Archives for December 2017

Poem of the Week: Winters

by Virginia Nygard
NLAPW Vero Beach Branch


Across the barren, snow-steeped ridge

skeleton trees appear dry and bare,

yet seem to wake as I near the bridge,

and my heart skips with childish fear.


They point my way and begin to wail

as one, in chill and windy voice,

You, too, will pass like this one day.          

You have no other choice.



Art of the Week: Beauty Veiled

Beatrice Doone-Merena
Boca Raton Branch NLAPW
“Beauty Veiled”
Oil on Canvas


Beatrice Doone-Merena is a contemporary realist artist who has mastered Renaissance oil painting techniques to which she adds her unique contemporary perspective, lively sense of color, and bold compositions.


Doone-Merena was inspired to create a relaxed version of beauty with “Beauty Veiled” by a love of portraits. She wanted to break away and create a fun interpretation of the traditional portrait.


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Poem of the Week: Poetic Mystery

by Natica Angilly
Diablo/Alameda Branch, CA


Spirit dreams

the dance of the poem.

Consciousness flows.

Moving atoms take the space.

Poetry dances.

Mysteries unfold.


Art of the Week: Hampton Shores

Lisa Rose
Vero Beach Branch
“Hampton Shores”
Soft Pastel, 18 x 24


After completing her professional training for Interior Design at Cornell University, Lisa Rose served her apprenticeship in all phases of interior design and planning at Braswell-Willougby Inc.


Ms. Rose spent three years there, developing the “studied casual opulence” that is now her trademark. During this period she worked on such projects as the interiors of private jets and yachts, which were subsequently published in Architectural Digest and House and Garden.


In 1978 Lisa Rose founded Aubergine Interiors. Aubergine Interiors has gained national attention with features in prestigious publications including House Beautiful, House Beautiful Home Decorating, Florida Design, Interior Design, Maison Francaise, Home, Cosmopolitan, Woman’s Day, The New York Times, Professional Office Design, The New York Post, The Daily News, and Ladies Home Journal.


Now retired, Ms. Rose spends her time managing her real estate properties in Vero Beach Florida and Sag Harbor, New York and volunteering at the Environmental Learning Center and the Vero Beach Museum of Art.


She has just taken up Pastel painting and has set up her studio and web site.


Art of the Week: Jeweled Koi

Diane L. Lawrence
Topeka, Kansas Branch


Diane’s focus as an artist has always been color. She tries to achieve colors so intense that the viewer is drawn to the artwork like a moth to a flame. Nature is her inspiration because of so many surprises in color and pattern. The purpose of her paintings is to make us more aware of the beauty of our surroundings.


Originally from St. Louis, Missouri, Diane graduated from the Kansas City Art Institute with a B.F.A. in Painting and Printmaking. After the Art Institute she went on to earn a teaching certification from the University of Missouri in Kansas City. Her teaching experience began in the public school system of Independence, Missouri. After moving to Kansas in 1975 Diane continued teaching in her studio as well as other venues. She has taught workshops and given demonstrations in Kansas and Missouri in Silk Painting and Watercolor. Because of her experience, Diane was selected as an instructor for Silk Painters International Conferences in 2010, 2012, 2014, 2016 and 2018.