Greenwich Pen Women, a branch of the National League of American Pen Women, is a non-profit organization of women artists, writers, and musicians. We offer mutual support and exchange of ideas to encourage and inspire excellence in original creative work.

by Libby Collins

America is a tune. It must be sung together.
--Gerald Stanley Lee

Note from our President:

HAPPY SUMMER! Now if it would just stop raining…

Members had a productive June meeting at Leigh Grant’s house in Norwalk, and got to meet her new puppy, Ariadne. Everyone enjoyed the delicious goodies and champagne to celebrate literary accomplishments.

A huge thank you to outgoing Letters chair Barbara Ehrentreu for her four years of service to fellow writers. Barbara continues on the board as recording secretary, and we welcome Rosemarie Anner as the new Letters co-chair.

We’re still looking for board representation for our Arts members. Thank you to Karen Heffner and Libby Collins [See this month’s Spotlight for more about Libby]. for working so hard as outgoing co-chairs. We will miss you on the board.

The next Art critique will be held at Margaret Esmé Simon’s house, 97 Husted Lane, Greenwich, on July 10 from 10am - 12:30pm.

The Art Society of Old Greenwich Juried Show at the Bendheim Gallery (299 Greenwich Avenue), which includes the work of several Arts members, closes on July 19. Be sure to pop in to check it out before then. Hours: Tuesday - Friday, 10am - 4pm, Saturday and Sunday, noon - 4pm.

Maria Friscia was awarded First Prize in acrylics for her painting Forest, Early Spring. Margaret Esmé Simon’s pastel portrait Susan was awarded Second Prize in the category of Drawing, Pastel and Graphics. Other art members who have been juried in: Catherine Stahl – watercolor, The Marrakesh Express, and Andrea Rogers – pastel, On the Rocks.

Forest, Early Spring, Susan, The Marrakesh Express and On The Rocks Forest, Early Spring, Susan, The Marrakesh Express and On The Rocks

Both Maria Friscia and Doris Mady have been juried in the “20th Annual Vivian & Stanley Reed Marine Show” at the Stamford Art Association (39 Franklin Street) through July 11. 

Rowayton Arts Center’s Exhibiting Members Doris Mady and Margaret Esmé Simon have paintings at the Community Awards show, “At the Table” until July 21. The Center is located at 145 Rowayton Avenue, Norwalk. Hours: Tuesday - Friday, 11am - 5pm, Saturday and Sunday 11am - 1pm.

The inaugural Pen Women Open Mic night was on June 26 at Cos Cob Library. More open mics are scheduled for Saturday, July 13, 3pm at the Byram Shubert Library (21 Mead Avenue, Greenwich); and Monday, October 21, 7pm at the Perrot Memorial Library (90 Sound Beach Ave, Old Greenwich). Let your light and talent shine!

September Meet and Greet will be held at the Silo Hill Clubhouse on Sunday, September 15 from 5 - 7pm.

Be sure to check out Member News and as always have a creative and productive summer!

~ ~ Sarah and Leigh

GPW President Sarah Darer Littman


Libby Collins

Libby has a dual membership in Art and Letters and has served as Art Co Chairman and Membership Chairman. She has held solo shows at The Greenwich Arts Center Gallery (now the Bendheim), Saks Fifth Avenue, Pepsi World Headquarters and others. She has photographs on permanent display at Vassar College. She has been juried into multiple shows over the years, including Baush and Lomb, Center for Contemporary Printmaking, Flinn and Bendheim Galleries Greenwich, and Salmagundi Club NY where she won First Place, and The Carriage Barn New Canaan where she won Best in Show. She judged Greenwich CT High School Art Scholarship Competition 2009 - 2014.

Libby studied book publishing at the Santa Fe Workshops and wrote a photography book “The Elegant Earth”. This became an illustrated lecture which she delivered to 50 audiences. She studied at Maine Photographic Workshops, the International Center for Photography in NY, and numerous seminars.

As a freelancer she was published in The New York Times and Connecticut Weekly, wrote a monthly column in Woman’s Day; and executive profiles in the Greenwich Review. Libby researched marketing studies for third world countries full-time with the International Executive Service Corps. At Staufffer Chemical, she contributed to the national agricultural press.
Libby’s images were published in "American Vision: Images by the Best of Today’s Nature Photographers,” a calendar for Putnam Trust, and postcards for the Adirondack Museum. She showed in Greenwich’s Art to the Avenue three times.

In 2006 she received the Greenwich Pen Women Owl Award. She was twice awarded the photography prize from Hortulus Garden Club. Currently, Libby is publishing chapters of “The Elegant Earth” in the digital magazine FOCUS. She is working on a favorite project about seed pods and their fascinating seeds.

Libby belongs to Art Societies of Old Greenwich, Greenwich and New Canaan. She says of her art: “Photography enables me to live daily with beauty and to closely observe the world around me."

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