September 2016

Windows Collaboration: It's HERE!!
The excitement is building for our very own signature event - Windows Collaboration in the Gallery at the Brazosport Center for Arts and Sciences in Clute, Texas. The Opening Reception will be Saturday, September 17 with readings from the "Windows Anthology" starting at 4:30 pm in the Large Theatre followed by the reception in the foyer of the Brazosport Art League Gallery until 8:30 pm. The exhibit runs September 13 - October 9.  Sponsor:  Vickie Melass of Allstate Insurance
Read more in the President's Message below.

September Meeting Focuses on Local Poet
Local poet and WiVLA member Varsha Saraiya-Shah will read from her book of poetry, Voices, a collection of poetry by Finishing Line Press at the WiVLA September 20 Member Meeting. She has studied poetry in Houston as well as out of state workshops such as Sarah Lawrence College of NY, Squaw Valley in California, and San Miguel De Allende–Mexico.  Click HERE for more information.
WiVLA September 20 Member Meeting: gathering: 5:45; Meeting: 6:15 back at the Printing Museum at 1324 W. Gray Street. We will start with light snacks  with the meeting beginning promptly at 6:15 pm. Please bring your friends!
President's Message
This month WiVLA opens the collaboration show “Windows” at the Brazosport Arts and Sciences Center in Clute, Texas on Saturday, September 17. The show will open with Readings from the “Windows Anthology” starting at 4:30 pm when the writers will share their work. The Opening Reception will follow until 8:30 pm.
Collaboration is a WiVLA signature event.  Over the years WiVLA’s collaborations have challenged our members to think and grow in ways we would never have conceived working alone.  Again and again we have found the process of working with another person is a means to step out beyond our individual world and open the window into the realm of another’s creativity.
All of the written and visual work in the “Windows” collaboration will be presented in the “Windows Anthology” 2016 edition. This limited edition, hand bound under the direction of WiVLA member and Book Arts Guild President Lee Steiner, will premiere at the opening and be available for sale in the gift shop. WiVLA is particularly grateful to Julie Howard who did the graphic design and layout as well as printed the anthology; and to Jo Zider and Peggy Sexton our Visual Co-Chairs for arranging and shepherding the entire “windows” process which began in 2015. Also thanks goes to the collaboration partners of one writer and one artist without which this event would have been impossible – and, to all those who volunteered to make “Windows” a success.
As I write this I have to ponder what a marvelous process WiVLA has created in our collaborations... MORE

  Jane Mulholland

WiVLA Field Trip Ahead in October
Be ready for a different member meeting in October when we visit Cherryhurst House and Heather L. Johnson's exhibition, "In Search Of The Frightening and Beautiful" on Tuesday, October 18 at 6:15. Heather will be present to speak directly to us about her work which consists of photographs, embroideries, watercolors and more inspired by her ten-month motorcycle trip through the US, Mexico, Central and South America.
Cherryhurst House is a unique space in Houston. Located in a private home in the Montrose area, Cherryhurst is a space for the creation and exploration of contemporary art.   Inspired by the founder Dallas McNamara’s vision to encourage artistic process and exchange, Cherryhurst House cultivates site-specific experiences and exhibitions.   Twice a year, Cherryhurst House offers an artist-in-residency program in a home adjacent to the gallery.  This space is set up to be both living quarters and artist’s studio.  The residency culminates with a gallery exhibition of the work created while in the residency.  Watch for more information in our October newsletter.

July Meeting Focused on Local Arts Organizations
From left to right:Leigh Owen, Rona Lesser, Cathy Nieman, Lee Steiner and Carol Watson
Members were spellbound as our panelists Rona Lesser, Cathy Nieman, Carol Watson and Lee Steiner told us about their involvement in other arts organizations at our July Member Meeting.  The presentation was kept lively and informative thanks to our moderator Leigh Owen who didn’t let us stray too far during the spirited discussion. One of the things all the panelists made clear is that participation at the board level in any organization increases not only your own creativity and knowledge, but also adds personal fulfillment and pleasure. Many it seemed were inspired to learn more about the organizations discussed and perhaps motivated to join.

Members Inspired by Dancer and Artist in August
As choreographer Amy Elizabeth told us her story and showed videos of her choreographed works during the August meeting, we were moved by her courage and creativity. While the struggle – leaving home as soon as you can, mothers, marriage and finding your own life – stay much the same, Amy’s journey using movement presented a novel way to tell the story of her life . Her openness and her willingness to try the next thing were inspiring and everyone left feeling refreshed and invigorated by her pluck and ability to invent herself. This is definitely a young woman to watch!

Meeting photos in two stories above by Lilibeth Andre. Many thanks for sharing your talents for the newsletter!!

A Year in Guadeloupe
by Ima Oduok

Some of you may remember that I left WiVLA last year for a new adventure abroad. I was so excited that I neglected to tell y’all exactly what I was going to do. So, here it is, my year in review.
I was accepted for a teaching assistant position with the French Ministry of National Education through the Teaching Assistant Program in France (TAPIF). The program assigned me to one of France’s overseas department, Guadeloupe, in the Caribbean. MORE
You can find my writings about my time in Guadeloupe on my travel blog

DID YOU KNOW... about our affiliation with Liberty Mutual?
By Lane Devereux
Liberty Mutual has been a strong financial supporter of WiVLA for many years. Our association began with a donation of several hundred dollars from a fundraiser that agent Eileen Collins sponsored. Liberty Mutual also paid for the chapbook for our 20th anniversary show, VCR.

The affinity relationship benefits WiVLA members by giving them an automatic discount on insurance products. Many of us, including myself, have found their products to be very competitively priced even without the added discount. After having a large claim on my homeowners policy last year, I can attest that their service is great, too. To find out if you can bring down your cost of insuring your home and car, contact Eileen Collins at 281-320-1181 or

WiVLA Scoop by the Snoop: Looking Ahead to the Remainder of 2016
Happiness is returning to the Printing Museum for our September 20 meeting. Although renovations are still underway at the museum we will be meeting there on September 20 – gathering at 5:45 and meeting at 6:15. It will be a pleasure to hear Advisory Board member Varsha Saraiya-Shah share her poetry from her new book Voices.
 “Abundant” will be the theme of WiVLA’s 2017 juried show at the Cloisters at Christ Church Cathedral. The show will open February 27 through March 23. We encourage visual artists to make plans to submit work to the show which is in the space where Treebeard's Restaurant serves lunch to 400 people daily. John Runnels has agreed to be the Juror for the show. Only 2D work will be accepted to this show with dimensions of 30” x 36” in any direction including frame. Artists may submit up to two pieces for the show. The Prospectus the show will be posted online and in the October Newsletter.
WiVLA Board Secretary Alicia Young reminds us in her new book The Mother Teresa Effect: What I Learned Volunteering for a Saint, that there are people who prompt us to be better than we are. Twenty years ago she volunteered at Kalighat where Mother Teresa also lived. Alicia’s husband Jon accompanied her to Calcutta where they first visited relatives before she began her mission. After their first evening she writes: “The festive evening ends on a more somber note: Jon and I are up all night with fragile stomachs.” This diplomatic use of language and hyperbole made the difficult passages about working in Kalighat, the home for the dying in Calcutta and in the leprosy ward, palatable to this reader.
By almost any standard the conditions she labored in were gross and appalling. She stayed in a convent (her husband returned to Australia) where an aunt had been the Mother Superior. The convent provided respite from the conditions at Kalighat which took people, who had lived on the streets in extreme poverty, and clothed, fed and comforted them as they died. Mother Teresa refused to modernize partly to remind those working there of the conditions these people lived in and to keep them humble. Mother Teresa also lived here and the story of the irrepressible and perky Alicia meeting her will make you smile or even laugh as Mother did.
This is a tale of selfless compassionate service told by a middle class Catholic woman whose Indian/British family immigrated to Australia after the partition in India. It is also the story of Mother Teresa and a backdrop for her sainthood. One English volunteer, after watching a woman cough up blood for three days had a complete meltdown. Once the woman stopped her rant, the nun who had listened to her said simply: “We can’t do great things. We can only do small things with great love.” After a day off the volunteer returned, and while no one said a word, all hugged her.
If you have wondered what Mother Teresa did  and created this will give you a framework. If you wonder who goes and does this work, you will see that as well. It will also have you think along as Alicia educates us on “The Mother Teresa Effect” and gives us examples of selfless acts by ordinary people she has known. If you aren’t inspired, you should probably reread it.
Judith Shamp wrote to talk about another form of service: the art activism of Dr. Kay Flavell who is Resident Director of the New Pacific Studio in Vallejo, CA.  Judith said: “I followed through on a call for design work from New Pacific Studio. Surprise! My 3-D creations (formed with flour/salt dough and mosaic tiles) following the theme: "SATIRE IN THE CITY: WHEN OUR LEADERS TELL US "FLOUR = CEMENT," SHALL WE EAT THEIR CAKES?? were given a monetary award and three week free residency at NPS.  Being an art activist is fun, giving free reign to my indignation of a cement company conspiring to abolish the historic Sperry Mill buildings in an area near a school and residencies. Researching the political shenanigans provided fuel for my fire and was quite a trip."
She went on to say, “I'm hoping this is sufficient information to bring to light how artist sensitivity coupled with a rigorous discipline of academia can present a deeper look at knotty issues from the perspective of the health and well-being of a community. As an aside, I believe this was what Amy did in her presentation at the August meeting. Who among us hasn't been burdened with throwing off the Mother archetype...? It's about the human condition...”
 Although the Snoop thinks she knows a lot, she can use your help. Let her know your scoop:

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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 WiVLA members by sending to
  • Three WiVLA members were honored at the recent  8th Annual Juried Exhibition at the Archway Gallery. Peggy Sexton won a second place award for her textile works, "A piece of Cake,"  and "Let them eat Cake."  Honorable mentions went to Kathy Wood's monumental piece "Stalactite White" and Judith Shamp's pieces "Not Titled Yet" and ""
    Additional WiVLA members juried into the show of 73 works selected from 179:  Karen Eisele, Kate Matthiesen, Nancy Thorleifson, Nan Toole, Carol Watson and Jo Zider.
  • WiVLA Archway Readings will be held this year on Thursday, November 17 beginning at 6:30 pm. The topic for this year's readings will be "Color." Readers will be asked to confine their reading to a maximum of 5 minutes.There will be room for 12 readers and we encourage you to sign up as soon as possible:
  •  Stella Brice announces the e-publication of her new digital chapbook, Wait ‘Til I Get Fatter,  published by nodding onion, an imprint of Virtual Artists Collective (Chicago).  Illustrations , including the cover, are by Paige Moore.
  • Mary Ramain is honored to be a portfolio photographer on LensCulture—an international online photography venue. To see one of her images, click here.
  • Alicia Young’s fifth book, The Mother Teresa Effect: What I learned volunteering for a saint is available on Amazon in both original and family editions (age 14+). Alicia is available to speak to community groups, places of worship and more.
  • donna e perkins has work in The Rørpost Collaboration Project, an international art energy collaboration: 2 COUNTRIES - 4 EXHIBITIONS - 42 ARTISTS - 84 WORKS OF ART, Art Car Museum, Opening reception: Saturday, September 10, 2016, 7 – 10 pm, 140 Heights Blvd, Houston.
  • Janet Reynolds will have three of her artists’ books on display in upcoming exhibitions. She will have a double accordion book in Abecedarian Gallery’s Artists’ Book Cornucopia VII in Denver, CO. And she will also have two books, a star book and a flag book in The Rochester Public Library’s Art of the Book 2016 in Rochester, NY.
  • Harriet Riley presented a workshop on "Blogging in the Chaos" at the Women's Connection in Montreat, NC in August and will present a workshop on "Spiritual Journaling" in October at Epworth by the Sea in St. Simon's Georgia.
  • Editors Note: We know a lot of you are showing your work and getting articles and books published, but you MUST send the information to by the 20th of each month. We want to support you and come to your openings, but we have to know about it!!!


Urgent! WiVLA Event Photographers needed. We need to collect photos of recent events and exhibits for both our newsletter, website and the archives.  Please send any photos you have digitally to Historian Rona Lesser at  If the files are large separate into several emails. 
Call for Entry from the Assistance League of Houston Celebrates Texas Art. Deadline: October 31. Entry fee is $15 per image with max of 4 entries per artist. ALL ENTRIES MUST BE SUBMITTED THROUGH CAFÉ (  SEE PROSPECTUS AT ( FOR FULL DETAILS.
City ArtWorks will be staffing fall after school and studio classes soon and is looking for new instructors.  Curriculum for classes and supplies are provided.  Classes located all around Houston area.  Also they may be interested in people to teach more advanced classes in subjects like photography, sculpture, ceramic clay for ages in middle school and high school. 

.WriteSpace is offering several workshops in September including:
  • Jumpstart Your Writing with HOLLY WALRATH on Saturday, Sept 10, 2-4 PM
  • Introduction to Screenwriting with RUSSELL DEGRAZIER on Sunday, Sept 11, 10AM-5PM
  • How to Find an Agent with JOY PREBLE on Thursday, Sept 15, 6-9 pm
  • Food Writing with KATHARINE SHILCUTT – Includes lunch break in which attendees write restaurant review - on Saturday, Sept 24th 10 AM-5PM
  • Introduction to Flash Fiction with PATRICIA FLAHERTY PAGAN on Sunday, Sept 25, 3-6 PM
For pricing, registration and more information, go to the WriteSpace website or contact them.

Katy Contemporary Art Museum is a relatively new museum in our area and it's located in Katy at 805 Avenue B. WiVLA member June Russell says it is worth a visit.

Art Houston, a new magazine dedicated to all types of art, is looking for articles. For general submission guidelines, contact the publisher here.

Writers will find an abundance of resources on this new website created by writing coach Joan Dempsey.

The Houston Writers Guild offers several Critique Circles at different times and locations. For more information, click here.

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.

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). 

~  Call for Entry from the Assistance League of Houston Celebrates Texas Art. Deadline: October 31. Entry fee is $15 per image with max of 4 entries per artist. ALL ENTRIES MUST BE SUBMITTED THROUGH CAFÉ (  SEE PROSPECTUS AT ( FOR FULL DETAILS.

~ Northern California Women's Caucus (NCWCA) has a call for entry for “F*ck U! In the Most Loving Way”  which will revisit the critiques of women’s relational gender roles presented in the 1972 landmark feminist WomanHouse exhibition.  At a time when rude and crude discourse seems to be increasingly the norm, this exhibition explores how self-identified women are choosing to express their discontent with prescribed and outdated binary gender roles. Submit works that address women's responses to sexist and discriminatory communication within the domestic sphere, work environment, and public realm. Sculpture, painting, drawing, photo, printmaking, ceramics, assemblage, collage, mixed media, fiber art, artist book, video, performance art are all accepted with a deadline of October 7. For the rest of the prospectus and call, go to

~ 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!

~ 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.
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 Houston Writers Guild Press's new contest opens August 1st and closes September 30th. Entries must explore the theme of diversity and how it makes us stronger as a society and/or as individuals.  Winners will receive cash prizes listed below as well as publication in the HWG Press's next anthology: "Out of Many One -- Celebrating Diversity."  The volume will debut at the Houston Writers Guild's Pathways April Conference 2017. Details: 
Narrative regularly publishes fiction, poetry, and nonfiction, including stories, novels, novel excerpts, novellas, personal essays, humor, sketches, memoirs, literary biographies, commentary, reportage, interviews, and features of interest to readers who take pleasure in storytelling and imaginative prose.

~ Poets & Writers has a great database of conferences and residencies for writers. Check it out.

~ 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

Tuesday, September 20 5:45 pm
Poetry Reading and Discussion
Varsha Saraiya-Shah  MORE

The Printing Museum,
1324 W. Clay Street, Houston 77019

WiVLA Member Meeting
Tuesday, October 18 at 6:15 pm
Cherryhurst House Field Trip!

Location:  1603 Cherryhurst Street in Montrose  MORE

September 2016
Brazosport, Center for Arts and Sciences, 400 College Drive, Clute, Texas
September 17 Opening
Reading 4:30 pm, followed by Opening Reception until 8:30 pm


Tuesday, November 15 at 5:45 pm

Featuring Kim Tobin, 4th Wall Theatre Company (formerlyStark Naked Theatre)

Location: The Printing Museum,
1324 W. Clay Street, Houston 77019

Thursday, November 17 at 6:30 pm
Theme: Color
Readers will be asked to confine their reading to a maximum of 5 minutes.There will be room for 12 readers and we encourage you to sign up as soon as possible:
Location: Archway Gallery
2305 Dunlavy Street, Houston


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.


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 2016 Board of Directors

President - Jane Mulholland 

Vice President - Cori Austin  

Secretary - Alicia Young           

Treasurer - Lane Devereux

Membership - Zita Giraldo and Kristine Rivers

Communications -  Mary Ramain

Programs - Lillian Tharp     

Newsletter - Harriet Riley  

Visual Arts - Peggy Sexton
and Jo Zider   


Literary Arts -Paige Moore
and Mary Harlan   


At-Large-  Josena Arquieta

June Russell

Historian - Rona Lesser 

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P. O. Box 130406
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