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
LETTER FROM THE
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!
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.
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.
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.
email me at firstname.lastname@example.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
LETTER FROM THE
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.
feel free to email announcements to me for the October
look forward to seeing everyone soon.
POSITIONS ARE OPENING UP FOR 2013
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 email@example.com to find out more about the
2013 board of directors.
GET GOING ON YOUR PIECES
FOR THE EARTH/ENERGY SHOW
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
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.
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?
let us know of your interest in making the Central Library
exhibition the best we have ever held by emailing firstname.lastname@example.org to volunteer and to give us
your ideas for the show.
ANNUAL WiVLA READING AT
ARCHWAY GALLERY COMING UP IN NOVEMBER
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
WHAT'S HAPPENING IN
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.
are so many people who make this exhibit at the Museum of
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
Journey," WiVLA's 2012 Juried Print and Photography
Michele A. Zacks
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
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,
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.
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
show WiVLA as a presence in the Houston arts
- Tuesday, September 18
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
AN EASY WAY TO
EARN MONEY FOR WiVLA
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.
up for Good Search / Good Shop - it's an easy way to earn
money for WiVLA and it's easy to sign up:
Go to www.goodsearch.com
Type in WiVLA at the prompt
Go to your favorite search location or a favorite store
That's all there is! You can search daily and WiVLA gets
credit, even more when you buy something from an affiliated
"LIKE" US ON FACEBOOK
you know WiVLA has a Facebook page? We do and
we want you to LIKE us!
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
find us on Facebook, click
here, then LIKE us and post a
greeting to all your WiVLA friends.
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
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
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.
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.
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
Fine Art Fair will be held
September 9 - 16, 2012 at the
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.
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.
you like to post an announcement? Send your email by the 20th
of the month to email@example.com or firstname.lastname@example.org
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 Entry:
Art Calls for Entries: http://fiberartcalls.blogspot.com/
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.
here for more
VAA Juried Member Exhibition by Catherine Anspon.
Call for Entry Deadline:
8, 2012. $40 for 1-3 entries. Info:
Annual Open Call Exhibition - Art Car
Museum. Topic 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.
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
Art Center Call for Exhibition
Proposals Deadline: September 15,
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
Sixth Awards Cycle 2012
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
Fine Art Fair: September 14 -16,
2012 at Reliant Center. Info: http://houstonfineartfair.com/
Contemporary Art Fair: October 18-21 at George R.
Shade Tree Galleryin Round Top, Texas is
accepting entries for their juried show, "The Art in Fiber 2013." Deadline:
2012. Click here for
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:
September 11, 6pm,
Aurora Picture Show. For more information on info
sessions or to RSVP for the webinar visit
Artist Residency: Chosenby
pool of artists nominated by a panel of independent art
professionals. Director: Eric Schnell
For More info: http://www.galvestonartistresidency.org
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
Alive and Well , a
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
available at www.artistsaliveandwell.com.
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.
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
Quarterly Journal seeks visual art. For
submission guidelines and more information, visit
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
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
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:
2012. See: www.artadia.org.
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,
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.
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
other application opportunities, see: http://www.juriedartservices.com/index.php?content=home_new
FOR ENTRIES - LITERARY
Inclusion in this list does not
indicate endorsement by WiVLA. We recommend you research each
contest, and contact the sponsor(s).
is accepting poetry, translation, review,
essay, and interview entries. Deadline: open. Click here for
Our Stories Press is seeking memoirs between
100-300 words for a memoir project. Deadline: rolling. Click
Loop Online is an online scriptwriting site.
Click here for
information about various scriptwriting
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
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.
Quarterly Journal seeks literary art, including
essays, fiction, poetry, reviews and interviews by women. For
submission guidelines and more information, visit their website.
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.
CALENDAR OF EVENTS
September 10 at 6 p.m.
September 18 at 6
of Printing History
a complete list of upcoming events, visit the WiVLA calendar online.
Lane Devereux (email@example.com)
Cookie Wells (firstname.lastname@example.org)
Cathy Lachin (email@example.com)
Pattie Berg (firstname.lastname@example.org)
Corry Austin (email@example.com)
Jennifer Watson (firstname.lastname@example.org)
Diane Door (email@example.com
Michele Zacks (firstname.lastname@example.org)
Leah Lax (email@example.com)
Pat Morgan (firstname.lastname@example.org) At
Piyali Dasgupta (email@example.com)