November 2018

will be presented at the Houston Public Library central building in downtown Houston. Please join WiVLA and friends at the opening reception on November 3, 1:00 - 4:00 pm with literary readings taking place at 2:00 pm. The location of the exhibit is just inside the front entrance on the first floor. Light refreshments will be served.
   The art exhibit and excerpts of the literary works will be on view through December 31. Please check the library hours at   The entrance to the library parking garage is on Lamar Street. There is a fee for parking. See you there!
Holiday Party, Tuesday November 27th
Please note this is the fourth Tuesday of the month!  
     Get ready to have a fun and festive time with each other during our Member Holiday Party! The evening promises to be chock-full of time with friends, and a few arts and literary activities as well. How about WIVLA Bingo?! Some wine will be poured, along with lots of sweet and savory goodies to sample. The times are the same, although we won't go out for dinner after.
     Please try to bring one of the following:  a bottle of wine or bubbly water, or a sweet or savory snack. We will bring plates and forks, so feel free to create something special if you want.
     We'd love to draw names for door prizes, so if you have something special to donate, please let Cori know some details:
Archway Gallery  2305 Dunlavy, Houston TX 77006
5:45 – 6:15  Mix and Mingle
6:15 – 6:30  Short business meeting
6:30 – 7:30 Holiday Party!
President's Message: My Vision Board
My vision board looks at me everyday as I eat dinner or work at my laptop. It contains a multitude of images and even a key on a string. It’s about travel – to Africa to see giraffes run, and to watch a matriarch-led herd of elephants cross the savannah. The mountains of Peru and Canada are pictured, beckoning always. There’s a whale shark hoping I’ll catch a ride hanging on her dorsal fin.
   Then there are the photographs and newspaper clippings about relationships. How to fall asleep by matching your breathing to your mate’s. How to stay in love even in the rough times. A man and woman, hiking poles in hand, stand on the Inca trail, Machu Picchu in the background.
   Rumi is there, helping me remember there is calm in a life lived in gratitude. A new friend that I met in Colorado last summer wrote those words on a hand-made card. Another image shows a woman laughing delightedly, helping me know what joy looks like.
   Georgia O’Keeffe looks past me to her left…perhaps lonely for her desert. Diego Velazquez’ intriguing painting, Las Meninas, wants to keep some of its secrets a little longer, as I search for clues to solving all its mysteries.
   At the top is a woman of a certain age painting. Vigorously. The canvas is very large, and she stands next to it, holding the top with her left hand as her right hand moves so fast it blurs. She is fully engaged; in her moment; creating. A tiny yellow sticky note is attached to the corner of this image, asking, “Where do you find yourself most alive?”
   Where? Or is it when? How? Doing what? Questions we all answer in different ways. My where, when and how often involve creating. It often involves a circle of friends, a creative community – whether it is my art journaling group, a workshop I’m taking on a calligraphic technique, or a WiVLA program -- those circles of creative women challenge me, raise my spirits, and energize me.
   But then there are the solitary times, quiet ones at home surrounded by my journals, magazine images, paint bottles, brushes, scissors, matte medium. There is focus on the page I’m making, the use of different images and media, the satisfaction of image, color, design, and writing coming together, helping me feel very much alive – making new things, solving problems.
   Have you noticed the dichotomy of feeling most alive and being lost in the moment simultaneously? It doesn’t get much better than that, does it?
   Cori Austin
WiVLA's Literary Reading at Archway Gallery.
Thursday, November 15th, Gather at 6:00 pm with readings at 6:30 pm.
My Mother’s Purse 
What was in your mother’s purse? Money? Love? Indifference? Lipstick? Nurturing? Old love letters? Addiction? Too little? Too much?
   Our mothers are our first mirrors. What was in her purse? That’s the prompt for Wivla’s Annual Readings at Archway in November.  
  • Each reading is to be no longer than five minutes, about 500 words. 
  • Please time your reading before presentation. 
  • If you wish to read, email your name to by November 12. 
  • Work does not have to be submitted and may be any genre. 
  • Keep on writing! Please join us for a wonderful literary reading!

Thursday, October 4th was WiVLA's date to enjoy the benefits of Fresh Arts' Cultured Cocktails at Boheme Cafe and Wine Bar. (We earned a percentage of the bar proceeds from 5:00 to 8:00 pm as a fundraiser.) Several members, spouses, friends, and customers at the cafe joined us for delightful activities to promote WiVLA. Along with a table of brochures, jewelry pieces, and door prizes, WiVLA members displayed art, led attendees and bar patrons in games and puzzles, and had conversations about WiVLA's mission and projects. Viva Fresh Arts and Boheme Cafe where the good food and beverages enhanced the evening!
   Customers also enjoyed a energetic display of hip-hop dancing by members of FLY Dance Company under the artistic direction of member Kathy Wood. The dancers' presence and performance was one of the highlights of the evening. Another highlight was a cocktail naming contest with a prize of four Italian wine glasses. Entries included: "Birth of a Woman," "The Replenisher," "Gingy Drop," "Steel Water," "Truth or Consequences," "The Dorothy Parker," "Ride Like Seabiscuit," and the winner "The Frida Kahlua." A. Hardin won the wine glasses for this combo of kahlua, espresso, and Mexican hot chocolate. As they say, A good time was had by all!

  • 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!
  • Visual Arts Alliance VAA: Check out the Visual Arts Alliance upcoming studio tour on Wed, November 6: Michael Roque Collins. Please see for details.
  • Many members are involved with WriteSpace, as students, instructors, founders/administrators, guests, Writefest goers, etc. Writespace has the new November and December class and workshop schedule posted on line. Please go to the website and see the many topics and the calendar. WiVLA and Writespace have a great synergy a-glow, let's support their excellent schedule. Writespace Houston, Silver Street Studios, 2000 Edwards Street, Studio 208, Houston TX. and 713-516-5679.
  • Check out this very helpful and interesting link from member Celeste Budwit-Hunter. The link is an article in Writer's Digest. This is a great read for writers and for artists.
  • Your shopping makes a difference. Do your regular Amazon shopping at and Amazon donates to Women in the Visual and Literary Arts. 
Please send in your news by the 23rd of each month - art exhibits, literary works, news, etc. -  for inclusion in the following month’s newsletter to
  • Judy Shamp has two pieces of good news. "I'm happy to report my submission is juried into an exhibit "Mirrors of the Mind, by the Los Angeles County Psychological Association. The piece will be at the Santa Monica Art Studios. A second piece of good news is an invitation to participate in the "Heights Artisan Market" All Saints Church Hall, 215 E. 10th St., Houston, 77008. These award winning Japanese Chirimen purses are on the move, again...there's a hidden metaphor in that message. I hope y'all will come." [Editor's notes: The Heights Artisan Market hosts its annual Invitational Fine Art and Craft Show and Sale. The event will be held from 10:00 am to 7:00 pm on Saturday, December 8 at All Saints Church Hall, 215 E. 10th Street, Houston TX 77008.]
  • Margo Davis sends lots of news and writes: "I've had a good month, with three [poems] appearing in as many weeks on an e-journal entitled What Rough Beast. They chose four more!  I'm headed to a month-long writing residency at Can Serrat, outside Barcelona, tomorrow and my head's literally in a suitcase." Margo's poem was featured in the Houston Chronicle on October 21. Here is the link to "Poem - I don't appear":
  • Visual Arts Alliance has selected one of Melody Locke's lumen prints for the VAA 36th Juried Membership Exhibition. All the details are in this thorough press release. Click here. The exhibition runs November 12 through December 8 at Silver Street Studios/West Wing. Opening reception on November 14. Please use link for full details.
  • June Russell is having a one-person show TWENTY YEARS OF CAPTURING BEAUTY: AN EXHIBITION OF PHOTOGRAPHY. The venue is Christ Church Cathedral, Cloisters Gallery, 1117 Texas Avenue in downtown Houston. The show runs October 6 through November 13 -- please note earlier date. Hours:  11:00 -2:00 on Monday through Friday and Sundays 10:00 am to 1:00 pm. There is free parking in the cathedral parking garage during the reception; please enter on San Jacinto Street. 
  • Jane Chance: Jane will be reading from her book The Middle Ages: Poems by Jane Chance (available at and introducing her latest Tolkien book, Tolkien, Self and Other: “This Queer Creature” (Palgrave, 2016), on November 8th from 7:00 - 8:00 pm at Brazos Bookstore. She writes, "That book is about diversity in Tolkien’s fantasy and scholarly writing, which I argue grew out of his own sense of himself as a “queer creature." Please join the event at Brazos Bookstore, 2421 Bissonnet Street, Houston.
  • Past President Kay Sarver continues to film youtube interviews with local artists. There are at least nine videos at Houston Art Tribe on YouTube  "I'd appreciate any feedback, and certainly wish to include any of you in this conversation about what you do as artists. After all, I do believe we creatives are a close and supportive tribe! .... I love talking with artists, seeing where they work, and watching them light up when they speak about their process and their work. It soothes my creative soul!" Click for youtube link."
  • Janet Ruffin is is thrilled to launch her new line of scarves made from her art. For more information: and
  • Editor’s Note: We know a lot of you are showing your work and getting published, so we ask you to send the information to 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.

Calligrapher Debbie Dutton takes attendees on artistic journey. The October meeting was filled with magical paper and pens as guest speaker Debbie Dutton told the story of her creative and spiritual life that has included a love of design, color theory, eerie meetings, starting and running a small printing industry, winning pearl jewelry design contests, and much, much more. The editor would say that the audience members were on the edge of their seats and constantly amazed. For example, Debbie said in one part of her artistic journey she became fascinated with fonts and font design. So what did she do? She designed her very own font -- and it is beautiful!
   With a varied and thorough background and proven experience in many medias, Debbie teaches at the Houston Calligraphy Guild, the Houston Book Arts Guild, and in her home studio. In the summer, she travels to Maine to be an artist-in-residence and to teach a variety of book arts classes. While sharing many biographical details, Debbie spoke about seeking and finding more ways to promote her desire to provide the message that "...we're all here for each other using the language of art." Teaching art to women rescued from sex trafficking in India and Nicaragua became a particular interest and inspiration for Debbie as she continues challenging herself to be creative with batik on paper, watercolor, manipulating books into fairy houses, and with origami. 
   Thirty-nine audience members enjoyed Debbie's inspiring and personal presentation. There was a lively question-and-answer session and one of Debbie's Fairy Houses was awarded as a door prize.


~ Recent guest Ilissa Collins writes, "I am looking for someone to teach me how to make paper flowers." You can reach her at Ilissa loved the recent monthly meeting and says hello to WiVLA members.

~ ClayHouston  Please check out the website to see all of the events and activities.  The group has a members' show currently exhibited  in Gallery 100 at the Silos at Sawyer Yards, 1502 Sawyer Street, Houston. The show continues until December 15. Upcoming events include workshops. The website is full of details and helpful info.

Also, the Fuente Collective is sponsoring writing events this month. Find them at   Of special note are  fill in information
Learn more and register:

~ 14 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

The Glassell School of Art For more information on schedule, contact or 713.639.7500.

Houston Writers Guild (HWG). The Guild has a great website at  that gives the schedule of activities and classes.

~ Public Poetry has a great deal of information on its website this month including  Public Poetry monthly events and call for submissions and contests. Click the blue link for PP's great colorful and informative web page.   check for specific info here.

~  Visual Arts Alliance The Visual Arts Alliance (VAA) website is a great resource for all news and events scheduled by the organization. Click
Be sure and check out the special discussion panels the VAA has organized along with their usual events such as 3rd Monday Critique Groups, etc. See the link to their informative website.

~ 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 exhibits.

~Texas Accountants and Lawyers for the Arts (TALA) has a good website at 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 Program.

~ Houston Art Alliance site

~ Wordsmyth Theater at is a "Houston-based playwright’s theater dedicated to the development of new theatrical works from formative stages through full production." They have just sponsored the Texas Playwrights Festival and have an active calendar throughout the year. Find them at the link above.

Literary Events -- Call for Entries
Inclusion in this list does not indicate endorsement by WiVLA. We recommend you research each contest and opportunity and contact the sponsor(s).
Now through January 15, 2019, Public Poetry is accepting contest submissions on the theme of ENOUGH. (Submissions accepted on the program Submittable.) This is a national contest with a $1,000 first prize and the opportunity to be published in an online anthology. Check out the details, the judges' biographies, and more at   Keep on writing!

DOUBLE WOW! For lots of good information including calls for submissions, guest speaker events, and literary festivals in Houston and San Antonio  --   Check out Gulf Coast - A Journal of Literature and Fine Arts very excellent website for news of current competitions and events. The link for Gulf Coast is here. (  Of special note: This is the magazine's "open reading period" -- check the website for submission guidelines. The open submission period runs from September 1, 2018 to March 1, 2019. There is a $3 fee. All fee monies will be used to sponsor and upgrade honorariums to writers. The website has the information and additional details about themes and genres.

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.

"One of the Writer's Digest 101 Best Websites for Writers" is Inspiring stories of writing success and competition information.

Does Kallisto Gaia Press have anything new going on? Please see this link. See for details.
3rd Coast Books is now accepting fiction and non-fiction submissions in several genres. Please go to: to find out more about this innovative and commercial publisher.

A former WiVLA member sent a helpful list of about 20 literary opportunities. Click here to pull up the page with the information and organizational names. Many thanks to the creator of the list!

Visual Events -- Call for Entries
Inclusion in this list does not indicate endorsement by WiVLA. We recommend you research each contest and opportunity and contact the sponsor(s).
FreshArts, 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  mission.
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 Artadia. The group has an impressive mission statement and is sponsoring a call for entries for financial awards in the Houston area. Click website: and be sure and scroll to information about Houston competition.

CaFE for Artists is the leading online application and adjudication system for managing calls for entry. The website is   This is a stunning collection of news and opportunities.
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Upcoming Events

S P A C E Collaboration Opening
Saturday, November 3, 2018

Houston Public Library
Central Branch-Downtown
1:00 to 4:00 pm
Literary Readings at 2:00 pm

WIVLA Literary Reading
at Archway Gallery

"My Mother's Purse"
Thursday, November 15, 2018
6:00 pm gather, 6:30 readings begin
Archway Gallery
2305 Dunlavy
Houston TX 77006

WiVLA Monthly Meeting
Note that this is the fourth Tuesday
Tuesday, November 27, 2018
Gather: 5:45 pm
Archway Gallery
2305 Dunlavy
Houston TX 77006

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