May  2013

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
From the Editor
WIVLA NEWS: A sketchbok Project
Literary News
Literary News
Poet's & Prose Cafe Table
Membership News
Announcements and Upcoming Events
Call for Entries - Visual Arts
Call for Entries - Literary Arts
Calendar of Events

Cathy Nieman Head Shot    

President's Pen


"Writer's block: when your imaginary friends stop talking to you."
Welcome to my fourth submission.

Our April meeting was stellar. The recipient of the writer's award,
Lane Devereux, held us spellbound with the reading of an excerpt
from her memoir. Her scholarship assisted her in hiring an editor
who helped facilitate her progress.
Jewelry artist, Pattie Berg, shared a vast array of her handcrafted work.
Learning new techniques advanced her skills by attending a workshop
in Arlington, Texas.

Two new journeys will begin for Cary Reeder and Anne Taylor.
They are the new recipients of the 2013 Scholarship grant.
The ECO Fund is truly a positive asset of being a WIVLA member.

I would like everyone to know about our Monday night Board Meeting (a week before our general meeting). Thirteen women come together from jobs and
other obligations to commit to an evening of developing ideas and positive growth for all of our members. They are your Board of Directors. When you see them tell them that you appreciate their service. Time is a very gracious gift to give to a volunteer organization.

These same women committed an entire day of service at the 2013
Board Retreat. Meeting at a Quaker meeting hall was soulful.
We used cluster analysis, a form of mind mapping to formulate fresh ideas.
We learned interesting facts about one another. We closed by sharing
quotations that best described who we are. My quotation is:
"A color is as strong as the impression it creates." Ivan Albright
I wish to tell these women how much I appreciate their innovation and invention.

As we approach our twentieth year I am asking that you share
with me a few of your most memorable programs. I have always remembered Lydia Bodner Balahutrik. Not only is she a highly skilled painter but her saga is one I still talk about. Who do you remember? Share your reminiscence with me at: wivla.cathyniem@yahoo.com.
Best Regards,
Cathy Nieman
Homework assignment: Read-Eric Maisel- The Creativity Book-Chapter One


 FROM THE EDITOR_____________________________________
*The newsletter is currently taking submission of poetry and prose for our new section: Poetry & Prose Cafe Table.  Please submit via the WiVLA website.
* When submitting to the newsletter, keep in mind many of us have various versions of MS Word.  Please create a word document when emailing.
* The newsletter is seeking articles, book reviews, cafe/restaurant reviews and art exhibit/museum reviews.  Please submit via the WiVLA website.
**Also, please not that the deadline for all submissions to the newsletter is the 20th of each month.  Starting with the June issue (May 20th deadline) anything received after the 20th will go toward the following month's issue.
Thanks so much!





A Sketchbook Project Group

By Cori Austin

Several members have expressed interest in doing a sketchbook for The Sketchbook Project. These books are not limited to sketching.......writing, mixed media, stitching; various color media can be incorporated. One need have only desire, not great drawing talent, in order to participate. There will be a sketchbook group forming in May. We can use our time together to create our pages - working together is both inspiring and helps accountability. We can, if desired, meet at various locations to do actual sketching.   Please let Cori Austin know if you are interested in participating.   Artjournal50@gmail.com  

 The Sketchbook Project is a global, crowd-sourced art project and interactive, traveling exhibition of handmade books. Our community is made up of over 75,000 people, and our permanent collection at Brooklyn Art Library holds over 26,000 sketchbooks from 135 countries around the globe. People from all walks of life are invited to fill the pages of a blank sketchbook and send it back for inclusion in the ever-growing library of inspiration.

The link: http://www.sketchbookproject.com/projects/sketchbookproject  

Order your sketchbook from the website. You can choose either a sketchbook project that will be digitized (and available online), included in the library and in some traveling exhibitions. Or you can choose a sketchbook project that will be included in the library and some of the traveling exhibitions.  You may rebind your sketchbook in order to change the paper.

Sketchbook Project 2013 books are due by January 15, 2014.




 Literary News


From the Literary Chair - Sandy Wells



Everyone is welcome to join us May 3rd for a field trip to the Gribble Stamp Company. We will meet at the Museum of Printing History at 11 am and carpool over or you can meet us there. Bring a sack lunch and ideas for a 5x7 curved rubber stamp you can order in the future with your poem or symbol on it for a future art show! Three generations have owned and operated this Houston keepsake. Gribble Stamp is located at 121 St. Emanuel St., Houston. 713-228-2127. www.gribblestamp.com or email Sandy Wells at sandy@sandywellsart.com for info.










Take Note

By Leigh Owen

I keep a commonplace book (see article in March 2013 WiVLA newsletter) and I use it for all sorts of things including taking notes at WiVLA meetings. My book goes everywhere and was with me way back in March 20, 2001 when speaker Sarah Rothenberg, artistic director of Da Camera said, "Music is audible landscape" and "The past is always present." And when WiVLA speaker Emily Fox Gordon said, "I run for the word processor the way you sometimes run for the bathroom." I'm so glad to have captured those comments.


We take notes for these four reasons:

1. To learn

2. To remember

3. To explore

4. To create.


1. Learn. Note taking helps you learn as it gives you an opportunity to reflect and better fix new ideas in your mind. Making notes helps you focus and concentrate. The care and attention that accurate note taking demands will encourage a fuller understanding.


2. Remember. We take notes to remember. Time flies: someday, you'll want to remember a piece of it. Your notes can become a journal-a record of ideas and day-to-day activities. Write down the way you felt when you got your new job, your painting was selected for a juried show, and your first grandchild was born because you want to remember - and because someday your grandchild might be glad to know about it, too. Be sure to date your entries. You can even use a date stamp.


3. Explore. We take notes to explore. It's a big world. As you travel, you'll want to record your impressions. You may return to Paris, but you'll never again see Paris for the first time.


4. Create. We take notes to create. Try out different styles, and new voices. Write a paragraph or a haiku to capture a moment. Maybe add a little sketch.

For the best note taking: Write in your own words. Use of lots of bullet points. Write faster by using symbols in place of their words, such as an ampersand (&) rather than spelling out "and." Employ short phrases rather than complete sentences. Beware quick scribbles. They lose meaning fast. Very fast. It's critical to review and organize your notes the same day.

Above all, remember to write it down to learn, remember, explore, and create.

Copyright 2013, Leigh Owen, Houston, Texas. 




Poet's  & Prose Cafe Table

The Summer Day

by Mary Oliver

Who made the world?
Who made the swan, and the black bear?
Who made the grasshopper?
This grasshopper, I mean-
the one who has flung herself out of the grass,
the one who is eating sugar out of my hand,
who is moving her jaws back and forth instead of up and down-
who is gazing around with her enormous and complicated eyes.
Now she lifts her pale forearms and thoroughly washes her face.
Now she snaps her wings open, and floats away.
I don't know exactly what a prayer is.
I do know how to pay attention, how to fall down
into the grass, how to kneel down in the grass,
how to be idle and blessed, how to stroll through the fields,
which is what I have been doing all day.
Tell me, what else should I have done?
Doesn't everything die at last, and too soon?
Tell me, what is it you plan to do
with your one wild and precious life?


from New and Selected Poems, 1992
Beacon Press, Boston, MA



Membership News

Greetings, New and Current Members!

Our membership is gradually increasing, and we are currently at 114 members. You can help increase our membership by "talking up" our fine organization and always having a WiVLA card ready to hand out to interested women. Bring a friend to a meeting - once she feels our welcome and sees for herself what WiVLA can bring to her art life, she is sure to join! One of our goals is to help our new members feel welcomed. If you see a green dot on someone's name tag, it means, "Green for Go....over and introduce yourself to this new member!" Our new members are interesting and have varied backgrounds. Here are a few new faces you will see and meet:

Introducing New WiVLA Members!

Mary Remar

I work full time in Real Estate Development. I do a little Artist's Management Consulting and Art Brokering on the side. I have dabbled in painting - oil, mixed media, photography, and textile art. I've written poetry, screenplays, songs and television series treatments. My dream life looks like having a full time art and art brokering life on a farm in a semi-urban or not too rural area near a major metropolitan area in Texas or California. I've lived in Houston since 2005 and value women's groups, as it is so easy for women to set aside their creativity and passions for other people's more immediate needs. Good women are the soul and conscience of humanity, and if we are not expressing ourselves, society moves backwards.

Gladys Bullock

I work with youth in a middle school. In addition, I am a motivational speaker who has created an innovative workshop using poetry and prose.

I also enjoy biking and backpacking across Texas and the United States. I also lend support to various non-profits: Girl Scout Leader, MS 150 Bike tour and other Charity events. I have live in Baytown for 10 years.

I started writing unconsciously out of pain and now I share life survival strategies with readers.

A women's art group appeals to me because women in my opinion are greater supports of the arts in general. I can offer WiVLA members my talents as a motivational speaker, coordinator and fundraiser.

Allison Currie

I paint and draw currently. I have done a lot if landscape/portrait works in my past but post-university I've been leaning towards minimalist work. I also have my super-crafty side painting on porcelain tea cups and other home items.

I am currently seeking work in a marketing or anything-not-retail. I think I almost have something, we'll see.

I spend full time hours making things, yes, but can I live off it? Not yet.

I have lived in Cypress on and off since I was16.

I am interested in WiVLA and in the networking aspects of the group and seeing how others get by so I can figure out how to be a working artist. That

isn't gone over much in bachelor's studies.

I work for Glasstire; I can be contacted at classifieds@glasstire.com if you have things to list like shows, job openings, calls for entry, etc. I am getting into writing articles so email me at intern@glasstire.com I also make lopsided but delicious French macaroons, lol! Not as a gig, just for snacks. My websites are allisoncurrie.com and strayteacupsociety.com


Other new members who have recently joined:

Ima Oduok("eema"), blogger, short story writer

Allison Currie, painter, drawing

Dian Austin, photographer

Hilda Lockley, painter, poet

Cynthia Sara Friend, fiber artist


We're On Facebook

Did you know WiVLA has a Facebook page? We do and we want you to LIKE us!


Our Facebook page is 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 on Facebook, click here, then LIKE us and post a greeting to all your WiVLA friends. 




Donna Perkins will have a painting in the Visual Arts Alliance Juried Open Exhibition which opens Friday, May 10, 6-8 pm at One Allen Center (500 Dallas Street) and Three Allen Center (333 Clay Street).


Karen A Smith is proud to announce that her art titled Measured Energy was selected for the Visual Arts Alliance 30th Juried Open Exhibition by Diane Barber. The exhibition runs from May 10 to June 16, 2013. The opening reception will be held on Friday, May 10, 2013 from 6 pm to 8 pm. The exhibition is located at the One Allen Center at 500 Dallas Street and the Three Allen Center at 333 Clay Street downtown. Please note these two buildings are connected so you can park once to see both exhibitions. Karen's art piece is made of vintage dress patterned paper on 18" by 18" by 1.5" board. I look forward to seeing you at the opening reception. ALSO: Call for Assistance -Karenis looking for Men's Ties and Dress Patterned Paper. If you have one of these and wish to share, please contact me at 713 521 7775.


Exciting Times! Author/Playwright/WIVLA-member, Patricia Barry Rumble won Honorable Mention in the 'Novel Writing Excerpt' Category, for her novel Together in Time, at the Jambalaya Writers Conference in Houma, Louisiana on April 13, 2013. The entries were judged on the first 1500 words of the novel.

At the conference, she also had an exhibit table for her Christmas book, The Night the Animals Talked, where she sold a number of books and

made some new friends, including Abigail, featured in the photo. You can request a copy of the book at www.playitstore.com.


Cary Reeder - Her painting Winter Mourning was selected for the Visual Arts Alliance's 30th Juried Open Exhibition. The show will be at One Allen and Three Allen Center downtown from May 10-June 16, 2013. She has also been awarded an Individual Artist Grant (Emerging) from the Houston Arts Alliance for 2013.


 Margaret Howell would like to announce that her work has  been chosen to exhibit in the Visual Arts Alliance 30th Juried Exhibition. The show runs from May 10 to June 16 in the gallery of Three Allen Center in downtown Houston 




 Would you like to post an announcement? Send your email

by the 20th of the month to newsletter@wivla.org.



Inclusion in this list does not indicate endorsement by WiVLA. We recommend you research each contest, and contact the sponsor(s). 


The Women's Caucus for Art announces a national call for Stories We Tell, portraying the rich tradition of visual storytelling through women's voices.  For more information please go to http://www.entrythingy.com/www.nationalwca.org#dashboard

JUROR: Rachel Uffner, owner of the Rachel Uffner Gallery, NYC.

EXHIBITION VENUE: Phoenix Gallery , 210 Eleventh Avenue @25th Street, Suite 902,New York, New York 10001 - DATES OF EXHIBITION: September 4 to September 28, 2013 - ELIGIBILITY : Open to all self-identified women artists in the USA.



Application Deadline: May 31, 2013 Lawndale is pleased to announce the eighth round of the Lawndale Artist Studio Program. The program is part of Lawndale's ongoing commitment to support the creation of contemporary art by Gulf Coast area artists. With an emphasis on emerging practices, the program provides three artists with non-residential studio space on the third floor of the Lawndale Art Center at 4912 Main Street in the heart of Houston's Museum District.
Artists have full access to their studios 24 hours a day, seven days a week; access to visiting artists, writers and curators; and receive a $500 monthly stipend for the duration of the program together with an initial $1500 materials allowance. Participating artists are expected to spend a minimum of 16 hours a week in the studio. Each artist will also be expected to present a workshop to the general public and the local arts community to share their practice or explore a related topic.
At the completion of the residency, the works produced during the 2013-2014 program will be exhibited at Lawndale Art Center in May 2014. Lawndale Art Center will work with resident artists to create additional exhibition opportunities during their residency.  


Please visit https://lawndaleartcenter.submittable.com/submit
 to create an account. This will allow you to return and monitor the status of your submissions. You only need to do this step the first time you submit.



The Newsletter is seeking updated website information for Call For Entries - if you have updated information please submit to the Newsletter via the WiVLA website - Thank you!




Inclusion in this list does not indicate endorsement by WiVLA. We recommend you research each contest, and contact the sponsor(s).   



Le Petit Theatre de Terrebonne announces its 2013 Regional Playwriting Competition. A request for submission of ORIGINAL One-Act Plays - the deadline for scripts: July 1, 2013. Open to residents of Louisiana, Texas, Mississippi, Alabama, Florida and Georgia. For rules and application form please visit Le Petit's website at www.houmalittletheatre.com or email 





    The Newsletter is seeking updated website information for Call For Entries - if you have updated information please submit to the Newsletter via the WiVLA website - Thank you!





Monday, May 13, at 6 p.m.

WiVLA Board meeting  

Sosa Community Center

1414 Wirt Road

Houston, TX77055 


Tuesday, May 21, at 6p.m.

Museum of Printing History

1324 West Clay


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

WiVLA 2013 Board of Directors


President                     Cathy Nieman           (wivla.cathyniem@yahoo.com)

Vice President           Jane Mulholland   mulholland.jane@gmail.com

  Secretary                    Rona Lesser                   (ronales@wt.net)


Treasurer                    Pattie Berg                    (jewelry@sapamojo.com)

Membership              Cori Austin                     (artjournal50@gmail.com)

Communications      Dianne Webb                 (diannekwebb@gmail.com)

Programs                    Laura Pena                    (iselapena@hotmail.com)

Newsletter                  Diane Door                     (newslettereditor@wivla.org)

Visual Arts                  Michele Zacks                (visual@wivla.org) 

Literary Arts               Mary Baker                       (literary@wivla.org)  


                 Sandy Wells                   (literary@wivla.org)

At- Large                    Cindy Rasche                (cindyrasche@yahoo.com)


Historian                     Cathy Lachin                 (cplachin@yahoo.com)          

Past President            Lane Devereux             (wivla.lanedev@yahoo.com) 



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