Spring 2017 In Memoriam
Editor’s note: Our tributes to Pen Women who have passed away are published quarterly, replacing obituaries in The Pen Woman magazine, where only a brief notice is printed.
We honor the lives of these, our departed Pen Women:
Liana M. Moonie, Art Member of the Greenwich, CT Branch
Liana M. Moonie, revered Art Member of the Greenwich branch passed away peacefully on November 24, 2016 after a five year battle with cancer. Mrs. Moonie, a 1997 recipient of the branch’s Owl Award was born in Trieste, Italy in 1922, coming to the United States after World War II, settling in San Francisco, where the CEO of the Bank of America employed her as a translator, working on documents for the Marshall Plan. It was there that she met Clyde Moonie, with whom she shared a 65 year marriage.
Mrs. Moonie was an active member of the Greenwich branch, stopping a movement in the ’90s that would have led to its dissolution. She then served as Parliamentarian and helped revise the group’s Standing Rules.
In recent years she was an enthusiastic member of the Art group, a lively participant in their Critique sessions.
Her growth as an artist really began in 1969 when her children went away to school. A student of artists including Robert Brackman, Edgar Whitney and WIlliam Maxwell, Liana’s style evolved from representational to abstract.
As president of the National Association of Women Artists se was instrumental in the founding of the group’s museum at Rutgers University. Her devotion to the arts, and her involvement in the Norwalk, Connecticut organization, led the Moonies to create the Silvermine Guild Art Endowment.
Moonie’s work is represented in the NAWA permanent collection at Rutgers, the Library of the National Museum of Women in the Arts in Washington, D.C. and in museums and private collections all across America.
Predeceased by her husband, she is survived by her son Gregory, and daughter, Barbara. She is remembered fondly by all who knew her.
Submitted by Judy Crystal, Publicity Chair