Meeting to Highlight
Learn how visual artists and
writers have successfully collaborated during our June meeting at
the Printing Musuem. Jo Zider and Jere Pfister, Judith Shamp
and Kathleen Merritt, and Rona Lesser and Linda Stelljes will talk
about their creative partnerships from past WiVLA shows in this
presentation called "The Synergy of Collaboration." We hope this
will get you excited about interviewing prospective collaborators at
our July "Speed Dating" meeting. Come to the Printing Museum on
Tuesday, June 16 at 5:45
to learn more. We will
start with light snacks and wine with the meeting beginning promptly
at 6:15 pm.
If you haven’t noticed yet, I will
tell you: WiVLA is the place to be! Our Program Chair, Zita Giraldo
has our programs set for 2015 (watch the calendar in the
newsletter); our Literary Co-Chairs Mary Ann Gremillion and Sandi
Stromberg have an enthusiastic Literary committee raring to go; and
THREE exhibits are in the works thanks to Jo Zider and Peggy Sexton,
our Visual Co-Chairs.
And that’s not all: mark your calendar
for Thursday, November 5 from 5 to 7 pm when we will be the
nonprofit group at “Cultured Cocktails” at Boheme Bar at Taft and
Fairview. This is a benefit WiVLA receives by being a Fresh Arts
member and WiVLA will receive 10% from the event. This is a sampling
of the things we are currently planning.
In June we will
launch several programs concerning our Collaboration Show:
“Windows.” At our June meeting, “The Synergy of Collaboration,” you
will have the opportunity to hear about three successful WiVLA
collaborations with: Jo Zider and Jere Pfister, Judith Shamp and
Kathleen Merritt, and Rona Lesser and Linda Stelljes. Hear what
makes collaborations fun, interesting and a way to “step out of your
own box” and into the realm of another’s creativity.
we will have our “Speed Dating” meeting where you will have a chance
in quick meetings to talk with prospective collaboration partners
and begin to identify that person you want to work with. We will ask
artists to bring several visual images and writers to bring short
pieces to share as we speed learn about each other. Part of the
allure of speed dating is to meet and talk with members you don’t
know but who you have been wondering, “Who is that
This is your chance to find out!
The Collaboration Show opens
September 2016 which gives us plenty of time to work. One artist –
one writer will collaborate and EVERYONE who enters the show will
exhibit and be in the anthology we will publish. The Prospectus for
the show will be out in August 2015 and you can begin to seriously
think about who you want to collaborate with.
In the spring
we will have an exhibit at the Central Library downtown with the
theme, “Inspired by Her Quote.” That Prospectus will be
available in September.
And finally, to let you know we are
thinking ahead to the future, we are scheduled at Christ Church
Cathedral for a show in 2017. As I said… and please quote me: “WiVLA
is the place to be!” Jane Mulholland
Ready to Speed Date in July
"Speed Dating" at the July 21
meeting is designed to allow everyone to meet more than
five people as we have done in the past with the Circle of
Five. Compare this event to a Job Fair. Prepare to interview
and be interviewed, but without the pressure - have fun with
We are hoping you will be able to interview lots of
potential Collaboration Partners. Plan ahead and
know what type partner you would like. For
instance, someone who lives near you, a detail person who can keep
you on track, dependable, etc.
Prepare your self-promotion
packet in advance of the meeting. Here's what should be in your
- Your business card
or something with your name, address, e-mail address,
phone number & web address.
- Describe your area of
interest. For example: Visual: oil
painting, landscape & figure OR Writer: serious
thoughtful commentary, poetry
- Best time to get
together. For example: "I work full
time, Saturday or Sunday afternoon best. Thursday evenings 7 to 8
- Description of
you. For example: "I like outside
things, parks, beach, hiking & camping. I not crazy about mall
shopping or sports. Love cats, afraid of dogs."
Bring note pad and be prepared for a
fun evening! For more information, contact Peggy Sexton
Generation of Artists Recognized at May Meeting
high school women were recognized at the May meeting as WiVLA's
Senior Portfolio Winners in the Scholastic Art & Writing Awards.
For many years WiVLA has given a $500 award for a
senior woman in art and one in writing in this competition,
sponsored in our region by the Harris County Board of Education. We
heard from this year's Writing Portfolio winner - Hallie
of The Kinkaid School. Hallie graduated in May and
plans to attend Scripps Women's College in Claremont, California
this fall. She has been heavily involved in the arts since she was a
little girl and has taken drawing classes at Houston School of Art
and Design for about 8 years, as well as painting classes at The
Glassel School and The Art League. She will major in Theater
at Scripps and plans to also majoring in International/Intercultural
Studies with a focus on Peace & Conflict. She says she hopes to
one day be a playwright/actor or humanitarian.
for Art winner was Tiffany Yue
, but she was unable
to attend the May meeting because her graduation from St.
John’s School was the same evening as our meeting. Tiffany sent some
of her paintings and a video presentation to the meeting.
She plans to study electrical engineering at the University of
Pennsylvania in the fall while integrating her interests in art and
architecture.Board President Jane Mulholland pictured
with Hallie Perlman, Gold Key Writer at our May meeting.
Fund Presentation Visuals
recipient of the 2014 ECO Fund
visual artist award, had
an excellent videographer create this stunning 7-minute video of her art
installation at the
Rothko Chapel called "Mending Circle Labyrinth." She was unable to
show it at the April meeting, as planned. So click on the link above
to view. You can also find a link
on the Rothko Chapel website.
Lachin, recipient of the 2014 ECO Fund literary award,
shared her experiences during her research visit to the Louisiana
State Penitentiary at Angola, at our April meeting. Her excellent
presentation can be found by clicking on this link. Due to technical issues, she could not show
this at the April meeting. WiVLA
and Fresh Arts: A Great Partnership
The WiVLA Board
recently voted to join the Fresh Arts Alliance. Fresh
Arts is a 501©3 organization dedicated to strengthening the
sustainability and vibrancy of Houston's arts sector by bolstering
the capacity and professional practice of artists and arts
organizations and enhancing the public's engagement with the arts.
Their mission aligns with WiVLA's and there are many benefits
for organizations like ours which are all listed on their website.
Fresh Arts has many opportunities for artists listed on their website
. Check it out!
in helping create workshops and other writing opportunities to
inspire your sister writers? If so, please contact Maryann
Gremillion and Sandi Stromberg, your literary co-chairs, at firstname.lastname@example.org, and let them know. They had a
planning meeting in May and are still looking for members to help
create writing workshops for our community.
Meetings Monday, June 1,
and Visual Workshops
Trini Mendenhall Community Center
1414 Wirt Road
(NE corner of Wirt/Westview)
pm Saturday, June 6,
Sul Ross Street, Houston 77006
Meet in the foyerJoin
us as we sit with each other on either or both of these days,
sharing ideas and techniques. Sometimes in quiet
camaraderie, sometimes in wonderful conversation, we capture what we
see and translate it onto our paper. Bring a sketchbook and
whatever kind of drawing tool you prefer – pencil, thin line marker,
pen, graphite, etc. Use what works for you.
the Monday meeting, bring an object or a photo to
sketch.For the Saturday on-location meeting at the
Menil, possible subjects are the primitive art, the atrium, the
Cabinet of Curiosities. Feel free to split up and sketch what
you wish, then meet-up at 4:00 for a sharing time. There is a
café across the street if anyone wishes to have some
refreshments. If you have any questions,
contact Cori Austin281-731-2711 email@example.com
Lonely? Longing for Artistic Companionship?
your soul mate at the Speed Dating event at the July 21 general
is offering a chance of a lifetime to connect with “The one and
only” who inspires your creative soul. Don’t be afraid, try Speed
Dating! Find a perfect partner for the WiVLA 2016 Windows
Collaboration. With the theme of "Windows," this
partnership invites a visual and a literary artist to peek through
the window together - to look out, look in, look at the past, the
present or into the future.
Make the connection now.
You’ll have a year to develop a relationship that will last a
lifetime and produce wonderful collaborative art.
send in your news - art exhibits, works published by the 20th of
each month to be included in the following month's newsletter.
Please share your good news with your fellow WiVLA members by
sending to firstname.lastname@example.org.
Lesser will be exhibiting landscape paintings at the
Cloister Gallery, Christ Church Cathedral 1117 Texas Street,
from June 3 - July 5. The opening reception is June 5 from
6-8 p.m. with free parking at the church garage on San
Phillips will have an art show at Beans Cafe, an
independent coffee shop in the Energy Corridor for the month of
July. The show will feature a variety of her artwork from fiber to
watercolor to prints.
Adshead is launching ACTS OF DEFIANCE, a series of short public
interactions or interventions, theatre poems or film essays
recording dignified and peaceful opposition to injustice and
oppression. She will be in the UK working on this project this
summer through her Mama Quilla Productions.
Bossarte, photographer has been recognized as an
Emerging Artist by the ArtGalleries&ArtistsoftheSouth
magazine, one of four artists recognized in the Vol12, Issue 1,
quarterly magazine and the only photographer selected. Copies
available at Barnes and Noble.
also has "#1 Slipped Boats Series 6-01" in the
Curvature exhibit at Fort Worth Community Arts Center from July
10th- August 30th, 2015.
for Entry: Visual ArtInclusion
in this list does not indicate endorsement by WiVLA. We recommend
you research each contest, and contact the
Printing Museum will host Montrose Print Market: Summer Edition in their
east parking lot on Saturday, June 13 from 2 to 7 pm. WiVLA member
Anna Phillips will have a selection of her prints
for sale along with other printmakers from the area.
East Texas Book Fest is set for August 21-22. This
year's event is bound to be bigger and better than past years. In
its 7th year, the festival is expanded to two days, with seminars
and workshops, and takes place in a large venue, Tyler’s Harvey
The National League of American Pen Women, Inc.,
(NLAPW), founded in 1897 in Washington, D.C., is a nonprofit
organization of women artists, writers, composers and
choreographers. Treanor Baring is in the
process of organizing a NLAPW branch, the Bayou City Branch in
Houston. NLAPW's small literary press, The Pen Women Press, publishes poetry
anthologies and both fiction and nonfiction by members and
branches. The Pen Woman, NLAPWs magazine is
distributed nationally. The NLAPW website blog publishes a Poem of the Week and an
Art of the Week feature of works by members. They sponsor art
exhibits, art, music and literary competitions, on-line webinars,
workshops and concerts. Members in NLAPW are credentialed
through the National organization and branches carry out their
mission on a local level. Contact: Treanor Baring at email@example.com
for more info!
The Houston Writers Guild (HWG) will host its
first Indiepalooza conference for independently published writers on
September 26. The HWG board is actively looking for
self-published presenters to speak on a wide range of topics: social
media, business basics, reviews, formatting, beta readers and
copy editors, marketing/book events, and production timeline. They
are also open to other suggestions. Prospective speakers should
go to the Printing Museum website and look at the list of workshops and
classes, if you are new to printmaking or if you need a refresher.
If we are to participate in a print exhibition at the Printing
Museum, we must produce works in traditional printing methods. They
are not interested in showing photography or mixed media-collage. If
you do not see anything of interest to you in the Printing Museum's
listing, let Jo Zider know
and she can arrange to have a mini-workshop to learn specific
techniques of interest to members. The Printing Museum needs to have
an interest-level indicator in order to go forward with plans for an
exhibit either this year or next. Jo thanks everyone for
participating in the survey at the February meeting. Click here if you were not in attendance and would
still like to take the survey. Send the survey to Jo via email by
The Big Show 2015 at Lawndale Art Center will be
juried entirely online this year. Artists have until June 3,
2015 to submit up to three works online via submittable.com for consideration for the
exhibition. All artists will be notified by email by June 17. Get
The Vermont Studio Center has announced 50 fellowship
awards for visual artists and writers with a June
15 deadline. For a complete list of available fellowships
and eligibility requirements, visit this site. Apply online at vsc.slideroom.com
Muir Fine Art Gallery in partnership with CITYCENTRE
is seeking submissions from urban artists to participate in The Mural Project at CITYCENTRE. Eighteen artists
will have the opportunity to create temporary outdoor murals. A
further selection of artists will have an opportunity to participate
in a group exhibition of canvas works to be displayed through the
complex. Send submission, completed application form, CV and
payment of $25 application fee to TheMuralProject_Houston@Hotmail.com by no later
than June 5th, 2015 . Electronic submissions may also be
Septemberfest, a well established festival in Midland,
Texas, is seeking individual artists and craftspeople presenting
their own individual work. The deadline is June 8.
Check out the website for application and more
FreshArts, of which we are members, has many
opportunities for artists listed on their website. Check it out!
A new venture called GutfreundCornett Art announces a call for art for
their first exhibition titled "Visaural: Sight, Sound and
Action" will be at the Nave Gallery, October 8-31, 2015 in
Somerville, Massachusetts in conjunction with the Honk!
Festival of Activist Street Bands. We are looking for artwork that
combines the visual with music of your choice. Click here for
the full prospectus and to enter: http://www.gutfreundcornettart.com/visaural-sight-sound-and-action-2015-nave-gallery-annex.htmlCalls
for Entry: Literary Art
Juried Art Services has a digital jurying
system. Click on the link above for more
CAFE' 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
~ The Women’s Caucus for Art, hosted by
AIR Gallery with juror Catherine Morris, Curator, Elizabeth Sackler
Center announces a Call for Art: "Who’s Afraid of Feminism?" for
September 2015. WCA is seeking art from cross-generational,
self-identified women artists that address feminism with a
contemporary spin through works that present a message about the
women's experience to incite the viewer to question the social and
political landscape and the need for gender equality – where
feminism has been and where it is going. The theme may be broadly
interpreted from a political, personal or formal context through a
variety of media.
ENTER HERE: http://www.entrythingy.com/www.nationalwca.org#dashboard
in this list does not indicate endorsement by WiVLA. We recommend
you research each contest, and contact the
Texas Authors Short Story Contest is accepting
entries until July 31st. With nine short
story categories and prizes and publication, this is a great
opportunity for Texas Authors.
~ The 84th Annual
Writers Digest Writing Competition has an entry deadline of
June 5. You may enter as many manuscripts as you
like in several categories. Go to the website - early bird deadline was May
~ Houston Writers Guild is sponsoring a short story mystery contest which is open for
submission from April 25 through June 30 to both
members and nonmembers. They are looking for original unpublished
mystery short stories; stand-alone adaptations from a longer
manuscript are welcome.~ The
Vermont Studio Center has announced 50 fellowship awards for visual
artists and writers with a June 15 deadline. For a
complete list of available fellowships and eligibility requirements,
visit this site. Apply online at vsc.slideroom.com
~ Pockets Fiction
Contest - submissions between 750-1000 words are accepted from
March 15 - August 15 by clicking here.
~ A Yahoo
group has an ongoing and frequently updated list of creative writing
opportunities. Writers can join and the notifications come
directly to your email.https://groups.yahoo.com/neo/groups/CRWROPPS-B/info
Winning Writers is another great website for writing
opportunities. Check it out by clicking here.
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