October 2018

Monthly Meeting, Tuesday October 16   
Debbie Dutton makes magic with paper and pens. And such magic! Join us at our next meeting to marvel at the creativity of this artist. 
   With a love of design, Debbie is a calligrapher, book artist, and paper artist. Her mediums change, but are always tactile. Receiving a birthday card from her is a present in itself. Personally created with beautiful lettering, her works always have a very unique Debbie quality with color and design. And what she does with old books and old book pages - amazing!
   An instructor as well, Debbie teaches at the Houston Calligraphy Guild, the Houston Book Arts Guild, and in her home studio. In the summer, she goes to Maine to teach a variety of book arts classes. Debbie has a calligraphic piece of art in the Rare Books Collection at the M.D. Anderson Library at the University of Houston. Teaching art to women rescued from sex trafficking in India and Nicaragua is a particular interest and inspiration for Debbie. We hope you can join us to hear a presentation from this versatile and dynamic artist and instructor.
Archway Gallery  2305 Dunlavy, Houston TX 77006
5:45 – 6:15  Mix and Mingle
6:15 – 6:30  Short business meeting
6:30 – 7:30  Debbie Dutton: Calligrapher/Book and Paper Artist
7:30 -  Dinner to follow nearby (dutch-treat) after we pick up the meeting area at Archway. 

On Thursday, October 4th, WiVLA will be the arts organization that benefits from Fresh Arts' Cultured Cocktails at Boheme Cafe and Wine Bar at 307 Fairview Street near Taft Street, Houston, 77006. A percentage of the bar proceeds from 5:00 to 8:00 pm will belong to WiVLA. Please join us for special and delightful activities to promote WiVLA and enjoy a Boheme beverage and good food. Viva Fresh Arts and Boheme Cafe and the WiVLA evening with fundraising fun! Street and valet parking are available. (www.barboheme.com)   If you would like to volunteer and help with the activities, please email info@wivla.org. See you at Boheme on 10/4.

President's Message: The Secret Lives of Color
   I’ve always wondered what the color puce looked like. Now I know! I have found a wonderful new book that I’m devouring a shade at a time.
   I was in the Dallas Museum of Art’s gift shop when this book caught my eye, and I vaguely remembered reading an interesting review of it, so I knew I’d be putting it on my artbook shelf. 
   The Secret Lives of Color by Kassia St. Clair begins with an introduction to the science of color and the human ability to see color with our eyes’ rods and cones. Did you know that 1/12 men and 1/200 women have some degree of color blindness? She explains how her writing idea became a reality. She had been researching 1700’s women’s fashion and came across old periodicals which described clothing in lush words: 
         A bonnet trimmed with coquelicot-colored feathers or
         lemon-colored Sarcenet silk……a Roman mantle of scarlet   
         kerseymere….To me, the descriptions of the latest fashions
         were as mouthwatering and bewildering as the tasting menus
         of a Michelin-starred restaurant.
   At that moment the author was intrigued and inspired, and then she is off on a quest….digging up the history of indigo (leaves fermented and beaten numerous times??!!), electric blue (the glowing cone of Chernobyl’s nuclear disaster), amaranth seeds made into dough and mixed with the blood of the human sacrifices then baked into cakes (priests were horrified at the similarity and parody of Holy Communion and outlawed the use of this plant). Those are just a few of the pages of history and information that I’ve gobbled up.
   Hues you might never have encountered rise to the surface in this fascinating book, e.g. Baker-Miller pink, minium, orpiment, and many more. Numerous historical situations impacted by color are detailed, and the author explores the reasons why colors fade from popularity -- two fascinating ways to approach an appreciation of color. 
   You can reserve this book at the Harris County Public Library, but you may want to order your own copy to have a color snack once in a while when you feel the need. Bon appétit!  

   Cori Austin
 Our current collaboration will be hung and presented at the Houston Public Library central building in downtown Houston in November and December. The opening reception will be on November 3, 1:00 - 4:00 pm with the readings taking place at 2:00 pm.  
   WiVLA is very well known for its collaborative events. Few other organizations offer such a unique venture. The growth of each artist and the pure pleasure of the working time together will be unforgettable.
Exhibition and Literary Reading Reminders:
* November 1: Artwork delivered to Houston Public Library, Central Branch, from 12:00 pm to 3:00 pm. A WiVLA member will be present to sign in your work. If you are unable to deliver your work, please make arrangements for someone else to deliver it.
* November 3: Saturday, November 3 will be the Opening Reception for both the visual portion of the exhibition and the literary readings at the Houston Public Library. The art exhibition will be near the main entrance, and the readings will take place downstairs. Time: 1:00 – 4:00 pm with the readings beginning at 2:00 pm.
* December 31: Exhibition closes. Take down will be a date in early January 2019.
SAVE THE DATE: WiVLA's Literary Reading at Archway Gallery. Thurs. November 15th, Gather at 6:00 pm with readings at 6:30 pm.
My Mother’s Purse 
What was in your mother’s purse? Money? Love? Indifference? Lipstick? Nurturing? Old love letters? Addiction? Too little? Too much?
   Our mothers are our first mirrors. What was in her purse? That’s the prompt for Wivla’s Annual Readings at Archway in November.  
  • Each reading is to be no longer than five minutes, about 500 words. 
  • Please time your reading before presentation. 
  • If you wish to read, email your name to literary@wivla.org by November 12. 
  • Work does not have to be submitted and may be any genre. 
  • Keep on writing! Please join us for a wonderful literary reading!

WiVLA Invited by Houston History Alliance
Houston History Alliance will be holding their biennial conference this year, themed The Amazing Stories of Houston Women with the title Houston Women: Agitating, Educating, Advocating. WiVLA will have a table there on Saturday, October 6, from 8 - 4:30. We will be able to promote WiVLA, display members' written and visual work, and also offer members' items for sale. We only have a six foot table, though, so let Cori know if you'd like your work displayed, or would like to participate in person to sell your work. There's event information about the entire conference at www.houstonhistoryalliance.org. The major events are at the MATCH theater in Midtown and it's important to read the website, click the history conference tab, for all details. There is a conference fee for the major events and speakers.Other events will take place for the next 2 weeks.  See this link for further events:  https://www.talesofhoustonwomen.org/
Luisa Duarte's smile and positive presentation make for an inspiring evening. A crowd of 41 persons heard a lively and personal talk from member Luisa Duarte at the September meeting. Luisa was part of the 2017 inaugural class of Artist INC Houston, an eight-week program sponsored by FreshArts Houston to provide a host of knowledge, benefits, and mentoring to Houston area artists. Luisa, who hails from Venezuela, summarized her background in architecture and visual art and the artistic genres she favors. She spoke movingly about finding a supportive artistic community in WiVLA and meeting other artists at an important time in her artistic life. 
   The Artist INC program is a series of facilitator mentoring, large group discussions, small group activities, and lectures that help artists gain knowledge, strategic planning, and long-term networking. Luisa shared lively examples of what she learned about taxes, elevator speeches, and how to become comfortable with presenting oneself. "My ideas are like fireflies," she said, "and the Artist Inc. gave me confidence in what I need to grow in my artistic path and taught me and created for me new alliances with peer artists."
   With great charm and delight, Luisa told us many of her personal reactions to what the seminar topics covered, and she very genuinely offered to help others through the application process. One of the best outcomes of being a Artist Inc participant is that Luisa gained more courage and presentation techniques to pursue opportunities in Houston, one of which included painting a large mural on Washington Avenue. 
   The audience members peppered Luisa with questions and she gave practical and wise encouragement in her answers. A slideshow of the application process and many of Luisa's drawings,  watercolors, and acrylics accompanied her remarks. Eleven members  continued the conversation with Luisa over dinner at Paulie's Restaurant. 
  Applications for the Artist Inc program will be accepted November 1, 2018 - January 6, 2019. Please see the FreshArts website and feel free to contact Luisa Duarte for advice. Click Programs and scroll down at  http://www.fresharts.org for 2019 information.

  • Visual Arts Alliance VAA: Check out Visual Arts Alliance presents 3rd Collector's Perspective Panel Discussion -  "An Insider's Look at Collecting Artwork." To help eliminate confusion and aid new art collectors in navigating the many viewing and purchasing options in Houston, Visual Arts Alliance has assembled a third panel of three experienced collectors who will share their passion for the visual arts. Intended for new and experienced collectors alike, this panel will provide insight into personal tastes, experiences and opinions regarding the collecting of artworks. The discussion will also let artists discover what collectors look for when considering acquiring a new piece, providing insight into the best practices for selling artists in today's market.
        The Collector's Perspective will be moderated by Chris Higham. The fall 2018 guest panelists will be Deborah Colton, owner of Deborah Colton Gallery; Paula Siegel, owner of Mixed Emotions Frame and Art; and Christopher Kilgore, M.A., Art History Writing Fellow at the University of Houston. The free discussion will take place at The Montrose Centre, 401 Branard Street, on Saturday, October 6, starting at 11.00 am. There will be a break for Questions & Answers from the audience at 11:45 am. 
  • 14 Pews, a wonderful cultural and artistic venue in Houston, is sponsoring a PLAY SLAM on October 21st. Check out their website for info. http://www.14pews.com
  • Check out this very helpful and interesting link from member Celeste Budwit-Hunter. The link is an article in Writer's Digest. This is a great read for writers and for artists.   http://www.writersdigest.com/editor-blogs/there-are-no-rules/craft-technique/train-your-eye-for-better-writing-3-writing-techniques-adapted-from-the-visual-arts#.W56E2ekpyrQ.mailto
  • Mary Wemple continues the Words and Art series that she facilitates at the Contemporary Art Museum Houston. The next reading will be on Wednesday, November 1 at 6:30 pm at the CAMH. The poems and writing will be in response to the exhibit Walls Turned Sideways: Artists Confront the Justice System. The event is open to the public.
  • Your shopping makes a difference. Do your regular Amazon shopping at smile.amazon.com/ch/76-0464450 and Amazon donates to Women in the Visual and Literary Arts. 
Please send in your news by the 23rd of each month - art exhibits, literary works, news, etc. -  for inclusion in the following month’s newsletter to newsletter@wivla.org.
  • Janet Ruffin is is thrilled to launch her new line of scarves made from her art. For more information:
     Create2710@att.net and www.janetruffinstudio.com
  • June Russell is having a one-person show TWENTY YEARS OF CAPTURING BEAUTY: AN EXHIBITION OF PHOTOGRAPHY. The venue is Christ Church Cathedral, Cloisters Gallery, 1117 Texas Avenue in downtown Houston. The show runs October 6 through November 15. Hours:  11:00 -2:00 on Monday through Friday and Sundays 10:00 am to 1:00 pm. There is free parking in the cathedral parking garage during the reception; please enter on San Jacinto Street. 
  • Sandi Stromberg's poems have recently been accepted by Colere: A Journal of Cultural Exploration ("The English Student"), and the 2019 Texas Poetry Calendar from Kallisto Gaia Press ("Wimberley Winter"). She has also been selected as a juried poet in the 2018 Houston Poetry Fest and will have a poem in this year's anthology. She will read either Saturday, Oct. 13 at 7:30 or Sunday, Oct. 14 at 2:00 p.m.  Additionally, on Saturday, Oct. 6, she has been invited for the second time to read her poetry at Concert for Peace at St. Philip Presbyterian Church, 4807 San Felipe St, at 7:30-9:00 pm. She will be reading with Rosemary Catacalos, the 2013 Texas Poet Laureate. The Concert for Peace combines an interesting and creative format of music, poetry and periods of silence for meditation and reflection. Previous musical artists have included Mercury, Aperio, Apollo String Quartet, Melissa Givens, and many others. This year's theme is "God's peace is often at odds with the powers, fears and prejudices of the secular world". 
  • Sharon Worley and Nan Toole, two WiVLA members, shine at a new art space in the Memorial / Energy Corridor Area, Houston Art Gallery & Boutique located at 14520 Memorial Dr. #16, Houston, TX 77079. The space is intended to be an artists' haven, a place where artists and art lovers can spend time talking about art in a very cool setting. We will be creating a reception area with a piano, comfortable furniture, cool ambiance and original artwork for sale. The boutique will also be the home of Edwin Juarez, Haberdasher and Tailor of men's fine clothing and suites. We have a soft opening planned for Saturday Sept. 1 with an artists reception on Friday, Sept. 7, 6:00 -8:00 pm. Regular business hours, Monday - Saturday, 10am -7pm beginning Monday, Sept. 3. Participating Artists Include: Angela Rose Walling, Sharon Worley, Leticia Garcia, Nan Toole, Meghna Patil, and more... Angela Rose will feature some of her fun style in dresses and accessories that are made from her own original artwork. 
  •  Jane Chance has multiple news items. 1) She has been awarded an Honorable Mention for “Torre di Cetara,” at the Second Annual Ecphrastic Reading Contest held Saturday, Sept. 15 2018 at the Friendswood Library, in Friendswood. The poem will be published in a new anthology of The Enchantment of the Ordinary, ed. John Gorman for Mutabilis Press this fall. 2) Also forthcoming is her poem “Spit,” forthcoming in Feminine Rising, ed. Andrea Fekete and Lara Lillibridge (Malvern Hills: Cynren Press, 2019). 3) Jane will be part of readings from her book The Middle Ages: Poems by Jane Chance (available at https://www.finishinglinepress.com/product/the-middle-ages-by-jane-chance/) and about her latest Tolkien book, Tolkien, Self and Other: “This Queer Creature” (Palgrave, 2016), on November 8th from 7:00 - 8:00 pm at Brazos Bookstore. She writes, "That book is about diversity in Tolkien’s fantasy and scholarly writing, which I argue grew out of his own sense of himself as a “queer creature." 4) There will be a reading at Last Concert Café for Transcendent Zero Press along with an artist (and maybe another poet) and a band on October 14 at 7:30 pm. The address is 403 Nance St, Houston, TX 77002.
  • Member Kay Sarver continues to film youtube interviews with local artists. There are at least eight videos at Houston Art Tribe on YouTube  "I'd appreciate any feedback, and certainly wish to include any of you in this conversation about what you do as artists. After all, I do believe we creatives are a close and supportive tribe! .... I love talking with artists, seeing where they work, and watching them light up when they speak about their process and their work. It soothes my creative soul!"
    Kay says, "Please feel free to share this, and if you like the video on the Houston Art Tribe Youtube channel, this will help it show up for others to find it, especially if you subscribe. Click for youtube link."
  • Kaye Brand, a member who lives in Australia now, has written an editorial about camphor trees in the town of Malanda. It's a homage to trees, family history, and memory and you can read it here.
  • Editor’s Note: We know a lot of you are showing your work and getting published, so we ask you to send the information to newsletter@WiVLA.org by the 25th 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 Note: Here's a type of guest editorial. Member Judy Shamp gives a shout out to Lane Devereux, Lynn B. Gammon, and Carol Watson after Luisa Duarte's presentation at the September meeting. This heartfelt note is a great reminder of the support and joy found in WiVLA.]   
  From Judy, "Well, ladies, were your ears burning, or your nose(s) twitching last night? You may not think of yourself as muses, but I'm telling you, it was very apparent at the start of the presentation. I almost did a "shout out" when credit was given to the three of you with roots in the textile arts!
   Each of you were mentioned, by name, as being very important to our WiVLA presenter during a particularly dark time in her life. It's quite possible your support helped awaken the creativity in Luisa Duarte. As she told me last night, with your help and support she began to come out of her shell, and [then] finding her voice led into growth and development as an artist. https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Muses 
   Secondarily, "reading between the lines," it was as though "fiber art/textile art" took on the mantle of major artform... you all have been following that thread in your creative voices...and now your artistic voices are finding expression in clay, storytelling and painting and care giving...the artful journeys continue. 
   Luisa spoke to the "imposter syndrome"..her wise words tell "him" to leave, as she raised her sword and speaking forthrightly to him or her - "I am here, I am working, GO AWAY!" Good words to live by. Open letter by Judith Rae Shamp, MA, czt; www.narrative-threads.com

[Editor's Note: Here's an idea for a new column -- recommendations for events or exhibits one has attended or seen or experienced. Our first column is by Cori Austin.]   Ellen Frances Tuchman, Reveries and Responses at Koelsch Gallery, 801 Richmond Avenue, Houston, 77006.
   Ellen’s mixed media works are painstaking handmade creations of paper and found objects. Thematically grouped, often bordered with casually rolled paper quilling, her pieces reflect a tongue-in-cheek take on past and present, sexuality, and fascination with materials. There is a luscious patterning of objects and color.
   Enter the “Gentlemen’s Smoking Room,” with wallpaper composed by Tuchman and installed for this show, the room is filled with 9” x 9” mixed media collages based upon a central postcard, often a tall building, cactus, tower, or waterfall -- all embellished with beading with her lovely paper quilling along the borders. There are 175 in the installation, 70 Miles North of Somewhere, although the space is not large enough to fit all of them. 
   One steps up to Tuchman’s work, intending to look at it, and finds oneself looking into it, eyes drawn all over the piece again and again, as clues offer themselves to the viewer to make meaning of the spread of details available. 
   It was wonderful to visit with Ellen and she will be gallery-sitting on Saturday, October 6 if you’d like to meet her. She suggests calling before you come to make sure they aren’t at lunch, 713-862-5744. The show runs through October 27, 2018. 


~ Member Debbie Blumberg writes, "I'm looking for any leads on someone who could help me restore a dollhouse. My grandfather made it for me 30-odd years ago. The first floor flooded during Harvey, and I "remediated" it, taking out flooring, some wallpaper etc. Now, it needs new floor, wallpaper and electrical work. I could probably figure out how to do this, but don't have the time. Thanks!" Please send any advice or referral information to Debbie at deborah.blumberg@gmail.com

~ It's that time of year again! The Call for Entry for ALH's annual art show opens September 1. Our juror this year is Jennie Goldstein from the Whitney in NYC, so it will be another great show for Texas artists. Here is the info for your artists.  Thank you again for your support!
ENTRY DATE:              September 1, 2018
DEADLINE:                  October 31, 2018
AWARDS:                    $4,000 First place, $2,000 Second place, $1,000 Third place
ENTRY FEE:                 $15.00 Fee per image.  Maximum of 4 images per artist.
NOTIFICATION:           November 22, 2018
LOCATION:                 601 Jefferson, Houston, TX
JUROR:                        Jennie Goldstein, Assistant Curator, Whitney Museum of American Art
ALL ENTRIES MUST BE SUBMITTED THROUGH CAFÉ ( <http://www.callforentry.orgwww.callforentry.org)
Jaci Day, Chair,  <mailto:jaciday@swbell.netjaciday@swbell.net
Darlene Abdouch, Vice Chair,  <mailto:dabdouch@comcast.net>

~ Also, the Fuente Collective is sponsoring writing events this month. Find them at www.fuenteco.com   Of special note are two items:  Fuente Collective’s presents WRITE WILD: A Generative Retreat on Sunday, October 7, 2018
TAKE A WHOLE DAY OFF TO EXPLORE, EXPERIMENT, AND (RE)GENERATE -- WRITE WILD is a day-long creativity retreat focused on generating new ideas and work. Write Wild is open to all writers, visual artists, and other creative spirits who want to explore their creativity through the written word.
October 2018 Sessions:
Change Your (Hi)stories: Exploring Transformation and Evolution
Digging for Gold: Playful Inroads to Memory
One Can Only Laugh: Humor as a Tool of Creative Rediscovery
Layer upon Layer: Experimental Forms as a Catalyst for Personal Storytelling
Learn more and register: https://fuenteco.com/calendar/writewild20181007
   Additionally, Fuente Collective’s presents WRITING TOWARDS REFLECTION with Allegra Hyde on Saturday, November 3, 2018.
   WRITING TOWARDS REFLECTION is an immersive walking investigation of McGovern Lake in Houston’s Hermann Park. As writers and artists, we all need to make time to recharge our creative energies. This fall, step away from your desk and practice fresh ways of looking, thinking, and recording landscapes both internal and external, and refill your creative well.
Learn more and register: https://fuenteco.com/calendar/writingreflection2018

~ 14 Pews located at 800 Aurora Street, Houston TX 77009 is a space for cultural events, theater, films, readings, and more. Visit them at this site. Check out their new event called PLAY SLAM to be held on Sunday, October 21st. See the website for important information.

~ ClayHouston has a reception forthcoming on October 20th, Clay Identities, at the Silos on Sawyer, Gallery 100, and the group is sponsoring its annual symposium on Saturday/Sunday, October 20 and 21. Please check out the website to see all of the events and activities.  https://www.clayhouston.org/  Also, the newsletter editor wants to  suggest that if a WiVLA artist is working with clay or other mediums, please utilize the ClayHouston newsletter to promote and send notices of your work, exhibits, awards, etc. This group is organized and sharing news and notices.
The Glassell School of Art For more information on schedule, contact glassell@mfah.org or 713.639.7500.

Houston Writers Guild (HWG). The Guild has a great website at www.houstonwritersguild.org.  that gives the schedule of activities and classes and it features a notice about Indiepalooza, a major writing event scheduled for Saturday, October 20, at Rice University.

~ Public Poetry has a great deal of information on its website this month including  Public Poetry monthly events and call for submissions and contests. Click the blue link for PP's great colorful and informative web page.   http://www.publicpoetry.net   In the Literary section below, see info about the current contest with the theme ENOUGH.

~  Visual Arts Alliance The Visual Arts Alliance (VAA) website is a great resource for all news and events scheduled by the organization. Click http://visualartsalliance.org/
Be sure and check out the special discussion panels the VAA has organized along with their usual events such as 3rd Monday Critique Groups, etc. See the link to their informative website.

~ Archway Gallery has a great website: Click here to go to the website. Monthly exhibits and special events including the popular Figure Drawing Sessions, Latenight Pie, Wine and Art Dinners and great monthly exhibits.

~Texas Accountants and Lawyers for the Arts (TALA) has a good website at www.talarts.org and it lists the events and workshops that they sponsor. 
Texas Accountants and Lawyers for the Arts was formed in 1979 to meet the legal and accounting needs of artists and art nonprofit organizations across the State of Texas. TALA volunteers throughout Texas handle more than 250 matters per year. In 2016, TALA began serving inventors in the Patent Pro Bono Program.

~ Houston Art Alliance site http://houstonartsalliance.com/

~ Wordsmyth Theater at www.wordsmyththeater.org is a "Houston-based playwright’s theater dedicated to the development of new theatrical works from formative stages through full production." They have just sponsored the Texas Playwrights Festival and have an active calendar throughout the year. Find them at the link above.

Literary Events -- Call for Entries
Inclusion in this list does not indicate endorsement by WiVLA. We recommend you research each contest and opportunity and contact the sponsor(s).
Now through January 15, 2019, Public Poetry is accepting contest submissions on the theme of ENOUGH. (Submissions accepted on the program Submittable.) This is a national contest with a $1,000 first prize and the opportunity to be published in an online anthology. Check out the details, the judges' biographies, and more at 
http://www.publicpoetry.net   Keep on writing!

WOW! Lots of good information, call for submissions, and events are available -- Check out Gulf Coast - A Journal of Literature and Fine Arts very excellent website for news of current competitions and events including an evening of Irish Poetry on Monday, October 15th at 6:30 pm at our dear Archway Gallery. The link for Gulf Coast is here. (www.gulfcoastmag.org)  Of special note: This is the magazine's "open reading period" -- check the website for submission details. Another theme for submissions is the 50th anniversary of the Stonewall uprising. The website has the information!

A former WiVLA member sent a helpful list of about 20 literary opportunities. Click here to pull up the page with the information and organizational names. Many thanks to the creator of the list!

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.

"One of the Writer's Digest 101 Best Websites for Writers" is www.winningwriters.com. Inspiring stories of writing success and competition information.

Does Kallisto Gaia Press have anything new going on? Please see this link. See www.kallistogaiapress.org for details.
3rd Coast Books is now accepting fiction and non-fiction submissions in several genres. Please go to: www.3rdcoastbooks.com to find out more about this innovative and commercial publisher.
Visual Events -- Call for Entries
Inclusion in this list does not indicate endorsement by WiVLA. We recommend you research each contest and opportunity and contact the sponsor(s).
FreshArts, of which we are members, has many opportunities for artists listed on their website here. Their motto is "Where Art Meets Opportunity" -- a cousin or sibling of WiVLA's  mission.
Rona Lesser shares the artsy.net site with WiVLA. It's a fascinating commercial art site and its magazine is particularly engrossing with a variety of articles such as a recent one, "This New Website Is Offering Free Art Lessons from Professors and Artists." Check it out at this link. Click the Magazine button to scroll through the latest articles.

Check out the great website for Artadia. The group has an impressive mission statement and is sponsoring a call for entries for financial awards in the Houston area. Click website: www.artadia.org and be sure and scroll to information about Houston competition.

CaFE for Artists is the leading online application and adjudication system for managing calls for entry. The website is www.callforentry.org   This is a stunning collection of news and opportunities.
If you shop at Randall's, tie your account to WiVLA (#5341).  You can do this at the customer service counter once, and from then on, WiVLA will benefit every time you shop!

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The editor acknowledges and thanks Cori Austin for images in this issue.

Upcoming Events

WiVLA Monthly Meeting
Debbie Dutton: Calligrapher/Artist
Tuesday, October 16, 2018
Gather: 5:45 pm
Archway Gallery
2305 Dunlavy
Houston TX 77006

Cultured Cocktails
Thursday, October 4, 2018
5:00 to 8:00 pm
Boheme Bar and Cafe
307 Fairview (at Taft St.)
Houston TX 77006
See notice to left.


S P A C E Collaboration Opening
Saturday, November 3, 2018

Houston Public Library
Central Branch-Downtown
1:00 to 4:00 pm
Literary Readings at 2:00 pm

WIVLA Literary Reading
at Archway Gallery

"My Mother's Purse"
Thursday, November 15, 2018
6:00 pm gather, 6:30 readings begin
Archway Gallery
2305 Dunlavy
Houston TX 77006
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