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
block: when your imaginary friends stop talking to
Welcome to my fourth submission.
meeting was stellar. The recipient of the writer's
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
Jewelry artist, Pattie Berg, shared a vast array
of her handcrafted work.
Learning new techniques advanced
her skills by attending a workshop
Two new journeys will begin for Cary Reeder and
They are the new recipients of the 2013
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
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
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
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: firstname.lastname@example.org.
Homework assignment: Read-Eric
Maisel- The Creativity Book-Chapter One
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
**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!
By Cori Austin
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
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.
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.
Project 2013 books are due by January 15, 2014.
From the Literary Chair - Sandy Wells
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
email@example.com for info.
By Leigh Owen
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.
take notes for these four reasons:
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
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.
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
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
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
all, remember to write it down to learn, remember,
explore, and create.
© 2013, Leigh Owen, Houston, Texas.
& Prose Cafe Table
The Summer Day
made the world?
Who made the swan, and the black
Who made the grasshopper?
This grasshopper, I
the one who has flung herself out of the
the one who is eating sugar out of my hand,
is moving her jaws back and forth instead of up and
who is gazing around with her enormous and
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
I do know how to pay attention, how to fall
into the grass, how to kneel down in the grass,
to be idle and blessed, how to stroll through the
which is what I have been doing all day.
me, what else should I have done?
Doesn't everything die at
last, and too soon?
Tell me, what is it you plan to
with your one wild and precious life?
New and Selected Poems, 1992
Beacon Press, Boston,
New and Current Members!
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:
New WiVLA Members!
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.
work with youth in a middle school. In addition, I am a
motivational speaker who has created an innovative workshop
using poetry and prose.
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.
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
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
am currently seeking work in a marketing or
anything-not-retail. I think I almost have something, we'll
spend full time hours making things, yes, but can I live off
it? Not yet.
have lived in Cypress on and off since I was16.
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
gone over much in bachelor's studies.
work for Glasstire; I can be contacted at firstname.lastname@example.org if you have things
to list like shows, job openings, calls for entry, etc. I am
getting into writing articles so email me at email@example.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
Ima Oduok("eema"), blogger, short story
Allison Currie, painter, drawing
Dian Austin, photographer
Hilda Lockley, painter, poet
Cynthia Sara Friend, fiber
know WiVLA has a Facebook page? We do and we want you to LIKE
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.
us on Facebook, click here, then LIKE us and post a
greeting to all your WiVLA
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).
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
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.
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
some new friends, including Abigail, featured in the photo.
You can request a copy of the book at www.playitstore.com.
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.
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
Would you like to
post an announcement? Send your email
by the 20th
of the month to firstname.lastname@example.org.
CALL FOR ENTRIES -
in this list does not indicate endorsement by WiVLA. We
recommend you research each contest, and contact the
Rachel Uffner, owner of the Rachel Uffner
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.
LAWNDALE ARTIST STUDIO PROGRAM-
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.
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
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.
Newsletter is seeking updated website
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Newsletter via the WiVLA website - Thank
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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
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
13, at 6 p.m.
May 21, at 6p.m.
a complete list of upcoming events, visit the WiVLA calendar online.