September   2013

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
From the Editor
Board Bites - July 8 - WiVLA Board Meeting
August Program information
Poet's & Prose Cafe Table
Announcements and Upcoming Events
Calendar of Events

Regards in the throws of the Texas summer.
My Summer reading for this month is brightly written by Roberta Ness.
Her book, Genius Unmasked gives insight on creativity.
She tells of a cognitive toolbox of basic strategies, tools to improve creative abilities.
It is a provocative well written study offering food for thought for anyone 
who aspires to be more creative.

"Be with those who help your well being." (Rumi)
The Circle of Five continues to motivate.
It garners the most positive of effects.
Our open dialogue within our groups of five gave a great sense of creative grounding,
and the learning of others.

We asked four interesting questions to our participants within these groups.
1. Why did you join WIVLA?
2.What would you like to see WIVLA do more of?
3.Is there anything you would like WIVLA to do less of?
4.What would you be willing to do to get more involved in WIVLA?
The responses to these questions were very beneficial in projecting
our organization forward. How would you answer?

Let me close by stating:
"The way to get started is to quit talking and begin doing." (Walt Disney)
Our second exhibition is close at hand. 
Please become a part of our collective voice.

On to September,
Your president,



Cathy Nieman Head Shot    


 FROM THE EDITOR_____________________________________
Dear Members, 
It's crunch time!  Not only do we have the September show coming up but there is also end of year business to attend to. and things to accomplish.  WiVLA  is a dynamic group of women with endless possiblities and the ability to come together and accomplish great things.  As we look to 2014 we, as women, need to step out of our comfort zones and volunteeer for committess and leadership roles in order to progress, make a future and bring a more exciting tempo to our organization. 
We should  not be satisfied to just  stay the course or stay the same. After all, we are artist's of various calibers and we must  look to our history in order to conquer our future!
We need your  help - volunteer and particpate!
We are seeking a volunteer to take over the position of  Newsletter Editor. This will start in January 2014.  The time commitment is minimal - approx 2-3 hours a month.  The Board does ask that the editor attend the monthly board meetings.  All submissions for the newsletter are sent through the WiVLA website and forwarded to your email address.  Some knowledge of editing is beneficial.   For more information please contact Cathy Nieman.   This is a wonderful way to participate in WiVLA.
Deadline: October 1.

Board Bites - September WiVLA Board Meeting


The Book Gallery Show: Freeing the Word in Small Spaces:

Intake is Sat. the 14 from 9-12.

Orna Feinstein will curate from images of the entries. 


20th Anniversary Celebration

Discussion was held on preliminary plans and details for the celebration.

 November Archway Reading

Discussion was held and tentative plans are being looked into - more details to follow.



 September Program information
Meeting -   
                                                     Joyce Collins-Artist
Refreshments Needed for September Show !

WiVLA members, you'll be happy to know that plans for our upcoming show at the Museum of Printing History, "Freeing the Word in Small Spaces", are progressing well.
 Now it's time to call on you to help us host another fabulous reception, replete with the tantalizing tastes that have become a tradition at WiVLA events. 
 Our opening is on Thursday, September 19, at 6:00 p.m.  If you would like to contribute finger food or wine (or perhaps even volunteer to set up, serve, or clean up), please e-mail Cathy Lachin at
 Don't miss this opportunity to help make this another WiVLA show to remember!   
  Women's Institute of Houston Presents

The Creative Work of Art: The Emergence of Modern Art
This course continues the ongoing series of lectures "Astonishing Art Through the Ages" in a revised, refined and expanded version.  These lectures serve as an examination of works of art that are unprecedented and highly original in an attempt to understand how each work originated and what the artist was "thinking" in the process of creation. Furthermore, these lectures, as a whole, constitute a philosophical attempt at articulating the nature of originality in the arts.
Modern art erupted in the European continent during the 19th century with the astonishing pictorial productions of artists such as Gustave Courbet, Edouard Manet, Edgar Degas, Claude Monet, August Renoir,  Georges  Seurat, and  Paul Gauguin.  We will examine the marvelous works produced by these artists in the first half of the course.  We will, however, dedicate the six final lectures to a comprehensive and in-depth examination of the life and work of the highly creative artist Vincent van Gogh.

Poet's  & Prose Cafe Table


By Diane Door


I scream from the rooftop yet nobody hears me

and I wonder if my mouth is moving is nothing coming out?

Our world is in decline and folding in on itself. People are crying out for help, for love, and mostly for understanding ...

Most just look at their phones and pass it by


I heard the story of a homeless man who helped a police officer being attacked. He rescued the officer. And he knew he would do it again if he had to. He said he didn't mind being homeless as long as he wasn't hopeless.  And that made tears come to my eyes.  The man he was telling this story to choked when he tried to tell of his own past and how he had lived in his car for three years until friends helped him get back on his feet. He agreed that you can never be hopeless no matter what your situation.


So I cry from under my bed. Tears of fear for the unknowns in my life and tears of regret for a past I will never get back.  And no one hears.  Noone has to hear.  Because I know what it is like to be rejected whether it is for a job or from  a sibling.  I know what it is like to spend time with a precious child and hold her hand when she does not feel well.

But no matter what comes I am amazed because I am not hopeless.  




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Maryann Gremillion's essay, "The Robe" will appear in the winter edition of Teachers & Writers magazine. For more information about Maryann and her writing work, go to www.writetruly.com
 Rona Lessor will  have four paintings at the Artists Alive and Well show at Phoenix Tower 9th floor lobby which is at 59 and Buffalo speedway.  We are having a closing reception on Fri. Aug. 16 from 4-6p.m.  view my art work at http//www.ronalesser.com     
 Would you like to post an announcement? Send your email

by the 20th of the month to newsletter@wivla.org.



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







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


If you wish somebody would keep you up to date on the latest publishing and contest opportunities, the Yahoo Group CRWROPPS-B, edited and updated daily by poet Alison Joseph, is a must-see. You don't have to do a thing but go there. No signing in, discussions, donations, or anything: Just postings with the info you want about first-book contests, poetry contests, fiction contests, online magazines seeking writers for theme issues, residencies, creative-writing jobs, and grants. Most of the time with direct links to the source so you can obtain complete information. 

You can subscribe to the postings or you can just bookmark it and go there when you feel the need. I visit about once per week. Here's the URL: http://groups.yahoo.com/group/CRWROPPS-B/.      (written by Catherine Rankovic)



Monday, September 9 at 6 p.m.

WiVLA Board meeting  

Sosa Community Center

1414 Wirt Road

Houston, TX77055 


Tuesday,September 17, at 6p.m.

 Joyce Collins- Artist

Museum of Printing History

1324 West Clay


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

WiVLA 2013 Board of Directors


President                     Cathy Nieman           (wivla.cathyniem@yahoo.com)

Vice President           Jane Mulholland   mulholland.jane@gmail.com

  Secretary                    Rona Lesser                   (ronales@wt.net)


Treasurer                    Pattie Berg                    (jewelry@sapamojo.com)

Membership              Cori Austin                     (artjournal50@gmail.com)


Programs                    Laura Pena                    (iselapena@hotmail.com)

Newsletter                  Diane Door                     (newslettereditor@wivla.org)

Visual Arts                 

Literary Arts               Mary Baker                       (literary@wivla.org)  


                 Sandy Wells                   (literary@wivla.org)

At- Large                    Cindy Rasche                (cindyrasche@yahoo.com)


Historian                     Cathy Lachin                 (cplachin@yahoo.com)          

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



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