June 2018

June Meeting, June 19th – Valerie Ramirez
Valerie Ramirez, body painter, will be our next program presenter.  Imagine a costume that is painted on, instead of worn! She will bring a model and actually do body painting for our meeting. Here is a link to her facebook photo site: https://www.facebook.com/visual.bodyart/photos
FYI: The model may be semi-nude. Come early to mingle and look for a collaboration partner if you still need one. And don’t forget dinner after the meeting at Brasil’s.
Archway Gallery  
2305 Dunlavy, Houston TX 77006
5:45 – 6:15  Mix and Mingle
6:15 – 6:30  Short business meeting
6:30 – 7:30  Valerie Ramirez, Body Painter
7:30 -  Dinner at Brasil’s (dutch-treat) after we pick up the meeting area at Archway. Brazil's is on the corner of Dunlavy and Westheimer -- an easy walk from the gallery.

President's Message: Ah!!! Summer!!!
“What are you doing this summer?” I’ve heard this question all over town from friends and acquaintances. As school comes to a close, my teacher friends tell each other their plans. “Sleeping!” “Relaxing!” “Reading!” We teachers nod knowingly.  Recharging. It’s how we continue teaching year after year, giving ourselves time to recover after a challenging ten months. 
   Like any other profession, creativity comes with its own stresses. Writer’s block, lack of energy, the blank white canvas, the notes that don’t make a song…stuck. What do you do when you encounter these kinds of situations?  How do you feed the parts of you that need sustenance? 
   A friend of mine who has just moved her studio, created a new studio, and come off a busy and difficult spring of art shows and sales, says she feels zapped, her energy is low, and she feels like she has lost some of her passion. I think what her body is telling her is that she’s tired. Sometimes we have to listen to our bodies, not the voices in our heads. Are you the kind that just tries to muscle through those tough times (that would be me)? Perhaps a different tack, a gentler one, some time for self-care. Where’s that book you’ve wanted to read for the past year? Lunch and a museum visit with friends may soothe the rough patches that are irritating you. And there’s always a massage to loosen those tight, tense shoulders. Exercise in any form is an option. Maybe you can start a new yoga class or Zumba dance that will reawaken you from the doldrums.
   Maybe it’s just good old sleep that you need.
   Why not take a class in something related to your creative avenue - something which tiptoes from behind that will jumpstart your imagination and catch that stuck blob inside of you by surprise. That type of action can light a new fire, or blow your creative embers into a beautiful flame again. An instructor whose work you admire can often do the same; sometimes we just need to see more possibilities and out-of-the-box work. There are so many online classes available, even online delving into the spirituality of art is out there. For example, Soul Collage comes to mind with its path to dig deeper into the images we create to find out what they mean to us. The podcast “Magic Lessons” by Elizabeth Gilbert may give you some ideas for setting specific goals for yourself. http://magiclessons.libsyn.com/  It helps its participants move into something new – whether the courage to write and send it out, or even how to get into podcasting with one’s photography. 
   Try something in a completely new genre – dance, new music, poetry readings, writing if you are a visual artist, painting if you are a literary artist. Visual journaling is an interesting way to dig deeper into feelings and find out what is behind the images that you use. I can’t say enough about cross-fertilization. After all, that’s how we feed our collaborations. In a recent issue of Art Houston, p. 38-39 https://issuu.com/johnbernhard/docs/arthouston6 , there is an article entitled “Cross Pollination” by Jill Boyles, with the highlighted subtitle of  “Photography Energized My Writing.” 
   Speaking of cross-pollination, do you have your collaboration partner yet? If not, you can join us on Saturday, June 16, 2:00 – 3:45 pm at Mendenhall Community Center for a smaller version of speed- dating similar to the activity at the May meeting.  Or, think of someone you might have met at a WiVLA meeting lately and send her an email. Info@wivla.org or membership@wivla.org can share members’ emails with each other. 
    Cori Austin
WiVLA Poetry Reading
at LaPorte Community Library
LaPorte Library invites us to be their guests as they open their Adult Summer Reading Program! Look through your poetry files and join other WiVLA writers as we read one of our own poems to an appreciative audience. Plan on about 4 minutes of reading time. We have time for 12 readers, so send your response as soon as you can.  
Date:  Saturday, June 9, 2018
Time:  10:30 - 11:30 am
Place:  LaPorte Community Library, 600 S. Broadway  77571 (about 30 min. from central Houston such as 77002). Carpooling is a definite possibility for those who want to share rides. If you can drive, please indicate that in your acceptance to this opportunity, along with your phone number and zip code, and the number of extra riders you can take. If you need a ride, please indicate so, along with your phone number and zip code.  
   We’ll put together a list and you can call someone who lives near you or someone you can meet at a mutually agreeable place. Also please consider going out for lunch together after the reading (completely optional, but always fun!). Questions:  email Gladys Bullock gmbullockcommunication@yahoo.com  or info@wivla.org 
Have you found your S P A C E collaboration partner yet? If not, join us on Saturday, June 16, at Mendenhall Community Center, 1414 Wirt Road (Spring Branch) from 2:00 – 3:45 pm. We’ll gather and, depending on how many members attend, either set it up as a speed-dating visit, or we’ll share by going around the circle. Bring examples of your work to show, read, or perform (photos are fine), and a notebook for taking notes and emails. If you have business cards, these facilitate the process. If you came to the first speed-dating meeting but still are looking for a partner, please join us. We are looking forward to visiting with you!
Please rsvp only if you are coming:  info@wivla.org
Click here for a page of helpful hints about speed-dating. 

   Is  it the final frontier?
   Is it inner space or out there space?
   Does it describe a particular area?
   Whatever it means to you, find a collaborator and have a creative and enjoyable experience! This collaboration will be hung and presented at the Houston Public Library central building in downtown Houston in November and December. If you’ve never done a collaboration, it’s usually a written work created to match an art piece. So start thinking about ideas. Specific information and a prospectus will be forthcoming soon.
   WiVLA is well known for its collaborative events. Very few other organizations offer a such a unique venture. Please consider this opportunity! The growth of each artist and the pure pleasure of the working time together will be unforgettable.
   What is a collaboration? It is an exhibition which ties together two artistic avenues, often writing and visual art, and they are presented together. The creatives meet several times and discuss the path they would like to take to expand the theme (in this case, S P A C E) into a piece of visual art that connects to a written piece. Or, performance art could be one of the avenues. The partners decide how they want to complete the project, each doing 100% of her own part or combining both partners into both avenues, if desired. Here is a video of two of our members discussing their 2016 collaboration: https://youtu.be/KYj9lftuJJ8
     Working together, a collaboration becomes greater than the two artists. A third presence is awoken -- one of connection and spirit.
    Please see the article in this issue about another Speed-Dating opportunity on Saturday, June 16th.
    Our webmistress has been ill, so we do not have the Intent to Submit form on the website yet.  However, here is the Prospectus so you know the specifications and calendar regarding the Collaboration show:  https://gallery.mailchimp.com/e19e299c428ff7d50d4c424d4/files/86c27829-13cf-4c5a-8407-651744d1a04c/prospectus3w_no_links.pdf

S P A C E Collaborations as of June 1, 2018 
(W=writer, A=artist)
Kathleen Merritt W and Judy Shamp A
Susan Salter A and Emily Wagner W
Margo Stutts Toombs W and Aimee Ismaela A
Margo Stutts Toombs W and Habibah Haugstad A
Mary Riggs Ramain A and Cori Austin W
Lane Devereux A and Kay McStay W
When you establish your collaboration partner, please email Cori at info@wivla.org so we can keep an ongoing list and help others who are searching for collaboration partners. Please see Members NEWS for collaborator requests.




WiVLA Members’ Works Archived at
U of H by Leigh Owen
WiVLA members at the Honors College at UH for the White Glove Salon (L to R) Cori Austin, Janet Reynolds, Zita Giraldo, Judith Shamp, Lee Steiner, Gretchen Havens, Lane Devereux, Melody Locke, Lilibeth Andre, and Leigh Owen (not pictured Jere Pfister).
 WiVLA was well represented at a special event at the University of Houston MD Anderson Library with the attendance of Lilibeth Andre, Cori Austin, Lane Devereux, Zita Giraldo, Gretchen Havens, Melody Locke, Jere Pfister, Janet Reynolds, Judith Shamp, and Lee Steiner.
   In advance of the April 18, 2018 White Glove Salon, the university invited selected artists and writers from three organizations (Houston Book Arts Guild, Houston Calligraphy Guild, and Women in the Visual and Literary Arts) to take a special tour of the University of Houston Rare Books Collections archives. This tour allowed them to examine rare books, artist’s books, and artifacts that inspired them to create their own one-of-a-kind pieces. On view were book structures, calligraphy, poetry, a paper doll, and even a ceramic tribute created by some of the artists and writers. READ FULL ARTICLE and SIDEBARS HERE. See lovely pictures of the event and art works HERE.
Member Profile: Judith Shamp by Kay McStayMagicicada by Judy Shamp - Fine Arts Fashion Award, Textiles and Costume Institute of MFA, Houston TX
***Kay McStay, newsletter editor, had the great joy of visiting with Judith Shamp, long-time WiVLA member and current member of the board in the office of historian, at her studio in her home. Here is a profile of Judy and her artistic life and work. Phrases and sentences in italics are quotations from Judy.***
   Picture a young girl of ten years busy with 4-H projects especially sewing and food preservation. Picture that her resourcefulness and ingrained work ethic blossom, and it soon becomes apparent to her that “making things and art” and “using everything” will become hallmarks of her life. Judy finds it extraordinarily satisfying to piece patterns and use scraps, thread, and trims to make a beautiful garment. She realizes that her contentment grows and she expresses herself when she uses what is “at hand,” and she allows time, her senses and intuitions, and artistic and emotional energy to guide her work.
   Now, time-travel through the years and enter Judith Shamp’s studio in her home in Houston and see the creative work area she has made to hold her many and varied materials. Fabrics, trims, small gadgets, precious stones and buttons, colorful inks, sparkling do-dads, household materials such as plastics and clips and recycled items, handmade papers, visual images cut from all types of photos and periodicals, and more -- hundreds more items -- that spark her interest are here. They await her time and her patience to play with designs, to define a motif or theme, to lead her to creative works using many mediums and dimensions. READ FULL ARTICLE and SEE MORE IMAGES HERE.

May Meeting fills Archway Gallery. Eager WiVLA members Speed-Date to find a collaboration partner for S P A C E.  Having a limited amount of time – just five minutes – made participants move quickly through their sharing, often with “Not ready!” when the timekeeper moved them on. It’s hard for us to describe and show ourselves in less than three minutes! But then another person moved into the chair and conversations began anew. At the end of the meeting, some partnerships were already in place while other participants were mulling over potential partners in their heads. It was a fun meeting to meet a wide variety of members and an excellent turnout with members and several guests. 

  • Although the deadline for submissions is past, it's still a good idea to be in touch with this year's Houston Poetry Fest. Find them on Facebook or at www.houstonpoetryfest.com  Thanks to Billie Duncan for the festival notice.
  • Jane Mulholland again points out the information for the Houston Writers Guild (HWG). The Guild has a great website at www.houstonwritersguild.org. Along with a newsletter and blog, the site showcases upcoming events, in particular the Spring Series of workshops, critique groups, contests, and webinars.
  • October -- Houston History Alliance project for October – more info coming soon.

Please send in your news by the 23th of each month - art exhibits, literary works, news, etc. -  for inclusion in the following month’s newsletter to newsletter@wivla.org.
  • Collaboration partner wanted:​  Jody T. Morse writes: "Speculative Poet and Fiction Writer (SPFW) seeks a collaborator willing to tell a story of the strange and otherworldly with me. Let’s step outside of the norm to play on the hem of spacial reality. Is your muse feeling this imaginatively frisky? Contact me via jthavenwriter@gmail.com. Thanks!" 
  • WiVLA members staffed a table at the recent Boldface Writers' Conference at the University of Houston. Many, many thanks to Jane Chance and Zita Giraldo!
  • Debbie Blumberg wants to call our attention to her recently published article. "It's an essay I wrote for my college [Wellesley College] alumnae magazine about Hurricane Harvey and finding a sense of home." The link for the article in the Wellesley Magazine is here at  "Waters Rising"
  • 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 25th 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.

The Glassell School of Art is proud to present a series of exhibitions at the Kinder Morgan Building in downtown Houston. The series features artworks by Studio School faculty and students, highlighting the depth and variety of courses that the Glassell School offers. For more information on this exhibition series, contact glassell@mfah.org or 713.639.7500.

~ Sharing an opportunity: June 7-9, 2018 24th Annual CWA Writers Conference. The CWA (Cat Writers' Association, Inc.) is a professional organization of writers, authors, journalists, bloggers, illustrators and other communicators with a special interested in cats. Our annual conference goes beyond the genre, though, to offer sessions that educate and appeal to writers of any topic, from nonfiction to fiction. We're holding a give-away of one (1) free registration--a $159 value--to the conference. I hope you will feel this is something you can share with your members. Details are on this page of the website:
Please do not hesitate to contact me with any questions.
903-868-1022, Amy Shojai, www.SHOJAI.com

~ Many artists and writers point to the excellent website for Public Poetry monthly events and call for submissions and contests. Of special interests are notices about contest winners, readings at Brazos Bookstore and in the Library Series throughout the month. Click the blue link for PP's great web page.   http://www.publicpoetry.net   

~Also, the Fuente Collective is sponsoring writing events this summrt. Find them at www.fuenteco.com  

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

~ Archway Gallery has a great website: Click here to go to the website. Monthly exhibits and special events including the popular Figure Drawing Sessions, Latenight Pie, Wine and Art Dinners and great monthly exhibits.

~Texas Accountants and Lawyers for the Arts (TALA) has a good website at www.talarts.org and it lists the events and workshops that they sponsor. 
Texas Accountants and Lawyers for the Arts was formed in 1979 to meet the legal and accounting needs of artists and art nonprofit organizations across the State of Texas. TALA volunteers throughout Texas handle more than 250 matters per year. In 2016, TALA began serving inventors in the Patent Pro Bono Program.

~ Houston Art Alliance site http://houstonartsalliance.com/

~ 14 Pews located at 800 Aurora Street, Houston TX 77009 is a space for cultural events, theater, films, readings, and more. Visit them at this site
Literary Events -- Call for Entries
Inclusion in this list does not indicate endorsement by WiVLA. We recommend you research each contest and opportunity and contact the sponsor(s).
Call for entries for the Aesthetica Creative Writing Award.  This creative writing award is a platform for emerging and established poets and writers to showcase their work to an international audience. There are two categories: Poetry and short fiction. Entries are open until August 31. http://www.aestheticamagazine.com/cwa 

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.

"One of the Writer's Digest 101 Best Websites for Writers" is www.winningwriters.com. Inspiring stories of writing success and competition information.

Kallisto Gaia Press presents: 1) The 2018 Julia Darling Memorial Poetry Prize. A prize of $750.00 and publication in The Ocotillo Review Winter 2019 will be awarded for a poem of up to 65 lines. Submit up to three poems of no more than 65 lines each with a $20.00 entry fee by August 20, 2018. All entries will be considered for publication. All entrants will receive a copy of the journal containing the prize winning poem. Carrie Fountain will judge. A portion of any revenue generated will be donated to Cancer Research at  M. D. Anderson Hospital. See www.kallistogaiapress.org for details.
    2)The 2018 Chester B. Himes Memorial Short Fiction Prize
A prize of $750.00 and publication in The Ocotillo Review Winter 2019 will be awarded for a short story. Submit one story of less than 4200 words with a $20.00 entry fee by August 20, 2018. All entries will be considered for publication. All entrants will receive a copy of the journal containing the winning story. Antonio Ruiz-Camacho will judge. A portion of any revenue generated will be donated to the Michael J. Fox Foundation for Parkinson's Research. See www.kallistogaiapress for details.

3rd Coast Books is now accepting fiction and non-fiction submissions in several genres. Please go to: www.3rdcoastbooks.com to find out more about this innovative and commercial publisher.
Visual Events -- Call for Entries
Inclusion in this list does not indicate endorsement by WiVLA. We recommend you research each contest and opportunity and contact the sponsor(s).

FreshArts, of which we are members, has many opportunities for artists listed on their website here. Their motto is "Where Art Meets Opportunity" -- a cousin or sibling of WiVLA's  mission.
Webster Presbyterian Church is seeking entries for an exhibit entitled Holy Places/Sacred Spaces. Here is a link to a document from the organizer. It's four pages of information and contains the prospectus and forms. Member Rona Lesser forwarded the original email about this event. If you want to see the original email, please contact her at ronalesser@gmail.com. 
Rona Lesser shares the artsy.net site with WiVLA. It's a fascinating commercial art site and its magazine is particularly engrossing with a variety of articles such as a recent one, "This New Website Is Offering Free Art Lessons from Professors and Artists." Check it out at this link. Click the Magazine button to scroll through the latest articles.

Check out the great website for Artadia. The group has an impressive mission statement and is sponsoring a call for entries for financial awards in the Houston area. Click website: www.artadia.org and be sure and scroll to information about Houston competition.

CaFE for Artists is the leading online application and adjudication system for managing calls for entry. The website is www.callforentry.org   This is a stunning collection of news and opportunities.
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Please forward WiVLA Voices to all your friends who might be interested in WiVLA. BRING A FRIEND TO OUR NEXT MEETING!

The editor acknowledges and thanks the site pixabay for free images by johnhain and mysticartdesign.

Upcoming Events

WiVLA Poetry Reading
LaPorte Community Library

Saturday, June 9, 2018
10:30 to 11:30 am
600 S. Broadway
LaPorte TX 77571
See article in this issue.

WiVLA Monthly Meeting
Valerie Ramirez, Body Painter
Tuesday, June 19, 2018
Gather: 5:45 pm
Archway Gallery
2305 Dunlavy
Houston TX 77006

WiVLA hosts another
Speed-dating Event 
Saturday, June 16, 2018
T. Mendenhall Community Center
1414 Wirt Road
2:00 to 3:45 pm
Ample parking is available.

Click here for helpful page
about speed dating.

WIVLA Monthly Meeting
Tuesday, July 17th
Archway Gallery
2305 Dunlavy
Houston TX 77006

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