June 9, at 6 p.m.
Sosa Community Center
June 17, at 6 p.m.
Kathy Adams Clark, Photographer
of Printing History
1324 W. Clay Street
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opportunities than ever!
Links: Connect with the Houston arts
May 5, 2012:
Amanda Sisk and Lane Devereux stand next to their
entry in theMixed Messages show held at
Betz Gallery. Lane's poem
and Amanda's painting were part of
an exhibit that featured fifteen collaborative works
by WiVLA members.
you have a photo that you would like to submit to Voices,
email it, along with an informative caption, to firstname.lastname@example.org
We'd love to print it in our next
A Note from
is so hard about that first sentence is that you are
stuck with it.
Everything else is going to flow out
of that sentence and by the time you've laid down the
first two sentences, your options are all gone." (Joan
My first sentence:
Our Gold Key Program in May reminds us
how paying it forward is a lovely good
Meeting the 2014 Scholastic Art and Writing
Award winners revealed to us the best and the
Roma Patel, the writing recipient gave a
presentation seeped in poise and
confident knowledge. She will be attending
Columbia University next year.She shared her creative
writing, her influences, and a dissertation that held
us in awe. She shared her first year
college reading requirement. It was extensive and
Lauren Ibanez was clever and unique as
this year's art recipient.She shared her portfolio
focusing on her Concentration element. She gave
visual interpretation to less known lyrics of The
Beatles.Her work was highly skilled and innovative.
She plans on attending South Carolina Art and Design
next year, focusing on Sequential Art.
We would be
remiss not to honor their mentors, their teachers,
Lizette McClung and Angelique Jamail.
with dreams become women with visions."
Everyone must plan on attending our
June meeting! It will be another unique event to once
again learn from the best and the brightest. Cathy
Adams Clark's profound reputation precedes her.
She is a leading nature photographer whose work
is represented in the Houston Chronicle.
anxiously await her visit.
Please help us welcome
WIVLA allows us to learn so many
Let the summer
postscript: My summer reading: Playing Saint
Barbara, Grace and Body and Bread
you participating in an exhibit or a reading? Do
you know of a cultural event that would be of interest
to fellow WiVLA members? Have you sold a
sculpture or published a poem? Let us know in
our monthly newsletter.
announcement in the
newsletter is your foremost method of reaching every
WiVLA writer and artist. Make Voices a part
of your networking effort.
for contributing to Voices is the
twentieth of each month. Simply send your
contribution email@example.com. We'll do
our best to include your
was the silence, wet was the light/The month of June
trembled like a butterfly. ~ Pablo Neruda, 100 Love
Artists born in
Peter Paul Rubens,
Paul Gauguin, 6/7/1848
I've been thinking about
It's one of the many reasons I
love summer, and, of course, it goes back to when I
was a kid. On the last day of school in the
small town where I grew up, we charged from the
classroom at the sound of the final bell and nearly
danced in the three o'clock heat, joyous and free.
Summer meant baseball and bicycles, swimming and
sno-cones, road trips and, for me, reading.
see, summer meant moretime
does. The days are longer, the light is
brighter, and who needs sleep when you can read late
into the night under a gently-turning ceiling fan
after everyone else has turned in? I stay awake
far longer than I should, with a good book in my lap
and a good dog at my feet, just as I did when I was
eight, nine, ten years old. My parents shook their
heads and threw up their hands; their summer girl
defied strict bedtime rules. But she was reading.
what was the harm?
At least once a week,
sometimes twice, I rode my bicycle across the narrow
bayou bridge to the parish library where my best
friend's mother was the head librarian. She
sometimes recommended titles; but, mostly, she let me
pull freely from the shelves and never judged my
choices as she stamped the due dates on the inside
covers. I read great literature, and I read
junk. It was heaven.
When I went off to
college, I had a professor who sent me home the summer
after my first year with a stack of books that
probably weighed at least half as much as I did (I was
a slight thing back then). He either thought
that I was sophisticated beyond my years and required
advanced literary enrichment (unlikely), or that I was
deficient in my repertoire and needed to catch up with
my peers (quite likely). I was a little miffed
and didn't know how I was going to fit in all that
reading between skiing and sunning, boyfriends and
boating. But that summer I managed to read some
good old stuff like Alexandre Dumas, D.H. Lawrence,
James Joyce, balanced by contemporary works like
Gunter Grass' The Tin
Milagro Beanfield War.
what? All that reading? Still
So, summer reading is a habit that I
have absolutely no desire to break. I'll lose
plenty of sleep that, at this age, I could probably
use. Mornings, I may even be a bit cranky around
certain folks close to me, all because I just had to
get in one more chapter. And I'll pester close
friends for the names of new writers and titles to
discover. (One of those friends, God bless her,
directed me towww.whatshouldireadnext.com
got the message loud and clear.)
my summer list: A collection of short stories
, by Jessica Francis
Kane. When I'm finished, I'll pedal on over to
my neighborhood branch (just like the old days!), and
search for The
Troublesome Offspring of Cardinal Guzman
de Bernieres). Or maybe Per Petterson's Out
And if folks in my
household need me after the sun goes down, they'll
know where to find me. I'll be the one with the
flashlight under the sheets.
Until I feared I
would lose it, I never loved to read. One does
good book should leave you... slightly exhausted at
the end. You live several lives while reading
Renowned Photographer Will Speak at June
Our June speaker is the
internationally renowned photographer Kathy Adams
Clark. When Kathy wanted to leave her career to focus
on photography, her husband had only one condition:
she had to make as much money with her photographs as
she had in business. Join us on June 17 to find out
how she achieved this ambitious goal while pursuing
the art that she loved. Kathy will also show us a
portfolio of her award-winning
Kathy has been a professional
nature photographer since 1995. She runs a stock
agency that represents the work of fifteen outstanding
nature photographers. Kathy's work has appeared
in many publications, including Birder’s
Highways and Texas
Parks & Wildlife. Her photos have also
been published in numerous books and calendars. Her
photos appear every week in the Houston
Chronicle and San
Antonio Express News in
the "Nature" column written by her husband, Gary
Clark. Kathy and Gary have published four books and
have two more in the works that combine their
photography and writing skills. Kathy teaches
photography at local and national events. She
Costa Rica, Ecuador, Italy and Morocco through Strabo
Tours and is a past-president of the North American
Nature Photography Association.
Don’t miss this exciting
presentation from an accomplished
VCR Show: Vision.
Twentieth Anniversary Planning Committee is pleased to
announce that our celebratory exhibit will be held at
18 Hands Gallery, 19th Street in The Heights, on
November 1, 2014, from 6:00 p.m. until 9:00 p.m.
Curators are Kellye Sanford (visual) and Karleen Koen
all current and prospective members to enter this very
special show by going to http://www.wivla.org/exhibitions.htm There
you'll find a complete prospectus with links to online
applications and payment options. Entry is
simple -- you can do it from the comfort of your
easy chair in a matter of minutes!
something interesting for all to know: The VCR
Show is not a themed exhibit.
This is truly an opportunity to exercise your
creativity without the restriction of a particular
subject. So get started now, and enter those
pieces that you've always wanted to share. A
twentieth anniversary is considered a platinum celebration
-- this is your time to shine!
more about The VCR Show, including entry requirements
and bios of our curators, click on the link
above. Any questions may be directed to Cathy
Lachin at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Your Gift Basket Donations!
Wouldn't you love to own
a piece of a fellow WiVLA member's work? Or have
a truly unique opportunity to promote your own
creations? WiVLA's Twentieth Anniversary Planning
Committee is pleased to announce its plans to create
dazzling, art-centric gift baskets to be raffled off
during our celebration in the November of 2014.
Details about ticket sales will be forthcoming, but,
in the meantime, we are
soliciting donations from our
talented membership in order to fill
Be imaginative -- any piece of your own creation is
welcome, including 2D and 3D work in your choice of
medium or media, photographs, books, altered books,
chapbooks, framed or unframed pieces. Zita
Giraldo has offered to lend her boundless talent to
assembling the baskets (we plan to offer three --
small, medium, and large), so they are sure to be
You may bring any contributions
to the WiVLA general meetings -- Cathy Lachin will
happily collect them. Gift
baskets have been both highly coveted and immensely
successful in the past, so scour your studios, ladies,
for the perfect piece(s) to
New Access Info for
you for your patience while awaiting entry to the 2014
WiVLA Directory of Members. On May 21,
our membership chair, Joyce Marie, emailed all current
members, providing them with the new user name and
password required for access to the
you have any changes to make to your listing, please
contact Membership Chair Joyce Marie at Joy@LessonsFromLyrics.com.
MONDAY, JUNE 2, 2014
(FIRST MONDAY OF THE MONTH)
TRINI SOSA COMMUNITY
WIRT AND WESTVIEW (SPRING
6:00 P.M. - 8:00
your WiVLA friends as we sketch, journal, paint, etc.,
in our sketchbooks. We have enjoyed the camaraderie
and sharing thus far, and always come away having
learned something new.
If you wish to work in
the sketchbook from the Sketchbook Project, that's
fine. Or bring a sketchbook of your own or plain
heavy paper for drawing. Bring any supplies that
will satisfy your sketching needs - pencils, pens,
paints, markers, etc. If you have a book or
other resource you have found helpful, bring it along
you'd like to work toward a completed sketchbook to
submit to the Sketchbook Project, we can provide
information, or you can look up www.sketchbookproject.com
We look forward to seeing you!
sketch by Nani
Be a part of
our leadership team! Remaining board
opportunities include . .
and Communications Chair. If you think
you'd enjoy occasionally delving into the treasures
that are WiVLA's archives or documenting any of our
activities with a candid photo or two, then Historian
is the job for you. If you fancy yourself a
fledgling PR whiz who enjoys promoting a worthy event
by way of Houston's many media outlets, then you'd
make the perfect communications chair.
interested party must be current on her WiVLA dues and
must have been a member for at least one year.
The board meets on the second Monday of each month,
excluding December, at 6:00 p.m., at the Trini
Mendenhall Sosa Community Center on Wirt Road.
Our gatherings are friendly and lively, creative and
insightful, energizing and productive. If your
talents and skills lend themselves to one of these
positions, please contact any of the board members
listed below. Serving on the board is a
wonderful opportunity to get to know other WiVLA
members and to contribute to the organization in a
meaningful way. Let us hear from
For Sale: WiVLA Tote
cloth bags, imprinted with the WiVLA logo in white,
will be for sale at every meeting. Be sure to
get one - they're excellent library bags, mini grocery
or shopping bags, perfect for packing sketchbook
supplies so every tool will be handy when you go out
sketching. There are a multitude of ways to use
them, and they're a bargain at $12 each. Flaunt
your WiVLA pride -- get one soon!
Look Ahead: Exciting Monthly Meetings
to our resolute Program Chair, Zita Giraldo, here are
the programs that WiVLA members have to look forward
to in the coming months:
- June: Photographer Kathy Adams Clark
- July: Artist Orna Feinstein
- August: Circle of Five meeting (members
share their work in groups of five)
- September: Alicia Young, journalist and
author of The
Savvy Girl's Guide to Grace
- October: Mary Lampe, Executive Director of
Southwest Alternate media Project (SWAMP)
- November: Twentieth Anniversary Literary
Join us for stimulating
offerings by vibrant members of the Houston arts
community. You won't be disappointed!
If you're looking
for a way to develop or maintain a consistent writing
practice this summer and stay connected to other
writers, then Write On is a
fun and easy way to do that. Maryann
this four week online course beginning July 7th. She
provides a series of daily prompts each week by email,
and participants are asked to commit ten minutes a day
for writing. The purpose is simply to jump start a
regular writing practice using the prompts if they
help, though the writing doesn't have to be about the
prompt. It can be about anything you care about, in
any genre. Each writer will have a partner to send the
ten minute piece to each day. This is a first draft
piece, no editing needed. Your partner will send a
piece to you, and both of you will respond to each
other with a comment of support or encouragement (no
critiques or questions).The total daily time
commitment is about twenty minutes, so this class is
perfect even if you're out of town. Consistency is the
value here, not quality or quantity. The fee
is$150 and writers
of all levels are welcome. If you want to register or
have any questions, contact Maryann email@example.com.
Emerging Female Hero
in Film & Television-Houston presents The
Emerging FEMALE Hero Conference:
Discovering, Writing and Creating the New Female
Hero, a two-day workshop conducted by Dr. Linda
Seger and Pamela Jaye Smith. Keynote speaker is Lily
Koppel. The event will take place on June 14 and
15 at the Hilton Houston Southwest Hotel.
Seger is an internationally-known speaker in the area
of screenwriting, having taught and lectured in over
30 countries on 6 continents. Since 1981, she has
consulted on over 2000 scripts, including over 40
produced feature films and about 35 produced
Pamela Jaye Smith is a
mythologist, author of five books for media-makers, an
international speaker/consultant, and an award-winning
Koppel is the bestselling author of The Red
Leather Diary. She has written for The New York
Times, The New York
Times Magazine, The Daily
Huffington Post, and Glamour.
She lives in New York City with her husband and their
two spacey rescue dogs, Ozzy and Lucky. www.astronautwivesclub.comTo register, visit www.wift-houston.org or call
DeBella, Site Sponsor of www.booksbywomen.org and author of
a powerful and disclosing memoir, I Am Subject:
Sharing Our Truths to Reclaim Our Selves, is inviting
submissions of your stories for an anthology she will
edit and www.booksbywomen.org will
You don't have
to call yourself a writer. You don't have to be
previously published. You don't have to have a
blog. All you need for this opportunity is the
desire to share a powerful moment in your life when
you claimed or reclaimed your self.
specifically for this project, the #iamsubject
- Email firstname.lastname@example.org or email@example.com with any
June 1, 2014. (Email if you need a little more
Second Saturday Open
studios at Winter, Silver and Spring Streets are open
on the second Saturday of each month from 2 to 5 pm.
Join us June 14: Josena
Arquieta, Margaret McElrath andJane
Mulholland at Spring
Duarte at Silver
Dasqupta, Cary Reeder, Janet Roe and Karen
Smith at Winter
for Entry: Visual
in this list does not indicate endorsement by WiVLA.
We recommend you research each contest, and contact
Big Show is Lawndale Art Center's
annual open-call, juried exhibition. It has been an
important venue through which emerging and
under-represented Houston area artists gain exposure
since the show's conception in 1984. The Big Show was
formerly the East End Show, sponsored by the East End
Progress Association, at Lawndale's original
year Lawndale Art Center
invites a guest juror to select from work submitted by
artists living within 100 miles of Houston. Artists
are invited to bring up to three works of art, not
previously shown in Houston, to Lawndale Art Center
where the work is juried on-site for a chance to be
included in the show and a shot at $3,000 in cash
This year's juror is Erin
Elder, the Visual Arts Director for the Center for
Contemporary Arts in Santa Fe, New
more information on The Big Show, visit www.spacetaker.org.
23, 2014 - Jun 24,
Date: Jun 24,
Fee: $30 for up to 3 entries ($25 for
for Artists! www.CallForEntry.org is a website
that lists calls for entries nation-wide.
Descriptions of type of art and theme are listed, as
is a link for more information. Deadlines are
for Entry: Literary
in this list does not indicate endorsement by WiVLA.
We recommend you research each contest, and contact
the sponsor(s). From
Tayyba Kanwal: [Here are] some literary markets
for those of us who create comics. These are literary
magazines that also feature thought-provoking
literature in the form of comics:
"With a beer
in one tentacle and a book in another, Paper Darts is
taking back the lit scene, one lame pen and quill
metaphor at a time."
is looking for the best and most innovative in
electronic and interactive literature, regardless of
genre. It’s not enough that your story be novel in
presentation – it must also be well-written,
compelling and engaging."
work from unpublished writers in addition to those who
have already established voices. Our editors enjoy
publishing writers and artists who have their hands in
various sorts of figurative creative cookie