The newness of the year is softening into February. What’s next? Opportunity! January’s planning, resolving, and reflecting becomes action. And WiVLA women are right in there, using their resources and contacts to find out what to do, where to go, and who can join in.

Many of us plan to spend more time in the studio, continuing to create the work that we do. More writing, more painting….all furthers us toward our creative voices. We want to keep moving forward, to either find our voice or keep it evolving. January’s meeting gave us an amazing list of ways to get started or continue with a refreshed resolve.

One of the ways that creatives can jumpstart their process is with artist dates, a concept described by Julia Cameron in her book The Artists’ Way. Go out into the world and feed yourself, she says.  Fill up the well, deposit into your creative bank, find beauty to absorb.

The opportunities abound in Houston – galleries, nature walks, theater visits, solitary time, visits with creative friends. Some of us love to walk through stores luxuriating in the color and texture of the clothing. Others walk the beach in Galveston, filling up our quiet spaces with the clean air (or maybe it can work backwards – letting the wind blow out the cobwebs and detritus of the old year). Galleries and museums instill inspiration in color and creativity. Theater, movies, and poetry readings give us new thoughts and ideas to ponder. Whatever feeds you – go do it!

Cross-inspiration is a wonderful way to have an artist date. If you’re a writer, go to an art gallery. If you’re a visual artist, go to a dance performance.  If you’re a performer, go to an art museum. As founding mother Karleen Koen paraphrases Gertrude Stein, “Creativity is creativity is creativity." It all inspires, it all suffuses with stretching the boundaries, it all lets us see more of what’s out there.

WiVLA can help with those artists’ dates – look through this newsletter and see the opportunities that are happening in the near future – a trip to Men in Boats at Main Street Theater, a poetry reading by acclaimed poet Nikki Giovanni, our meeting programs, and of course, all the submission opportunities that will get your creative juices flowing.  Plus, the ECO Fund Scholarship is soon available for members.  $1000 for a literary artist and $1000 for a visual artist will be awarded in April.  Talk about opportunity!  WiVLA can be an inspiring partner in your creative life.


Cori Austin

"An ekphrastic poem is like a jolt of electricity surging through a work of art."
- Patricia Smith, ARTLines2

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