May 2011


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
Good Search
Letter From the Editor
Membership Meeting Recap
Upcoming Membership Meeting
Kathleen Merritt
2011 Print and Photography Show
Member News and Accolades
WiVLA Fund Becomes a Book
Call for Entries
Good Places to Write and Draw
Calendar of Events



Congratulations 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. 

The 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 year.   

Next 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! 

As you read this month's newsletter, be on the lookout for an article about GoodSearch and GoodShop, two easy ways to help WiVLA continue funding the ECO Fund Awards and 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. 

We are WiVLA - Women in the Visual and Literary Arts. 


Warm regards,

Lane Devereux

DOING GOOD ONE SEARCH OR ONE PURCHASE AT A TIME!                                                          

by Lane Devereux

Wouldn't it be great if even a fraction of the billions of dollars generated by search engine advertisers and online shopping was directed towards supporting WiVLA's mission? We have teamed up with GoodSearch.com and GoodShop.com to do just that! 

With GoodShop.com, consumers are helping their favorite causes by shopping at more than 1,600 well-known retailers including Amazon, Target, Apple, Macy's, Best Buy, Orbitz, Sears, and others. The shopping experience and the prices are exactly the same as going to the retailer directly, but by going through GoodShop, up to 30% of the purchase price is donated to WiVLA! 

In addition, for every search conducted on the Yahoo and Bing-powered GoodSearch.com search engine, approximately one penny is donated to WiVLA. Use it exactly like any other search engine, but with GoodSearch, the pennies add up quickly! Just 100 people searching four times a day will earn approximately $1500 a year for us! And, it won't cost you a thing! 

This is a form of philanthropy that works for everyone in this tough economy! We are joining more than 94,000 nonprofits and schools registered with GoodSearch and GoodShop. Examples of other organizations listed on the site include: The Cystic Fibrosis Foundation which has earned nearly $15,000; the ASPCA which has raised more than $35,000; and The National Inclusion Project which supports children with disabilities and has earned more than $14,000.   

We plan to use the money raised from these programs to help pay for future ECO Fund Awards and Gold Key Scholarships. 

Every penny does count. While doing a search or shopping online why not raise money for WiVLA? There is absolutely no reason not to use GoodSearch and GoodShop - it's so easy. Who would have thought searching the Internet and shopping online could be turned into doing good. Follow this link now to get started helping WiVLA through Good Search and Good Shop. http://www.goodsearch.com/toolbar/wivla-women-in-the-visual-and-literary-arts.


Hello everyone,


As 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 newsletter@wivla.org if you are interested.  


If you would like to contribute a story for the newsletter, please let me know. We are always interested in fresh ideas! 


Here's to a creative and productive month! 


Best Wishes, 

Andrea Waguespack

Rebecca Maryann Sally
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 Sally!

WIVLA's 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." 

Following 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.  


Join 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 go to Café Express on West Gray, around the corner from the Museum of Printing History, for our Dutch treat dinners and camaraderie. Please join us!


By Lane Devereux  

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 wivla.lanedev@yahoo.com or call me at 281-373-9658. And thanks for thinking about doing it!




"Finding 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 Prospectus


Eileen McClellan'sLetter 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. 

Three 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.    

Donna 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 1-5.     

Lauran Perry English'spoem 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, second place.

Cindy 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. 

Cary 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.

Michelle 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 www.craigheadgreen.com. 


Two 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 14.  


Margaret Dobbins 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.




Davi 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) at dwalders@yahoo.com or from Clemson University Digital Press.

Davi is 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 website, www.daviwalders.com.


Congratulations, Davi!


The 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, 2011.    


This 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 http://www.spacetaker.org/field_guide/artist_opportunities/call-entry-2011-writers-block-international-writing-competition.   



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 www.serieproject.org.


The 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 http://www.northbrook.info/artshow/2011. 


The 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 information, visit http://pcnw.org/gallery/call-for-entries/16th-annual-photo-competition-exhibition.


By Cary Reeder


Black Hole Café

4504 Graustark, Phone: 713-528-0653


After 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.


This 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.


General Atmosphere: Black 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 goths.


Features: Although 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 bad.


Coffee 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.


When 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 day.


The Verdict: I 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.


Have you found a Good Place to Write or Draw in your neighborhood? We encourage and invite WiVLA members to be guest columnists. Contact the editor for details.



Mixed 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 visit www.margaretcolvin.com.


Wordsmyth 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?  



May 9, 6 p.m.

WiVLA Board meeting  

Live Oak Meeting House


May 17, 6 p.m.   

WiVLA Member meeting 

Museum of Printing History, 1324 West Clay  (Map


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



Lane Devereux   


Diane Griffin Gregory   
Vice President     


Cathy Lachin   


Diana Meade


Kathleen Merritt   


Rebecca Kveton   


Jean Caslin   


Terry Tompkins-Walsh   


Anna Phillips   
Visual Co-Chairs


Donna Durbin   
Visual Co-Chairs


Elizabeth Earle   
Literary Co-Chairs

Corry Austin   
Literary Co-Chairs


Andrea Waguespack   


Jennifer Watson   
At Large


Piyali Dasgupta   

At Large


Royce Ann Sline     


At Large


Jeanne Haner



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