The mission of WiVLA is 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.

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June 2014


Calendar of Events

Monday, June 9, at 6 p.m.
WiVLA Board Meeting
Sosa Community Center
1414 Wirt Road
Houston, TX  77055

Tuesday, June 17, at 6 p.m.
WiVLA Membership Meeting
Guest Speaker:  Kathy Adams Clark, Photographer
Museum of Printing History
1324 W. Clay Street
Houston, TX  77019

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

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


Our Facebook page is an excellent tool for informal communication 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 something to brag about or share?  Why not post it?


To find us on Facebook, click here, then LIKE us and post a greeting to all your WiVLA friends.

In This Issue

~ Picture from the Past

~ WiVLA News:  Stay informed.  Get involved.

~ Announcements:  Who's doing what?

~ A Look Ahead:  Exciting monthly meetings planned.

~ Calls for Entry:  More opportunities than ever!

~ Quick Links:  Connect with the Houston arts community.

Picture from the Past

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. 

If you have a photo that you would like to submit to Voices, please email it, along with an informative caption, to  We'd love to print it in our next issue!

A Note from Your President


"What 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 Didion)
My first sentence: 
I was gobsmacked.
Our Gold Key Program in May reminds us how paying it forward is a lovely good deed.
Meeting the 2014 Scholastic Art and Writing Award winners revealed to us  the best and the brightest!
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 intense.
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.
"Little girls with dreams become women with visions."
This rings so true.
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.
We anxiously await her visit.
Please help us welcome her.
WIVLA allows us to learn so many things.

Let the summer begin.

Cathy Nieman
postscript: My summer reading: Playing Saint Barbara, Grace and Body and Bread

Contribute to Voices

Are 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. 

Posting an announcement in  the newsletter is your foremost method of reaching every WiVLA writer and artist.  Make Voices a part of your networking effort. 

The deadline for contributing to Voices is the twentieth of each month.  Simply send your contribution  We'll do our best to include your announcement!


Green was the silence, wet was the light/The month of June trembled like a butterfly.   ~ Pablo Neruda, 100 Love Sonnets

Artists born in June:

Peter Paul Rubens, 6/28/1577

Paul Gauguin, 6/7/1848

Maurice Sendak, 6/10/1928

I've Been Thinking

Dear readers,

I've been thinking about 
summer reading. 

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.

You see, summer meant moretime -- still 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.   Really, 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 Drum and John Nichols' The Milagro Beanfield War.  And guess what?  All that reading?  Still heaven.

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  I got the message loud and clear.) 

First on my summer list:  A collection of short stories calledThis Close, 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 (Louis de Bernieres).  Or maybe Per Petterson's Out Stealing Horses. 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. 

Happy summer reading!

Your editor,
Cathy Lachin


Until I feared I would lose it, I never loved to read.  One does not love breathing.
~ Harper Lee

A good book should leave you... slightly exhausted at the end. You live several lives while reading it.
~ William Styron

WiVLA News

   Renowned Photographer Will Speak at June Meeting
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 photography.
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 World, Nature's Best, National Wildlife, Ranger Rick, Texas 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 leads photo workshops to 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 speaker.
The VCR Show:  Vision. Collaboration. Retrospection.
A Twentieth Anniversary Celebration 


The 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 (literary).

We encourage all current and prospective members to enter this very special show by going to  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!

And here's 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! 

For 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

We Need 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 the baskets.  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 lovely.

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 donate! 

New Access Info for Membership Directory

It's finally ready!

Thank 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 directory.

If you have any changes to make to your listing, please contact Membership Chair Joyce Marie at


Sketchbook Gathering
6:00 P.M. - 8:00 P.M.

Join 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 to share.

If you'd like to work toward a completed sketchbook to submit to the Sketchbook Project, we can provide information, or you can look up    

We look forward to seeing you!
[Above sketch by Nani Puspasari]
Be a part of our leadership team!  Remaining board opportunities include . . .
Historian 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.

Any 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 you!

For Sale:  WiVLA Tote Bags

Black 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!


A Look Ahead:  Exciting Monthly Meetings Planned

Thanks 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 Presentations
Join us for stimulating offerings by vibrant members of the Houston arts community.  You won't be disappointed!



Summer Online Course:  Write On
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 Gremillion facilitates 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

WIFT-Houston presents The Emerging Female Hero Conference

Women 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.

Dr. 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 television projects.

Pamela Jaye Smith is a mythologist, author of five books for media-makers, an international speaker/consultant, and an award-winning producer/director.

Lily 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 Beast, The Huffington Post, and Glamour.  She lives in New York City with her husband and their two spacey rescue dogs, Ozzy and Lucky.

To register, visit or call 713-788-8075.


Diane DeBella, Site Sponsor of 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 will publish.

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.

  • Under 1250 words.
  • Written specifically for this project, the #iamsubject project.
  • Email or with any questions.
  • Deadline June 1, 2014. (Email if you need a little more time.)

Submit by email to  
The Call for Submissions information is here:
Second Saturday Open Houses
The 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 Street; Luisa Duarte at Silver Street; Piyali Dasqupta, Cary Reeder, Janet Roe and Karen Smith at Winter Street.

Calls for Entry:  Visual Art


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

The Big Show - Call for Entries

The 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 location.

Each 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 awards.

This year's juror is Erin Elder, the Visual Arts Director for the Center for Contemporary Arts in Santa Fe, New Mexico.

Dates available: Jun 23, 2014 - Jun 24, 2014
Due Date: Jun 24, 2014
Fee: $30 for up to 3 entries ($25 for Lawndale members)
Contact Name: Dennis Nance
Phone: 713-528-5858

For more information on The Big Show, visit

CAFE' for Artists! 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 included.



Calls for Entry:  Literary Art

Inclusion 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:
Paper Darts: "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."
Zoetic Press: "Zoetic Press 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."
Gigantic Sequins: "We accept 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 jars."
WiVLA 2014 Board of Directors

President Cathy Nieman 
Vice President Jane Mulholland

Secretary Rona Lesser     

Treasurer Josena Arquieta
Membership Joyce Marie      

Communications [Open Position]
Programs Zita Giraldo      

Newsletter Cathy Lachin     

Visual Arts Theo Billings
and Luisa Duarte   


Literary Arts   Sandi Stromberg
and Maryann Gremillion   


Social Media Ima Oduok         

At-Large Cindy Rasche  

and Peggy Sexton   
Historian [Open Position] 

Our mailing address is:
Women in the Visual and Literary Arts (WiVLA)
P. O. Box 130406
Houston, TX  77219-0406