May 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
2012 ECO Award Update
Special Opportunity
Easy Money for WiVLA
Member News & Accolades
What's Happening in Visual Arts
Good Bars to Draw, Write, or Read
Houston Indie Book Festival
Please "Like" Us
Call for Entries Visual Arts
Call for Entries Literary Arts
Calendar of Events

LETTER FROM THE PRESIDENT__________________________________



Dear Friends,

May 5th is the opening reception for the exhibition portion of  Mixed Messages, our collaboration show,


highlighting the many ways she used her new computer to foster and develop not only her writing, but her students' writing, too. She also shared some touching new work with us. 


Sally's presentation documented her journey to Palo Dura Canyon State Park, near Amarillo, to try landscape photography for the first time. She showed us the style of photography she has done in the past so we could see how different landscape photography is for her. Her work was lovely and her willingness to try a new artistic challenge was inspiring. 


After the presentation, we held the drawing for the 2012 ECO Award winners. Pattie Berg won for art and I am humbled to say that I won for writing. Pattie intends to develop her skills by attending a national conference and taking classes there; I am going to work with Editor Sarah Cortez to complete my memoir manuscript for a 2013 book competition.  


The May meeting is one of my favorites of the year. Our Gold Key writing and art scholarship winners will be presenting their portfolios to our membership on May 15th. Every year, the girls amaze us with their talent and I'm sure this year will be amazing, too.


Warm regards and great appreciation,





LETTER FROM THE EDITOR______________________________________

Hello everyone,


There is so much optimism in the air: past ECO winners shared with us what great art they produced with their awards. The new ECO fund winners will undoubtedly also produce something quite wonderful.


Not to mention we're on the verge of Mixed Messages, where we will get to see our WiVLA friends' craft.


It seems like we're out of winters' cocoon and well into the springtime, with our art bursting at the seams. 

Here's to a creative and productive month!    


Andrea Waguespack

QUOTE OF THE MONTH_____________________________________ 



Anything can make us look; only art can make us see.
-Archibald MacLeish (1892-1982)



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

MEMBERSHIP MEETING - APRIL 17______________________   


WiVLA members enjoyed presentations made by past ECO fund winners, Maryann Gremillion and Sally Stubbs. Members also shared in the excitement as this year's ECO fund winners, Patti Berg and Lane Devereux, were selected from the qualified applications WiVLA received.  

MEMBERSHIP MEETING - MAY 15_____________________________    

Gold Key Scholarships and Artist Presentations 2012

The Scholastic Art and Writing Awards of Harris County Department of Education are once again supported by WIVLA.  We will be granting a $500.00 award and honorary membership to two high school senior girls for excellent art and literary portfolios.  Each of the recipients will present their portfolios to our members as well as receiving their award.
It is a very special evening of encouragement, motivation and honor to our young talent.

Please come and cheer on Renee Zhan, Art Portfolio, and Julie Nguyen, Writing Portfolio, as they are honored on the evening of May 15, 2012.

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


For 2012, the board of directors decided to return to the drawing method of selection used every year except 2011. To ensure highly-qualified candidates, the board appointed a review committee consisting of Lane Devereux, president; Cookie Wells, vice-president; Jane Mulholland, past writing award winner; and Marsha Solomon, past art award winner. The committee met to review all the applications shortly after the due date.


Every proposal submitted would have been an excellent use of the ECO Fund award grant. Among the submissions were proposals to do research for writing projects, construct a major exhibition piece, develop marketing campaigns to promote new books, attend a major writing conference, film a short documentary art video, and develop art work that focuses on Houston's endangered homes and Houston's neighborhoods. It would have been difficult to choose among these outstanding projects.


Fortunately, the committee did not have to pick the winners. All qualified applications - meaning that the individual had been a dues-paying member for two years or more and that her application had been properly filled out and submitted to WiVLA - were entered into a random drawing conducted at the general meeting on April 17. The 2011 winners each drew the name for their award category.


The winners of the 2012 ECO Fund Awards are Pattie Berg, a jewelry artist, and Lane Devereux, a writer. Pattie proposed using her grant to attend a national conference in her field where she could take classes from expert teachers. Lane proposed using her grant to complete her memoir manuscript for the 2013 book competition at the Mayborn Literary Non-Fiction Conference by hiring an editor.


The board of directors wishes our 2012 winners great success in completing their projects and looks forward to their presentations to the WiVLA membership in 2013.



By Lane Devereux   


I know you intended to help out, but time slipped by and you didn't get around to calling Eileen Collins at Liberty Mutual Insurance for an auto and/or home insurance quote. Great news! It's not too late. You can still help WiVLA raise money by asking Eileen for a quote through May 31st 


Liberty Mutual Insurance will continue to donate up to $15 to WiVLA for every auto and homeowners insurance quote we request from agent Eileen Collins through May 31, 2012. There is no obligation to purchase insurance. If we get a mere 66 inquiries, they will donate $1,000 


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 


I called and found the process as painless as promised. Not only was it easy, Eileen was able to save me over $700 per year on my auto insurance and about $100 on my homeowner insurance. My daughter also got a significantly lower quote on her insurance. How often do you get a chance to do a good deed with the possibility of a big pay-off to yourself? This can be a win for WiVLA and a win for you (and your friends and family).  


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 via email

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.



Sally Stubbs will be exhibiting in the Visual Arts Alliance's 29th Juried Open Exhibition, juried by Wade Wilson. Opening reception will be Friday, May 11 from 6-8pm at the Continental Center I, 1600 Smith Street, Houston 77002.

Carol Scott and Sally Worthington will have a show at J. Bangle's Silk Stocking Gallery for the Galveston Artwalk. The show is titled Redress & Resilience and features sculptural work in papier- maché, fiber, and found materials. The opening reception is from  6-9pm on Saturday, June 2, 2012. 

New member Jane Lowy recently launched her Victorian-era novel Wobbly Barstool, a tale of friendship and love, whose protagonists display anachronistically progressive mindsets in a Dickensian milieu of drama and playfulness. Click here for more info. 

Cookie Wells is participating in References to the Real World, an exhibition of figurative art. The artists reception will be at the Museum District Eye Center, located at 4704 Montrose Blvd. in Houston on Saturday, May 19, 2012 from 5-9pm. The artists' reception will benefit the Houston Area Women's Center.  

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

WHAT'S HAPPENING IN VISUAL ARTS_____________________________ 

By Donna Durbin


Mixed Messages, our collaboration show, has 15 entries with 30 members combining their visual talents for our Saturday, May 5, 6-9:00 p.m. opening at Betz Gallery, 1208 West Gray.  


Nine of these partnerships will present their literary piece on Tuesday, June 19 at the WIVLA meeting. Thanks to all of you contributing your creative energy and presence to make this exhibit a huge success. Please invite your family and friends to both. The exhibition continues through May 12.  


Remember to pick up your artwork May 15 from 10 a.m.-1:00 p.m.


Our next, fast approaching, WIVLA exhibition is the juried Print and Photography show at the Museum of Printing History in August, 2012. The theme is, A Heroine's Journey. We hope that you'll be inspired to share your vision of a heroine's journey with us in August. Look for the prospectus soon! Tentative entry deadline with digital image is due July 1. More details to come.

WRITER'S WORKSHOP_________________________________________ 


Preservation Houston and author Steve Berry's History Matters Foundation will present a workshop for aspiring authors on May 23 from 1:30-5:30pm at St. Paul's Methodist Church, 5501 Main Street in the Museum District. Berry's program, Lessons from a Bestseller, has been held across the country teaching hundreds of students the craft and business of writing. Berry has authored The Jefferson Key, The Paris Vendetta, and The Amber Room.  


Admission for the workshop is $95 per person. Workshop fees will support the conservation of the City of Houston's original flag.


Berry will cover the questions he has been asked most frequently over the years and provide information he feels will have the biggest impact on prospective writers.


Space is limited. Reservations and prepayment are required. Admission is not refundable. Deadline for reservations is Friday, May 18. Click here for the registration form and additional information. To register by phone, please call 713-510-3990. Please email questions to Preservation House.  

GOOD BARS TO DRAW, WRITE OR READ__________________________ 

By Michele Zacks




The Edgewater - A Noble House Hotel

Pier 67, 2411 Alaskan Way, Seattle, WA 98121


Carrying on?! I hope someone's out there reading. HELLLLLLLLLLOOOOOOO? Writing this column brings to mind a horror movie. You know, the scene where someone's walking down a creepy spot alone. Terrified yet hopeful at the slightest noise. Most of us create in a solitary space, really, don't we? Inside our brains, and alone in our home or studio. This is why it's so great to get out to a bar and work. If anything, the noise helps break the silence. Why cover an out-of-town bar? Well, I spent 10 days in Seattle this month. So bear with me on this posting. I do have a point.


Happenings?! Yes, and then some. Art exhibitions were all over Seattle, the site of the 47th Annual Conference of the National Council on Education for the Ceramic Arts (NCECA: http://nceca.net/static/conference_home.php, the reason I was on this trip). However, I had few expectations of this pier-side hotel. I just wanted some "alone time". On Saturday night, this hotel was filled with loud rock music, flashy lights, and a spectacular view of Puget Sound. Drawing, writing or reading: here?


Up to the specs?! The bartenders ignored me. I was in dressed for comfort and sat at a table with another couple. Self consciousness was definitely an option to drive me back to my hotel room. Was this the right setting for my objective of taking notes on the day's experiences and creating ZenTangles (see: April ZenTangles link)? Well, the room was REALLY dark and was crammed with an odd people mix. Night club crowd plus hotel guests. I could blend in. And the best thing? When done, I could go up the elevator and collapse in bed.


Good eats?!  Who cares? I was full (not tired) of salmon from several consecutive days of seafood binging. Outstanding wine was served in a delightful glass. The Edgewater has a scenic view, colorful ambience, and surprisingly, a good band. This was an ideal setting for reflecting on conversations I'd had that day about encaustic and graphic transfer for use in a series of water-themed drawings or collages.


Comfort zone?! I rate this bar at 9/10. Features: comfortable seating, wine glass at an easy reach, and decent music. You may not be in Seattle this month, and you may never go to this rather obscure bar. But in any city, I'd seek a spot with maximum distraction. I've discovered that I can adjust my own rhythm of concentration and creativity to whatever I find. No excuses!



By Jennifer Watson  


indie books
From left to right - Pat Morgan, Laura Pena and Jennifer Watson
Photo by Jen Guerrero

WiVLA was a proud supporter of the Houston Indie Book Festival on April 14th. Several visitors stopped by the WiVLA table and picked up information about our membership and exhibits.


We were especially happy to be mentioned as one of the featured literary organizations in the Houston Press. Click here to read the article.

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. 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:






Brazarre 2012, annual event benefiting the American Cancer Society, is looking for artists to decorate bras for a charity auction. The event will be held at G Gallery on May 26th. Entry deadline is May 11th. For more information, contact Vicki Eaker at (281)857-0073.


2012-2013 Lawndale Artist Studio Program is accepting applications. Application Deadline: May 25, 2012. Program includes a 9-month studio space, stipend & materials budget. Click here for more information.  


TAACCL: Shadows & Illusions Juried Exhibition is accepting entries. The exhibit will be held May 31 - August 9, 2012. Deadline: May 19. Click here for more information.    


Talking About Abstract... an exhibition of abstract art will be held at JoMar Visions Studios, located at 902 Hardy @ Nance. The show will be held June 16th from noon to 7:00pm. Showing fee is $25. For more info, contact studio via email.


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.   


Archway Gallery Call for Entries: 4th Annual Juried Exhibition. Event held July 7 thru August 1, 2012. Deadline: July 2 - 3, 10am-6pm - Hand deliver Artwork with entry fee to Gallery. Click here for prospectus.

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.  


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.


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.



WIVLA member Ann Bell will be teaching a one-day Creative Collage class in her studio on Saturday May 19. To get all the details and sign up online, visit her website or call Ann at 281-330-3827.

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

WiVLA CALENDAR OF EVENTS_________________________________  

May 5, 6 - 9 p.m.

Mixed Messages Opening reception at Betz Gallery, 1208 West Gray


May 7, 6 p.m.

Museum of Printing History, 1324 West Clay  (Map)    


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

opening reception at Betz Gallery,

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)

                                 June Russell (jrrbug281@aol.com)

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