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
was a dark and stormy night the rain fell in torrents except
at occasional intervals when it was checked by a violent gust
of wind." (Bulwer-Lytton-1830)
Houston down pours did not stop a successful opening at the
Museum of Printing History.
patrons and friends attended our second art event with great
enthusiasm. I want to congratulate all of our
lent their artistic interpretation and creative voice to our
mark your calendar and definitely plan on attending our
October meeting. Our guest speaker, Lois Gibson is a infamous
artist who has merged artistic talent and law enforcement into
a renowned career. We will be introduced to a unique form of
art profession: forensic art. Lois Gibson is the most
successful police sketch artist. Her talents have placed her
in the Guinness World Records. She has managed to take down
criminals with pastels and paper. Her speaking engagements are
largely attended and positively received.
am hoping that writers and artist will take advantage of the
upcoming Nan Cuba workshop. Her gentle and intelligent style
will challenge and enhance our creativity.
are proud to announce the appointment of Theo Billings to our
board. She will be serving as our Visual chair. Her expertise
and first hand knowledge will be a great asset to our
board of directors continue to develop some very exciting
upcoming activities for our members. They work diligently
of their time for our benefit.
work of art is a corner of creation seen through a
temperment." (Emile Zola)
send best regards,
in "sustained persistence",
Bites - September WiVLA Board Meeting
was held on preliminary plans and details for the
Discussion was held and tentative
plans are being looked into - more details to
CUBA WORKHOP OCT 19
The workshop will be held on Saturday,
October 19. 10-1:30p with a 30 min brown bag lunch
It will be held at the Trini Mendenhall
Sosa Community Center located at 1414 Wirt Road, Houston,
What to bring:
-brown bag lunch
- paper, pens, markers, crayons,
colored pencils, etc.
-a candid photo from your past , taken
in a favorite place
-a small object that has special
-a newspaper or magazine headline
that you like
Workshop fee is $30 and on online
registrations is required. There will be no registration at
Please check the WIVLA web site for the
on-line registration form.
Monday, October 7, 2013
(1st Monday of the month)
Trini Sosa Community
Wirt and Westview (Spring
Join your WiVLA friends as we
sketch, journal, paint, etc. in our sketchbooks. The
gatherings thus far have been fun, relaxing, informative,
inspiring, fruitful, thoughtful, humorous, generous, safe,
us Monday the 7th. If you choose to work in your
sketchbook, that is fine. If you want to use a different
sketchbook or on plain separate papers, by all means bring
If you want to work
toward a completed sketchbook to submit to the Sketchbook
Project, we will be happy to supply you with information
regarding that. http://www.sketchbookproject.com/projects/sketchbookproject
The Sketchbook Project is a
crowd-sourced art project and interactive, traveling
exhibition of handmade books. Our mission is to allow anyone to be able to
participate in art and to create a collection of work that
represents the current state of artists worldwide.
AND DON'T EVEN SAY "BUT, I'M NOT
Because we have people from all
kinds of backgrounds in our community. From writers, to poets,
to photographers, we use the word 'sketchbook' as a loose term
for experimentation in creativity. Join tens of thousands of people
in this global, traveling art library. See ya'll on the
Bring needed supplies and a
willingness to have fun breathing artsy air. We come away with
smiles on our faces!
the word in a small space - Juror Statement
Thank you for selecting
me to jury your membership exhibition. I enjoyed the process,
and looking at the works.
There is no shortage in
creativity in this diverse group of women. Looking at the
work, one can feel the passion for materials, ideas, the past,
and the future. Techniques vary from collage to assemblage,
painting to sculpture, and include text and conceptual objects
all related to written words.
This year, the exhibition
focuses on a theme that is wide, and as old as the human
species itself. The works reflect many interests ranging from
the word or stories as they were painted in caves in
prehistoric times, as illustrated in the works of Cynthia
Butler Rasche, all the way to questioning the future of the
written words as a result of technology and the effects of the
Internet, as seen in Jane Mulholland's
One can only guess the
real meaning of every piece in the exhibition, as many works
are conceptual. However, some are more conventional, and
relate to everyone's feelings and ideas about words, text,
poetry, and the future of all of the above.
to reflection on the word as a subject matter, we see how
words are part of everything else that surrounds us, affects,
or interests us. In Sandy Wells and Ann Philips
we see how feminism and body image speak louder than words.
Searching for past stories through human or animal remains is
evident in Jo Zider's work. The bones free the words through
silence and contemplation. It is left for the viewer to
recreate the story or maybe imagine one based on one's own
Reflection on nature and
the organic is exemplified in Priscilla Frake's work, while
soul and mind searching through religion and self-awareness is
obvious in the works of Carol Watson and Cathy
A passion for pattern,
texture, and color are celebrated in the works of Becky Soria,
Theo Billings, Janet Ruffino, Karen Smith, Marsha Harris,
Donna Perkins, and Josena Arquieta. A strong interest in
design and structure is a major element in the hard edge works
of Janet Roe, Linda Stelljes, and Cori Austin.
Interaction with poetry
and short stories are evident in many of the 2D works, and I
believe they were created by the writers in the group, like
Meloni Davis and Adriene Wong.
Conceptual works by Lane
Devereux and Marjorie Silverstein make us wonder whether paper
books will be obsolete in the near future, and will serve as a
fading and shrinking memory of the past.
I encourage you to view
the exhibit again, look around, and pay attention to the small
details as this exhibit provides more questions than
& Prose Cafe Table
Fire in the
Pearly grey opalescent skies above.
Several pale pink areas of clouds create a mosaic of
numenescence, like fire in the opal, a subtle hint of the
night magic to come. The day ends quietly, no fanfare from the
sun, no gilding the clouds in brilliant, fiery colors. Time
moves toward rest, recumbence, remembering, and
The dark sky sinks all the way down
to the earth. The night is thick, muted, a black hole. There
is no moon, clouds cover the stars. Everything is wrapped in
Outstretched, my hands attempt to
find some lifeline in the darkness. I trip over rocks, juniper
roots, hillocks of dried grasses. Frantic, I lose my way,
surrounded by deep black. Standing still, my chest heaving, I
catch my breath and focus my eyes into the black vortex. I am
sucked through the portal, into the infinite. Ahead is the
tiniest bit of light, a distant glow.
Do I move toward them or do they
move to me? I only stand transfixed, the delicate pearly white
bone light throbbing in the black night. Hope, I think. These
are bones of hope and renewal. A song wells up from my being
as my bones sing out, wailing and howling night's truth,
quickening the new bones into life. Responding to
the melody, they move, find each other, fit together, solve
themselves into a new form, the Night Mother who is the soft
blanket of sleep, the artist of dreams, and the resurrection
of the new day. She joins my song. It seeks the far corners of
the night, and soon wolf and owl join, rattlesnake shaking
maracas. My long black silk skirt whirls around me as I dance,
and flows into the crevices between time. My feet, my hair, my
arms, my body, all are connected to the song, to the dance, to
this music of the night. Song after song courses through my
body into my feet. Too soon a thread of light shows on the
horizon, and the deep darkness vanishes, as if a pale grey
silk cape has covered it all with a quiet whoosh. The
sky awakens, and the new day is resurrected from yesterday's
I wake and wonder where I have
been, for I know I have been away. The new day spins around my
head, and then slows, and the room comes into focus. White
light, without the yellow of the sun, pours through the
window. A quickening surges through me, and I feel the fresh
breeze of resurrection, like sharp cold air against my face. A
new day. I open my pulsing heart to the pearly gray opalescent
sky, searching for the pink fire.
Anecdotes About My
Nine a.m., you awoke softly calling
for Mommy to come feed you in your own non-word whimpering,
searching cry that you have been doing for the past twelve
months. I heard you on the monitor, but I didn't rush in to
feed you like I used to when you were newborn. I waited first
to see if you were really awake or just dreaming about
Then I went in and propped myself up
against the headboard and held you, my big baby, across my
lap. We both fell asleep cuddled together, but I awoke about
ten minutes later. Mother and child at one together, I was
very aware of the spiritual closeness we have . . . .
something that I have not been as in touch with as I was in
the beginning. Things become ordinary so fast.
So I seized the opportunity to just
soak in the sensation of your body relaxed and sleeping and
mine both receptive of your weight and cognizant of the
exchange that was taking place.
A wave of joy passed through me . .
. joy to have this moment of awareness and the joy of
There was also a reluctance to leave
you unlike my haste to be done nursing at the end of the day.
So, I savored the beauty of our sharing without rushing
Finally, you were finished and your
body began to twitch with an oncoming dream. I held you just a
moment or two more. Then when I carefully put you down between
the pillows, you adjusted yourself in a way that revealed the
profile of the man you were to become and I wondered, "How
much will you remember these spiritual moments when you
actually do become that man?"
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Annual Juried Membership Show
Friday October 4, 6-8 pm
Smith Street, 77002
Gottlieb and Janice Smith have pieces in the show.
Houston Clay by Clay-Houston
September 26, 5-8 pm
Westheimer Rd. #106
Gottlieb and Jo Zider have pieces in the show.
Thursday, October 24, 6 pm
Gessner and Sam Houston Parkway
Lesser will exhibit her paintings.
Would you like to
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by the 20th
of the month to firstname.lastname@example.org.
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recommend you research each contest, and contact the
THERE HAVE BEEN NO SUBMISSIONS FOR THE VISUAL
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contest, and contact the sponsor(s).
If you wish somebody would keep
you up to date on the latest publishing and contest
opportunities, the Yahoo Group CRWROPPS-B, edited and updated
daily by poet Alison Joseph, is a must-see. You don't have to
do a thing but go there. No signing in, discussions,
donations, or anything: Just postings with the info you want
about first-book contests, poetry contests, fiction contests,
online magazines seeking writers for theme issues,
residencies, creative-writing jobs, and grants. Most of the
time with direct links to the source so you can obtain
complete information. You can subscribe to the postings
or you can just bookmark it and go there when you feel the
need. I visit about once per week. Here's the URL: http://groups.yahoo.com/group/CRWROPPS-B/.
(written by Catherine Rankovic)
Seeking strong poems of human experience and personal
Goodbye, Mexico: Poems of Remembrance will be a
poetry anthology of original work composed in response to the
do you remember about Mexico?
Publisher: Texas Review
Editor: Sarah Cortez
7 at 6 p.m.
October 15 at 6p.m.
a complete list of upcoming events, visit the WiVLA calendar online.
2013 Board of Directors