March 2013
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
WIVLA NEWS: WiVLA hosts show at Houston Public Library
New Member Introduction
Learn about our Commonplace Book Project
Announcements and Upcoming Events
Call for Entries - Visual Arts
Call for Entries - Literary Arts
Calendar of Events
Cathy Nieman Head Shot    
President's Message
Dear Members,
1995-This was the beginning.
An artist and a writer came together and created a group that would continue on.
2013- The Circle of Five- Artists and writers join in conversation.
Writing and visual artists showcased their talents and unique skills.
They are united in creativity. Talented women from both creative venues came together
and shared their special spirits with each other.

1995-The first art exhibit was presented in May. At that reception eleven writers gave readings.
2013-An exhibit was presented with many entrants at the Houston Public Library.
A special thank you to all who submitted or exhibited in a juried show for the first time.
We must all compliment and give encouragement to our Communications, Literary and Visual chairs. Their diligence rang true.

At our August meeting we hope to share our Commonplace Books that we have developed during the previous months. Commonplace Books are a collection of you. ...... Let's begin the assemblage of our personal portraits.

"Whether making art is your career, your hobby or your dream, it is not too late or too egotistical or too selfish or too silly to work on your creativity." Julia Cameron  
Creative regards,
 A vocabulary word for the month: Stendahl Syndrome. Shall we make a list?

LETTER FROM THE EDITOR_____________________________________
I just wanted to remind everyone, if you have informaton that you want to share in the newsletter, please feel free to pass it on. 




"If you hear a voice within you say 'you cannot paint,' then by all means paint, and that voice will be silenced."
Vincent van Gogh


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






Earth/Energy: Through Women's Eyes, is set to open Saturday, March 2, 2013. The show will feature ceramics and ceramic- or clay-inspired pieces, and there will be an accompanying literary presentation with readings addressing the show's theme. This year, WiVLA was lucky enough to score the gallery space at the newly-renovated Houston Public Library.


A Room of Her Own Foundation
By Lane Devereux
The A Room of Her Own Foundation (AROHO) shares many aims and goals with WiVLA about the creative work of women writers and artists. AROHO describes itself as a non-profit organization dedicated to advancing women writers and artists and as a "transformational collective that changes the lives of creative women by honoring our artistic excellence and moving us out of isolation to a rich and whole community." AROHO gives out numerous grants, including a $50,000 Gift of Freedom writing award each year.
In addition, AROHO hosts a variety of workshops and conferences around the country. Since 2003, it has held an annual retreat; this year's retreat runs from August 12 through 18 at Ghost Ranch in Abiquiu, New Mexico. Admission to the retreat is competitive, but all women writers, emerging and established, are encouraged to apply, the earlier the better.
I had the opportunity to attend an AROHO workshop in Austin last fall and was very impressed by the quality of both the workshop leaders and participants. I strongly encourage you to learn more about AROHO to see if the retreat appeals to you and to look at the financial opportunities they offer creative women.




 Tayyba Kanwal
  • What kind of art/writing/performance you do
I write fiction. My current excuses for not getting into bed at a decent hour include a short story collection, a young adult novel and a picture book.
  • Do you have a day job/art life situation? Describe your life outside of art.
I used to be a mathematician by day and literature fiend by night. And then I was a technology consultant by day and writer by night. Eventually my inner Mr. Hyde throttled my Dr. Jekyll and now willfully wanders through the front door of the house in broad daylight.
  • Are you a full-time artist? Is there anything about that journey you would like to share with us?
I write full-time now. It was very, very hard, even after having given up my day job for a year, to call myself a writer. But then a very wise man (bearded, but not old), told me that if you do what you love, the rewards and compensation will follow. So I stopped denying my own truth and embraced it because one is a writer when one writes--getting published is just part of that journey, not an end game.
  • How long you have lived in Houston?
I have lived here for five amazingly, gratifying years. I have to admit I came here, just 'cuz. And then I learned what a well-kept secret this town is.
  • Why does a women's art group appeal to you? What do hope WiVLA will provide you?
Encouragement and empowerment--women are particularly good at providing these for each other. Men should try joining women's groups on occasion.
  • What can you offer WiVLA? Do you have any special skills/interests/history that would be helpful or interesting for the membership?
I'm happy to help with anything that needs to be written!
  • Add anything else you would like to share with us.
One, I go by "Maya" in my writing universe, and two, I love my lizard dearly. He's 7 inches long and a dry sand-dwelling vegetarian sweetheart. If anyone would like to meet him, he's expressed curiosity about WiVLA in his inimitable reserved manner.
How to Capture the Moment and Create an Intellectual Self Portrait with a Commonplace Book
By Leigh Owen


Though similar in some ways to a diary or journal (a daily record of happenings), a commonplace book is really quite different. It's a personal collection of things that have been read, or heard, or thought of, and then gathered into one, common place so they won't be forgotten. Write one favorite quote in a blank book and you've begun your own commonplace book.
Reflecting a work of the self, the commonplace book is for keeping valuable snippets of information: phrases, short articles cut from magazines, quotes, ideas, all contained in a handy bound volume. It's a personal way for you to capture and preserve a moment, a thought, and a comment. Over time (they can take years to fill), it turns into an intellectual self-portrait where you:
  • Assemble affirmations
  • Bring together lists
  • Collect enlightening quotes
  • Include words of inspiration.
  • Put tips at your fingertips
  • Take notes to learn and explore
First, the book itself. From beautiful to utilitarian, you can make your own blank book or choose from the amazing selection at Texas Art Supply or Events on West Gray. I prefer ruled pages in a wire-o binding because I can always find my pen slipped into the wire spine.
My first commonplace book met with a water disaster. Ever since, I've housed my book in plastic. It's an excellent use for those zippered plastic bags in which curtains come packaged.
On the first page, write your contact information in case you misplace your book.


Here's another tip-repurpose a used envelope. Fold back the flap and affix the address side and folded flap to an inside cover. Use it to hold loose notes, tickets, some dollar bills, business cards. This is a good trick for the inside cover of any book. I also keep a dozen or so Post-It notes handily stuck  inside.


You can reserve a few blank pages in the front of your book for a table of contents. Of course, you'll have to add numbers to your pages for the contents listing to work. The contents listing need not be overly detailed or formal: the purpose is simply to help you find what you want to find. Add tabs or color coding or date every entry if you like.
Include little images clipped from magazines or paste in some ephemera - tickets, ads, a beautiful stamp. You can use colored pens. You might even add some rough, casual sketches to help you recall the details of something, but this is not an art journal nor is it a sketch book.


Feel free to include photocopied items or words printed from your computer works, but you'll miss the valuable, kinesthetic exercise of hand copying. The act of writing focuses your attention and intimately connects you with your selections. By copying longhand, you gain the time to reflect more on what the passage means to you. I like to use calligraphy, hand-drawn letters, and doodles to add a special touch.
We've all experienced that electrifying effect that some thoughts have on us when we encounter them for the first time. We've all experienced the opposite effect when that amazing thought vanishes almost immediately from our brain. The commonplace book is a way of memorializing those striking expressions, useful concepts, and facts so you can return to them for renewed inspiration.


When you are moved by Bible verses, quotations, favorite passages from books or plays, or have an idea, mind map, tip, or meaningful list of things that you want to save to read again and again, the commonplace is where to put them. Be sure to include the source or author. For example, the following quote is more fun because of who said it: ­­­­"The devil has put a penalty on all things we enjoy in life. Either we suffer in health, or we suffer in soul, or we get FAT."-Albert Einstein.
The self-selected notes and quotes you collect will evolve into an intellectual self-portrait. The greater the resource you build the more beneficial and cherished the commonplace becomes. Your meaningful treasury makes for fascinating reading that's yours and yours alone. It's great on a rainy afternoon, or any time you need reassurance or a kick of motivation. It's a good way to improve the moment while you're waiting for your tardy doctor or your flight.
I hope you'll join me, our January speaker Bridgette Mongeon, our president Cathy Neiman, and a world of others who keep a commonplace books. It's a simple way to put all your favorite thoughts into one common place. Above all, remember to write it down if you want to keep it.


Be sure to bring your commonplace book to our August 20, 2013 WiVLA Circle of Five meeting along with a sample of your creative work to share with your circle.


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Our Facebook page is an excellent tool for communicating informally among members. 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 on Facebook, click here, then LIKE us and post a greeting to all your WiVLA friends. 


Solo Artist Show - Ava Cosey will have a solo show on Friday, March 1 from 5:30-8:00p at the HCC Gallery located at 5601 West Loop South, Houston, TX 77081. For more information please call 713.725.0759 or email artistfriends@aol.com


Artists and Artisans - Join the Arts Alliance Center at Clear Lake for the Bay Area Houston Art Festival April 27-28, 2013 at the Nassau Bay Hilton
Registration Deadline for jury submission: MARCH 8, 2013
Don't miss your opportunity to be a part of an event to enrich the community through the display, exhibition, demonstration and creation of art. For application request: cfischer@taaccl.org


Angel Track Book Signing- My friends, on Saturday, March 23, 3-4 PM, I'm having a book signing for my Angel Tracks at Blue Willow Bookshop, located at 14532 Memorial (just east of Dairy Ashford) and I need lots of friendly faces around me to get me through this. Take a Saturday afternoon drive, poke around the shop and then let's go have a beer. Angel Tracks is available on Amazon, Kindle and Nook. Bring a copy with you if you want and I'll sign it. You are all the best and I appreciate your support in this. Love, Pat


Thank you! WIVLA made the signing at Becker's Books a success. Dodie Meeks did dozens of illustrations for "LYRIC's, A Bouquet of Poems for Children of All Ages".   She will be signing books on Saturday, March 9 at River Oaks Bookstore, located at 3270 Westheimer at the corner of River Oaks Boulevard at 5:00p. For more information www.dodiemeeks.com


All Media Class - offers children and adult classes in watercolor, drawing, pastels, acrylics and oils. For more information or to request a registration form please email Cindy Fischer at cfischer@taaccl.org or call 281-335-7777.
Jo Zider - Continuing her work with handmade clay bone installations, Jo Zider has been invited to participate in an outdoor exhibition "MOVEMENT" at Russ Pitman Park in Bellaire, Texas (Evergreen and Newcastle). Jo will install over 500 handmade clay bone simulations and create a labyrinth for meditative walking. At the opening reception, 5-7pm, March 16, 2013, Jo will also invite attendees to participate in "THE MENDING CIRCLE", a ritualistic placing of mended bones into a spiraling circle. The labyrinth will be on display and available for walking through the remainder of March and the month of April. For more information on other exhibits contact: lucinda.cobley@gmail.com.Pattie Berg - Will have a table at the Gifts Galore Craft Show on March 23, from 9-4:00p. The craft show will be held at Dickinson Elementary School located at 7110 Greatwood Parkway, Sugar Land, TX 77479
 Galeria Regina presents a solo show by Regina. The main solo show in the first floor will be Regina's. She is the gallery owner and this is the first time she is doing a solo show. She is a renal pathologist and her show will be based in what she sees under the microscope. She is using this opportunity to bring awareness to Diabetes, which is the most common cause of chronic renal disease in the US. The show will go until the end of April.


Lane Devereux is honored to be a participating writer in the A Room of Her Own Foundation writers retreat at Ghost Ranch in Abiquiu, NM in August 2013. In the words of AROHO, "Women at the 2013 AROHO Retreat are a select, diverse group of accomplished women at various stages in their writing careers. AROHO women are accustomed to taking intellectual and artistic risks, and are eager for the company of peers who do the same."


Anna V. Phillips - is delighted to announce that she will have a selection of visual art on show at Beans Cafe for the month of March. There will be a variety of work: Printmaking, Water Color, and FiberArt. All items will be for sale. Beans Café is located at 1127 Eldridge Parkway #100,
Houston, TX 77077. If members would like to, I could meet them for a coffee! Email:
Freehanart@btinternet.com or Cell: 713-384-5231

Cornelia Amiri -, had a new release February 1, 2013, "Conquistadors In Outer Space," writing Steampunk/Romance as Maeve Alpin. For more information MaveAlpin.com


Ann Bell - will demonstrate Mixed Media techniques at Art Supply Expo on Friday March 1 and Saturday March 2. This annual event features new art products, demonstrations, sale prices and mini-workshops. Come see what's new. Ann will teach Mixed Media Painting on Sat. March 16 and Introduction to Visual Journaling on Sat. March 23 in her studio at 2711 Main in Midtown. All supplies are provided.
Get all the details and register at http://www.annbell.net/classes.htm or call Ann at 281-330-3827.


Lauran Perry English continues to show her photography/digital art at Affaire d'art, International Fine Art Gallery, 2227 Post Office Street @23rd, and invites you to the opening night of "Through the Lens," Saturday, March 9, 5-10 pm during the Galveston Artwalk. She hopes you will enjoy her photography along with the other great photography and fine art of this diverse group of artists.


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



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:


Fiber Art Calls for Entries: http://fiberartcalls.blogspot.com/    


Awesome Houston Foundation. Monthly grants of $1,000. For more information, contact Allison Skidmore or click here. Any idea is fair game, profit or non-profit; just has to be awesome. The group votes on ideas monthly and awards the grant.


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.   


The Fort Worth Community Arts Center is seeking exhibition proposals from individual artists and curators in Texas, New Mexico, Oklahoma, Arkansas, and Louisiana for all art forms, including new media, for its 2013-14 seasons. Proposals and images are reviewed on a biannual basis:  June & December. Fee: $20. Click here for more information.


New Contemporary Gallery. Submissions: Avis Frank welcomes submissions from artists and curators. We require that you submit a single e-mail, which includes all files and links. In addition to work samples, please submit an artist resume and biography. http://www.avisfrank.com 
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.  


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


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 


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. Get full details of rules, genres and how to submit on their website.  





Monday, Mach 11, at 6 p.m.
WiVLA Board meeting  
Sosa Community Center
1414 Wirt Road
Houston, TX77055 


Tuesday, March 19, at 6p.m.
Membership Meeting
Museum of Printing History
1324 West Clay


For a complete list of upcoming events, visit the WiVLA calendar online.
WiVLA 2013 Board of Directors


President                     Cathy Nieman           (wivla.cathyniem@yahoo.com)
Vice President           Jane Mulholland          (mulholland.jane@gmail.com)Secretary                    Rona Lesser                    (ronales@wt.net)
Treasurer                     Pattie Berg                    (jewelry@sapamojo.com)
Membership              Cori Austin                     (artjournal50@gmail.com)
Communications     Dianne Webb               (diannewebb@gmail.com)
Programs                    Laura Pena                    (iselapena@hotmail.com)
Newsletter                  Diane Door                     (newslettereditor@wivla.org)
Visual Arts                  Michele Zacks                (visual@wivla.org)                 
   Mary Baker                     (visual@wivla.org)
Literary Arts                Patricia Barry Rumble    (literary@wivla.org)
                                     Sandy Wells                    (literary@wivla.org)
At- Large                    Cindy Rasche                (cindyrasche@yahoo.com)
                                     Sharon Messimer           (sbodeart@yahoo.com)
Historian                     Cathy Lachin                 (cplachin@yahoo.com)          
Past President            Lane Devereux             (wivla.lanedev@yahoo.com) 


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