October 2011


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 invention.

In this Issue
Letter From the Editor
Easy Money for WiVLA
Quote of the Month
Meeting Recap and Announcement
Save the Date: Christmas Party
Soirees Are Filling Up!
Georgetown Poetry Festival
Membership Renewal
Art Prompt
Member News & Accolades
What's Happening in Visual Arts
Call for Entries
Calendar of Events

LETTER FROM THE PRESIDENT__________________________________


Dear WiVLA Members,


Congratulations to all the artists and writers whose work delighted and inspired us in the "Finding Balance" exhibition. What a great party we had on opening night! Thank you to Donna Durbin for organizing the exhibition; to Anna Phillips for her invaluable contributions; to Nancy Michon for once again providing WiVLA with exemplary exhibition graphics; to Elizabeth Earle for coordinating the readings; and to Anita Long for her masterful handling of the reception. Our juror, Christine Jelson West, earned a special thank you for taking the best of WiVLA and making it look spectacular. What a great success we had at our first juried exhibition at the Museum of Printing History.


Now to the future. We are holding elections in November this year instead of March. Many positions are open because current board members have reached their term limits. Please consider taking a spot on the new board. If you have been a member for more than one year, you are qualified to serve. The nominating committee will be working throughout October to assemble a strong slate for the election; however, you need not wait to be asked. If you would enjoy participating in a collegial effort with other talented women on behalf of WiVLA, please call me at 281-373-9658 or email me at wivla.lanedev@yahoo.com.


This issue of WiVLA VOiCES is full of news, ideas, and opportunities. Don't miss a word of it!


Warm regards,


LETTER FROM THE EDITOR______________________________________

Hello everyone,


What an exciting September for WiVLA members! From the "Finding Balance" exhibit and Cultured Cocktails to the soirees and art prompt submissions, September was action-packed -- and we're just getting started!  


The end of the year is going to be non-stop fun for members, including the board elections, more soirees, and the holiday party.  


The fun also includes the newsletter. If you have news, we'd love to hear about it. We also encourage members to submit articles (including Good Places to Write and Draw), quotes, art prompt ideas - anything! Shoot over your newsletter submissions to newsletter@wivla.org.  


Here's to a creative and productive month!    


Andrea Waguespack

AN EASY WAY TO EARN MONEY FOR WiVLA____________________  

By Lane Devereux


1. Go to www.goodsearch.com

2. Type in WiVLA at the prompt

3. Go to your favorite search location or a favorite store

4. That's all there is! You can search daily and WiVLA gets credit, even more when you buy something from an affiliated store.

QUOTE OF THE MONTH_____________________________________ 



The artist's world is limitless. It can be found anywhere,  

far from where he lives or a few feet away.  

It is always on his doorstep.   


-Paul Strand  



Have a favorite art-themed quote? Send it to newsletter@wivla.org - it could be our next Quote of the Month. 


MEMBERSHIP MEETING - SEPTEMBER 20________________________   


At our last meeting, a packed room of women enjoyed a hands-on presentation given by Angelina Rodriguez, LPC-S, ATR-BC.  We drew, renamed ourselves, and talked energetically in response to Angelina's prompts. The evening introduced us to art therapy and everyone had fun to boot.

MEMBERSHIP MEETING - OCTOBER 18________________________   


Spacetaker's Executive Director Jenni Rebecca Stephenson and Program Director K.C. Scharnberg will share an overview of Spacetaker's programs and services catered to supporting the careers of individual artists in the Houston area.
They will review the functionality of Spacetaker's website as a tool that artists can use to gain more exposure for themselves and their work. Additionally, Jenni and K.C. will talk about the different programs Spacetaker offers that are dedicated to providing artists and non-profits access to economic development, continuing education, and networking opportunities to support their professional growth. 

After the meeting, we will go to Café Express on West Gray, around the corner from the Museum of Printing History, for our Dutch treat dinners and camaraderie. Please join us!

SAVE THE DATE: WiVLA HOLIDAY PARTY ___________________________ 

By Lane Devereux           


Remember the days of those great WiVLA holiday parties, all dressed up and enjoying lots of delicious food and good company? On Saturday evening, December 3, 2011, WiVLA will celebrate the holidays in fine fashion once again with a party at Cathy Lachin's home. Plan to attend our holiday blowout with your guest and something scrumptious from your kitchen. Look for details in the November issue of WiVLA VOiCES.

SOIREES ARE FILLING UP______________________________________  

By Lane Devereux


From all accounts, WiVLA members love to get together and talk about their art and writing! The soirees held to date have all earned rave reviews. People are making connections for the Collaboration Show in the spring and at least one piece of art has sold. Did you miss the fun?Of the remaining soirees, two still have openings, one at Corry Austin's on October 14 in West Houston and the other at Cathy Lachin's on October 21 in Katy. To get your name on a guest list, send an email to info@wivla.org soon!    

GEORGETOWN POETRY FESTIVAL _____________________________    


Get immersed in poetry! The Georgetown Texas Poetry Festival will be held until Sunday, October 2. This is a free event that includes workshops, lectures, readings and open mikes.
The event will be held at the Georgetown Public Library, 402 W. 8th Street, Georgetown, Texas 78626. Workshop participants should bring pen and paper. To register for an event, notify Mike Gullickson via email or at 512-591-7330. 

For more information, please click here

MEMBERSHIP RENEWAL COMING SOON_______________________  

By Lane Devereux


Our membership year will begin in January starting next year. We will kick off the 2012 renewal drive at the October meeting. If you want to get this out of the way before the holidays, you can renew on our website anytime and pay online through PayPal. If you prefer to write a check or pay cash, membership forms will be available at the next meeting.

ART PROMPT______________________________________________  

By Andrea Waguespack


Send submissions by the 20th of the month to newsletter@wivla.org. Members may submit up to 5 entries. Submissions may only be for that month's prompt. Visual art will need to be submitted in digital format as a .jpeg image.   Literary art must be submitted in .doc format and can be no longer than 2 pages.  This is not a contest - all submissions will be published for everyone to enjoy!  To review the art prompt guidelines, please click here .      


Check out September's art prompt submissions here!


October 2011 Prompt:  


The Letter  



CULTURED COCKTAILS_______________________________________  

By Lane Devereux


Thank you to Spacetaker for sponsoring WiVLA's Cultured Cocktails fundraiser at Boheme Cafe and Wine Bar on September 22. WiVLA members did not make a strong showing at Boheme, but many other people visited that night and we are hoping for a good donation to our treasury. Thank you to the WiVLA members and friends who did participate - the conversation was great!



Margo Davis was chosen to spend two weeks writing at Red Cinder Creativity on the Big Island of Hawaii. Her poem, Eating Her Way Across Texas, appears in Texas Poetry Calendar 2012. On September 10, she read at Blue Willow Bookshop as part of the book's promotion. On September 27, she and Sandi Stromberg read at Barnes and Noble in Webster.  


Laura Pena will be a juried poet at the 2011 Houston Poetry Fest, October 7-9 at the Willow Street Pump Station, located at 811 North San Jacinto in Houston. On October 1 at 1 p.m., Laura will MC "Poetry Out of Bounds," the annual kick off to the Houston Poetry Fest. The event will be held at Barnes and Noble, located at I-45 and Bay Area Boulevard.


Rona Lesser has become a member of the new co-op gallery E street Gallery on Post office in Galveston.  The next big event there will be October 8 for Art walk.


Have news you'd like to share? Send an email by the 20th of the month to newsletter@wivla.org. 

WHAT'S HAPPENING IN VISUAL ARTS___________________________ 

By Donna Durbin   


I've had so many wonderful comments on our "Finding Balance" exhibition. It generated such a crowd at the opening, we could have used valet parking. Next time. Thanks to all the volunteers for their time and participation.     


A few special thanks: to my Visual Co-Chair, Anna Phillips, for healing enough to assist in the final stages of its organization; and to Jean Caslin and Jennifer Watson for their publicity efforts on behalf of WiVLA.       


Each artist did a fantastic job spreading the word to your friends. Hats off for another year of Nancy Michon's graphic design. We couldn't do it without you! Amanda Stevenson and Charles Criner at the Museum did a beautiful installation to show off our work. What a great evening for art.


It was so well attended, in fact, that we discovered the energetic gallery conversations and the quiet needed for literary readings did not complement each other. The board is considering ways to present the readings more effectively for next year's membership exhibition.   


Our reception was fantastic. Thanks go out to Anita Long of Ink Spots Museum fame, her intern, Kristen Minner, and all the volunteers providing food and drink for the feast. And feast we did. Janice Smith served as our official photographer for the evening. Thanks, Janice for recording our smiles as we celebrated with friends. Keep a look out for your photos. We'll be circulating a CD for you to make copies. I'm sure they'll be posted on the WIVLA website soon.


How many of you made it to the Houston Fine Art Fair? I went two nights to take in the 80 galleries, get inspired and check out the competition. It's exciting to have this happening in Houston. In fact, Texas Contemporary Art Fair will be Oct. 20-23, 2011. Watch for ticket deals.
Here is the website.

NAME THE COLLABORATI0N SHOW ______________________________ 

By Lane Devereux 


The board of directors wants your suggestions for the theme of the 2012 Collaboration Show. Is there a topic that has always intrigued you? Are you eager to explore a particular subject? Now is your chance to Name That Show! Send your theme ideas to info@wivla.org by Sunday, October 9. At the October 10 board meeting, we will review your suggestions and make a selection. Look for an announcement at the October general meeting.


By Corry Austin     


Call for Entries


Eligibility: All current WiVLA members as of November 10, 2011.


You are invited to share current short written work in the artistic and inspiring setting of Archway Art Gallery. Writings may be from any genre: poetry, fiction, personal essay, nonfiction, memoir, playwriting, etc. Subject matter is the author's choice.


Entry Details:  The written work should be able to be read aloud in 3-5 minutes. Please submit entries by attaching to an email and sending it to literary@wivla.org. Please include your name, title of the piece, and genre.     


Pieces will be included in the program on a first-come basis. Once enough entries have been received to fill the entire program, further pieces will be put on a waiting list in case there are cancellations. You will be notified if you are to be included in the reading. The WiVLA reading will be held on Thursday, November 10, 2011 from 6:30 - 8:00 pm at:


Archway Gallery

2305 Dunlavy

Houston, TX 77006

ALL FOR ENTRIES - LITERARY ART____________________________   


Inclusion in this list does not indicate endorsement by WiVLA. We recommend you research each contest, and contact the sponsor(s).  


Slinging Ink is accepting 1500-1800 word creative writing entries. This round's theme is "I was looking for a job and then I found a job and Heave knows I'm miserable now." Deadline: October 15. Click here for more information.


New Letters Magazine seeks fiction, essays, or poetry regardless of subject, style, or genre. A rough average length for prose is 3,000 to 5,000 words. Submissions accepted after October 1. For complete guidelines, click here.


Borderlands: A Texas Poetry Review is accepting poetry, essays, book reviews, and art. Deadline: December 15 and June 15. Click here for more information. 


The Fearless Poetry Series is opening submissions for their third anthology, Turning the Page: Poems of Trauma, Healing and Transcendence. Deadline: November 11. Previously published work will be accepted. Click here for more information. 


ByLine Magazine sponsors monthly contests for essays, short stories, poetry, articles, essays and more. Deadline: open. For more information, visit Byline Magazine.


Fiction Weekly accepts submissions via email, reads year round, and responds to submissions within 30 days. For more details, please visit Fiction Weekly.


Austin Poetry Society Monthly Contest sponsors two regular monthly contests from October through April, in the categories of General and Light Verse. Deadlines are monthly, September through March. For more information, click here.


Scratch is 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 .


Poets & Writers is a great source for writing contests. Check out Poets & Writers contests listings here.


The 2012 BlueCat Feature Competition Awards is accepting entries. Every submitted screenplay is read entirely by two readers who provide written analyses to the author. Grand Prize: $10,000. Deadline: October 15th. For more information, click here


The Writers Block International Writing Competition is accepting submissions of short and feature length scripts and manuscripts of all genres for the 2011 competition. Deadline: October 29. For more information, click here. 


Pandora Theatre is seeking original theatrical pieces for its February 2012 show, "Vox Feminina." Submissions can be monologues, duet scenes, one acts - anything and everything that celebrates the feminine spirit. Deadline: October 15. For more information, click here.    


Womenarts Quarterly Journal seeks essays, fiction, poetry, visual art, reviews and interviews by women. For submission guidelines and more information, visit their website

CALL FOR ENTRIES - VISUAL ART______________________________   


Inclusion in this list does not indicate endorsement by WiVLA. We recommend you research each contest, and contact the sponsor(s). 

General Websites for artist exhibition Calls for Entry:






The 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 Houston.  


The Houston Art Society (HAS) - LSAG's Opened Judged Fall Show is Saturday, October 29, 2011. The early registration deadline is October 24. Registration form and additional information can be found here


Houston Center for Photography, Call for Entry: 2012 Fellowship. Deadline: November 4, 2011. Click here for more information.  


The Pearland Chamber of Commerce is looking for artists to display their work in the Chamber offices. If you're interested, call Samantha Foley at (281)485-3634.


FiberPhiladelphia 2012 is accepting entries through October 31. The Outside/ Inside the Box Exhibition, held March/April 2012, will showcase fiber/textile art. The online application can be found here. For more information, click here.


Womenarts Quarterly Journal seeks essays, fiction, poetry, visual art, reviews and interviews by women. For submission guidelines and more information, visit their website.  


Inkwell seeks poetry, prose, and artwork submissions for both its Spring 2012 and Fall 2012 issues. The Fall 2012 issue's theme is "Living on the Edge." The Spring 2012 issue does not have a theme. Reading period is August 1-November 15. For more information, click here.     


Landmark Arts at Texas Tech University School of Art is accepting entries for "Beyond Printmaking III: 2012 National Juried Exhibition," which will be held February 3 - March 4, 2012. Deadline: November 4.  It is open to professional artists living in the U.S. who are 18+ years old. Click here for the prospectus.  


Dragonfly Gallery at Rosedale in Austin, Texas is accepting photography entries for "Extraordinary Exposure," which will be held February 9 - April 7, 2012. Deadline:  January 3. This is open to all photographers, both amateur and professional. Click here for the prospectus.     


2012 Hunting Art Prize is accepting painting and drawing entries. Deadline: November 30. For more info, click here.  



Nancy Kern has a solo show at Brazosport College Gallery in Lake Jackson titled "Regeneration, Drawings and pPaintings by Nancy Kern." The artist's reception will be held October 15 from 6:30-8:30 pm. The exhibit will be on display until October 31. For more information or to be added to her email list, email Nancy.    


If you're available time to take a class is at odd times & in small pieces, an online class with Ann Bell might be the creative solution. Click here and here for more information.  


Melanie Rosin's first book, Four Feet from the Surface, has been released for sale. You may obtain a copy on Amazon.


Would you like to post an announcement? Send your email by the 20th of the month to newsletter@wivla.org.  

WiVLA CALENDAR OF EVENTS_________________________________  


October 10, 6 p.m.

WiVLA Board meeting  

Live Oak Meeting House


October 18, 6 p.m.   

WiVLA Member meeting 

Museum of Printing History, 1324 West Clay  (Map)   


For a complete list of upcoming events, visit the WiVLA calendar online.



October 4, 7:00 p.m. 

Soiree hosted by Jean Caslin & Diane Gregory 77008


October 14, 7:00 p.m. 

Soiree hosted by Corry Austin 77077


October 21, 7:00 p.m. 

Soiree hosted by Cathy Lachin 77450


October 27, 7:00 p.m. 

Soiree hosted by Jane Mulholland 77098

WiVLA BOARD MEMBERS_____________________________________  


Lane Devereux   


Diane Griffin Gregory   
Vice President     


Cathy Lachin   


Diana Meade


Rebecca Kveton   


Jean Caslin   


Terry Tompkins-Walsh   


Anna Phillips   
Visual Co-Chair


Donna Durbin   
Visual Co-Chair


Elizabeth Earle   
Literary Co-Chair

Corry Austin   
Literary Co-Chair


Andrea Waguespack   


Jennifer Watson   
At Large


Piyali Dasgupta   

At Large



Pattie Berg




Jeanne Haner



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