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June 2016

Des Moines, Iowa Branch

Laura Walth with Congressman David Young 3rd District Iowa

Laura Walth with Congressman David Young 3rd District Iowa

Laura Walth, NLAPW National Outreach Chair, met with Congressman David Young from the Third District of Iowa when she was in Washington DC for her first Board of Directors meeting. She introduced the concept of promoting the arts in schools by sharing with him the guide, “Creating Students who Soar Higher Through the Poetry in the Schools Project,” created by the Pikes Peak Branch in Colorado Springs, Colorado.

The Congressman was also open to visiting the Des Moines Branch of NLAPW when he is in Des Moines for the weekend. Laura believes it is important to close the gap between political parties when it comes to supporting the arts in education. We as Pen Women can help promote the arts by reaching out to our congressman to let them know we are here to help regardless of their political affiliation.

 

Also from the Des Moines, Iowa Branch:Elaine Erickson accepting 2016 Natl Music award from Laura Walth

Elaine Erickson won first place in the 2016 48th Biennial Music Competition. Elaine received the NLAPW National award at the Des Moines Iowa Branch meeting May 14th at the Des Moines Social Club.
The title of Elaine Erickson’s music composition for flute and piano is December Celebration. It was performed at the Iowa Composers Forum Music Festival at the University of Northern Iowa, March 2015, and at the Westkirk Presbyterian Church in January 2016. The theme running through her piece is a Christmas song called, “Of the Father’s Love Begotten”. There are dissonant atonal passages in this piece that resolve into that tune like darkness moving to light.

2016 Biennial Music Competition winners

1st place  :  Elaine Erickson, Des Moines Branch for “December Celebration”

2nd place:  Eugenie Rocherolle, Member At Large

3rd place:  Dr. Alice Moerk, Sarasota, Florida Branch

Minnesota Branch

Member Marjorie Alexander shares her news (Minnesota Branch Newsletter, May 2016):

"The Web" - Marjorie Alexander

“The Web” – Marjorie Alexander

My piece, “The Web” was chosen for the current National Pen Women exhibit in Washington, DC. I believe it is on exhibit at the Democratic Club in Washington. Also, I just heard that my entry into the NLAPW art exhibit has been accepted. I am awaiting instructions of sending the piece into Washington. The second piece is in a juried exhibit held in Whitehorse, Yukon, Canada. It is a book illustrating the poem Birches, a poem by Robert Frost. The title of the exhibit is “Words.”

 

Previous Branch Events:

Pensacola Branch members awarded medals

Autry Dye and Mara Viksnins were honored with certificate awards and bronze medals( Arts Category) from the Arts- Sciences- Lettres Society- (Societe Academique d’Encouragement et d’Education- Fondee en 1915-Paris, France.

Presenter Christine Salome (right) with medal winner Autry Dye

Presenter Christine Salome (right) with medal winner Autry Dye

Presenter Christine Salome (right) with medal winner Mara Viksnins

Presenter Christine Salome (right) with medal winner Mara Viksnins

We submitted applications including our resumes, artists statements and photos of our work. Jane Nowlin and Jackie Campbell also received bronze medals but were out of town for the presentation. We were invited to Paris for the awards
ceremony but we were unable to attend.
Thank you Christine Salome for helping to make this happen.
Christine is the American ambassador for the Society artsscienceslettres@yahoo.fr

Mara Viksnins
Pres. NLAPW- Pensacola, Fl. Branch


Delaware Scholastic Writing Awards

Region coordinators JoAnn Balingit, Betsy Greer (Diamond State Branch, DE) and Dianne Bauer (Holly Branch, DE.

Region coordinators JoAnn Balingit, Betsy Greer (Diamond State Branch, DE) and Dianne Bauer (Holly Branch, DE)

The Diamond State Branch is seeing continued success with their
sponsorship of the Delaware Writing Region of the Scholastic Awards.
The Scholastic Art & Writing Awards honors them with part one of a two-part profile
featuring the affiliate as this month’s Regional Spotlight at www.artandwriting.org

JoAnn Balingit
Diamond State Branch, DE