September 2015

Attribution is Not Permission

Erin Rodgers a member of Texas Accountants and Lawyers for the Arts (TALA) will join us  September 15 for a lively discussion on intellectual property issues for artists and writers.
Erin Rodgers has been practicing entertainment law in the Houston area since 2007, and represents artists of all kinds including musicians, authors, filmmakers, and photographers.  Erin holds a Bachelor of Music in Music Business from Loyola University New Orleans, and a J.D. from the University of Houston Law Center. She has spoken at many events in the entertainment industry, and teaches copyright and business courses at the Art Institute of Houston.
In addition to practicing law, Erin is a classically trained clarinetist, and also plays the piano and guitar. Erin has performed as a vocalist with Dave Brubeck and the Louisiana Philharmonic Orchestra, and is currently performs with the Houston indie rock band Glass the Sky.

Our meeting will be at Printing Museum on Tuesday, September 15 at 5:45, as always. Remember that the parking lot across the street is no longer accessible.  We will start with light snacks and wine with the meeting beginning promptly at 6:15 pm.

Salons! Salons! Salons!

Sign up now to attend a WiVLA Salon this fall and spend an evening immersed in creativity, beauty, and inspiration! Seven members have graciously opened their homes for a series of intimate gatherings around the Houston area. Six to ten attendees will bring a sample of their creative work to show or read to each other with the goal of helping people connect with their collaboration partner. This is all to support you, the WiVLA member, in finding a creative partner for our upcoming WINDOWS collaborative. Look elsewhere in this newsletter for a list of the partnerships formed thus far.
Space is limited, so make your reservation soon: contact your hostess directly through the email address or phone number listed below. Please bring a snack to share; the hostesses will provide beverages.  If you have general questions, contact Lane Devereux at
Salon One: Inside the Loop
Hostess: Zita Giraldo             
Thursday, September 10 from 5:30 - 7:30 pm
Salon Two: Memorial
Hostess: Harriet Riley
Thursday, September 24 from  6:00 - 8:00 pm
Salon Three: Heights
Hostess: Jere Pfister
Tuesday, October 6 from 7:00 - 9:00 pm
Salon Four: Northwest
Hostess: Lillian Tharp
Wedneday, October 7 from 7:00 - 9:00 pm
Salon Five: West
Hostess: Cori Austin
Thursday, October 15 from 7:00 - 9:00 pm
Salon Six: Midtown
Hostess: Jane Mulholland
Thursday, October 15 from 7:00 - 9:00 pm
Salon Seven: Montrose
Hostess: Diana Weeks
Saturday, October 24 from 3:00 - 6:00 pm

WiVLA Library Show "Inspired by Her Quote" Announced

The Visual Arts and Literary Co-Chairs of WiVLA announce a very special show at the Houston Central Library for the month of March, 2016. The theme is "Inspired by Her Quote."

Because March is designated International Women's Month and our venue is the Downtown Houston Public Library, the theme appropriately reflects women who have inspired us with their words of wisdom and wit.  Both writers and visual artists are asked to create original work based upon quotes from women in society:  humorous, vicious, provocative, or at least memorable.  To be eligible, you must be a current member of WiVLA on January 15, 2016, which is also the entry deadline.

A reception in honor of International Women's Day on March 8, 2016,  will be open to the public from 4:00 to 7:00 pm.  Non-alcoholic refreshments will be served in the first floor exhibition space of the Houston Central Library on McKinney Street. Our writers will read their works beginning at 6 pm and their work will be in the chapbook available to those who attend the readings. Click here for the visual artists prospectus and here for the writer's prospectus.

President's Message

September always seems a new beginning as schools open for another year; the days start to wane; and our intense heat slightly dissipates. In this month’s newsletter you will find the Visual Prospectus and the Literary Prospectus for the Library Show:  “Inspired by Her Quote.” We are asking you to use quotes by women that inspire you to create visual or literary art.  We are pleased that we could arrange the opening for the show to coincide with International Women’s Day – March 8, 2016.

Last month the Prospectus for the Collaboration “Windows” was in the newsletter and can be retrieved on our website and in this newsletter. Copies will also be available at our meetings or by contacting our Visual Co-chairs: and they will email you a copy.

I have to admit that even in all this heat and my own summer doldrums I am very inspired by the two shows we are planning next year. I am still marveling at the great fun we had “Speed Dating” in July and encourage all of you who have not found a collaboration partner to attend one or more of the Salons that are listed in this newsletter.

We have some members who just joined WiVLA in August and some former members who are contemplating coming back. Because the board is excited about our two shows, we want to give our new and former members a jump start by extending membership to the end of 2016 to anyone who has joined since August 1 to the end of 2015. Those of us who are currently members will be asked to rejoin by the end of 2015 and no later than January 15, 2016 to be eligible for the shows. But we will have plenty of reminders to rejoin before the end of the year!

When I first joined WiVLA, I will admit I was quite overwhelmed with the talent I saw in other WiVLA women. At times I felt pretty discouraged and wondered how I could get comfortable in such a group. One evening Janean Thompson, who was the President, called and asked, “Would you mind putting a photograph in the show we are having at Etui?” Very coolly I said I thought I could and thanked her for calling. Only when I hung up the phone did I begin to yell, “Would I mind?!”  Over the years I have learned to push past my fears and participate. Each time it has gotten a little easier and while I look at many of our members as the real writers and artists, today I can also say, “Yes I write and I paint.”

Neither of the two upcoming shows will be be juried. This is your opportunity to participate knowing that if you are a visual artist, your work will be shown and if you are a writer, it will be printed. I can promise you if that takes your breath away and scares you, then you are truly ready to join in both shows. It does get easier, but only if you do it!

  Jane Mulholland


Inspired to Pursue Our Dreams

We all get our inspiration in different ways.  Member Elizabeth White-Olsen had a vision after she saw some furniture in a room on the IKEA website. 

At our August meeting, White-Olsen described how that furniture inspired her to create a space for writers in Houston in a talk she titled, "How to Make Your Dreams Come True."  This passionate young writer shared with us that she feels creating this writing space was a destiny that she was supposed to fulfill. She saw a need for more writing workshops, writer gatherings and readings as a newcomer to Houston.  Using all her savings and some more, White-Olsen opened WriteSpace in April 2014 at Silver Street Studios, #212.

This grassroots literary arts organization founded by writers, for writers supports writers of all genres with workshops, readings, write-ins, editing and consultation. She is planning her first WriteFest February 22-28 and is in the Houston Alliance for the Arts pre-incubator program.

White-Olsen used her experiences to give WiVLA members some tips to help realize their dreams:  Create what is new and needed, Put love before success, Fight fear with trust, and Take consistent action.  She also encouraged the audience to write down an action plan to realize their own dreams. Members were definitely inspired by the presentation!
 Member Marian Szczepanski (left) chatting with our August speaker Elizabeth White-Olsen.

WiVLA Shines at Printing Museum Event

The Printing Museum event on August 15 was a great success with four WiVLA members reading from their own works: Kay Adshead, Jere Pfister, Kathleen Merritt and Jane Mulholland.  Advisory Board Chair Leigh Owen spent the morning staffing the WiVLA table along with Theo Billings and Gretchen Havens (not pictured). As you can see below President Jane Mulholland got "branded" with the WiVLA logo.

WiVLA Writers: A Special Opportunity to Read Your Work at Archway Gallery

Each November, the Archway Gallery Third Thursday Reading is dedicated expressly to WiVLA writers who would like to share their fiction, flash fiction, non-fiction, plays, or poetry.  On November 19, the evening starts at 6:30 p.m. at Archway Gallery at 2305 Dunlavy St., just north of its intersection with Fairview. Each reader is given five (5) minutes to share her work. The first twelve women to register at will be included.

The evening generally goes until 8:30 p.m. with an intermission after the first six readers. This gives everyone time to enjoy refreshments and mingle. Then, the second set of six will read.

Please click here to register or email If you find you've registered and cannot make it, please let us know. We'll be keeping a waiting list.


Literary and Visual Workshops
Coming soon:  In early 2016, we will have a dynamic duo of workshops in one day to get our pens and creativity moving again after the holidays. Marian Szczepanski will be leading a morning writing workshop and Judith Shamp will introduce us to the art of Zentangle in the afternoon. Watch the newsletter for an announcement of the day and time.

Interested in helping create workshops and other writing opportunities to inspire your sister writers? If so, please contact Maryann Gremillion and Sandi Stromberg, your literary co-chairs, at, and let them know. They are still looking for members to develop other writing opportunities for our community.

Mark your calendar for December 19 for a WiVLA Play-date at the Fresh Arts Studio at Winter Street from 12:30 to 4:00 to paint cards, write witty messages on cards and decorate gingerbread women. The WiVLA  Holiday Party follows at 4:30 - 7:00.

Sketchbook Meetings

Monday, September 7, 2015
Trini Mendenhall Community Center
1414 Wirt Road (NE corner of Wirt/Westview)
Spring Branch
6-8 pm
Saturday, September 12
Menil Art Museum
1533 Sul Ross St, Houston, TX 77006
Meet in the foyer
2-4 pm
Join us as we sit with each other on either or both of these days, sharing ideas and techniques.   Sometimes in quiet camaraderie, sometimes in wonderful conversation, we capture what we see and translate it onto our paper.  Bring a sketchbook and whatever kind of drawing tool you prefer – pencil, thin line marker, pen, graphite, etc.  Use what works for you. 
For the Monday evening meeting, bring an object or a photo to sketch.
For the Saturday on-location meeting at the Menil, possible subjects are the primitive art, the atrium, the Cabinet of Curiosities.  Feel free to split up and sketch what you wish, then meet-up at 4:00 for a sharing time.  There is a café across the street if anyone wishes to have some refreshments.

If you have any questions, contact Cori Austin

Going Steady:
Partners for Windows Collaboration

This is the list through August 31 for the Collaboration:

Josena Arquieta (artist) with Jane Mullholland (writer)
Zita Giraldo (artist) with Jane Mullholland (writer) 
Peggy Sexton (artist) with Diana Weeks (writer)
Judith Shamps (artist) with Lilibeth André (writer)

Email to add you and your partner to the list. You still have plenty of time to find that creative collaborator (see prospectus below).


Prospectus: Windows Collaboration
Click here to see the Prospectus for the September 2016 Windows Collaboration.

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 your fellow WiVLA members by sending to
  • Alicia Young’s latest book, Two Eggs, Two Kids: An Egg Donor’s account of friendship, infertility & secrets (2015, Parasol Press LLC) stayed on Amazon’s list of Hot New Releases for 28 days running! It also garnered the grand prize at the 2015 San Francisco Book Festival.
  • Ima Oduok's article -  "The Mental Health Community Needs To Care About Black Lives" - was published on the blog site Black Millennials.
  • Linda Ann Stelljes was published in the ultra short memoir anthology, Reflections, by Telling Our Stories Press which came out in August. The title of her ultra-short memoir is "Reaching for God with Feet in the Air." She joins members Harriet Riley and Maryann Gremillion in the publication.
  • Anita Nelson has a show called "The Other Side of the Spectrum" going up at Archway Gallery on September 5- October 1.  The opening reception is Saturday, September 12 from 5 to 8 pm.
  • Sandra Sherrod  has her new bronze sculptures of horses running on curving walnut bases featured at Circle 7 Fine Art in Steamboat Springs, Colorado. Sculpture is her new love.
  • June Russell has returned from her 3 month journey from Tokyo to London. She invites you to read her almost finished blog, including photographs. The site is:


Denise Bossart is teaching a two-day Miksang Contemplative Photography Level I Class at Katy Contemporary Art Museum,  September 19-20. Register here to reserve your spot.

Upcoming events at the Printing Museum include: Grandparents Day on Saturday, September 12th and a staged reading of "The Tryal of John Peter Zenger" by Michael E. Tigar on Saturday, September 17th, ZINEFEST on Saturday, October 17th and the13th Annual Houston Book Fair on Saturday, November 7th.

Visiting author Anjali Mitter Duva will be in Houston from Monday 9/21 to Saturday 9/26 while on tour with her debut historical novel. Set in 16th century India, FAINT PROMISE OF RAIN is the story of a young girl born into the tradition of Hindu temple dancers just at the start of Muslim (Mughal) rule. She will be signing books at River Oaks Bookstore and Rice University. See her website for more information.

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.
for more information and a map of the studio spaces.

The National League of American Pen Women, Inc., (NLAPW), founded in 1897 in Washington, D.C., is a nonprofit organization of women artists, writers, composers and choreographers. Treanor Baring is in the process of organizing a NLAPW branch, the Bayou City Branch in Houston. The next meeting is September 16 at Pronto Cucinino on Montrose at 6:00 pm. Contact: Treanor Baring at for more info! 

The Houston Writers Guild (HWG) will host its first Indiepalooza conference for independently published writers on September 26. The HWG board is actively looking for self-published presenters to speak on a wide range of topics: social media, business basics,  reviews, formatting, beta readers and copy editors, marketing/book events, and production timeline. They are also open to other suggestions. Prospective speakers should contact: 
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). 

~ Artadia: The Fund for Art and Dialogue is now accepting applications for the 2015 Houston Artadia Awards from all visual artists who have lived and worked throughout Harris County, TX for two years or more. Individual artists and collaboratives working in all visual media and at any stage in their career are strongly encouraged to apply. Artadia Awardees are selected through a two-tiered jury process that combines local expertise with outside perspective from leading curators and artists. A preliminary panel will evaluate all online submissions and select 10 finalists in late October. A second panel of curators will visit Houston in November to conduct studio visits with each finalist and select Awardees to receive unrestricted Artadia Awards between $5,000 and $20,000. The 2015 Houston Awardees will be announced in late November.
The Houston Artadia Awards are:
- Open to anyone living in Harris County
- Free of application fees and project outline requirements
- Merit-based
- Unrestricted
Apply If You:
- Have lived in Harris for 2 years or more
- Are not currently enrolled in an art-related degree program
- Would like to have your work seen by a panel of prominent curators
here for the submission link and more information.

~ 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!

~ GutfreundCornett Art is asking artists to share their voices in an art-based conversation about democracy and seeks art that address and interprets these broadly. The exhibition called "What's Right, What's Left: Democracy in America" will be at Phoenix Gallery in New York in January 2016. Submissions must be complete by September 18 and sent to

~ SouthWest Artists is initiating an annual national juried painting competition with cash awards of over $12,000 and a special award from the American Art Collector magazine.   Entries are being handled by You can also find more information, including the Prospectus for the competition, at

~ Juried Art Services has a digital jurying system. Click on the link above for more information. 

~ CAFE' for Artists! 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.

~ The Women’s Caucus for Art, hosted by AIR Gallery with juror Catherine Morris, Curator, Elizabeth Sackler Center announces a Call for Art: "Who’s Afraid of Feminism?" for September 2015. WCA is seeking art from cross-generational, self-identified women artists that address feminism with a contemporary spin through works that present a message about the women's experience to incite the viewer to question the social and political landscape and the need for gender equality – where feminism has been and where it is going. The theme may be broadly interpreted from a political, personal or formal context through a variety of media.
Questions? Email:


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).

The Hunger Mountain Creative Nonfiction Prize, offering $1,000 and publication for an essay. Deadline: September 10.

~ 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.     

~ 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

WiVLA Member Meeting
Tuesday, September 15 at 5:45 pm
"Attribution is Not Permission," Attorney and TALA member Erin Rodgers - an overview of intellectual property issues for artists/writers
Printing Museum

WiVLA Member Meeting
Tuesday, October 20 at 5:45 pm
Photographer Ann Stautberg presents her work
Printing Museum

WiVLA Member Meeting
November 17 at 5:45 pm
Writer Rene Palmer Armstrong
"History Lost, History Found"
Printing Museum

WiVLA Sketchbook Meetings
Monday, September 7
Trini Mendenhall Community Center
1414 Wirt Road (NE corner of Wirt/Westview)
Spring Branch
6-8 pm
Saturday, September 12
Menil Art Museum
1533 Sul Ross St, Houston, TX 77006
Meet in the foyer
2-4 pm

For more information, see WiVLA News section of this newsletter.

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.

Thursday, November 5
5 to 7 pm
Boheme Bar at Taft and Fairview

Saturday, December 19
Fresh Arts Studio at Winter Street
12:30 to 4 pm
followed by wine and cheese
from 4:30 to 7 pm

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 2015 Board of Directors

President - Jane Mulholland 

Vice President - Cori Austin  

Secretary - Alicia Young           

Treasurer - Josena Arquieta

Membership - Linda Ann Stelljes and Elizabeth Burnham

Communications and Social Media-  Mary Ramain

Programs - Zita Giraldo      

Newsletter - Harriet Riley  

Visual Arts - Peggy Sexton
and Jo Zider   


Literary Arts - Sandi Stromberg
and Maryann Gremillion   


At-Large-  Lillian Tharp 
and Theo Billings  

Historian - Rona Lesser 

Our mailing address is:
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P. O. Box 130406
Houston, TX  77219-0406


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