October 2015

Artist Talk: The Photography of Ann Stautberg

WiVLA members are in for a real treat at our October 20  general meeting when we hear from Texas photographer Ann Stautberg about the history of her work.

Ann Stautberg was born in 1949 in Houston, TX and now lives and works in Galveston, TX. She holds an M.A. from the University of Dallas and a B.F.A. from Texas Christian University. Stautberg has exhibited her photographs since the 1970s throughout Texas, including group shows at the Contemporary Arts Museum, Houston; Laguna Gloria Museum, Austin; Dallas Museum of Art; The Art Center, Waco; and the San Antonio Museum of Art. She has held one-person shows at the Tyler Museum of Art, Tyler; Galveston Arts Center; and the Barry Whistler Gallery, Dallas, where she is represented.

Ann Stautberg experiments with the medium of photography, specifically, with the effects of hand-tinting black and white photographs. Her skills as a photographer and painter are clearly evidenced by her precise printing and the steady hand of her brush. Stautberg’s work is unusually large-scale, almost painterly, in contrast to the more intimate hand-tinted photographs from the turn of the century. Her work solidly references this period of photography, when photographs were used as souvenirs of travel, rather than tools of expression. However, her works do not merely document a site but express it.  (taken from ArtPace San Antonio website)

Our meeting will be at Printing Museum on Tuesday, October 20 at 5:45, as always. Remember that the parking lot across the street is no longer accessible.  We will start with light snacks and wine with the meeting beginning promptly at 6:15 pm. Please bring your friends!

Judith Shamp and Lillian Tharp sharing artistic visions at our September meeting. (Photo credit: Marcia Patrick)

Salons! Salons! Salons!

You still have five more chances to attend a WiVLA Salon this fall and spend an evening immersed in creativity, beauty, and inspiration! WiVLA members have graciously opened their homes for a series of intimate gatherings around the Houston area. Six to ten attendees will bring a sample of their creative work to show or read to each other with the goal of helping people connect with their collaboration partner. This is all to support you, the WiVLA member, in finding a creative partner for our upcoming WINDOWS collaborative. Look elsewhere in this newsletter for a list of the partnerships formed thus far.

Space is limited, so make your reservation soon: contact your hostess directly through the email address or phone number listed below. Please bring a snack to share; the hostesses will provide beverages.  If you have general questions, contact Lane Devereux at lanedev@lanedev.com.

Salon Three: Heights
Hostess: Jere Pfister
Tuesday, October 6 from 7:00 - 9:00 pm
Salon Four: Northwest
Hostess: Lillian Tharp
Wedneday, October 7 from 7:00 - 9:00 pm
Salon Five: West
Hostess: Cori Austin
Thursday, October 15 from 7:00 - 9:00 pm
Salon Six: Midtown
Hostess: Jane Mulholland
Thursday, October 15 from 7:00 - 9:00 pm
Salon Seven: Montrose
Hostess: Diana Weeks
Saturday, October 24 from 3:00 - 6:00 pm

WiVLA Library Show "Inspired by Her Quote"

The Visual Arts and Literary Co-Chairs of WiVLA recently announced a very special show at the Houston Central Library for the month of March, 2016. The theme is "Inspired by Her Quote."

Because March is designated International Women's Month and our venue is the Downtown Houston Public Library, the theme appropriately reflects women who have inspired us with their words of wisdom and wit.  Both writers and visual artists are asked to create original work based upon quotes from women in society:  humorous, vicious, provocative, or at least memorable.  To be eligible, you must be a current member of WiVLA on January 15, 2016, which is also the entry deadline.

A reception in honor of International Women's Day on March 8, 2016,  will be open to the public from 4:00 to 7:00 pm.  Non-alcoholic refreshments will be served in the first floor exhibition space of the Houston Central Library on McKinney Street. Our writers will read their works beginning at 6 pm and their work will be in the chapbook available to those who attend the readings. Click here for the visual artists prospectus and here for the writer's prospectus.

President's Message

I will say it again: WiVLA is the place to be! Next year we have two major exhibits with corresponding literary components for our members to participate in. The Library Show “Inspired by Her Quote” at the downtown Public Library will have its opening reception on International Women’s Day, March 8. The “Windows” Collaboration will open in September and members will have from now until July 2 to work on their collaboration. A Timeline for these shows is linked to outline the important dates to remember and for planning.  The Prospectus for the Windows show is linked here and please note for the Library Show there is a Prospectus for Literary and one for Visual.

A word concerning the Library Show and what the theme means. It simply means we want you to choose a quote by a woman that has inspired you. Short quotes are fine. The quotes can be funny, wise, humorous, vicious or provocative (remembering we will be in a public venue where children will view our work). Say you have a favorite woman author, poet or historic figure; take her name, go to Google, type in Jane Doe quotes and there you will find numerous quotes. Perhaps you want to do a nature theme: Google nature quotes by women and again you will find numerous quotes. If you plan to submit more than one piece of work you could use the same quote or different quotes for each piece. Do NOT let the quote stand in your way! If you need ideas email us at info@wivla.org and we can supply you with plenty of quotes!

For the “Windows” collaboration, we are asking that you and your partner take the subject “Windows” and create a new work based on your collaboration. You will declare that you are working on the collaboration and submit your participation fee by February 8 but then will have until July 2 before the work is due!! You may wonder why we have asked the work to come in over two months before the opening. We will be printing an anthology of the art and writing to be presented at the opening reception. Our editor for the anthology is Cookie Wells and while she is wonderful, she is not a magician and we need plenty of lead time to get the anthology completed.

The Salons listed in this newsletter for October are designed to help you find a collaboration partner. Each Salon will be a small group of WiVLA women talking about and sharing the work they are doing. It is our hope that you will find a person you want to work with during the Salon. You may attend as many Salons as you would like. If you want help in finding a partner let the newsletter know: newsletter@wivla.org or our literary co-chairs: literary@wivla.org or our visual co-chairs: visual@wivla.org. The show will not be juried and we hope all of you will participate!

To pull us back to 2015, we have several events planned in addition to our monthly meeting. On November 5, WiVLA will be the Cultured Cocktails organization at Boheme Bar at Taft and Fairview from 5 pm to 7 pm and a percentage of sales will go to WiVLA during that time. Bring a friend and join us for a drink, a snack and good conversation.

On December 19 we are planning a WiVLA PlayDate where our artists will paint/draw/collage cards and our writers will fashion appropriate greetings for the cards. We will also have gingerbread women ready to decorate.  Playtime will be from 12:30 to 4:00 at the Fresh Arts Studio on Winter Street. From 4:30 – 7:00 we will have a WiVLA Holiday celebration with wine and cheese and holiday delicacies. Both events will be open to the public.

And, if you have any questions about any of our events, please let me know: info@wivla.org
  Jane Mulholland


Attribution is Not Permission
Erin Rodgers, a local entertainment lawyer, joined us in September for an interesting talk on intellectual property issues for artists and writers. This was a lively and highly interactive meeting where almost all of our attendees asked questions which Erin encouraged. She was an excellent and informative presenter.
Rodgers told WiVLA members that “original works of authorship” are protected by US copyright law and that this lasts for the creator’s life, plus 70 years. The rights cover reproduction, distribution, public display, public performance, derivatives and digital transmission. This protection is automatic, but Rodgers advised registering you work as copyrighted.
You may not reproduce or use licensed work in any circumstances, Rodgers said. Creative Commons, however, is a way for copyright owners to share their material more easily. It is not a substitute for copyright but a licensing system. Visit the website for more information.
As a visual artist or writer, if you are worried about someone infringing your work, you have the right to claim statutory damages only if you have registered your work. If not, you can still claim actual damages. Rodgers advised starting with a demand letter and if a solution is not reached you can file a federal lawsuit for copyright infringement.
Erin Rodgers has been practicing entertainment law in the Houston area since 2007, and represents artists of all kinds including musicians, authors, filmmakers, and photographers. She was referred to us by Texas Accountants and Lawyers for the Arts (TALA), Erin holds a Bachelor of Music in Music Business from Loyola University New Orleans, and a J.D. from the University of Houston Law Center. Erin is a talented musician herself and currently performs with the Houston indie rock band Glass the Sky.

The speaker Erin Rodgers and Jane Mulholland. (Photo credit: Marcia Patrick)

WiVLA Writers: A Special Opportunity to Read Your Work at Archway Gallery

Each November, the Archway Gallery Third Thursday Reading is dedicated expressly to WiVLA writers who would like to share their fiction, flash fiction, non-fiction, plays, or poetry.  On November 19, the evening starts at 6:30 p.m. at Archway Gallery at 2305 Dunlavy St., just north of its intersection with Fairview. Each reader is given five (5) minutes to share her work. The first twelve women to register at literary@wivla.org will be included.

The evening generally goes until 8:30 p.m. with an intermission after the first six readers. This gives everyone time to enjoy refreshments and mingle. Then, the second set of six will read.

Please click here to register or email literary@wivla.org. If you find you've registered and cannot make it, please let us know. We'll be keeping a waiting list.


Literary and Visual Workshops
Coming soon:  In early 2016, we will have a dynamic duo of workshops in one day to get our pens and creativity moving again after the holidays. Marian Szczepanski will be leading a morning writing workshop and Judith Shamp will introduce us to the art of Zentangle in the afternoon. Watch the newsletter for an announcement of the day and time.

Interested in helping create workshops and other writing opportunities to inspire your sister writers? If so, please contact Maryann Gremillion and Sandi Stromberg, your literary co-chairs, at literary@wivla.org, and let them know. They are still looking for members to develop other writing opportunities for our community.

Mark your calendar for December 19 for a WiVLA Play-date at the Fresh Arts Studio at Winter Street from 12:30 to 4:00 to paint cards, write witty messages on cards and decorate gingerbread women. The WiVLA  Holiday Party follows at 4:30 - 7:00.

Sketchbook Meetings

Monday, October 5, 2015
Trini Mendenhall Community Center
1414 Wirt Road (NE corner of Wirt/Westview)
Spring Branch
6-8 pm

Saturday, October 24, 2015
Rothko Chapel
Meet outdoors, but sketching is interesting both indoors and outdoors
1409 Sul Ross Street 77006
2-4 pm

Join us as we sit with each other on either or both of these days, sharing ideas and techniques.   Sometimes in quiet camaraderie, sometimes in wonderful conversation, we capture what we see and translate it onto our paper.  Bring a sketchbook and whatever kind of drawing tool you prefer – pencil, thin line marker, pen, graphite, etc.  Use what works for you.     For the Monday evening meeting, bring an object or a photo to sketch.

The Saturday sketch event will involve meeting at the beginning, sketching, then meeting back up at 4 to share pages.  We can meet at the Menil Bistro Café if anyone would like to stay for a light bite or glass of wine.

If you have any questions, contact Cori Austin
281-731-2711     artjournal50@gmail.com

Going Steady:
Partners for Windows Collaboration

This is the list through September 30 for the Collaboration:

Josena Arquieta (artist) with Jane Mullholland (writer)
Zita Giraldo (artist) with Jane Mullholland (writer) 
Peggy Sexton (artist) with Diana Weeks (writer)
Judith Shamps (artist) with Lilibeth André (writer)

Email newsletter@wivla.org to add you and your partner to the list. You still have plenty of time to find that creative collaborator (see prospectus below).


Prospectus: Windows Collaboration
Click here to see the Prospectus for the September 2016 Windows Collaboration.

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 your fellow WiVLA members by sending to newsletter@wivla.org.
  • Josena Arquieta, Judy Dekan and Jane Mulholland will be in Studio 115 at Spring Street for the Fall Biennial, October 3 from 5 pm to 9 pm. Food, music, good company, valet parking, and lots of art.
  • Marian Szczepanski will give a book talk about her debut novel Playing St. Barbara at 3:15 pm, Saturday, October 24, at Maud Smith Marks Library's (in Katy) Celebrate Local Authors Day. She'll also meet readers and sell/sign books in the library meeting room from 12:30-5 pm.
  • Lilibeth Andre will be participating in the Guiton Street Artists Fall Open Studio and Art Sale on Saturday, November 14 from 2 to 8 pm at 4848 Guiton Street.
  • A work of  donna e  perkins' will be in the Art Car Museum's Ninth Annual Open Call show.  All work follows the theme of the show's title - Reincarnation. 
  • Marguerite (Maggie) Baldwin had a piece accepted into the VAA juried membership show. 
  • Becky Soria's new paintings will be featured in a show at Archway Gallery October 3 through November 5 with the opening reception from 5 to 8 pm on October 3.
  • Jo Zider's work is in  the Art Car Museum's show "Reincarnation" through Dec. 19.  Jo also has work in Austin at the Gallery Shoal Creek and in the Texas Sculpture Group Show. Jo will also have work in Mother Dog Studios here in late November.
  • Patricia Barry Rumble just received word that Dramatic Publishing, one of the largest and oldest publishers of plays for young audiences, will publish her holiday show, LITTLE SCROOGE. 

WriteSpace has announced several upcoming workshops and events for writers on October. Check out their website for more information, prices or registration for any of these programs. There is a charge for members and non-members unless other noted.
  • Social Media for People Who Don't Like Social Media: An IndieFest Hands-On Workshop with REBECCA NOLAN on Thursday, October 1st, 7-9 PM.
  • Haunted Authors Ball on Saturday, October 3rd, 7:00pm to 9:00pm - free event
  • Easy E-Book Creation with Scrivener: An IndieFest Hands-On Workshop with D.L. YOUNG on Saturday, October 3rd, 2:00-5:00 PM.
  • The First Six Months: Creating Your Own Book Launch Marketing Plan with PAMELA FAGAN HUTCHINS on Tuesday, October 6th, 6-9 PM.
  • How to Edit Your Own Story: An IndieFest Hands-On Workshop with ELIZABETH WHITE-OLSEN on Thursday, October 8th, 6-9 PM.
  • How to Make the Most of a Moment: A Fiction Workshop with MARIAN SZCZEPANSKI on Four Tuesdays, October 13th, 20th, and 27th, and November 3rd,  7-9 PM. 
  • Picture Book Critique Workshop with VARSHA BAJAJ on Saturday, October 17th, 1-5 PM.
  • Idea Generator with ANDREANA BINDER on Wednesday, October 28th, 7-9 PM.

Denise Bossart is teaching a Contemplative Photography Workshop at the Woodlands Art League on October 17 and 18. Click here for more information.

The Fourth Annual Houston LibroFest is Saturday, October 3 from 10 am to 4 pm. This book and arts festival highlights Hispanic writers and showcases the culture of the Latino community. The event is sponsored by and takes place at the Central Library.

Upcoming events at the Printing Museum include: ZINEFEST on Saturday, October 17th and the13th Annual Houston Book Fair on Saturday, November 7th. In addition, the Printing Museum will offer the Montrose Print Market on Saturday, December 12 in support of local printers and printmakers.

Art shows up now -  “ Uncovered  at Williams Tower Gallery, curated by Sally Sprout.
Oaxaca a.i.r., a solo show at Lone Star College-North Harris Fine Art gallery. September 17-October 9, 2015.
2015 Art Faculty Show at Lone Star College-Kingwood. September 14 – October 14, 2015.

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.
See http://www.jomarvisions.com/#!studio-space-for-lease/c1p48
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). 

~ Artadia: The Fund for Art and Dialogue is now accepting applications for the 2015 Houston Artadia Awards from all visual artists who have lived and worked throughout Harris County, TX for two years or more. Individual artists and collaboratives working in all visual media and at any stage in their career are strongly encouraged to apply. Artadia Awardees are selected through a two-tiered jury process that combines local expertise with outside perspective from leading curators and artists. A preliminary panel will evaluate all online submissions and select 10 finalists in late October. A second panel of curators will visit Houston in November to conduct studio visits with each finalist and select Awardees to receive unrestricted Artadia Awards between $5,000 and $20,000. The 2015 Houston Awardees will be announced in late November.
The Houston Artadia Awards are:
- Open to anyone living in Harris County
- Free of application fees and project outline requirements
- Merit-based
- Unrestricted
Apply If You:
- Have lived in Harris for 2 years or more
- Are not currently enrolled in an art-related degree program
- Would like to have your work seen by a panel of prominent curators
here for the submission link and more information.

~ 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!

~ SouthWest Artists is initiating an annual national juried painting competition with cash awards of over $12,000 and a special award from the American Art Collector magazine.   Entries are being handled by www.callforentry.com. You can also find more information, including the Prospectus for the competition, at www.TheArtoftheHeartland.com.

~ Juried Art Services has a digital jurying system. Click on the link above for more information. 

~ CAFE' for Artists!  www.CallForEntry.org 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).

~ Sable Books is publishing an anthology addressing the subject of violence against women. They are seeking poems on all themes related to this issue (i.e., origins, personal stories, recovery, advocacy, prevention, survival, etc.).Submission fee is $5.  Proceeds from submission fees will be donated to the Global Fund for Women.

~ 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.https://groups.yahoo.com/neo/groups/CRWROPPS-B/info     

~ Winning Writers is another great website for writing opportunities. Check it out by clicking here

Please forward WiVLA Voices to all your friends who might be interested in WiVLA. BRING A FRIEND TO OUR NEXT MEETING!

Upcoming Events

WiVLA Member Meeting
Tuesday, October 20 at 5:45 pm
Photographer Ann Stautberg presents her work
Printing Museum

WiVLA Member Meeting
November 17 at 5:45 pm
Writer Rene Palmer Armstrong
"History Lost, History Found"
Printing Museum

WiVLA Sketchbook Meetings
Monday, October 5
Trini Mendenhall Community Center
1414 Wirt Road (NE corner of Wirt/Westview)
Spring Branch
6-8 pm
Saturday, October 24
Rothko Chapel
1409 Sul Ross St, Houston, TX 77006
Meet outdoors but sketch in or out
2-4 pm

For more information, see WiVLA News section of this newsletter.

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.

Thursday, November 5
5 to 7 pm
Boheme Bar at Taft and Fairview


Thursday, November 19
6:30 to 8:30
WiVLA Writers Read at Archway Gallery
2305 Dunlavy Street

Saturday, December 19
Fresh Arts Studio at Winter Street
12:30 to 4 pm
followed by wine and cheese
from 4:30 to 7 pm

About Women in the Visual and Literary Arts

The mission of WiVLA is 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.

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WiVLA 2015 Board of Directors

President - Jane Mulholland          

Vice President - Cori Austin

Secretary - Alicia Young

Treasurer - Josena Arquieta        

Membership - Linda Ann Stelljes and Elizabeth Burnham

Communications and Social Media-  Mary Ramain

Programs - Zita Giraldo               

Newsletter - Harriet Riley           

Visual Arts - Peggy Sexton
and Jo Zider           


Literary Arts - Sandi Stromberg
and Maryann Gremillion


At-Large-  Lillian Tharp          
and Theo Billings           

Historian - Rona Lesser

Our mailing address is:
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P. O. Box 130406
Houston, TX  77219-0406


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