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.
“ A gush of bird-song, a patter of dew,
A cloud, and a rainbow's warning,
Suddenly sunshine and perfect blue—
An April day in the morning. ”
~~ Harriet Prescott Spofford
Note from our President:
Your GPW Board and I are delighted to be able to give you so many ways to be active and engaged in the arts as we end our first year of COVID and look forward to better days ahead.
Please read all the way to the end and mark your calendar with all the dates! This month is packed with NEW activities you won’t want to miss, including details on our Annual Meeting and 65th Anniversary Celebration!
Member Dues Due By April 15th! You should have already received the emailed Dues Letter. Please mail your checks promptly, as the mail is slow. Doris Mady has created a new dues bookkeeping system for us; Sally Fine will be collecting the dues this year. Both are doing other GPW jobs as well. Please help them by having your dues in on time!
1. GPW Expressions Gallery, topic for May, “Dealing with My Inner Critic.” Submissions by April 20th to Doris Mady, email@example.com. To find the Expressions Gallery, click here go to Member News, scroll down beneath the News. Depending on the submissions, will we be tempted to form an “Inner Critic’s Group” next month?
2. Exclusive Virtual Art Tour of 2 Exhibits at the Bruce Museum, Monday, April 19, 1 PM. Finally, our special virtual tour at the Museum! Because the Museum will still be closed, we will see high resolution photos of the art works, led by Corinne Flax, Manager of School and Community Partnerships for the Bruce, with added insights by docent/GPW member Lynn Garelick. Corinne asks you to please submit any questions you have now about the works in the exhibition, by Thursday, April 15th to me, (I will give them to her), so that she can answer them during the presentation. Please plan to attend; you may invite one guest each to join us! You will receive the Zoom link as soon as I have it.
3. Announcement of the GPW Poetry Group Launch, on Wednesday, April 21 at 2 PM! How lucky we are to have this new group!! Barbara Ehrentreu invites all GPW members to the first virtual meeting of the GPW Poetry Group, a new opportunity for members who want to share original poetry, explore each other’s work and learn to use new forms, a kind of proving ground for aspiring poets, where there is no judgment, only support and encouragement! A subset of Letters, this group will be open to members from all disciplines. It is hoped that eventually this group will work with the two other disciplines to create interdisciplinary programs. Please email Barbara at firstname.lastname@example.org, in advance, if you would like to attend!
4. First GPW Pop-Up Program on Wednesday, April 28th at 7 PM. Ellen Fagan, our fellow member, artist and owner of ODETTA Digital Gallery, also now the Development Director for the SHIM Art Network, will talk about how she has spent this year pivoting and recontextualizing ODETTA due to COVID, expanding by creating a digital gallery space, in addition to exhibiting artists' works IRL (In real life). From this, new transitions and opportunities have emerged. Most importantly, ODETTA is now a part of the SHIM Art Network, which is open to all disciplines and focused on inclusivity. Ellen is a visionary - you will be thrilled to hear what she has to say! A Zoom Link will be sent. Sorry, no guests for this program.
5. Upcoming Perrot Library/Greenwich Pen Women Book Group Discussions: Please note a change in the book scheduled for June, plus Greenwich Reads Together entries will be added in the Fall. Notice will be given when these discussions are no longer virtual.
The Overstory, by Richard Powers
April 26, Monday (virtual)
Facilitator: Laurie Heiss, a field biologist
The Four Winds, by Kristin Hannah
June 14, Monday
Facilitator: Diane Tunick Morello
Night. Sleep. Death. The Stars, by Joyce Carol Oates
September 20, Monday
Facilitator: Barbara Ehrentreu
6. Wednesday, May 5, at 7 PM, has been chosen by the GPW Board for our VIRTUAL ANNUAL MEETING this year, because we want all members to be able to attend, regardless of COVID complications. You will be sent a Zoom link – please join us in looking back at and celebrating an exceptional year in our 65 year history. Don’t miss reading the next announcement!
7. Thursday, May 6th, 5 – 7 PM, is being held for our GPW 65th ANNIVERSARY CELEBRATION! We are waiting to find out which venues will be open to us and how we can best accommodate our members. Please save this date – you will receive more information and a reservation request when we have it.
I look forward to connecting with you at these events!
GPW President Lee Paine