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
LETTER FROM THE
believe that Thanksgiving is in a few weeks?
Fall is speeding by us. WiVLA is mounting its second
annual Award Fund Campaign to raise money for
the ECO Awards and the
Gold Key Scholarships. The board of directors and a few other
generous friends have started the new campaign off by
pledging $1,030 towards our goal of $3,000.
We need your help to raise the additional $1,970.
to save money, we are going to fundraise this year through an
email campaign. You will soon receive an email asking you
to contribute to the Award Fund Campaign.
Please be generous and give as much as you can.
think WiVLA has the best logo around? Besides being beautiful,
our pen and paintbrush combination captures
the mission and membership of WiVLA perfectly. Wouldn't you
like to show it off and brag about your participation in our
great organization? You are going to have that chance very
canvas tote bags with our logo printed large
and in white ink will be available to purchase in time for
holiday gift giving or for yourself. The proceeds from the
tote bag sales will go to revamping our website, making it
more vivid, colorful, and creative. We also plan to have
gallery space available on the website for members to use.
There will only be 100 printed, so be ready to place your
order when the word goes out!
happy to announce that we will be adding a
members-only directory to our website. This
directory will be password protected so that non-members
cannot access it. Look for the password in the announcement
that the directory is ready to go.
once again participating in the City of Houston
Citizenship Week, November 11 - 17. Our reading at
Archway Gallery on November 15 will be listed on the calendar
of events for Citizenship Week. Hopefully, we will have guests
from the community join us at the reading.
8 brings the WiVLA Holiday Social at
Cathy Lachin's home. Cathy hosted the party last year and has
graciously offered to have us over once more. The best part of
this event is the opportunity to meet each other's partners
and friends. The promise of delicious food is also a great
reason to attend the social. Details about the event and
signing up for food donations follow later in the
Earth/Energy: Through Women's Eyes
committee is busy putting the prospectus together for our
March/April exhibition at the Houston Public Library. I hope
you are already thinking about your visual or literary piece
for this important show.
LETTER FROM THE
just want to remind everyone that submissions for the
newsletter are due on the 20th of every month and as we go
into the holiday months if you want to submit early that would
be great as well - please note on your email which issue it is
intended for. My email for the newsletter info is firstname.lastname@example.org. And don't forget to
move your clocks forward one hour this Saturday night.
MEETING NOVEMBER 20
On November 20,
we will be electing the incoming board of directors for 2013.
After the election, author Leah
Lax will tell us about writing "The Refuge"
with composer Christopher Theofanidis for the Houston Grand
Opera. It is a full stage production into which she wove
the personal stories of a broad range of Houstonians who are
immigrants and refugees. She will share a few of the amazing
stories she found during a year of field work, talk about what
she learned from collaboration with artists of other media,
and treat us to both powerful portrait photographs of her
subjects and clips of moving music.
GOING ON YOUR PIECES FOR THE EARTH/ENERGY
will be exhibiting their work at the Houston Public Library -
Central Library in March and April 2013 in conjunction with
the National Council on Education for the Ceramic Arts
(NCECA)annual conference being held in Houston. The theme for
our show, Earth/Energy: Through Women's Eyes,
responds to the conference's theme Earth/Energy. Artists may
submit ceramics or ceramic-inspired paintings, photographs,
and mixed media pieces for this important exhibition. Writers
may submit work for a related literary reading planned for
will get wide exposure through this exhibition and associated
reading. It is our chance to "infuse the community with our
spirit of cooperation and invention." Start planning your
entry and watch for announcements from the exhibition
join us on Thursday, November 15th for WiVLA's annual Archway
Gallery reading. The lineup will be; Cathy Santos,
Kathleen Merritt, Mary Wright, Diana Weeks, Margo Toombs,
Diane Door, Rebecca Kveton, Lane Devereux, Michelle Zacks,
Martha De La Paz, Cathy Lachin and Linda Ann Stilljes. The
alternates are: Leah Lax, Lillian Tharp, Corry Austin and
Gretchen Havens. Since this will be a scheduled event in
the City of Houston Citizenship Week, we hope to have guests
from the larger community. If there are any problems
call: Pat Morgan, 713-462-7405 or email@example.com. See
you all there!
DECEMBER IS RIGHT AROUND
THE CORNER ...and so is the WiVLA Holiday
right - party time is here, and you're all invited! This
year's potluck event will be held Saturday, December 8, from
7:00 p.m. until 10:00
p.m., in the Katy home of Cathy Lachin. Each
WiVLA member may invite a guest and is asked to provide a dish
or a beverage. Please look for printed invitations, directions
to Cathy's home, and a refreshment sign-up sheet at the
November meeting. If you can't make the meeting, or would like
more information, feel free to e-mail Cathy at firstname.lastname@example.org. Last year's social was a
great success, so let's all join in the festivities and make
it another wonderful night to remember!
WiVLA members wonder just what it is that their Board of
Directors does. The board meets on the second Monday of each
month for an exchange of creative ideas, thoughtful planning,
and bottom-line business consideration, all in an effort to
sustain and further the WiVLA mission. Look to Board Bites
each month for a brief glimpse into what your board is
currently working on. And don't forget to keep those Big Ideas
coming - we appreciate each and every one of them!
- Reviewed a
promising list of dynamic presenters for upcoming
forward on creating a password-accessible member directory
on the WiVLA website.
ideas for creating a more visually stimulating
the November Archway Readers event to be held on November.
Come to hear and support participating WiVLA writers!
that preparations are underway for the Winter Holiday
exciting fundraising ideas. Look for more info
COLORS: LANE DEVEREUX
Where are you from and how did
you get here? (can be taken literally or
grew up in Grand Forks,
North Dakota and left after high
school to attend college in St.
Louis, Missouri. I also
married (twice), had kids in St.
Louis, and established my career in
telecommunications there. My family has moved several times
because of my job. We also lived in
California before we got to
Houston in 1989. I really love
Houston and can't imagine living
Blue: Do you like your
name? Why or why not? Is there a family or friend story
about your name?
love my name - Lane fits me perfectly and Devereux is just
classy. During my first marriage, I kept my maiden
name (Gustafson), but I could not resist taking
Devereux when the opportunity came along. My birth name is
Mary Lane, but as I child I was
always called Lanie. I had some trouble with my name when I
started going to Catholic school in second grade. The nuns
wouldn't call me Lanie because it wasn't a saint's name, and
for many years, they called me Mary Lane, which I hated. At
16, I reclaimed the name Lane and have used it as my first
name ever since.
What is your favorite
have sixty-two years of memories clamoring for the "Favorite
Memory" trophy. How can I possibly choose just one? Any memory
that includes my family and laughter is my favorite.
White: What has been
your proudest moment? When did your heart pound out its
absolute strongest beat as you clinched that golden ring?
Details please! Don't be shy...we are going to enjoy
celebrating this with you-even if it was back in 5th
grew up in a small city in a rural state. I attended a small
Catholic high school. Outside of books, my whole world was
small, but I wanted it to be bigger. When I was a sophomore in
high school, I found out about a summer program for gifted
students at the Northfield & Mount Herman prep schools in
Massachusetts and I decided I was
going there. Never mind that it was thousands of miles away;
never mind that my parents could not afford it; and never mind
that the maximum scholarship the program gave was not nearly
enough for my parents to afford it. I decided I was going and
I tackled the application forms energetically. I remember my
mother explaining to me that I should not get my hopes up.
Miracle of miracles, the program accepted me and awarded me
the biggest scholarship they had ever given a student, making
it possible for me to attend. My parents made the drive out
there our family vacation and I took my first plane ride to
come home. That summer was everything I dreamt it would be and
it cracked my world open. Spending the summer of 1966 at
Mt.Herman truly changed
Green: How did art
discover you or you discover art? Describe your art journey up
to this moment.
never thought of myself as an artist. A writer, yes, I have
been a writer as long as I can remember. An artist? No. Aren't
artist's people who can draw and paint beautiful things? That
is so not me. But give me a pile of
miscellaneous stuff, some glue, cutting tools, embellishments,
sewing machine or embroidery hoop, and an idea and I can turn
it into sometime interesting and unexpected. It wasn't until I
got involved with WiVLA that I realized that transforming
"stuff" is just as much art as plein
Ochre: Where is your
special place on earth? Where do you go when life presents
difficulties? Where do you go to feel joy? Are they both the
same? Do you have a place where you find your muse? Describe
any or all of these.
know this sounds corny, but it is the simple truth. My special
place on earth, or in the universe, is anywhere I am with my
husband, Michael .
Orange: If you could have any kind of work
situation, "dream job," or way you spend your time, what would
it be? (Think: anything - no boundaries)
dream job would be to be the employer of my own chef,
housekeeper, personal secretary, and masseuse!
You Good Search?
the holidays quickly approaching, what a great way to help
WiVLA earn FREE money! Each time you go to GoodSearch.com and
type in "WiVLA" before you begin to search, our group receives
a donation. Don't forget to use this search engine! (Or
you can make Good Search your default search engine and you
will not have to type in our name.)
"LIKE" US ON FACEBOOK
you know WiVLA has a Facebook page? We do and
we want you to LIKE us!
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.
find us on Facebook, click
here, then LIKE us and
post a greeting to all your WiVLA
Bell invites WIVLA members & guests to
an afternoon of art at Art Square Open Studios on Saturday,
November 3, noon until 5 PM. See Ann's new Mandala paintings,
inspired by recent life-altering events. "Art touches the
will teach Creative Collage and Mixed Media Workshops in her
Midtown studio on Friday & Saturday of Thanksgiving
online classes are available for your inspiration on demand.
To get all the details and to register, visit http://www.annbell.net/classes.htm or
call Ann at 281-330-3827.
Koen invites all to a reading on Saturday, November
10, 4 to 7pm at River Oaks Bookstore, the Assistance League of
Houston presents Books & Beaujolais. Karleen Koen is one
of the 3 featured authors speaking for 15 minutes. The
Assistance League is committed to serving the educational and
emotional needs of disadvantaged children and young adults.
Tickets are $50.
The Chakra Series is on view at 14 Pews (www.14pews.org) from now
through November 11. The series is focused on
"Re-Zen-ing" people so they can be peaceful and happy.
We'll have chair massages, yummy treats, and even a
talk/meditation on chakras.
Reeder will have two of her paintings at the 30th
Visual Arts Alliance Juried Membership Exhibition at
HeritagePlaza, 1111 Bagby. The show runs from now through
McClellan has a print in IMPRESSIONS, the 2012
PrintMatters Membership Exhibition, opening on October 18th at
the Museum of Printing History. The show will be up
until Feb. 9th. Artist's talks will be held on Jan.
26the from 6 - 7pm.
Lowy's Victorian-era literary novel Wobbly
Barstool is now available as an e-book!
Smith's Joe Goodbuddy canvases and greeting cards are
now being sold at One Green Street located 5160 Buffalo
Speedway at the corner of Westpark and Buffalo Speedway in the
Kroger shopping center. Check out their eco-friendly products
like jewelry, lotions, seat belt handbags, and much, much
Opportunities Monthly Professional
is offering a free, no-obligation 3-month subscription for
those not yet familiar with it. To find out more and sign up,
visit their website.
Would you like to
post an announcement? Send your email
by the 20th
of the month to email@example.com.
CALL FOR ENTRIES -
in this list does not indicate endorsement by WiVLA. We
recommend you research each contest, and contact the
Websites for artist exhibition Calls for
Art Calls for Entries:
Artist Residency: Chosen by pool of artists nominated
by a panel of independent art professionals. Director: Eric
Schnell For More info: http://www.galvestonartistresidency.org
Jewish Woman's Art Network, a caucus within the
National WCA announces a juried exhibit in N.Y.C. open to all
women artists February 1-16, 2013. The theme is
Diaspora, and information can be found at www.nationalwca.org or http://www.entrythingy.com/www.nationalwca.org#d. There
are several other opportunities listed at these sites
Alive and Well , a Houston organization, provides
numerous opportunities for members to exhibit in both juried and non-juried
shows. Coming up is a Black and White show at Hungry's
Cafe in the Village
and a Small Piece exhibit at a Galveston gallery in November. Plans are
underway for a juried show open to members and non-members for
January at 1600 Smith
available at www.artistsaliveandwell.com.
Houston Foundation. Monthly grants of $1,000. For
more information, contact Allison Skidmore
or click here. Any
idea is fair game, profit or non-profit; just has to be
awesome. The group votes on
ideas monthly and awards the grant.
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
Quarterly Journal seeks visual art. For submission
guidelines and more information, visit their website.
Fort Worth Community Arts Center is seeking
exhibition proposals from individual artists and curators in Texas, New Mexico, Oklahoma, Arkansas, and Louisiana for all art forms, including
new media, for its
2013-14 seasons. Proposals and images are reviewed on
a biannual basis: June & December. Fee: $20. Click here for
Contemporary Gallery. Submissions: Avis Frank
welcomes submissions from artists and curators. We require that you submit a single
e-mail, which includes all files and links. In addition to
work samples, please
submit an artist resume and biography. http://www.avisfrank.com
FOR ENTRIES - LITERARY
Inclusion in this list does not
indicate endorsement by WiVLA. We recommend you research each
contest, and contact the sponsor(s).
is accepting poetry, translation, review,
essay, and interview entries. Deadline: open. Click here for
Our Stories Press is seeking memoirs between
100-300 words for a memoir project. Deadline: rolling. Click
Loop Online is an online scriptwriting site.
Click here for
information about various scriptwriting
Magazine sponsors monthly contests for essays,
short stories, poetry, articles, essays, and more. Deadline:
open. For more information, visit Byline
Weekly accepts submissions via email, reads
year round, and responds to submissions within 30 days. For
more details, please visit Fiction
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.
& Writers is a great source for writing
contests. Check out Poets & Writers contests listings here.
Quarterly Journal seeks literary art, including
essays, fiction, poetry, reviews and interviews by women. For
submission guidelines and more information, visit their website.
Print Publishing offers a genuine, no fee book
competition that stretches over 12 months. Each month a
different genre; each month a winner. Winners are offered a
contract, paid royalties, and receive full promotion and
marketing strategies. Get full details of rules, genres and
how to submit on their website.
CALENDAR OF EVENTS
November 12 at 6 p.m.
November 20 at 6
of Printing History
a complete list of upcoming events, visit the WiVLA calendar online.
Lane Devereux (firstname.lastname@example.org)
Cookie Wells (email@example.com)
Cathy Lachin (firstname.lastname@example.org)
Pattie Berg (email@example.com)
Corry Austin (firstname.lastname@example.org)
Jennifer Watson (email@example.com)
Diane Door (firstname.lastname@example.org
Michele Zacks (email@example.com)
Leah Lax (firstname.lastname@example.org)
Pat Morgan (email@example.com) At
Piyali Dasgupta (firstname.lastname@example.org)