March 2012


WiVLA's Mission: 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.

In this Issue
Letter From the Editor
Quote of the Month
Meeting Recap and Announcement
Award Fund Campaign
Special Opportunity
True Colors: Leah Lax
Mixed Messages Prospectus
ECO Fund News
Art Prompt
Easy Money for WiVLA
Member News & Accolades
Spring Readings by Local Artists
Good Bars to Draw, Write, or Read
Houston Indie Book Festival
Houston Indie Book Festival
Call for Entries Visual
Calendar of Events

LETTER FROM THE PRESIDENT__________________________________



Dear Friends,


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 presentation.


The prospectus 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.


Please keep 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.


As always, thank you for your support.


Warm regards,


LETTER FROM THE EDITOR______________________________________

Hello everyone,


Spring 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.

New 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. 

Here's to a creative and productive month!    


Andrea Waguespack

QUOTE OF THE MONTH_____________________________________ 




Discovery consists of seeing what everybody has seen and thinking what nobody has thought.



-Ursula K. Le Guin, The Language of the Night


Have a favorite creativity-themed quote?
Send it to newsletter@wivla.org - it could be our next Quote of the Month.

MEMBERSHIP MEETING - FEBRUARY 21______________________   


WiVLA members participated in the ever-popular Circle of Five meeting. Thank you to all the members who presented!  

MEMBERSHIP MEETING - MARCH 20______________________    

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 crucial."  
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.

Join us afterwards, "Dutch Treat," at Cafe Express for dinner and the gift of gab!

2011 AWARDS FUNDS CAMPAIGN____________________________   


Thank 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.


By Lane Devereux   


Liberty Mutual Insurance will donate up 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 scholarships!  


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.

TRUE COLORS: LEAH LAX____________________________________  

By Corry Austin


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 corry@sbcglobal.net. They will be submitted to the newsletter as they are received.


Introducing... Leah Lax, our new literary co-chair 


Crimson: Where are you from and how did you get here? (can be taken literally or figuratively)


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 horse.


Sap Green: How did art discover you or you discover art? Describe your art journey up to this moment.


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 management-wise)?


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 experience.


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 grade!


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 Chris.


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 future?


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 READY_____________________    By Lane Devereux   


It 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.


The 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 readings.


Mixed 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 info@wivla.org. We will maintain a roster and help people connect with one another.


Click here to view prospectus.    

Click here to view entry form.  

HOW DOES COLLABORATION WORK?____________________     

By Lane Devereux   


If 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.  


Most 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.  

A 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.  


Get involved and join the fun!


2012 ECO FUND NEWS_______________________________  

By Lane Devereux 


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 application. 

ART PROMPT______________________________________________  

By Andrea Waguespack


Send submissions by the 20th of the month to newsletter@wivla.org. 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 enjoy!       


Click here to check out February's art prompt submissions.   

March 2012 Prompt:


I couldn't help myself.... 

AN EASY WAY TO EARN MONEY FOR WiVLA____________________  

By Lane Devereux


Sign up for Good Search / Good Shop - it's an easy way to earn money for WiVLA!  

It's easy to sign up: 


1. Go to www.goodsearch.com

2. Type in WiVLA at the prompt

3. Go to your favorite search location or a favorite store

4. That's all there is! You can search daily and WiVLA gets credit, even more when you buy something from an affiliated store.



Pat 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.   


June 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.   


Lane 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 Cat, Lone Star, and an untitled liturgical stole.    


Piyali 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, 2012.     


Linda 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.     


Lauran 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 Gallery.

Sharon Worley's painting, Siegfried's Voyage, 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 Gallery.

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, 2012.  
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 results.

Have news you'd like to share? Send an email by the 20th of the month to newsletter@wivla.org. 

JOIN PUBLIC POETRY FOR THE LAST READING IN THE WINTER SERIES_________________________________________________ 


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 READ__________________________ 

By Michele Zacks




The Black Labrador ("THE LAB")

4100 Montrose @ Richmond, Phone: 713-529-1199


An 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!


Happenings?! 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.


Good 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.


Comfort 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 it.  


This 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 Nook.

HOUSTON INDIE BOOK FESTIVAL_____________________________ 


Save the date for the Houston Indie Book Festival, Saturday, April 14th from 11:00 am - 5:00 pm at the Menil Campus!

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.

Please join WiVLA and local independent booksellers for a lovely day of readings, children's activities, and panel discussions in the park.

For more information about selling your books, contact Jennifer Watson via email.

PLEASE "LIKE" US ____________________________________________ 


Did you know WiVLA has a Facebook page? We do and we want you to LIKE us!  


This 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.  


To find us, search Facebook for Women in the Visual and Literary Arts [WiVLA]. Then LIKE us and post a greeting to all your WiVLA friends.

CALL FOR ENTRIES - VISUAL ART______________________________   


Inclusion in this list does not indicate endorsement by WiVLA. We recommend you research each contest, and contact the sponsor(s). 

General Websites for artist exhibition Calls for Entry:






Houston 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 materials.


The 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.


Womenarts Quarterly Journal seeks visual art. For submission guidelines and more information, visit their website.  


CALL FOR ENTRIES - LITERARY ART____________________________   


Inclusion in this list does not indicate endorsement by WiVLA. We recommend you research each contest, and contact the sponsor(s).   


Rattle is accepting poetry, translation, review, essay, and interview entries. Deadline: open. Click here for more information.


Telling Our Stories Press is seeking memoirs between 100-300 words for a memoir project. Deadline: rolling. Click here for more information.  


New Letters 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 information.     


The Loop Online is an online scriptwriting site. Click here for information about various scriptwriting opportunities.


Borderlands: A Texas Poetry Review is accepting poetry, essays, book reviews, and art. Deadline: June 15. Click here for more information.  


ByLine Magazine sponsors monthly contests for essays, short stories, poetry, articles, essays, and more. Deadline: open. For more information, visit Byline Magazine.


Fiction Weekly accepts submissions via email, reads year round, and responds to submissions within 30 days. For more details, please visit Fiction Weekly.


Austin 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.


Scratch 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 .


Poets & Writers is a great source for writing contests. Check out Poets & Writers contests listings here.


Womenarts Quarterly Journal seeks literary art, including essays, fiction, poetry, reviews and interviews by women. For submission guidelines and more information, visit their website.


Creative 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 a
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.



Laura 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
will 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. 

Would you like to post an announcement? Send your email by the 20th of the month to newsletter@wivla.org.  

WiVLA CALENDAR OF EVENTS_________________________________  


March 12, 6 p.m.

Museum of Printing History, 1324 West Clay  (Map)    


For a complete list of upcoming events, visit the WiVLA calendar online.

WiVLA BOARD MEMBERS_____________________________________  


President                   Lane Devereux (wivla.lanedev@yahoo.com)  

Vice President            Cookie Wells (wadsworth@sbcglobal.net)  

Secretary                   Cathy Lachin (cplachin@yahoo.com)  

Treasurer                   Pattie Berg (jewelry@sapamojo.com)  

Membership               Corry Austin (corry@sbcglobal.net)  

Communications         Jennifer Watson (jwatson5@uh.edu)  

Programs                   Rebecca Kveton (gigglesrk@aol.com)  

Newsletter                 Andrea Waguespack (andreawag@live.com) 

Visual Arts                 Donna Durbin (donna@donnadurbin.com)  

                                 Michele Zacks (mazacks@hotmail.com)  

Literary Arts               Leah Lax (leahlax@sbcglobal.net)  

                                 Pat Morgan (angeltrack@aol.com)  

At Large                     Piyali Dasgupta (piyalidasgupta@hotmail.com)

                                 Terry Tompkins-Walsh (tomkinswalsh@uh.edu)  

                                 June Russell (jrrbug281@aol.com)

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