May Meeting –
Need to find a date for the prom?
We hope not. But you very well might need a date for the
May’s meeting will
give you a great opportunity to meet many WiVLA artists and
writers by “speed-dating!.” You will have the opportunity to
have a short five-minute chat with many of our artists and
writers. You can find out what their art and/or writing is
like, how they approach a new theme, what their vision might be for
collaboration with the theme of S P A C E , how they like to
work, what is their vision of collaboration, etc. Artists
should bring one or two small pieces or photos of pieces to help
show their work. Writers may not want to bring anything or
just one or two short pieces. Time goes fast when you’re
for a page of helpful hints about
We’ll be back at
Archway Gallery for the rest of this
2305 Dunlavy, Houston TX
5:45 – 6:15 Mix and
6:15 – 6:30 Short business meeting
7:30 Speed dating!
7:30 - Dinner at Brasil’s
(dutch-treat) after we pick up the meeting area at Archway. Brazil's
is on the corner of Dunlavy and Westheimer -- an easy walk from the
Some of us thought we were all done
dating, didn’t we! Nope. Not yet.
actually have really tried speed- dating. Ten women sit with an
empty chair beside them and ten men get to sit for six minutes next
to each woman and they (theoretically) get to know each other a
bit. The comment I most often heard at the end of the six
minutes was “Gee, I didn’t find out anything about you.” Well,
maybe if you had not launched into your six-minute spiel and had
asked a few questions, you’d be better informed, I often
thought. I came away from that evening thinking I’d never do
You never know! Fast forward to
pre-collaboration WiVLA, and we find outselves looking for a
collaboration partner. Why not speed dating?
What a fun way to meet a lot of WiVLA members! And if
you’re unsure about the collaboration, it’s a fun way just to find
out about other members and become better acquainted. Last
year, everyone came away from the event saying, “That was so much
fun!” You may find someone that you know you’ll enjoy working
with, and a collaboration will raise its hand and say, “You two
should really do this together!”
you’re fairly new to WiVLA and are wondering how to meet others in
our organization, we realize that 20 minutes and a glass of
mix-and-mingle wine is not enough. The best ways of getting to
know other members include committee work, volunteering, dinner
after our meetings, WiVLA tables at functions, WiVLA outings (i.e.
the Moth event this month), and collaborations and other shows and
readings (Poetry in LaPorte TX on June 9). These are
opportunities in so many different ways.
have many new members in WiVLA, and many who have not had the
opportunity to do a collaboration yet. This year is your
year! You will awaken something very wonderful between the two
(or more) of you and give it to the rest of us. Plan to be at
May’s meeting and meet as many members as you can! You may find
a lifelong friend!
The Moth Storytelling Grand Slam
will be held
Wednesday, May 2, 8:00 - 10:00 pm at the GRB. The Moth is a radio
program on NPR and features real stories told by regular
people. The Grand Slam program includes the past ten local winners
together for one night. WiVLA is hoping you'll join our group
of attendees. Please obtain your own ticket:
Optional dinner before at McAllister's in the GRB. Your ticket
will show your own seat, so we may not be able to sit
together. Email Cori firstname.lastname@example.org
if you are
If you wish to listen to The Moth radio
program on KUHF, it’s on Saturdays at noon on station 88.7 FM. There
is also a local monthly Moth Story Slam on the second Tuesday of
each month. It’s held at Warehouse Live downtown on St.
LaPorte Community Library
Library invites us to be their guests as they open their Adult
Summer Reading Program! Look through your poetry files and join
other WiVLA writers as we read one of our own poems to an
appreciative audience. Plan on about 4 minutes of reading
time. We have time for 12 readers, so send your response as
soon as you can.
Date: Saturday, June 9,
Time: 10:30 - 11:30 am
Community Library, 600
S. Broadway 77571
30 min. from central Houston such as 77002).
- Carpooling is a definite possibility
for those who want to share rides.
- If you can drive, please indicate
that in your acceptance to this opportunity, along with your phone
number and zip code, and the number of extra riders you can take.
- If you need a ride, please indicate
so, along with your phone number and zip code.
and Cultural Opportunity:
We’ll put together a list and you can
call someone who lives near you or someone you can meet at a
mutually agreeable place.
Also you may want
to consider going out for lunch together after the reading
(completely optional, but always fun!). I have asked the
librarian, Betsy Anderson, for recommendations for a restaurant.
Questions: email Gladys Bullock email@example.com
Wow! The talent and
creativity of WiVLA Women continues to shine! Our two 2017 ECO Fund
winners, Mary Riggs Ramain and Kay McStay, gave us the enormous gift
of themselves and their work over the past year.
Mary uses photography in an unusual way to help her heal from
childhood trauma. Using a pinhole camera or a Polaroid film camera,
she takes long exposures and then steps into the frame as it is
being exposed, resulting in hazy exposures which show evidence of
movement. Using these negatives and printing them gave her the
desired ethereal results. However, a sensitivity to the darkroom
chemicals prevented her from being able to develop her film the way
she wanted, so she looked to Photoshop to help her achieve similar
Mary used her ECO grant to take private Photoshop lessons from
an expert and through learning and creating with the computer
program she came away with such relief! She can continue to create
the pieces with the desired results, but in a manner that is safe
for her. Coupled with her technique presentation and her profound
captions, Mary’s story was riveting and heartfelt.
Kay McStay has had a play script in her desk for a number of
years and she wants to revive it and breathe life into it again. The
play centers on a man from San Antonio who created faux bois
(false wood) from cement using a secret process. The story
involves a number of characters and their interactions in his life.
She traveled to San Antonio to conduct research in libraries and
museums to bring the realistic and historical details into her
words, to make the piece feel true with small details that color her
work with authenticity. The concept of faux bois
unusual, and most of us were unaware of what it actually was and of
its long tradition. Kay’s talk was fascinating and we all learned
more about concrete decorative and practical art and also what
research into a story entails.
And then, drum
roll, please....the new ECO Fund winners were announced:
Reynolds won the grant for her tuition as she finishes her MFA with
studio hours in painting. She is on her way to her goal of teaching
art at the college level. Congratulations, Janet!
Ottenweller’s name was drawn from the literary box! She practically
floated down the aisle to announce her plan to travel to California
and research the history of generations of women in her family with
the goal of writing a memoir. Congratulations Ce!
A lively dinner and conversation followed at Pronto
Cucinino. We just couldn’t let go of the excitement!
Women inspire other
women. After the meeting, didn’t you feel like going home and
creating? Writing? Putting it on your mental list for the next day?
If you wonder how your dues get used, the ECO Fund is one of
the biggest parts of our annual budget. The monies are put to very
good use, and we all greatly benefit from seeing and hearing about
the creatives processes.
Sarah Cortez Workshop Sparkled
women sat in Central Market's Community Room last Saturday, pens
poised over notebooks, ready to be unleashed. Sarah Cortez
guided us through a variety of techniques to ramp up our prose
writing, and make it succinct, precise, and luminous. Yes,
indeed, prose can be poetic! We thank Sarah for her wonderful
presentation and guidance, and know that our writing will improve as
we utilize what we learned with her. She's always a favorite
Wonderful Entries and
Houston Book Arts Guild had both their reading hats and their
cooking hats on the day of Books2Eat held on March 31 at the
Printing Museum.There were wonderful entrants into the friendly
competition and tasty treats to enjoy after the contest. Newcomers
who had found out about the fun event and annual participants came
to see the the results and the creations from the imaginations that
had been working overtime. And eat we did! After the balloting (see
below), we did a lot more than taste the goodies….we definitely
here is Susan Salter's entry: Lord of the Onion
Best interpretation of a classic: A
Wrinkle in Time
by Lynn Williams
by Missy Bosch
Favorite: Charlotte’s Web
by the Kunitza Chicks
sponsoring groups thank the volunteers, the cooks and bakers, the
refreshment team, and the 45-48 attendees who enjoyed the 3rd Annual
WIVLA COLLABORATION IS BACK:
S P A
Is it the final frontier?
Is it inner space or
out there space?
Does it describe a particular
Whatever it means to you, find a collaborator
and have a creative and enjoyable experience! This collaboration
will be hung and presented at the Houston Public Library central
building in downtown Houston in November and December. If you’ve
never done a collaboration, it’s usually a written work created to
match an art piece. So start thinking about ideas. Our May meeting
will be “Speed-Dating” to help you find a collaboration partner.
Specific information and a prospectus will be forthcoming
WiVLA is well known for its collaborative
events. Very few other organizations offer a such a unique venture.
Please consider this opportunity! The growth of each artist and the
pure pleasure of the working time together will be
What is a collaboration? It is an
exhibition which ties together two artistic avenues, often writing
and visual art, and they are presented together. The creatives meet
several times and discuss the path they would like to take to expand
the theme (in this case, S P A C E) into a piece of visual art that
connects to a written piece. Or, performance art could be one of the
avenues. The partners decide how they want to complete the project,
each doing 100% of her own part or combining both partners into both
avenues, if desired. Here is a video of two of our members
discussing their 2016 collaboration: https://youtu.be/KYj9lftuJJ8
Working together, a collaboration becomes greater than the two
artists. A third presence is awoken, one of connection and
Please see the May meeting
above and the President's Message
for more information about opportunities to meet WiVLA artists and
writers and find a collaborator. (June Russell and
Cori Austin contributed to this notice
- The 25 artists with the 2018 Artist INC Houston (Fresh
Arts' artist development program) will be making their final
presentations on Tuesday, May 8, 6:00 - 9:30 pm at City
Hall. Reservations are limited: http://campaign.r20.constantcontact.com/renderm=1101548941281&ca=9e58891a-624a-4a14-b0dd-8be0877860d7
This is an inspiring event!
- Marian Szczepanski will be a panelist and
presenter at Writefest coming up April 30
to May 6 at Writespace in Silver Street Studios. She’ll
be teaching a mini-workshop “What Obituaries Can Teach Us about
Crafting Believable Characters” for prose writers. Registration
info and the festival schedule at https://www.writefesthouston.com The
mini-workshop will be Saturday, May 5 from 10:00 to 11:00 am. The
website offers the festival schedule.
- More information
about WriteFest. Writefest is a week-long writers'
festival taking place April 30 - May 6, 2018 in Houston,
TX. It is hosted by Houston Writers' Guild, a nonprofit,
volunteer-led community of writers in the Greater Houston
area, and Writespace, Houston's grassroots nonprofit
literary arts center. The festival kicks off with a series
of Monday-Thursday workshops and culminates in a weekend
filled with panels and presentations by local and national
writers, agents and book editors, literary journal editors of all
genres, a Literary Journal Fair, and readings by local and
nationally-recognized authors. Visit the Writefest link and the website of the Houston Writers' Guild for
exciting program notes, workshops, opportunities with publishers,
and much, much more.
- Fuente Collective’s Write Wild: A Generative
Saturday, May 12. More information and
WILD is a day-long creative writing retreat focused on generating
new ideas and work. In four 90-minute sessions, each led by a
different facilitator, you'll experiment outside your usual form,
genre, and style, allowing you to peek around the corner of your
usual creative process to discover what lies beyond. Special guest
facilitator: Award-winning author and editor, Chelsey Clammer.
- Also, from Fuente Collective: Voices of Color
Open Mic, A Celebration of Houston Writers, Wednesday, May 9th
from 7:00 to 9:00 pm at Brasil Cafe, Dunlavy at Westheimer.
- Jane Mulholland again points out the information for the
Houston Writers Guild (HWG). The Guild has a
great website at www.houstonwritersguild.org. Along with a
newsletter and blog, the site showcases upcoming events, in
particular the Spring Series of workshops, critique groups,
contests, and webinars.
- Margo S. Toombs and donne e.
perkins note: Field Day at the Midtown Arts and
Theater Center Houston (MATCH) on Sunday, May 20
at 7:00 pm. Several members of WIVLA have participated
in Fieldworks. If you have something you would like to read or
perform (about 10 minutes in length), please contact Lori
Uyill firstname.lastname@example.org To buy tickets to the
showcase https://matchouston.org/events/1969/field-day $7.00.
- October -- Houston History Alliance project
for October – more info coming soon.
- Google Photos and Facebook items
by Regina Vitolo Mader, our social media
guru. Regina encourages everyone to share their
WiVLA photos to a Google album. Click here to read her thoughtful request and see more
details. Regina says: "Hi, everyone, this is a link to WIVLA'S
GOOGLE PHOTOS ALBUM. Please feel free to to upload any of your own
WiVLA photos, or email them to me
at email@example.com." Use this link to the album itself. And, finally, use
this one for a how-to tutorial on Facebook.
send in your news by the 23th of each month - art exhibits, literary
works, news, etc. - for inclusion in the following month’s
newsletter to firstname.lastname@example.org.
- Debbie Blumberg wants to call our attention
to her recently published article. "It's an essay I wrote for
my college [Wellesley College] alumnae magazine about
Hurricane Harvey and finding a sense of home." The link for the
article in the Wellesley Magazine is here
- donna e. perkins says, "I invite you to
join me at my show Touch
Series at Kam's Wok/Wine/Dine at 4500 Montrose. The
reception was Saturday April 28 and the show will be up
through May 29. These paintings are the result of my playful
experimentation with layers and layers of acrylic paint. I used my
hands to create the ridges beneath the paint. I found the process
very meditative. I find these paintings to be serene."
- Melody Locke says that one of her lumen
prints, "Three Tulips", was accepted for
the Floral Exhibition, which is on
display from March 2 through June 8 in the lobby of
the Kinder Morgan building. The Kinder Morgan building
is located at 1001 Louisiana and the exhibition is on view Monday
through Friday, 9:00 am to 6:00 pm. For more information
about the Kinder-Morgan Exhibition Series, see the Glassell School
of Art website at Kinder Morgan Exhibition Series | The Museum of Fine
- Editor’s 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 newsletter@WiVLA.org by the 25th 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.
Glassell School of Art is proud to present a series of
exhibitions at the Kinder Morgan Building in downtown Houston. The
series features artworks by Studio School faculty and students,
highlighting the depth and variety of courses that the Glassell
School offers. For more information on this exhibition series,
contact email@example.com or
Soria points us to these events featuring Doctor Fernando
Casas who will be giving two lectures at The Women's Institute in
Houston, May 21 and
May 22, 2018 from 1:00 to 3:00 pm.
He will be
speaking on Lucian Freud, British artist, and Anselm Kiefer, German
artist, tuition is $80.
~ Sharing an
opportunity: June 7-9, 2018 24th Annual CWA
The CWA (Cat Writers' Association,
Inc.) is a professional organization of writers, authors,
journalists, bloggers, illustrators and other communicators with a
special interested in cats. Our annual conference goes beyond the
genre, though, to offer sessions that educate and appeal to writers
of any topic, from nonfiction to fiction. We're holding
a give-away of one (1) free registration--a $159
--to the conference. I hope you will feel this is
something you can share with your members. Details are on this page
of the website:http://catwriters.com/wp_meow/win-conference-registration/
do not hesitate to contact me with any
Patricia Flaherty Pagan, editor-in-chief at Spider
Road Press, calls attention to the new press release and
announcements at the press. On
February 15th, the Spider's Web Flash Fiction Prize contest
submissions of pieces of 750 words or fewer, featuring a
protagonist. The cash prize this year has been increased
to $300, however, the $10 entry fee has remained the same.
We've also increased the number of honorable
mentioned awarded from two to four,this year. Further details can be found in
the attached press release oron our website. Entries are
accepted until May 15th deadline.http://spiderroadpress.com/submissions/spiders-web-flash-fiction-prize/
see the excellent website for news, contests, and book suggestions.
A link to the press website is here. http://www.spiderroadpress.com~
Many artists and writers
point to the excellent website for
Public Poetry monthly events and call for
submissions and contests. Of special interests are notices about
contest winners, readings at Brazos Bookstore and in the Library
Series throughout the month. Click the blue link for PP's great web
the Fuente Collective is sponsoring writing events this spring. Find
them at www.fuenteco.com [See News above for current
Events and upcoming shows are noted on the Visual Arts
Alliance (VAA) helpful website at http://visualartsalliance.org/
Archway Gallery has a great website: Click here to go to the website. Monthly exhibits
and special events including the popular Figure Drawing Sessions,
Latenight Pie, Wine and Art Dinners and great monthly
~Texas Accountants and Lawyers for the Arts
(TALA) has a good website at www.talarts.org and it lists
the events and workshops that they sponsor. Texas
Accountants and Lawyers for the Arts was formed in 1979 to meet the
legal and accounting needs of artists and art nonprofit
organizations across the State of Texas. TALA volunteers throughout
Texas handle more than 250 matters per year. In 2016, TALA began
serving inventors in the Patent Pro Bono
Art Alliance site http://houstonartsalliance.com/
Pews located at 800 Aurora Street, Houston TX 77009 is a
space for cultural events, theater, films, readings, and more. Visit
them at this site.
Literary Events -- Call for
EntriesInclusion in this list does not indicate
endorsement by WiVLA. We recommend you research each contest and
opportunity and contact the sponsor(s).
good call for entry for a national, biannual literary journal that
is published at Indiana University: https://twitter.com/IndianaReview
deadline is May 31, 2018.Call
for entries for the Aesthetica Creative Writing
Award. This creative writing award is a platform for
emerging and established poets and writers to showcase their work to
an international audience. There are two categories: Poetry and
short fiction. Entries are open until August 31. http://www.aestheticamagazine.com/cwa 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,
"One of the Writer's
Digest 101 Best Websites for Writers
" is www.winningwriters.com.
Inspiring stories of
writing success and competition
information.3rd Coast Books
is now accepting fiction and non-fiction submissions in several
genres. Please go to: www.3rdcoastbooks.com t
find out more about this innovative and commercial
Events -- Call for EntriesInclusion in this list
does not indicate endorsement by WiVLA. We recommend you research
each contest and opportunity and contact the
, of which we are
members, has many opportunities for artists listed on their website here
. Their motto is
"Where Art Meets Opportunity" -- a cousin or sibling of WiVLA's
Rona Lesser shares the
site with WiVLA. It's a fascinating
commercial art site and its magazine is particularly engrossing with
a variety of articles such as a recent one, "This New Website Is
Offering Free Art Lessons from Professors and Artists." Check it out
at this link
. Click the Magazine button to scroll through
the latest articles.
Check out the great website for
. The group has an impressive mission
statement and is sponsoring a call for entries for financial awards
in the Houston area. Click website: www.artadia.org
and be sure and scroll to
information about Houston competition.CaFE for
is the leading online application and adjudication
system for managing calls for entry. The website is www.callforentry.org
This is a
stunning collection of news and opportunities.
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