November 2016

Greasepaint and Gumption
At our November member meeting, Kim Tobin-Lehl, founder and co- artistic director of 4th Wall Theatre Company in Houston will talk to us about her 25 year career as a female leader in the arts.  Kim has made it a point to train, diversify and empower herself to such a degree that having a career in the artistic field of her choice is always in her own control.  Even more than that she has made it her mission to make her organizations a place where she makes paying artists her primary purpose and where training artists both in the skills of acting and in understanding how to empower their own careers is her primary focus.  Passing on self sufficiency is of the utmost importance! Finally, she will talk about the struggles of being a powerful women in a world that has not yet reached the place where women are treated the same as their male constituents and how she deals with that issue.  There will be time for questions and answers after her talk on Tuesday, November 15  at the Printing Museum.  

 In addition to directing credits in Houston, Kim has also directed productions in NYC and L.A., A Houston native, Kim has a BA in acting and directing from the University of Houston (including training with Jose’ Quintero, Edward Albee & Sidney Berger). After relocating to New York, she trained with/at a number of elite teachers and conservatories.   Kim also runs a payroll company in Houston called Tobin & Associates which allows her to help further her objective to make artists play a primary focus in the arts by allowing theater companies in Texas and Louisiana to have a more competitive cost structure when hiring equity artists.  Kim also spent over three years in Los Angeles studying with Sandy Marshall and Larry Moss. In addition to her extensive body of work, Kim is a highly sought-after acting teacher, and her studio (based on the teaching principles of Meisner, Adler and The Barrow Group) offers an array of courses (from beginner to advanced levels) in acting technique, improvisation, script analysis and scene study.  More details about Kim’s background and her current class offerings can be found at her studio website: Our November meeting will be back at the Printing Museum, beginning with wine and snacks at 5:45 pm and the meeting beginning at 6:15 pm.

2017 WiVLA Board to be Elected at November Meeting
These WiVLA members have accepted the following board positions:
Vice President - Lilibeth Andre
Secretary - Lee Steiner
Treasurer - Lane Devereux
Literary Chairs - Karleen Koen will join Mary Harlan
Visual Chairs - Dune Tencer and June Russell
Communications - Mary Ramain
Membership - Zita Giraldo and Kristine Rivers (ex-officio)
Social Media Chair - Regina Vitolo Mader
Historian - Judy Shamp
At-Large - Josena Arquieta and Tayyba Kanwal

President's Message
It’s hard to believe that the year is almost over. We have had a successful year at WiVLA with excellent speakers and programs and a return to Brazosport and the marvelous facility where we had our “Windows” Collaboration event.  For those of you who haven’t purchased a “Windows Anthology” there are still copies available for $12 from  All of the writings and art work from the collaboration are included in the anthology. We will also have copies available  at our November events.
November is the month when WiVLA returns to Archway Gallery for Readings from our WiVLA writers. This year the topic is “Color” and we invite you to join us at 6:30 on November 17 as our writers read their work. Since we feature our writers in November, I was interested to read that Poets & Writers Magazine in their November/December issue feature “5 Over 50.” Five writers – two men and three women – are profiled who published their first book after age fifty. For years I have used the George Eliot quote “It’s never too late to be what you might have been,” as a tag line for my business.  It fits many of our WiVLA members as we demonstrate that it is never too late to start or continue pursuing a creative life. And of course it is our mission to support you as you do it!

So, lots of words for November as we ponder two shows, WiVLA’s November 15 meeting with Kim Tobin and the Archway Gallery readings November 17.
WiVLA does not have a regular meeting in December, but you will get a newsletter and an invitation to the WiVLA member/guest Holiday Party set for December 17.
Happy Thanksgiving to all!

  Jane Mulholland

WiVLA Announces Two Shows in 2017
 Looking forward to next year, we have two exhibitions on the horizon. The first one will be at the Cloisters Gallery at Christ Church Cathedral opening March 3, 2017. The Prospectus is here. 2D artists are encouraged to enter this juried show. The theme of the show is “Abundant.” Entries will be accepted online beginning December 1 through January 27. Please note that this venue is quite special since Treebeard”s Restaurant serves lunch daily in this space to approximately 400 people. Few venues in Houston get this many visitors during an exhibition. If you know artists who might like to participate and who aren’t currently WiVLA members, ask them to join now and be a member through 2017. (Current members will be asked to rejoin at the beginning of 2017.) The exhibition will be open February 27 – March 23 with the gallery open 11 am to 2 pm weekdays.The Call for Entry will invite women to submit up to three 2D pieces for consideration for this juried exhibit beginning December and ending on January 27, 2017.
The juror will consider photography, watercolor, oil painting, acrylic painting, pastels, drawing and any other 2D work that represents or reflect the theme “Abundant.” Click here for a look at the Prospectus.

For our second art show of 2017, 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.  A little background is necessary: As many are aware 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 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.
The Prospectus for this show has not yet been posted. But, artists should begin to think about the theme “Renewal.” There will be NO charge for WiVLA members to enter this show. You will be asked to submit only one piece, although you may submit one written and one 2D piece of art. Because the Deutser Art Gallery is a small space, we will be limiting size to 24” x 30” framed in any direction. Writers will be confined to one page, double spaced, Times New Roman 12-point font. As you ruminate on what you want to create for this significant event, please think in terms of a secular approach to renewal. Because the work is to be presented to the entire community, it should have broad appeal. Work with a religious slant will not be appropriate for this show.
As you can see, 2017 promises to be an exciting year for WiVLA!

WiVLA Writers Read at Archway: Thursday, November 17
WiVLA Archway Readings will be on Thursday, November 17 beginning at 6:30 pm. The topic for this year's readings will be "Color." Come and hear our "Baker's Dozen" of readers as they share their views on "Color."
Please come to this event - it's a real treat to hear the talent we have in WiVLA!

WiVLA Scoop by the Snoop: November 2016
Mostly the Snoop has been sourcing pie recipes for Thanksgiving and not paying a lot of attention to what is going on in the WiVLA world. However: we would like you to think about ways for WiVLA to be more involved in our community with younger women and girls. For many years WiVLA has provided two Gold Key Scholarship Awards in conjunction with the Harris County Board of Education for a senior girl writer and a senior girl artist for $500 each. This year, due to a change at the Harris County board and the WiVLA board requesting different requirements, we did not support the Gold Key awards in 2016.
The WiVLA Board and the Advisory Board are seeking ways that we can increase WiVLA’s viability in the community among younger women and girls and continue to provide monetary support to them. In January we are planning to devote our entire member meeting to this issue. If you have an organization you would like us to consider, please contact Jane Mulholland at  There will be more information about this in the December and January newsletters.

Cherryhurst Vision Shared with WiVLA members in October
By Cori Austin

Cherryhurst House opened its beautiful gates to us for our field trip October meeting.  A welcoming courtyard, a friendly black lab, and a balmy autumn evening set the stage for a memorable visit.  Barbara Levine, Curator, welcomed us warmly. 
Cherryhurst House is the home of Dallas McNamara., a woman with a vision to promote artistic process and exchange between artists and community.  Cherryhurst House provides an artist-in-residence program specifically designed for the artist to create a body of work, which will be shown in the gallery at the end of the residency.  The artist’s residence is next door to the gallery.  The current artist showing at Cherryhurst House is Heather Johnson, with her show titled “In Search of the Frightening and Beautiful.”
A motorcycle is more than a motif of the show.  It was the way Heather moved through these countries, at one with the machine and the land.  She journeyed to Mexico on one trip, and to South America on another trip.  She often referred to herself as a 100-pound blue-eyed white woman visiting a very different culture and was very aware of the gulf between the people of those countries and herself.   She took pains to bridge that gulf, often communicating in her beginning Spanish or sitting in public places while stitching her embroideries.  Stitching is a common task among women worldwide, and it generated an easy welcome to other women, curious about what she was doing.  They would come over and look, then bring over family and friends.  Heather often gave these stitched offerings to those she met along her journey, in essence leaving gifts of friendship and connection with those she met.   
Living in the artists’ residence at Cherryhurst afforded Heather time and space to commit fully to a new medium, watercolor.  She dug in deeply, teaching herself the mechanics and its possibilities.  She produced a variety of pieces, done from photographs she had taken on her journey.  Her pieces have a signature of going outside the box, with some of the paint extending past the painted boundaries, via telephone lines, the horizon, or planes of the depicted rooms.  Her subject matter reflected both the frightening and the beautiful, from dead chickens in the trunk of a car to gang tennis shoes on telephone wires, to a bedroom with curtains blowing in from the breeze. More finely rendered embroideries were produced, stitches of words and motorcycle schematics. 
In Search of the Frightening and Beautiful chronicles Heather’s open heart, her willingness to risk in order to find the beautiful, her wonder at the magic of connection between cultures and people.  She searched for the dichotomy in all the corners of these new cultures, willing to be brave enough to see the frightening so that she could find the beautiful. 
Heather’s work feels like a unified whole, the wall motorcycle diagrams, the watercolors, the stitched linens, all building a visual journey that invites us to join her in her search for the frightening and beautiful.  We thank her for the gift of her vision.


If you know people who want to join WiVLA tell them: NOW is the time! Anyone joining now will be a member through 2017 – and will be invited to our member/guest Holiday Party!
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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
  •  Jere Pfister will be presenting her work, Forbidden Gardens, at the Annual Storytellers Event sponsored by the Houston Storytellers Guild on Saturday, February 20 at 3 pm at MATCH. Tickets will be on sale soon. The event is supported in part by Poets and Writers.
  • Lydia Bodnar-Balahutrak is still featured in 3 Houston-area exhibitions:  "Genocide"from September 30, 2016 – January 1, 2017 with the opening Reception: Wed. October 19, 6-8 pm at the Holocaust Museum Houston; her work will be at a show of the Figurative Faculty of the Glassell School of Art September 12 – December 2, 2016 at Kinder-Morgan Lobby Art Space at 1001 Louisiana in downtown Houston;  and she will have a show called "Discourse" at the Galveston Arts Center October 8 - November 20.
  • Jo Zider, Carolyn Dahl and Ava Cosey also have work in the Holocaust Museum show"Genocide" to January 1. 
  • Rona Lesser, June Russell and Jo Zider have work in the VAA Show opening at the Spring Street Studios on November 2 from 6 - 8 pm.
  • Janet Reynolds created a book using the Turkish map that will be displayed at NAEA offices and gallery in Alexandria, VA.
  • Judith Shamp has collage and mixed-media work in the Art Crawl and on exhibit at Mother Dog Studios opening November 19 through February 14.
  • 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!!!


Houston Book Arts Guild November meeting "All About Paper" will feature Becky Chaffin of O-K Paper on Thursday, November 3 at the Printing Museum.  If you plan to attend, please respond to Lee Steiner at  She urges you to attend and bring any and all paper lovers you know.

Gulf Coast Journal Editor Adrienne Perry will be leading the Writespace Writers of Color workshop again this fall every Thursday from 6-9pm, November 3-December 15! There are still 50%-off scholarships available so if anyone you know is interested, they can register now at this link.

Announcement of Hood Exhibition:  From Carolyn Dahl --
For those of you who are Dorothy Hood admirers, or even former students as I was, I want to tell you about the incredible retrospective exhibition of her work at the Art Museum of South Texas in Corpus Christi.  I have never known a museum to store most of their collection in order to make space for a regional (though international also) artist who is also a woman.  This show includes all directions of her artistic inquiry: early works while living in Mexico, huge abstract paintings contrasting vacancy with texture done mainly in Houston, stream-of-consciousness pen and ink drawings, and the best representation of her numerous collages that I've seen.  Very interesting also are her letters (Neruda, Orozco, Clement Greenberg), journals, poems, clippings and personal papers on display.
This exhibition is something not to be missed in my opinion. I spent a whole day with the work and plan to return again before it closes because there is so much inspiration, technique, and emotion to absorb.  We also may never have the opportunity to view the full scope of her output as many pieces are on loan from museums and collectors and will be returned (and there are no plans for the MFAH to bring the collection to Houston unfortunately).  There is also a beautiful, thick book, ($45) written by Susie Kalil with large illustrations and well-researched text that can be ordered through the museum if you are unable to see the exhibition in person.
The show and book are titled "The Color of Being." (Go to: or the Museum's web site for more details)  The museum is built right on the water (the cafe has the best view) with many hotels nearby making it both a beautiful and easy visit.  The exhibition is currently on view until Jan. 8, 2017.

Dodie Meeks needs a critique group and is willing to have it at her house. If you are interested let her know:

Urgent! WiVLA Event Photographers needed. We need to collect photos of recent events and exhibits for both our newsletter, website and the archives.  Please send any photos you have digitally to Historian Rona Lesser at  If the files are large separate into several emails. 

Free  docent led tours of the current exhibit are available at the Blaffer Museum at the University of Houston on Fri. at 2:00 each week.  Check the website for the current exhibition news.
City ArtWorks will be staffing fall after school and studio classes soon and is looking for new instructors.  Curriculum for classes and supplies are provided.  Classes located all around Houston area.  Also they may be interested in people to teach more advanced classes in subjects like photography, sculpture, ceramic clay for ages in middle school and high school. 

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.

.WriteSpace is offering several workshops in November.
For pricing, registration and more information, go to the WriteSpace website or contact them.

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.

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). 

~  The Women's Caucus for Art is pleased to announce the Call For Art for "WAGE ON! Women, Art, and Money" exhibition that will take place at Ceres Gallery in Chelsea from January 31 to February 25, 2017. Submissions deadline is Sunday, November 13, 2016. Submit online or find out more information here
"WAGE ON!" explores how women artists view the current economic climate and it’s impact on wages, identity, and lives of women both in and beyond the art world. Artists at all career levels are invited to submit work for consideration on this timely topic. The exhibition will be an integral part of the 2017 WCA conference that runs concurrent with CAA and the TFAP day of panels.

~ 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.

~ 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).

Houston's Public Poetry asks for submissions on the theme of  ‘WORK’ with poems that reflect activities, experiences, the way that work impacts your life, etc. Poems must be submitted on Submittable between Sept. 5, 2016 and Feb. 28, 2017. Three prizes will be awarded on May 1; the amount of the prize depends on when you enter; the entry fee is the same whenever you submit, but the prize is reduced for later entries.*  Poems will be judged blind by a panel comprised of people from different sectors of the economy.  *Pubic Poetry Members can submit in Jan & Feb and the prize amount is not reduced. For membership information click HERE.
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

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Upcoming Events

WiVLA Member Meeting

Tuesday, November 15 at 5:45 pm
Featuring Kim Tobin, 4th Wall Theatre Company (formerly Stark Naked Theatre)

Location: The Printing Museum,
1324 W. Clay Street, Houston 77019

Thursday, November 17 at 6:30 pm
Theme: Color

Location: Archway Gallery
2305 Dunlavy Street, Houston

WiVLA Member and Guest Party
Saturday, December 17
Save the date - December plans to be announced

WiVLA does NOT have a Member meeting in December

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.


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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

June Russell

Historian - Rona Lesser 

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P. O. Box 130406
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