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LETTER FROM THE
Wow! Circle of
Five is so energizing. I had a great time at our February
meeting visiting each group and learning what many of you are
doing. I wish I had been able to hear everyone's
for Mixed Messages is done, thanks to the hard work of our
visual and literary co-chairs, Michele Zacks, Donna Durbin,
Leah Lax, and Pat Morgan. Piyali Dasgupta and June Russell
also made important contributions. If you get a chance, thank
them for the fine job they did. The prospectus is included in
this newsletter and will be posted on the website soon.
The ECO Fund
application is also included in this month's newsletter. If
you did not see the article last month, you will want to check
out this month's. Everyone who has been a member for two
continuous years is eligible and encouraged to apply,
excepting past winners.
Next month, we
get to try our hand at Zentangles. Be sure to read the article
and find out the materials needed to get the most from this
mini-workshop. We will meet in the gallery, so come early to
get good seating.
letting me know what your BIG ideas are and what you want from
WiVLA so I can pass the information on to the board. Our board
members are talented, motivated, and interested in making a
difference for WiVLA.
thank you for your support.
is springing! To me, this truly feels like the start of the
new year. January 1 seems, to me at least, like an arbitrary
day to mark another journey around the sun.
flowers, new baby animals... new tank tops and flip flops.
Yes, this is my kind of new year.
I hope you all
have a "happy new year!" Try to get outside and read a book,
or crack open the windows and spend the afternoon painting
before the dog days of summer arrive.
to a creative and productive month!
MEETING - FEBRUARY 21______________________
members participated in the ever-popular Circle of Five
meeting. Thank you to all the members who presented!
MEMBERSHIP MEETING - MARCH
Please join us, relax and unwind with Judy Lehman's
presentation and introduction to Zentangles. Judy
has kit available if you are interested in purchasing
them from her.
There are two kit options. The
first option is $4.50. That includes 2 official
tiles, a micron pen, and #2 pencil. This is Judy's
option for the best results. Her second option is $4.00
and that includes everything above except you get one less
tile. She says the "kits are
If you did not get to sign up for a kit at
the last meeting, you can still get one by placing an order
with Rebecca Kveton, who will pass
it on to Judy. Please bring your payment to the
meeting. If you choose to bring your own materials,
you will need a 01 micron pen, #2 pencil, and
two 4" x 4" pieces of smooth, heavy paper. You are going
to enjoy our hands-on presentation.
afterwards, "Dutch Treat," at Cafe Express for dinner and
the gift of
2011 AWARDS FUNDS
you to Chris Cassady, who recently donated to the Awards
Campaign Fund at the Patron level. We are happy to add him to
our Honor Roll of Donors.
OFFERS SPECIAL OPPORTUNITY TO
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to $15 to WiVLA for every auto and homeowners insurance quote
we request from agent Eileen Collins from March 1, 2012 - May
31, 2012. There is no obligation to purchase insurance. We can
earn as much as $1,000 for every 66 inquiries. If every WiVLA
member participated and got another friend to participate
also, WiVLA could receive over $4,000 from this program. That
would pay for next year's ECO awards and Gold Key
For more information, or to get a
quote, please contact Eileen Collins at 281-320-1181 ext.
59053 or click to email Eileen. You can also contact me
by emailing to Lane.
We'd like to
know your True Colors. This new column will
allow members to share some of their special details
so we can all find new ways to connect with each other.
If you'd like to put you True
Colors in the WiVLA paintbox, click here for the questions and
colors. Answer 4 or 5 of them, and submit to Corry Austin at
email@example.com. They will be submitted to the newsletter
as they are received.
Introducing... Leah Lax, our new
Crimson: Where are you from and
how did you get here? (can be taken literally or
I grew up on the edge of Dallas,
the child of an insular Jewish immigrant family; I could eat
borscht, tongue and pickled herring, speak 'Texan' and ride a
Sap Green: How did art discover
you or you discover art? Describe your art journey up to this
My artist mother put a paintbrush
in my hand when I was four, fully expecting that I would
follow her course and be like her. I loved and breathed art
for years, but had other plans.
Violet: What is your creativity
routine? How do you manage your art time mixed with your other
activities? When are you most creative? Is there anything that
you do that has solved a problem for you (artistically or time
Routine? I am terribly, obsessively
drawn to my writing and can let my life get way out of balance
if I don't watch it.
My most creative times are in the
first waking moments of the morning, that near-fugue state
when ideas flow. As a result, my partner often finds me at the
computer in my pajamas when she gets up.
And yet-the best sort of balance
for me, artistically, has been to pursue other forms of art
that are specifically wordless. For a while, it was painting.
Now I play cello in an amateur chamber group. I think a writer
needs a creative place that is also a refuge from words. We're
always trying to capture wordless things on the page-it's so
necessary to spend time being very open without talk, to be
deeply familiar with purely sensory
Chinese White: What has been
your proudest moment? When did your heart pound out its
absolute strongest beat as you clinched that golden ring?
Details please! Don't be shy.....we are going to enjoy
celebrating this with you - even if it was back in 5th
That would have to be in November
of 2007 when I took my bow on the main stage of Houston's
Wortham Center, together with conductor Patrick Summers and
composer Christopher Theofanidis, the three of us holding
hands. The crowd was standing and cheering. The Houston Grand
Opera had just performed "The Refuge," which I wrote with
Burnt Sienna: Where do you see
yourself in 5 years? 10 years? Farther in the future? Do you
use a particular tool for visualizing your
First, I see myself alive, but I
also try to face aging square on. I think every day of how
brief our time is here, I wake with the thought, and that is a
huge motivator that gets me up and moving.
Someone once asked artist Robert
Rauschenberg when he was going to quit painting. He looked a
little incredulous and said, "When I stop breathing?" For him,
making art was breathing. In five, or ten, years, I hope I'll
be doing exactly what I'm doing now, writing hours every day,
and the desire to be doing just that is a major reason why I'm
so particular about clean and simple food and regular
exercise.True Colors is based on an
activity Rebecca Kveton shared with the board at the January
retreat. Thanks, Rebecca!
"MIXED MESSAGES" PROSPECTUS IS
is time to get busy on Mixed
Messages, the 2012 collaboration show. The event
has a unique twist this year, with the exhibition opening and
the literary occasion taking place at different times. This
solves the problem of gallery noise drowning out the readings,
which we have experienced in the past.
gallery exhibition will be at Betz Gallery from May 4 through
May 12, 2012 and the opening reception will be on May 5. The
readings will take place at WiVLA's regular meeting on June
19, 2012 and will include refreshments, too. When you read the
prospectus, you will see that the June event is open to any
collaboration piece that does not fit in a gallery show. This
could include things like performance art, videos, play
excerpts, or dance performances, in addition to literary
Messages is a chance to let your creativity run wild and have
a wonderful, collegial experience with one to three other
WiVLA members. If you are looking for a collaborator, send a
note to firstname.lastname@example.org. We will maintain a roster and help
people connect with one another.
here to view
here to view entry form.
HOW DOES COLLABORATION
this is your first collaboration, it may be a new idea for
you. How does a WiVLA collaboration work? First, the
participants are individuals who work in different art areas.
A novelist might pair with a sculptor, a dancer might pair
with a photographer, a musician might pair with a painter, or
a watercolorist might pair a playwright. Any combinations of
up to four individual WiVLA members using dissimilar media for
expressing their creativity are welcome.
groups, once assembled, brainstorm to find common interests
related to the exhibition theme and make that the focus of
their project. After selecting the subject matter for their
collaboration, the partners discuss how each person could use
her particular art area to express an idea about it. In this
discussion, the method for the collaboration should emerge.
writer could compose an essay in response to a painting. A
photographer could shoot a photograph that an artist
incorporates into a collage. A dancer could choreograph a
performance based on a poem. A playwright could make a
painting the subject of a drama. A fiber artist and a sculptor
could create a single piece of work that uses both forms. The
options are vast, which is why our collaboration shows have
been so innovative and stimulating.
involved and join the fun!
2012 ECO FUND
We will choose the 2012 ECO Fund award
recipients at the April 17, 2012 program meeting.
Everyone who has been a dues-paying
member for two consecutive years is eligible to apply, except
past winners. Complete your application soon - the deadline is
March 31, 2012.
If you have questions about the 2012
ECO Fund awards, please email me at Lane.
Click here to view the
submissions by the 20th of the month to
email@example.com. Members may submit up
to 5 entries. Submissions must be for this month's
prompt only. Visual art will need to be submitted
in digital format as a .jpeg image. Literary art
must be submitted in .doc format and can be no longer than 2
pages. This is not a contest - all
submissions will be published for everyone to
Click here to check out February's art
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Morgan's book, Angel Tracks, has been picked
up by All Things That Matter Press and will be out next
year. Her play, an adaptation of Goldilocks,
will open April 2nd and will run in Houston- and Dallas-area
theaters and will tour Texas schools. Her short play,
My Sister Kathleen, will be included in Theater
Southwest's reading series on March 13th.
Russell's Fotofest show, "Natural Beauties: Color
Field", will open at Betz Gallery,
1208 W. Gray, on Sat.
March 24th from 6-9pm. The show will run for a month.
Devereux has three quilts on exhibition in the
Tri-County Quilt Guild Quilt Show at the Berry Center, 8877
Barker-Cypress Road in Cypress on March 2 - March 3. Her
exhibited quilts are Angel
and an untitled liturgical stole.
Dasgupta's artwork can be seen in 'Shilpa,' a group
show curated by Linda Kelsey Jones at Walker Gallery in San
Marcos, Texas. It will remain open until March 4th,
Ann Stelljes' memoir
'Reaching for God With Feet in the Air' has been
accepted for publication by Telling Our Stories Press for
their Ultra-Short Memoir Project. Publication date TBD.
Linda would like to thank WiVLA for including the link
to this memoir project in the previous newsletter.
Perry English juried into the Galveston Art League
Winter Exhibit in February with 2 photos.
She is exhibiting Photography/Digital Art and poetry,
"Seashells and Contemporary Reflections," at
Tommy's Restaurant in Clear Lake through March. Lauran
maintains an ongoing ocean-oriented exhibit at Island Art
, is now on display at Watson and
Huff Gallery in Kingwood, Texas.
Sally Stubbs has three exhibits
opening in March. Opening receptions will be held on March 15
at the Art Institute of Houston-North, March 23
at Gallery at m-Architects, and March 24 at Betz Art
Claudia Kleefeld will
be featured in a solo exhibit at the Woman Made Gallery in
Chicago. Her exhibit, entitled Patterns of Nature: The
Spiral and Interconnectedness, will be on display
March 2 - April 26,
Diana Weeks play, A Stubborn
Woman, will be read at 7 pm on Monday, April 2, 2012 at
Stages Theatre with a talk-back after. Diana urges all
WIVLA members to come to this free reading, to please
stay for the Q and A, and to ask interesting questions! This
is the play that Diana's 2010 ECO Fund literary award
supported and she is anxious for WiVLA members to see the
news you'd like to share? Send an email by the 20th of the
JOIN PUBLIC POETRY FOR THE LAST
READING IN THE WINTER
Public Poetry and the Houston Public Library
partner to present readings by local poets at the Park Place
Regional Library. The last reading of the winter series is
Saturday, March 3, at 2 pm. For more information, visit http://publicpoetry.net.
GOOD BARS TO DRAW, WRITE OR
THE REEDER COLUMN
Labrador ("THE LAB")
4100 Montrose @
Richmond, Phone: 713-529-1199
Intro?! I'm a busy woman, preoccupied with manic
multitasking. So, what exactly am I doing with my "spare"
time? I don't always use mine well, but I loosen up my
creative tangle and get myself back on track with a trip to
the bar. Sounds counterintuitive? Well, read on!
I'm a regular at The Black Lab (fondly called "THE LAB"), I
confess. The Lab bartenders make good conversation and it's a
small bar that stokes interesting conversations with
customers, too. This is the Montrose area, after all. Plus,
you get good unobtrusive service, and there's no waiting for
refills or a check. Convenience is also a factor. There's
plenty of parking (the free lot in back is opened on
nights/weekends), and the pharmacy and grocery stores are a
few blocks north along Montrose, with quick access to I-59 or
I-10. I got my creative ideas down and went on my way.
eats?! Sure, these are good eats. They're heavy,
British pub style, too, and fairly expensive. I'd stick with
the spinach-artichoke dip for nibbles conducive to the
artistic and literary goal. Or take a writing break with the
soup-salad combo (full size for both). The LAB could use a few
new appetizers, but they don't change much. The advantage is,
this is one of the few bars that stays the same: you won't see
a TV (per the owner, never) and they'll probably have jazz
playing on low volume.
zone?! I rate this bar at 8/10. The bar stools are
comfortable and the 'tender will plug in your laptop. I find
the hum of voices soothing, except at peak times (Friday or
Saturday dinner hour) or when there's a birthday party going
on. The tables tend to be more crowded, less comfy, and you
have to locate one near a plug (if desired). There's a
fireplace for cold/damp Houston winter nights, and they use
is the epitome of the neighborhood bar and an outstanding
place to take a deep breath from the busy day and to write
prose, update the sketchbook, or read my
HOUSTON INDIE BOOK
the date for the Houston Indie Book Festival,
Saturday, April 14th from 11:00 am - 5:00 pm at the Menil
WiVLA is proud to be a participant at
the festival and will host an exhibitor table with information
about our organization. The table will be available to
members who have published books they want to sell.
join WiVLA and local independent booksellers for a lovely day
of readings, children's activities, and panel discussions in
For more information about selling
your books, contact Jennifer Watson via email.
PLEASE "LIKE" US
you know WiVLA has a Facebook page? We do and we want you to
FB page could be an excellent tool for communicating
informally among members. Are you still looking for a
collaboration partner? Post it on our page. Do you have a show
coming up? Post it on our page. Are you teaching a workshop or
selling equipment? Post it on our page. Do you have a new brag
to share? Post it on WiVLA's Facebook page.
find us, search Facebook for Women in the Visual and Literary
Arts [WiVLA]. Then LIKE us and post a greeting to all your
FOR ENTRIES - VISUAL ART______________________________
in this list does not indicate endorsement by WiVLA. We
recommend you research each contest, and contact the
Websites for artist exhibition Calls for
Center for Contemporary Craft is accepting entries
for crafttexas 2012. Applications must be completed
and submitted online via the Cafe system. Deadline is March
15. Exhibition dates: September 29 - December 30, 2012. Work
in clay, fiber, glass, metal, wood and found/recycled
Lone Star Art Guild is a non-profit organization
started in Brenham, Texas in 1961. Visit their website to find
more information about contests and art leagues that are
within a 200 mile radius of Houston.
Quarterly Journal seeks visual art. For submission
guidelines and more information, visit their website.
FOR ENTRIES - LITERARY ART____________________________
in this list does not indicate endorsement by WiVLA. We
recommend you research each contest, and contact the
is accepting poetry, translation, review, essay, and
interview entries. Deadline: open. Click here for
Our Stories Press is seeking memoirs between 100-300
words for a memoir project. Deadline: rolling. Click here for
Magazine seeks fiction, essays, or poetry
regardless of subject, style, or genre. A rough average length
for prose is 3,000 to 5,000 words. Deadline: April 30, 2012.
Click here for more
Loop Online is an online scriptwriting site.
Click here for
information about various scriptwriting
Borderlands: A Texas Poetry
Review is accepting poetry, essays, book reviews, and
art. Deadline: June 15. Click here for more information.
sponsors monthly contests for essays, short stories, poetry,
articles, essays, and more. Deadline: open. For more
information, visit Byline
Weekly accepts submissions via email, reads year
round, and responds to submissions within 30 days. For more
details, please visit Fiction
Poetry Society Monthly Contest sponsors two
regular monthly contests from October through April, in the
categories of General and Light Verse. Deadlines are monthly
through March. For more information, click here.
is a monthly writing contest that seeks new short fiction to
be selected by rotating guest judges. Deadline: monthly. Small
fee to enter, cash prizes and publication every month, plus
annual anthology. For more information, click here .
& Writers is a great source for writing
contests. Check out Poets & Writers contests listings here.
Quarterly Journal seeks literary art, including
essays, fiction, poetry, reviews and interviews by women. For
submission guidelines and more information, visit their website.
Print Publishing offers a genuine, no fee book
competition that stretches over 12 months. Each month a
different genre; each month a winner. Winners are offered
contract, paid royalties, and receive full promotion and
marketing strategies. This is not a competition with prizes.
There is no entry fee. Only Print Ready novels of genuine
merit will be chosen. Get full details of rules, genres and
how to submit on their website.
Pena is the new president of Gulf Coast Poets Chapter
of the Poetry Society of Texas. Gulf Coast Poets meet the 2nd
Saturday of each month at Barnes & Noble, located at Bay
Area Blvd. and I-45 South. Meetings begin at 10:30 a.m., and
are free and open to the public. Every month there is a
featured reader and an open mic afterwards.
Rebecca Kaye Kveton
be launching the Freedombird Experience on March 3 from 6-8
p.m. at Evia Spa, located at 5503 FM 2920, Spring, TX
77388. Freedombird Experience is a non-profit
organization dedicated to finding a cure to eliminate lung
cancer for women through psychologically-infused art. For
additional information, call 832-496-3351.
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