Via Gslapt, I tried it with wxsvg 1.1.9-i586-1vl70 and it still gave me the same issue. So I then downloaded the source of wxsvg 1.1.9, and attempted to build a package via vpackager with the configuration option you mentioned, and got the following feedback:
checking host system type... Invalid configuration `\': machine `\' not recognized
configure: error: /bin/sh ./config.sub \ failed
So, I'm now attempting it once again without the final "\". I'll edit this posting to report on my progress.
Edited to Add:
Okay, it did compile corrected when I simply added "--enable-render=libart" in the "Extra configure options" box of vpackager. And, I now can do what I want with text. Note the attached picture. So, thanks for your help. PS, it might be a good idea to rebuild the package of wxsvg within the repositories with the libart option for everybody.