WiVLA's Mission: 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
program in August, Circle of Five, provided
an inspirational and energizing evening for a packed crowd
that included several new members and visitors. Thank you to
all the sharers and to the appreciators, too. September's
meeting promises to be exciting and stimulating too - a
hands-on, make-art experience with a recognized expert in the
field of experiential art.
1 is finally here and all the hard work the Visual Arts chairs
and their committee have done is paying off in a big way. We
will celebrate the Finding Balance exhibition
with an opening reception, literary readings, and good food.
Thank you to everyone involved in this ambitious event, from
all the artists and writers who entered their work to the
volunteers who made the event happen.
it is time to start thinking about the collaboration
show next spring, which means finding your
collaborator. (We will announce the show theme soon.) We
planned the Soirees to help you find a partner. If you have
not signed up yet, you need to hurry. Spots are filling up and
time is running out.
board elections will be in November this year
and positions will change in January. We have a strong and
supportive organization because of your participation.
Volunteering for a board position, or saying yes when asked,
is one of the best ways you can participate. Please do!
All the hard
work our WiVLA members and board members have put in the past
few months is coming to fruition - the "Finding Balance" show
will be this Thursday, September 1 at the Museum of Printing
History. How exciting!
I would also
like to thank all of the members who submitted work for
August's art prompt. I hope you all enjoy viewing other
members' work, and I look forward to seeing what fabulous
creations spring forth from September's prompt.
On a different
note, Cary Reeder will be stepping down from writing Good
Places to Write and Draw. I know I am not alone when I
say that I have enjoyed reading her funny and informative
column. If you would like to contribute a GPWD column to next
month's newsletter, please let me know.
to a creative and productive month!
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even easier to do. Put money into WiVLA's treasury when you
search the internet or buy things.
You keep meaning to do it, so just do
your good deed now. Go to www.goodsearch.com and follow the directions. Thanks to
those of you already participating!
MEETING - AUGUST 16________________________
meeting, members shared their work at the always-popular
Circle of Five meeting.
MEMBERSHIP MEETING - SEPTEMBER
Rodriguez, LPC-S, ATR-BC will make a hands-on presentation:
"Strength and Confidence Comes from Within." Ms.
Rodriguez is a psychotherapist and art therapist in private
practice and will make a hands-on presentation of how
powerful art is in facilitating personal growth and change.
Rodriguez has been profiled for her creativity and expertise
on ABC 13 Viva Houston, KHOU Channel 11, Fox News, Envy
Magazine, Houston Chronicle and many other publications.
your creativity and inner child and meet us in the Gallery
behind the auditorium. Our speaker has requested that
everyone bring their favorite art supplies. Bring sketch pads,
paper, glue sticks, crayons, markers, ribbon, beads, whatever
puts you in your "zone"! One exception - no
paint or water, please.
the meeting, we will go to Café Express on West Gray,
around the corner from the Museum of Printing History, for our
Dutch treat dinners and camaraderie. Please join us!
look forward to seeing all of you enjoy this evening of
BOARD MEMBER ELECTIONS ARE COMING IN
You are needed! We
are just two meetings away from board elections for 2012. This
reflects the adjustment WiVLA made to change its fiscal year
to the calendar year beginning January 2012. Serving on the
board helps WiVLA, but board members also benefit from the
opportunity to develop closer relationships with other
members. As someone said on the member survey, "Being an
officer is not to be missed!" Open positions will be announced
soon. Please volunteer for a position or say yes when the
nominating committee asks you. It is important.
submissions by the 20th of the month to
email@example.com. Members may submit up
to 5 entries. Submissions may only be for that
month's prompt. Visual art will need to be submitted in
digital format as a .jpeg image. Literary
art must be submitted in .doc format and can be no longer than
2 pages. This is not a contest -
all submissions will be published for everyone to
enjoy! To review the art prompt
guidelines, please click here.
Check out August's art
prompt submissions here!
not wait or you will miss your chance to share an evening of
conversation and camaraderie in an intimate setting. Some
Soirees have already filled up. Here is the current list with
all the pertinent information, including the locales. Bigger
groups will have more diversity; smaller groups will be more
intimate. You choose, but email your preferred hostess soon or
you may be disappointed.
9/2 hosted by Piyali Dasgupta at Winter Street
Studio, Houston 77007 is full.
September 7, from 7:00-9:00 PM, hosted by Lane
Devereux in the Cypress area 77429 for up to 12
guests. RSVP to firstname.lastname@example.org.
(Please note this has been changed from the
original date of September 8.)
9/11 from 6:00-8:00 PM, hosted by Diana Weeks in the
Montrose area 77006 for up to 6 guests. RSVP to email@example.com.
9/18 from 4:00-6:00 PM, hosted by Cookie Wells in
the Rice University area 77005 is
9/28 from 7:00-9:00 PM, hosted by June Russell in
the Memorial/ Briar Forest area 77079 for up to 20
guests. RSVP to firstname.lastname@example.org.
10/4 hosted by Jean Caslin & Diane Gregory in
the Heights area 77008 is full.
10/14 from 7:00-9:00 PM, hosted by Corry Austin in
the West Houston area 77077 for up to 8 guests.
RSVP to email@example.com.
10/21 from 7:00-9:00 PM, hosted by Cathy Lachin in
the Katy area 77450 for up to 12 guests. RSVP to firstname.lastname@example.org.
10/27 from 7:00-9:00 PM, hosted by Jane Mulholland
in the River Oaks area 77098 for up to 10 guests.
RSVP to email@example.com.
Stubbs has 2 images in the "Body Image" show at The
Arts Alliance Center at Clear Lake (TAACCL), located at 2000
NASA Parkway, Nassau Bay 77058. The show runs through
September 22nd. She will also exhibit "Flamenco Dancer" in the
National Society of Artists juried show opening Oct. 5 at The
Arts Alliance Center at Clear Lake. The reception will be from
6:30 - 8:30 p.m.
in Dimension and The Culinary Institute "Le Notre" presents a
contemporary art collection by Becky Soria at
the new Kris Bistro located at 7070 Allenby, Houston 77022.
There will be an opening on September 6th, 2011.
Mavromatis' Urban Story II is currently
being shown at the Center for Book Arts-New York exhibit
"The [Un]framed Photograph." In conjunction with
the show, Anna gave an Artist Talk at the CBA center on July
27. On September 3, Anna's paper structure "in the
wings" will be showcased at the Bodies of Text
III dance performance in Philadelphia's Clark Park.
Perry English, along with about 15 other artists,
enjoyed the opening reception of Island Art Gallery on NASA
Parkway on August 6. Lauran also juried in to the National
Society of Artists with one of her original creations,
Seashell Seascrolls---photo, poetry/prose, and mixed
media. The NSA exhibit will be at The Arts Alliance Center at
Clear Lake on October 6-27.
Sarver just completed a 72' x 8' mural for Ethel R.
Coop Elementary School, which now adorns a long wall in the
school cafeteria. She hopes the children enjoy gazing,
dreaming, laughing or maybe even puzzling over it as they eat
their tasty school lunches.
Worthington has two paintings in the 'Water Works'
exhibit at Buchanan Gallery in Galveston. The opening was
August 27 and the exhibition will be on view until October
Page will be signing her book, Circle
of Fire, at the World Burn Congress in Cincinnati, Ohio
on September 20-24.
O'Michael has been accepted into Houston
Baptist University's Master of Fine Arts degree program, a
terminal degree. In addition to her ongoing sculpture
shows and commissions, she now has a full class load. A
new adventure begins. She was also named Texas Executive
Women's "Woman of Excellence" for the Federation of
Houston Professional Women. Michelle will
be recognized at the Federation's Awards
Gala, "Black and White and Red All Over"
on September 17 at the Hyatt Regency
C. Cole had two prose poems published in Prose-Poem Summer 2011, 2:1.
SuzAnne's poem also won 1st prize in Binnacle's Ultra-Short
Contest. Other recent publications include the New
York Times travel blog, Flashlight Memories,
Generations of Poetry, Writeradvice.com, and Trees of
Heaven. She recently won 2nd and 3rd prize in the Abilene
Writers Guild June prose contest and 2nd prize in its May
K. Webb is currently directing a dramatic reading of
My Small Pistola, a musical which will be performed
at the Country Playhouse in Houston. Dianne was also chosen as
September's Artist of the Month by Vox
Culture in Houston. Dianne will also be featured in two
upcoming art shows: Second Saturdays and Parallel
Universes, both at Winter Street Studios on September
10 from 2-5 p.m., and September 17 at 5 p.m.
respectively. Winter Street Studios is located at 2101
Winter Street, Houston 77007.
"Trish" Barry Rumble wrote "Aesop's Funny Fables," a
completely bilingual English/Spanish play, which was produced
at MECA (a multi-cultural arts center for inner city children)
for 4 performances in July. It was performed by over 40
children in the summer arts program, who also helped make
their own costumes, paint the set, and create props.
news you'd like to share? Send an email by the 20th of the
WRITING GROUP UPDATE_________________________________
mark your writing calendars! The Monday night WIVLA Writing
Group will begin on September 12 from 6:00 pm to 8:00 pm. The
group will be held at the SOSA Community Center at 1414 Wirt
Road, Houston 77055. The phone number is 713-956-0881. There
are plenty of plugs for computers, but there is no WiFi.
Tuesday morning WIVLA Writing Group has been such a success
that it has been extended until October 4, 2011.
join your fellow WiVLA writers as we persistently show up to
put words on the page and put resistance and procrastination
off for another day.
questions or need encouragement? Please send me an email!
HAPPENING IN VISUAL ARTS___________________________
Balance," our first juried WIVLA Print and Photography
exhibition, opens Thursday, September 1 from 6-8:00 p.m. at
the Museum for Printing History. I want to thank everyone for
your participation as artists, volunteers, board members, and
attendees. A special thank you goes out to Nancy Michon for
her graphic design talent for the invitations and banner. It
couldn't have happened without all of you. What an outstanding
event to showcase the creativity of our membership. Forty-two
WIVLA artists submitted 69 pieces of art to be juried
by Christine West, the executive director of Lawndale Art
Center. Ms. West selected 49 pieces of art from 35 artists for
I want to
congratulate each of you who went through the process of
completing your artwork, converting them to .JPEGs and sending
in the prospectus on time. Whether your work was accepted or
not, you have learned the skills necessary to raise your level
of professionalism, gain visibility, add experience to your
resume and risk rejection. It takes courage, hard work, and
commitment, in addition to your talent, to succeed in the art
world. My tender "artist skin" has been toughened over the
years accepting that this is the business of art. It's great
to know I'm not alone, as I pursue the path with each of you.
Invite your friends, family, fellow artists and possible
collectors to meet you at the exhibition this month to
celebrate your success. Go out and enter another exhibition
while the iron is still hot!
BALANCE SHOW ____________________________________
PLACES TO WRITE AND DRAW______________________________
Drive, Phone: 713-284-1260
attempt at this column took me to Revival Market on Heights
Boulevard. This new market for locavores, foodies, and people
who watch Top Chef has lots of yummy gourmet foodstuffs and
outstanding iced coffee but lacks the proper atmosphere to
write and/or draw. I tried to gain inspiration from the
ricotti gnocchi, infused olive oils and artisinal breads to no
avail. With a tiny seating area, there just wasn't enough room
to breathe. Luckily I had a backup plan with the other new kid
in the neighborhood, Whole Foods or as some lovingly call it
Whole Foods location has been greatly anticipated by those of
us who were tired of braving the throngs at the Kirby location
while searching for our soy corn dogs. The first few weeks
were dicey and pretty crowded from what I hear, but it has now
calmed down and you can get a parking spot within a mile of
the store. Pretty soon though, you should have no problem
finding parking because the dreams of many Houstonians will
come true when Trader Joe's comes to town providing similar
offerings at a decidedly less handsome price.
Atmosphere: Lest you think I have lost my mind, I did
not plant myself in the produce section or near the seafood
counter for my writing session but rather in the large "break
room." Although it's just a big room with tables and chairs,
the atmosphere is wonderful. My guess is that is that it is
the huge windows letting in glorious natural light that make
it so special. There are lots of places to sit, free water to
drink, interesting people to look at, the din of many
simultaneous conversations, and an odd sense of camraderie.
There is also a very nice patio but the temperature was once
again over 100 so I didn't try it out. There were two or three
hardy souls out there. I bet they worked in freezing cold
offices and were trying to thaw out.
No matter what type of vice you have to help you write:
coffee, wine, chocolate, or spelt noodles, they have it here
so there is no excuse to leave. Also, you can gain a lot of
creative inspiration right in the store. If you're stuck on a
poem, just walk the aisles and you'll surely find something
that rhymes with Nantucket. If you're writing fiction, there
are plenty of interesting people around just waiting to be
shaped into characters for your book. For the artist, the
break room provides the perfect opportunity to practice
perspective drawing skills or for quick sketches of humans in
their natural habitat. If you want to avoid writing or
drawing, they have WIFI and a window to look out at the cars
whizzing by as well.
and Comestibles: As I mentioned, Whole Foods has a
whole range of foodstuffs from snacks to ready-to-eat meals.
They have a very nice looking Wine Bar to help you mellow out
and a full service coffee bar to help you wake up. I stopped
by for lunch and had a Sonoma Chicken Salad on Seeduction
Bread sandwich with a Peach Oolong Tea. Beware, writing and
drawing in the midst of so much yumminess could be dangerous
for the diet!
to Go: I have been to the new Whole Foods just a
couple of times during weekday afternoons and it has been calm
and pleasant. Anytime is a good time to go, although weekends
tend to be very busy. Stick to weekdays if you would like less
Verdict: While it doesn't have the charm of a coffee
house, my writing visit to Whole Foods Market was very
enjoyable. The good thing about Whole Foods is that you can
write and draw without attracting much attention, especially
when the baby in the high chair next to you already has
several tattoos.You can feel free to be your artistic and
writerly self. I recommend the Whole Foods Market on Waugh as
a good place to write and
FOR ENTRIES - LITERARY ART____________________________
in this list does not indicate endorsement by WiVLA. We
recommend you research each contest, and contact the
Writing Contest (Writers' League of Texas) is accepting
submissions. Deadline is
September 15. First place will receive $500 and
publication on the Writers' League website and blog.
Download the guidelines
and entry form.
Magazine sponsors monthly contests for essays, short
stories, poetry, articles, essays and more. Deadline: open.
For more information, visit Byline
Weekly accepts submissions via email, reads year
round, and responds to submissions within 30 days. For more
details, please visit Fiction
Poetry Society Monthly Contest sponsors two
regular monthly contests from October through April, in the
categories of General and Light Verse. Deadlines are monthly,
September through March. For more information, click here.
is a monthly writing contest that seeks new short fiction to
be selected by rotating guest judges. Deadline: monthly. Small
fee to enter, cash prizes and publication every month, plus
annual anthology. For more information, click here .
& Writers is a great source for writing
contests. Check out Poets & Writers contests listings here.
Letters Magazine seeks fiction, essays, or poetry
regardless of subject, style, or genre. A rough
average length for prose is 3,000 to 5,000 words. Submissions
accepted after October 1. For complete guidelines, click
2012 BlueCat Feature Competition Awards is accepting
entries. Every submitted screenplay is read
entirely by two readers who provide written analyses to the
author. Grand Prize: $10,000. Deadline: October 15th. For more
information, click here.
Writers Block International Writing Competition is
accepting submissions of short and feature length scripts and
manuscripts of all genres for the 2011
competition. Deadline: October 29.
For more information, click here.
Theatre is seeking original theatrical pieces for its
February 2012 show, Vox Feminina. Submissions can be
monologues, duet scenes, one acts - anything and everything
that celebrates the feminine spirit. Deadline: October 15. For
more information, click here.
FOR ENTRIES - VISUAL ART______________________________
in this list does not indicate endorsement by WiVLA. We
recommend you research each contest, and contact the
Websites for artist exhibition Calls for
Chamber of Commerce is looking for artists to
display their work in the Chamber offices. If you're
interested, call Samantha Foley at (281)485-3634.
2012 Materials Hard & Soft, National Contemporary Craft
Competition and Exhibition in Denton, Texas is
accepting entries. The deadline is September 9. The exhibit
will be held February 3-March 30, 2012. For more information,
visit www.dentonarts.com. The prospectus can
be found here.
Arts Alliance 29th Juried Membership Exhibition at
the Continental Center 1 opening November 11. Deadline for
entries is Friday, September 30. For information to join and
enter, visit the Visual
Hands Gallery is accepting entries for
"Interwoven III," a juried exhibition that will be held
October 22-30 in conjunction with the International Quilt Show
in Houston. All areas of fiber art are eligible. Deadline is
September 15. For full details, visit their website.
2012 is accepting entries through October 31.
The Outside/ Inside the Box Exhibition, held March/April 2012,
will showcase fiber/textile art. The online application can be
For more information, click here.
Quarterly Journal seeks essays, fiction,
poetry, visual art, reviews and interviews by women. For
submission guidelines and more information, visit their website.
seeks poetry, prose, and artwork submissions for both its
Spring 2012 and Fall 2012 issues. The Fall 2012 issue's theme
is "Living on the Edge." The Spring 2012 issue does not have a
theme. Reading period is August 1-November 15. For more
information, click here.
Arts at Texas Tech University School of Art is
accepting entries for "Beyond Printmaking III:
2012 National Juried Exhibition," which will be
held February 3 - March 4,
2012. Deadline: November 4. It is
open to professional artists living in the U.S. who are
18+ years old. Click here for
Gallery at Rosedale in Austin, Texas is accepting
photography entries for "Extraordinary Exposure,"
which will be held February 9 - April 7,
2012. Deadline: January 3.
This is open to all photographers, both amateur
and professional. Click here for
Art Prize is accepting entries. Deadline: November
30. For more info, click here.
Gremillion is facilitating a workshop in
collaboration with TrueYou Creativity Studio on Saturday,
September 24 from 9:30 AM - 1 PM. This workshop is an
exploration for women on how writing and art stimulate the
creative process. For information and registration, visit TrueYou
Tencer invites you to her Solo Art Show and 60th
birthday party on September 9 from 6-9 pm. The event will be
held at JoMar Visions Gallery at the Hardy Nance Studios,
located at 902 Hardy St.
Bell is offering one-day workshops, with all supplies
provided, to help stretch your creative limits. Visit
her website for the class schedule.
Stubbs is looking for a visual artist to share her
studio at Winter Street Studios, located at 2101 Winter
Street, Houston 77007. The annual lease begins November
1. Studio is 395 sq. ft.; AC/heat; access 24 hours; monthly
open house; other events. Please email Sally directly for detailed
email Anne Rita Taylor if
you have art studio space available in west
Tennyson Paxton is offering fall group guitar classes
through Spring Branch ISD. Two separate classes (beginning and
intermediate) will start Monday, September 12th. Click here
to access the registration page. For any questions, contact
Suzanna at 713-702-4834 or via email.
Institute for Natural Growth and Development is opening a
Tomball satellite office, and is offering a wall space to one
WiVLA member per month to display a visual piece with contact
information beginning in November. Contact Suzanna
Tennyson Paxton for information at 713-702-4834 or
Cortez, our November speaker, is currently offering
Prose Writer's Look at Writing Poetry
6:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m.
20, 27, Oct. 4, 11, 18, 25 (six classes)
Words, Best Order
6:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m.
12, 19, 26, Oct. 3, 10, 17 (six classes)
We There Yet?: Creating the Complex Memoir Essay
6:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m.
8, 15, 22, 29, Oct. 6, 13
further information or to register, please email Sarah Cortez.
you like to post an announcement? Send your email by the 20th
of the month to firstname.lastname@example.org.
WiVLA CALENDAR OF
1, 6-8 p.m.
Balance Opening Reception
12, 6 p.m.
Oak Meeting House
20, 6 p.m.
of Printing History, 1324 West Clay (Map)
22, 5-10 p.m.
Cocktails fun-draiser at Boheme Cafe and
Fairview at Taft
a complete list of upcoming events, visit the
WiVLA calendar online.
September 2, 5:30
Soiree hosted by Piyali Dasgupta
September 7, 7:00
Soiree hosted by Lane Devereux
September 11, 6:00 p.m.
hosted by Diana Weeks 77006
18, 4:00 p.m.
hosted by Cookie Wells 77005
28, 7:00 p.m.
hosted by June Russell 77079
4, 7:00 p.m.
hosted by Jean Caslin & Diane Gregory 77008
14, 7:00 p.m.
hosted by Corry Austin 77077
21, 7:00 p.m.
hosted by Cathy Lachin 77450
27, 7:00 p.m.
hosted by Jane Mulholland 77098