It’s hard to believe that the year is almost over. We have had a successful year at WiVLA with excellent speakers and programs and a return to Brazosport and the marvelous facility where we had our “Windows” Collaboration event.  For those of you who haven’t purchased a “Windows Anthology” there are still copies available for $12 from info@wivla.org.  All of the writings and art work from the collaboration are included in the anthology. We will also have copies available our November events.

November is the month when WiVLA returns to Archway Gallery for Readings from our WiVLA writers. This year the topic is “Color” and we invite you to join us at 6:30 on November 17 as our writers read their work. Since we feature our writers in November, I was interested to read that Poets & Writers Magazine in their November/December issue feature “5 Over 50.” Five writers – two men and three women – are profiled who published their first book after age fifty. For years I have used the George Eliot quote “It’s never too late to be what you might have been,” as a tag line for my business.  It fits many of our WiVLA members as we demonstrate that it is never too late to start or continue pursuing a creative life. And of course it is our mission to support you as you do it!

Looking forward to next year we have two exhibitions on the horizon. The first one will be held at the Cloisters Gallery at Christ Church Cathedral opening March 3, 2017. The Prospectus can be linked here.  I encourage our 2D artists to enter this juried show. The theme of the show is “Abundant.” Entries will be accepted online beginning December 1 through January 27. Please note that this venue is quite special since Treebeard”s Restaurant serves lunch daily in this space to approximately 400 people. Few venues in Houston get this many visitors during an exhibition. If you know artists who might like to participate and who aren’t currently WiVLA members, ask them to join now and be a member through 2017. (Current members will be asked to rejoin at the beginning of 2017.)

WiVLA is extremely excited to collaborate with the Evelyn Rubenstein Jewish Community Center – “the J” in an event One Voice, One Vibe, Our Community.”  A little background is necessary: As many are aware the greater Meyerland area was hit by devastating floods twice within a ten month period. “The J” became a hub for relief efforts and continues to communicate with the community and local leaders in the city and county. This has led to a renewed sense of pride and excitement about the community. To celebrate the commitment to connecting and rebuilding this vital community “the J” is sponsoring One Voice, One Vibe, Our Community.

As the centerpiece of One Voice, One Vibe, Our Community “the J” is commissioning an original anthem-like composition to reflect the resilience of the greater Meyerland area, its Jewish imprint and the Evelyn Rubenstein Jewish Community Center. The WiVLA part of this will be an art exhibit along with written work from our writers on the topic “Renewal.” The composition will premiere at the Evelyn Rubenstein Jewish Community Center on August 20, 2017 with local musicians and singers. Earlier that afternoon an opening reception will be held with the WIVLA art work exhibited in the Deutser Art Gallery along with a chapbook of the WiVLA written work.

We have not completed the Prospectus for this show. But, we ask you to begin to think about the theme “Renewal.” There will be NO charge for WiVLA members to enter this show. You will be asked to submit only one piece, although you may submit one written and one 2D piece of art. Because the space in the Deutser Art Gallery is limited we will be limiting size to 24” x 30” framed in any direction. Writers will be confined to one page, double spaced, Times New Roman 12-point font. As you ruminate on what you want to create for this significant event please think in terms of a secular approach to renewal. Because the work is to be presented to the entire community it should have broad appeal. Work with a religious slant will not be appropriate for this show.

So, lots of words for November as we ponder two shows, WiVLA’s November 15 meeting with Kim Tobin and the Archway Gallery readings November 17.

WiVLA never meets in December, but you will get a newsletter and an invitation to the WiVLA member/guest Holiday Party to be held on December 17.

Happy Thanksgiving to all!

Jane Mulholland

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

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