: 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
is one of those hypnotic words which prove to cast a spell
upon our understanding and dissolve our thinking into haze."
Pay it forward. The Gold Key
Scholarship given by WIVLA is a very positive deed. WIVLA
presents this award to deserving female students in the
Writing and Art Portfolio category as a grant to further
Their presentations to our members always
hold us in check.
It is stunning and reassuring to see
young female creative minds carry the torch forward for us.
We should all smile knowing that we help invest in the
imagination of the
Scholastic Art & Writing Awards of Harris County
provides a wonderful opportunity for talented teens to
be publicly recognized and celebrated for their work. It is
the premier award program for young artists and
year, over 4,364 pieces of art and writing from public,
private, and home schools throughout
37 national medal winners from
at Carnegie Hall on May
new WIVLA event is being offered on the first Monday of the
month. We are meeting and sharing an interest in creative
This new project is focused on our own personal
creative application in journals and sketchbooks. It offers
us a chance to actually devote time to whatever creative
journey we choose to take.
WIVLA meetings are very diverse and filled with creative
know of no greater happiness than rubbing two words together
in the service of the soul or the heart of the mind. A well
turned phrase , no matter how small has so often lifted me
to the sky.". These words were spoken by our upcoming June
speaker, Casey Kelly.
is a renowned film maker and
are quite excited to be within her
come join us!
Share our infectious
Hemingway was once challenged to write a short story in only
six words. The six word memoir was born. "Baby goods,
for sale, never worn."
newsletter is currently seeking submission of poetry and
prose for our new section: Poetry & Prose
Cafe Table. Please submit
via the WiVLA website.
When submitting to the newsletter, keep in mind many of us
have various versions of MS Word. Please create a word
document when emailing.
The newsletter is seeking articles, book reviews,
cafe/restaurant reviews and art exhibit/museum
reviews. Please submit via the WiVLA
please not that the deadline for all submissions to the
newsletter is the 20th of each month. Starting with
the June issue (May 20th deadline) anything received after
the 20th will go toward the following month's
members have expressed interest in doing a sketchbook for
The Sketchbook Project, so we created a sketchbook interest
group. Sketchbooks are not limited to sketching...writing,
mixed media, stitching, various color media can be
incorporated. One need have only desire to create, not great drawing talent, in
order to participate. We can use our time together to create
our pages - working together is both inspiring and helps
accountability. We can, if desired, meet at various
locations to do actual sketching. Please let
Cori Austin know if you are interested in
First Monday of every
needn't be involved in the specific Sketchbook Project in
order to come to our group. Enjoy
your own sketchbook and fill it in whatever way you
Sketchbook Project is a global, crowd-sourced art project
and interactive traveling
exhibition of handmade books. The community is made up of
over 75,000 people, and the permanent collection at Brooklyn
Art Library holds over 26,000 sketchbooks from 135 countries
around the globe.
from all walks of life are invited to fill the pages of a
blank sketchbook and send it back for inclusion in the
ever-growing library of
your sketchbook from the website. You can choose either a
sketchbook project that will be digitized (and available
online), included in the library and in some traveling
exhibitions. Or you can choose a sketchbook project that will
be included in the library and some of the traveling
exhibitions. You may rebind your sketchbook in order
to change the paper.
Project 2013 books are due back to the Brooklyn Art Library
by January 15, 2014.
the indie movie documentary 1000 Journals is absolutely
are some links to websites and YouTube videos that have
sketchbook ideas. You will get some ideas of the
possibilities involved in a sketchbook, and how you want to
& Prose Cafe
Red. Something beckons me over to the shoe
nearly-Christmas evening. The last few gifts already in my
basket, I have a few moments to spend "just browsing," as my
mother would tell helpful
Red. I turn into the shoe section, always on high alert for
comfortable black shoes. No, there are none
Red. I venture over to the boots. Red! I am pulled, pushed,
yanked over to some short, dark red leather boots. "Oooohh,"
I exhale audibly. These are so beautiful. I pick one up and
turn it around in my hands, savoring the color, the soft
leather, the just-perfect heel. "Hmmmm, delizioso," purr the
quiet words from my lips, noting that the label is an
Italian name. I can already feel the ache of need that these
red boots create in me. I mumble, "No, I shouldn't," but
something shouts, Red!
Only four boxes remain under the display. No way wills my
size even..... But before this thought is
complete, I have found my 8-1/2 mediums. I try them
on. Hmmmm. A little pinch, but I
don't care. They're red. Besides, they'll
The new boots require new clothes: black jeans, a dark red
sweater, and a scarf. Okay. I have
the scarf at home. Jeans - yes, I find a pair. The next day
I find the sweater. How can a pair of boots create all this
What is it about these boots? I wonder as I wear them during
the holidays. I feel different. Strong. Confident.
Attractive. And noticed. Nearly everyone I know remarks
about them. Is it the boots or is it the color? Red. I think
it's the color. Or is it that I am different when I wear
them? Even my father pays attention. "Got some red boots
there," his laugh lines making deep marks into his face.
Yes, they make me happy also, Dad, I think as I smile back
Where do these feelings come from, I wonder. Red, I hear.
And I think back to another period in my life when I wore
red. It was a time and place of happiness, of possibility.
Young and married, I had my first teaching job, and my
husband was beginning a new business. We were in a
, and only had each other for
support. I wore a lot of red then. But careful reds:
blue-toned crimson, scarlet, and ruby, not orangey reds.
Instinctively I knew the difference. I dressed my first
daughter in red onesies and booties as an expression of my
joy at her arrival.
But the red candle's flame flickered and died. Those good
red years blurred into muddled, dull brown - gray - black.
For many years I did not listen to
Pink came back first, then turquoise. And last Christmas,
color exploded in red boots. In March, Vasalisa's doll
whispered to me in the folktale retold by Clarissa Pinkola
Estes, "Vasalisa the Wise." Maybe she's been talking to me
these past two months, pointing me in the right direction. I
do wear my red boots now on any first dates, intent on
listening to her
I carve my own little doll, a manifestation of the voice
that I hear when I attentively listen. During the carving, I
reread the doll's description in the book again, and "red
boots" grabs my shoulders and shakes me. I missed that
during the first reading. Okay, okay, I think. I
finally get it.
My little, wooden, carved doll, strung on a chain so I can
wear her as a pendant, wears her red boots proudly. I wear
mine as well, and I heed her
month we are introducing more new
work at my studio, in Canal Street Studios, as a Metal
Artist and Custom Jeweler. My specialties are Cloisonné
Enameling, Chasing & Repouse, and fabrication with
silver, copper, and various other metals and
there anything about your journey you would like to share
was inspired to be an artist, by watching my grandfather
carve wood into playful, whimsical items. I love to see and
study art of all kinds, and I visit museums often for
inspiration. Going for a walk and enjoying the beautiful
details of nature also revives my artist soul. Reading the
poetry of Emily Dickinson can be a similar experience for
in 2005. I eagerly
began studying Metal Arts at Glassell School of Art.
has rich soil for
an artist, with so much going on in the arts community. I
try to take advantage of all that I am able. I am a native
Texan, born in
, but have lived most of my life
look forward to meeting other women in the arts of
, to exchange ideas
and ways to promote our work, and raise the level of
awareness to the greater public about who we are and what we
hope to add to the mix of the great variety of forms of art
in WiVlA. I learn when I talk to artists of different media.
For example, the way a paper artist creates can be a spark
for a new technique, or learning how a potter solves
problems with construction can teach me a new way to work.
It also soothes the soul to chat with those struggling with
the problems of living the artist's life.
work at Fondren Library at
and pick up some
freelance gigs on the side. Currently, I'm working on my
short stories and personal
I graduated from college, I struggled with the questions,
"What do I want to do?" and "Who do I want to be?" The
answer to both came from my
native who had the
misfortune of growing up in suburbs. After three years
and one in
, I'm back and living
can be a lonely occupation if you let it. I decided my
writing would improve if I had a group
of knowledgeable peers to turn to for advice and
very good at research and following current trends in social
media usage. If a member of
WiVLA needs help finding information or wants to know
effective ways of using the internet to promote her work,
she can come to me.
do have a day job. I work as a grant writer for
dream often about having an art life
love for the arts and writing, as probably for most in
WiVLA, has been lifelong. Though, for many reasons, it has
not always been a priority. Luckily for me, creativity tends
to persist. It will be the focus of the third phase of my
in 1979 and landed
area in 1984. So, I
have lived in
for nearly 30
know that who I spend time with is important. I find that
creative people are often energizing, as are women. So the
two, together, would seem to make an ideal environment for
I am looking forward
to learning from women who are continuously expanding their
question! Once I attend a few meetings and find out more
about WiVLA and its membership, I'm sure it will be clear
what I can offer.
am retired after 33 years with Big Oil. I now
volunteer as a courier with the National Marrow Donor
Program (also called Be The Match ) and transport
life-saving bone marrow or stem cells from the donor center
to the transplant hospital, worldwide. I always travel
with a camera. Everywhere.
was hooked on photography in college (journalism
undergraduate) and have dabbled in it ever since.
Being retired, I now have time to expand my knowledge
and experience and am taking classes and practicing daily.
And of course, the digital camera world is unlimited.
My passion is street photography: the more
random, the better.
years or so. We moved here when I was in high school
(Spring Woods) and I came back here after college (Baylor).
do you hope WiVLA will provide you? You learn
something from everyone. I figured that this group of
diverse and talented women would be a good source of
experience and knowledge, and could provide a fun place to
share interests, resources, and learnings. A cauldron
of creativity, as I see
and irreverent humor. I also play a mean tambourine,
but alas, that talent isn't in high demand. I also
have very decent editorial and proofing skills.
you know WiVLA has a Facebook page? We do and we want you to
Facebook 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
find us on Facebook, click
here, then LIKE us and post a
greeting to all your WiVLA
Rasche was profiled in the Cy Fair Magazine - view the
announcements were submitted for this moth - if you have
announcements for the July newsletter please
Would you like to post
an announcement? Send your
FOR ENTRIES - VISUAL ART
in this list does not indicate endorsement by WiVLA. We
recommend you research each contest, and contact the
LAWNDALE ARTIST STUDIO
Deadline: May 31, 2013
is pleased to
announce the eighth round of the Lawndale Artist Studio
Program. The program is part of
's ongoing commitment to
support the creation of contemporary art by
area artists. With
an emphasis on emerging practices, the program provides
three artists with non-residential studio space on the third
floor of the
in the heart
Artists have full access to their studios 24
hours a day, seven days a week; access to visiting artists,
writers and curators; and receive a $500 monthly stipend for
the duration of the program together with an initial $1500
materials allowance. Participating artists are expected to
spend a minimum of 16 hours a week in the studio. Each
artist will also be expected to present a workshop to the
general public and the local arts community to share their
practice or explore a related topic.
At the completion of
the residency, the works produced during the 2013-2014
program will be exhibited at
will work with
resident artists to create additional exhibition
opportunities during their residency.
create an account. This will allow you to return and monitor
the status of your submissions. You only need to do this
step the first time you
FOR ENTRIES - LITERARY
in this list does not indicate endorsement by WiVLA. We
recommend you research each contest, and contact the
Petit Theatre de
Terrebonne announces its 2013
Regional Playwriting Competition. A request for submission
of ORIGINAL One-Act Plays - the deadline for scripts: July
1, 2013. Open to residents of
rules and application form please visit Le Petit's website
at www.houmalittletheatre.com or
Newsletter is seeking updated website information for Call
For Entries - if you have updated information please submit
to the Newsletter via the WiVLA website - Thank
10, at 6 p.m.
18, at 6p.m.
Kelly-Film maker and
show biz veteran-An AFI Fellowship
a complete list of upcoming events, visit the WiVLA calendar online.
2013 Board of Directors