Current Member News

Congratulations to Penwomen members Maria Friscia, who won 1st Place for Acrylics and Margaret Esmé Simon, who won Second Place for drawing/graphics/pastels at the Art Society of Old Greenwich.

Lynn Garelick’s gouache painting Cezanne Re-visited has been selected for the Greenwich Art Society Annual Summer Juried Exhibition. Opening night is Friday, August 2 from 6 - 8 pm in the Benheim Gallery at the Greenwich Arts Council Building, located at 299 Greenwich Avenue, Greenwich CT.

Diane Tunick Morello, Greenwich Pen Women Program Director and Letters member,
Barbara Ehrentreu, Letters member and Anita Keire, Letters member.

Update on Open Mic Events: Greenwich Pen Women’s Open Mic events on June 26 and July 13 together attracted about 50 people — nearly half of whom read aloud their novels, scenes, blogs, memoirs, poems, chronicles and children stories. The Cos Cob Library event was full, with 30-35 attendees, including 16 speakers. The Byram Shubert Library event, smaller on a Saturday afternoon, attracted about 20 people, including eight speakers. Interest ran high at both events in Greenwich Pen Women, and hopefully we will see attendees become new members. Questions? Contact Diane Morello,

Sarah Darer Littman’s 17th novel, Taming of the Shoe, comes out from Simon & Schuster’s Aladdin imprint on 8/27/19. Kirkus Reviews says: "Cheeky, over-the-top riffs on the familiar tales make this a breezy read with deeper messages that are easily absorbed. Were the evil stepsisters ill-advised and groomed for bad behavior by their own mother? Can people change their behavior? How do we gain the confidence to make dreams reality? … This untraditional fairy tale will inspire young fashionistas.” Kirkus Reviews 

Sarah is also looking forward to teaching a teen writing workshop, Extrapolating into the Future at Greenwich Library for Greenwich Reads Together, and being on the faculty for the inaugural MFA residency WCSU is holding in Dublin, Ireland, in conjunction with the Bram Stoker Festival. 

Doris Mady has two paintings in the juried into the “Visions of New England” show at Stamford Art Association (39 Franklin Street, Stamford). The show runs until August 22. Her entries: Dorset Summer and Earliest of Mornings.

Earliest of Mornings by Doris Mady

Barbara O’Shea has two photos accepted into the Greenwich Art Society’s Annual Summer Juried Show. The show is open through September 6. Public reception: Friday, August 2, 6 - 8 pm. The Theme of the Show is “Unity in Diversity”. Juror was Hillary Reder, Department of Drawings & Prints at MOMA, New York.

Enough and Girls, Inc. by Barbara O’Shea

Margaret Esmé Simon had an oil painting, What’s in the Bag, juried into the Greenwich Art Society summer show at the Bendheim Gallery. The judge was Hillary Reder, Curatorial Assistant, Department of Drawings and Prints at the Museum of Modern Art. The opening reception will be on Friday, August 2, from 6 - 8 pm. There will be a VIP tour on Thursday, August 8, from 5:30 - 7 pm. The show will be up until Friday, September 6. The Bendheim Gallery is on the Second Floor at 299 Greenwich Avenue. Gallery hours are: Tues - Fri 10 am - 4 pm, Sat: noon - 4 pm.

Catherine Stahl also has her pastel juried into the Greenwich Art Society show with Have We Met?

What’s In the Bag? by Margaret Esmé Simon and Have We Met? by Catherine Stahl.

Long Island University asked Deb Weir to assist with their publishing of a retrospective of the charitable works by deceased Pen Woman, Marie Schwartz. This was Marie’s last request.

Each month when you send your jpeg images you can get double exposure by sending to both Joanne Dearcopp ( and Doris Mady ( Joanne will try to use your work* on the private GPW Facebook page (as a header). While Doris will try to use it in the newsletter. She continues to want your fabulous news, a poem, prose or a monthly-themed jpeg to use on the website.

* PLEASE NOTE: If multiple submissions are received they will be saved for future use.


Member's Calendar :

Lynn Garelick will be conducting docent tours at the Bruce Museum on Tuesday, August 6 starting at 1:30 pm.  The shows that she will cover are “Summer with the Averys” (Milton, Sally and March) and “From Butterflies to Battleships: Selections from the Bruce Museum Photography Collection.”
Fall Meet & Greet: Silo Hill Clubhouse on Sunday, September 15, from 5 – 7 pm
Greenwich Reads Together: Fahrenheit 451, September 23, Perrot Memorial Library, 7 pm. Other GRT opportunities will emerge, as arranged by Sarah Darer Littman and Lee Paine. Diane Morello will facilitate the Perrot book discussion.
Final Open Mic Event in 2019: Monday, October 21, 7 pm, at Perrot Memorial Library in Old Greenwich. Save the date and come early to add your name to the five-minute sign-up list. Art members are encouraged to use the five minutes to describe a work or a source of inspiration. Musicians, sing a song, play a riff — bring accompaniment or an instrument, as Perrot has no piano.