May 2016

May Fun Ahead with Library Show Encore and Circle of Five
The May meeting will be a Circle of Five event giving members and guests an opportunity to show their work in a small group. MORE
We will meet at the Printing Museum on May 17 at 5:45, as always. We will start with light snacks and wine with the meeting beginning promptly at 6:15 pm. Please bring your friends!

Join WiVLA members and friends for a day celebrating visual art and writing as well as exciting fashion and accessories at the VENETO COLLECTION at Uptown Park on Saturday, May 14. Our Encore Show will be from 10 am to 5 pm at 1121 Uptown Park #15.  Art from the Library Show "Inspired by Her Quote"  will be on display with Chapbook Readings at 11 am, 1 pm and 3 pm. In addition, there will be a spring dress sale and food and drink. You won't want to miss this!   
President's Message: Library Show Goes on the Road in May
We begin May looking forward to an encore presentation of WiVLA’s “Inspired by Her Quote” show (formerly the Library Show) at VENETO COLLECTION on May 14 from 10 am to 5 pm.  MORE

  Jane Mulholland

Windows Collaboration: Think Big!
Peggy Sexton, Literary Co-chair, sent in this notice: We all need a pat on the back. WIVLA's  Art Exhibit and Reading Event at the Houston Public Library was well received and has created several other opportunities for us. The Visual Committee wants to thank all of you, the artists, the writers and the people who came to see the show. With everyone stepping in to do their part, WIVLA came together to present an interesting and beautiful show.

Inspired By Her Quote will be a hard act to follow, but we can do it. We 're looking forward to doing it again, even bigger with the WINDOWS Collaboration.  Application has closed. Now everyone needs to push forward with their projects. Keep in mind, JULY 2 is going to be here before we know it. Think big,  The Brazosport  Art & Science  Gallery is very large.

Deadlines ahead for WINDOWS:
Jul 2, 2016 - Deadline for image submission
Sep 10, 2016  - Deliver art & excerpt to Brazosport Art Center
Sep 17, 2016  - Windows Opening Reception Anthology & Reading
Oct 9, 2016  - Pick up art at Brazosport Art Center. 
The following collaborators have submitted their Intent to Collaborate with their entry fee as of April 30: (Those postmarked April 30 but not yet received will be included!)

Mary Riggs Ramain (artist) and Jere Pfister (writer)
Josena Arquieta (artist) with Jane Mullholland (writer)
Zita Giraldo (artist) with Jane Mullholland (writer) 
Peggy Sexton (artist) with Diana Weeks (writer)
Judith Shamp (artist) with Lilibeth André (writer)
Jo Zider (artist) with Paige Moore (writer)
Anna Phillips (writer) and Marguerite Baldwin (artist)
Gladys Mae Bullock (writer) and Lane Devereux (artist)
Rona Lesser (artist) and Linda Stelljes (writer)
Lillian Tharp (artist) and Kathleen Merritt (writer)
Patti Richardson (visual) and Leigh Owen (writer)
Lane Devereux (writer) and Carol Watson (artist)
Sandi Stromberg (writer) and Luisa Duarte (artist)
Kay McStay (writer) and Jennifer Segel (artist)
Marcia Patrick (artist) and Tayyba Kanwal (writer)
Millie Hast (writer) and June Russell (artist)
Cori Austin (artist) and Varsha Saraiya-Shah (writer)
Nan Toole (artist) Elizabeth Hall (writer)
Roberta Sadja (writer) and Janice Smith (artist)

Spending a Thousand Dollar Windfall
Cori Austin and Sandi Stromberg shared how they spent their 2015 ECO Fund at the April 19 meeting. Stromberg shared her experience at a week long poetry workshop in Alpine and showed us three poetry forms "the golden shovel," "derangement," and Cento to develop and re-write poems. She found the workshop so stimulating she plans to return this summer. Austin spent her money in drawing courses at Glassell and as a result of taking these courses she applied for a scholarship for an additional course and won $500! She plans to continue at Glassell in the fall.
Big congratulations to our 2016 winners each receiving a $1000 - visual artist Lee Steiner and writer Lilibeth Andre.  You can see the smiles on their faces below!

ECO Fund 2015 Winners 2015 winners Cori Austin (far left) and Sandi Stromberg (far right) , pictured with 2016 winning visual artist Lee Steiner (center left) and 2016 winning writer Lilibeth Andre (center right). Photo by Alicia Young

Andre wrote,"The ECO Fund award will allow me to conduct time-essential research to develop my book concept based on the life of my grandmother who died in December 2015. Her life included connections to historical events like the Mexican revolution. Part of the research includes travel to interview a 100 year old contemporary and collection and verification of relevant historical information. I am super excited because this award give me the checkered flag to advance!"
Steiner wrote, "I will design and build multiple concertina books, using discarded hardcovers, and inset their panels with Artist Trading Card-sized cards I will create to tell stories about the inscribed padlocks left by lovers on the iron railings of bridges throughout the Baltic countries. I first saw this in Riga, Latvia and charmed by the intimate custom with universal appeal, photographed padlocks on bridges in Latvia, Estonia and Lithuania. My project is named 'Locked in Love - Padlocks on the Bridge."

Books2Eat - The First Annual Edible Book Festival on April Fools Day was a huge success as visitors and creators alike enjoyed some delightful and delicious creative work.  The goal was to create edible works of art based on books Sponsored by the Houston Book Arts Guild and WiVLA, this evening was part of the International Edible Book Festival.

Winner Peggy Sexton: "Most Edible!"
An interesting entry: Game of Scones!
Nice crowd views all the entries.
Photos by Lilibeth Andre

WiVLA Scoop by the Snoop: May 2016
Following the April meeting the Snoop received this message from Marian Szczepanski: 
"GREAT meeting Tuesday night. I was so inspired I wanted to go online and register for an art class, then write a poem, even though I need yet another activity like I need a hole in the head." This pretty much said what many of us were thinking as once again we were wowed by our ECO Fund winners. The meeting did get the "Snoop" thinking that when we have great programs like this we should invite not only our friends but our men-folks. YES! MEN! Except that we are a woman focused organization there is no prohibition to having men attend our meetings, exhibitions - and even join as members!
Although the Snoop thinks she knows a lot, she can use your help. Let her know your scoop:

If you shop at Randall's, use the "Good Neighbor" code of 5341 and WiVLA will benefit every time you shop!

       Stay tuned for upcoming workshops!                                                                                            


Please send in your news - art exhibits, works published by the 20th of each month to be included in the following month's newsletter. Please share your good news with WiVLA members by sending to
  • Marian Szczepanski's essay "Suleymaniye" appears in Issue 10 of the online nonfiction journal Proximity.
  • Alicia Young’s two-part series, The Savvy Bride’s Guide, won a silver medal at the 20th Anniversary Independent Publishers book awards.
  • Margo Davis has a poem in the Spring issue of Wisconsin Review and two persona poems are to appear in the “Truth or Dare” issue of Longleaf Pine. Also the Texas Poetry Calendar just accepted another of her poems for their 2017 edition.
  • Karen Anne Smith is proud to announce her solo show called “Joe Goodbuddy Goes 3D” at Galeria Regina. Receptions will be Saturday, May 14 and on Saturday, June 4 from 6 – 9 pm. The show is on view from May 14 - July 9  and is open to the public each Saturday from 12 - 4 pm.
  • Varsha Saraiya-Shah's chapbook collection of poems, “Voices” is being published by Finishing Line Press with a release date set for July 2016.  Order pre-publication copies from FLP’s website by May13. Varsha will read from her book at our September meeting.
  • Denise Bossarte will be teaching Miksang Contemplative Photography Level I at DaVinci Artists Gallery, Tomball, TX May 7 and 8. Contact here for more information.
  • Mary Riggs Ramain is honored to be included in a recent online publication of All About Photo by Ann M. Jastrab, director of Rayco Gallery in San Francisco, CA. Check it out here. 
  • Editors Note: We know a lot of you are showing your work and getting articles and books published, but you MUST send the information to by the 20th of each month. We want to support you and come to your openings, but we have to know about it!!!

Wanted: Seeking a graphic designer to tutor me in photoshop. Want to learn layer organization as well as special effects. Contact:Mary Ramain

Houston Book Arts Guild May Meeting on Thursday, May 5, 6-8 pm at The Printing Museum will present a program by Anne Taylor on Carving Images for Prints. You will learn how to use a V-shaped linoleum cutter on soft block material to make prints for your handmade books. Limited to 20 participants - please RSVP directly to Anne as soon as you can!

Cori Austin hosts a Visual Journalers group on the 3rd Saturday morning monthly at the Mendenhall Community Center.  Meeting time is 9 am -1 pm.   Visual journaling is also called art journaling.  They incorporate collage, paint, stamping, drawing, gel printing, painting, in a variety of ways.  Usually they have a common activity for at least part of the time together.  You are free to participate in whatever way suits you best, either joining in with the group project or working on any creative endeavor you prefer.  May’s meeting will be an unusual way of laying down a background involving spray acrylics, stencils, and baby wipes.  Don’t have any?  They share supplies.  Just bring the basics:  a journal with at least 90 lb. or more  paper, any paints you might want to use, scissors, pens, markers, rule, glue (matt medium, glue stick, or preferred glue), collage materials you might want, and anything else that you enjoy using.  If you contact Cori ahead of time, she will put you on the mailing list for the Visual Journalers mailing, so you can receive an exact supply list. 

Spider Road Press, a Houston independent press promoting writing by and/or about strong women, is having their second annual flash fiction contest. Spider Road Press is once again celebrating excellent, unpublished flash fiction featuring a female protagonist. Contest entries will be accepted from February 15 –May 15, 2016.

WriteSpace is offering several workshops in May including:
Jumpstart Your Writing with HOLLY WALRATH on Saturday, May 7, 2-4 PM,
Blogging 101: Developing Your Writing Online with HOLLY ORDWAY on Saturday, May 14, 2-5 PM,
How to Write for Magazines with KATHERINE SHILCUTT on Saturday, May 21, 1-4 PM
For pricing, registration and more information, go to the WriteSpace website or contact them.

Eighth annual Boldface Conference for Emerging Writers will be at the University of Houston May 23-27. The conference is open to any writer who has not published a book or enrolled in an MFA or PhD program in Creative Writing. More information:

The Mayborn Literary Nonfiction Conference July 22-24 in Grapevine, Texas is a forum for journalists, writers, readers, students, educators and the general public to listen to, be inspired by and practice their craft at the highest possible level. Don't miss the opportunity to participate in one of the most exciting literary conferences around.

Katy Contemporary Art Museum is a relatively new museum in our area and it's located in Katy at 805 Avenue B. WiVLA member June Russell says it is worth a visit.

Art Houston, a new magazine dedicated to all types of art, is looking for articles. For general submission guidelines, contact the publisher here.

For the Sake of Art is a biennial wearable art competition that celebrates the vibrant talent of emerging artists and designers. The event is a fundraiser for the University Museum at Texas Southern University. This year, For the Sake of Art will honor Shelby Marcus and the legacy of artist Kermit Oliver, a Texas Southern art graduate who has achieved worldwide acclaim. The event will be Friday, June 10 at the Omni Houston Hotel. For more information, click here.
Writers will find an abundance of resources on this new website created by writing coach Joan Dempsey.

The Houston Writers Guild offers several Critique Circles at different times and locations. For more information, click here.

Need studio space? JoMar Visions is expanding to an amazing new location in Northwest Crossing in Houston! Location at 5247-5249 Langfield Rd, Houston, TX-77040. Be part of a vibrant art community.
for more information and a map of the studio spaces.

Calls for Entry:  Visual Art
Inclusion in this list does not indicate endorsement by WiVLA. We recommend you research each contest, and contact the sponsor(s). 
~ Archway Gallery is reviewing portfolios of local artists. To apply, please read the information on the Archway Gallery Website,

Texas Art Asylum announces an open call to artists for mixed media work reflecting the show theme -- Vintage Toys! The deadline for submission is Tuesday, May 3. Submissions will be accepted via email to

~ Fraction Magazine is an online venue dedicated to fine art, contemporary photography and brings together diverse bodies of work by established and emerging artists from around the globe. They accept submissions from new and emerging photographers.

~ WCA-CO announces its 2016 national juried show - State of Unions to be exhibited from May 26 to June 12 at the Core Annex, 900 Santa Fe Drive, Denver CO 80204. Go to

~ FreshArts, of which we are members, has many opportunities for artists listed on their website. Check it out!

~ Juried Art Services has a digital jurying system. Click on the link above for more information.
~ CAFE' for Artists! is a website that lists calls for entries nation-wide.  Descriptions of type of art and theme are listed, as is a link for more information.  Deadlines are included.
Calls for Entry:  Literary Art
Inclusion in this list does not indicate endorsement by WiVLA. We recommend you research each contest, and contact the sponsor(s).

The Tenth Gate Prize: founded for mid-career poets, this imprint honors the work and vision of Jane Hirshfield. Poets with two or more published books of poems may submit between June 1 and July 15 to WordWorks Books. They have several other contests and opportunities to submit on their website.

Narrative regularly publishes fiction, poetry, and nonfiction, including stories, novels, novel excerpts, novellas, personal essays, humor, sketches, memoirs, literary biographies, commentary, reportage, interviews, and features of interest to readers who take pleasure in storytelling and imaginative prose.

The Aesthetica Creative Writing Award 2016 is now open for entries, presenting an opportunity for emerging and established writers and poets to showcase their work and further their involvement in the literary world. Short Fiction entries should be no more than 2,000 words. Poetry entries should be no more than 40 lines. Deadline for submissions is 31 August 2016.

~ Poets & Writers has a great database of conferences and residencies for writers. Check it out.

~ A Yahoo group has an ongoing and frequently updated list of creative writing opportunities. Writers can join and the notifications come directly to your email.     

~ Winning Writers is another great website for writing opportunities. Check it out by clicking here

Please forward WiVLA Voices to all your friends who might be interested in WiVLA. BRING A FRIEND TO OUR NEXT MEETING!

Upcoming Events

Tuesday, May 17 at 5:45 pm
"Circle of Five"

Library Show Encore
Saturday, May 14 from 10 am to 5 pm

Veneto Collection
1121 Uptown Park #15

September 2016
MARK YOUR CALENDARS for this big event now. Opening Reception September 17.

Saturday, June 4 from 1 - 3 pm
"Experiencing Collage"
Speaker: Cookie Wells

WriteSpace, Silver Street Studios
2000 Edwards St. MORE

Tuesday, June 21 at 5:45 pm
"ARTLines2: Art Becomes Poetry"
Featuring local poets and artists

Tuesday, July 19 at 5:45 pm
WiVLA Panel Discussion
on other local Arts Organizations

Tuesday, August 16 at 5:45 pm

Unless otherwise noted, member meetings are at the Printing Museum at 1324 W. Clay Street.  We start with refreshments at 5:45 and the meeting at 6:15 pm. For a complete list of upcoming events, visit the WiVLA calendar online.

Tuesday, September 20 at 5:45 pm
Poetry Reading and Discussion
Varsha Saraiya-Shah

About Women in the Visual and Literary Arts

The mission of WiVLA is 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.

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WiVLA 2016 Board of Directors

President - Jane Mulholland 

Vice President - Cori Austin  

Secretary - Alicia Young           

Treasurer - Lane Devereux

Membership - Zita Giraldo and Kristine Rivers

Communications -  Mary Ramain

Programs - Lillian Tharp     

Newsletter - Harriet Riley  

Visual Arts - Peggy Sexton
and Jo Zider   


Literary Arts -Paige Moore
and Mary Harlan   


At-Large-  Josena Arquieta


Historian - Rona Lesser 

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