October 2012


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
Board Positions, Earth/Energy Show, and Fundraising Committee Forming
Quote of the Month
Archway Reading; An Artists' Residency; Photos from the Print Show
October's Meeting
Good Bars to Draw, Write, or Read.
GoodSearch Helps WiVLA; LIKE us on Facebook
Announcements and Upcoming Events
Call for Entries - Visual Arts
Call for Entries - Literary Arts
Calendar of Events

LETTER FROM THE PRESIDENT_______________________________



Dear Friends,


The more there is to do, the faster time seems to fly by. This month, the nominating committee will be finalizing the slate for next year's board of directors. Serving on the board is a satisfying and enriching experience. It allows you to build relationships with other talented and creative women. It provides moments of fun and camaraderie. And it is gratifying to see your ideas and input contribute to WiVLA's development as a strong, supportive organization for women in the arts. This could be your moment to stand out as a board member for WiVLA. Email me to talk about it.


I hope you are thinking about your submission for the Earth/Energy: Through Women's Eyes exhibition in March. The event committee will be meeting soon to plan details, but you can count on having an opportunity to submit artwork and writing related to ceramics, so get planning. We'll have a prospectus out as soon as possible so that you can solidify your plans.


You only have a few days left to see A Heroine's Journey. The show comes down on October 6. (Don't forget to pick up your pieces on October 8 if you are in the show.) Thanks again to Donna Durbin and Michele Zacks for their work to make the show happen and to Laura Pena for her help organizing the reception. The biggest thank you goes to our talented artists, who delight us every time we put up an exhibition.


Our writers will be delighting us on November 17 when "WiVLA Does Archway" at our annual gallery reading. It is an open theme, so anything goes. You won't want to miss the wonderful words that will be filling the ether at Archway next month. Plan to be there.


Put December 8 on your calendar, too! We are going to have another fun-filled month for our group when Cathy Lachin graciously hosts her second WiVLA Winter Holiday Party. Last year, we shared delicious food, fascinating conversation, and good music in Cathy's lovely home. If you missed that, you surely don't want to miss this year's festivities.


What a great season lies ahead for WiVLA members. I look forward to enjoying these events with you.


Warm regards,



LETTER FROM THE EDITOR_____________________________________


Greetings all!

October is here! Fall is my favorite time of year. The falling leaves and the hope of cooler weather.  Our October membership meeting promises to be quite exciting. Check out something I found, shewrites.com, dedicated for women writers.

See you soon!






By Lane Devereux


 Each time I have served on WiVLA's board of directors, it has been a wonderful experience for me. Satisfaction comes from helping WiVLA accomplish its mission, from getting to know other WiVLA members better, and from contributing to the vitality of our organization.

The board meets for an hour and a half or two hours once a month on the second Monday (most months) at the Sosa Community Center on Wirt Road at Westview. This is a convenient location between highways I-10, 610, and 290. Many board members go out to dinner together afterwards, resulting in lots of laughter and creative conversations.


Can you see yourself as part of this group of focused, talented women? I hope so. Please contact me at info@wivla.org to find out more about the 2013 board of directors. The positions currently open are president, vice president, secretary, communications, programs, visual arts (1), literary arts (1), and at-large (tbd).




WiVLA members will be exhibiting their work at the Houston Public Library - Central Library in March and April 2013 in conjunction with the National Council on Education for the Ceramic Arts (NCECA) annual conference in Houston. The theme for our show, Earth/Energy: Through Women's Eyes, responds to the conference's theme Earth/Energy. Artists may submit ceramics or ceramic-inspired paintings, photographs, and mixed media pieces for this important exhibition. Writers may submit work for a related literary reading planned for this exhibition.


WiVLA will get wide exposure through this exhibition and associated reading. It is our chance to "infuse the community with our spirit of cooperation and invention." Let us do this right by getting started soon. We will need volunteers to prepare the prospectus, coordinate the exhibition and reading, and put on the reception. Will you help?


Please let us know of your interest in making the Central Library exhibition the best we have ever held by emailing info@wivla.com to volunteer and to give us your ideas for the show.


Fundraising Committee Forming


The board of directors has formed a fundraising committee to look at creative ways to help WiVLA fund its important work and programs. Besides the ECO Fund Awards and Gold Key Scholarships, we would like to fund another member retreat and additional social opportunities for members. Workshops and classes are also on our wish list. If you have fundraising experience and/or are interested in developing your skills in this area, please join us on the fundraising committee. The first meeting will be held in late October. Even if you cannot join the committee, all fundraising ideas are welcome. Contact Cathy Lachin at info@wivla.org for more information about this important work.



QUOTE OF THE MONTH_____________________________________ 


"Put down everything that comes into your head and then you're a writer. But an author is one who can judge his own stuff's worth, without pity, and destroy most of it.'




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








Please join us on Thursday, November 15th for WiVLA's annual Archway Gallery reading.  The lineup will be; Cathy Santos, Kathleen Merritt, Mary Wright, Diana Weeks, Margo Toombs, Diane Door, Rebecca Kveton, Lane Devereux, Michelle Zacks, Martha De La Paz, Cathy Lachin and Linda Ann Stilljes. The alternates are: Leah Lax, Lillian Tharp, Corry Austin and Gretchen Havens.  If there are any problems call:  Pat Morgan, 713-462-7405 or angeltrack@aol.com.  See you all there!   



An Artist's Residency


By Amanda J. Sisk

Our National Park Service offers several artist residencies at diverse locations.  Since May of this year, I have been privileged to serve in its oldest one as Sculptor-in-Residence at Saint-Gaudens National Historic Site in Cornish, New Hampshire.  Established to interpret the processes of traditional figurative sculpture for visitors at the historic home and studios of renowned 19th century sculptor Augustus Saint-Gaudens, the position also offers the opportunity for a figurative sculptor to create in a lovely setting.  Both Saint-Gaudens and I studied traditionally in Italy; his love of that landscape is reflected here at the site, and, combined with my background working at other Victorian-era sites and a lifelong conviction that I would have been happiest in the late 1800s, this has created a wonderful environment for me - even in light of the occasional encounter with a tick or black bear!  Much of my time has been spent engaging with the public in the studio, working with area school groups and teaching weekly workshops.  I have also produced a few portrait busts and bas-reliefs, received exciting job offers, enjoyed collaborations with other area artists, and discovered the people of New England to be wonderfully kind, generous, and resourceful.   
My visitors and students also consistently describe the atmosphere at Saint-Gaudens as quite special.  Whether wandering through the site's historic structures and galleries, its formal and cutting gardens, or down one of the wooded walking paths, one has a sense of time suspended in this place where the focus falls on beauty.  It has felt like home. 

For more information about Saint-Gaudens National Historic Site and an example of work produced during the 2012 residency, this is an article (http://www.nps.gov/saga/parknews/immortalized-in-sculpture.htm) at the National Park Service's site.  Amanda J. Sisk's work and other links to her online presence can be found at www.ateliersisk.com.


Photos from A Heroine's Journey


Images from the opening reception of A Heroine's Journey are available on our website and via Flickr. You can view the slideshow by clicking here. Special thanks to longtime member Janice Smith who has photographed our openings for years.


A Heroine's Journey in OurBlok Magazine


We're pleased to have the invitation to A Heroine's Journey featured in this month's issue of OurBlok Magazine. Click here to view a copy of the ad on page 6. Printed copies are located at venues throughout the Montrose area.


MEMBERSHIP MEETING - Tuesday, October 16     


Please join us on October 16 for our membership meeting and a special event led by Ellen Orseck. Ellen teaches a workshop at the Giassell School of Art called "The Artful Journal" in which students learn how to integrate image and text in their personal journals. Whether the artist or author intends to capture travel memories or to incubate the embryo of an idea, they learn about alternative ways of mark-making in pencil, pen, ink, paint, collage and more.


Ellen will share her insights about this class and will lead WiVLA members in an exercise to expand our ways to combine writing and visual imagery. Bring your sketchbooks or journals, newspapers, magazines, glue sticks, pen and pencil. We look forward to seeing you there!

Good bars to draw, write or read*

By Michele Zacks

*Inspired by the Reeder Column


Epicure Cafe

2005C West Gray, Houston, TX 77019


Carrying on?! Yes, I'm back after a brief summer break. Well, I don't actually get summers off. I have to admit, I'm a little jealous of those who do! Constant work deadlines predominate my June/July season, as throughout my year. So I decided to take a break from the column. Now it's time to again reflect on some art and writing challenges. With a trip to a bar or two.


Happenings?! Saturday at 5:30 PM after assisting with the WiVLA Print & Photography Show artwork check in, I pulled out of the Museum of Printing History. I was pumped from seeing many inspired "A Heroine's Journey" submissions and from meeting a potential collaborator for the next WiVLA show. To get busy on my Sketchbook 2013 (see: www.arthousecoop.com), I decided to pick up a new book at the Meyer Public Library. Tiny library, but it had a copy of "A Hungry Heart" by Gordon Parks. This book was an ideal choice to help me focus on blending photography with memoir.


New bar inspiration eluded me, so I headed to the nearby Epicure Café. An old fave.


Up to the specs?! While I've been to Epicure many times (going all the way back to my Galveston days), I'd rarely considered this spot for creative activities. Located adjacent to the River Oaks Movie Theater, this is a busy- and often noisy-bar/café!


Good eats?!  They stock exceptional wine, brew smooth yet black-as-tar coffee, and the food is tasty European-style fare. These features and the atmosphere too are beyond reproach. I stick to my trusty standbys: grilled eggplant sandwich with spinach and goat cheese. Or for dinner: grilled chicken and veggie kabobs with basmati rice. The bread that appears upon seating is scrumptious and is served with REAL butter. Desserts? Don't get me started! (I've only got 400 words or so here.) I'm told that Epicure's humble beginning was as a bakery. So I'll just say the magic words: homemade apple strudel.


Comfort zone?! On this visit, the owner came up to my table to greet me, one of the treats of living in Houston! While an absurdly populous city, I've often felt like a neighborhood regular at Epicure. Or I bump into friends/colleagues. If you find a seat at Epicure, you're ready for your moment doing simply whatever you please. You order at the café bar and there's no pressure to leave. Jettison the noise level by sitting outside on the cozy patio, or just enjoy the traffic that flows with the movie schedule.




By Lane Devereux


It is easy to overlook this little blurb when you see it every month. If you still have not used Good Search in your Internet searches, please consider starting now. Good Search puts money in WiVLA's pocket every year. We have already earned three times as much in 2012 as we did in 2011, but it could still be much more if YOU would participate, too. Thank you to everyone who is helping.


Sign up for Good Search / Good Shop - it's an easy way to earn money for WiVLA and it's easy to sign up: 


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.





Did you know WiVLA has a Facebook page? We do and we want you to LIKE us!  


This Facebook page is an excellent tool for communicating informally among members. Do you have a show coming up? Post it on our page. Are you teaching a workshop or selling equipment? Post it on our page. Do you have a new brag to share? Post it on WiVLA's Facebook page.  


To find us on Facebookclick here, then LIKE us and post a greeting to all your WiVLA friends.




Cookie Wells and Madilyn Steinwill be exhibiting at Archway Gallery October 6 through November 1, 2012. The opening reception is Saturday, October 6 from 5 to 8 pm. "Parallel Journey" includes Wells' watercolors and collages and Stein's oil paintings.


Maryann Gremillion is pleased to announce the launch of her business website, Write Truly. If you are interested in writing, this is the place to go for information on classes, groups, and exercises to keep your writing practice going. Go to: www.writetruly.com.


Ann Bell invites everyone to an afternoon of art at Art Square Open Studios on Saturday, November 3, noon until 5. Twenty-eight artists will be open for your viewing and shopping pleasure. Come, enjoy and bring friends.

Ann will teach Creative Collage and Mixed Media Workshops on Thanksgiving weekend. 


Ann also teaches one-day Mixed Media and Creative Collage classes in her Midtown Houston studio. To get all the details and to register, visit www.AnnBell.net/classes.htm  or call Ann at 281-33-3827.



Sketchbook 2012 in Austin. This traveling exhibition of artist sketchbooks was on display at the Co-Lab Project Space in Austin from September 12- 16, 2012. It is a traveling exhibition from the Art House Coops' Brooklyn Art Library.  


According to the Art House Co-op web page: "The Sketchbook Project is a global, crowd-sourced art project where participants from all walks of life are sent a sketchbook and have until January 15th to fill the pages and return it for inclusion in a traveling exhibition and permanent collection at The Brooklyn Art Library. Anyone - from anywhere in the world - can participate in the project." Check out the upcoming Road Trip schedule for the completed 2012 versions. Also, you can still sign up to participate in the 2013 project at http://www.arthousecoop.com/projects/sketchbookproject#page-information.  


Lane has visited the Art Library and would be happy to talk about the Sketchbook project to anyone who wants more information. They encourage particpation by groups through a discount program. If enough people are interested, WiVLA could do a group project for next's sketchbooks.


International Quilt Festival (IQF) Houston 2012. This year's IQF will be held November 1-4, 2012 in the usual spot, The George R. Brown Convention Center. It may seem a bit early to make this announcement. But I've discovered that the quilt classes get filled up quickly. Last year I debated if and when and lost my opportunity for a spot in the class I wanted. Don't let it happen to you!


Besides so-called "traditional" quilting techniques, this festival brings accomplished quilt makers and teachers from all over the world. There's a range of classes, some even feature painting, dyeing and embellishing (that means beads, among other things). As some "modern" quilters like to say: "This ain't yer grandma's quilt."


Put it on your calendar and put on your walking shoes. For $12 entrance fee, you'll be amazed to discover what IQF brings to town.



MANDALAS:  THE CHAKRA SERIES is on view at 14 Pews (www.14pews.org) from 10/4/12-11/11/12.  The opening party on Thursday, 10/4, 7-9pm will be super cool and is focused on "Re-Zen-ing" people so they can be peaceful and happy.  We'll have chair massages, yummy treats, and even a talk/meditation on chakras. 


Karen Smith's Joe Goodbuddy canvases and greeting cards are now being sold at One Green Street located 5160 Buffalo Speedway at the corner of Westpark and Buffalo Speedway in the Kroger shopping center. Check out their eco-friendly products like jewelry, lotions, seat belt handbags, and much, much more.


Galleria Regina presents Bill Brenza "Pouring Art" Artists reception October 13 from 6-9 pm. The show runs through October 25; Galleria hours Sat & Sun 1-5 pm and by appointment, 1716 Richmond Ave. Website: Gallery Regina. 

Parking is available in the empty lot next to Desantos Gallery.


Sandy Wells has 2 rooms at the Tremont House in Galveston in which she curates art shows that last one evening. They have two storefront type rooms where she will have one or many artists show their work on the day of a Galveston Art Walk. There is no commission charged on sales, but the artist must deal with any purchases herself. For more information, contact Sandy at 407-771-7215 or via email.   


Art Opportunities Monthly Professional (AOM) is offering a free, no-obligation 3-month subscription for those not yet familiar with it. To find out more and sign up, visit their website.  


Assistance League of Houston celebrates Texas Art 2013 with a juried art exhibition featuring generous cash awards. This show is open to all TExa artsits. Entries close on October 31, 2013. For more information, see the prospectus atCafe.


Fresh Arts is a non-profit organization and arts resource center actively seeking proposals from Houston-based artists for exhibitions in its ARC Exhibition series. Fresh Arts seeks to provide emerging and established visual artists with an alternative space to show their work outside of a commercial gallery setting. Proposals are being accepted through October 7, 2012 for space in their Winter Street gallery between March and December, 2013. See their website for complete information.


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



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:









Fiber Art Calls for Entries: http://fiberartcalls.blogspot.com/ 


Texas Contemporary Art Fair: October 18-21 at George R. Brown Convention

Center. Info: http://txcontemporary.com/texas 


Copper Shade Tree Gallery in Round Top, Texas is accepting entries for their juried show, "The Art in Fiber 2013." Deadline: Sunday, October 13, 2012. Click here for more information.   


The Idea Fund grants $4,000 awards for 10 Texas-based, artist-generated, innovative projects based on new work involving the public via process, production, or presentation. Application deadline: October 19.  


Galveston Artist Residency: Chosen by pool of artists nominated by a panel of independent art professionals. Director: Eric Schnell   For More info: http://www.galvestonartistresidency.org 


The Jewish Woman's Art Network, a caucus within the National WCA announces a juried exhibit in N.Y.C. open to all women artists February 1-16, 2013.  The theme is Diaspora, and information can be found at www.nationalwca.org  or http://www.entrythingy.com/www.nationalwca.org#d. There are several other opportunities listed at these sites also. 


Artists Alive and Well , a Houston organization, provides numerous opportunities for members to exhibit in both juried and non-juried shows.  Coming up is a Black and White show at Hungry's Cafe in the Village and a Small Piece exhibit at a Galveston gallery in November. Plans are underway for a juried show open to members and non-members for January at 1600 Smith St.  Information available at www.artistsaliveandwell.com.


Awesome Houston Foundation. Monthly grants of $1,000. For more information, contact Allison Skidmore or click here. Any idea is fair game, profit or non-profit; just has to be awesome. The group votes on ideas monthly and awards the grant.


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.


Womenarts Quarterly Journal seeks visual art. For submission guidelines and more information, visit their website.   


The Fort Worth Community Arts Center is seeking exhibition proposals from individual artists and curators in Texas, New Mexico, Oklahoma, Arkansas, and Louisiana for all art forms, including new media, for its 2013-14 seasons. Proposals and images are reviewed on a biannual basis:  June & December. Fee: $20. Click here for more information.


New Contemporary Gallery. Submissions: Avis Frank welcomes submissions from artists and curators. We require that you submit a single e-mail, which includes all files and links. In addition to work samples, please submit an artist resume and biography. http://www.avisfrank.com 


NCECA 2013 Projects Space: Earth/Energy: NCECA seeks applications for artists to create installations within an assigned a space (approximately 10' x 20') in the George R. Brown Convention Center during the week of the 2013 NCECA Conference in Houston. Eligible projects are those designed using the concept of 'Earth/Energy' and using the medium of clay as a central focus, and also with materials, processes, and audience in unique and unconventional ways. Deadline: October 1, 2012. 

See: http://www.nceca.net/static/projectspace_2013.php 


NCECA's 2013 Emerging Artists: Applications are being accepted from artists working with ceramic materials/processes as a significant component of their work. Applicants may not be students and must have NCECA membership at the time of application. Awardees will exhibit and give a slide presentation at the NCECA 47th Annual Conference in Houston. Deadline: October 1, 2012. 

See: http://nceca.net/static/exhibitions_emerging_info.php  



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


Rattle is accepting poetry, translation, review, essay, and interview entries. Deadline: open. Click here for more information.


Telling Our Stories Press is seeking memoirs between 100-300 words for a memoir project. Deadline: rolling. Click here for more information.  


The Loop Online is an online scriptwriting site. Click here for information about various scriptwriting opportunities.


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 


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.


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


Creative Print Publishing offers a genuine, no fee book competition that stretches over 12 months. Each month a different genre; each month a winner. Winners are offered a contract, paid royalties, and receive full promotion and marketing strategies. Get full details of rules, genres and how to submit on their website.  






Monday, October 8 at 6 p.m.

WiVLA Board meeting  

Sosa Community Center

1414 Wirt Road

Houston, TX77055 


Tuesday, October 16 at 6 p.m.   

WiVLA Member meeting

Museum of Printing History

1324 West Clay  (Map)    

 Houston, TX 77019


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



President                   Lane Devereux (wivla.lanedev@yahoo.com)  

Vice President            Cookie Wells (wadsworth@sbcglobal.net)  

Secretary                   Cathy Lachin (cplachin@yahoo.com)  

Treasurer                   Pattie Berg (jewelry@sapamojo.com)  

Membership               Corry Austin (corry@sbcglobal.net)  

Communications         Jennifer Watson (jwatson7_77346@yahoo.com)  

Programs                   Rebecca Kveton (gigglesrk@aol.com)  

Newsletter                 Diane Door (dianedoor@gmail.com

Visual Arts                 Donna Durbin (donna@donnadurbin.com)  

                                 Michele Zacks (mazacks@hotmail.com)  

Literary Arts               Leah Lax (leahlax@sbcglobal.net)  

                                 Pat Morgan (angeltrack@aol.com)  

At Large                     Piyali Dasgupta (piyalidasgupta@hotmail.com)

                                 June Russell (jrrbug281@aol.com)  

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