October 2017

WiVLA October 17 MeetingOctober’s meeting brings us our own Jere Pfister, master storyteller, with a program entitled, “A Friendly Rabbit Gone Rogue: An Evening of Story.”
   Do you remember the classic movie “Harvey” starring Jimmy Stewart? Harvey was an invisible rabbit, and his friend Elwood P. Dowd wanted everyone to see him. People would look, but they couldn’t - or wouldn’t - see him. Magic will happen as Jere weaves this metaphor into a personal story of the "Harveys" in her life and family, and how "Harveys" impact everyday lives and artistic creativity and challenges.
Tuesday, October 17, 2017
Archway Gallery at 2305 Dunlavy, Houston TX 77006
5:45 – Mix and Mingle     6:15 – Business meeting
6:30 – program    7:45 – Dinner at Brasil’s, Dunlavy and Westheimer, optional and Dutch treat.
~~~November Meeting Date Change~~~
Tuesday, November 28 will be our Holiday Gathering coupled with our delayed November meeting. (The third Tuesday falls in the week of Thanksgiving, so we will meet the fourth Tuesday.)  Plan on attending a fun event – a delicious potluck, fun holiday projects, and good spirits. Finally! Enough time to visit each other thoroughly! More details will follow in the November newsletter and emailed notices.
President's Message: “We have something bigger than Harvey,” Brene Brown said at her recent talk here in Houston. “We have each other.” 
 All of us experienced Harvey in one way or another. Through it all, we found each other: friends, neighbors, strangers. Some of us helped; others needed help. Some of us gave of our hands and legs and effort; others gave much-needed money. Some of us are a comforting presence and a listener to a person who has experienced trauma. Everyone – everyone – was touched by this storm. And we do have each other.
   Slowly, the water level will return to normal, and slowly the activities of life will return to normal or perhaps a different kind of normal. Bit by bit, we will reshape our lives to incorporate the new learning that has occurred. Many of us have new friends now. Some of us have new skills. Maybe you learned that you can’t do everything alone and that it’s okay to ask for help. Perhaps you were a listener to the storm stories, validating someone’s experience and feelings. Through all of this, we found that we do have each other.
   WiVLA continues moving forward, despite a few re-schedulings. We hope that you find that your new normal includes WiVLA and all its possibilities. We are friends, listeners, helpers, idea-stimulators, how-to instructors, creative muses and instigators, performers, food-sharers, networkers, organizers….the list is long. Our October meeting will feature our own Jere Pfister who will be telling stories of her life. Please join us for this wonderful program. We need each other and we have each other.   
   Cori Austin
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Memoir Workshop with Donna Johnson – Rewrite Your Life: Finding Meaning in Story on Saturday, October 7, 2017.  All spaces have been filled, but if you would like to put your name on the waiting list just in case there is a cancellation, use this link.    http://wivla.org/workshops_registration.htm  All spaces will be filled on a first come-first served basis.

 New date is Saturday, November 11
     The event is hosted by Writespace and introduces Houston’s large writing community, from Inprint to Public Poetry, to one and all. WiVLA is proud to be a co-sponsor of this event.
   WiVLA writers have a chance to *build community, *develop writing friendships, *learn from more experienced writers, *fortify their knowledge of craft, *learn about critique groups, *hear WiVLA members participate in a panel discussion about WiVLA, *Get $20 off their registration -- see special code below.
   Tickets are available for all-day or half-day sessions. WiVLA members receive a $20 discount. Here’s the link for more information and to register. EVENT DATE: Saturday, November 11th, 9:00 am to 5:00 pm
PRICE - Between $35 and $115, depending on ticket type REGISTER at this link & use the code WOMANOFWORDS to receive $20 off the ticket price! A portion of ticket sales purchased using this code goes to support WiVLA.
   Click here to see the promotional flyer and detailed info. We hope to see you the WRITERS FAMILY REUNION!
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Find your Inner Goddess for November’s
WiVLA Reading at Archway   WiVLA writers are invited to participate in the annual WiVLA Reading at Archway Gallery on November 16, hosted as it is every year by our dear friends at Archway Gallery. But this year, there’s a different slant involving artist Becky Soria’s show, Landscapes of the Goddess Within, which opens to the public November 4.
   Between November 4 and 16, WiVLA writers and artists who write are invited to tour Becky’s show and write a short piece from something in her work that inspires you or you can visit Becky's studio on October 14th. Are you intrigued? We hope so.
   Becky has invited us to her studio on Saturday, October 14 at 1:00 pm for an hour. There we can see her work for this show and listen to her thoughts about her work. This will help us prepare to write for the reading at Archway Gallery. Please rsvp by Wednesday, October 11 to Mary Harlan at mary@eharlan.com  She will email Becky’s studio address to those who rsvped.
   Poetry, play, fiction, essay, memoir….the genre is up to you, writer/artist who writes. However, the length is not.
Topic: The goddess within
Length: 500 words or fewer. To qualify to read, the reading must be no more than five (5) minutes. This means reading aloud and timing yourself. We’ll ring a bell if you go over time in the reading. The chairpersons are committed to good timing.
Sign up: Coming soon, closer to November. 
Reading date: Thursday, November 16, 6:30 pm at Archway Gallery. Click here to see the gallery poster for the exhibit.
Event: WiVLA’s annual reading at Archway Gallery, a tradition of many years. (Literary Chairs)

We’re Looking for a Few Good Women
 WiVLA has so many opportunities in the near future – we want your input and ideas! Please consider participating in one of the following committees – you are valuable to WiVLA’s burgeoning programming and – one of the best perks about working on a committee – you develop relationships with other members and acquire a sense of belonging and being “in the know.” 
   Consider one of the following groups, and let me, Cori, know which one you’d like to work on: info@wivla.org
  • Scholarship - we have $1000 per year to donate to a worthy individual, organization, or idea. Formerly the Gold Key Scholarship. Present to our January meeting.
  • Rebranding/Strategic Planning - Let's bring our brand into the current culture. How to attract new members of all ages, how to contemporize our brand, what are the goals for our future, etc.? Survey data will be very helpful for this.
  • Social Saavy Workshop in January - need a committee to put together the workshop in an interesting and workable format, including as many forms of social media as possible, hands on, a variety of presenters, some already in place.
  • WiVLA Holiday Market, (or WiVLA (other holiday) Market, 2018, for WiVLA members to sell their artwork and writing.

Speakers at September Meeting
Share Important Advice about and from Artistic Jurors

   A lively group of members and guests received bountiful and specific advice from speakers Georgia Pearle and Matt Adams. Georgia, who is a poet and the digital editor at Gulf Coast Journal at the University of Houston, took a low-key yet emphatic approach to discuss how an editor (and editorial assistants) read and decide on submissions to a literary journal or competition. Using examples she emphasized "doing your homework" -- the research that writers need to do before you submit to a journal -- find out what a publication is seeking, the type of genres they accept, the publication and submission standards, etc. With wry humor, Georgia talked about many practical steps in the submission processes including the "wrong" ways to be in touch with an editor and how to prepare and be patient throughout long response times from institutions and publications. She not only shared personal stories about her own experiences but also gave important insights into the   
tasks of her editorial position to make decisions, to champion and mentor works, but ultimately to make judgements and choices for the publication or competition.
   Matt Adams, president of the Visual Arts Alliance and an artist and art collector, began his discussion with a warning to the audience that he might get on a soapbox or two concerning his points about reading and following a prospectus and having the highest standards in one's art and techniques, in framing, and in interchanges with a juror or show's curator. At one point, Matt did indeed stand on a chair to make a point! His presentation stated essential definitions, explained useful terms and processes, and vigorously and happily gave practical examples of how artists can improve their approach to submitting work to juried shows.
   A particularly delightful part of the evening was to hear how both speakers bounced ideas and standards off each other's remarks to reiterate professionalism, thoroughness, and how to be energized while submitting to art shows and/or publications. The audience made many comments and a good Q&A session ended the program.
Many, many thanks to Georgia and Matt! (A copy of Matt's powerpoint presentation can be found here.)
Social Media Tips -- Link to Handout
Find Lee Steiner's informative handout from the August meeting at this link. (Work in the handout is copyrighted to Lee and an article noted on the last page of the handout is copyrighted. For distribution of the pages beyond WiVLA use, please contact Lee. Thank you.)
   Lee's presentation gave us a taste of social media guidelines. For a more in-depth workshop, including how-to help, watch for further details on a January Social Media workshop sponsored by WiVLA.
Renewal Exhibit Ends Abruptly Due to Hurricane Harvey
One week to the day after the Renewal Exhibit opened, Hurricane Harvey deluged the Meyerland area, causing major damage to the Evelyn Rubenstein Jewish Community Center. Their central building was flooded with 10 feet of water, one of theaters and the business offices were rendered unusable. Slowly they are regaining electricity and air conditioning in the main building with a generator. A damaged pool is back up and available in the teen center. Several of the other buildings were damaged as well. 
   In spite of the tragedy to their own buildings, this community rose up to help anyone in Houston. Phone banks took names of people who needed household debris removal; cleaning supplies and fans were given to anyone who needed them; water, food, and baby supplies were readied for those without; and currently, the J is collecting for digital gift cards and their hurricane relief fund. 
   Through the days without electricity and turmoil, WiVLA’s artwork hung quietly on their gallery wall. When Marilyn Hassid, the J’s Director of Arts and Culture, was finally able to get back into the building, she found our artwork unharmed, waiting for rescue. She brought the pieces to safety and gave them to our artists as they arrived to bring them home. Sadly, the Renewal Show is over.
  Our hearts go out to The J. After hearing the beautiful and poignant program of music and written reflections on previous flooding on August 20, we celebrated the relief of recovery with them. Now the need for renewal again surfaces for their community. We will keep them in our hearts.  If you wish to donate time or money, here is a link:
 A link to an update of their building restorations: http://www.erjcchouston.org/general/facility-updates/    

Click here to see the list of the WiVLA members who were participants in the wonderful show and the premiere.
  • Cori Austin, WiVLA's president, calls our attention to Google Photos and Facebook items by Regina Vitolo Mader, our social media guru. Regina encourages everyone to share their WiVLA photos to a Google album. Click here to read her thoughtful request and see more details. Regina says: "Hi, everyone, this is a link to WIVLA'S GOOGLE PHOTOS ALBUM. Please feel free to to upload any of your own WiVLA photos, or email them to me at clockbirdstar@gmail.com." Use this link to the album itself. And, finally, use this one for a how-to tutorial on Facebook. [Editor notes that there's a TUTORIAL link. Cool! Way Cool!]
  • Writer and WiVLA member Debbie Blumberg is looking for people to profile for an online publication, Folks magazine. It tells the stories of extraordinary people who refuse to be defined by their heath issues. Here's a recent story she did for them: http://folks.pillpack.com/because-chemo-is-scary-enough-without-wigging-out/  There are plenty other examples on the website as well. She would very much appreciate any introductions to people or any leads! You can reach Debbie at deborah.blumberg@gmail.com

Please send in your news by the 20th of each month - art exhibits, literary works, news, etc. -  for inclusion in the following month’s newsletter to newsletter@wivla.org.
  • From member Beth McCracken: One of my photographs was accepted in the “Learning Curve 10” show at Houston Center of Photography. ... Although the opening reception and talks have already happened, the exhibit is through October 22, 2017. Please see more info at exhibits@hcponline.org  and in Facebook at 
  • The month of October will be full for WiVLA historian, Judith Shamp. Her textile and mixed-media art will be exhibited at NARTHEX (art in the narthex) at First Congregational Church, 10840 Beinhorn Rd. Houston. "My work will be up October through December. I plan to be on site each Saturday from 9:00 am to 1:00 pm and this timing will dovetail with the Farmers' Market. So come out and see me and buy provisions for the week." Also, on Monday, October 16, I'll present a program for Golden Needles, a quilt guild in Conroe, with a workshop on the following day." Please contact Judy for details.www.narrative-threads.com
  • Margo Stutts Toombs says mark your calendars: Margo has a music video in the Lake Charles Film and Video Festival on October 6 - 8.
  • Debbie Blumberg is co-chairing the regional conference of the American Society of Journalists and Authors in Austin in February 2018. Please see the ANNOUNCEMENTS section for full details and the link to the conference.
  • Member Kay Adshead encourages us to save-the-date for her next event on Thursday, October 12. Click here to see the details and images.
  • Sharon Worley is exhibiting at Impulse Gallery, Cyfair, in an exhibition that includes artwork by surrealist Salvador Dali. The Museum of the Americas is sponsoring the exhibition which runs from September 25 - October 5.
    Address: 15404 FM Road, Houston TX 77095.
  • Gail Mebane  has an exhibition of her environmental works at The Collective at 4101 San Jacinto, Suite 116, from September 14 to October 14. Click this link for the poster and additional information about gallery times.
  • Lydia Bodnar-Balahutrak has work in a group exhibition curated by Sally Reynolds entitled Known and Underknown
    on view at Two Allen Center, 1200 Smith Street, Houston 77002 through November 16, 2017. The location is open during business hours. Lydia says, "I do hope that you will have a chance to visit this exhibition. Many thanks!"
  • Editor’s Note: We know a lot of you are showing your work and getting articles and books published, so we ask you to send the information to newsletter@WiVLA.org by the 20th of each month. We want to support you and come to your openings and readings; timely info to the newsletter gets the word to members and their friends and contacts.

~ Editor's Emphasis: I'm repeating a couple of announcements.

~ From Mylene Dressler: "Dear wonderful friends at WIVLA,
Warmest thanks for keeping me in the loop and in the newsletter chain! I am delighted to share with you that I'll be returning to Houston as part of the national book tour for my new novel, THE LAST TO SEE ME (already getting rave reviews in Publishers WeeklyKirkus Reviews, Booklist, and on Goodreads). I'll be reading and signing copies of the book at Murder by The Book on Friday, October 20 at 6:30 pm. How lovely it would be to reconnect with my WIVLA friends! Many thanks for sharing, if you are able, news of the reading. I'll also be in town for most of the week, visiting my old Houston stomping grounds.
   Looking forward to being back in Texas, and catching up . . . and hope to see you! All best, Mylène Dressler, PhD   mdressler.com  [We add: Mylene said she is likely to be at our October 17 meeting. Come and catch up with our far-away friend!  She divides her time between Moab, Utah, and Guilford College in North Carolina.]

~ Lane Devereaux tells us that the Writer's League of Texas is coming to Houston with a PANEL DISCUSSION: How to Turn a Mess of Pages Into A Book. October 6, 2017 at 7:00 pm at Brazos Bookstore, 2421 Bissonnet Street, Houston 77005. The event is free and open to the public. RSVPs are suggested but not required. Here is a blurb about the topic: First drafts of novels and memoirs can begin with a spark of an idea and a rush of enthusiasm. But after 70-100 pages, that initial clarity often vanishes, along with any sense of the way forward into the book. Or perhaps you're researching for a nonfiction project, but you feel lost at the thought of organizing your notes into a coherent narrative. This panel will discuss strategies for shaping early drafts of book-length projects and giving them direction. This is a must-attend event for anyone who has recently thrown themselves into a new project or wants to return to a memoir or nonfiction draft that they've put aside. For full information see the Writer's League site here. A tab to RSVP is on the website.

~ Member Patricia Flaherty Pagan, editor in chief at Spider Road Press says that her feminist small press pulled together a Healing Through Creativity-Hurricane Haiku project. Untitled, traditionally formatted haiku about the hurricane, evacuation, or recovery efforts were sought for a creative healing project. Although at newsletter publication time the deadline is past, interested readers can find the haiku on the press's blog and possibly in a visual exhibit at our upcoming flash fiction awards ceremony/bithday party. A link to the press website is here.   http://www.spiderroadpress.com

~ Member Debbie Blumberg says: Save the date: February 3, 2018 - Debbie is co-chair of the American Society of Journalists and Authors regional writers conference next spring in Austin (and also the co-president of the group's Texas chapter). This is shaping up to be an amazing event for writers, freelancers, book authors, content marketers--anyone who's making a living from writing--to make connections and pick up new skills. Stay tuned for more information! (HTTP://TINY.CC/ASJATX). For more information on volunteering or sponsorship opportunities, please email  asjaoffice@asja.org   AND This just in: Here are more details on the lineup for ASJA's writers' conference in Austin this spring! Debbie is co-chairing and she says, "We're super excited to hear from acclaimed essayist and novelist Sarah Bird. Check out the full schedule, and please spread the word! Registration is open." Click here to open the link. Here is the link as text: http://asja.org/For-Writers/ASJA-Conferences-and-Events/ASJA-Austin-2018  

~ Member Shaheen Rahman writes to invite us to the Islamic Arts Festival. "The first Islamic Arts Festival was held in Houston in November 2014. Since its humble beginnings four years ago, the festival has become the impetus for a national movement.The 2017 Festival will showcase the art of 50 artists in a 10,000 sq. ft. area and is expected to draw over 5000 visitors. The 4th annual Islamic Arts Festival will bring together people from diverse cultures, faiths, and backgrounds for two days of learning, fun, and festivity. 

An estimated 200,000 Muslims live in the Greater Houston area. The purpose of this event is to celebrate our culture and promote the positive image of our community among Muslims and non-Muslims. The festival provides an excellent opportunity for cross cultural education and dialogue among children and adults. Arts is a universal language and help build bridges between communities. Our Festival is sure to captivate the casual visitor as well as the serious student of art.

The next Islamic Arts Festival is scheduled for 11th & 12th of November 2017. We look forward to seeing you at our festival in November!"  www.islamicartssociety.com

~ June Russell, visual co-chair points members to the excellent website for Public Poetry events for the month and, as June notes, call for submissions and contests. Click the blue link for PP's great web page.   http://www.publicpoetry.net  Of special interest is a poetry reading on Saturday, October 7 at features our recent speaker Georgia Pearle and three other poets and a call for Open Auditions for the Poets and Musicians series. The editor notes that the Public Poetry website is always hopping with ideas, events, and opportunities for collaboration.

Former WiVLA president Jane Mulholland encourages everyone to check out the Houston Writers Guild website where a full slate of events and call for entries are listed in a very appealing way. Events include Tier 2 Critique Groups. http://www.houstonwritersguild.org

~ From Cori Austin: http://reddotblog.com/showing-your-art-in-cafes-restaurants-banks-and-other-venues-2/  This seems to be a blog with a different topic every time it comes out.  It all relates to marketing your art. It might be helpful for artists and writers.
~ Inprint opens its doors at 1520 West Main on the first Friday of every month from 9 am to 12 noon for a writing cafe. Any and all writers looking for a pleasant morning space in which to write are welcome. For information, click here.  Be sure and use the link to confirm the Friday availability. A few Fridays in 2017 are blocked due to other schedules. http:// http://inprinthouston.org/event/inprint-writing-cafe-16/

WriteSpace is offering several workshops in October. For pricing, registration and more information, go to the WriteSpace website or contact them. Please see the WriteSpace website for details. Additionally, it's time to register for Writespace Writers' Family Reunion which will be Saturday, November 11.  WiVLA is a co-sponsor of this event and WiVLA members receive a discount. See the article in this issue. Use the code for the discount. 

~ Events and upcoming shows are noted on the Visual Arts Alliance (VAA) helpful website at http://visualartsalliance.org/

Cori Austin reminds us that Creative Mornings Houston has special and interesting programs.  Every month, creative people gather at a designated place for a program designed to inspire and entertain. There is time for networking, visiting, meeting new people, and having some kind of morning food and drink. To join, sign up for the Houston newsletter at https://creativemornings.com/cities/hou. It’s always on a Friday morning and begins at 8:30 am. The location changes each time. 

~ Archway Gallery has a great website: Click here to go to the website. Monthly exhibits, special events, and coming in November, a WiVLA Reading.

~ Art Houston is a new local magazine dedicated to all types of art and they are seeking articles. For general submission guidelines, contact the publisher at Art Houston.

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

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).

Editor's Note: This first one is a call for art and writing:
Open Call for Women's Art and Writing 
Subject: Open Call for Women's Art and Writing. Women, in all your lovely identifying forms, Pink Panther Magazine is accepting submissions of art, poetry, and prose for future issues. Send us work that embodies the female experience,whether it be political, professional, personal, domestic, relational, social,and/or spiritual. We’re hungry for art and writing with a central focus on the woman inside and outside of these influences.
   Send up to five poems per submission or up to two short stories or personal essays in a single .doc file attachment AND embed the text in the body of your email. For art, sendup to ten images as .jpg attachments. If we need a higher resolution version of an image for publication purposes, we'll notify you. We do accept previously published work. Send your best to pinkpanthermagazine@yahoo.com. Not sure what PPM is looking for? Find our full guidelines and image examples at https://www.pinkpanthermagazine.com/submissions-guide.

About the Magazine:
Pink Panther Magazine is a semi-annual international women’s art and literature publication in its eighth year. We offer a print and digital version of each issue. PPM's vision is to give women a voice through the promotion of their art and writing. The magazine aims to provide a multicultural atmosphere that focuses on today’s women's issues—a safe, nurturing place to explore ideas and celebrate the unique experiences of women in every phase of their lives.

~ June Russell, visual co-chair, sends very interesting websites that are chock full of visual and literary workshop information. See one of the most current, most interesting websites here. It is Santa Fe Workshops and they are organizing sessions in lovely destinations such as Cuba, San Miguel, Santa Fe, and Tokyo.

~ Fraction Magazine is an online venue dedicated to contemporary and fine art photography. It 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!

~ CAFE' for Artists!  www.CallForEntry.org is a website that lists calls for entry 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).

~ Please see the first notice from Pink Panther Magazine under Visual Art -- the Call for Entry is for both art and writing. Thank you! 

~ June Russell, visual co-chair, sends very interesting websites that are chock full of visual and literary workshop information. See one of the most current, most interesting websites here. It is Santa Fe Workshops and they are organizing sessions in lovely destinations such as Cuba, San Miguel, Santa Fe, and Tokyo.
~ Gulf Coast: A Journal of Literature and Fine Arts announces its 2017 contests and awards. The literary journal was founded at the University of Houston and holds an annual event with cash awards to the winners and publication opportunities. Please click "Contests" on their web page for full information and submission guidelines. http://www.gulfcoastmag.org

~ Houston Writers Guild has a call for entry notice on the guild's website http://www.houstonwritersguild.org

~ 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

[The editor thanks pixabay for free images, especially geralt.]

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Upcoming Events

WiVLA Monthly Meeting
“A Friendly Rabbit Gone Rogue:
An Evening of Story.”
presented by member
Jere Pfister, Master Storyteller

Tuesday, October 17
5:45 Gather and Mingle
6:15 Short Business Mtg
6:30 Program Begins

Archway Gallery
2305 Dunlavy
Houston TX 77006

Memoir Workshop 
with Donna Johnson

Rewrite Your Life:
Finding Meaning in Story

Saturday, October 7, 2017
10:00 am to 3:00 pm
Central Market 
Community Room
See article for details 
and waitlist registration.

As of newsletter date,
the workshop is full.

WriteSpace and co-sponsors
present the
Co-Sponsored by WiVLA
Re-scheduled for
Saturday, November 11

Silver Street Studios
2000A Edwards, Houston 77007
Please see article in this issue
with details and how to obtain the 20% discount on registration.

WiVLA Monthly Meeting
November Meeting
on _Fourth_ Tuesday

Holiday Gathering
Tuesday, November 28
5:45 Gather and Mingle
6:15 Short Business Mtg
6:30 Holiday Party Begins

Archway Gallery
2305 Dunlavy
Houston TX 77006

WiVLA is looking for volunteers 
for four ad-hoc committees. 
Please see article in this issue.

About Women in the Visual and Literary Arts
The mission of WiVLA is 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.

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WiVLA 2017 Board of Directors

President - Cori Austin       

Vice President - Lilibeth Andre

Secretary - Lee Steiner

Treasurer - Lane Devereux      
Membership - Zita Giraldo and Kristine Rivers

Communications -  Mary Ramain

Social Media - Regina Vitolo Mader
Programs - Lillian Tharp              

Newsletter - Kay McStay          

Visual Arts - Dune Tencer and June Russell

Literary Arts - Karleen Koen and Mary Harlan

At-Large - Josena Arquieta  and Tayyba Kanwal

Historian - Judy Shamp

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