call for Entries
Inclusion in this list does not indicate endorsement by WiVLA. We recommend you research each contest and opportunity and contact the sponsor(s).
Submissions are now open for the 2018 Barthelme Prize for Short Prose and the Gulf Coast Prize in Translation! Each entry comes with a year-long subscription to Gulf Coast and a chance to win $1,000. Ends on September 15, 2018
 $18.00 USD submission fee. A prize of $1,000 and publication in Gulf Coast will be given annually for a work of translation into English. Honorable mentions will each receive $250. All entries will be considered for publication in print or online. This year's final judge is Ilya Kaminsky. 
Aesthetica in Great Britain keeps sending reminders about: Call for entries for the Aesthetica Creative Writing Award. This creative writing award is a platform for emerging and established poets and writers to showcase their work to an international audience. Check out the opportunities for writers listed on the informative website. Entries are open until August 31. http://www.aestheticamagazine.com/cwa  

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.

"One of the Writer's Digest 101 Best Websites for Writers" is www.winningwriters.com. Inspiring stories of writing success and competition information.

Kallisto Gaia Press presents: 1) The 2018 Julia Darling Memorial Poetry Prize. A prize of $750.00 and publication in The Ocotillo Review Winter 2019 will be awarded for a poem of up to 65 lines. Submit up to three poems of no more than 65 lines each with a $20.00 entry fee by August 20, 2018. All entries will be considered for publication. All entrants will receive a copy of the journal containing the prize winning poem. Carrie Fountain will judge. A portion of any revenue generated will be donated to Cancer Research at  M. D. Anderson Hospital. See www.kallistogaiapress.org for details.
    2)The 2018 Chester B. Himes Memorial Short Fiction Prize
A prize of $750.00 and publication in The Ocotillo Review Winter 2019 will be awarded for a short story. Submit one story of less than 4200 words with a $20.00 entry fee by August 20, 2018. All entries will be considered for publication. All entrants will receive a copy of the journal containing the winning story. Antonio Ruiz-Camacho will judge. A portion of any revenue generated will be donated to the Michael J. Fox Foundation for Parkinson's Research. See www.kallistogaiapress for details.

3rd Coast Books is now accepting fiction and non-fiction submissions in several genres. Please go to: www.3rdcoastbooks.com to find out more about this innovative and commercial publisher.
Visual Events -- Call for Entries
Inclusion in this list does not indicate endorsement by WiVLA. We recommend you research each contest and opportunity and contact the sponsor(s).

A help-wanted request: Graphic designer or writer with experience charging for layout and design of nonfiction book which includes graphics and text features.  "My friend,  R. Ramsden, who has diminishing eyesight, needs assistance with estimating/calculating what the charges might be for a project. Should charges be based on work by the page, the project overall, time spent, etc.? Please contact member Gem Smith, gem.smith@att.net, if you have advice for this situation."
FreshArts, of which we are members, has many opportunities for artists listed on their website here. Their motto is "Where Art Meets Opportunity" -- a cousin or sibling of WiVLA's  mission.
Rona Lesser shares the artsy.net site with WiVLA. It's a fascinating commercial art site and its magazine is particularly engrossing with a variety of articles such as a recent one, "This New Website Is Offering Free Art Lessons from Professors and Artists." Check it out at this link. Click the Magazine button to scroll through the latest articles.

Check out the great website for Artadia. The group has an impressive mission statement and is sponsoring a call for entries for financial awards in the Houston area. Click website: www.artadia.org and be sure and scroll to information about Houston competition.

CaFE for Artists is the leading online application and adjudication system for managing calls for entry. The website is www.callforentry.org   This is a stunning collection of news and opportunities.
If you shop at Randall's, tie your account to WiVLA (#5341).  You can do this at the customer service counter once, and from then on, WiVLA will benefit every time you shop!

Amazon Smile provides your favorite nonprofit with a percentage of the purchase each time you go through Amazon Smile to get to Amazon.com. Women in the Visual and Literary Arts is listed and can be chosen as your favorite charity or nonprofit. Please see article above in newsletter with special link.

Please forward WiVLA Voices to all your friends who might be interested in WiVLA. BRING A FRIEND TO OUR NEXT MEETING!

The editor acknowledges and thanks the site pixabay for free images by johnhain and mysticartdesign.

Upcoming Events

WiVLA Monthly Meeting
Denise Ditto Satterfield, Writer
Tuesday, July 17, 2018
Gather: 5:45 pm
Archway Gallery
2305 Dunlavy
Houston TX 77006

WiVLA Deadline for
Space Collaboration
Intent to Submit form
Tuesday, July 31, 2018
11:59 pm
Please use the link and form
on the website


WIVLA Monthly Meeting
Tuesday, August 21st
Archway Gallery
2305 Dunlavy
Houston TX 77006

See what's ahead in NEWS Section
of this newsletter.

The WiVLA Board has been
in place and working hard. 
Please see the list below and
on the website. 
Many Thanks to Our Volunteer Board!

Look! This is the
WiVLA Twitter handle:


Look! This is the
WiVLA Instagram handle:


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.

Update Subscription Preferences 
View Email In Browser

WiVLA 2017 Board of Directors

President - Cori Austin   

Vice President - Lee Steiner

Secretary - Ann Boutte

Treasurer - Melody Locke     
Membership - Susan Salter & Gladys Jones

Communications -  Lilibeth Andre

Social Media - Regina Vitolo Mader
Programs - Gail Mebane              

Newsletter - Kay McStay          

Visual Arts - June Russell

Literary Arts - Karleen Koen and Debbie Blumberg

At-Large - Sally Worthington

Historian - Judy Shamp

Our mailing address is:
Women in the Visual and Literary Arts (WiVLA)
P. O. Box 130406
Houston, TX  77219-0406


Quick Links...


WiVLA Facebook Member Group
(WiVLA members only)

If you are not yet a member, ask to join.

WiVLA Twitter handle:

WiVLA Instagram:

The Printing Museum

Public Poetry

Glasstire Texas:  Visual Art News and Reviews

Fresh Arts Coalition Houston

Visual Arts Alliance

Houston Writers Guild

Lawndale Art Center


Gulf Coast Poets

Inprint Houston

Texas Accountants and Lawyers for the Arts

Houston Press

Paper City Magazine

Arts Hound

Houston Culture Map

WriteSpace Houston

Copyright © 2018 Women in the Literary and Visual Arts. All rights reserved.