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.
"The summer night is like a perfection of thought."
~ ~Wallace Stevens
Note from our President:
Dear Pen Women,
This past month has brought many joyful changes into our lives as we relax our Covid restrictions and begin to meet each other face to face! Although our normal GPW routine would be to take June, July and August off, your board will be meeting this June, working on new initiatives and keeping in close touch as we plan for our 65th Anniversary Celebration in September.
Most important, our newly formed Nominating Committee will soon be convening to approve new job descriptions for our unfilled board positions that will make it possible for 2 or more people to each do smaller portions of the jobs. Then we will be reaching out to members.
If called, please do your best to help out, because getting more members involved, each with fewer responsibilities, is the best way for us to assure the future of the GPW. We are only one or two empty board positions away from becoming non-functional. This will be a pivotal year for us.
We want to be able to celebrate our 65th Anniversary with all board positions filled, looking forward to a wonderful year of new opportunities and inspired creations!
On that note, please remember to submit your creations to Doris Mady for the Expressions Gallery by the 20th of each month, including during the summer. Everything you need to know is under the Expressions Gallery header, on our website, found under Member News.
The Poetry Group, led by Barbara Ehrentreu, met yesterday with Barbara’s friend, Poet Laureate for British Columbia and nominee for the Booker Prize, Cynthia Sharp. With Cynthia’s guidance, we all shared work inspired by her and really bonded with each other in the process!
The 5 new Art Chairs, Margaret Simon, Barbara O’Shea, Connie Stancell and Heather Sandifer, led by Ellen Fagan, are already launching exciting events, offering a field trip to artist members to Wave Hill on June 24th. Carpools are being organized and a tour is planned! Others trips are in the works!
Letters Report from Leigh Grant and Rosemarie Anner, co-chairs – Letters held its first in-person, planned to be outdoor, meeting, but the weather didn’t cooperate. Therefore, we held it indoors with French doors and windows open and the ceiling fan on. It was such a relief to note that our writers who have been confined to little boxes on Zoom actually have legs, arms, torsos, etc. We had a great time both in the critique and with a little lunch along the way. I think everyone left feeling good about everyone else. Thank you LETTERS members for a great year!!! Keep writing!
Wishing everyone a wonderful summer!
GPW President Lee Paine