Member Meetings in June
June will bring a regular meeting on
the third Tuesday with an exciting line up of speakers PLUS a
program called "Experiencing Collage" with our own Cookie Wells at
the WriteSpace location at Silver Street Studios on June 4
at 1 pm
. Click HERE
for more information.
Our regular meeting
featuring ARTLines2 will be at the Multi Service Center, 1475 W.
Gray on June 21 at 5:45,
as always. Please note the
change of place as the Printing Museum is still recovering from the
fire they had a few weeks ago. This promises to be a big night with
readings from poets in ARTLines2 with discussion on how art inspires
poetry. Click HERE
for more information. We will start with
light snacks with the meeting beginning promptly at 6:15 pm.
Please bring your friends!
Collaboration: Think Big!
Six noisy and lively groups met in
WiVLA’s “Circle of Five” meeting at Archway Gallery May 17. “Do you
think it was just us or being in all this art that made the meeting
so spirited?” one of our members asked me as we left the gallery. “A
little of both,” I replied, but it got me thinking about what people
miss when they aren’t at our meetings. I keep reading about groups
that are struggling to maintain their membership and the perceived
tendency for people to simply stay home as an outgrowth of the
Internet where all can be experienced at the flick of a key. MORE Jane Mulholland
Literary Co-chair, sent in this notice: We all need a pat on the
back. WIVLA's Art Exhibit and Reading Event at the Houston
Public Library was well received and has created several other
opportunities for us. The Visual Committee wants to thank all of
you, the artists, the writers and the people who came to see the
show. With everyone stepping in to do their part, WIVLA came
together to present an interesting and beautiful
Inspired By Her Quote will be a hard act to follow, but
we can do it. We 're looking forward to doing it again, even bigger
with the WINDOWS Collaboration. Application has closed. Now
everyone needs to push forward with their projects. Keep in
mind, JULY 2 is going to be here before we know it. Think
big, The Brazosport Art & Science Gallery is
Deadlines ahead for WINDOWS:Jul
- Deadline for image and text
submissionSep 10, 2016
- Deliver art
& excerpt to Brazosport Art CenterSep 17,
- Windows Opening Reception Anthology &
ReadingOct 9, 2016
- Pick up art at
Brazosport Art Center.
The following are the
Mary Riggs Ramain (artist) and Jere Pfister
Josena Arquieta (artist) with Jane Mullholland
Zita Giraldo (artist) with Jane Mullholland
Peggy Sexton (artist) with Diana Weeks
Judith Shamp (artist) with Lilibeth André (writer)
Zider (artist) with Paige Moore (writer)
Anna Phillips (writer)
and Marguerite Baldwin (artist)
Gladys Mae Bullock (writer) and
Lane Devereux (artist)
Rona Lesser (artist) and Linda Stelljes
Lillian Tharp (artist) and Kathleen Merritt
Patti Richardson (visual) and Leigh Owen
Lane Devereux (writer) and Carol Watson
Sandi Stromberg (writer) and Luisa Duarte
Kay McStay (writer) and Jennifer Segel
Marcia Patrick (artist) and Tayyba Kanwal
Millie Hast (writer) and June Russell (artist)
Austin (artist) and Varsha Saraiya-Shah (writer)
(artist) Elizabeth Hall (writer)
Roberta Sadja (writer) and
Janice Smith (artist)May
17 Meeting Creates Circles of Friends
Way too much fun was had at the "Circle of
Friends" at our May member meeting at Archway Gallery. Read more in
the President's Message above. Pictured above - Row 1: Rhonda
Radford Adams, Linda Ann Stelljes, Paule Hewlett and Row 2: Judith
Shamp, Nan Toole and Karen Bobetic.Bonus
Art and Readings Day at Veneto Huge Success
below tell the story of our wonderful chance to share our visual art
and writing at Uptown Park's Veneto Collection. Thank you to owner
Misi Amos and Amanda Dinh for hosting this special day at this
PicPictured above scenes from our day at
Veneto and Jere Pfister sitting as Linda
Ann Stelljes reads.
Scoop by the Snoop: What Our Members Say
the Snoop thinks she knows a lot, she can use your help. Let her
know your scoop: firstname.lastname@example.org.
|No sooner had the notice gone out for the June 4 meeting,
we received this note: “I want to give my thumbs up for
daytime meetings. Unfortunately I will not be able to attend
the first one. But I wanted you to know.”|
The Snoop is
particularly happy when she hears from WiVLA members. Many of
us “vote with our feet” and will be there on June 4 ready to
cut and paste and learn about collage. But if you can’t come
and also think daytime meeting are a good idea (or not) we
would like to know. (email@example.com)
At the May meeting
at Archway, we were asked to write “What we thought of when we
heard the word WiVLA.” Over half of the participants responded
and four responses sum up what you said:
All who attended the show at the
VENETO COLLECTION thought the show looked fabulous! Thanks
again to Peggy Sexton and Jo
Zider for curating and hanging the exhibit. Thanks
also to the artists, the writers who read on May 14, and those
who shopped – it all made a very pleasant and successful
- “This first time attending – also, the first time
sharing my art with someone I didn’t already know. WiVLA –
- “WiVLA came up (this was a response from Group 2) –
collaboration knocking us off of stagnant periods into
energy and creativity.”
- “WiVLA: A breath of fresh air, an opportunity for
budding artists – both visual and literary. Thank you.”
- “WiVLA makes me think of artistic exploration with
This letter arrived just before we went to
"This note is just to let you know that I have
returned to Perth, Australia earlier than anticipated
and therefore will be unable to attend any further WiVLA
meetings. Sincerely I wish to thank all members of WiVLA
that I have met during my stay in Houston. Special
thanks to Cori for introducing me to your wonderful
group and encouraging me to become a member. What a rich
wonderfully creative community you are! Perth is the
most isolated city in the world so I will enjoy
maintaining my membership with you for years to come.
When my next poem is published here in Creatrix from WA
Poets, I will send a copy for your newsletter."
you shop at Randall's, use the "Good Neighbor" code of 5341 and
WiVLA will benefit every time you shop!
tuned for upcoming workshops!
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 WiVLA members by sending to firstname.lastname@example.org.
- Ava Cosey and her art were recently featured
in an article in Arkansas Life Magazine. Her art is part of a
traveling exhibit of the Kinsey Collection.
Worley won 3rd place in the professional artist category
of the LHAA Spring Show at Christ Church in Kingwood on April 23.
She will participate in the Lonestar Art Guild Summer show for the
She also just published Louise Stolberg’s Florentine Salon and Germaine De
Staël’s Coppet Circle: The Politics of Patronage, Neoclassicism
and the Code of Freedom in Napoleonic Italy.
- Mary Riggs Ramain received a very nice review
from "LensCulture"--an online international venue for photography.
Check it out on her website.
- Marian Szczepanski's essay "Suleymaniye"
appears in Issue 10 of the online nonfiction journal Proximity.
- Alicia Young’s two-part series, The Savvy Bride’s Guide, won a silver medal at
the 20th Anniversary Independent Publishers book awards.
- Margo Davis has a poem in the Spring issue of
Wisconsin Review and two persona poems are to
appear in the “Truth or Dare” issue of Longleaf Pine. Also the
Texas Poetry Calendar just accepted another of her poems for their
- Karen Anne Smith is proud to announce her
solo show called “Joe Goodbuddy Goes 3D” at Galeria Regina. A reception will be Saturday,
June 4 from 6 – 9 pm. The show is on view from May 14 - July
9 and is open to the public each Saturday from 12 - 4 pm.
- Varsha Saraiya-Shah's chapbook
collection of poems, “Voices” is being published by Finishing Line
Press with a release date set for July 2016. Varsha
will read from her book at our September meeting.
- Editors Note: We know a lot of you are showing your
work and getting articles and books published, but you MUST send
the information to newsletter@WiVLA.org by the 20th of each month.
We want to support you and come to your openings, but we have to
know about it!!!
TO BE IN A BOOK? Seeking comments on Mother Teresa by June 15:
How did Mother Teresa Inspire you? How would you describe her
contribution to the world? Seeking one line to one paragraph. Ideas:
compassion, forgives, charity, purpose, neighbors, kindness. You can
be anonymous if desired. Please email Alicia Young at email@example.com for more info and please
Galeria Regina has two new shows opening this month.
Check them out on Saturday afternoons or by
Seeking a graphic designer to tutor me in photoshop. Want to learn
layer organization as well as special effects. Contact:Mary RamainCori
Austin hosts a Visual Journalers group on the 3rd Saturday morning
monthly at the Mendenhall Community Center. Meeting time is 9
am -1 pm. Visual journaling is also called art
journaling. They incorporate collage, paint, stamping,
drawing, gel printing, painting, in a variety of ways. Usually
they have a common activity for at least part of the time
together. You are free to participate in whatever way suits
you best, either joining in with the group project or working on any
creative endeavor you prefer. May’s meeting will be an unusual
way of laying down a background involving spray acrylics, stencils,
and baby wipes. Don’t have any? They share
supplies. Just bring the basics: a journal with at least
90 lb. or more paper, any paints you might want to use,
scissors, pens, markers, rule, glue (matt medium, glue stick, or
preferred glue), collage materials you might want, and anything else
that you enjoy using. If you contact Cori ahead of time, she will put you on the
mailing list for the Visual Journalers mailing, so you can receive
an exact supply list. WriteSpace is offering several
workshops in June including:
pricing, registration and more information, go to the WriteSpace website or contact them.The Mayborn Literary Nonfiction Conference July
22-24 in Grapevine, Texas is a forum for journalists, writers,
readers, students, educators and the general public to listen to, be
inspired by and practice their craft at the highest possible level.
Don't miss the opportunity to participate in one of the most
exciting literary conferences around.Katy Contemporary Art Museum is a relatively new
museum in our area and it's located in Katy at 805 Avenue B. WiVLA
member June Russell says it is worth a
Houston, a new magazine dedicated to all types of art, is
looking for articles. For general submission guidelines, contact the
Writing as a Career Path for Creative Writers with ANDREANA BINDER
on Sunday, June 5th, 3-6 PM
Dialogue: Let Your Characters Speak for You! with KYLE RUSSELL on
Saturday, June 11th, 9:30AM-12:30 PM
with Style with MATTHEW SALESSES on Sunday, June 12th, 3-6
Fiction with ADRIENNE PERRY on Thursdays from June 16th to July
7th, 6-9 PM
to Screenwriting with RUSSELL DeGRAZIER on Saturday, June 25th,
the Sake of Art is a biennial wearable art competition that
celebrates the vibrant talent of emerging artists and designers. The
event is a fundraiser for the University Museum at Texas Southern
University. This year, For the Sake of Art will honor Shelby Marcus
and the legacy of artist Kermit Oliver, a Texas Southern art
graduate who has achieved worldwide acclaim. The event will be
Friday, June 10 at the Omni Houston Hotel. For more information,
Writers will find an abundance
of resources on this new website created by writing coach Joan Dempsey.
Houston Writers Guild offers several Critique Circles at different
times and locations. For more information, click here.
studio space? JoMar Visions is expanding to an amazing new location
in Northwest Crossing in Houston! Location at 5247-5249
Langfield Rd, Houston, TX-77040. Be part of a vibrant art
more information and a map of the studio
for Entry: Visual ArtInclusion
in this list does not indicate endorsement by WiVLA. We recommend
you research each contest, and contact the
~ Archway Gallery is reviewing portfolios
of local artists. To apply, please read the information on the Archway Gallery Website,
Magazine is an online venue dedicated to fine art, contemporary
photography and brings together diverse bodies of work by
established and emerging artists from around the globe. They accept
from new and emerging photographers.~
WCA-CO announces its 2016 national juried show - State of Unions to
be exhibited from May 26 to June 12 at the Core Annex, 900 Santa Fe
Drive, Denver CO 80204. Go to https://www.callforentry.org.~
FreshArts, of which we are members, has many opportunities for
artists listed on their website.
Check it out!
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 are
for Entry: Literary ArtInclusion
in this list does not indicate endorsement by WiVLA. We recommend
you research each contest, and contact the sponsor(s).
~ The Tenth Gate Prize: founded for mid-career
poets, this imprint honors the work and vision of Jane Hirshfield.
Poets with two or more published books of poems may submit between June 1 and July 15 to WordWorks
Books. They have several other contests and opportunities to submit
on their website.~
regularly publishes fiction, poetry, and nonfiction, including
stories, novels, novel excerpts, novellas, personal essays, humor,
sketches, memoirs, literary biographies, commentary, reportage,
interviews, and features of interest to readers who take pleasure in
storytelling and imaginative prose.
~ The Aesthetica Creative Writing Award 2016 is now
open for entries, presenting an opportunity for emerging and
established writers and poets to showcase their work and further
their involvement in the literary world. Short Fiction entries
should be no more than 2,000 words. Poetry entries should be no more
than 40 lines. Deadline for submissions is 31 August 2016.
Poets & Writers has a great database of conferences and
residencies for writers. Check it out.
Winning Writers is another great website for writing
opportunities. Check it out by clicking here. Please
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