November 2011


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
Letter From the Editor
Easy Money for WiVLA
Quote of the Month
Meeting Recap and Announcement
Save the Date: Holiday Party
A Big Thank You!
Mixed Messages
Membership Renewal
Art Prompt
Member News & Accolades
Literary Reading at Archway Gallery
Call for Entries
Calendar of Events

LETTER FROM THE PRESIDENT__________________________________



Dear WiVLA Members,


This fall is busy for WiVLA's board of directors as we adapt our fiscal year to the calendar year. The nominating committee is working hard to recruit strong candidates for next year's board and the steering committee is fine-tuning our budget for 2012. In developing the budget, it became clear that WiVLA would need new sources of income to continue our two awards programs, the Educational and Cultural Opportunity Awards and the Gold Key Scholarship Awards. For many years, we have paid for these programs with money raised from two big events in the 1990s; those resources now are running out.


The board considered its options and decided to undertake a donation campaign this fall.    

Soon you will receive a letter asking you to donate money to WiVLA's awards programs. We hope you give generously; whatever amount you can contribute will be appreciated. Board members have already committed over $900 to the campaign, so we are off to a great start!


Some members will be able to use their own or their spouses' corporate matching programs to double the value of their contributions. Please check to see if you can use matching funds to help support WiVLA. Thank you gifts will be offered to contributors who want them. Details about the thank you gifts will be described in the request letter. As always, donations to WiVLA are tax deductible.


I look forward to seeing you at the November meeting, when acclaimed writer Sarah Cortez will talk about lifting Salome's veils, and at the WiVLA Holiday Party at Cathy LaChin's home on December 3, 2011.


Warm regards,




LETTER FROM THE EDITOR______________________________________

Hello everyone,


The upcoming holiday season is jam-packed with family, gift-giving, and the smells of gingerbread and Thanksgiving dinner. But know what scent seems to be absent during that time? The smell of paints, of pen ink, of paper.  


When the holidays approach, we tend to put everyone ahead of our hobbies, habits and passions. Our time that's designated to our craft is replaced with making the pumpkin bread for the office potluck. Even our evening jog is replaced with last minute trips to the mall.  


November turns into December, and then it's the New Year. Before you know it, Houston will be thawing out.  


Enjoy your holiday, and relish the time spent with friends and family. But also don't forget to give yourself the best gift you can - the gift of expressing yourself creatively.   


Here's to a creative and productive month!    


Andrea Waguespack

AN EASY WAY TO EARN MONEY FOR WiVLA____________________  

By Lane Devereux


1. Go to www.goodsearch.com

2. Type in WiVLA at the prompt

3. Go to your favorite search location or a favorite store

4. That's all there is! You can search daily and WiVLA gets credit, even more when you buy something from an affiliated store.

QUOTE OF THE MONTH_____________________________________ 



There is something bigger than fact:  

the underlying spirit, all it stands for, the mood,
the vastness , the wilderness.


-Emily Carr  



Have a favorite art-themed quote? Send it to newsletter@wivla.org - it could be our next Quote of the Month. 


MEMBERSHIP MEETING - OCTOBER 18________________________   



At our last meeting, we learned of the programs and services that Spacetaker offers to local artists. A big thank you to
Spacetaker's Executive Director Jenni Rebecca Stephenson (left) and Program Director K.C. Scharnberg (right)!   

MEMBERSHIP MEETING - NOVEMBER 15________________________   


Pulling Away Salome's Veils: Attaining Creative Focus

Working writer and editor Sarah Cortez analyzes those seductive "veils" or blocks that prevent us from creating the art and literature we want to create. Then, we tease those veils away from the lovely Salome, the representative of our creative psyche. 

After the meeting, we will go to Café Express on West Gray, around the corner from the Museum of Printing History, for our Dutch treat dinner and camaraderie. Please join us!

SAVE THE DATE: WiVLA HOLIDAY PARTY _______________________         


December is right around the corner, and so is the WiVLA holiday social! All WiVLA members are cordially invited to this year's holiday party.   


This potluck event will be held on Saturday, December 3, from 7:00 pm - 10:00 pm, in the Katy home of board member Cathy Lachin. Each WiVLA member may invite a guest and will be asked to provide a dish or a beverage. Please look for printed invitations, directions to Cathy's home, and a refreshment sign-up sheet on the round table at the November meetings.  


Let's all join in the festivities and make this party a success!

A BIG THANK YOU______________________________________  

By Lane Devereux


Thank you heartily to the gracious hostesses of our fall round of Soirees. We appreciate and applaud your hospitality.   


By Lane Devereux


Have you ever gotten mixed messages from someone who left you wondering what was really meant? Mixed messages can be naughty, funny, infuriating, whimsical, or just plain confusing. Mixed messages can be delivered in all kinds of ways, including mixed media.  


"Mixed Messages" is the theme for WiVLA's collaboration show next spring! So round up your collaborators (one or more) and start playing with ideas. If you haven't found a collaborator yet, be sure to attend the November meeting - and dinner afterwards - and 

the Holiday Party so you can chat with potential partners.  


The prospectus will be coming out after the holidays with more details, so expect a wide open opportunity for all different types of artistic expression.

RENEW YOUR MEMBERSHIP TODAY!___________________________  


Be on top of your holiday to-do list and renew your WiVLA membership today! Our membership year will begin in January 2012; however, you don't need to wait until then to get squared away.  


You can renew on our website anytime and pay online through PayPal. If you prefer to write a check or pay cash, membership forms will be available at the next meeting.

ART PROMPT______________________________________________  

By Andrea Waguespack


Send submissions by the 20th of the month to newsletter@wivla.org. Members may submit up to 5 entries. Submissions must be for that month's prompt onlyVisual art will need to be submitted in digital format as a .jpeg image. Literary art must be submitted in .doc format and can be no longer than 2 pages.  This is not a contest - all submissions will be published for everyone to enjoy! To review the art prompt guidelines, please click here    


Check out October's art prompt submissions here!

November 2011 Prompt:


What it means to be home.   





Donna E. Perkins has a photograph in the the iPhone Invitational at Total Plaza Gallery, 1201 Louisiana. Organized by curator Matt Adams, a meet-the-artists reception will be held Friday, November 4, 4:00-7:00pm. The show will be on view until Friday, January 6.


Kay Sarver's paintings and sculpture will be featured at Archway Gallery's show titled Essence. The exhibition will be on view Nov. 5 - Dec. 1, 2011.  The opening reception will be Saturday, Nov. 5 from 5 - 8 p.m. with a brief artist talk at 6 p.m. Click here for more information.    


Anne Rita Taylor has a shrine in the "Day of the Dead" exhibit going on at Lawndale Art Center until November 5th.

Sally Stubbs will be participating in Pearland Art League's First Annual Juried Show. The exhibit will be on display from November 5-23.  


Pat Morgan has been commissioned by Express Theatre to adapt "Goldilocks" to be presented for their next season.  Also, Theatre One has asked Morgan to submit two one-act plays for their 2012 season.   


Shirl Riccetti and Peggy Sexton invite WIVLA members and friends to join them at Archway Gallery for the opening reception of their exhibit entitled Andiamo! The event will be held January 7, 2012 from 5-8 pm, with an Artist Talk at 6:30 pm. The work will be on display from January 6 - February 2, 2012.  


Have news you'd like to share? Send an email by the 20th of the month to newsletter@wivla.org. 


By Corry Austin     


Call for Entries


Eligibility: All current WiVLA members as of November 10, 2011.


You are invited to share current short written work in the artistic and inspiring setting of Archway Art Gallery. Writings may be from any genre, such as poetry, fiction, personal essay, nonfiction, memoir, and playwriting. Subject matter is the author's choice.


Entry Details:  The written work should be able to be read aloud in 3-5 minutes. Please submit entries by attaching to an email and sending it to literary@wivla.org. Please include your name, title of the piece, and genre.     


Pieces will be included in the program on a first-come basis. Once enough entries have been received to fill the entire program, further pieces will be put on a waiting list in case there are cancellations. You will be notified if you are to be included in the reading. The WiVLA reading will be held on Thursday, November 10, 2011 from 6:30 - 8:00 pm at:


Archway Gallery

2305 Dunlavy

Houston, TX 77006

CALL FOR ENTRIES - LITERARY ART____________________________   


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


Public Poetry, in collaboration with the Museum of Fine Arts, Houston,  is sponsoring an ekphrastic juried poetry competition, ARTlines. Early Deadline: Nov. 15. Regular Deadline: Dec. 30. Click here for more information. 


New Letters Magazine seeks fiction, essays, or poetry regardless of subject, style, or genre. A rough average length for prose is 3,000 to 5,000 words. Deadline: April 30, 2012. Click here for more information.     


The Loop Online is an online scriptwriting site. Click here for information about various scriptwriting opportunities.


Borderlands: A Texas Poetry Review is accepting poetry, essays, book reviews, and art. Deadline: December 15 and June 15. Click here for more information.  


The Fearless Poetry Series is opening submissions for their third anthology, "Turning the Page: Poems of Trauma, Healing and Transcendence." Deadline: November 11. Previously published work will be accepted. Click here for more information. 


ByLine Magazine sponsors monthly contests for essays, short stories, poetry, articles, essays and more. Deadline: open. For more information, visit Byline Magazine.


Fiction Weekly accepts submissions via email, reads year round, and responds to submissions within 30 days. For more details, please visit Fiction Weekly.


Austin Poetry Society Monthly Contest sponsors two regular monthly contests from October through April, in the categories of General and Light Verse. Deadlines are monthly, September through March. For more information, click here.


Scratch is a monthly writing contest that seeks new short fiction to be selected by rotating guest judges. Deadline: monthly. Small fee to enter, cash prizes and publication every month, plus annual anthology. For more information, click here .


Poets & Writers is a great source for writing contests. Check out Poets & Writers contests listings here.


Womenarts Quarterly Journal seeks literary art, including essays, fiction, poetry, reviews and interviews by women. For submission guidelines and more information, visit their website.     

CALL FOR ENTRIES - VISUAL ART______________________________   


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

General Websites for artist exhibition Calls for Entry:






A Smith Gallery in Johnson City, Texas has announced a call for entries for the photographic exhibition "Winter." The juror is our very own Jean Caslin. The deadline for online or CD submissions is November 30, 2011.   Please click here for guidelines.  

The Lone Star Art Guild is a non-profit organization started in Brenham, Texas in 1961. Visit their website to find more information about contests and art leagues that are within a 200 mile radius of Houston.  


Houston Center for Photography, Call for Entry: 2012 Fellowship. Deadline: November 4, 2011. Click here for more information.  


The Pearland Chamber of Commerce is looking for artists to display their work in the Chamber offices. If you're interested, call Samantha Foley at (281)485-3634.


Womenarts Quarterly Journal seeks visual art. For submission guidelines and more information, visit their website.  


Inkwell seeks poetry, prose, and artwork submissions for both its Spring 2012 and Fall 2012 issues. The Fall 2012 issue's theme is "Living on the Edge." The Spring 2012 issue does not have a theme. Reading period is August 1-November 15. For more information, click here.     


Landmark Arts at Texas Tech University School of Art is accepting entries for "Beyond Printmaking III: 2012 National Juried Exhibition," which will be held February 3 - March 4, 2012. Deadline: November 4.  It is open to professional artists living in the U.S. who are at least 18 years of age. Click here for the prospectus.  


Dragonfly Gallery at Rosedale in Austin, Texas is accepting photography entries for "Extraordinary Exposure," which will be held February 9 - April 7, 2012. Deadline:  January 3. This is open to all photographers, both amateur and professional. Click here for the prospectus.     


2012 Hunting Art Prize is accepting painting and drawing entries. Deadline: November 30. For more info, click here.  



Amanda J. Sisk will be away for a few months, but would love to be involved with the collaboration show. Amanda says that given her long-distance situation, mail art comes to mind. If you are looking for a unique collaboration opportunity, this may be for you! She can be reached on her website, email, or on her Facebook page under "Atelier Sisk."


A carefree day spent painting is like a spa day for your creative spirit. Treat yourself to a day in Ann Bell's gloriously lighted Houston studio or set up your own creative spa at home. Click here and here for more information.      


Anne Rita Taylor opened an online Etsy shop to sell her artist books and journals. Click here to visit her shop.      


Sally Stubbs is participating in Art on the Avenue at Winter Street Studios. It is a charitable auction to benefit affordable housing in Houston. The preview will be November 10 and the auction will be held Saturday, Nov. 12. Click here for tickets and more information.    


Would you like to post an announcement? Send your email by the 20th of the month to newsletter@wivla.org.  

WiVLA CALENDAR OF EVENTS_________________________________  


November 7, 6 p.m.

WiVLA Board meeting  

Live Oak Meeting House


November 15, 6 p.m.   

WiVLA Member meeting 

Museum of Printing History, 1324 West Clay  (Map)   


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


WiVLA BOARD MEMBERS_____________________________________  


Lane Devereux   


Diane Griffin Gregory   
Vice President     


Cathy Lachin   


Diana Meade


Rebecca Kveton   


Jean Caslin   


Terry Tompkins-Walsh   


Anna Phillips   
Visual Co-Chair


Donna Durbin   
Visual Co-Chair


Elizabeth Earle   
Literary Co-Chair

Corry Austin   
Literary Co-Chair


Andrea Waguespack   


Jennifer Watson   
At Large


Piyali Dasgupta   

At Large


Pattie Berg




Jeanne Haner



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