June 2017

WiVLA Outing to The Cistern
Join us at The Cistern on Sunday, June 11. A drinking water reservoir built by the city of Houston in 1926, the cistern lay empty until someone with great vision saw its potential. It is now an art installation location. The current multi-media show is “Rain” by Magdalena Fernandez. It is described below as an “immersive experience.” Here is a link to the website: http://buffalobayou.org/visit/destination/the-cistern/    Please order a 12:00 noon ticket for Sunday, June 11. We'll meet there at 11:45, enjoy the tour, and then we can have lunch at the Black Walnut Cafe on Memorial Drive.

June Monthly Meeting: Kathy Wood
and Fly Dance Company

June’s meeting will be Kathy Wood’s story of her hip-hop dance troupes here in Houston. Passionate about youth and dance, she devotes her time to growing young dancers who will find their own goals and strive to achieve them. In addition to the rehearsing, choreography, and organizing, there is a lot of mentoring and love shared by Kathy. Retirement from teaching dance and art in the public schools didn’t stop her – she is a life-long teacher and vows that she will never stop.

The meeting will be held at Archway Gallery, 2305 Dunlavy, Houston TX 77006
5:45  Mix and Mingle; Please bring wine or a snack if you can.
6:15:  Short business meeting
6:30:  Program begins
7:30:  Walk two blocks to Brasil’s at the corner of Westheimer and Dunlavy for dinner (Dutch treat).
President's Message
It’s going to be a hot time in Houston this summer! Meaning, of course, a summer rife with possibilities. Summer is often a time to try new adventures, learn something new, extend the boundaries – maybe even go parasailing!
   Well, that probably won’t be me, up there floating above a boat, but summer has always been a time of learning and exploring for me. I’ll be taking my annual sojourn, this time going vertically, up to northern Minnesota, Wisconsin, and Michigan looking for cool weather, lakes, and woods. There’ll be kayaking, hiking, family, and new friends. I’ll finish with five days at the International Sketchbook Symposium in Chicago. Four different sketching teachers, several demonstrations, and a new city to explore! 
   What about you? Where is your internal compass pointing?  What does your summer map look like? A new place with new terrain? Maybe an art or writing workshop? Explore Houston in a new way? (Take a tour of the Cistern with WiVLA on June 11!)  Dedication to your art or writing practice? Maybe a yoga practice or exercise in a cool gym. What about that pile of books by your bedside that are calling your name? Enjoy the summer’s possibilities and fill yourself with the joy of being renewed. 
   Speaking of being renewed, our next exhibition, Renewal, has a deadline that is quickly approaching. The exhibit will be held at the Evelyn Rubenstein Jewish Community Center from August 20 to October 20. The theme of Renewal reflects the resilience of the Meyerland community as they recovered from two floods within  a ten month period. WiVLA is responding to that theme and creating visual and literary work for the exhibit. Now is the time to explore those ideas with your words or your art. Deadline for entries is June 15. 
   Whatever form your renewal takes, embrace the new direction, the satisfaction, the opportunity. Revel in this hot time and take advantage of what is out there waiting for you!
   Cori Austin
May Meeting
“Acts of Defiance’’ - a Brilliant Mashup of Female Talent 

Evening facilitator and presenter Kay Adshead (left) with Jere Pfister and Cori Austin.
   On the screen, a woman’s face showed terror as she whispered, “I just realized I’ve been sold!” We crawled into that fear and felt it creep into the pit of our stomachs. That’s what art can do – bring the viewer to a deeper and more vivid place of understanding, a much more personal connection than the news gives us. Kay Adshead presented six videos from Mama Quilla Productions where she is Artistic Director and Executive Producer. The videos encompassed a variety of defiant situations for women and girls: a young girl stands her ground against a shrill and verbally abusive mother; a woman in midlife decides to push away society’s expectations of beauty by dancing and reveling in her midlife’s lush body; a woman helps her family unplug from their screens and explore the real world on a long trip around the country; a young woman has run away from home and lives on the streets because that is the only place where she can live her truth; and young Muslim women show us that it’s not always black dress and headscarves – Muslim women are as different from each other as women are different from each other worldwide.
Interspersed among the films were readings and exhibits with poetry by Stella Brice; a personal account from Jane Mulholland about getting arrested for protesting; Margo Stutts Toombs’ poetry, Tayyba Kanwal’s short story; the spoken essay by Zita Giraldo about her lawsuit for equal pay for equal work in Michigan many years ago; Mary Riggs Ramain’s four unique photographs depicting her rise above a difficult past; the rendition of Jere Pfister’s refusal to tolerate any more child molestation within the Catholic church; and guest Traci Shannon’s song “Bread and Roses.’’
The evening was woven together seamlessly, creating a whole that reminded us to stand up and stand firm and be upstanding in our determination to hold our line against the inhumanity that women suffer and endure throughout the world. Art can accomplish amazing things! Many thanks to Kay for bringing the insightful productions and facilitating the evening, and many thanks to the WiVLA members and guest who shared moving and inspiring works.
~~ A wonderful collection of photographs of the event
can be found at this link. ~~
Kay Adshead writes about the WiVLA event: “It is wonderful for my company that US and UK artists can collaborate and support each other artistically. Our company mission statement is “WOMEN ARE NOT FREE ANYWHERE IN THE WORLD UNTIL ALL WOMEN IN THE WORD ARE FREE” Leymah Gbowee. It has never been more important for women to step into the spotlight and make sure their voices are heard and to sometimes speak for women who do not have a voice in the world. I hope to make my next Acts of Defiance evening with homeless/women in crisis in Houston.’’

RENEWAL Prospectus --
Deadline Approaches -- Visual and Literary Entries by June 15th

WiVLA is extremely excited to collaborate with the Evelyn Rubenstein Jewish Community Center – “The J” -- in an event called One Voice, One Vibe, Our Community. As many Houstonians are aware that the greater Meyerland area was hit by devastating floods twice within a ten-month period. “The J” became a hub for relief efforts and continues to communicate with the community and local leaders in the city and county. This has led to a renewed sense of pride and excitement about the community. To celebrate the commitment to connecting and rebuilding this vital community “The J” is sponsoring One Voice, One Vibe, Our Community.
   As the centerpiece of One Voice, One Vibe, Our Community, “The J” is commissioning an original anthem-like musical composition to reflect the resilience of the greater Meyerland area, its Jewish imprint, and the Evelyn Rubenstein Jewish Community Center. The WiVLA part of this will be an art exhibit along with written work from our writers on the topic “Renewal.” The composition will premiere at the Evelyn Rubenstein Jewish Community Center on August 20, 2017 with local musicians and singers. Earlier that afternoon, an opening reception will be held with the WIVLA art work exhibited in the Deutser Art Gallery along with a chapbook of the WiVLA written work.
 As you ruminate on the theme Renewal and what you want to create for this significant event, please think in terms of a secular approach to the topic. Because the work is to be presented to the entire community of Meyerland and its neighbors, it should have broad appeal. Work with a religious slant will not be appropriate for this show.
   There is no entry fee for this show.
   Visual Prospectus is here.
   Literary Prospectus is here.
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Memorial and Celebration for Peggy Sexton
Editor's Note: We are sharing the following email from Alice Sexton and a tribute from Marguerite Baldwin.
Dear WiVLA-
   We would like to invite all WiVLA members to a Celebration of Peggy Sexton’s Life on Sunday June 18 from 1:00 - 4:00 pm at
Archway Gallery, 2305 Dunlavy Street, Houston TX 77006.
   Please share with your members and anyone else who might want to attend. We would be grateful for a big turnout.
   Thank you,
   Alice Sexton, Bucky Sexton & Frank Williams

Click here to see full-size image.
From M. Baldwin: My Friend Peggy
   Losing a friend is no small thing. No matter how long you have been friends or how close you are or how old you are, it leaves an ache in your heart. Peggy was one of those people who was an instant encourager, who was always looking out for the person who seemed to need a friend; she was always introducing
everyone. That is a gift and should be cherished. She always encouraged me and other artists no matter where they hit on the spectrum of experience or talent.
   Her talent and imagination were enormous and awesome. What she did with cloth and found objects was simply amazing and dazzling and playfully creative. She seldom drew, except as sketches, but if she had chosen to do that, she would have been terrific at that, too. She and Frank taught Bill and me to see exhibitions, galleries, and museums in a new way. We would all observe the artworks separately and then meet back up and share
our three favorite pieces. We would then compare and and explain why they were our favorites. I have since shared this same method with many others, especially children. What a great way to get people engaged in and speaking about art. Thank you, Peggy!
  “And also thank you, Peggy, for sharing coffee and cake or wine and a meal and just talking about art or life in general. You are a quiet and gentle soul with an acerbic wit who I will miss so very much.’’ MB

Also a request for June 18: “Hello! If you are planning to attend Peggy Sexton’s life celebration at Archway Gallery on June 18 from 1:00-4:00 pm and would be willing to bring finger food or snack type items, please email me, Maggie Baldwin, and let me know what you will be bringing. Please remember to wear colorful clothes! It is a celebration of Peggy’s wonderfully artful life! (mabaldwin1@mac.com)’’ Thanks! Marguerite A. Baldwin

New Facebook Group:
Announcement from Regina Vitolo Mader

WiVLA has a new Facebook group for MEMBERS ONLY. If you would like to join, you can go directly to the link and send a request, or you can email Regina at clockbirdstar@gmail.com, and she can send you an invitation to the group. Here is the link:

  • Editor’s Choice: Repeating items from Regina Vitolo Mader, who is our Social Media guru, with excellent information about Twitter and its uses. To see her advice and resources, click here. For a one-page Twitter guide, click here.
  • Editor’s Choice repeating Item #2 from Regina, social media guru: Do you want to post on WiVLA's Facebook page? Click here for a short tutorial with easy-to-read instructions and images. Many thanks to Regina!
  • Stay tuned for upcoming events!                                                      

Please send in your news by the 20th of each month - art exhibits, literary works, news, etc. -  for inclusion in the following month’s newsletter to newsletter@wivla.org.
  • Josena Arquieta completed her Certificate of Achievement in Painting at the Glassell School of Art and was awarded her Certificate on May 19. This program involves 96 credit hours in a variety of art classes with a specialization in one area and finishes with a mentorship under one of the Glassell instructors. Congratulations, Josena! Click here and here to see photos of Josena at the Glassell event and with her art.
  • Sylvia Cooper announces the publication of the second part of her memoir Better Out Than In Part II. She continues the story of her journey to freedom and while not an easy one, the journey shows there can be a happy ending for victims of domestic science. See the cover and book jacket text  here
  • Luisa Duarte was one of the participants at the recent Fresh Arts Artist INC Presentation Night. Artist INC is an eight-week program that includes the business of art, goal-setting, technology and social media, networking and small group interaction. Twenty-two artists were chosen for this inaugural eight weeks, and they each presented their art journey to the audience on May 17. Let’s all hope Fresh Arts will repeat this program yearly or twice yearly. The website: http://www.artistinckc.com/artist-inc-programs/m-aaa/houston  gives details about Artist INC in general, and details about the Kansas City program.  Luisa, an architect by training, said, “Ideas are like fireflies…sometimes you capture them.” She spoke of her art journey, beginning in watercolor, then mixed media, but when she got to printmaking, “it was love at first etch!”  Monotypes with deconstruction and construction of shapes led to small sculptures, which has brought her back to using watercolor again. Also, Luisa painted a 24-foot portion of the 800-foot Art Wall in the Sawyer Yards campus. To see a photo of Luisa, click here and the event, click here. Congratulations to Luisa!  http://www.luisa-duarte.com/
  • Denise Bossarte has published her photography in a series of books of Copyright Free images on Amazon.com. The Do Your Art Your Way series of books is for the collage artist, mixed media artist, crafter, or SoulCollage® card maker who wants to include beautiful copyright free images in their art. Each book contains dozens of original images, with each image on its own page. No worries about cutting out these images to use for your art! Each of the images comes in a large and small version, so you can use them in your larger or smaller works. Check out more on the books at www.doyourartyourway.com.
  • Social media tutorials and fact sheets by Regina Vitolo Mader are under the NEWS heading. Many thanks to Regina for clear and concise advice!
  • Editor’s Note: We know a lot of you are showing your work and getting articles and books published, so we ask you to send the information to newsletter@WiVLA.org by the 20th of each month. We want to support you and come to your openings and readings; timely info to the newsletter gets the word to members and their friends and contacts.

~ Editor's Emphasis: Please be sure and read the Visual Art section below. June Russell sent two important notices about upcoming shows and competitions. I'm repeating a couple of announcements.

~ Margo Toombs writes: "I am co-hosting deep listening circles at the Jung Center the 2nd and 4th Thursdays of each month for the next 3 months - 6:00-7:30 pm. Imagine talking without being interrupted. Listening without feeling the need to fix the speaker. It's emotionally refreshing. It's a gift. And it is free. Let me know if you are interested in being on our email list." You can reach Margo at bboop7@flash.net. You can read an introduction to deep listening circles here.

~ Inprint opens its doors at 1520 West Main on the first Friday of every month from 9 am to 12 noon for a writing cafe. Any and all writers looking for a pleasant morning space in which to write are welcome. For information, click here.  Be sure and use the link to confirm the Friday availability. A few Fridays in 2017 are blocked due to other schedules.

WriteSpace is offering several workshops in June and continuing into the summer. For pricing, registration and more information, go to the WriteSpace website or contact them. Please see the WriteSpace website for details.

~ Public Poetry  announces a marvelous month of events in June. 
Of particular interest is the PM Show on Saturday, June 24 at Rudyard's Pub with poets and musicians. The website has a good write-up about the show and details about tickets and other events. http://www.publicpoetry.net/2016/10/pm-show/

~ Events and upcoming shows are noted on the Visual Arts Alliance (VAA) helpful website at http://visualartsalliance.org/

~  From Cori Austin -- Creative Mornings Houston: Every month, creative people gather at a designated place for a program designed to inspire and entertain. There is time for networking, visiting, meeting new people, and having some kind of morning food and drink. I've been three times. Each time has been totally different, but the common denominator (I am a math teacher, by the way), is always interesting people having interesting conversations. To join, sign up for the Houston newsletter at https://creativemornings.com/cities/hou. It’s always on a Friday morning and begins at 8:30 am. The location changes each time. 

~ Member Debbie Blumberg writes, "I'm the founder and co-president of the new Texas Chapter of the American Society of Journalists and Authors, ASJA, and would love to grow our group. Founded in 1948, ASJA is the nation's professional organization of independent nonfiction writers. Our membership consists of nearly 1,200 freelance writers of magazine articles, trade books, and many other forms of nonfiction writing. Professional writers are able to apply to join. In Texas, we're planning several events, networking and career development opportunities. ASJA also has an amazing yearly conference in New York. Anyone interested can contact me for more information - deborah.blumberg@gmail.com.

~ The newsletter editor suggests you check out the Houston Writers Guild webpage for useful links, workshops, contests, critique circles, advertising opportunities, and news about their April conference. The conference schedule is well-rounded and explores many topics. Good info can be found at http://www.houstonwritersguild.org

~  3rd Coast Books is now accepting fiction and non-fiction submissions in seven genres. Please go to: www.3rdcoastbooks.com

~ Art Houston is a new local magazine dedicated to all types of art and they are seeking articles. For general submission guidelines, contact the publisher at Art Houston.

~  Writers will find an abundance of resources on this new website created by writing coach Joan Dempsey.

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).

~ June Russell, one of the visual art co-chairs, points all artists to A Smith Gallery's call for submissions for “black/white:  charcoal/snowy, onyx/ivory, pitch/clear, ebony/alabaster, coal/pearly ....’’ The gallery is in Johnson City TX; the show has fees and cash prizes; and a deadline until June 19th. The link to the Call for Entries is http://asmithgallery.com/main-gallery-call-for-entry/

~ Also from June Russell: TPS NATIONAL PHOTOGRAPHY AWARD   We are super excited to debut a new award program, the TPS National Photography Award, for artists residing in the United States who have a consistent body of photographic work. The recipient will be awarded a $2,000 cash prize; a solo exhibition at a confirmed Participating Space during FotoFest 2018 in Houston, Texas; a solo exhibition at the Louise Hopkins Underwood Center for the Arts in Lubbock, Texas; and international exposure in the photo community! Additionally, up to 10 “Finalists” may be selected. Jurors for the award are Martina Lopez, Professor of Photography at the University of Notre Dame, and Andrew Kensett, Assistant Curator at the Center for Creative Photography. 
   This call is open to all subject matter, aesthetic approaches, and photographic processes. Two-dimensional work is preferred, and submissions from artists of all levels are encouraged. You do not need to be a member of the Texas Photographic Society to enter this competition (read more about TPS member benefits). However, current TPS members will receive a discounted entry fee. The deadline for entry is June 23, 2017. So, submit your work today! The entry info can be found at http://texasphoto.org/photography-award

~ Archway Gallery has an important link on their website: Call for Artists for their annual juried show later this year. The deadline is approaching in early July. Click here to go to the website.

~ Also at Archway: Upcoming exhibits include the Empty Bowls fundraiser. See the website. Click here.

~ The Houston Center for Contemporary Craft, 4848 Main Street, Houston TX 77002, will be the location of the Empty Bowls event on June 3 from 11:00 am to 3:00 pm. This fundraiser supports the Houston Food Bank. For a minimum $25 donation, attendees have the pleasure of selecting a bowl from hundreds of one-of-a-kind, hand-crafted bowls donated by Houston area ceramists and craft artists, then receive a simple lunch of soup donated by Whole Foods Market and freshly prepared by Houston Food Bank Community Kitchen. Pottery and woodturning demonstrations and live music will be featured. The empty bowls serve as a reminder of all the empty bowls in our community and around the world.

~Editor's Choice to repeat this notice. The "painting" day part of the program is in June. Member Rona Lesser sends a notice about Breast Strokes: Hadassah Bares All for A.R.T. -- Awareness, Research, and Treatment. This is a unique artistic opportunity with a breast cancer fundraiser. A page with information is here.

~ Fraction Magazine is an online venue dedicated to contemporary and fine art photography. It brings together diverse bodies of work by established and emerging artists from around the globe.They accept submissions from new and emerging photographers.

~ FreshArts, of which we are members, has many opportunities for artists listed on their website - check it out!

~ 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 entry 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).
~ Words & Art, a series of events facilitated by Mary Wemple at the now-closed Rice University Art Galley, is moving to CAMH. Mary writes: “I'm excited to announce the next Words & Art events at the CAMH. The new exhibit is called “A Better Yesterday’’ and is in the basement of the museum. There are three solo shows, and we will be looking at JooYoung Choi's work, the space with the big red dinosaur.’’ Here are the dates for the upcoming events: Words & Art - Writing Workshop - Free Saturday July 22, 1:00-2:00 pm; Deadline to submit Saturday August 12, midnight; Words & Art - Reading Thursday August 24 6:30-7:30 pm. More information about visiting the CAMH: http://camh.org/about/visit
~ Gulf Coast: A Journal of Literature and Fine Arts announces its 2017 contests and awards. The literary journal was founded at the University of Houston and holds an annual event with cash awards to the winners and publication opportunities. Please click "Contests" on their web page for full information and submission guidelines. http://www.gulfcoastmag.org

~ Narrative 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.

~ Poets & Writers has a great database of conferences and residencies for writers. Check it out.
~ 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

Renew Membership Now
Make 2017 your opportunity for creative encouragement and support by renewing your membership to WiVLA. This year promises to be outstanding in programs, writing and visual art opportunities, and friendships with interesting and creative women. Keep your membership current by renewing today! You can do it easily online: http://wivla.org/membership.htm or download a membership form and send a check to WiVLA, P.O. Box 130406, Houston, TX 77219-0406.

You can also renew at the June meeting. To facilitate this, please print the information form and fill it out ahead of time so you don't miss the opportunity to visit friends before the meeting! If you are a new member who joined at the end of 2016 (September through December), your membership will run through the entire year of 2017.
If you shop at Randall's, tie your account to WiVLA (#5341).  You can do this at the customer service counter once, and from then on, WiVLA will benefit every time you shop!

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

Upcoming Events

WiVLA Outing to the
Cistern in Buffalo Bayou Park

Sunday, June 11
12:00 noon tour

Please see article for
instructions to reserve a ticket.

WiVLA Monthly Meeting
"Fly Dance Company"
presentation by member
Kathy Wood

Tuesday, June 20
5:45 Gather and Mingle
6:15 Short Business Mtg
6:30 Program Begins

Archway Gallery
2305 Dunlavy
Houston TX 77006

June 15
Be sure and check the Renewal article for submission deadline.

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President - Cori Austin       

Vice President - Lilibeth Andre

Secretary - Lee Steiner

Treasurer - Lane Devereux      
Membership - Zita Giraldo and Kristine Rivers

Communications -  Mary Ramain

Social Media - Regina Vitolo Mader
Programs - Lillian Tharp              

Newsletter - Kay McStay          

Visual Arts - Dune Tencer and June Russell

Literary Arts - Karleen Koen and Mary Harlan

At-Large - Josena Arquieta  and Tayyba Kanwal

Historian - Judy Shamp

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