Holiday Party, Tuesday November
27thPlease note this is the fourth
Tuesday of the month!
WIVLA COLLABORATION: S P A C
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.
art exhibit and excerpts of the literary works will be on view
through December 31. Please check the library hours at www.houstonlibrary.org
The entrance to
the library parking garage is on Lamar Street. There is a fee for
parking. See you there!
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: email@example.com
2305 Dunlavy, Houston TX 77006
5:45 – 6:15 Mix and
6:15 – 6:30 Short business meeting
6:30 – 7:30
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
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.
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
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
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
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
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
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?
***************************************************WiVLA's Literary Reading at Archway
Thursday, November 15th, Gather at 6:00 pm with
readings at 6:30 pm.
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
- Please time your reading before presentation.
- If you wish to read, email your name to firstname.lastname@example.org 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!
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!
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
www.visualartsalliance.org 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. www.writespacehouston.org 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. http://www.writersdigest.com/editor-blogs/there-are-no-rules/craft-technique/train-your-eye-for-better-writing-3-writing-techniques-adapted-from-the-visual-arts#.W56E2ekpyrQ.mailto
- Your shopping makes a difference.
Do your regular Amazon shopping at smile.amazon.com/ch/76-0464450 and Amazon
donates to Women in the Visual and Literary Arts.
send in your news by the 23rd of each month - art exhibits, literary
works, news, etc. - for inclusion in the following month’s
- 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.]
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.
Chance: Jane will be reading from her
book The Middle Ages: Poems by Jane
Chance (available at https://www.finishinglinepress.com/product/the-middle-ages-by-jane-chance/)
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." https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=CK-3PXooLW8&feature=share
Ruffin is is thrilled to launch her new
line of scarves made from her art. For more information:
Create2710@att.net and www.janetruffinstudio.com
- 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 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.
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
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
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 email@example.com. 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. https://www.clayhouston.org/ 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.
the Fuente Collective is sponsoring writing events this month. Find
them at www.fuenteco.com Of special note are
fill in informationLearn
more and register: https://fuenteco.com/calendar/writewild20181007
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.
Glassell School of Art For more information on schedule,
contact firstname.lastname@example.org or
Writers Guild (HWG). The Guild has a great website at www.houstonwritersguild.org. that gives the
schedule of activities and
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. http://www.publicpoetry.net check for
specific info here.
Arts Alliance The Visual Arts Alliance
(VAA) website is a great resource for all news and events
scheduled by the organization. Click http://visualartsalliance.org/
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
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/
Theater at www.wordsmyththeater.org 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
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). Now through January 15, 2019,
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 http://www.publicpoetry.net
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
news of current competitions and events. The link for
. (www.gulfcoastmag.org) 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,
"One of the Writer's
Digest 101 Best Websites for Writers
" is www.winningwriters.com.
Inspiring stories of
writing success and competition information.Does
Kallisto Gaia Press
have anything new going
on? Please see this link. See www.kallistogaiapress.org
details. 3rd Coast
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
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
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).
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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