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Welcome our new Art Co-Chairs:
Ellen Hackl Fagan, Barbara O’Shea, Heather Sandifer, Margaret Esme Simon, and Connie Stancell.

Maria C. Friscia’s oil painting Morning Sunlight Bursting (right) was accepted into the Annual Contemporary Art Exhibit Juried Show, “Spectrum: Ode to Color” at the Carriage Barn Arts Center.  Until May 15.

Four GPW have been selected to display numerous works in Greenwich Arts Council’s “Art to the Avenue” from May 6-31. They are: Hazel Jarvis at Athleta (350 Greenwich Avenue), Doris Mady at J. Crew (126 Greenwich Avenue), Kathryn Shorts at Your CBS Store (38 W. Putnam Avenue), and Annette Voreyer at Raphael’s Bakery (146 Mason Street). Each artist also has one painting on display at the Bendheim Gallery, 2nd floor. Bendheim is open until June 10.

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You Gotta Have Style - Portrait of Diana Vreeland by Hazel Jarvis, Reeds & Water by Doris Mady, Leopard in Road by Kathryn Shorts, and Clematis with Lemon by Annette Voreyer

Margaret Esmé Simon had two works accepted into the Art Society of Old Greenwich Spring Juried Show at the Greenwich Botanical Center. Her pastel Hydrangeas and Roses was awarded First Place in the category of Drawing/Graphics/Pastel. The theme of the show was “Renewal”. Her oil painting Sunflowers was also part of the show which was in place until April 29. 

Margaret Simon

 


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May’s Theme: Dealing With My Inner Critic

Sarah Darer Littman -- The most important part of being a successful writer is learning how to trick your brain to keep writing when your Inner Crazy Person tells you to stop. “Everything you’re writing is totally drek, and all your previous published novels were a fluke,” she says. I’m working on my 19th novel and that beyotch is still at it.
My strategies: 
1) Set a word count target to meet every day, and keep a spreadsheet to hold myself accountable.
2) When the ICP starts telling me it’s all crap, I tell her “Shut up, beyotch, I’ll fix it revision."


Diane Morello -- Do I Feed the Bad Wolf or the Good Wolf? 

When I retired from the corporate world in 2017, I dove head-first into creative writing, approaching the new domain with the same confidence I demonstrated in business and technology. I learned quickly that success in one area does not translate smoothly into success in another. I was back to being a beginner. My confidence took some hits, and my inner critic took over. Sometimes the inner critic bore the voice of a particularly brutal peer reviewer, sometimes it echoed my mother’s voice urging me to try harder, and sometimes it drummed a rat-a-tat beat in my head demanding I give up. But like the story of two wolves fighting, every day I get to choose whether to feed the bad wolf or the good wolf. Do I listen to the voice of my inner critic, rooted in fear and pride, or do I raise my spirits and become buoyant, resilient, hopeful? Making the choice is not easy, as each one feeds a part of me, but when I choose buoyancy, I leave my inner critic on the ground and I rise.


Lee Paine – 4.11.2021
No one is tougher
and strict, but not mean,
on me than my critic,
the one that’s unseen.

It harps at me daily
for things left undone.
It frequently diminishes
small victories I’ve won.

Occasionally it grants me
a pat on the back,
but more usually it feels
like a sharp little smack.

But wait! Maybe that’s
not all entirely true,
for in the big picture,
there are few things I rue.

Is it me or my critic
who holds my standards high?
Is it me or my critic
when I fall short, with a sigh?

If all my regrets
are light as a feather,
perhaps my inner critic
is just me, altogether.


Haiku by Adrienne Reedy

My inner critic
Tells me when to move forward
Hides when I say shush

My inner critic
Gives me unwanted advice
Laughs when it’s right

My inner critic
Loves to tell me what to do
Cries when I miss out

My inner critic
Likes dancing around my head
I know it’s you Mom!


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“Trust your reader. Not everything needs to be explained. If you really know something, and breathe life into it, they’ll know it too.” ~~ Esther Freud