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
MessageAnd a good time was had by
Announces Spring Show Themed
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
We can’t begin to thank our Visual Co-Chairs Jo
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
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
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
Submissions will be taken
beginning December 1 for this WiVLA spring show with the theme
"Abundant" at The Cloister Gallery at Christ Church
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
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
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
MulhollandPictured from left:Gladys Mae Bullock with
Saundra Davis and Geri EliotPictured from left -- Luisa Duarte and her
husband Derek Shelton with Sandi Stromberg and her husband Bill
TurnerMember Zita Giraldo and friends with her
picture in the backgroundMarguerite Baldwin and Peggy Sexton at the
Windows opening.Jo Zider at her computer showing Windows
art work as our writers were readingPictured 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
read from her book of poetry,
, a collection of poetry by Finishing Line Press at
the WiVLA September 20 Member Meeting.
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.
Readings will be held this year on Thursday, November
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: firstname.lastname@example.orgWiVLA
Scoop by the Snoop: October 2016
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: email@example.com
so we can get you
back on the list.
From our members:
My name is
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
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
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
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
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."
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!"
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
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.
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
FINALLY – PLEASE REMEMBER THAT WE ARE GOING ON A FIELD TRIP FOR OUR
OCTOBER MEETING. JOIN US AT CHERRYHURST AT 6:15 ON OCTOBER 18!
Dinner following at Brasil's Westheimer at
Dunlavy.Although the Snoop thinks she knows a lot,
she can use your help. Let her know your scoop: firstname.lastname@example.org.
you shop at Randall's, use the "Good Neighbor" code of 5341 and
WiVLA will benefit every time you shop!
tuned for upcoming events!
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 email@example.com.
- 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
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
- 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
- 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!!!
THE DATE: WiVLA Holiday Party, Saturday, December 17
details will followDodie Meeks
critique group and is willing to have it at her house. If you are
interested let her know:
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 firstname.lastname@example.org. 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
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
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:
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
Houston, a new magazine dedicated to all types of art, is
looking for articles. For general submission guidelines, contact the
Publishing 101: Easy E-Book and Print Production with DL YOUNG on
Saturday, Oct 1, 10 AM – 3 PM
Fiction 101 with MARIAN SZCZEPANSKI on
Saturday, October 8th,
9:30 AM - 4:30 PM
Essay and Memoir with MARK DOSTERT on Sundays, Oct 9, 16, 23, 30
Essay: Crafting the Struggle in Your Story with LESLIE
CONTRERAS SCHWARTZ on Saturday, October 15th, 9:30 AM-12:30
to Create a Great Antagonist with CASSANDRA CLARKE on Saturday,
October 22, 9:30 AM-12:30 PM
Fiction and Prose Writing with JOSHUA FOSTER on Tues, Oct 25th,
Nov 1, 8, 15, 6-9PM
Writing as a Career Path for the Creative Writer with ANDREANA
BINDER on Saturday, Oct 29th, 9:30 AM-12:30 PM
Your Writing – HALLOWEEN-STYLE with LAYLA AL-BEDAWI on Sat, Oct 29
will find an abundance of resources on this new website created by writing coach Joan Dempsey.
Houston Writers Guild offers several Critique Circles at different
times and locations. For more information, click here.
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.
more information and a map of the studio
for Entry: Visual ArtInclusion
in this list does not indicate endorsement by WiVLA. We recommend
you research each contest, and contact the
~ 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
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.
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
from new and emerging photographers.~
FreshArts, of which we are members, has many opportunities for
artists listed on their website.
Check it out!
Art Services has a digital jurying system. Click on the
link above for more
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
for Entry: Literary ArtInclusion
in this list does not indicate endorsement by WiVLA. We recommend
you research each contest, and contact the sponsor(s).
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.
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.
~ Poets & Writers has
a great database of conferences and residencies for writers. Check it out.
Winning Writers is another great website for writing
opportunities. Check it out by clicking here. Please
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