September 2017

WiVLA September 19 Meeting
Two Jurors Describe the Ins and Outs of Jurying
Do you ever wonder how a juror decides which art submission should be part of a show? Or which writing deserves printing in a literary journal? Or why your piece wasn’t chosen for an exhibit or a reading? Our September meeting will be a panel with both a literary juror, Georgia Pearle from Gulf Coast, U of H’s literary journal,  and an art juror-curator, Sally Sprout of Sally Sprout Fine Art. Together, they will let us know the ins and outs of jurying their particular fields. Think about what you need to know for your particular creative field. This will be an informative session followed by Q&A period.
Tuesday, September 19, 2017
Archway Gallery at 2305 Dunlavy, Houston TX 77006
5:45 – Mix and Mingle     6:15 – Business meeting
6:30 – program    7:45 – Dinner at Brasil’s, Dunlavy and Westheimer, optional and Dutch treat.
President's Message: “Do something you’ve never done before,” said Kathy Wood to an impromptu circle of WiVLA dancers after her program. We took turns moving into the center of the circle, moving to the music in new and personal ways. Dancing inside a circle of friends was a new experience for some of us – plus coming up with some smooth moves!
     Certainly I’ve never danced in the middle of a circle of my peers.  (Kindergarten teacher dancing with her kids doesn’t count.) We celebrated each others’ responses to the music, our willingness to take a chance, and our responses to the program Kathy had just given about her hip-hop journey with the dance troupe, Fly Dance.
      WiVLA has been that elbow in the ribs for me. It pushes me to do something I’ve not done before. I had to learn how to enter a visual arts show. Dangling a prompt in front of me, WiVLA encouraged me to write for a literary reading. WiVLA's prospectus urged me to join with someone I didn’t know to work together on a project for a collaboration show.
    When I first came to WiVLA, I was an inch-high “I think I might be a poet.” Through the opportunities that our organization provides and my own pursuit of opportunities, I have learned to call myself a poet, a writer, and an artist. I remember my fear during an evening meeting when a new collaboration show had been discussed. I didn’t know anyone, I barely knew my own media. Then someone sat down next to me and asked, “Would you like to collaborate with me and my friend?” Gulp. “Yes!” I will always thank her for her welcoming offer and our wonderful time together creating our altered book.
     All of that was “doing something that you’ve never done before.”  Thank you, Kathy Wood, for reminding us that art pushes boundaries and allows us to step out of our ordinary into the extraordinary. Art - written, visual, or performance - gives us the opportunity to rise above our uncomfortable trepidation and create something solid and meaningful. WiVLA is your partner in this journey.  
   Cori Austin
   ~~~  ~~~  ~~~  ~~~  ~~~  ~~~  ~~~  ~~~  ~~~
Renewal Show and Reading: Timely and Heartfelt
   The Evelyn Rubenstein Jewish Community Center offered WiVLA a wonderful opportunity to partner with them to present an art exhibit and reading entitled “Renewal.” Simultaneously, the J presented their originally composed musical program, “One Voice, One Vibe, Our Community.”
   Members' artwork and readings very successfully addressed the theme of renewal. The various visual images were beautifully rendered. As we walked the hallway of the gallery, one piece after another gave visions of awakening, rebirth, recovery. The readings offered life, hope, and thankfulness for community.
   The J’s program began after the WiVLA readings. The music was composed specifically for the event by Desmond Ikegwuonu. The writings of the community became the lyrics of songs and were sung by a small group of singers. This event mirrored the theme of surviving the hardship of floods and devastation with community support.
   Rabbi Adrienne Scott’s words captured the theme perfectly: "Even as we witnessed our own losses, we found the strength we needed to forge ahead. We find a way to repair our broken souls and remind ourselves that our relationships with each other, with our community, and with God are indeed enduring and lasting."
   As this article is being written, Hurricane Harvey has come ashore south of Houston, and a hard rain is falling. We hold their community in our hearts as the rain continues. 
Exhibition continues through October 20, 2017
Renewal: One Voice, One Vibe, Our Community
Evelyn Rubenstein Jewish Community Center
5601 S. Braeswood Blvd., Houston TX 77096

Click here to see the list of the WiVLA members who are participants in the wonderful show and the premiere.

Click here to see photographs of the Renewal show opening! Happily showcasing WiVLA art and readers!

Writers' Family Reunion has been postponed due to hurricane damage.   It will be rescheduled after the organizers can meet with Silver Street and determine available dates.  At this point, continue to plan on coming, although it is uncertain if the website will take your reservation.  
      It’s hosted by Writespace and introduces Houston’s large writing community, from Inprint to Public Poetry, to one and all. WiVLA is proud to be a co-sponsor of this event.
   WiVLA writers have a chance to *build community, *develop writing friendships, *learn from more experienced writers, *fortify their knowledge of craft, *learn about critique groups, *hear WiVLA members participate in a panel discussion about WiVLA, *Get $20 off their registration -- see special code below.
   Tickets are available for all-day or half-day sessions. WiVLA members receive a $20 discount. Here’s the link for more information and to register:  EVENT DATE: Saturday, September 9th, 9:00 am to 5:00 pm
PRICE - Between $35 and $115, depending on ticket type REGISTER at this link & use the code WOMANOFWORDS to receive $20 off the ticket price! A portion of ticket sales purchased using this code goes to support WiVLA.
   Click here to see the promotional flyer and detailed info. We hope to see you the WRITERS FAMILY REUNION!
=============   ================   =========
Memoir Workshop with Donna Johnson – Rewrite Your Life: Finding Meaning in Story on Saturday, October 7, 2017   Donna wowed us with last March’s program, “Finding the Poetic Truth in Memoir.” We knew we wanted more time with her in a workshop format. We are happy to announce that she is coming back to Houston to give a Workshop for us entitled “Rewrite Your Life: Finding Meaning in Story.”  Often we view memoir as the chronology of a life—what he, she, or they did to us and when they did it. But in our hearts we know we are more than what has happened to us. In this class we explore the use of insight and theme to construct layered narratives that can offer fresh perspectives and stories rich in resonance and meaning.
   The place will be Central Market, 3815 Westheimer Road, in the upstairs Community Room. Time: 10:00 am - 3:00 pm with an hour lunch at 12 noon. Food and drinks from outside the store are NOT allowed in the room. Lunch may be purchased downstairs in the store.
   Even if you don’t consider yourself a writer, this is an opportunity to write deeply from your heart’s understanding, which you may not know until you let your pen guide you. Writing often achieves a deepening awareness of the meaning of the past and how it aligns with the person you are today.
   Don’t delay! Sign up for this amazing opportunity today – before it fills up. Spots are limited. The registration link is on the WiVLA event page. Click here to go to page. While you wait for October 7 to arrive, find a copy of Donna’s Holy Ghost Girl and savor it. 

   Donna M. Johnson is the author of Holy Ghost Girl, a critically acclaimed memoir deemed “enthralling” by the New York Times and  “compulsively readable” by Texas Monthly. Holy Ghost Girl made the Oprah Memoirs We Love list twice and was named as a Top 10 Pick by Publishers Weekly. The book took top honors at the New York Books for a Better Life Awards and won the Mayborn Creative Nonfiction Prize. Donna has written about religion, family and culture for the Huffington Post, Shambhala Sun, The Rumpus, Psychology Today, the Dallas Morning News, and other publications. 
Find your Inner Goddess for November’s

WiVLA Reading at Archway
   WiVLA writers are invited to participate in the annual WiVLA Reading at Archway Gallery on November 16, hosted as it is every year by our dear friends at Archway Gallery. But this year, there’s a different slant involving artist Becky Soria’s show, Landscapes of the Goddess Within, which opens to the public November 4.
   Between November 4 and 16, WiVLA writers and artists who write are invited to tour Becky’s show and write a short piece from something in her work that inspires you. Please see details below about an opportunity to visit Becky's studio on September 16.
    Poetry, play, fiction, essay, memoir….the genre is up to you, writer/artist who writes. However, the length is not.
Topic: The goddess within
Length: 500 words or fewer. To qualify to read, the reading must be no more than five (5) minutes. This means reading aloud and timing yourself. We’ll ring a bell if you go over time in the reading. The chairpersons are committed to good timing.
Sign up: Coming soon, closer to November. 
Reading date: Thursday, November 16, 6:30 pm,  at Archway Gallery
Event: WiVLA’s annual reading at Archway Gallery, a tradition of many years.
   Are you intrigued? We hope so. Becky has invited us to her studio on Saturday, September 16, at 1:00 pm for an hour. There we can see her work for this show and listen to her thoughts about her work.  This will help us prepare to write for the November 16 reading at Archway Gallery. Please rsvp before September 15 to Mary Harlan at  She will email those who rsvp’d Becky’s studio address. (Literary Co-chairs)
Top: Presenter Lee Steiner gestures with enthusiasm. Bottom: Lee, in far background, and audience members at the August meeting. Thanks to Lilibeth Andre for the photos.
August Meeting -- Social Media Tips
Our own Lee Steiner gave us a taste of social media during the August program. The major points of her talk were the guidelines and tips for efficient use of social media.
   Lee spoke about the importance of making time to keep up with regular posts. When you as a creative person respect your followers and provide products, information, works-in-progress, you are putting the “social” into social media and building relationships with your followers and others. Those relationships will, in turn, often result in purchases and referrals to friends. Also, Lee says that it is important to follow other artists on media, click and like their work, and build those relationships as well. According to Lee, here are important points:
   * Images, images, images! People on social media want to see your work, your process, and your events. Images are the surest way to connect with the public.  
   * Look for ways to minimize the steps you have to take to post items. For example, you can set up posting on Instagram to also post to Facebook simultaneously. Choose one day a week to write and coordinate images for daily posts all week – the platforms allow you to set up future posts.
   * Lee cautioned us to copyright our images with a watermark.  That is so important, because no one will be able to pull your images off of the social media and sell them as their own.
   * Another tip is to post low-resolution images that won’t copy well.
   * Since members might be new to social media, she cautioned the newbies to start small, become adept at one or two platforms, and then branch out.
   Lee's presentation gave us a taste of social media guidelines. For a more in-depth workshop, including how-to help, watch for further details on a January Social Media Saavy workshop sponsored by WiVLA.
  • Call for WiVLA photos: Regina Vitolo Mader encourages everyone to share their WiVLA photos to a Google album. Click here to read her thoughtful request and see more details. Regina says: "Hi, everyone, this is a link to WIVLA'S GOOGLE PHOTOS ALBUM. Please feel free to to upload any of your own WiVLA photos, or email them to me at" Use this link to the album itself. And, finally, use this one for a how-to tutorial on Facebook.
  • Writer and WiVLA member Debbie Blumberg is looking for people to profile for an online publication, Folks magazine. It tells the stories of extraordinary people who refuse to be defined by their heath issues. Here's a recent story she did for them:  There are plenty other examples on the website as well. She would very much appreciate any introductions to people or any leads! You can reach Debbie at

Please send in your news by the 20th of each month - art exhibits, literary works, news, etc. -  for inclusion in the following month’s newsletter to
  • Cookie Wells and Tom Wells will have an exhibit at Archway Gallery entitled Water &Wood: Opposites Attract showcasing paintings and furniture. The dates are September 2 to October 5, 2017 with the opening reception Saturday September 9, 5:00 - 8:00 pm. Hope to see you there!
  • The month of October will be full for Historian, Judith Shamp. Her textile and mixed-media art will be exhibited at NARTHEX (art in the narthex) at First Congregational Church, 10840 Beinhorn Rd. Houston. "My work will be up October through December. I plan to be on site each Saturday from 9:00 am to 1:00 pm and this timing will dovetail with the Farmers' Market. So come out and see me and buy provisions for the week." Also, on Monday, October 16, I'll present a program for Golden Needles, a quilt guild in Conroe, with a workshop on the following day." Please contact Judy for
  • Margo Stutts Toombs will be in the Anything Goes program at the Houston Fringe Festival at 8:00 p.m. on Sunday, September 10. Here is the link to tickets  Her performance is Mona Meditation Maven.
    Mark your calendars: Margo has a music video in the Lake Charles Film and Video Festival on October 6 - 8.
  • A busy artist: Margo Stutts Toombs'  rap video, "Antidote for the Wicked World We Live In" will be in the Gulf Coast Film and Video Festival on September 29 and 30th. Here is  the festival site:
  • June Russell has two photographs selected for a Fotofest- related art show next March 2018.
  • Member Kay Adshead encourages us to save-the-date for her next event on Thursday, October 12. Click here to see the details and images.
  • Editor’s Note: We know a lot of you are showing your work and getting articles and books published, so we ask you to send the information to by the 20th of each month. We want to support you and come to your openings and readings; timely info to the newsletter gets the word to members and their friends and contacts.

~ Editor's Emphasis: I'm repeating a couple of announcements.

~ From Mylene Dressler: "Dear wonderful friends at WIVLA,
Warmest thanks for keeping me in the loop and in the newsletter chain! I am delighted to share with you that I'll be returning to Houston as part of the national book tour for my new novel, THE LAST TO SEE ME (already getting rave reviews in Publishers WeeklyKirkus Reviews, Booklist, and on Goodreads). I'll be reading and signing copies of the book at Murder by The Book on Friday, October 20 at 6:30 pm. How lovely it would be to reconnect with my WIVLA friends! Many thanks for sharing, if you are able, news of the reading. I'll also be in town for most of the week, visiting my old Houston stomping grounds.
   Looking forward to being back in Texas, and catching up . . . and hope to see you! All best, Mylène Dressler, PhD  [We add: Mylene said she is likely to be at our October 17 meeting. Come and catch up with our far-away friend!  She divides her time between Moab, Utah, and Guilford College in North Carolina.]

~ From Cori Austin:  This seems to be a blog with a different topic every time it comes out.  It all relates to marketing your art.  Might be helpful for some of us.

~ Member Tayyba Kanwal, co-founder of Fuente Collective, sends two opportunities. 1) Collaborative Photo Poems  (         Fuente Collective ( is offering an all-day online retreat Saturday September 9, 2017 from 10:00 am - 6:00 pm.The retreat is an exercise in creativity, experimentation and hybridity. The day will dovetail online video meetings with offline creative time to create images and poetry inspired by each other.  With award-winning writer Fran Wilde & award-winning editor Julia Rios. Register here!      (
2) Urgent Narratives   (
Fuente Collective ( is offering a Houston retreat on Saturday September 23, 2017 from 12:00 pm - 4:00 pm. The retreat focuses on unearthing the stories inside you through raw journaling. Using the journals of Frida Kahlo and other artists and writers as guiding examples, participants will playfully explore different techniques and strategies for raw creative expression. With bilingual Spanish & English writer, Patricia Coral. Register here!

~ Public Poetry  announces a marvelous month of events. Click the blue link for PP's great web page. The website has a good write-ups and details about all events.  There is a change in this month's reading.  It will be held at Brazos Bookstore.

~~ Former WiVLA president Jane Mulholland encourages everyone to check out the Houston Writers Guild website where a full slate of events and call for entries are listed in a very appealing way. Events include Tier 2 Critique Groups.
~ Inprint opens its doors at 1520 West Main on the first Friday of every month from 9 am to 12 noon for a writing cafe. Any and all writers looking for a pleasant morning space in which to write are welcome. For information, click here.  Be sure and use the link to confirm the Friday availability. A few Fridays in 2017 are blocked due to other schedules. http://

~ Additionally, Imprint is featuring a master class on writing personal essays in September. See that notice and much, much more at   

WriteSpace is offering several workshops in September. For pricing, registration and more information, go to the WriteSpace website or contact them. Please see the WriteSpace website for details. Additionally, it's time to register for Writespace Writers' Family Reunion which will be rescheduled soon.  WiVLA is a co-sponsor of this event and WiVLA members receive a discount. See the article in this issue. Use the code for the discount. 

~ Events and upcoming shows are noted on the Visual Arts Alliance (VAA) helpful website at

~Member Debbie Blumberg says: Save the date: February 3, 2018 - Debbie is co-chair of the American Society of Journalists and Authors regional writers conference next spring in Austin (and also the co-president of the group's Texas chapter). This is shaping up to be an amazing event for writers, freelancers, book authors, content marketers--anyone who's making a living from writing--to make connections and pick up new skills. Stay tuned for more information! (HTTP://TINY.CC/ASJATX). For more information on volunteering or sponsorship opportunities, please email   

Cori Austin reminds us that Creative Mornings Houston has special and interesting programs.  Every month, creative people gather at a designated place for a program designed to inspire and entertain. There is time for networking, visiting, meeting new people, and having some kind of morning food and drink. To join, sign up for the Houston newsletter at It’s always on a Friday morning and begins at 8:30 am. The location changes each time. 

~~ Archway Gallery has a great website: Click here to go to the website. Monthly exhibits, special events, and coming in November a WiVLA Reading.

~~ 3rd Coast Books is now accepting fiction and non-fiction submissions in seven genres. Please go to:

~~ Art Houston is a new local magazine dedicated to all types of art and they are seeking articles. For general submission guidelines, contact the publisher at Art Houston.

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

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).

Editor's Note: This first one is a call for art and writing:
Open Call for Women's Art and Writing 
Sun Jul 23, 2017 3:38 pm (PDT)Subject: Open Call for Women's Art and Writing.  Women, in all your lovely identifying forms, Pink Panther Magazine is accepting submissions of art, poetry, and prose for Volume 8, Number 2, due out for release 8 September 2017 and for future issues. Send us work that embodies the female experience,whether it be political, professional, personal, domestic, relational, social,and/or spiritual. We’re hungry for art and writing with a central focus on the woman inside and outside of these influences.
   Send up to five poems per submission or up to two short stories or personal essays in a single .doc file attachment AND embed the text in the body of your email. For art, sendup to ten images as .jpg attachments. If we need a higher resolution version of an image for publication purposes, we'll notify you. We do accept previously published work. Send your best to Not sure what PPM is looking for? Find our full guidelines and image examples at

About the Magazine:
Pink Panther Magazine is a semi-annual international women’s art and literature publication in its eighth year. We offer a print and digital version of each issue. PPM's vision is to give women a voice through the promotion of their art and writing. The magazine aims to provide a multicultural atmosphere that focuses on today’s women's issues—a safe, nurturing place to explore ideas and celebrate the unique experiences of women in every phase of their lives.

~ June Russell, visual co-chair, sends very interesting websites that are chock full of visual and literary workshop information. See one of the most current, most interesting websites here. It is Santa Fe Workshops and they are organizing sessions in lovely destinations such as Cuba, San Miguel, Santa Fe, and Tokyo.

~ Think Big! The Assistance League of Houston is promoting a call for entries for an outdoor MURAL. The deadline is September 17, 2017 and the proposal details are available by clicking on these pages.

Fraction Magazine is an online venue dedicated to contemporary and fine art photography. It 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!

~ CAFE' for Artists! is a website that lists calls for entry 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).

~ Please see the first notice from Pink Panther Magazine under Visual Art -- the Call for Entry is for both art and writing. Thank you! 

~ June Russell, visual co-chair, sends very interesting websites that are chock full of visual and literary workshop information. See one of the most current, most interesting websites here. It is Santa Fe Workshops and they are organizing sessions in lovely destinations such as Cuba, San Miguel, Santa Fe, and Tokyo.
~ Gulf Coast: A Journal of Literature and Fine Arts announces its 2017 contests and awards. The literary journal was founded at the University of Houston and holds an annual event with cash awards to the winners and publication opportunities. Please click "Contests" on their web page for full information and submission guidelines.

~ Houston Writers Guild has a call for entry notice on the guild's website

~ 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

If you shop at Randall's, tie your account to WiVLA (#5341).  You can do this at the customer service counter once, and from then on, WiVLA will benefit every time you shop!

Please forward WiVLA Voices to all your friends who might be interested in WiVLA. BRING A FRIEND TO OUR NEXT MEETING!

Upcoming Events

WiVLA Monthly Meeting
Two Jurors Describe the
Ins and Outs of Jurying
presented by
Georgia Pearle and
Sally Sprout 

Tuesday, September 19 
5:45 Gather and Mingle
6:15 Short Business Mtg
6:30 Program Begins

Archway Gallery
2305 Dunlavy
Houston TX 77006

WriteSpace and co-sponsors
present the
Co-Sponsored by WiVLA
Event will be Rescheduled
Silver Street Studios
2000A Edwards, Houston 77007
Please see article in this issue
with details and how to obtain the 20% discount on registration.

Memoir Workshop 
with Donna Johnson

Rewrite Your Life:
Finding Meaning in Story

Saturday, October 7, 2017
10:00 am to 3:00 pm
Central Market 
Community Room
See article for details 
and registration.

WiVLA Monthly Meeting

Jere Pfister presents The Stories of our Lives
Tuesday, October 17
5:45 Gather and Mingle
6:15 Short Business Mtg
6:30 Program Begins

Archway Gallery
2305 Dunlavy
Houston TX 77006

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.

Update Subscription Preferences 
View Email In Browser

WiVLA 2017 Board of Directors

President - Cori Austin  

Vice President - Lilibeth Andre

Secretary - Lee Steiner          

Treasurer - Lane Devereux
Membership - Zita Giraldo and Kristine Rivers

Communications -  Mary Ramain

Social Media - Regina Vitolo Mader
Programs - Lillian Tharp     

Newsletter - Kay McStay 

Visual Arts - Dune Tencer and June Russell                       

Literary Arts - Karleen Koen and Mary Harlan            

At-Large - Josena Arquieta  and Tayyba Kanwal

Historian - Judy Shamp

Our mailing address is:
Women in the Visual and Literary Arts (WiVLA)
P. O. Box 130406
Houston, TX  77219-0406


Quick Links...


The Printing Museum

Public Poetry

Glasstire Texas:  Visual Art News and Reviews

Fresh Arts Coalition Houston

Visual Arts Alliance

Houston Writers Guild

Lawndale Art Center


Gulf Coast Poets

Inprint Houston

Texas Accountants and Lawyers for the Arts

Houston Press

Paper City Magazine

Arts Hound

Houston Culture Map

WriteSpace Houston

Copyright © 2017 Women in the Literary and Visual Arts. All rights reserved.