Opening Reception March
3 WiVLA’s Abundant Exhibition opened to
the public on February 27 at the Cloisters Gallery, adjacent to
Christ Church Cathedral, 1117 Texas Avenue, 77002. The Opening
Reception will be Friday, March 3 from 6:00 to 8:00 pm. Refreshments
will be served.
Join us Friday, March 3 to
celebrate the opening of Abundant. Twenty-two WiVLA members
had their art selected by juror John Runnels, and the art is
displayed in the Cloisters Gallery. Mr. Runnels will present a short
discussion of the show at 6:45 pm that evening. Free parking for the
opening is available in the Christ Church garage only during the
hours of the show. Enter the garage from San Jacinto
The gallery is open from 11:00 am
to 2:00 pm Monday through Friday, and 11:00 am to 1:00 pm on
Sundays. The show will run from February 27 through March 23,
Members who are part of the Abundant
exhibit are:Josena Arquieta Cori
Austin Marguerite Baldwin
Daigle Lane Devereux Zita
Rona Lesser Melody
Locke Beth McCracken
Mulholland Marcia Patrick Shaheen
Mary Ramain Janet Reynolds June
Roberta Sajda Susan Salter Judith Shamp
Sexton Dune Tencer Nan Toole
Watson Sally WorthingtonMarch's
Donna M. Johnson -- Author
The Role of Poetic Truth in Memoir.
winning memoirist Donna M. Johnson discusses how personal narratives
break open historical facts in order to find poetic as well as
literal truth. Memoir, she says, is about more than what happened to
you; it’s about how what happened continues to live inside you and
shape your perspective.
is the author of Holy Ghost
, a critically acclaimed memoir deemed “enthralling” and “a
sure bet” by the New York Times
, and “compulsively
readable” by Texas Monthly
. The book was hailed by the
Oprah Magazine and made the Oprah.com Memoirs We Love list
Named by Publishers Weekly
The Nervous Breakdown
as a Top 10 pick, Holy Ghost
won the Mayborn Creative Nonfiction Prize and took top
honors in the spirituality category at the New York Books for a
Better Life Awards.
Donna's work had been collected
in several anthologies. She has written about religion, family, and
culture for the Huffington Post
, The Rumpus
, Lion’s Roar/Shambhala Sun
Dallas Morning News
, the Austin
and other publications. Please join us for
5:45 -- 6:15 Gather and snacks
6:15 – 6:30
Short business meeting
6:30 – 7:30 Talk by Donna M.
7:30 -- Casual dinner at Brasil Cafe, 2 blocks south at
the corner of Dunlavy and Westheimer. (Dutch treat.)
Interested in more info on the speaker? Please see this site: http://holyghostgirlthe book.comPresident's
“Name one moment that drastically changed your
life” was printed on the nametag that I filled out at the latest
Creative Mornings gathering. Looking back at many moments, I
remembered the request offered to me one long-ago WiVLA Literary
evening at Archway. “Would you consider being the Literary
Co-Chair?” Gulp. Swallow. I was just at the fringes of seeing myself
as a “real” poet, I didn’t know many women in WiVLA, and I was not
sure I could take on the position in this group of women who seemed
so sure of themselves and their creativity.
in I did, and felt at home immediately. I found sisterhood and
camaraderie among the board members, and I grew to know many other
members. Then opportunities for exhibitions and readings came about,
and with growing confidence, I entered them. WiVLA not only changed
my sense of who I was as a creative woman, it gave me challenge and
opportunity, support and fellowship. It continues to further my
creative practice in so many ways.
What I wish for
you are moments that change your life, and I hope that WiVLA can
bring some of them. Join us as we have a late dinner after our
regular meetings – we’ve been loving The Brasil Café lately. The
conversation at dinner helps us know each other better and fosters
new friendships. The newsletter provides many events in which
our members will soon participate. Support them by attending,
viewing, listening, reading. Check out the listings of visual art
and literary opportunities available in the near future. Challenge
yourself to enter something you never have
As we look forward to our
forthcoming show, Abundant
, I hope everyone
involved, whether artist, board member, viewer, or supporter of a
visual-artist friend, will think of her own journey to the creative
place in which she stands. Look inward and reflect on the abundance
that WiVLA brings to your life: the joy and challenge of creativity,
the friendships, the cooperative work involved in staging our own
exhibitions, and what lies ahead in the future. Join others in the
opening reception at the Cloisters Gallery on Friday, March 3rd from
6:00-8:00 pm for the opening reception of Abundant.
of Five --
Everyone arrived at last month’s meeting
with something in hand – a bag, a binder, a framed piece, a bulky
envelope. It was like birthday presents for the onlookers – such
surprises and delights when containers were opened within our
circles of 5. Laughter, animated conversation, and clapping were
heard throughout the gathering. Through our art or writing we were
able get to better know each other. What a pleasure! What
inspiration! If you weren’t able to join us, please try to make the
next Circle of 5!
ECO Fund Now Open for Applications!
Educational and Cultural
Opportunity Awards 2017 Opportunity
Did an art or writing
opportunity recently present itself and then you thought to
yourself, “Darn! I just don’t have the cash right now?” Or has a
project come to mind that would be fun, interesting, and
challenging? What about a piece of equipment or supplies that you
need to create your art? Have you found an interesting workshop that
you’d love to attend? Is there a distant location in which you could
create beautiful art or writing?
knocking on your door!
WiVLA’s ECO Fund scholarship
awards will be chosen at the April 18 Meeting. The application is on
the website, http://wivla.org/eco
and can either be sent via email (save the form on your computer,
fill it out and attach the form to your email), or by mail.
All applications must be received or postmarked by Friday
April 7, 2017.
There are certain
specifications to having an accepted application, so read carefully.
Applications are reviewed, and all names whose application falls
within the guidelines are placed either an “artist” box or “writer”
box. One name from each box will be chosen at random at the
April 18 meeting. Everyone has an equal chance of being
The program that evening will be
presentations by the 2016 scholarship winners. Then, drum roll……,
the new awardees will be chosen. It is always a fascinating and
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Membership NowThe new year is a time of renewal
and personal reflection. 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:
or download a
membership form and send a check to WiVLA, P.O. Box 130406, Houston,
You can also renew at the March 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. Whenever you renew, it
will insure you a happy, inspirational and creative 2017!
you shop at Randall's, use the "Good Neighbor" code of 5341 and
WiVLA will benefit every time you shop!
- Regina Vitolo Mader, who is our Social Media
guru, gathered excellent information about Twitter and its uses.
To see her advice and resources, click here. For a one-page Twitter guide, click here.
- Looking for a
gift for a special friend? This lovely teacup and saucer set is
available for purchase for only $10 and is ALREADY WRAPPED. To
order, email email@example.com.
- Abundant reception - Friday, March 3. See the
article at top of the newsletter.
- Books2Eat - Friday, March 31. See article
- Cultured Cocktails - Thursday, April 20.
Fundraiser at Boheme Bar. A percentage of all sales during a
certain period of time this evening will go to WiVLA. 307
Fairview, Houston TX.
- WiVLA received a lovely thank you note from Nikki Hune with
the What It's Like Project for our participation
in their recent event. She said our volunteers made a great
impression and spurred high interest in WiVLA.
tuned for upcoming events!
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 firstname.lastname@example.org.
Editors 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
- Tayyba M. Kanwal
shares that her short story, "Little Mother" appears in
Juxtaprose Magazine. Here is the link: http://www.juxtaprosemagazine.org/little-mother-by-maya-kanwal/
Frake invites all WIVLA members to the opening of her
show at the Jung Center on Saturday, April 8 from 5:00 to 7:00
Above, So Below: Inner and Outer Images of the Cosmos will
contain metal and enamel sculptures, wall pieces and jewelry. It
will run concurrently with photographer Leslie Field’s exhibit Field
Explorations. Both will be on view from March 31 to
- WIVLA member Patty Flaherty Pagan will be
teaching a fun, hands-on workshop, Introduction to
Writing Flash Fiction on Saturday, April 1 from 9:30
am - 12:30 pm at Writespace. Students will break down the basic
tenets of flash fiction, read inspiring examples, and then get
writing! Bring pen and paper or your trusty laptop. Workshop
limited to 15
students. Cost: Early-Bird Price until
Monday, March 27th: $30 for Writespace Members, $45 Non-Members.
After March 27th: $40 for Writespace Members, $55 Non-Members. To
register/get more information see: http://www.writespacehouston.org/creative-writing.html
- Sylvia Cooper is excited to let us know that
her memoir Better Out than In will be published at the
end of this month. The book relates her personal journey across
two continents and an ocean to escape domestic violence. For more
information, please see the press release here .
- Millie Hast is pleased to announce that she
won the Freddie Award for Writing Excellence in the Thriller
category from the Florida Chapter of Mystery Writers of America.
The award was presented at Sleuthfest this past weekend in Boca
Raton FL. "As you might imagine, my feet haven’t touched earth
since then." Millie's thriller manuscript is entitled
- Rona Lesser had work accepted into the
Watercolor Society International exhibit with an opening reception
Sunday, March 12 from 4:00-6:00 pm following a demo by Juror
Stephen Quiller at 2:00 pm. The Art Lover's reception will be
Thursday, March 16, 5:30-7:30 pm at WAS-H gallery on the corner of
Mandell and Alabama Streets. There are extended exhibit hours
during March on Friday, Saturday, and
Sunday afternoons. Check website for hours. The
exhibit dates are March 14 through April 6.
- Varsha Saraiya-Shah has two upcoming poetry
1) Poetry reading at Morris Frank Library with three
poets on Saturday, March 4 at 2:00 pm.
Brazos Bookstore poetry reading at 2421 Bissonnet Street, Houston
TX 77005 on Monday, March 20 with Stan Crawford at 7:00 pm.
- Mary Ramain is pleased to announce that her
image “Radiance 2” has been chosen for exhibition in
“Collaboration & Soliloquy”. This image was created during a
collaboration with literary artist and member
Jere Pfister, who is the model
in the work. The exhibit “Collaboration & Soliloquy” can be
seen at Carolyn Garcia Gallery in the Museum District Eye Clinic,
4704 Montrose Boulevard, Houston TX 77006. Please check gallery
website for hours at www.carolyngarciagallery.com
- Be sure to red the article profiling member Jo Zider in
Books2Eat on April
Did you ever read War and Peeps
what about A Catsup in the Rye
? Maybe Anne of Green
? Are you hungry for some delightful and delicious
creative work? You are invited to prepare and exhibit an edible work
of art based on books and reading. Any edible book idea is eligible,
a favorite title, character, or event or a pun involving a book.
Join the Houston Book Arts Guild and WiVLA for an evening of eating
our words! This evening will be the local festival as part of the
International Edible Book Festival, which occurs annually throughout
the world. We encourage you to make an edible “book.” There will be
prizes and lots of fun! If you want to be on the committee to help
with the festival, contact Cori Austin at email@example.com
or Lee Steiner
March 31, 2017 from 5:30 – 8 pm
Where: Metropolitan Service
Center, 1475 West Gray, Houston TX 77019; Go to the website www.books2eat.com
for more ideas.
Profile: Editor's note from Kay McStay. This month
we re-instate an article profiling a current member. Our first
profile is Jo Zider. Fellow member Jere Pfister kindly agreed to
interview her friend Jo and contribute the article. Many thanks to
the both of them! Here is the first paragraph and please follow the
link to the entire profile.
The Bones of Many: A Single
A profile of the artist Jo Zider by Jere Pfister
Jo Zider was raised in a Detroit suburb
in a family who were members of a conservative branch of the Baptist
religion known as Primitive Baptists. Despite the Christian
foundation of the church, she observed the members’ behavior of
hypocrisy and prejudice against those who were different by virtue
of race and religion, and with her open and curious mind she fought
against that hypocrisy. In college at Michigan State University and
later at the University of Houston, she broadened her mind by
studying world religions and immersing herself in the art and
culture of diverse peoples. She was attracted to the void of
figurative references in Shinto and the eastern religions of Iran
and other Muslim countries which used deep blue paisley and
geometric designs to surround worshippers as they prayed. Jo
became a pantheist and a believer in a kind of reincarnation that
might be guided and predestined by an omnipotent power.
to read complete article.
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.
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 - firstname.lastname@example.org.
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~
Love art and kids? Come teach and share that love.
City ArtWorks is looking for teachers to teach
after-school art all around the city this spring semester. Some
classes are a full semester and some 10 weeks. Curriculum and
supplies provided. Contact Margaret Bott at 713-681-1331 for more
~ Public Poetry announces a
marvelous month of events in March. The Round Top Poetry Festival
has been described as "A
Paradise for Poets."
We've put together a poetry trip that's all inclusive so you
can experience it for yourself. Additionally, there'll be a Rolling
Poetry Workshop with Houston Poet Laureate, Robin Davidson, on
the way to the Festival. The price is substantially discounted for
all Public Poetry Members, so now would be a great time to
join, wouldn't it?! You can sign up for the trip and also
become a member using the links on the website.
Featured poets for Saturday, March 4 at 2
PM are, Vincent "BlackBluez'Johnson, Audrey
Schwartz Rivers, Varsha Saraiya-Shah and David
Glen-Smith. Additionally, we always include a talented
student selected by Writers In The Schools and also invite anyone in
the audience to bring a poem by a favorite poet to read at half
time. Editor's note: I urge you to go to the Public Poetry
website and view the impressive array of events http://www.publicpoetry.net/calendar
This is a fantastic opportunity to meet people from all over the
world, attend demonstrations, do sketchcrawls around the Chicago
area, and learn more about sketching. It is for all levels of
~ The Eighth International Urban
Sketchers Symposium will be held in Chicago this
Free docent-led tours of the current exhibit are available at
the Blaffer Museum at the University of Houston on Fri. at 2:00 each
week. Check the website for the current exhibition news. Some of
our members are docents.
~ 3rd Coast Books
is now accepting fiction and non-fiction submissions in seven
genres. Please go to: www.3rdcoastbooks.com
~ 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.~ WriteSpace is offering
several workshops in March. For
pricing, registration and more information, go to the WriteSpace website or contact them. Writefest is coming
March 6-12, 2017. Please see the WriteSpace website for
details. ~ 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
Writers will find an abundance of resources on this new website created by writing coach Joan Dempsey.
for Entry: Visual ArtInclusion
in this list does not indicate endorsement by WiVLA. We recommend
you research each contest, and contact the
Women's Caucus for Art: Call for Artist Submissions: Texas
Women’s Caucus for Art for “Women’s Art Fair” at The Women's Museum
Building, Fair Park, April 5-9, during Dallas Arts Week.
Submission deadline: March 6, 2017. Artists Notified: March
20, 2017. This is a wonderful call for submissions. Note short
deadline. Please go to submissions: https://texaswca.org/
Member Leigh Owen shares an online resource for public domain
says, "I was amazed to read that the images are even okay for
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.~
"WAGE ON!" explores how women artists view the current economic
climate and its impact on wages, identity, and lives of women both
in and beyond the art world. Artists at all career levels are
invited to submit work for consideration on this timely topic. The
exhibition will be an integral part of the 2017 WCA conference that
runs concurrent with CAA and the TFAP day of
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
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 ArtInclusion
in this list does not indicate endorsement by WiVLA. We recommend
you research each contest, and contact the sponsor(s).
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
Poets & Writers has a great database of conferences and
residencies for writers. Check it out.
Winning Writers is another great website for writing
opportunities. Check it out by clicking here. Please
forward WiVLA Voices to all your friends who might be interested in
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