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
LETTER FROM 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
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.
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.
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
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.
a great season lies ahead for WiVLA members. I look forward to
enjoying these events with you.
LETTER FROM THE
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.
POSITIONS ARE OPENING UP FOR 2013
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.
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.
you see yourself as part of this group of focused, talented
women? I hope so. Please contact me at firstname.lastname@example.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
GET GOING ON YOUR PIECES
FOR THE EARTH/ENERGY SHOW
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
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?
let us know of your interest in making the Central Library
exhibition the best we have ever held by emailing email@example.com to volunteer and to give
us your ideas for the show.
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 firstname.lastname@example.org for more information
about this important
QUOTE OF THE
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.'
a favorite creativity-themed quote?
Send it to
email@example.com - it could be our next Quote of the
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 firstname.lastname@example.org. See
you all there!
Amanda J. Sisk
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,
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
more information about Saint-Gaudens National Historic Site
and an example of work produced during the 2012 residency,
this is an
at the National Park Service's site. Amanda J. Sisk's
work and other links to her online presence can be found
Photos from A
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
Journey in OurBlok Magazine
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
MEETING - Tuesday, October
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.
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
by the Reeder Column
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.
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
bar inspiration eluded me, so I headed to the nearby Epicure
Café. An old fave.
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
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
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
AN EASY WAY TO
EARN MONEY FOR WiVLA
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.
up for Good Search / Good Shop - it's an easy way to earn
money for WiVLA and it's easy to sign up:
Go to www.goodsearch.com
Type in WiVLA at the prompt
Go to your favorite search location or a favorite store
That's all there is! You can search daily and WiVLA gets
credit, even more when you buy something from an affiliated
"LIKE" US ON FACEBOOK
you know WiVLA has a Facebook page? We do and
we want you to LIKE us!
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
find us on Facebook, click
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.
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
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
will teach Creative Collage and Mixed Media Workshops on
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.
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
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.
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.
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!
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."
it on your calendar and put on your walking shoes. For $12
entrance fee, you'll be amazed to discover what IQF brings to
THE CHAKRA SERIES is on view at 14 Pews
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
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.
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
is available in the empty lot next to Desantos
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.
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.
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.
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
for complete information.
Would you like to
post an announcement? Send your email by the 20th of the month
to email@example.com or firstname.lastname@example.org
FOR ENTRIES - VISUAL ART
in this list does not indicate endorsement by WiVLA. We
recommend you research each contest, and contact the
Websites for artist exhibition Calls for
Art Calls for Entries:
Contemporary Art Fair: October 18-21 at George R.
Shade Tree Gallery in Round Top, Texas is
accepting entries for their juried show, "The Art in Fiber 2013." Deadline:
13, 2012. Click here for
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:
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
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
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
available at www.artistsaliveandwell.com.
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.
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
Quarterly Journal seeks visual art. For submission
guidelines and more information, visit their website.
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
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
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.
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.
FOR ENTRIES - LITERARY
Inclusion in this list does not
indicate endorsement by WiVLA. We recommend you research each
contest, and contact the sponsor(s).
is accepting poetry, translation, review,
essay, and interview entries. Deadline: open. Click here for
Our Stories Press is seeking memoirs between
100-300 words for a memoir project. Deadline: rolling. Click
Loop Online is an online scriptwriting site.
Click here for
information about various scriptwriting
Magazine sponsors monthly contests for essays,
short stories, poetry, articles, essays, and more. Deadline:
open. For more information, visit Byline
Weekly accepts submissions via email, reads
year round, and responds to submissions within 30 days. For
more details, please visit Fiction
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.
& Writers is a great source for writing
contests. Check out Poets & Writers contests listings here.
Quarterly Journal seeks literary art, including
essays, fiction, poetry, reviews and interviews by women. For
submission guidelines and more information, visit their website.
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.
CALENDAR OF EVENTS
October 8 at 6 p.m.
October 16 at 6
of Printing History
a complete list of upcoming events, visit the WiVLA calendar online.
Lane Devereux (email@example.com)
Cookie Wells (firstname.lastname@example.org)
Cathy Lachin (email@example.com)
Pattie Berg (firstname.lastname@example.org)
Corry Austin (email@example.com)
Jennifer Watson (firstname.lastname@example.org)
Diane Door (email@example.com
Michele Zacks (firstname.lastname@example.org)
Leah Lax (email@example.com)
Pat Morgan (firstname.lastname@example.org) At
Piyali Dasgupta (email@example.com)