June 2012


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 invention.

In this Issue
Letter From the Editor
Quote of the Month
Meeting Recap and Announcement
2012 ECO Award Update
Special Opportunity
Easy Money for WiVLA
Easy Money for WiVLA
Member News & Accolades
What's Happening in Visual Arts
What's Happening in Visual Arts
Good Bars to Draw, Write, or Read
Mayborn Literary Non-Fiction Conference
Please "Like" Us
Call for Entries

LETTER FROM THE PRESIDENT_______________________________



Dear Friends,

What a great month we had in May. The Mixed Messages opening on May 5 had everything a good opening needs: beautiful art; excited artists; lots of good food and wine; many, many patrons; and sales. We cannot thank Lori Betz, owner of Betz Gallery, enough for her gracious offer of gallery space for our show.


The next part of Mixed Messages happens on June 19 at our regular program meeting. Writers will be presenting their portion of the work, along with visuals of the artwork. This promises to be another terrific literary event. Please plan to attend.


If you missed the May meeting, you missed two excellent presentations. Harris County Department of Education selected very talented young women to receive the Gold Key Scholarships for an art portfolio and a writing portfolio. As in the past, the quality of the work was breathtaking. Congratulations to Julie Nguyen (literary) and Renee Zhan (art) for your wonderful work.


It is too soon to know how much money WiVLA will receive from the Liberty Mutual fundraiser, but I heard from several members who got big reductions in their insurance premiums. That is a nice win-win for WiVLA and Eileen Collins, our helpful Liberty Mutual agent. Look for financial results in next month's newsletter.


I hope your summer travels are fun-filled and safe. See you on the next third Tuesday!



Warm regards and great appreciation,





LETTER FROM THE EDITOR______________________________________

Hello everyone,


Summer is just around the corner. Time for picnics, vacations -- not to mention seeking refuge indoors from the Houston heat! The time spent dodging the sweltering temps can be a great opportunity to get lost in your creative endeavors. But don't forget to get outside and play around. Create some memories. Who knows -- it could lead you to your greatest masterpiece yet. 


Here's to a creative and productive month -- and a happy summer! 


Andrea Waguespack

QUOTE OF THE MONTH_____________________________________ 



Art is the only way to run away without leaving home.
-Twyla Tharp



Have a favorite creativity-themed quote?
Send it to newsletter@wivla.org - it could be our next Quote of the Month.

MEMBERSHIP MEETING - MAY 15____________________________   


WiVLA honored students Renee Zhan (Art) and Julie Nguyen (Writing) during the 2012 Gold Key Scholarship award. We look forward to seeing great things from Renee and Julie! 


MEMBERSHIP MEETING - JUNE 19 ___________________________    

Please come and support your creative sisters as they read their written words and their partners shine images of their visual work bringing together a unique collaborative vision.

After our invigorating presentation, come out to Cafe Express "Dutch Treat" and enjoy gabbing with your creative peers.

By Cindy Rasche 


Hi All,  I wanted to warn you of an art scam. I received a request to purchase two sculptures this week. I was happy my website was found by an art buyer, but after several emails I began to suspect something amiss. The story below convinced me it was a scam. I did research. This is how it works. The scammer sends a bogus check for over the amount of the sale, you deposit it, they ask you to send them back the accidental overage. They get your money. The bank then tells you the check/money order was fake. If you cashed their check you owe the bank the money as well as the overage you sent the scammers! David Howard also shows up on websites as as a romance scammer, a dog sale scammer, a fake art gallery owner and loan officer and barrister. It would make a good novel. I have another Houston artist friend who got the exact same email.  The email was from Angela Howard, email address: davidhowardd11@gmail.com. They now want my address and phone number so they can send the money. Here's the scam email with all the odd wording and bad punctuation. Beware!

"Hi Cindy ,

Good to hear back from you. Yes,i will like to proceed with the
purchase of both works.  I think they are lovely works  and i hope to
give them good home.

 I am presently away in Cancun for my twin sister's wedding even
though it comes at a time when i was preparing for a big move and also
expecting a baby  but it means so much to her. I should be back in few

Meanwhile,i will like you to forward your mailing address and phone
number so i can inform my husband still shutling between our home in
New Jersey and London on where to forward the payment . He has just
been transfer to head the IT section of their head Office in London.

I can also forward your contact info to the local cartage company that
will be moving all our house decors so they can get in touch with you
to arrange shipping details. They can arrange  FedEx pick up of the
artworks  from your studio.

I will look forward to hearing from you so i can know how best to
proceed. Cheers.

Best Regards,

TRUE COLORS___________________________________________  

By Becky Soria    


We'd like to know your true colors.  Please share some of your special details so we can all find new ways to connect with each other.  Answer 4 or 5 of the following questions under the appropriate question, and send it to Corry Austin by email  corry@sbcglobal.net.  You can delete unused questions.
Cobalt Blue:  Do you like your name?  Why or why not? Is there a family or friend story about your name?
My grandmother's name Rebeca but I have always been Becky after an English engineer friend of my father took one look at me as a baby and said " little Becky"
Sap Green:  How did art discover you or you discover art? Describe your art journey up to this moment.
Through my family, especially my father, an art collector who dabbled in painting. My uncle is a well-known sculptor. My brother, Fernando Casas, is also a well-known visual artist. I've loved the arts, ballet, classical music, and painting since childhood.
Rose:  What is your favorite memory?   
Spending vacation time as a younger woman visiting my parents at their house. Enjoying fun times with my older children. Hiking in the wilderness and the first time I saw The Grand Canyon!! And of course my first love, and how we reconnected many, many years later.
Chinese White:  What has been your proudest moment?   
I guess when my daughter received her PhD in Neuroscience, and later she gave me a granddaughter.
Ivory Black:  Wild Card!!  What would you like us to know about you?
Growing up in an intellectual environment at home, have traveled, adjusted to new ways of life, divorced and worked hard as a RN and as an artist. Presently working part time and making art full time. I have a daughter, a son and a granddaughter. I fight for women's issues and for animals. I am part of Archway Gallery but also exhibit my work in many other places. I have been a member of WIVLA for the last 8 years and taken part as Program chair for 2 years. My web is: www.beckysoria.com

TRUE COLORS___________________________________________  

By Cornelia Amiri     


We'd like to know your true colors.  Please share some of your special details so we can all find new ways to connect with each other.  Answer 4 or 5 of the following questions under the appropriate question, and send it to Corry Austin by email  corry@sbcglobal.net.  You can delete unused questions.

Crimson: Where are you from and how did you get here?   

Well I'm a survivor of childhood physical and sexual abuse so I began with a difficult start and reading books about children with much more normal families and happier lives helped me get through. I had childhood dreams of being a writer and wrote short stories and poems. For a long time, as a single parent, I lacked the time and the confidence to pursue that dream. But when my son reached his teens, I took a serious approach and soon published my first book. I now have fifteen, they are with eBook publishers who also publish them in trade size paperback. I plan on writing 40. Of course once I reach 40 books I won't stop there I'll keep writing until I die.


Cobalt Blue: Do you like your name? Why or why not?   How would you decorate it if you could make your own nameplate? Is there a family or friend story about your name?

I love my name, Cornelia. It's an odd name and an old one but I feel it fits me. I think it's a perfect name for a Celtic/Romance and Steampunk/Romance author.   I would draw Celtic swirls and tracery around it if I could make my own nameplate. How does your name make you feel? It makes me feel like myself, also because it's unique, it makes me feel special.   Is there a family or friend story about your name? Everytime I meet someone named Cornelia, I asked them if they were named after someone in their family and all but one of them said yes. I am named after my grandmother Cornelia Fife Butler she was born in 1901. She was a very positive figure in my life and very important to me.


Sap Green: How did art discover you or you discover art? Describe your art journey up to this moment.

Strange as it seems, the Celtic Warrior Queen, Boudica, is a big part of the discovery of my art, writing, she is the reason I began writing seriously. I always loved history and I always loved writing and reading. In reading a book about the dark ages, I came across Boudica. I was so inspired , I started jotting down notes, but they were fiction (it-must-have-happened-like-this type). Before I knew it, I had written a novel. I thought, gosh I can really do this. So after accidentally writing that novel, I wrote one on purpose which became my first published book, The Fox Prince. My last book, Druidess, just released 05/14/12, includes Boudica in the story.


Yellow Ochre: Where is your special place on earth? Where do you go when life presents difficulties? Where do you go to feel joy? Are they both the same?   Do you have a place where you find your muse? Describe any or all of these.

Well it sounds incredibly simple, but I run a tub of warm water , lay back in it, and read a good book. That's my little slice of heaven. I have a lot of books with warped pages because of that. Sometimes they are library books and I'm afraid a librarian is going to ask me what I've been doing with those books, but luckily they never have so far.


Ivory Black: Wild Card!! What would you like us to know about you?

I am glad I found this group. There is such positive energy within WIVLA. I know a little about Celtic history and lore, a little about Steampunk, and a little about writing so if anyone in the group can ever benefit from my knowledge with any of those I'd love to share. I am interested in attending art exhibits by members and exposing myself to the beautiful and inspiring creations by fellow WIVLA members.

AN EASY WAY TO EARN MONEY FOR WiVLA____________________  

By Lane Devereux


Sign up for Good Search / Good Shop - it's an easy way to earn money for WiVLA!  

It's easy to sign up: 


1. Go to www.goodsearch.com

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VSC Diversity Initiative Fellowships: Three awards are available to talented minority artists and writers from the United States. These awards, supported by the Educational Foundation of America, include a travel stipend.

Applications are due by June 15th, 2012. For more information, click here. To apply, click here to apply.  


Contact David Grozinsky via email or at 802-635-2727 with any questions.



Peggy Sexton will be displaying her work at the Boogle Houses Show at Bosque Gallery, Lone Star Cy-Fair Campus, located at 9191 Barker Cypress Road. The exhibit runs June 5-July 5, 2012. The opening reception will be held Wednesday, June 13, 1:30-3:30 pm and again in the evening 5:30-8 pm.

Cornelia Amiri's latest Celtic/Paranormal/Romance, "Druidess" was released May 14th. As Queen Boudica leads her druids against Rome, their hearts lead them to their destiny. Click here for more information.

Sandi Stromberg's poem, "Woodland Heights, Houston," has been accepted for the 2013 Texas Poetry Calendar. Two more of her poems, "The Dutch Class" and "The Passegiata" were accepted into Colere 2012, a journal of cultural exploration.  

Marguerite A. Baldwin's photo, "Morning at Home" made it into the TAACL invitational and Juried show, "shadows and illusions."

Donna Durbin is pleased to announce that Texas State University has added four of her mixed media tapestries to their art collection for the newly constructed UAC building in San Marcos.


Have news you'd like to share? Send an email by the 20th of the month to newsletter@wivla.org. 

WHAT'S HAPPENING IN VISUAL ARTS_____________________________ 

By Donna Durbin


Ladies, start your creative engines on the theme, A Heroine's Journey, for our juried membership print and photography exhibition at the Museum of Printing History. The Deadline is August 18, 2 pm - 5 pm for two hand-delivered pieces. This year's juror is Sara Kellner, who from 1999 to 2006 was the Executive Director of DiverseWorks Artspace. She will jury selections from the actual work. This is a prestigious museum exhibition, so inspire us with your vision of a heroine's journey. The opening reception will be August 30, 2012. The exhibition dates are August 30-October 6, 2012. Look for the prospectus online June 15 for qualifications, guidelines and calendar.

MEMOIR WRITING WORKSHOP________________________________ 


Brazos Writers presents a workshop on memoir writing by Dr. Chuck Taylor, Instructional Associate Professor Department of English, Texas A&M University


Saturday, June 16, 2012 from 9am-noon. Registration begins at 8:30am.

Brazos Center, 3232 Briarcrest Drive, Bryan, TX 77802

Price: $30 for Brazos Writers members, $42 for non-members (Includes ˝ year membership in Brazos Writers)


All participants will receive a copy of Dr. Taylor's memoir, Saving Sebastian, a Father's Journey Through His Son's Drug Abuse.


For more information, click here. To register, click here. 


GOOD BARS TO DRAW, WRITE OR READ__________________________ 

By Michele Zacks






Zacks Front Porch

Hummingbird Street, Houston, TX 77035


Carrying on?! Indeed! This month, I continued my earnest quest for the ideal spot for creative thinking.


Happenings?! This mellow location is just what I need. The neighbors have gone to bed. Sun's down. A great opportunity to reflect on some new projects. A bonus: the nightly visit by the neighborhood kitty is very humanizing.


Up to the specs?! I'd market this as a distraction-free spot. This self-service locale exceeds expectations. I'm unplugged: no computer or cell phone! My TO DO lists are elsewhere. It's also delightful to be outdoors under dim light. Sometimes the motion-sensor on the porch light is too touchy. Ach! One more household FIX-IT item. But no biggie.


Good eats?! As I've said before, who needs food if you have a good glass of wine? This month's travels - just outside my front door - allow me to include the sweet treat of my choosing. I'm currently stocking Ghirardelli's Dark Chocolate Sea Salt Caramel. One's enough. One is superb! This eliminates guilt and cranks up my idea-energy.


Comfort zone?! I rate this bar at 10/10. Really? Of course! I make it what I want it to be on a given night. This inexpensive and travel-free spot can be quite a relief from the mad dash up the loop, down the SW freeway or crossing town stuck at traffic lights. Black Box Merlot is seconds away (no wait staff needed), and the music is provided on an iPOD for added peace and introversion. I find the fold-out chairs to be surprisingly comfortable when I'm preoccupied with thoughts about my ArtHouse Coop Sketchbook 2013. Thanks to Lane's recent Facebook post, I'm signed up.


Got a minute, barely? Need a clutter-free option? Drop by sometime with a book, notebook or some thoughts to share. I'll provide the wine.



The 8th annual Mayborn Literary Non-fiction Conference will be held July 20-22, 2012 in Grapevine, Texas (10 minutes north of Dallas-Fort Worth airport).          


Learn about the myriad ways in which journalists, documentary filmmakers, biographers, memoirists and novelists are crisscrossing the murky terrain between multiple genres to create highly textured, multi-dimensional narratives.


  • Three days of panels and lectures, including keynotes from Richard Rhodes, Isabel Wilkerson and Luis Alberto Urrea (see the website for our full list of speakers)
  • $15,000 in cash awards for writing contests, including categories for personal essays, reported narratives, and book manuscripts
  • Ten best essays and reported narratives are published in our literary journal, Ten Spurs, which was recently recognized by Best American Essays®
  • Cash award and book contract with UNT press for the best manuscript
  • Awards available for students to attend free (including hotel)
  • Individual sessions with literary agents (every year conferees leave the conference with book contracts)
  • Working on a biography? Apply for the Mayborn Fellowship in Biography
  • Travel to the hometown of the Pulitzer Prize winning author of Lonesome Dove, Larry McMurtry 

Click here for more information.   

PLEASE "LIKE" US ____________________________________________ 


Did you know WiVLA has a Facebook page? We do and we want you to LIKE us!  


This FB page is an excellent tool for communicating informally among members. Do you have a show coming up? Post it on our page. Are you teaching a workshop or selling equipment? Post it on our page. Do you have a new brag to share? Post it on WiVLA's Facebook page.  


To find us, search Facebook for Women in the Visual and Literary Arts [WiVLA]. Then LIKE us and post a greeting to all your WiVLA friends.

CALL FOR ENTRIES - VISUAL ART______________________________   


Inclusion in this list does not indicate endorsement by WiVLA. We recommend you research each contest, and contact the sponsor(s). 

General Websites for artist exhibition Calls for Entry:









Lawndale is accepting entries for The Big Show 2012 juried exhibition. Deadline: June 27 & 28. Exhibition runs July 13-August 11. Opening Reception will be held July 13. Click here for more information.    


Studio Visit Magazine Competition. All fine art mediums accepted, no entry fee. Deadline: June 30, 2012 Midnight (EST). Click here for more information.


WiVLA 2012 Print and Photography Exhibit call for entries. Theme: A Heroine's Journey. Deadline: August 18,2-5:00.p.m. Hand-deliver two works to Museum of Printing History. Sara Kellner, juror. Prospectus will be posted online on June 15.


Awesome Houston Foundation. Monthly grants of $1,000. For more information, contact Allison Skidmore or click here. Any idea is fair game, profit or non-profit; just has to be awesome. The group votes on ideas monthly and awards the grant.


Talking About Abstract... an exhibition of abstract art will be held at JoMar Visions Studios, located at 902 Hardy @ Nance. The show will be held June 16th from noon to 7:00pm. Showing fee is $25. For more info, contact studio via email.


The Lone Star Art Guild is a non-profit organization started in Brenham, Texas in 1961. Visit their website to find more information about contests and art leagues that are within a 200 mile radius of Houston.


Womenarts Quarterly Journal seeks visual art. For submission guidelines and more information, visit their website.   


Archway Gallery Call for Entries: 4th Annual Juried Exhibition. Event held July 7 thru August 1, 2012. Deadline: July 2 - 3, 10am-6pm - Hand deliver Artwork with entry fee to Gallery. Click here for prospectus.


Greater Denton Arts Council in Denton, TX is soliciting entries for the 2013 Materials: Hard & Soft, National Contemporary Craft Competition and Exhibition. Entry fee: $30. Eligible Media: clay, fiber, glass, metal, paper, wood, or any combination of craft media. Submission Deadline: September 7, 2012. Click here for more information. 


The Fort Worth Community Arts Center is seeking exhibition proposals from individual artists and curators in Texas, New Mexico, Oklahoma, Arkansas, and Louisiana for all art forms, including new media, for its 2013-14 season. Proposals and images are reviewed on a biannual basis:  June & December. Fee: $20. Click here for more information.


My Chicken Diaries is accepting Artist in Residence applications. Located on a 3-acre no-kill farm located near Manvel, TX, the AIR's time requirement is part-time and often on weekends. In exchange for rent-free lodging, the AIR assists with various farm chores and MCD educational tours and events, and makes an artistic contribution to MCD. For more information, click here.      

CALL FOR ENTRIES - LITERARY ART____________________________   


Inclusion in this list does not indicate endorsement by WiVLA. We recommend you research each contest, and contact the sponsor(s).   


Rattle is accepting poetry, translation, review, essay, and interview entries. Deadline: open. Click here for more information.


Telling Our Stories Press is seeking memoirs between 100-300 words for a memoir project. Deadline: rolling. Click here for more information.  


The Loop Online is an online scriptwriting site. Click here for information about various scriptwriting opportunities.


Borderlands: A Texas Poetry Review is accepting poetry, essays, book reviews, and art. Deadline: June 15. Click here for more information.  


ByLine Magazine sponsors monthly contests for essays, short stories, poetry, articles, essays, and more. Deadline: open. For more information, visit Byline Magazine.


Fiction Weekly accepts submissions via email, reads year round, and responds to submissions within 30 days. For more details, please visit Fiction Weekly.


Scratch is a monthly writing contest that seeks new short fiction to be selected by rotating guest judges. Deadline: monthly. Small fee to enter, cash prizes and publication every month, plus annual anthology. For more information, click here .


Poets & Writers is a great source for writing contests. Check out Poets & Writers contests listings here.


Womenarts Quarterly Journal seeks literary art, including essays, fiction, poetry, reviews and interviews by women. For submission guidelines and more information, visit their website.


Creative Print Publishing offers a genuine, no fee book competition that stretches over 12 months. Each month a different genre; each month a winner. Winners are offered a
contract, paid royalties, and receive full promotion and marketing strategies. Get full details of rules, genres and how to submit on their website.


My Chicken Diaries is accepting Artist in Residence applications. Located on a 3-acre no-kill farm located near Manvel, TX, the AIR's time requirement is part-time and often on weekends. In exchange for rent-free lodging, the AIR assists with various farm chores and MCD educational tours and events, and makes an artistic contribution to MCD. For more information, click here.  



Looking for a place to write this summer? Maryann Gremillion is teaching a class on creative journaling at the Spectrum Center Writers Guild. The class runs for six Saturdays beginning June 16th (no class 7/14), from 10 am to 1 pm. The cost is $190. This workshop explores how a writing journal stimulates the creative process. For more information contact Maryann via email or visit the Spectrum Center website
Sandi Stromberg will lead a writing workshop at the Jung Center on Saturday, Aug. 4: "Writing to Find the Extraordinary in the Ordinary." This 3-hour workshop provides space and time for participants to reflect on the things in their lives that seem ordinary then, through a series of writing exercises, explore their extraordinary nature. For more information, call 713-524-8253 or visit the website 
Ann Bell teaches one-day Mixed Media and Creative Collage classes in her Midtown Houston studio. To get all the details and to register, click here or call Ann at 281-330-3827.  

Would you like to post an announcement? Send your email by the 20th of the month to newsletter@wivla.org.  

WiVLA CALENDAR OF EVENTS_________________________________  


June 11, 6 p.m.


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

opening reception at Betz Gallery,

WiVLA BOARD MEMBERS_____________________________________  


President                   Lane Devereux (wivla.lanedev@yahoo.com)  

Vice President            Cookie Wells (wadsworth@sbcglobal.net)  

Secretary                   Cathy Lachin (cplachin@yahoo.com)  

Treasurer                   Pattie Berg (jewelry@sapamojo.com)  

Membership               Corry Austin (corry@sbcglobal.net)  

Communications         Jennifer Watson (jwatson5@uh.edu)  

Programs                   Rebecca Kveton (gigglesrk@aol.com)  

Newsletter                 Andrea Waguespack (andreawag@live.com) 

Visual Arts                 Donna Durbin (donna@donnadurbin.com)  

                                 Michele Zacks (mazacks@hotmail.com)  

Literary Arts               Leah Lax (leahlax@sbcglobal.net)  

                                 Pat Morgan (angeltrack@aol.com)  

At Large                     Piyali Dasgupta (piyalidasgupta@hotmail.com)

                                 June Russell (jrrbug281@aol.com)

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