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
In these days of
drought, my garden is still filled with blooming flowers, but
my water bill is sky high. Recently, our neighborhood put out
a sign asking that we water only on alternate days. I am
honoring that and hoping that the drought doesn't get worse. I
know that my beautiful garden will quickly fade to a memory
without regular water.
like a garden. It must be tended and nourished in order to
blossom. The life-giving nourishment for creativity is a
combination of inspiration, enthusiasm, stimulation, and
encouragement. Where do we find this nourishment for
WiVLA is a good
source of creative nourishment. Exhibitions and readings,
program speakers, newsletter articles and call-for-entry
announcements, and the lively conversations after meetings all
contribute to our creative wellbeing.
On June 4th, your
board will gather for a daylong retreat to consider other ways
that WiVLA can contribute to our members' creative lives. To
succeed at this, we need to know what you are thinking about
WiVLA and what you want from WiVLA. And to get this
information, we will use the responses you so generously
provided in the recent WiVLA Member
The board will be
looking at responses in the aggregate, no names attached. If
you happen to be one of the people who hasn't yet responded,
it's not too late. Send in your survey today and we will add
you to the summary. The more people we hear from, the more
responsive we can be to our membership. To everyone who sent
their survey back already, thank you very much for your help
and support. Look for more information on the results of the
survey in future issues of WiVLA VOiCES.
TAKE THE SURVEY,
need your survey answers. Thanks to the wonders of computers
and the internet, it turns out that we can still squeeze you
into our survey summary even if you missed the original
are important! Your response will help the board shape WiVLA's
future. Please don't delay. Complete the survey that was
emailed to you by June 2.
can take the survey by clicking
It's not even
officially summer yet, and already Houston is heating up - and
so is its visual and literary art world! To see just how hot
things are getting, be sure to check out the list of calls for
entry for the latest contests, and member news and accolades.
We're also hosting a training seminar to help members get
their works ready for digital submissions so no one misses out
on the action. I won't give the rest away - you'll have to
read on and check out all the exciting things happening this
Here's to a
creative and productive month - and a happy summer!
SEARCH IS EASY TO
donating money to WiVLA using GoodSearch yet? Not certain how
to do use it or don't want it to be your home page? Not to
worry. Using GoodSearch is easy and it certainly does not have
to be your home page. Here's how to help WiVLA fund our
important activities with a minimum of fuss: Go to www.goodsearch.com. Scroll down the page
to the third text block, the one that says "Never Miss A
Donation." In that text block, you will see a gold bar that
says "Download Toolbar." Click on it.
Now you are on a
page with the headline "Download Toolbar." Under the "Terms of
Service," you will see "Configure Your Toolbar." The options
are to use GoodSearch as your default search engine and to set
your home page to GoodSearch. They are already checked.
Uncheck "Set my home page to GoodSearch" if you don't want to
do that. Please keep GoodSearch as your default search engine,
Close any other
browser windows you may have open, and then click on the
"Download the GoodSearch Toolbar" button right under
"Configure your toolbar."
That's all there
is to it. Look at your browser's search icons and you will see
the GoodSearch logo - an uppercase G with a halo. That means
it is installed and available. Your other search engines are
still available too, just not default.
means donating money to WiVLA, money we will use to fund our
award and scholarship programs. Give it a try and see how easy
it is to help us raise money.
MEETING - MAY 18, 2011________________________
At the May
18th meeting, Kris Reid of the Harris County
Department of Education presented the two winners of the WiVLA
Gold Key Scholarships: Caroline Bybee of
Bellaire for the Literary Award and Karina Fared of HSPVA for
the Visual Award.
|WiVLA Gold Key Award Recipients
Karina Farek (High School for the Performing and Visual
Arts; visual arts) and Caroline Bybee (Bellaire High
School; literary) after their presentations for the May
in comic art and animation. She showed us a
selection of her comic strips, and two of her animation
projects. She has a great sense of
humor! She plans to attend the School of
Visual Arts in New York, majoring in animation.
Caroline read her
favorite short story, "By the Highway." She has a finely
developed descriptive sense; the characters and emotions were
very clear. She plans to attend the College
of Wooster in Ohio.
Kris Reid told us
that every school child in Harris County in grades 8-12 is
eligible to apply for one of these scholarships, and every
year the applications are increasing. If
these two young women are typical of their applicants, the
future of the arts in Harris County is awesome.
They were bright, charming, articulate, and a joy.
MEMBERSHIP MEETING - JUNE 21,
The last 20 years
have seen technology force radical changes in the publishing
industry-from the way books are created to the way they are
marketed and sold. And, with digital books overtaking printed
books at Amazon.com, we don't see a sign of things settling
down in the near future.
Rita Mills, a
veteran of both the traditional and independent sides of
publishing, has had a "front-row seat" to witness this
metamorphosis and how these changes have impacted both authors
and publishers alike.
Not all book
projects are alike, and while some genres should never be
independently published, Rita will share the tools
needed to navigate the treacherous waters of this volatile,
changing industry so you can make the best choice for the
direction that your manuscript needs to take.
Whether your goals
include finding a publisher or independently publishing your
work, Rita can save you a lot of time, money, and heartache
with her down-to-earth knowledge, her vast reservoir of
expertise, and her insight into the publishing industry
Visual artists and
writers who are thinking of publishing their work may find
this program just what they need to move forward.
Please come and be inspired and
encouraged by Rita's broad knowledge of the publishing
here for more information.
the meeting, we will go to Café Express on West
Gray, around the corner from the Museum of Printing History,
for our Dutch treat dinners and camaraderie. Please join
Name: Linda Ann
literary arts. My visual arts interests include altered books,
pop-up books, other book arts, drawing and collages. My
literary arts interests include short-short stories and
poetry/haiku. I am also a wanna-be musician (exploring
saxophone, blues harp, hand-drumming & recorder). My
educational background for these interests include commercial
art and journalism.
Profession: I am a licensed
professional counselor and just recently completed an Advanced
Study in Therapeutic Writing program. I have a particular
interest in working with creativity issues for both
established and budding artists and will be offering workshops
on therapeutic writing, creativity and existentialism.
WiVLA: I found out
about WiVLA through visual artist Janet Ritter when I met with
her to purchase one of her paintings. As we talked about our
interests, she suggested that I join WiVLA. I am excited to
have joined a group of creative women to share our interests
and promote one another in our visual and literary arts.
personal note: I have 2 feline
creative assistants -- Esther and Lily.
READING AT THE PRINT & PHOTOGRAPHY
Museum of Printing
1324 West Clay,
Houston, TX 77019
1, 2011, 6-8 PM
Eligibility: All current WiVLA members as of July
"Finding Balance" Our
busy and sometimes hectic pace can create a seesaw lifestyle
with a misplaced fulcrum. How do we manage
our daily choices to reflect the balance that is necessary to
maintain a fully realized life? We are
encouraged to submit work that employs an abstract, conceptual
or metaphorical approach to the subject. Newly written work or
an existing piece of written work that is thematically
appropriate may be submitted.
work should be able to be read aloud in 3-5
submit entries by attaching to an email and send by July 25,
2011, to Elizabeth Earle at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Please include your name, title of the piece, and
genre. Writings may be from any
genre: poetry, fiction, personal essay,
nonfiction, memoir, playwriting, etc.
Pieces will be included in the program
on a first-come basis. Once enough entries have been received
to fill the entire program, further pieces will not be
included. WiVLA reserves the right to deny
submissions not related thematically. You
will be notified if you are to be included in the
will be available at the August 23 meeting or through the
WiVLA web site.
PHOTOGRAPHY & JPEG TRAINING______________________
We want you to
enter "Finding Balance," this year's print and photography
show! You will need to submit your work as a digital JPEG on a
CD for the exhibition. We are scheduling training sessions on
how to photograph your artwork, resize the images and copy
them to a CD with the correct labels. So no excuses! Get that
artwork done and come to an advance training so you will make
that July 25 deadline. To pre-register
contact: Donna Durbin at
interested in taking the workshop, please fill out this
Pre-Registration Survey: Click Here
Balance" is the theme of this year's print and photography
show at the Museum of Printing History. Christine Jelson
West, executive director of Lawndale Art Center, will jury
this "members only" exhibition. The postmark deadline
for jpeg entries is Monday, July 25, 2011. The
exhibition will be on view at the MPH from September 1 to
October 1. For a copy of the prospectus, please follow
this link: Finding Balance
is a brand new online art gallery in Houston focusing on local
artists. The company provides free "eGalleries" for member
artists to showcase and sell their art. They are providing the
digital photography and jpeg training for WiVLA artists to
submit their work in our "Finding Balance" exhibition. Check
them out at www.startarthouston.com.
Son debuted her latest work, Joan Son - Part Geometry,
Part Zen: a personal exploration through paper, at the
Houston Center for Contemporary Craft in April. It has been
extended through August 13 in the Artist Hall.
O'Michaelhas an exhibition at Craighead Green
Gallery in Dallas until July 2, 2011. For more information,
contact Scot Presley or Kenneth Craighead at 214-855-0779 or
Sally Stubbs is exhibiting 10 new artworks
at Betz Art Gallery, 1208 West Gray (between Waugh and
Montrose). This "Diverse Creations" show runs
through Saturday, June 11. Until Friday, June
10, Sally is also participating in a juried group show,
"N-Sight" at the Continental Building, Concourse Level, 1600
Smith Street, downtown Houston.
Butler Rasche's masonry and cast glass wall
sculpture Canyon Walls will be on exhibit in the show
Life in these Texas Hills at Rocky Hill Gallery in
Fredricksburg, Texas through June 4th. For more information,
Cindy's relief sculpture
Canyon Wall is included in the Live Oak Art Center's
2011 Annual Juried Art Exhibition through July 2, 2011. For
more information, visit http://www.liveoakartcenter.org. Three
of Cindy's painted masonry
wall sculptures are on display at The Houston Yoga and
Ayurvedic Wellness Center, located at 13602 Kluge Rd.,
Cypress, TX 77429. For more information, visit
Llanes was invited by the American Heart
Association to paint a heart sculpture that is on display at
several public places, including Rice Village Arcade, River
Oaks Shopping Center and Champions Village. The hearts will be
on display until July 31. Click
here to view Marlene's heart art. One of
Marlene's paintings was accepted to be part
of the permanent collection of the University of Houston-Clear
Lake Pearland Campus. Click
here to view it.
Becky Soria's work,
Primitive, will be on display at Arts Houston at
Redbud Gallery, located at 303 East 11th Street, Houston,
Texas 77008. The opening reception will be held Saturday, July
9th, 2011 from 6-9 p.m. and will be on view until August 27,
This message is for each of my
wonderful, creative WiVLA friends.
How can I express my deepest
appreciation for all your thoughtful and caring cards and
To this end I hope that you will
accept this note of thanks.
Your get-well wishes, prayers and
positive healing energies have played a big part in my
I hope that it will not be too many
months before I am fit enough to attend a general meeting and
thank you all in person.
FOR ENTRIES - LITERARY ART____________________________
Creative Capital - Warhol
Foundation Arts Writers Grant Program supports individual
writers whose work addresses contemporary visual art through
grants in the following categories:
articles, blogs, books, new and alternative media, and
short-form writing. Grants range from
$3,000 to $50,000 depending on the needs or scope of the
Dream Quest One Poetry & Writing Contest
is open to poets, short story writers, and those who have the
ability to dream. All works must be original. Cash prizes.
Application deadline July 31, 2011.
Memoir Writing Contest (Writers' League of
September 15, 2011 Prize:
place: $500 and publication on the Writers' League Web site
Publication on the Writers' League Web site and
the 2011 Mozelle Memoir Contest
guidelines and entry form.
thoughts on submitting to contests:
Winner's Advice: Traci Brimhall
& BORDERS. The
Women of Color Writers' Community seeks unpublished writing
and artwork. They invite a diversity of WOC voices--featuring
one's own broad interpretation of the theme--living within,
overcoming, challenging confines of culture, status,
condition, geography...and those things we choose to write
about. Deadline September 1. Fee $10. Guidelines: www.wocwriters.com.
It's All in Her Head: Women Making Peace with Troubled
Minds seeks finely crafted, stigma-busting personal essays
by women who live gratifying, productive lives despite facing
their own mental health challenges. For more info: http://itsallinherhead.blog.com.
The Ship Sailed Without Me: Poems, Stories and Essays by
Women Who Missed their Chance at Motherhood. Well-crafted
works that address grief, anger, and regret, as well as those
that lead to a sense of reconciliation. Send brief bio and
submissions by September 1 to email@example.com.
2011 International Poetry Book Contest. Two winners - one by
independent judge Lisa Williams, and one by founding editor
Katerina Stoykova-Klemer. $500 prize, publication, and an
invitation to a book premiere event. All entries are
considered for publication. Send manuscript plus $20 reading
fee by July 31. www.accents-publishing.com.
is looking for submissions of short fiction, poetry, and
"Aphorisms." All styles welcome. Submissions due August 15 for
next issue, but accepted year-round. We encourage work from
both emerging and established writers. See Web site for
Submit work: http://papernautilus.submishmash.com/submit.
UTEP's literary magazine since 1993, publishes biannually in
print and online version. They accept works year-round in
English and/or Spanish. Writing of all kinds and visual art.
Prose: 5,000 words. Poetry: 10 pages. E-mail submissions only:
firstname.lastname@example.org. More details:
MAIL REVIEW is
looking for new poetry and short fiction. Send 3-5 poems of no
more than 35 lines or 1-7 pages of short fiction to: Snail
Mail Review, 3000 Coffee Rd., Chateau Apt. B6, Modesto, CA
95355. Include a cover letter and SASE. Submission
deadline is June 31. E-mail: email@example.com. Facebook: Snail
seeks unpublished poems up to 2 pages, fiction under 1,500
words, and b&w artwork or photography by experienced
writers and artists. Send up to 5 poems or 2 short fiction
pieces. Pays token fee. Send to: firstname.lastname@example.org. For more
information, visit www.thirdwednesday.org.
Creek Review Poetry Prize. Judge: Dorianne Laux. Submit up to
5 poems for $10. Include cover letter with contact info.
Postmark: June 30. All entries considered for publication.
Send to: CCR Prize, 7315 - 34th Ave. NW, Seattle, WA 98117.
For full guidelines, visit: www.crabcreekreview.org.
WRITING AWARDS from
Whispering Prairie Press. Cash prizes in three categories:
poetry, flash fiction, personal essay. $100/$50/$25 plus
honorable mentions. Postmark deadline June 30. Entry fees: $5
each, three for $10. May mix categories. For complete
guidelines, visit www.kansascityvoices.com.
Block International Competition: http://www.writersblockinternational.com/Category%20Descriptions.htm
FOR ENTRIES - VISUAL ART______________________________
The Liz Alexander Visual Art Award
be presented to an emerging, visual artist residing in
Houston. A minimum of $1,000 will be made possible by private
contributions. Award money may be used for a specific artistic
project, for professional development or education in the
field of visual or media arts. Deadline is July 8, 2011. For
more information, click
Opportunities from Lawndale Art Center.
Ladies and Gentlemen, this is your first official announcement
for Lawndale's biggest show of the year: THE BIG SHOW! Artists
living within 100 miles of Houston are invited to submit their
artwork for a chance to be included in the show and a shot at
one of three cash prizes. Entries must be hand-delivered
to Lawndale Art Center on June 15 & 16. Entry Fee is $30
for non-members; $25 for Lawndale members.
Link for Prospectus: http://www.lawndaleartcenter.org/documents/10-11/2011bigshow_callws.pdf.
Women & Their
Work requests applications for its 2012 Solo Series.
year, when artists had to be nominated by art professionals,
artists can apply for solo exhibitions for the 2012
season. Deadline for online applications: July 1, 2011. You
may read the guidelines and details at http://www.womenandtheirwork.org/upcoming_exhibitions.html?itemid=690.
You will also find the link to the form. This
opportunity is available to women artists living in
Gallery in Denver, Colorado has three upcoming
exhibition opportunities: Big Draw Little
Draw - (juried) entry deadline June 8, 2011; Visual
Journals - (open entry) submission deadline August 1,
2011 (or until filled); and Hand Lettered - (invitational)
deadline to submit works for consideration August 8, 2011.
Submission for all of these exhibitions is via digital file
upload. Details about all exhibits can be found at this link:
http://bitly.com/dVrwOj. For more
information, contact Alicia Bailey with the Abecedarian
Gallery at 910 Santa Fe Dr, #101, Denver, CO 80204
USA, phone: 720.282.4052 or 303.340.2110 or email:
Project is accepting
applications for 2012. The organization offers a nonprofit
Artist in Residence (AIR) program, with the mission to promote
Latino artists as well as to grant access to the serigraphy
technique. The deadline is Aug. 26, 2011. For more
information, visit www.serieproject.org.
Materials Hard & Soft, National Contemporary Craft
Competition and Exhibition
sponsored by the
Greater Denton Arts Council, Denton, Texas, February 3 - March
30, 2012. Entry deadline: September 9, 2011.
Eligible Media: clay, fiber,
glass, metal, paper, wood, or any combination of craft media.
U.S. residents. Juror: Monica Moses, ed. American
Craft. Entry fee: $30. Awards: $5000. More information,
visit http://dentonarts.com or contact
940.382.2787 or email@example.com. Prospectus: http://dentonarts.com/events/PDF/MaterialsHS_2012.pdf
Websites for artist exhibition Calls for
Art & Healing, juried by Jean Caslin,
Diane Griffin Gregory and Cindy Wigglesworth, will be on
view at the Art Gallery of Houston Community College Central
from June 13 to August 5, 2011. This national, all-media
exhibition features work by 36 artists, including WiVLA
members Eleanor Brown, Kate Matthiesen, Debra Rueb, Janet
Ruffin and June Russell. The opening reception will
be Thursday, June 16, 6-8pm with a gallery talk on Wednesday,
June 22 at 11am. For more information, click
here or call 713-718-6600.
Bell has designed several new one-day
painting workshops for your creative pleasure &
enrichment. All materials are provided. Beginners &
experienced painters are welcome. See
the complete schedule at http://www.annbell.net/classes.htm.
Page's book, The Circle of Fire, was
published May 14. It is available at www.thecircleoffirebook.com,
Amazon, & Barnes & Noble. Justina has book signings
scheduled on June 7 at the Houston Fire Museum, June 11 at the
National Black Book Festival in Houston, and July at
the 11th Annual eWomen Network
International Conference in Dallas.
For more information, visit www.thecircleoffirebook.com and
artist Claudia Kleefeld, a member who
recently joined us from New Mexico, has two
solo exhibitions slated for 2012 at Woman Made Gallery in
Chicago, IL and LA Artcore in Los Angeles, CA. Selections from
Claudia's latest body of work Patterns of Nature: The
Spiral and Interconnectedness will debut. With an
emphasis on interconnectivity across disciplines, Claudia aims
to join art and science by illustrating the pervasiveness of
the spiral in nature. For example, every human being carries a
spiral in each of his or her fingerprints. Please contact
firstname.lastname@example.org for further information.
POETRY WORKSHOP AND LUNCH WITH A
Poetry Works is offering two Sunday
summer sessions on June 5th and July 10th at 3:30 p.m.
at Seabrook Coffee Oasis. These will be intensive critique
groups that are free to Poetry Works members. Bring as many
poems as you wish. Only five seats available now in this
group. RSVP required by e-mail one week before each session.
No guests allowed. Sol.Editor@prodigy.net
Lunch with a
Poet Writing Group will meet each Wednesday in
June/July/August. Any writing genre is welcome. Please note
that a critique group is not included in these sessions. Seven
prompts given each week in the expectation that each
participant will write every day at home. $25 for Members, $35
for non-members. Only two seats are available now for this
Send your check
to: Mary M. Carlisle, P.O. Box 57418, Webster, Texas
77598-7418. Direct questions to Sol.Editor@prodigy.net. RSVP to email@example.com. Visit
sol-magazine-projects.org or gulfcoastpoets.info for more
WiVLA CALENDAR OF
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Oak Meeting House
21, 6 p.m.
of Printing History, 1324 West Clay (Map)