Current Member News

Rosemarie T. Anner is such a frequent contributor to Hearst Connecticut Media that she jokes she should now be considered a bimonthly columnist for the company. Since last June, Rosemarie has written profiles for Hearst on artist Peter Arguimbau, jewelry designer Deborah Armstrong, sportscaster and Olympic swimming athlete Donna de Varona, chefs Al DeAngeles and Francois Kwaku-Dongo, award-winning restaurateur/chef Reza Khorshidi, and Bruce Museum director of exhibitions Anne von Stuplenagel. Her assignments have brought her into the worlds of croquet, bridge, and storytelling. Along the way, Rosemarie reviewed two restaurants for Hearst and two for Westchester magazine and wrote a profile for Westchester magazine’s blog. Assignments for Home Design+Decor magazine introduced her to interior designer Linherr-Holllingsworth and to landscape architect John Conte. A truly busy year for her.

Libby Collins, Maria C. Friscia, and Barbara O’Shea were juried into the Greenwich Art Society 101st Annual Juried Exibition at the Bendheim Gallery. The show ran through mid-April.

Julie Dolphin invites us to a special, private concert on May 12 in Stamford, where she will be performing with The Westfair Singers and Anthony Newman. Attached is the invitation, with time and place. The suggested donation covers not only the lovely music, but wonderful pre-concert hors d'oeuvres and sparkling beverages. You may RSVP by sending an email to

Claudia Dumschat performed on the Arnold and Marie Schwartz organ during Marie Schwartz’s funeral on April 28. Claudia was one of five Pen Women who attended this service that included a soloist from the Metropolitan Opera and the oldest boys’ choir in NYC. 

Photo of Marie Schwartz; Claudia in front of the organ

Maria C. Friscia, Barbara O’Shea, and Margaret Esmé Simon were juried into the Rowayton Arts Center Spring Show. Barbara O’Shea was also asked to be part of an artist talk at the gallery, along with five other exhibiting members. The show continued until March 31.

Barbara O’Shea and Margaret Esmé Simon were accepted into the “Spectrum” show at the Carriage Barn. The judge was Hilary Lewis, chief curator and creative director at the Glass House. The show will be up until Thursday, May 24. The Carriage Barn is located in beautiful Waveny Park, 681 South Avenue, New Canaan. Gallery hours are Wednesday–Saturday 10:00 a.m.–3:00 p.m., Sunday 1:00–5:00 PM.

Doris Mady, Maria Friscia, Ilse Gordon, Barbara O’Shea, Heather Sandifer, and Margaret Esmé Simon are participating in the Greenwich Art Council’s Art to the Avenue annual event. Opening festivities will be held on May 3 from 5:30—8:00 p.m. The show runs from May 3—May 28. More information and a map can be found here:

Store locations:
Doris can be found at Relax the Back, 367 Greenwich Ave.
Maria, at Berkshire Hathaway Home Services, Berkshire Hathaway Home services, 136 East Putnam Ave.
Ilse, at Greenwich Bank and Trust, 115 East Putnam Ave.
Barbara O’Shea, at Greenwich Orchids, 106 Mason St.
Heather, at Pinky of Greenwich, 71 Church St.
Margaret at McArdle’s Florist and Garden Center, 48 Arch St.

Doris Mady, “Meadow Merriment”

Lee Paine gave a two hour presentation on "Using Your Cell Phone Camera for Fine Art" for more than 25 members and guests of the Art Society of Old Greenwich on Wednesday, April 11th, at the OG Civic Center. The participatory class focused on challenging everyone to find creative ways to use their cell phone cameras to elevate their own artistic pursuits. Artists attending included painters, fiber artists, photographers and sculptors, as well as those just hoping to use their cell phone cameras more artistically. The in-class assignments produced some wonderful results.

Margaret Esmé Simon had a pastel painting, “Tara” chosen for a show at the Art Students League in New York City. It was one of the works done in famed pastelist, Ellen Eagle’s class. The show was in the League’s Phyllis Harriman Mason Gallery from April 21—28. Margaret’s pastel sketch “Tabitha” will be part of the Community Sponsored Awards show at the Rowayton Art Center. The opening will be on May 6, and the show will be up until June 2. The Rowayton Art Center is located at 145 Rowayton Avenue in Norwalk. Gallery hours are Tuesday—Saturday from 11:00 a.m.—5 p.m. Sunday from 1:00—4:00 p.m.

Tara and Tabitha

Valerie Stauffer recently had a short story published in the literary journal (print edition!) Evening Street Review, the spring issue. Her story, “Twists and Turns,” deals with a young ski competitor whose determination to win a medal results in her crossing ethical standards.