September 2012


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 invention.

In this Issue
Letter From the Editor
Board Positions, Earth/Energy Show, and Archway Readings
Visual Arts Happenings
September's Meeting
GoodSearch Helps WiVLA; LIKE us on Facebook
Call for Entries - Visual Arts
Call for Entries - Literary Arts
Calendar of Events

LETTER FROM THE PRESIDENT_______________________________



Dear Friends,


By the time you read this, the opening of A Heroine's Journey, WiVLA's 2012 print and photography show at the Museum of Printing History, will be over. That does not mean the show is over, though. If you could not get to the opening, stop by and see the show before it comes down on October 6. Our juror, Sara Kellner, did a terrific job selecting just the right work to make this a must-see exhibition. The Museum is free to visit and quite interesting in its own right, so no excuses - see this show!


The next big things on WiVLA's agenda are the November elections for the 2013 board of directors and the exhibition in March and April 2013 at the Houston Public Library - Central Library Gallery.


WiVLA needs thoughtful, creative members on its board. That describes our membership very well, so we should not have any trouble assembling a good roster of candidates to fill open slots. Have you considered contributing to WiVLA as a board member? Do you know someone who you think would make a great chair of a WiVLA activity? Now is the time to let us know about yourself or someone else. It makes the nominating committee's work so much easier when people step forward.


Likewise, we are now putting together a committee to plan our Earth/Energy: Through Women's Eyes exhibition in the spring. This will involve visual artists and writers, so it is a great opportunity to make an impact and see your ideas come alive.


Please email me at info@wivla.org to let me know about your interest in a position on the board of directors or a spot on the planning committee for E/E. Or both - we will have a visual co-chair spot available on the 2013 board of directors.


Warm regards,



LETTER FROM THE EDITOR_____________________________________


Greetings all!


I hope everyone enjoyed the Circle of Five at our August meeting as much as I did. It was such a treat to meet and speak with other WIVLA members.

Please feel free to email announcements to me for the October newsletter.

I look forward to seeing everyone soon.





By Lane Devereux


Serving on WiVLA's board of directors has been a wonderful experience for me. So much so, I have done it more than once. Satisfaction comes from helping WiVLA accomplish its mission, from getting to know other WiVLA members better, and from being part of a vital organization. We meet for an hour or two hours once a month on the second Monday (most months) at the Sosa Community Center on Wirt Road at Westview. This is a convenient location between highways I-10, 610, and 290. Many board members go out to dinner together afterwards, resulting in lots of laughter and creative conversations. Can you see yourself as part of this group of focused, talented women? I hope so. Please contact me at info@wivla.org to find out more about the 2013 board of directors.




WiVLA members will be exhibiting their work at the Houston Public Library - Central Library in March and April 2013 in conjunction with the National Council on Education for the Ceramic Arts annual conference in

Houston. The theme for our show, Earth/Energy: Through Women's Eyes, responds to the conference's theme Earth/Energy. Artists may submit ceramics or ceramic-inspired paintings, photographs, and mixed media pieces for this important exhibition. Writers may submit work for a related literary reading planned for this exhibition.


WiVLA will get wide exposure through this exhibition and associated reading. It is our chance to "infuse the community with our spirit of cooperation and invention." Let us do this right by getting started soon. We will need volunteers to prepare the prospectus, coordinate the exhibition and reading, and put on the reception. Will you help?


Please let us know of your interest in making the Central Library exhibition the best we have ever held by emailing visual@wivla.org to volunteer and to give us your ideas for the show.




Writers, get ready for an opportunity to share your work at the Archway Gallery November readings. The gallery's readings are very popular and WiVLA is fortunate to have been invited to present the November program for several years now. This year the theme is open and readings must be no longer than 5 minutes. More details on the program will be available in the October newsletter.



By Donna Durbin


Congratulations to everyone for the incredible exhibition, A Heroine's Journey, our WiVLA membership Print and Photography Exhibition at the Museum of Printing History. Our opening was August 30, so by the time you receive the newsletter we've celebrated our creativity with all who participated and attended. The show continues through October 6, so please continue to invite your friends and prospective clients to visit the show.


There are so many people who make this exhibit at the Museum of Printing History

possible. To Amanda Stevenson and Charles Criner at the Museum, I thank you for all you do to make WiVLA's exhibitions look great. Thanks to all of our wonderful board members and volunteers who checked the art in and out, assisted the juror, made phone calls, promoted the show with emails and postcards, provided for the reception, and all the various tasks involved. Special thanks go to Nancy Michon again for the graphic design, Jennifer Watson for coordinating the postcards, banner, and her spectacular publicity on the web and around town. Laura Pena was great to jump in and coordinate the reception. Thanks to Jennifer Watson, working along with Kristine Brashears and Michele Zacks for testing and setting up Formsite for our online entries. Michele organized the data into the Excel file and Lane Devereux tutored me through the program to finalize the print out sheets with all the details. Janice Smith is our official exhibition photographer, so watch for your photos. The names go on....I'm grateful to each of you contributing your time, energy, enthusiasm, and creativity. WiVLA cannot be WiVLA without you. Thank you, Donna Durbin


A Heroine's Journey," WiVLA's 2012 Juried Print and Photography Show

By Michele A. Zacks


On August 30th, A Heroine's Journey, WiVLA's 2012 Juried Print and Photography Show, opened at the Museum of Printing History. If you missed the opening reception, don't miss the show! Members' artwork will be on display until October 6, 2012. Those of us who assisted with the artwork check-in noted the striking diversity of media, themes, and styles of this year's submissions. Stay tuned for reports from members in the October newsletter.


Earth/Energy: Through Women's Eyes: Meanwhile we're busy making plans for the next WiVLA member's exhibition, which is to be held in March and April of 2013 in conjunction with the Annual Conference of the National Council on Education for the Ceramic Arts in Houston. WiVLA was fortunate to secure an exciting new downtown venue, the Houston Public Library - Central Library, thanks to Lane's efforts. The theme for this WiVLA show was chosen in tandem with the conference theme, Earth/Energy.


About NCECA: The 47th Annual NCECA Conference will be held March 20-23, 2013 at the George R. Brown (GRB) Convention Center. Details and Information about the 2013 Conference Program will be made available in autumn 2012 on NCECA's website. This conference is an annual event that brings nationally and internationally renowned clay artists, gallery and museum curators, and an array of NCECA members to the host city in droves. The conference itself will feature technical demonstrations, in-progress art installations (Project Art Space), and lectures on a wide range of ceramic art, exhibition, and education topics.


Special exhibitions of local, national and international artists will be held in GRB conference center and at other affiliated venues (Crafts National, Student Show, etc.). The conference also invariably converts the entire region into city-wide and often state-wide exhibition space featuring clay, sculpture, and other related media (Concurrent Independent Exhibitions). Catch a tour bus and join in! Most exciting, the conference concludes with a closing lecture by a ceramic art legend and presentations by the Emerging Artist awardees. This conference never disappoints in heightening the host city residents' appreciation for the diversity and professionalism of regional artists!


Let's show WiVLA as a presence in the Houston arts community.




MEMBERSHIP MEETING - Tuesday, September 18     


Please join us on September 18, 2012 for Marian Szczepanski's presentation: Fabrication from Facts: historical research as a springboard into story-telling. The past is packed with treasures just waiting to be discovered, repackaged, and transformed into compelling stories-but the best gems aren't found on Wikipedia. Join WiVLA member Marian Szczepanski as she describes her seven-year journey back in time to research her forthcoming novel, Playing St. Barbara, set in a Pennsylvania coal town between the World Wars. She'll describe how research informed her creative process, where she found information, and what she learned about herself as a writer while moonlighting as a historian. Q&A will follow. After our intriguing presentation, please join us "Dutch Treat" at Cafe Express for the gift of gab and visit with our presenter.




By Lane Devereux


It is easy to overlook this little blurb when you see it every month. If you still have not used Good Search in your Internet searches, please consider starting now. Good Search puts money in WiVLA's pocket every year. We have already earned three times as much in 2012 as we did in 2011, but it could still be much more if YOU would participate, too. Thank you to everyone who is helping.


Sign up for Good Search / Good Shop - it's an easy way to earn money for WiVLA and it's easy to sign up: 


1. Go to www.goodsearch.com

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Did you know WiVLA has a Facebook page? We do and we want you to LIKE us!  


This Facebook page is an excellent tool for communicating informally among members. Do you have a show coming up? Post it on our page. Are you teaching a workshop or selling equipment? Post it on our page. Do you have a new brag to share? Post it on WiVLA's Facebook page.  


To find us on Facebookclick here, then LIKE us and post a greeting to all your WiVLA friends.









Looking to rent an art studio space? Call Vikki Trammel with ArtSpace at 713-652-4984. She is handling the leasing for a space located between Main and Fannin on the north side of Sears, above the barber school.


Rona Lesser will be showing her work next Friday night at Heights Art studio and gallery located at 214 East 27, just off Yale.  The show opens 5:30 -11:00 p.m. She also has 5 works at St. Luke's Methodist Church from 8/28-10/1.  To view her art work, click here.  


Karen Smith's Joe Goodbuddy canvases and greeting cards are now being sold at One Green Street, located at 5160 Buffalo Speedway at the corner of Westpark and Buffalo Speedway in the Kroger shopping center. Check out their eco-friendly products like jewelry, lotions, seat belt handbags, and much, much more.


Sandy Wells has 2 rooms at the Tremont House in Galvestonin which she curates art shows that last one evening. They have two storefront-type rooms where she will have one or many artists show their work on the day of a Galveston Art Walk. There is no commission charged on sales, but the artist must deal with any purchases herself. For more information, contact Sandy at 407-771-7215 or via email.   


Art Opportunities Monthly Professional (AOM) is offering a free, no-obligation, 3-month subscription for those not yet familiar with it. To find out more and sign up, visit their website.  


Houston Fine Art Fair will be held September 9 - 16, 2012 at the ReliantCenter.  It provides the unique opportunity for art fair attendees not only from Houston, but also from out of town, to become better acquainted with Houston's burgeoning art scene. During the week of the fair, various cultural institutions will offer a wide selection of events and exhibitions to make this a citywide event.  


Ann Bell teaches one-day Mixed Media and Creative Collage classes in her Midtown Houston studio. To get all the details and to register, click here or call Ann at 281-330-3827 


Would you like to post an announcement? Send your email by the 20th of the month to newsletter@wivla.org or dianedoor@gmail.com



Inclusion in this list does not indicate endorsement by WiVLA. We recommend you research each contest, and contact the sponsor(s). 


General Websites for artist exhibition Calls for Entry:








Fiber Art Calls for Entries: http://fiberartcalls.blogspot.com/ 


Greater Denton Art Council in Denton, TX is soliciting entries for the 2013 Materials: Hard & Soft, National Contemporary Craft Competition and Exhibition. Entry fee: $30. Eligible Media: clay, fiber, glass, metal, paper, wood, or any combination of craft media. Submission Deadline: September 7, 2012.

Click here for more information. 


30th VAA Juried Member Exhibition by Catherine Anspon. Call for Entry Deadline:

September 8, 2012. $40 for 1-3 entries. Info: http://www.VisualArtsAlliance.org  


8th Annual Open Call Exhibition - Art Car MuseumTopic is GOD.  Artwork accepted on Saturday 9/8/2012 11am - 6 pm.  Rules:  1 piece per artist.  No diptychs, triptychs, etc. Space is limited to 1st 125 artists.  Max. Size is 4'x4'.  Artwork must be ready to hang or place.  If the artwork needs a pedestal, you must bring one with you.  No work accepted after 9/8 6 pm.  140 Heights Blvd. Houston 77007.  713.861.5526.


Call For Entry: September 1 -October 31, 2012 - Assistance League of Houston celebrates Texas Art 2013, juried, cash awards, Opening January 17, 2013. All entries must be submitted through CaFe: http://www.callforentry.org 


Lawndale Art Center Call for Exhibition Proposals Deadline: September 15, 2012

Applications reviewed twice annually. Seeking exhibition proposals to be scheduled between May and November 2013. Proposals for murals for the north exterior wall for Spring 2013 will also be reviewed for the September 15, 2012 proposal deadline.  http://lawndaleartcenter.org


Artadia Sixth Awards Cycle 2012 Houston Deadline: September 24, 2012  

The Fund for Art and Dialogue is accepting applications from all visual artists in Harris County, TX. Awardees will be selected in the fall of 2012 through Artadia's two-tiered jury process. For more info: http://www.artadia.org


Houston Fine Art Fair: September 14 -16, 2012 at Reliant Center. Info: http://houstonfineartfair.com/ 


Texas Contemporary Art Fair: October 18-21 at George R. Brown Convention

Center. Info: http://txcontemporary.com/texas 


Copper Shade Tree Galleryin Round Top, Texas is accepting entries for their juried show, "The Art in Fiber 2013." Deadline: Sunday, October 13, 2012. Click here for more information.   


The Idea Fund grants $4,000 awards for 10 Texas-based, artist-generated, innovative projects based on new workinvolving the public via process, production, or presentation. Application deadline: October 19.  Attend an information program: Houston:  Tuesday, September 11, 6pm, Aurora Picture Show. For more information on info sessions or to RSVP for the webinar visit



Galveston Artist Residency: Chosenby pool of artists nominated by a panel of independent art professionals. Director: Eric Schnell   For More info: http://www.galvestonartistresidency.org 


The Jewish Woman's Art Network, a caucus within the National WCA announces a juried exhibit in N.Y.C. open to all women artists February 1-16, 2013.  The theme is Diaspora, and information can be found at www.nationalwca.org  or http://www.entrythingy.com/www.nationalwca.org#d. There are several other opportunities listed at these sites also. 


Artists Alive and Well , a Houstonorganization, provides numerous opportunities for members to exhibit in both juried and non-juried shows.  Coming up is a Black and White show at Hungry's Cafe in the Village and a Small Piece exhibit at a Galvestongallery in November. Plans are underway for a juried show open to members and non-members for January at 1600 Smith St.  Information available at www.artistsaliveandwell.com.


Awesome Houston Foundation. Monthly grants of $1,000. For more information, contact Allison Skidmore or click here. Any idea is fair game, profit or non-profit; just has to be awesome. The group votes on ideas monthly and awards the grant.


The Lone Star Art Guild is a non-profit organization started in Brenham, Texas in 1961. Visit their website to find more information about contests and art leagues that are within a 200-mile radius of Houston.


Womenarts Quarterly Journal seeks visual art. For submission guidelines and more information, visit their website.   


The Fort Worth Community Arts Center is seeking exhibition proposals from individual artists and curators in Texas, New Mexico, Oklahoma, Arkansas, and Louisiana for all art forms, including new media, for its 2013-14 seasons. Proposals and images are reviewed on a biannual basis:  June & December. Fee: $20. Click here for more information.


New Contemporary Gallery. Submissions: Avis Frank welcomes submissions from artists and curators. We require that you submit a single e-mail, which includes all files and links. In addition to work samples, please submit an artist resume and biography. http://www.avisfrank.com 


Artadia Awards 2012: Artadia: The Fund for Art and Dialogue is now accepting applications from all visual artists living and working in Houston, TX (HarrisCounty). Individual artists and collaboratives working in all media and at any point in their career are eligible. Deadline: September 24, 2012See: www.artadia.org. 


NCECA 2013 Projects Space: Earth/Energy: NCECA seeks applications for artists to create installations within an assigned a space (approximately 10' x 20') in the George R. Brown Convention Center during the week of the 2013 NCECA Conference in Houston. Eligible projects are those designed using the concept of 'Earth/Energy' and using the medium of clay as a central focus, and also with materials, processes, and audience in unique and unconventional ways. Deadline: October 1, 2012. 

See: http://www.nceca.net/static/projectspace_2013.php 


NCECA's 2013 Emerging Artists: Applications are being accepted from artists working with ceramic materials/processes as a significant component of their work. Applicants may not be students and must have NCECA membership at the time of application. Awardees will exhibit and give a slide presentation at the NCECA 47th Annual Conference in Houston. Deadline: October 1, 2012. 

See: http://nceca.net/static/exhibitions_emerging_info.php  


NCECA's 2013 National Student Juried Exhibition (NSJE): Applications are being accepted for a juried exhibition to be held in conjunction with the NCECA Houston conference and will be hosted by The Glassell School of Art. All works must be primarily ceramic. The NSJE is open to full-time undergraduate, graduate and post-baccalaureate students enrolled in the U.S. Deadline: September 20, 2012. See: http://www.juriedartservices.com/index.phpcontent=event_info&event_id=507  

For other application opportunities, see: http://www.juriedartservices.com/index.php?content=home_new  




Inclusion in this list does not indicate endorsement by WiVLA. We recommend you research each contest, and contact the sponsor(s).   


Rattle is accepting poetry, translation, review, essay, and interview entries. Deadline: open. Click here for more information.


Telling Our Stories Press is seeking memoirs between 100-300 words for a memoir project. Deadline: rolling. Click here for more information.  


The Loop Online is an online scriptwriting site. Click here for information about various scriptwriting opportunities.


ByLine Magazine sponsors monthly contests for essays, short stories, poetry, articles, essays, and more. Deadline: open. For more information, visit Byline Magazine.


Fiction Weekly accepts submissions via email, reads year round, and responds to submissions within 30 days. For more details, please visit Fiction Weekly 


Scratchis 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.


Poets & Writers is a great source for writing contests. Check out Poets & Writers contests listings here.


Womenarts Quarterly Journal seeks literary art, including essays, fiction, poetry, reviews and interviews by women. For submission guidelines and more information, visit their website.


Creative Print Publishing offers a genuine, no fee book competition that stretches over 12 months. Each month a different genre; each month a winner. Winners are offered a contract, paid royalties, and receive full promotion and marketing strategies. Get full details of rules, genres and how to submit on their website.  






Monday, September 10 at 6 p.m.

WiVLA Board meeting  

Sosa Community Center

1414 Wirt Road

Houston, TX77055 


Tuesday, September 18 at 6 p.m.   

WiVLA Member meeting

Museum of Printing History

1324 West Clay  (Map)    



For a complete list of upcoming events, visit the WiVLA calendar online.



President                   Lane Devereux (wivla.lanedev@yahoo.com)  

Vice President            Cookie Wells (wadsworth@sbcglobal.net)  

Secretary                   Cathy Lachin (cplachin@yahoo.com)  

Treasurer                   Pattie Berg (jewelry@sapamojo.com)  

Membership               Corry Austin (corry@sbcglobal.net)  

Communications         Jennifer Watson (jwatson7_77346@yahoo.com)  

Programs                   Rebecca Kveton (gigglesrk@aol.com)  

Newsletter                 Diane Door (dianedoor@gmail.com

Visual Arts                 Donna Durbin (donna@donnadurbin.com)  

                                 Michele Zacks (mazacks@hotmail.com)  

Literary Arts               Leah Lax (leahlax@sbcglobal.net)  

                                 Pat Morgan (angeltrack@aol.com)  

At Large                     Piyali Dasgupta (piyalidasgupta@hotmail.com)

                                 June Russell (jrrbug281@aol.com)  

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