October 2016

Cherryhurst House Field Trip This Month
Be ready for a different member meeting in October when we visit Cherryhurst House and Heather L. Johnson's exhibition, "In Search Of The Frightening and Beautiful" on Tuesday, October 18 at 6:15. Heather will be present to speak directly to us about her work which consists of photographs, embroideries, watercolors and more inspired by her ten-month motorcycle trip through the US, Mexico, Central and South America. See one of Heather's provocative photographs below, followed by a shot of the interior of Cherryhurst House.

Cherryhurst House is a unique space in Houston. Located in a private home in the Montrose area, Cherryhurst is a space for the creation and exploration of contemporary art.   Inspired by founder Dallas McNamara’s vision to encourage artistic process and exchange, Cherryhurst House cultivates site-specific experiences and exhibitions.   Twice a year, Cherryhurst House offers an artist-in-residency program in a home adjacent to the gallery.  This space is set up to be both living quarters and artist’s studio.  The residency culminates with a gallery exhibition of the work created while in the residency. 
Our meeting will take place at the Cherryhurst House at 1603 Cherryhurst Street in Montrose and will begin promptly at 6:15 pm. Parking is available on the street, but it's always a good idea to carpool. For those who are able, we will have dinner after at Brasil, 2604 Dunlavy St. - Dunlavy at Westheimer.
President's Message
And a good time was had by all…is the trite expression of success of an event. How would we measure the opening at Brazosport on September 17? By the number who attended? By the enthusiasm of those who came?  By sales made for the “Windows Anthology?” By art sold? By compliments given to writers, artists and to WiVLA?  By the tastiness of the repast underwritten by Vickie Melass of Allstate Insurance? By the beauty of the venue and the welcoming of the Brazosport Art League? In fact, by any measure the opening of “Windows” was a huge glorious success.
We can’t begin to thank our Visual Co-Chairs Jo Zider and Peggy Sexton for all the hard work and tender loving care that their year’s worth of effort produced at Brazosport.  The “Windows Anthology” was a highlight of the evening.  WiVLA member Julie Howard deserves all the credit for the design, set-up, layout and printing of the anthologies. Over a dozen WiVLA volunteers under the direction of Lee Steiner hand bound the anthologies which are still available for purchase for $12.00 from www.wivla.org . Each collaboration participant received a copy of the limited edition as a keepsake for her work in making the show possible. ... MORE

  Jane Mulholland

WiVLA Announces Spring Show Themed ABUNDANT
 Submissions will be taken beginning December 1 for this WiVLA spring show with the theme "Abundant" at The Cloister Gallery at Christ Church Cathedral.
Work will be displayed in the Cloister Restaurant where Treebeard’s of Market Square serves lunch to 400 people each work day from 11 am to 2 pm with the planned opening set for March 3 from 6 to 8 pm. Open to the public
The exhibition will be open February 27 – March 23 with the gallery open 11 am to 2 pm weekdays.The Call for Entry will invite women to submit up to three 2D pieces for consideration for this juried exhibit beginning December and ending on January 27, 2017.
The juror will consider photography, watercolor, oil painting, acrylic painting, pastels, drawing and any other 2D work that represent or reflect the theme “Abundant.” Click here for a look at the Prospectus.
Windows Opening a Huge Success
The photos below help tell the story of a wonderful evening for artists, writers and their supporters as the long anticipated WiVLA collaborative show, Windows, opened at Brazosport. The evening wouldn't have been possible without WiVLA visual Co-Chairs Jo Zider and Peggy Sexton.  The beautiful “Windows Anthology” was designed , laid-out and printed by  WiVLA member Julie Howard with the help of at least a dozen WiVLA volunteers under the direction of Lee Steiner who hand bound the anthologies. See last photo for a behind the scenes look at the anthology creation. We are grateful to Vickie Melass of Allstate Insurance in Lake Jackson for underwriting the reception. The show will be up until October 9 at Brazosport. It's not too late to see it!

Large crowd at Windows opening...

Pictured from left Peggy Sexton and Jane Mulholland

Pictured from left:Gladys Mae Bullock with her sisters 
Saundra Davis and Geri Eliot

Pictured from left -- Luisa Duarte and her husband Derek Shelton with Sandi Stromberg and her husband Bill Turner

Member Zita Giraldo and friends with her picture in the background

Marguerite Baldwin and Peggy Sexton at the Windows opening.

Jo Zider at her computer showing Windows art work as our writers were reading

Pictured from left:  Lilibeth Andre, Kathleen Merritt, Josena Arquieta and Paige Moore at the Windows opening.

Lane Devereux, Peggy Sexton and Josena Arquieta shown here hard at work hand stitching the anthology prior to the Opening
Special thanks to Janice Smith and Lilibeth Andre for taking pictures!.

Reading by Local Poet Enjoyed by All
Local poet and WiVLA member Varsha Saraiya-Shah read from her book of poetry, Voices, a collection of poetry by Finishing Line Press at the WiVLA September 20 Member Meeting. Saraiya-Shah studied poetry in Houston and has participated in out of state workshops at Sarah Lawrence College of NY,  Squaw Valley in California, and San Miguel De Allende–Mexico.  To order her book, go to this link at Finishing Line Press.

WiVLA Archway Readings will be held this year on Thursday, November 17 beginning at 6:30 pm. The topic for this year's readings will be "Color." Readers will be asked to confine their reading to a maximum of 5 minutes.There will be room for 12 readers and we encourage you to sign up as soon as possible: literary@wivla.org

WiVLA Scoop by the Snoop: October 2016
The Snoop realizes that if you have been removed from our WiVLA mailing list you won’t be reading this. We did want to inform you that a pixie has deleted several of our members from our list, seemingly at random. So, if you find you haven’t received the newsletter on the first of the month or are talking to someone who hasn’t, please contact us at: info@wivla.org so we can get you back on the list.

From our members:
My name is Kathleen Merritt and I have been a WIVLA member for over 15 years. I’m excited to announce that I just published my first novelette, “Beyond The Price Tag,” A Revenant Salvage Story (under the pen name of Blair W. Conway) on Amazon/Kindle, as part of the revenant short story series that my writing group was doing.  I am now in the process of writing my 2nd book that I will publish shortly.
This series of classes was sponsored by Houston’s Freed Library on Montrose and facilitated by Melissa Gwen.  The purpose of the classes was to show writers how to publish a book online.  We were asked to write a short story (novelette) on our own that we could publish by the fourth class, and then decided on a theme for our series.  Out of approximately 12 people who attended the first class, there were 6 of us who finished our books and actually published our work.  Melissa helped us create the cover for the books and gave us step-by-step instructions until we pushed the “publish” button on Amazon/Kindle!  She was very kind, energetic, helpful and patient as she opened up the online publishing world to us.

This was a free set of classes that I had found on the Houston’s Public Library website at www.HoustonLibrary.org. Click on Learn and Explore and find the Gale Courses, then click Writing and Publishing and you will see a long list of free online writing classes. 

I found Melissa’s class by clicking on the location of The Freed Library.  Melissa will be doing more classes in the future or you can take the Gale online classes as well.

In this modern world of busy lifestyles, constant change and online agendas, the short story has quickly moved into vogue.  People appreciate having something to read on their smart phones, letting them escape for a few minutes while they’re standing in line, and switch back to their business at hand.  The online short does exactly that.  And for the writer, shorts are a profitable venture and lots of fun to write!

Sandi Stromberg wrote:
Dear Jane, Jo, Peggy, Lee, and Paige,
I know that there are many others behind you who contributed significantly to Saturday night's opening of the "Windows" collaboration, but your contributions were the ones I could identify. Thank you for all your hard work. It was truly a superlative and very classy event!
From the beginning, the communication around the event-to-be was excellent. As a participant, I always felt I knew where things stood. And I appreciate what it takes to be a good communicator, having worked many years in a communications office where we sometimes succeeded and other times failed!
The anthologies are beautiful pieces of art in themselves. The reading with the slides went seamlessly, nicely moderated by Paige and Jo.
I loved having the reading and then entering the hall to see the actual pieces of art. It was like they lifted off the screen and came alive. What a diversity of responses in writing and art to the "simple" word "windows."
I can't find the words I want to tell you how wonderful the evening was, but I can tell you that my husband was incredibly delighted that he had come: "Wouldn't have missed it for the world!"
Again congratulations to all of you! This speaks so well to what WiVLA is all about and why I've been a member since 1999!

A bit of good news for people joining WiVLA now through the end of the year: you will remain a member through 2017. And of course, members can renew at any time.

DID YOU KNOW... about our affiliation with Liberty Mutual?
By Lane Devereux
Liberty Mutual has been a strong financial supporter of WiVLA for many years. Our association began with a donation of several hundred dollars from a fundraiser that agent Eileen Collins sponsored. Liberty Mutual also paid for the chapbook for our 20th anniversary show, VCR.

The affinity relationship benefits WiVLA members by giving them an automatic discount on insurance products. Many of us, including myself, have found their products to be very competitively priced even without the added discount. After having a large claim on my homeowners policy last year, I can attest that their service is great, too. To find out if you can bring down your cost of insuring your home and car, contact Eileen Collins at 281-320-1181 or eileen.collins@libertymutual.com.

Although the Snoop thinks she knows a lot, she can use your help. Let her know your scoop: info@wivla.org.

If you shop at Randall's, use the "Good Neighbor" code of 5341 and WiVLA will benefit every time you shop!

       Stay tuned for upcoming events!                                                                                            


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 WiVLA members by sending to newsletter@wivla.org.
  •  Carolyn Dahl has been selected as one of the Juried Poets for the Houston Poetry Festival (Oct 6-9). She also has poems forthcoming in the Texas Weather Anthology (Lamar University), a music anthology ( The Poetry Box), and Red Sky, an anthology about violence against women (Sable Press).
  • Lydia Bodnar-Balahutrak will be in four upcoming Houston-area exhibitions:  "Genocide"from September 30, 2016 – January 1, 2017 with the opening Reception: Wed. October 19, 6-8 pm at the Holocaust Museum Houston; her work will be at a show of the Figurative Faculty of the Glassell School of Art September 12 – December 2, 2016 at Kinder-Morgan Lobby Art Space at 1001 Louisiana in downtown Houston; at the COM Art Alumni Faculty Exhibition October 1 – 27, with the opening reception: October 1, 11am – 3 pm at College of the Mainland Art Gallery, 1200 Amburn Road, Texas City; and she will have a show called "Discourse" at the Galveston Arts Center October 8 - November 20 with the Opening Reception on Saturday, October 8 from 6:00 – 9:00 pm
  • Dodie Meeks will be signing her book, "Awesome Coloring Adventure,"  on Sunday, October 16 from 2 to 4 pm at Becker's Books, 7405 Westview Dr., Houston, Texas.
  • Rona Lesser and Maria Hart will be featured at the Oct.8 Galveston art walk at Affaire D'Art.  The gallery is at the corner of 23rd and Post Office. 
  • Jane Mulholland's photograph "Norwegian Spring" was chosen by Clint Willour for the Juried Selection of Works from the Artists of Sawyer Yards exhibition that will take place at Silver Street during the Houston Art Fair.  The exhibition will remain on view from September 28 - October 8, 2016
  • Jo Zider has work in the Holocaust Museum show (see above for dates).
  • Editors Note: We know a lot of you are showing your work and getting articles and books published, but you MUST send the information to newsletter@WiVLA.org by the 20th of each month. We want to support you and come to your openings, but we have to know about it!!!


SAVE THE DATE: WiVLA Holiday Party, Saturday, December 17: details will follow

Dodie Meeks needs a critique group and is willing to have it at her house. If you are interested let her know: dodiemeeks1@gmail.com 
The Houston Book Fair will be held at the Printing Museum Saturday, October 22 from 10 am to 5 pm with participation from over 20 dealers specializing in rare & antiquarian books. $8 admission, FREE for museum members..has a piece in the Holocaust Museum show (see above for dates).

Urgent! WiVLA Event Photographers needed. We need to collect photos of recent events and exhibits for both our newsletter, website and the archives.  Please send any photos you have digitally to Historian Rona Lesser at ronalesser@gmail.com.  If the files are large separate into several emails. 

Free  docent led tours of the current exhibit are available at the Blaffer Museum at the University of Houston on Fri. at 2:00 each week.  Check the website for the current exhibition news.
Call for Entry from the Assistance League of Houston Celebrates Texas Art. Deadline: October 31. Entry fee is $15 per image with max of 4 entries per artist. ALL ENTRIES MUST BE SUBMITTED THROUGH CAFÉ (www.callforentry.org)  SEE PROSPECTUS AT (www.callforentry.org) FOR FULL DETAILS.
City ArtWorks will be staffing fall after school and studio classes soon and is looking for new instructors.  Curriculum for classes and supplies are provided.  Classes located all around Houston area.  Also they may be interested in people to teach more advanced classes in subjects like photography, sculpture, ceramic clay for ages in middle school and high school. 

.WriteSpace is offering several workshops in October including:
  • Indie Publishing 101: Easy E-Book and Print Production with DL YOUNG on Saturday, Oct 1, 10 AM – 3 PM
  • Historical Fiction 101 with MARIAN SZCZEPANSKI on
    Saturday, October 8th, 9:30 AM - 4:30 PM
  • Personal Essay and Memoir with MARK DOSTERT on Sundays, Oct 9, 16, 23, 30 from 3-6PM
  • Personal Essay:  Crafting the Struggle in Your Story with LESLIE CONTRERAS SCHWARTZ on Saturday, October 15th, 9:30 AM-12:30 PM
  • How to Create a Great Antagonist with CASSANDRA CLARKE on Saturday, October 22, 9:30 AM-12:30 PM
  • Advanced Fiction and Prose Writing with JOSHUA FOSTER on Tues, Oct 25th, Nov 1, 8, 15, 6-9PM
  • Technical Writing as a Career Path for the Creative Writer with ANDREANA BINDER on Saturday, Oct 29th, 9:30 AM-12:30 PM
  • Jumpstart Your Writing – HALLOWEEN-STYLE with LAYLA AL-BEDAWI on Sat, Oct 29 2-4 PM
For pricing, registration and more information, go to the WriteSpace website or contact them.

Katy Contemporary Art Museum is a relatively new museum in our area and it's located in Katy at 805 Avenue B. WiVLA member June Russell says it is worth a visit.

Art Houston, a new magazine dedicated to all types of art, is looking for articles. For general submission guidelines, contact the publisher here.

Writers will find an abundance of resources on this new website created by writing coach Joan Dempsey.

The Houston Writers Guild offers several Critique Circles at different times and locations. For more information, click here.

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). 

~  Call for Entry from the Assistance League of Houston Celebrates Texas Art. Deadline: October 31. Entry fee is $15 per image with max of 4 entries per artist. ALL ENTRIES MUST BE SUBMITTED THROUGH CAFÉ (www.callforentry.org)  SEE PROSPECTUS AT (www.callforentry.org) FOR FULL DETAILS.

Call for  visual art by women over age 18 for SHELTER, a juried NAWA exhibition in cooperation with Violence Transformed (pdf). Apply through Online Juried Shows by October 21.

~ Northern California Women's Caucus (NCWCA) has a call for entry for “F*ck U! In the Most Loving Way”  which will revisit the critiques of women’s relational gender roles presented in the 1972 landmark feminist WomanHouse exhibition.  At a time when rude and crude discourse seems to be increasingly the norm, this exhibition explores how self-identified women are choosing to express their discontent with prescribed and outdated binary gender roles. Submit works that address women's responses to sexist and discriminatory communication within the domestic sphere, work environment, and public realm. Sculpture, painting, drawing, photo, printmaking, ceramics, assemblage, collage, mixed media, fiber art, artist book, video, performance art are all accepted with a deadline of October 7. For the rest of the prospectus and call, go to nationalwca.org.

~ 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!

~ 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).
Houston's Public Poetry asks for submissions on the theme of  ‘WORK’ with poems that reflect activities, experiences, the way that work impacts your life, etc. Poems must be submitted on Submittable between Sept. 5, 2016 and Feb. 28, 2017. Three prizes will be awarded on May 1; the amount of the prize depends on when you enter; the entry fee is the same whenever you submit, but the prize is reduced for later entries.*  Poems will be judged blind by a panel comprised of people from different sectors of the economy.  *Pubic Poetry Members can submit in Jan & Feb and the prize amount is not reduced. For membership information click HERE.

Narrative regularly publishes fiction, poetry, and nonfiction, including stories, novels, novel excerpts, novellas, personal essays, humor, sketches, memoirs, literary biographies, commentary, reportage, interviews, and features of interest to readers who take pleasure in storytelling and imaginative prose.

~ Poets & Writers has a great database of conferences and residencies for writers. Check it out.

~ 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

Tuesday, October 18 at 6:15 pm
Cherryhurst House Field Trip!

We will go to Brasil's for dinner following our visit to Cherryhurst.

Location:  1603 Cherryhurst Street in Montrose  MORE

WiVLA Member Meeting

Tuesday, November 15 at 5:45 pm
Featuring Kim Tobin, 4th Wall Theatre Company (formerly Stark Naked Theatre)

Location: The Printing Museum,
1324 W. Clay Street, Houston 77019

Thursday, November 17 at 6:30 pm
Theme: Color
Readers will be asked to confine their reading to a maximum of 5 minutes.There will be room for 12 readers and we encourage you to sign up as soon as possible: literary@wivla.org
Location: Archway Gallery
2305 Dunlavy Street, Houston

WiVLA Member and Guest Party
Saturday, December 17
Save the date - December plans to be announced

WiVLA does NOT have a Member meeting in December

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.


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WiVLA 2016 Board of Directors

President - Jane Mulholland          

Vice President - Cori Austin

Secretary - Alicia Young

Treasurer - Lane Devereux      

Membership - Zita Giraldo and Kristine Rivers

Communications -  Mary Ramain

Programs - Lillian Tharp              

Newsletter - Harriet Riley           

Visual Arts - Peggy Sexton
and Jo Zider           


Literary Arts -Paige Moore
and Mary Harlan


At-Large-  Josena Arquieta     

June Russell

Historian - Rona Lesser

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