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
FROM THE PRESIDENT
to the 2011 recipients of our two $1000 ECO Fund Awards.
Maryann Gremillion received the literary award and
Sally Stubbs received the visual award. Diane Barber, our
visual juror and co-executive director of DiverseWorks Art
Space, praised all the visual applicants for the creativity
and commitment to developing artistic vision that their
applications demonstrated. Our other juror, Jackie Simon,
award-winning writer and professor at Rice University, could
not be present, but she sent us a wonderfully complimentary
letter about the quality of the literary applications. We hope
they can both join us next year when Maryann and Sally report
back on their year as ECO Fund awardees.
presentations by last year's recipients, Diana Weeks and Sally
Stubbs, created quite a stir. The excerpt of Diana's play,
read beautifully by Diana Meade and Patricia Barry Rumble,
sizzled, bringing gasps of surprise and gales of laughter.
Bonnie Blue captivated us with a Power Point
presentation of her year of exploration and honors, a
short video, and her contagious effervescence. These joyful,
creative presentations are the reason the ECO Fund meeting is
one of my personal favorites each
month's program is another favorite of mine when WIVLA's Gold
Key Scholarship recipients are introduced to us. Each year,
the two young women selected to receive our scholarships
delight us with their literary and visual portfolio
presentations. May is a don't-miss meeting!
you read this month's newsletter, be on the lookout for an
article about GoodSearch and GoodShop, two easy
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the Gold Key Scholarships. In the excitement of giving the
awards we can't afford to lose sight of the need to raise the
money to pay for them. GoodSearch and GoodShop
can become an important part of our financial support if
everyone in WiVLA participates.
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FROM THE EDITOR
I mentioned in the last meeting, we are looking for members
who are interested in writing the Good Places to Write and
Draw article for the June 2011. Please contact me at firstname.lastname@example.org if you are
you would like to contribute a story for the newsletter,
please let me know. We are always interested in fresh
to a creative and productive month!
MEETING - APRIL 19, 2011
|2011 ECO Fund Award winners Maryann
Gremillion (literary) and Sally Stubbs (visual) chat
with Rebecca K. Kveton, program chair, after the April
member meeting. |
Congratulations, Maryann and
ECO Fund Awards were presented to Sally Stubbs, visual
recipient, and Maryann Gremillion, literary recipient.
It was the first ECO Fund awards program where the
recipients were chosen by two anonymous jurors: Jackie
Simon (literary juror) and Diane Barber (visual juror.)
Although Simon was unable to attend the meeting, she sent a
letter read by Rebecca K. Kveton, program chair, to the
WiVLA members present describing her thoughts and experience
choosing a recipient. Barber was present to speak to
the members about her decision-making process of choosing a
visual recipient for this award. Both jurors felt it was
a difficult choice to make being that all of the participants
were "gifted artists."
Barber's presentation, last year's recipients of the ECO Fund
awards presented a summary of what they created with their
award money. Bonnie Blue, last year's visual award
recipient, presented a Power Point presentation detailing her
experiences and creations as a result of receiving the visual
award. Diana Weeks, last year's literary award
recipient, presented a scene from her play, A Stubborn
Woman. Weeks casted two of our WiVLA members in her
play; the character Ella was played by Diana Meade and the
character Loraine was played by Patricia Barry Rumble.
MEMBERSHIP MEETING - MAY 17,
us for the Gold Key Awards program. WiVLA
will present $500 scholarships to two high school seniors for
outstanding portfolios, one in writing and one in art,
submitted to the Scholastic Art and Writing Awards, under the
auspices of the Harris County Department of Education.
The art portfolio award was given to Karina Farek from
the High School for the Performing and Visual Arts, and the
writing portfolio award was given to Caroline Bybee from
Bellaire High School. After the meeting, we will
to Café Express on West Gray, around the corner from the
Museum of Printing History, for our Dutch treat dinners and
camaraderie. Please join
OH, NO! WE'RE LOSING KATHLEEN!
Merritt, our brand-new membership chair, just got a wonderful
job opportunity in California - close to her daughter's
family, but far away from us. Kathleen can stay a WiVLA member
from afar; many of our members live away. She can't be at the
monthly meetings from afar, however; so the search is on for a
new membership chair. This is one of the best board positions
in WiVLA for anyone who likes getting to know people. I held
the membership chair as my very first board position years ago
and I loved talking to people and being the welcoming
face of WiVLA. One of you would love it, too, and we're
counting on you to volunteer. To find out more about the
membership position, email me at email@example.com
or call me at 281-373-9658. And thanks for thinking about
PRINT AND PHOTOGRAPHY SHOW
Balance" is the theme of this year's print and photography
show at the Museum of Printing History.
Christine Jelson West, executive director of Lawndale
Art Center, will jury this "members only"
exhibition. The postmark deadline for jpeg
entries is Monday, July 25, 2011. The
exhibition will be on view at the MPH from September l to
October 1. For a copy of the prospectus,
please follow this link: Finding Balance
to You, a mixed media work on paper, was accepted in the
Live Oak Art Center's 2011 annual juried exhibit.
The opening is May 14th in Columbus, Texas and it will
continue until July 3rd. Clint Willour,
curator and Executive Director of the Galveston Arts Center,
juried 270 pieces of art and selected works from 40 of the 90
artists who entered.
works by Caroline Z. Marcos have been accepted by the
Artist Alive and Well Juried Exhibition: N-Sight, juried by
Patrick Palmer, Chair of Glassell School of Fine Art.
The works are on view at the Continental Building in Downtown
Houston on May 9-June 10, 2011. The opening reception is May
8th at 4:30 p.m.
E. Perkins will be showing her work
Caliente: Full Frontal Color, at Archway
Gallery from May 7 - June 2, 2011. Artist Reception will be
held Saturday, May 7, 2011 from 5 - 8
p.m., with an Artist Talk at 5:30 p.m. Light refreshments
provided by Hot Mamas. As Donna draws from
dancers dancing, there will be a free Dance
Performance. Lydia Polhemus Hance and the dancers of
Frame Dance Productions will perform sections of Hance's
Mortar, Sylphs Wrote on Saturday, May 21,
2011 at 7:30 p.m. Archway Gallery is located at
2305 Dunlavy, Houston, TX 77006. Gallery Hours are
Monday-Saturday 10-6, Sunday
Murdoch's: Taken Aback by Hurricane Ike was published
in the April 2011 issue of the Galveston Daily News
Coast, as part of a story by Sue Mayfield-Gieger on
Galveston County/Gulf Coast Poets for National Poetry Month.
Three of her photos were shown at the April 2011 Art League of
Galveston Gallery: The Nautilus, Nautilus:
Angel, and Nautilus: Masquerade (with poem.) Three
of her photos were juried into the Texas City Art Festival in
April 2011: Nautilus: Thresholds, Welcome (with
poem), and A Steady Progression (with poem.) Three of
her photographs were also juried in the Galveston Art League
for May. One of her entries took first place; the other,
Hickok's piece called Tea with Good Friends is now
on view in its new home at the Denver Art Museum.
The exhibition, called Sleight of Hand, is in
the new Textile Gallery and features fiber pieces in the
museum's permanent collection.
Reeder's painting titled Good Fences has been
selected for the 2011 Annual Juried Art Exhibition at the Live
Oak Art Center in Columbus, Texas. The exhibition runs from
May 14-July 2, 2011.
O'Michael is having a solo show of her sculptures in the
New Works exhibition at the Craighead Green Gallery
located at 1011 Dragon St., Dallas, Texas 75207. The
exhibition will run May 21-July 2. For more information, visit
of Sally Stubbs' photographs will be part of the
Founding Collection of Juried Art for the University of
Houston Clear Lake's Pearland Campus. Additionally, State
of Disrepair was juried into the Focal Point: National
Juried Photography Exhibition at the Maryland Federation
of Art Circle Gallery in Annapolis, MD, through June 15. Three
of Sally's photos also have been juried into In-Site,
an Artists Alive and Well exhibit at the Continental Building
in downtown Houston. The opening reception will
be Monday, May 9 from 4:30 - 7 p.m. The show runs through
Friday, June 10. A new show at Betz Gallery,
located at 1208 W. Gray in Houston, entitled Diverse
Creations will feature Sally. Opening reception will be
Saturday, May 21 from 6-9 p.m. The show runs through June
will be exhibiting new paintings at the Jung Center, located
at 5200 Montrose Blvd., on May 2-26. An opening reception will
be held Saturday, May 7 from 6-8 p.m.
ECO FUND RECIPIENT PUBLISHES HER BOOK
Walders, a long-time member and literary ECO
Fund recipient in 2005, has just published a new book on
women's resistance during the Holocaust. WOMEN AGAINST
TYRANNY: Poems of Resistance during the Holocaust
developed directly from Davi's ECO Fund project, a testament
to the value of supporting creative women the way WiVLA does.
Her book is now out from Clemson University Digital Press and
can be ordered directly from Davi ($19.95 plus $2.50 postage)
or from Clemson University Digital Press.
giving a book talk and reading from the collection at the
Library of Congress on May 12. Although she no longer lives in
Houston, we certainly hope she will be doing the same at WiVLA
before too long! You can also check Davi out on her new
FOR ENTRIES - LITERARY ART
Scare The Dickens Out of Us ghost story writing contest for
2011 is entering its third year. First place prize of
$1000.00, second place prize of $500.00 and third place prize
of $250.00 will be awarded this year for the best original,
previously unpublished ghost stories 5000 words or less that
are submitted. The
entry fee is $20.00, and entries are accepted beginning July
1. The contest postmark deadline is October 1,
contest is a fundraiser for the Friends of the Dr. Eugene
Clark Library in Lockhart, Texas. All entry fee money goes
directly to the Friends to support library projects. For full
rules and more information, visit www.clarklibraryfriends.com.
The Writers Block International Writing
Competition is accepting submissions. They are accepting short
and feature length scripts and manuscripts of all
genres including documentary, horror, sci-fi, Wiccan, fiction
and nonfiction, religious/spiritual, animation, and
gay/lesbian for their 2011 competition. Deadline is
October 29, 2011. For more information, visit
FOR ENTRIES - VISUAL ART
The Serie Project is accepting applications for
2012. The organization offers a nonprofit Artist in Residence
(AIR) program, with the mission to promote Latino artists as
well as to grant access to the serigraphy technique. The
deadline is Aug. 26, 2011. For more information, visit
Northbrook Public Library 9th Annual Juried Art Show is
accepting entries for 2-3 and 3-D digital media submissions.
Deadline is May 31, 2011. For more information, visit
Photo Center NW is accepting entries for its 16th Annual Photo
Competition Exhibition.This year's exhibition theme is
focused on land and water, and anything related - open to
interpretation. Deadline is May 14, 2011. For more
PLACES TO WRITE & DRAW
Graustark, Phone: 713-528-0653
enjoying a touch of sweetness last month, I have ventured back
to the dark side of the Montrose. Black Hole Café is from the
same people that brought you Antidote in the Heights and
Poison Girl Bar in Montrose. I'm quite familiar with Antidote
but have never been able to locate Poison Girl even though
I've been told over and over again that it's right on
Westheimer and you can't miss it. Not that I would go there,
but it would be nice to at least know where it is.
is my second visit to Black Hole. I first came here with a
friend, and when I suggested going she said we needed to smoke
cigarettes and act cool to get in; we went anyway. Maybe
because it was a Saturday, the atmosphere was a very diverse
and family friendly. As we talked over coffee, an adorable
curly-haired boy pressed his face against our window, couples
rode up on bikes with dogs in tow, people of all
ages lounged on sofas engrossed in novels.
It was a microcosm of the community. Today is Tuesday and it's
very different. Not only do I feel decidedly unhip but even
more distressing, I feel old. Really old. The place is full of
a much younger crowd, many of whom were born in the 1990s and
are cramming for finals. The jovial atmosphere has been
supplanted by the sullenness of teenagers.
Hole has taken the place of a formerly decrepit and seedy
convenience store in a residential area off of Richmond
Avenue. A friend who frequents the laundromat next door is
thrilled that the only shady characters she has to deal with
now when getting laundry done are the hipsters smoking
cigarettes (probably clove) on the patio. Black Hole is a bit
dark as you would likely expect a black hole to be. It's
painted dark gray and blue inside with an exposed duct work
industrial-style ceiling. The saving grace is a huge picture
window letting in lots of natural light, which prevents the
place from becoming the perfect hangout for "vampires" and
Black Hole has a reputation of being frequented by hipsters,
the staff, while probably secretly hip, is very nice and
accommodating. There are lots of unique sitting areas
including comfy thrift store sofas as well as tables and
chairs inside and outside on the "veranda" overlooking the
parking lot. The music is grungy and rough but unobtrusive.
They offer free WIFI and are in a nice residential location.
Additionally even on "young people day," one or two other old
people (those over 30) will be there so you won't feel so
and Comestibles: I've
had their light roast coffee twice and it's really great.
Full-bodied with a bouquet of coffee bean and hints of
yumminess. Simply heavenly. Black Hole also offers pastries
and lunch (salads, sandwiches and soup), and beer and wine
during happy hour.
to Go: Black
Hole is another one of those interesting amalgams of coffee
house/beer and wine place so I would avoid it at happy hour
time if you need some quiet. It's probably best to go during
weekday mornings and afternoons before the booze starts
flowing. It's also not the most cheerful place I've ever been
to so I probably wouldn't advise coming here on a dreary
feel conflicted about Black Hole. On my first visit, I loved
it and couldn't wait to come back. On my second visit I felt
out of place, like I had accidently stumbled into a college
dorm. Aside from this, the atmosphere is consistently quiet
and conducive to writing and drawing, the coffee is good, the
staff is nice, and the location is convenient. I won't let one
so-so experience sour me on Black Hole Café though. I would
rate as a pretty good place to write on Tuesdays and good the
rest of the time.
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media artist, Margaret Colvin is participating in TAID
(Tx Association of Interior Design) Annual Art Gala on
Thursday, May 19 from 5-8pm at Skyline Art Services at 6955
Portwest Drive, Ste 160, Houston, Houston, Tx 77024.
There will be door prizes, a silent auction, raffles, art sale
& live music. Admission is $10 for adults, $3 for
students. For more information call Margaret 713.822.4142 or
Theater Company will be presenting a reading of Au Revoir,
Chere Bebe by Patricia Barry Rumble on May 9 at 7
PM at Main Street Theater -- Chelsea Market, 4617 Montrose
Blvd. In this play, Great-grandma Lisette may have lived most
of her life in Texas, but her roots go deep into the Creole
soil of Louisiana. Now, as her family gathers around her and
argues amongst themselves, she retreats into memories of her
time with her beloved, late husband. Does she still have time?
Is she still able to find someone to treasure the legacy she
has to pass on?
WiVLA CALENDAR OF EVENTS
9, 6 p.m.
Oak Meeting House
17, 6 p.m.
of Printing History, 1324 West Clay (Map)