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
LETTER FROM THE
5th is the opening reception for the exhibition
portion of Mixed Messages, our
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.
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
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,
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.
regards and great appreciation,
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
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.
to a creative and productive month!
MEMBERSHIP MEETING - APRIL
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
MEMBERSHIP MEETING - MAY
Gold Key Scholarships and Artist Presentations
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
It is a very special evening of encouragement,
motivation and honor to our young talent.
and cheer on Renee Zhan, Art Portfolio, and Julie Nguyen,
Writing Portfolio, as they are honored on the evening of May
Join us afterwards, "Dutch Treat," at Cafe
Express for dinner and the gift of
EDUCATIONAL AND CULTURAL OPPORTUNITY AWARDS
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.
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.
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
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.
MUTUAL SPECIAL OPPORTUNITY ENDS MAY
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
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
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
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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.
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.
news you'd like to share? Send an email by the 20th of the
WHAT'S HAPPENING IN VISUAL
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
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.
to pick up your artwork May 15 from 10 a.m.-1:00
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.
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
the workshop is $95 per person. Workshop fees will support the
conservation of the City of Houston's original flag.
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.
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
GOOD BARS TO DRAW, WRITE
CARY REEDER'S COLUMN
Edgewater - A Noble House Hotel
67, 2411 Alaskan Way, Seattle, WA 98121
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.
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
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?
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.
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.
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!
WiVLA MAKES NEWS AT HOUSTON
INDIE BOOK FESTIVAL__________
From left to
right - Pat Morgan, Laura Pena and Jennifer Watson
Photo by Jen
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.
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
you know WiVLA has a Facebook page? We do and we want you to
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.
find us, search Facebook for Women in the Visual and Literary
Arts [WiVLA]. Then LIKE us and post a greeting to all your
FOR ENTRIES - VISUAL ART______________________________
in this list does not indicate endorsement by WiVLA. We
recommend you research each contest, and contact the
Websites for artist exhibition Calls for
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
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
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.
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.
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.
Quarterly Journal seeks visual art. For submission
guidelines and more information, visit their website.
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
FOR ENTRIES - LITERARY ART____________________________
in this list does not indicate endorsement by WiVLA. We
recommend you research each contest, and contact the
is accepting poetry, translation, review, essay, and
interview entries. Deadline: open. Click here for
Our Stories Press is seeking memoirs between 100-300
words for a memoir project. Deadline: rolling. Click here for
Loop Online is an online scriptwriting site.
Click here for
information about various scriptwriting
Borderlands: A Texas Poetry
Review is accepting poetry, essays, book reviews, and
art. Deadline: June 15. Click here for more information.
sponsors monthly contests for essays, short stories, poetry,
articles, essays, and more. Deadline: open. For more
information, visit Byline
Weekly accepts submissions via email, reads year
round, and responds to submissions within 30 days. For more
details, please visit Fiction
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 .
& Writers is a great source for writing
contests. Check out Poets & Writers contests listings here.
Quarterly Journal seeks literary art, including
essays, fiction, poetry, reviews and interviews by women. For
submission guidelines and more information, visit their website.
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
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.
member Ann Bell will be teaching a one-day
Creative Collage class in her studio on Saturday May 19.
get all the details and sign up online, visit her website or call Ann
Would you like to post an
announcement? Send your email by the 20th of the month to
WiVLA CALENDAR OF
May 5, 6 -
Messages Opening reception at Betz Gallery, 1208
May 7, 6
Museum of Printing History,
1324 West Clay (Map)
For a complete list of upcoming events,
visit the WiVLA
reception at Betz Gallery,
Lane Devereux (firstname.lastname@example.org)
Cookie Wells (email@example.com)
Cathy Lachin (firstname.lastname@example.org)
Pattie Berg (email@example.com)
Corry Austin (firstname.lastname@example.org)
Jennifer Watson (email@example.com)
Andrea Waguespack (firstname.lastname@example.org)
Michele Zacks (email@example.com)
Leah Lax (firstname.lastname@example.org)
Pat Morgan (email@example.com) At
Piyali Dasgupta (firstname.lastname@example.org)