Current Member News

Sarah Darer Littman’s YA novel Anything But Okay comes out from Scholastic Press on October 9th. Kirkus Reviews wrote: "With well-developed characters, Littman explores growth and personal relationships alongside pain, mental illness, and social issues—showing how people can come together to heal.”  A teaching and discussion guide will be available on Sarah’s website. 

Doris Mady has had three of her seascape paintings accepted at ArtProvo, Regent Village, Grace Bay, Providenciales, Turks and Caicos Islands, 

Heather Sandifer will be teaching a class on the art of pressing plants at the Greenwich Land Trust on Wednesday, Oct. 3 from 10 am - 2 pm. $65 per person. Learn how to make your own herbarium collection, an art form in the cause of science that basically hasn’t changed for 500 years!  This is an ideal class for the budding botanist, the gardener or the artist.  Register: or by contacting Sophie Neumann, 203-629-2151, ext. 102.

Margaret Esme Simon
has a pastel in the Carriage Barn Member’s Show. Enamel Jug was featured in the flyer that the group sent out to advertise the show. Maria Friscia, Lynn Garelick (with Firey Sunset) and Barbara O’Shea also have work in the show. 

Enamel Jug by Margaret Esme Simon

The reception was on Sunday, September 9 and the show will be up until Saturday, October 13. The Carriage Barn is located in Waveny Park in New Canaan. Gallery hours are Wednesday - Saturday, 10 am - 3 pm and Sunday, 1 - 5 pm.

Add to Your Calendar:

Art critique: Cos Cob Library on Monday, October 22, 2 - 4 pm. The availability of the room is quite limited at this time. Please note: new day of the week and a slightly different time.

Lynn Garelick will conduct a docent tour at the Bruce Museum on Friday, Oct. 5th, 12:20 - 1:30 pm of the new show “Re-tooled”.

Doris Mady will have a one-woman show the month of October at the White Plains Public Library, 2nd floor. Gallery hours: Mon - Thu: 10 am - 9 pm, Fri: 10am - 6 pm, Sat: 10 am - 5 pm, Sun: 1 - 5 pm.

Doris Mady’s Spring Thaw won Honorable Mention (Oils) at Rowayton Arts Center’s Autumn Juried Show. The show runs until October 27Margaret Esme Simon also had a painting juried into the Autumn Show, A Teapot with Five Lemons.  The Rowayton Arts Center is located at 145 Rowayton Avenue, Rowayton, CT. The gallery is open Tuesday - Friday, 11 am - 5 pm and Saturday, 11 am – 2 pm.

Spring Thaw by Doris Mady
Teapot and Five Lemons by Margaret Esme Simon

Fall Events:

(Please mark your calendars now so you can prepare and not miss anything.)

Creative Women:
The Bendheim has received the images from the artists for consideration. In a few weeks we will know which pieces were accepted. The upcoming important dates are:

The reception for the Bendheim show is open to the public and will take place in the meeting room of the Greenwich Arts Council on Sunday, November 18, from 2 - 4 pm. Installation art work for the reception tables is being created demonstrating that the Greenwich Pen Women are fun, colorful, and uplifting creative women. 

The Greenwich Arts Council has asked the Greenwich Pen Women to lead a discussion on creativity based on the Greenwich Reads Together book Code Girls. This will be held at the Greenwich Arts Council meeting room on November 15 from 6 - 8 pm. The discussion will explore:

   - What is creativity? 
   - Were the Code Girls creative? 
   - How women's creativity is too often challenged and written out of history.

We are looking forward to a lively discussion about the nature of creativity.
Please join us. This program is also the first day the Bendheim show "Creative Women" will be open to the public.

On Thursday, December 6 we will have our first Greenwich Pen Women creativity panel discussion at the Greenwich Arts Council meeting room from 6 - 8 pm. The topics will include:

- What are the similarities and difference in the creative process for
visual arts, musical composition, and writing?
- If you engage in more than one creative discipline, what are
the similarities and differences?
- What are the similarities and differences in your creative process if:
        - you work in different media as a visual artist, write fiction and non-fiction and poetry, or compose music and perform as a musician.

Stay tuned for additional creativity panel discussions in 2019.

Spotlight: Diane Tunick Morello - Letters

In Diane Tunick Morello’s final semester at University of Connecticut in Storrs, she needed one more course to remain a full-time student. Taking a chance, she enrolled in a class on writing, journalism and publishing. She was smitten: Writing became her vocation.

For years she wrote freelance articles, published research and developed presentations for magazines, newspapers and corporations. She worked on staff at Florida Trend magazine, owned by St. Petersburg Times; freelanced for newspapers, such as Journal of Commerce in New York City; and became a full-time reporter for Electronic Design and Engineering Tools magazines in New Jersey. She covered topics as varied as international tariffs, Florida real estate, software operating systems and PC design tools.

In 1990 Diane interviewed with Gartner Inc. in Stamford and discovered a perfect fit. At Gartner she started as a business technology writer, then advanced to a research analyst and eventually rose to the level of Gartner fellow. Her insight and her writing and presentation skills enabled her to convert research, patterns and data into analysis and ideas that fueled client interest. She wrote more than 300 research notes, earned two thought leadership awards, traveled around the world as a Gartner analyst and published bylined articles in publications such as Wall Street Journal.

In 2017 Diane left the corporate world and turned her attention to creative writing, fiction, memoir, blogging and photography. She participates in writing groups, takes writing workshops and contributes to online communities. At the moment she has three novels in the works — including a crime thriller called Fake Out — and aims to get a literary agent in 2019. Diane lives in Riverside, CT, and actively volunteers for several local organizations.