May 2017

Women’s Acts of Defiance:  Video, Literary, and Visual Art Responses to the Intolerable
That is a stunning title for a program, isn’t it! This promises to be a stunning program – be sure to attend May’s meeting! Kay Adshead has access to short, artistic videos created to show different reasons for defiance, and some of our members have stepped forward with their own artistic responses to untenable situations. 

Every one of our gatherings is unique and interesting and causes us to question and wonder. Please join us for this multi-media presentation of responsive creativity.
If you would like to participate with your own artistic response to a situation in which you are or were unable to tolerate, please email and let us know what you would like to add to the program. At newsletter publication time these members are participating in the program: Stella Brice, Gladys Bullock, Zita Giraldo, Tayyba Maya Kanwal, Jane Mulholland, Jere Pfister, Mary Riggs Ramain, Traci Shannon, Lillian Tharp, and Margaret Toombs.
Curated and facilitated by Kay Adshead.

The meeting will be held at Archway Gallery, 2305 Dunlavy, Houston TX 77006
5:45  Mix and Mingle; Please bring wine or a snack if you can.
6:15:  Short business meeting
6:30:  Program begins
7:30:  Walk two blocks to Brasil’s at the corner of Westheimer and Dunlavy for dinner (Dutch treat).
President's Message
Hats off to WiVLA!
Well, actually, hats on. WiVLA hosted Cultured Cocktails at Bar Boheme on April 20, and sporting some lovely headgear, we introduced bar patrons to WiVLA. In the process, we earned a percentage of their 5:00-8:00 pm drink proceeds, and just as important, we had so much fun together! Next year's event promises to be even better. 
   Our ECO Award presentations were marvelous! Both Lilibeth Andre and Lee Steiner had fascinating projects, and they both explained them thoroughly and delightfully. It was amazing to see and hear how $1,000 can help a woman accomplish her goals! A few gasps later, Mary Riggs Ramain and Kay McStay's names were picked from the boxes of names as our 2017 ECO Award winners. I could sense calendars flashing through their thoughts as they planned the coming year’s activities.
   The last day of March was the joint WiVLA-Houston Book Arts Guild 2nd Annual Books2Eat Festival. And festival it was! The variety and creativity of edible titles was delicious and that was even before we started tasting everything. If you have never joined in on the fun, either as spectator or participant, please start brainstorming now for next year’s Festival. It’s a library full of fun! 
   May’s meeting promises to be stimulating and thought-provoking. “Women’s Acts of Defiance: Videos, Literary and Visual Art Responses to the Intolerable” will be presented thanks to the access Kay Adshead has to an assortment of videos and to WiVLA members who will share their own responses. 
   Put June 11 on your calendar: WiVLA will visit the Cistern in downtown Houston. See details later in this newsletter. A former actual cistern for water collection, this space has now become the location of multimedia art installations. What better way to enjoy this amazing space than with your WiVLA friends!
   So, as you see, women of WiVLA are having a great time with each other. The more you join in, the more good experiences there are to be had. Is anyone interested in a book club?  A regular movie gathering? Maybe outings to some of our treasured museums? We now have a WiVLA Facebook group just for members. We can post opportunities and respond to each others' ideas. Here is the link to join:  See the news item later in the newsletter to learn about this new WiVLA feature and how it will help us stay connected.
   Keep the Renewal show in your line of vision – the entry period for both literary and visual arts works is May 1 through June 15. The opening will be August 20. How have you experienced renewal? Let that experience flow into a piece of literary or visual art for this show. See the article later in this newsletter for the prospectus.
   Ready? So many opportunities are forthcoming; such creative fun calls. Grab your hat!  Let’s go!
   Cori Austin
WiVLA Outing to The Cistern

 Join us at The Cistern on June 11.  An old drinking water reservoir built by the city of Houston in 1926, the cistern lay empty until someone with great vision saw its potential.  It is now an art installation location.  The current multi-media show being presented is “Rain” by Magdalena Fernandez.   It is described below as an “immersive experience,” Here is a link to the website:    Order a 12:00 noon ticket for Sunday, June 11.  We'll meet there at 11:45. Then we can have lunch after at the Black Walnut Cafe on Memorial.
Books2Eat – a Delicious Night!
   Reading and Eating – two favorite past times of many of us!  Books2Eat managed to combine both in a wacky, creative, and fun party on April Fool’s Eve. This is an international festival carried out on April 1 all over the world. Houston’s event was a festive part of the world-wide celebration. 
   Collaborating with Houston Book Arts Guild, WiVLA helped Lee Steiner produce the colorful and entertaining event for a second year in a row. Puns and true-to-detail creations were ways that “books” were “cooked.” And there were even prizes! Many thanks to the WIVLA members who created entries and to the attendees.
 Top: Overview of the Books2Eat event on March 31.
Middle: Lilibeth Andre with her entry.
Bottom: Judith Shamp with her entry.
To see more pictures of the event, please click here.

RENEWAL Prospectus times two -- Visual and Literary
WiVLA is extremely excited to collaborate with the Evelyn Rubenstein Jewish Community Center – “The J” -- in an event called One Voice, One Vibe, Our Community. As many Houstonians are aware that the greater Meyerland area was hit by devastating floods twice within a ten-month period. “The J” became a hub for relief efforts and continues to communicate with the community and local leaders in the city and county. This has led to a renewed sense of pride and excitement about the community. To celebrate the commitment to connecting and rebuilding this vital community “The J” is sponsoring One Voice, One Vibe, Our Community.
   As the centerpiece of One Voice, One Vibe, Our Community, “The J” is commissioning an original anthem-like musical composition to reflect the resilience of the greater Meyerland area, its Jewish imprint, and the Evelyn Rubenstein Jewish Community Center. The WiVLA part of this will be an art exhibit along with written work from our writers on the topic “Renewal.” The composition will premiere at the Evelyn Rubenstein Jewish Community Center on August 20, 2017 with local musicians and singers. Earlier that afternoon, an opening reception will be held with the WIVLA art work exhibited in the Deutser Art Gallery along with a chapbook of the WiVLA written work.
 As you ruminate on the theme Renewal and what you want to create for this significant event, please think in terms of a secular approach to the topic. Because the work is to be presented to the entire community of Meyerland and its neighbors, it should have broad appeal. Work with a religious slant will not be appropriate for this show.
Visual Prospectus is here.
Literary Prospectus is here.
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April Meeting Highlights the ECO Fund

2016 ECO awardees Lilibeth Andre and Lee Steiner had the rapt attention of the 25+ member audience as they both gave fascinating and inspiring presentations about their use of the $1,000 awards throughout the year.
  Lilibeth held us spellbound with her historical and family slides while she detailed her research into the life of her beloved grandmother. Oral history, documents, pictures, and personal visits to El Paso were the instruments that allowed Lilibeth to delve into family relationships, stories, traditions, and more than a few surprising historical connections. Her presentation surely showed the caring nature, warmth, and depth of her ongoing writing project.
   On the visual front, Lee Steiner gave a beautiful, colorful, and entertaining presentation on her "Locked in Love" project. Lee became fascinated with the European and Eastern tradition of lovers locking a lock on a bridge. Her interest soon encompassed her own travels to photograph the bridges and locks and additional help from family members to add to her photo collection. Lee wanted to create an actual bridge with locks, a quilt-like tapestry, and "trading cards" of love stories to be enjoyed at a "Locked in Love" event along with distributing the cards to the volunteer storytellers who wrote the love stories in 30 or fewer words. Lee's slides, binders, samples, and statistics graphically and artistically showed the many steps and delightful finished project that was revealed at her studio in February 2017.
   Cori Austin with help from the presenters managed drawing the names from the 2017 applicants. The winners were the very surprised and happy Mary Riggs Ramain for the visual award and Kay McStay for the literary award. (The editor suggests members seek out the WiVLA facebook page for pictures of the April meeting.)
WiVLA Celebrated with Cultured Cocktails          
WiVLA members celebrated and shared our mission and programming with the Houston community at a happy hour hosted by Bar Boheme. This April 20, WiVLA was the beneficiary of  the Fresh Arts Cultured Cocktails program—offering Houston arts organizations an opportunity to meet with supporters of the arts, and benefit from a portion of the proceeds of the event. Several board members and WiVLA members were on location to engage the happy hour patrons and our invited friends in conversations about WiVLA as an organization, as well as our individual artistic passions.
   The evening was lively with activities organized by WiVLA members, including a “Create Your Own Cocktail” naming competition using magnetic poetry. Bar patrons enjoyed voting on their favorites, and we almost managed to convince our bar tender to create a recipe for the winning cocktail name, “Fiery Wet Goddess.” Playwright Kay McStay generated two dialogues-on-demand for patrons. Writer Tayyba Maya Kanwal and illustrator Zita Giraldo created flash fiction based on prompts gathered from the happy hour crowd. (Curious? You can see Maya and Zita’s work online by clicking here.) The creative exchanges and conversations during the happy hour were an invigorating example of WiVLA’s potential in the Houston art community.
   Editor's Note: The cocktail naming contest has a winner but we don't know who concocted the name "Fiery Wet Goddess" that received the most votes. If you will announce yourself to the editor, I'll deliver your prize. There were at least 20 cocktail names and I include a few of my favorites: Delirious Afterworld, Unstoppable Fluff Machine, Childish Drunk, and Hazy Moon Storm.

New Facebook Group:
Announcement from Regina Vitolo Mader

WiVLA has a new Facebook group for MEMBERS ONLY. If you would like to join, you can go directly to the link and send a request, or you can email Regina at, and she can send you an invitation to the group. Here is the link:

  • New item from Regina Vitolo Mader: Facebook Group.  See notice above!
  • Editor's Choice: Repeating items from Regina Vitolo Mader, who is our Social Media guru, with excellent information about Twitter and its uses. To see her advice and resources, click here. For a one-page Twitter guide, click here.
  • Looking for a gift for a special friend? This lovely teacup and saucer set is available for purchase for only $10 and is ALREADY WRAPPED. To order, email
  • Editor's Choice repeating Item #2 from Regina, social media guru: Do you want to post on WiVLA's Facebook page? Click here for a short tutorial with easy-to-read instructions and images. Many thanks to Regina!
  • AMAZON SMILE. Click here to read treasurer Lane Devereux's thank you to recent donors and helpful information about donations to WiVLA via several options including Amazon Smile which is a way for WIVLA to receive funds based on a percentage of purchases through Amazon. Good idea!
  • Stay tuned for upcoming events!                                                      

Please send in your news by the 20th of each month - art exhibits, literary works, news, etc. -  for inclusion in the following month’s newsletter to
  • Josena Arquieta writes: "I started classes at The Glassell School of Art in January 2005. The school has a Certificate of Achievement consisting of basic drawing, 2- and 3-D design, art history, drawing, and painting totaling 32 classes. I have now completed the program and will have a student show and ceremony Friday May 19 at 7:00 pm at the school at 2450 Holcombe Blvd. This event coincides with the Glassell student show and sale." Editor's note: Please note the temporary location for the Glassell while the new building is under construction.
  • Sharon Worley has a new one-person exhibition of paintings at the Houston Public Central Library McKinney branch: "Making Waves: Light, Water and Color" open through June 2.
    April 3, 2017 - June 2, 2017 at Central Library | 1st Floor Art Gallery, 500 McKinney St., 77002
  • Catherine Lu of Houston Public Media's KUHF celebrated April as Poetry Month in her program with a diverse group of poets, one for each weekday in April. Some people you probably know and some you'll want to meet! The beauty is if you missed it on the radio, there's a wonderful website where all the features are available. Each poet's page consists of a short bio, an interview, and a reading of one poem, which is also posted.
    Voices and Verses: A Poem-A-Day Series | Houston Public Media. Sandi Stromberg was featured on Wednesday, April 19. You can see her page at:
  • From now until June 1, member Nan Toole's art will be exhibited at FRESH ART / FRESH PRODUCE
    on Saturdays from 10:00 am - NOON
    First Congregational Church at 10840 Bienhorn, (go south from I-10 on Voss and turn right on Bienhorn). We hope you can come see Nan's hottest, freshest art and pick up delicious produce at the Farmer's Market. Nan will be in the building with the bell tower. She hopes to see you there!
  • Denise Bossarte has published her photography in a series of books of Copyright Free images on The Do Your Art Your Way series of books is for the collage artist, mixed media artist, crafter, or SoulCollage® card maker who wants to include beautiful copyright free images in their art. Each book contains dozens of original images, with each image on its own page. No worries about cutting out these images to use for your art! Each of the images comes in a large and small version, so you can use them in your larger or smaller works. Check out more on the books at
  • Jane Chance signed up for the summer workshop in Italy in the link below. Perhaps members would like to view this opportunity:
  • Carolyn Dahl is featured in an article in the May 2017 Houston Lifestyles & Homes
  • Social media tutorials and fact sheets by Regina Vitolo Mader are under the NEWS heading. Many thanks to Regina for clear and concise advice!
  • Former member Adela Andea will be one of twelve artists featured in SPRING/BREAK BKLYN IMMERSIVE, a curator-driven fair during Frieze New York, where she will create a large-scale site-specific installation. 300 Flatbush Avenue Extension, Brooklyn, NY 11201Opening Night: Saturday, May 6, 7:00-10:00 pmOn View: May 7-14, 12:00-7:00 pm

     Editors Note: We know a lot of you are showing your work and getting articles and books published, so we ask you to send the information to by the 20th of each month. We want to support you and come to your openings and readings; timely info to the newsletter gets the word to members and their friends and contacts.

~ Book lovers may want to attend MenilFest & Gulf Coast indie book fest on Saturday, May 6 from 11:00 am to 5 pm. It is an outdoor festival on the grounds of the Menil. More information at web address here.

~ Poets will read poems from Untameable City: Poems on the Nature of Houston at River Oaks Bookstore, 3270 Westheimer at River Oaks Blvd. on Saturday, May 6, 4:00-6:00 pm. Mutabilis Press' 4th anthology, this book was chosen by Alyson Ward for the 2017 Houston Chronicle Reading Challenge. As she wrote: "I love that anthology—some of the poems are just quintessential Houston."

~ Elizabeth Neckes, program coordinator with Artadia, is happy to let you know that the 2017 Houston Artadia Awards are now open! The application is open to all visual artists who have lived in Harris County TX for at least two years and who are not currently enrolled in a full-time art-related degree program. It is also free to apply, and the deadline is May 15, 2017 at 11:59 pm CDT. "We would greatly appreciate it if you could share this information with your network. Artists can visit our website for more information and to apply. We are @artadia on Facebook, Instagram, and Twitter. To see the poster about the Houston Artadia Awards, click here.

~ Member June Russell sends information on the following: Sculpture Workshop at Betz Fine Art Gallery and Foundry, Working from life, the Positive Approach to Sculpting with artist Lori Betz who writes that the workshop will concentrate on methods of clay modeling working from a live model in water based clay. We will study the  anatomy and proportions of the human figure, with the emphasis on developing form and beautiful composition. The workshop will provide an in-depth exploration of the human figure  while working from the same model each day. Each person will receive individual attention, including demonstrations on anatomy and technique. This is a three week course on Saturday and Sunday from 10:30 am -3:00 pm with a lunch break. For workshop dates contact Lori Betz at 713-576-6954,,

~ Margo Toombs writes: "I am co-hosting deep listening circles at the Jung Center the 2nd and 4th Thursdays of each month for the next 3 months - 6:00-7:30 pm. Imagine talking without being interrupted. Listening without feeling the need to fix the speaker. It's emotionally refreshing. It's a gift. And it is free. Let me know if you are interested in being on our email list." You can reach Margo at You can read an introduction to deep listening circles here.

~ Inprint opens its doors at 1520 West Main on the first Friday of every month from 9 am to 12 noon for a writing cafe. Any and all writers looking for a pleasant morning space in which to write are welcome. For information, click here.  Be sure and use the link to confirm the Friday availability. A few Fridays in 2017 are blocked due to other schedules.

WriteSpace is offering several workshops in May and continuing into the summer. For pricing, registration and more information, go to the WriteSpace website or contact them. Please see the WriteSpace website for details.

~ Public Poetry  announces a marvelous month of events in May.

~ Events and upcoming shows are noted on the Visual Arts Alliance (VAA) helpful website at

~  From Cori Austin -- Creative Mornings Houston: Every month, creative people gather at a designated place for a program designed to inspire and entertain. There is time for networking, visiting, meeting new people, and having some kind of morning food and drink. I've been three times. Each time has been totally different, but the common denominator (I am a math teacher, by the way), is always interesting people having interesting conversations. To join, sign up for the Houston newsletter at It’s always on a Friday morning and begins at 8:30 am. The location changes each time. 

~ Member Debbie Blumberg writes, "I'm the founder and co-president of the new Texas Chapter of the American Society of Journalists and Authors, ASJA, and would love to grow our group. Founded in 1948, ASJA is the nation's professional organization of independent nonfiction writers. Our membership consists of nearly 1,200 freelance writers of magazine articles, trade books, and many other forms of nonfiction writing. Professional writers are able to apply to join. In Texas, we're planning several events, networking and career development opportunities. ASJA also has an amazing yearly conference in New York. Anyone interested can contact me for more information -

~ The newsletter editor suggests you check out the Houston Writers Guild webpage for useful links, workshops, contests, critique circles, advertising opportunities, and news about their April conference. The conference schedule is well-rounded and explores many topics. Good info can be found at

~  3rd Coast Books is now accepting fiction and non-fiction submissions in seven genres. Please go to:

~ Art Houston is a new local magazine dedicated to all types of art and they are seeking articles. For general submission guidelines, contact the publisher at Art Houston.

~  Writers will find an abundance of resources on this new website created by writing coach Joan Dempsey.

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 has an important link on their website: Call for Artists for their annual juried show later this year. Click here to go to the website.

~ Also at Archway: Upcoming exhibits include the Empty Bowls reception and fundraiser. See the website. Click here.

~Affaire d'Art Fine Art Gallery in Galveston announced a juried show with a deadline of May 15, 2017. Member Rona Lesser suggests the website for detailed information and prospectus. Click here. The pages with info and prospectus are under the News and Events tab.

Editor's Choice to repeat this notice. The "painting" day part of the program is in June. Member Rona Lesser sends a notice about Breast Strokes: Hadassah Bares All for A.R.T. -- Awareness, Research, and Treatment. This is a unique artistic opportunity with a breast cancer fundraiser. A page with information is here.

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

~ FreshArts, of which we are members, has many opportunities for artists listed on their website - check it out! WiVLA presented information and fun games at our first event at Boheme. Stayed tuned to learn how much the evening netted to our coffers. Many thank yous to FreshArts and Bar Boheme!

~ 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 entry 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).

~ Gulf Coast: A Journal of Literature and Fine Arts announces its 2017 contests and awards. The literary journal was founded at the University of Houston and holds an annual event with cash awards to the winners and publication opportunities. Please click "Contests" on their web page for full information and submission guidelines.

~ 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.

~ 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

Renew Membership Now
Make 2017 your opportunity for creative encouragement and support by renewing your membership to WiVLA. This year promises to be outstanding in programs, writing and visual art opportunities, and friendships with interesting and creative women. Keep your membership current by renewing today! You can do it easily online: or download a membership form and send a check to WiVLA, P.O. Box 130406, Houston, TX 77219-0406.

You can also renew at the May meeting. To facilitate this, please print the information form and fill it out ahead of time so you don't miss the opportunity to visit friends before the meeting! If you are a new member who joined at the end of 2016 (September through December), your membership will run through the entire year of 2017.
If you shop at Randall's, tie your account to WiVLA (#5341).  You can do this at the customer service counter once, and from then on, WiVLA will benefit every time you shop!

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

Upcoming Events

WiVLA Monthly Meeting
"Women's Acts of Defiance:
Video, Literary, and Visual Art Responses to the Intolerable"
presentations with member
Kay Adshead

Tuesday, May 16
5:45 Gather and Mingle
6:15 Short Business Mtg
6:30 Program Begins

Archway Gallery
2305 Dunlavy
Houston TX 77006

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

WiVLA Outing to The Cistern
Sunday, June 11

May 17, 7-10pm

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 2017 Board of Directors

President - Cori Austin  

Vice President - Lilibeth Andre

Secretary - Lee Steiner          

Treasurer - Lane Devereux
Membership - Zita Giraldo and Kristine Rivers

Communications -  Mary Ramain

Social Media - Regina Vitolo Mader
Programs - Lillian Tharp     

Newsletter - Kay McStay 

Visual Arts - Dune Tencer and June Russell                       

Literary Arts - Karleen Koen and Mary Harlan            

At-Large - Josena Arquieta  and Tayyba Kanwal

Historian - Judy Shamp

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