June 2015

June Meeting to Highlight
Successful Collaborations

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.
President's Message

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.

In July 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 woman?” 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


Get 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 it!

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 promotion packet:
  • 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 PM, okay."
  • 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: visual@wivla.org

New Generation of Artists Recognized at May Meeting

Two 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 Perlman 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.

The Portfolio 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.
ECO Fund Presentation Visuals

Jo Zider, 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.  

Cathy 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!


Literary and Visual Workshops
Interested 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 literary@wivla.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.

Sketchbook Meetings
Monday, June 1, 2015
Trini Mendenhall Community Center
1414 Wirt Road (NE corner of Wirt/Westview)
Spring Branch
6-8 pm
Saturday, June 6, 2015
2-4 pm
Menil Collection
`533 Sul Ross Street, Houston 77006
Meet in the foyer

Join 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. 

For 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 Austin
281-731-2711     artjournal50@gmail.com 

Are You Lonely? Longing for Artistic Companionship?

Find your soul mate at the Speed Dating event at the July 21 general meeting.

WiVLA 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.


Please 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 newsletter@wivla.org.
  • Rona 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 Jacinto. 
  • Anna 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.
  • Kay 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.
  • Denise 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.
  • Denise also has "#1 Slipped Boats Series 6-01"  in the Curvature exhibit at Fort Worth Community Arts Center from July 10th- August 30th, 2015.

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.

The 2015 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 Convention Center. 

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 pwpoems@aol.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 contact: fernbrady.author@gmail.com 
Workspace available: WriteSpace creative writing center, Silver Street Studios #212, 2000A Edwards Street, 77007, is seeking a weekday studio mate. Details: http://www.writespacehouston.org/news/writespace-is-seeking-a-studiomate

Please 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 clicking here.

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 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 busy, artists!!!

~ 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 sent.

~ 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 information.

~ 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.html

~ Juried Art Services has a digital jurying system. Click on the link above for more information. 

~ 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 are included.

~ 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
Questions? Email: wcashows@gmail.com


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). 

~ 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 4.

~ 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

Please forward WiVLA Voices to all your friends who might be interested in WiVLA. BRING A FRIEND TO OUR NEXT MEETING!

Upcoming Events

WiVLA Member Meeting
Tuesday, June 16 at 5:45 pm
"The Synergy of Collaboration"
Speakers:  Jo Zider & Jere Pfister, Judith Shamp & Kathleen Merritt, and Rona Lesser & Linda Stelljes
Printing Museum, 1324 W. Clay Street, 77019

WiVLA Member Meeting
Tuesday, July 21 at 5:45 pm
Collaborative "Speed Dating"
Printing Museum

WiVLA Member Meeting
Tuesday, August 18 at 5:45 pm
featuring Elizabeth White-Olsen
Printing Museum

WiVLA Member Meeting
Tuesday, September 15 at 5:45 pm
"Attribution is Not Permission" - an overview of intellectual property issues for artists/writers
Printing Museum

WiVLA Member Meeting
Tuesday, October 20 at 5:45 pm
Photographer Ann Stautberg presents her work
Printing Museum

WiVLA Member Meeting
November 17 at 5:45 pm
Writer Rene Palmer Armstrong
"History Lost, History Found"
Printing Museum

WiVLA Sketchbook Meetings
Monday, June 1, 2015
Trini Mendenhall Community Center
1414 Wirt Road (NE corner of Wirt/Westview)
Spring Branch
6-8 pm
Saturday, June 6, 2015
Menil Collection, 1533 Sul Ross Street, meet in the foyer
2-4 pm

For more information, see WiVLA News section of this newsletter.

Unless otherwise noted, member meetings are at the Printing Museum at 1324 W. Clay Street.  We start with refreshments at 5:45 and the meeting at 6:15 pm. For a complete list of upcoming events, visit the WiVLA calendar online.

September 2016
watch for more information

Thursday, November 5, 2015
5 to 7 pm
Boheme Bar at Taft and Fairview

About Women in the Visual and Literary Arts

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.

Update Subscription Preferences 
View Email In Browser

WiVLA 2015 Board of Directors

President - Jane Mulholland          

Vice President - Cori Austin

Secretary - Alicia Young

Treasurer - Josena Arquieta        

Membership - Linda Ann Stelljes and Elizabeth Burnham

Communications and Social Media-  Ima Oduok

Programs - Zita Giraldo               

Newsletter - Harriet Riley           

Visual Arts - Peggy Sexton
and Jo Zider           


Literary Arts - Sandi Stromberg
and Maryann Gremillion


At-Large-  Lillian Tharp          
and Theo Billings           

Historian - Rona Lesser

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


Quick Links...



The Printing Museum

Glasstire Texas:  Visual Art News and Reviews

Fresh Arts Coalition Houston

Visual Arts Alliance

Houston Writers Guild

Lawndale Art Center


Gulf Coast Poets

Inprint Houston

Texas Accountants and Lawyers for the Arts

Houston Press

Paper City Magazine

Arts Hound

ouston Culture Map

WriteSpace Houston

Copyright © 2015 Women in the Literary and Visual Arts. All rights reserved.