Iowa 2018

We Are What We Create — An Evening of Art

Friday, April 20, 5:30 p.m. to 6:30 p.m.

Viaduct Gallery, Des Moines Social Club

900 Mulberry Street, Des Moines

The National League of American Pen Women, Inc.’s biennial conference is coming to the Midwest — and you’re cordially invited to come meet our members and see a diverse range of works created by member artists from across the country.

The Des Moines Social Club will feature a national art show from multiple artists at the Viaduct Gallery. Des Moines’ own award-winning artist Lee Ann Conlan of MXM was the judge for this art exhibit, which will be on display at Des Moines Social Club April 12-28.

“The Gathering,” pastel by Debbie Patrick, Golden Gate Marin Branch, California, first-place winner in the art contest at the 48th Biennial, 2016.

The exhibit will feature a diversity of media, such as oils, pastels, watercolor, mixed media, photography, colored pencil, oil on Plexiglas, dyes on silk, monoprints, and more, all work by NLAPW member artists.

Program highlights:

  • An introduction to NLAPW’s mission and history
  • Presentation by Brenda Sedlacek of Public Arts Advisory Commission
  • An introduction of the winning entries in NLAPW’s biennial art competition
  • Light refreshments

“Travel Bag — Memories of Costa Rica,” ceramic with sgraffito by Melissa Woodburn, Golden Gate Marin Branch, California, second-place winner in the art contest at the 48th Biennial, 2016.

All works on display will be available for sale. Proceeds will benefit the artists, NLAPW and the Des Moines Social Club. The art gallery will remain open until 8:45 p.m.

Pen Women from across the country will visit Des Moines April 18-22 for their Biennial Conference, organized and hosted by the Des Moines Branch. The branch’s oldest member, artist Dorothy Langdon Timmons, a centenarian, is a true NLAPW legend! In the organization’s 120th-year history, this is only the second time for the Biennial to be hosted in the Midwest.

The National League of American Pen Women, Inc. is a nonprofit organization whose mission is to support and promote creative excellence and professional standards among women in all areas of the arts and allied fields.

NLAPW’s vetted members across the country include professional artists, writers, musicians, and professionals from allied industries. Erma Bombeck, Eudora Welty, Grandma Moses, Amy Cheney Beach, and Eleanor Roosevelt are just a few of the prominent Pen Women artists, writers and musicians.

“Girl Who Loves Art” (Chinese painting on scroll) byEmma Pan Yixuan, Gainesville Branch, Florida

“The Girl from Dai Nationality Loves Art,” Chinese painting by Emma Pan Yixuan, Gainesville Branch, Florida, merit recognition in the art contest at the 48th Biennial, 2016.

Founded in 1897, NLAPW is headquartered in a historic mansion in Washington, D.C. National and local outreach programs include grants and college scholarships, arts events and educational school programs.

“Whee!,” pencil and ink on paper by Jeanette Martone, All Cities New York Branch, merit recognition in the art contest at the 48th Biennial, 2016.