June  2013

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

From the Editor

WIVLA NEWS: A Sketchbook Group

Poet's & Prose Cafe Table

Membership News

Announcements and Upcoming Events

Call for Entries - Visual Arts

Call for Entries - Literary Arts

Calendar of Events

Cathy Nieman Head Shot    

President's Pen


"Creativity is one of those hypnotic words which prove to cast a spell upon our understanding and dissolve our thinking into haze."   Albert Einstein

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 studies.
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 future.

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 writers.

This year, over 4,364 pieces of art and writing from public, private, and home schools throughout  Harris   County  were considered. 

 The 37 national medal winners from  Harris   County  received accolades at Carnegie Hall on May 31st.

A new WIVLA event is being offered on the first Monday of the month. We are meeting and sharing an interest in creative flow.
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.

Our WIVLA meetings are very diverse and filled with creative energy.
 "I 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.
 She is a renowned film maker and writer.
We are quite excited to be within her company.
Please come join us!
Share our infectious camraderie.
Ernest 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."
Tell your story.


 FROM THE EDITOR_____________________________________
*The 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 website.

**Also, 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 issue.

Thanks so much!



WiVLA's Sketchbook Group
By Cori Austin
Several 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 participating.   Artjournal50@gmail.com
Meeting place:  Trinity   Mendenhall   Sosa   Community Center
                           1414 Wirt Road  (Wirt and Westview)
                           First Monday of every month
                           6-8 pm
**You 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 desire.
The 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.
People 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 inspiration.
Order 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.
Sketchbook Project 2013 books are due back to the Brooklyn Art Library by January 15, 2014.
Also, the indie movie documentary 1000 Journals is absolutely wonderful.
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=klnFtLGrKWU     1000 journals trailer
Here 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 use yours.
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=DoUNofyeqnc     nature/people/buildings
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=BTN17IBSz2Q    mexico  travel sketchbook
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=LVXXAIplR4s   jeep book accordion book
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=bv_yGadIvB0     optical art with watercolor

Poet's  & Prose Cafe Table

 Crimson, Scarlet, Ruby-Red
By Cori Austin
     Red.   Something beckons me over to the shoe section of  Marshalls  on a 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 salesladies.
     Red. I turn into the shoe section, always on high alert for comfortable black shoes. No, there are none tonight.
     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 stretch.
     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 excitement? Red!
     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 at him.
         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  new city , 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 color.
     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 advice.
     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 voice.
Membership News
This month we are introducing more new members!
Introducing......Mary Jarvis
I 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 materials.
Is there anything about your journey you would like to share with us?
 I 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 me. 
I moved to  Houston  in 2005. I eagerly began studying Metal Arts at Glassell School of Art.  Houston  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  Odessa , but have lived most of my life in the  Deep South .  
I look forward to meeting other women in the arts of  Houston , 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 create.
I 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.
 Introducing..... Ima ("eema") Oduok
 I work at Fondren Library at  Rice   University  and pick up some freelance gigs on the side. Currently, I'm working on my short stories and personal essays. 
 After 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 writing. 
 I'm a  Houston  native who had the misfortune of growing up in suburbs. After three years in  San Antonio  and one in  France , I'm back and living within the  Loop .
 Writing 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 guidance.
I'm 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.
Introducing....... Susan Bauer
I do have a day job. I work as a grant writer for  Pasadena   Independent School District . I dream often about having an art life situation.
My 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 life.
I came to  Galveston  in 1979 and landed in the  Clear   Lake   City  area in 1984. So, I have lived in  Houston  for nearly 30 years.
I 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 creative growth.
I am looking forward to learning from women who are continuously expanding their lives.
Wow...great 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.
Introducing Dian Austin
I 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.  
I 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.  
45 years or so.  We moved here when I was in high school (Spring Woods) and I came back here after college (Baylor).  
What 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 it.
Levity 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.  

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Cindy Rasche was profiled in the Cy Fair Magazine - view the article

 No announcements were submitted for this moth - if you have announcements for the July newsletter please submit.
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Inclusion in this list does not indicate endorsement by WiVLA. We recommend you research each contest, and contact the sponsor(s). 

Application Deadline: May 31, 2013  Lawndale  is pleased to announce the eighth round of the Lawndale Artist Studio Program. The program is part of  Lawndale 's ongoing commitment to support the creation of contemporary art by  Gulf   Coast  area artists. With an emphasis on emerging practices, the program provides three artists with non-residential studio space on the third floor of the  Lawndale   Art   Center  at  4912 Main Street  in the heart of  Houston 's Museum District.
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  Lawndale   Art   Center  in May 2014.  Lawndale   Art   Center  will work with resident artists to create additional exhibition opportunities during their residency.  

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

Le 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  LouisianaTexasMississippiAlabamaFlorida  and  Georgia . For rules and application form please visit Le Petit's website at www.houmalittletheatre.com or email 
    The 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 you!


Monday, June 10, at 6 p.m.
WiVLA Board meeting  
Sosa   Community Center
1414 Wirt Road
Houston, TX77055 
Tuesday, June 18, at 6p.m.
Casey Kelly-Film maker and Writer
A show biz veteran-An AFI Fellowship Winner
Museum  of  Printing  History
1324 West Clay
For a complete list of upcoming events, visit the WiVLA calendar online.

WiVLA 2013 Board of Directors

President                     Cathy Nieman           (wivla.cathyniem@yahoo.com)
Vice President           Jane Mulholland   mulholland.jane@gmail.com
  Secretary                    Rona Lesser                   (ronales@wt.net)
Treasurer                    Pattie Berg                    (jewelry@sapamojo.com)
Membership              Cori Austin                     (artjournal50@gmail.com)
Communications      Dianne Webb                 (diannekwebb@gmail.com)
Programs                    Laura Pena                    (iselapena@hotmail.com)
Newsletter                  Diane Door                     (newslettereditor@wivla.org)
Visual Arts                 
Literary Arts               Mary Baker                       (literary@wivla.org)  


                 Sandy Wells                   (literary@wivla.org)
At- Large                    Cindy Rasche                (cindyrasche@yahoo.com)
Historian                     Cathy Lachin                 (cplachin@yahoo.com)          
Past  President            Lane  Devereux             (wivla.lanedev@yahoo.com

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