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Debe Abbott

Debe and her husband Kevin are the owners of Abbott’s Lake Country Studio, a custom-framing workshop and art studio in upstate New York. In addition to showing her work at the studio, Abbott has actively exhibited her artwork in venues throughout the country. Of her work, Debe says, “I consider myself mostly a landscape painter. Even my abstract work is based on landscapes or at least inspired by the natural world. Fields, flowers, trees, the sky – everything I see around me finds its way into my paintings. Debe is a member of the Central New York branch of the NLAPW.
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Jill Adler

Vice president of the NLAPW Modesto Chapter, Jill is a freelance writer and has published over 300 articles, mostly in the world of sports. She co-owns which covers North American professional minor league hockey.
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Leanor Anthony

Leonor Anthony is an Expressionist artist born in Havana, Cuba, Leonor immigrated with her family to the United States as a very young child. Today, she resides and works in Coconut Grove, Florida and is a member of the NLAPW Coral Gables branch. Leonor’s preferred medium is oil on canvas and charcoal drawings. The imagery of her art is crafted with a combination of precise and loose brush strokes, characterized by powerful colors and jarring compositions that elicit vivid emotional reactions.

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Mary Ann Artrip

Mary Ann belongs to the Watauga Branch (Tennessee). A devotee of Hitchcock and O. Henry, she writes mainly fiction in the genres of romance, mystery, and intrigue. She has found that she is most successful when she writes about that which she likes to read – the unexpected with surprise endings. She has published three novels, Remember Me With Love, Moonshadows, and Surrey Square. Two of her books have been nominated for the Appalachian Writers Association’s Book of the Year.

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Anne Babin

Anne’s hobbies and interests are her family (five children, eleven grandchildren aged fourteen to twenty-five), genealogy, gardening, writing poetry and short stories, photography, club work, church work, and others. She has served as editor for various newsletters for years. She is a member of about nine hereditary organizations. A member of NLAPW since 1995, Anne served as president of the Memphis Branch NLAPW from 2000 to 2003 and is currently the vice president of the Choctaw Branch (Mississippi). Alan, her husband of 56 years, encourages and supports Anne in all of her activities.
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Sallie Naatz Bailey

Sallie is a freelance artist and writer who was born in Syracuse, New York, in 1931. She studied art at Syracuse University and has worked in many media including serigraphs, watercolor, and, most recently, original computer graphics. Her website, Woodland Studio, summarizes and contains examples of her work in various media. Sallie is a past president and board member of both the Associated Artists of Syracuse and the Central New York Branch of the National League of American Pen Women.
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JoAnn Balingit

JoAnn Balingit is the author two poetry collections Your Heart and How It Works (Spire Press, 2009), and Forage, (Wings Press, 2011), winner of the Whitebird Chapbook Prize. Her poems have appeared in journals and anthologies such as the Best New Poets, DIAGRAM.2, Smartish Pace, Harpur Palate, and on Verse Daily. The current poet laureate of Delaware, she teaches poetry in schools and non-profit organizations, and coordinates state-wide writing projects for youth and adults.

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Carmen Beecher

Carmen is a native Floridian and has worked many years as an illustrator, producing everything from presentations and cover illustrations to aviation and space art. Having been freed from the the Cubicle World, she is now painting and traveling. Carmen is a member of the Cape Canaveral Branch (Florida).
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Wendy Hart Beckman

Wendy has taught at Miami University and the University of Cincinnati. Now her “day” job is in media relations at the University of Cincinnati. Her “night” job is writing, editing, and taking care of her family. Her writing interests include both fiction and nonfiction for both adult and youth audiences, and her goal as a freelance writer and editor is to get published and help others publish. Wendy is the president of the Cincinnati (Ohio) chapter of Pen Women.

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Marlene Bell

Marlene’s work exhibits vibrant color and dense energy. Paintings range from miniatures through large canvases, and have sometimes personal forms; yet the viewer is an active participant in the scene. She often paints in acrylic because of its versatility, but also works in watercolors and oils, and is fascinated by what the paint brings on canvas.

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Catherine Bohrman

Catherine is a life member of the National League of American Pen Women where she has served on the national and local Connecticut boards. She strives to make her work beautiful, romantic, and sensual to the eye. Catherine has found it interesting how in life a chance meeting or a fleeting vision or moment in a day can affect one’s life and work so deeply.
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Miki Boni

Brooklyn-born painter Miki Boni began her career in New York’s East Village drawing street portraits. She has lived in Mexico as a working artist where she taught painting and drawing at the Instituto Allende, in San Miguel de Allende. Widely exhibited and in private collections in Mexico, Europe and the U.S., Boni is the first American woman painter whose work was selected to be part of a permanent collection at Museo Ateneo Cultural in Nayarit, Mexico.
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Alice Benjamin Boudreau

Alice’s work could be called “Expressionism Based on Observation.” Her favorite artists are the Post-Impressionists and German and Abstract Expressionists. She uses a variety of media – acrylic, pastels, and watercolor, with the model, landscape, or still-life for a jumping-off point to express personal feelings. She belongs to the Sarasota Branch of the National League of American Pen Women as well as a variety of other organizations.
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Sharyn Bowman

Mixing mystery with science in Hospital Homicide

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Ute Buehler

is a photographer and author who writes travel and cooking books and reports through her photography about different cultures and peoples in Europe and the USA. She is a member of the Minnesota Branch.
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Nicola Burnell

Nicola Burnell is Publisher of CapeWomenOnline Magazine ( With a focus on articles that inspire, empower and celebrate the women of Cape Cod, this magazine provides a dynamic online forum where women share their ideas, resources and Life Stories with each other. In a recent move to bring Cape Women together in real time, Nicola launched the Cape Women in the Community initiative, through which she hosts a variety of fun events designed to educate and nurture this growing culture of strong, visionary women.Visit Site

Mary Margaret Buss

Mary Margaret is an accomplished actress/monologist and speaker, specializing in the one-woman presentation. She has served on the National Executive Board of the National League of American Pen Women.

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Linda Butti

New York-based artist Linda Butti paints because she has to. She says it’s the only way she has of expressing her very active inner life. She is currently an Associate Professor of Art in the NYC metropolitan area where she also gives demonstrations and lectures, curates exhibits, and judges shows. Linda works in digital media as well as mixed media and oil paint. Linda is a member of the New York City Branch.
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Mary Ann Carr

Mary Ann is a member and current president of the Chesapeake Bay Branch (Virginia). A veteran educator and consultant, she conducts workshops for teachers and parents. Author of a resource book for teachers, Mary Ann has also written a series of bestselling mysteries challenging kids to become detectives and solve the crimes.
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Pamela Chatterton-Purdy

The Book: Icons of the Civil Rights Movement, is the culmination of a journey begun in 1963. David and I were married in June and by Aug. The March on Washington Occurred. That Sept. I was hired as an Art Editor at Ebony Magazine. One of two whites in a company of 150 employees, we became heavily involved in the Civil Rights Movement. As parents of 4 children, 2 adopted and African American, our journey continued. A Civil Rights trip in 2004 brought the conviction, that as an artist, I would create icons to honor those that sacrificed so much. All 27 can be seen on my web-site.
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Phyllis Coniglio

A painter with a contemporary style, Phyllis uses mixed media to achieve her results. Her work is being recognized and she is winning awards at league art shows. She is a member of the Long Island (New York) Pen Women.
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A. Yvonne Winslow Crist

A. Yvonne Winslow Crist (Vonnie Winslow Crist), BS Art-Ed, MS Professional Writing, is author-illustrator of The Enchanted Skean (Compton Crook Award Finalist), Owl Light, The Greener Forest, River of Stars, Essential Fables, Leprechaun Cake & Other Tales, and other books. A Pushcart nominee and winner of multiple awards from the international Writers of the Future Contest, she is also a member of the Society of Children’s Book Writers & Illustrators (both Art & Writing) and Science Fiction & Fantasy Writers of America. Her writing has been published in Italy, Spain, Australia, Canada, Finland, the UK and USA. Over 1,000 of her illustrations have also been published.Visit Site

Dodie Cross

Dodie is a freelance writer who has traveled the world writing about life in foreign countries. Her education has been in creative writing and journalism. Dodie has been published in several newspapers and magazine and has been a guest columnist for the “Lake Chelan Mirror” in Washington State. Her essays have appeared in a number of magazines. Her first book, A Broad Abroad in Thailand, has been an award-winner. Dodie is mother to four and grandmother to nine. A member of the Palm Springs Branch (Florida), she is currently a columnist for the Palm Springs Writers Guild.

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Kay B. Day

Freelance correspondent, author, and speaker. Kay also writes poetry and writes about poetry. Two of her books are A Poetry Break and Killing Earl.
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Dee DeVane

Dee took instructions in Sumi-e (ink painting) from Professor I-Hsiung Ju. She later became interested in the Ling-nan style, and has worked under three masters from the Ling-nan Art College of South China: Henry Wo Yue-Kee, Lui-Sang Wong, and Dick Chen, as well as others. Dee has exhibited, won awards, and sold over 500 paintings since becoming interested in Sumi-e and continues to fit painting into a busy schedule.
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Linda Eve Diamond

Linda is a poet and the author of several business, education, and self-help books. She worked in corporate training for nearly fifteen years, writing and delivering customized sessions on management, business writing, and interpersonal skill development for a wide variety of industries. Linda’s latest book is Rule #1: Stop Talking! and her poetry collection is titled The Human Experience. Also a provider of listening-skills training, Linda is a member of the Fort Lauderdale Branch (Florida).
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Pamela Binnings Ewen

A member of the Southeast Louisiana Branch, Pamela recently retired from practicing law in Houston, Texas, and has embraced a new full-time writing career. She currently lives with her husband in Mandeville, Louisiana, just outside New Orleans. She has published several books including the nonfiction Faith on Trial used as a text for a course in law and religion at Yale Law School. She has served on the Board of Directors of Inprint, Inc., a nonprofit organization suporting the literary arts in Houston, Texas, and is a co-founder of the Northshore Literary Society in the Greater New Orleans area.
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Dorothy K. Fletcher

Dorothy has been teaching English for over thirty years in Jacksonville, Florida. Along with teaching, writing is her passion. Two of her books are Zen Fishing and Other Southern Pleasures and The Cruelest Months.

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Anna Flowers

Anna is from the eastern shore of Maryland. She now lives in Melbourne, Florida. First published at the age of twelve in a National Anthology of Literature, she has never stopped writing. She studied writing at the University of Maryland and Washington College. Her early career was spent as a journalist covering crime, as an art director and writer for an Annapolis, Maryland, boating magazine, as a columnist, and as host of a radio talk show. She is a member of Florida’s Cape Canaveral Branch.
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Judy B. Freeman Pottery

Judy B. Freeman Pottery ~ Potter and ceramic artist for over 30 years, Judy Freeman’s work is sure to bring a smile to your face. Sometimes functional, always fun, funky, and whimsical. Judy currently serves as the Tampa Branch treasurer in Florida.
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Beth S. Goldberg

As a mother of young children, award-winning mixed-media artist Beth wanted to learn and started to take art courses at adult education. When she saw that she enjoyed the process, she sought the best teachers that she could find who encouraged her to enter juried shows. She loves finding innovative ways and materials to express herself. Beth is a member of the Long Island Branch (New York) and has served as its president. She has also been president and treasurer of the New York State Association and has served on the national nominating and bylaws committees.
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Chella Gonsalves

Chella prefers “en plein aire” oil painting, working in ag-related subjects that are part of the vanishing landscape. She has served as president of the Modesto Branch of the National League of American Pen Women.

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Dr. Pascale Gousseland

Dr. Gousseland is a psychotherapist, psychoanalyst, and hypnotherapist in a private practice in New York City. She is also an accomplished writer of published screenplays, poetry, and stories. Gousseman is a frequent feature poet at live venues and on cable TV in the New York City area.
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Linda Ohlson Graham

Linda Ohlson Graham is a fine photographer and ecstatic poet (named CO Department of Peace Poet Laureate in Oct. 2009) who sailed thousands of miles in the 70-s … including the Bahamas, the Caribbean, Central and South America. Linda had the opportunity to sail again in the fall of 2011. She also lived in (1984-93) and co-directed (1984-96) The (J.M.W.) Turner Museum in Denver, CO. Her photography and spiritual writing portray the richness of her life’s experience.

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Jacqueline Grossman

Prize-winning sculptor-turned-author Jacqueline Grossman recently came out of hiding with her poignant World War II memoir, Chased By Demons: How I Survived Hitler’s Insanity In My Native France. Born in Paris of eastern European French immigrants, her early years were blissful ones. But at age eight, with Hitler’s bombs overhead, her world exploded and her family went into hiding.
Three years later, she arrived in the U.S. as a displaced person and was placed in an orphanage. The painful taunting from her peers who found her accent and refugee status amusing caused her to hide again. Hiding her Jewish and French identities became natural and continued into adulthood. Then, she said, “No more!” and released her memoir. By that time, sixty years had passed.
A former resident of the San Francisco Peninsula, multi-talented Jacqueline was once called “Jackie of all trades” by a local newspaper. A former college teacher, community organizer, Fortune 500 company manager, fund-raiser, and general contractor, Jacqueline’s skills are numerous and diverse. Besides, sculpting, writing is her new passion. After designing her own website, Visit Site(constructed by her son), she began and recently finished her second book.

Mila Tapperi Hajjar

Mila Tapperi Hajjar was born in Rome, Italy She graduated with honors in architecture and completed other studies in Hungary and in Venezuela. As a painter, Mila has participated in more than a hundred group exhibitions and fifty solo exhibitions in galleries and museums in South America, Europe, Asia and the United States. About her paintings she said: “I like to paint because it’s a way in which I can share what I love with others and all things become more beautiful when you can share them”. Mila lives in Miami since 2003 and is member of Coral Gables Branch.

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K.M. Hammond

Displaying current news and original art in the Impressionistic Realism style by 1980 Artist and Pen Women, K.M. Hammond can be found on her website. She has been painting Professionally since 1959. As of 2009, Hammond holds a dual NLAPW Membership in Art and Letters. Her now published book, Art Affirmations, The Life and Times of K.M. Hammond, is available on her website. Hammond’s favorite painting medium is the one she is working in at the time. She is accomplished in Acrylic,Charcoal, Crayola Crayon,Mixed Media, Oil, Pastels, Pen and Ink, Pencil and Watercolor. Painting motto: Always Original. Never a Print. Selling only original paintings, there are K.M. Hammond Art Collectors worldwide.
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Gioia Hansbury

In its own way, painting is Gioia’s method of telling a story, one that invites closer examination and which rewards the observer with more than one possible interpretation. Gioia is a member of the Golden Gate Branch (California).
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Nancy Leigh Harless

Nancy is a retired nurse practitioner who travels often, usually off the well-paved road. To date, she has had the good fortune to live in or visit fifteen countries. Throughout her travels, she has seen women struggle, sometimes against overwhelming odds. What she has come to know for sure is the message of her first book, Womankind: Connection and Wisdom Around the World. Now Nancy devotes her time to her grandchildren, travel, writing, and giving presentations about her experiences. She is a member of the Iowa City Branch (Iowa).
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Sylvia Harnick

“My process is to apply layers of paint with photo transfer in-between. When the moment is right I use a scraper and/or a palate knife as drawing tools. I approach the canvas with an open mind; a meditative state ensues; I begin to draw.
The result is a visual history, part of a continuing dialog between artist, materials, process and viewer.”
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Pamela Walker Hart

Pam’s experience in the visual arts includes exhibiting/award winning artist, juror, and arts educator. Through speaking engagements, program presentations, and published writings, she ardently promotes the multi-faceted benefits of creativity for individuals and society as a whole. Pam is a member of the Central New York Branch of NLAPW.

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Caroline Henry

Caroline is a member of the Stockton-Lodi Branch in northern California. She has been painting since early 1990s, and her work has appeared in many juried shows. After starting as a watercolorist, her work has branched into other media including pastels, acrylics, oils, and colored pencil. She has done a number of one-woman shows and is very active within her community’s non-profit art organization. She is what is usually referred to as self-taught, meaning that she has relied on workshops, viewing masterworks, and instruction books to develop her artistic abilities.
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Sonja Herbert

Sonja’s first novel, Tightrope!, won the Eaton Literary Award and $2500.00 for best book-length manuscript for 2006. The book tells about her mother, a half-Jewish fashion model, who survived the Night of Broken Glass in her Jewish boss’s store and survived the Nazis by hiding in a circus. Read more about Sonja’s book and her other writings, publications, and awards. Sonja is a member-at-large in the Portland, Oregon area.

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Jean Hull Herman

Poet and author of Jerry Springer as Bulfinch, Starving for the Marvelous, and her first novel, When I’m Calling You.
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Edna Hibel

Edna Hibbel’s paintings are sugary portraits of mothers and children from around the world. She paints on a variety of surfaces: wood, silk, crystal, and porcelain. The museum located on Royal Poinciana Way houses over 1000 examples of her work. Mrs. Hibbel still lives in the Palm Beach, Florida, area and frequently visits the museum. Saturday, January 13, 2007, was Edna’s 90th birthday bash!
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Linda Hodges

Linda is a food- and travel-related writer who co-authored Language and Travel Guide to Ukraine, Hippocrene Books, Inc., now in its fourth edition. She created her large “Ukrainian Language, Culture, and Travel” site in 1995 to help orient travelers to that little-known country. Linda serves as membership chairperson of the Des Moines Branch.

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Charlene Holloway, RN

A member of the Washington D.C. Branch, Charlene is a native Louisvillian of Kentucky and has been a registered nurse for over 35 years. Charlene is the youngest African-American still living in the state of Kentucky who marched right beside the late Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. in 1961. She has written a biographical and pictorial story of how Charles D. Whitlock, owner of Whitlock’s Florist, attempted to compose the lives of his two daughters, one of whom is Charlene’s mother. Her book is entitled “Whitlock’s Compositions.”
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Mary Hubley

Mary is a member of the St. Augustine Branch (Florida). A web developer and oil painter, she paints the marshes, beaches, and palms that are near her North Florida home and the people who love to be out in the sunshine. Vibrations of the wild places, ancient things, and the people who enjoy them are what she tries to capture in her work. Painting is much more than capturing perfectly what something looks like. Rather, her art involves the emotional response to it – stretching beyond the mere technical and revealing a subject’s energy, its indefinable spirit.

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Anne Ierardi

Anne Ierardi is a painter, writer, spiritual director and ordained minister on Cape Cod. She illustrated with 21 paintings Walking with Grief: A Healing Journey. She loves to paint from music and has created a multi-media presentation of Jazz women singers. Anne is a member of the Cape Cod branch of the NLAPW.
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Karen Jones

Karen is the co-director of the Chesapeake Writer’s Conference, serves on the Board of Directors of The P. Buckley Moss Foundation for Children’s Education, is an advisor for the Bay School for the Arts, and is a member of the Chesapeake Bay Branch. Karen has worked for ten years as an educator in the public schools teaching English and composition. She is presently at work on her fourth book, The Highland Witch, a historical romance novel set in 15th century Scotland.
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Maria Keane

Maria maintains a creative interdependence with the printmaking process: the preparation of the plate and the paper, and the pulling of the print off the press. The result is always descriptive of the mirror’s eye (a reverse image inherent of the printmaking process). Printmaking is a solitary aesthetic experience in which the process never lies. When the print is pulled, she knows whether her subject speaks to her — and others. Then Maria is able to share intimacies of the process through the visual participation of others beyond the mirror’s eye.

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June Keene

June Keene describes “writing and speaking” as an inseparable unit, like the two sides of a coin – maintaining they should never be regarded as separate crafts. In her presentations and workshops, she demonstrates that, in the same way a sheet of music needs a musician to bring it to life, the trained speaking voice can, and should, add full expression to the written word. In her childhood years in England, June showed a natural writing talent; in her teens she developed a love of drama and later studied with the London Academy of Music and Dramatic Art. In both Great Britain and the United States, she honed her communication skills in the fields of sales and marketing, leading to the development of the first “Principles of Expressive Speech” workshop and, more recently,”An Internet Workshop Of Presentation Skills.” June is recording secretary for the Richmond, Virginia Branch.

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Carol P. Kingsley

Carol, a Venzuelan artist of British descent, has been a Coral Gables resident since 1979 and is a member of the Coral Gables (D.C.) Branch. She likes to paint with a limited palette that portrays an impressive display of shadows and light.
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Marty Knobloch

Marta Knobloch is a poet and author.She has written three award winning collections of poetry. Her work has appeared in numerous literary magazines and anthologies in the United States, Australia, Ireland, Italy and England. Marta has traveled extensively throughout her life, lived abroad, and currently makes her home in Far West Texas.
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Carolyn Kreiter-Foronda

Dr. Carolyn Kreiter-Foronda served as Poet Laureate of Virginia from 2006-2008. She has published five books of poetry and co-edited two poetry anthologies. Her poems have been nominated for five Pushcart Prizes and appear in numerous magazines, including Nimrod, Prairie Schooner, Mid-American Review, Best of Literary Journals, Poet Lore and An Endless Skyway, an anthology of poems by U.S. State Poets Laureate. Her many awards include five grants from the Virginia Commission for the Arts; a Spree First Place award; multiple awards in Pen Women competitions; a Special Merit Poem in Comstock Review’s Muriel Craft Bailey Memorial contest; aPassages North contest award; an Edgar Allan Poe first-place award; and a Resolution of Appreciation from the State Board of Education for her contributions as Poet Laureate of Virginia.
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Christa Krumbhaar

A graduate of the Hussian School of Art in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, Christa majored in advertising design. Her background as a graphic designer is reflected in her images. She loves exploring the possibilities of what someone else might consider trash and turning it into a reclaimed treasure. Christa’s work can be found in numerous collections. She is a member of the Chester Country Branch (Pennsylvania).
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Linda Larsen

Linda is a landscape painter and paints en plein air in numerous locations throughout Marin County, California. Landscape painting combines two essential aspects of her life: her love of the outdoors and her need to respond, with paint or pencil, to the beauty and mystery of life. The natural landscape is the subject of Linda’s paintings, her “artist’s model,” her muse and teacher. Linda’s medium is color, whether in oil paint or oil pastel. The shifting light and atmosphere of nature gives her endless possibilities for exploring color’s dynamics. Linda is a member of the Golden-Gate Marin Branch of NLAPW and currently the branch treasurer.
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Christina Gummere Laurie

A poet, pastor and writer of children’s stories, Christina has served on the NLAPW national board since 2004 and has headed two NLAPW Branches in Massachusetts. She is an avid arts supporter, participant in many sports, and loves living and gardening on Cape Cod. See her weekly blog on her Cape Cod Children’s Writers website.

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Beth Seena Lee

Betsy S. Lee is a former professional stand-up comedian who appeared in nightclubs and on television and radio. A true renaissance woman, Betsy is also a recognized photographer who received a tribute from the Florida House of Representatives for her photography. The Florida Department of Education, Bureau of Braille, and Talking Book Library Services had her personally record her first book, Off the Track, as a “Talking Book” for the sight-impaired.
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Beverly Lewis

Writer of over seventy books for children, youth, and adults.
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Joyce Hammond Lewis

Joyce Hammond Lewis, JA, is a NLAPW Letters member since 2010. A proud daughter to longtime Artist Pen Women, K.M. Hammond. Joyce is a Freelance Photographer and enjoys capturing micro and landscape scenes. Creating unique original Floral Scenes, with Ikebana and Moribana nuances which creates a relationship with the vase, is what separates her expert designs from the traditional silk flower arrangements. Selling and shipping Worldwide, she is known for her original quality unique floral scenes. Lewis is also K.M. Hammond’s exclusive Art Agent. Visit Site

Patricia Lipe

The literary home of Patricia Daly-Lipe
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Susan Lobo, Ph.D.

Susan is a cultural anthropologist with a focus of research and applied work on indigenous peoples of the Americas. She has written a number of books, including the college-level text, Native American Voices, published by Prentice Hall. Susan is a member of the Tucson (Arizona) Branch and more information is available on her website.
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Jo Ann Lordahl, Ph.D.

Jo Ann has been writing for a long time. She loves to travel and will go out of her way to accept speaking, workshops, writing conferences, and seminar invitations. Her latest books are Secrets and Wolf World. Jo Ann has been active in the past but now lives on Kaua’i in the Hawaiian islands and is a member-at-large.
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Marjory Diane Lyons

Marjory is active in the writing ocmmunity of South Florida and has been a member of the Fort Lauderdale Branch for four years and chair of the Letters Scholarship during those years. She is founder and owner of Telling Your Story, Inc., a means of helping folks tell their own life stories, culminating in a book for them to give to their family and friends, a gift of a lifetime. She has given programs for her Branch on how to write one’s life story.
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Brigitte Mailahn

Born and raised in Germany, Brigitte now resides in the Tampa Bay area of Florida. She is educated as an elementary school teacher and studied art with a variety of well-known art teachers and artists. Her work can be seen in national and international shows in which she has earned numerous awards.
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Jan Marshall

Laguna Beach Branch, CA, Author of “Still Hanging in There: Confessions of a Totaled Woman” first published by Pinnacle Books which is now available on the Internet. Newspaper Columnist, Media Humorist/Television Host, and Clinical Hypnotherapist, Jan founded the INTERNATIONAL HUMOR & HEALING INSTITUTE working with physicians and board members Norman Cousins and Steve Allen. Steve appeared on Jan’s Television series and she was a semi regular on his radio show. A long term cancer survivor, “Jan’s Army” sends “Badges of Courage” to other survivors. Her newest satirical survival book, “DANCIN, SHMANCIN with the SCARS” will be available momentarily.
This will be followed by “STRETCH MARKS (the book!): Ageless Wisdom for Sexy Old Broads’.
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Carolyn (CJ) Matheny

CJ began her love of poetry by writing songs some 30 years ago. This love affair began by CJ writing songs of praise and singing them in church, accompanying herself with only an acoustic guitar. CJ has written many songs and poems throughout the years as a way of coping with difficult situations and helping others to do the same.

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Kathleen McDonald

Kathleen is a landscape painter, printmaker, potter, and photographer. Her expressionistic work is inspired by her travel to exotic places such as Tibet, Corsica, and Madagascar. Kathleen has held many offices in the Sarasota Branch (Florida), including president in 2006 and 2007. She is the Florida State Association president for 2008-2010.
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Caroline McKeon Dream-Web Office Consultants, Inc.

Caroline McKeon, owner and operator of DreamWeb Office Consultants, Inc., in Temple Terrace, Florida, can show you a foolproof accounting system so user-friendly even you will be able to handle it. DreamWeb offers a variety of services specifically tailored to meet the needs of new business owners.

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Marcie McManus Gallery

Marcie is known for her florals and still lifes. Her still life paintings often begin with organic elements to which she adds treasures from her collection of glass pottery, lace, and fabric. She is attracted to the natural shapes of still life elements. Visit Site

Mary Joan Meagher

Mary Joan is a poet, a writer of children’s books, an essayist, and now a handbag maker. She is a member of the Minnesota Branch and is currently the newsletter editor and membership chair. For twenty years, Mary Joan has been the producer and writer of a cable-access television show for older adults called “The Time of Our Lives Show.” Visit her poetry site where you will find links to her other websites.

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Robbie Miles

Robbie Miles learned the art of oriental brush painting while living in Taiwan in the early 1980s. In 2002, after a successful career as a CPA, she returned to painting. She was an exhibitor in the 2003 Gasparilla Festival of the Arts and the 40th and 42nd Annual Exhibitions of the Sumi-e Society of America. Robbie teaches oriental brush painting at Hillsborough Community College in Tampa where she lives with husband, Curtis, and dogs, Bear and Maggie. She also leads workshops in brush painting in Florida.
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Ronni Miller

An author, Ronni is founder and director of Write It Out®, a motivational and expressive writing program for individuals of all ages. She has been writing to express herself since childhood. Her published books include Where To Go With Your Lover and Dance with the Elephants – Free Your Creativity and Write. Her plays are read at Reader’s Theaters, and her short stories and poems are published in regional magazines. She is a motivational speaker for corporations and companies on the value of expressive writing for personal growth. Ronni is a member of the Sarasota Branch (Florida).

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Catherine Moreno

Biographical Notes
I was born in Portland, Oregon, and spent my early years playing on Oregon coast beaches which marks my art to this day, though I have lived most of my life in California. I have a BA and MLS from the University of California, Berkeley. I began painting in the early 1990’s, and am largely self-taught I have taken art classes and workshops in the San Francisco Bay area, at the local college.\ and from local artists.

Venues regularly include the NLAPW Biennials, Marin County Open Studios and local festivals, galleries and art organizations and I have had a number of solo shows in Marin County.

Selected awards
NLAPW Denver Biennial, award of merit
Marin County Fair Fine Arts show — merit awards
Marin Society of Artists — Best of show and merit awards
Art League of Northern Califironia — Best of show, and merit awards
Napa Mustard Festival — 3d place, three Honorable mentions

I am an oil painter, fascinated by abstraction, three-dimensionality, motion, luminescence, color, shadows and reflection. Water is a favorite subject of mine, I often paint closeups of the flow of rivers, water forms on ocean beaches, pond reflections. Less frequently, I do more traditional landscapes. The outdoors anywhere is my “studio”. I work on a piece until I surprise myself, hoping to draw others into what I have finally seen, after intense focus.

Catherine Moreno, Oil paintings
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Mary Moreno

Mary Moreno is a both a composer and an author of fiction and nonfiction. Her music ranges from songs in the “singer/songwriter” vein to serious chamber and orchestral pieces. Recently she has been composing electronic music, as well.

Mary is a 2008 New York Foundation for the Arts Fellow for Music Composition, and is the 2012 recipient of the Shirley Holden Helberg Mature Woman’s Grant in Music, awarded by the National League of American Pen Women.

She studied piano and voice at the American Conservatory of Music in Chicago, as well as composition, orchestration and music theory at the Juilliard Evening School.

Mary’s work can be heard on her website:

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Joanelle Wood Mulrain

Through a myriad of experiences and travels that have broadened her mind and pleased her soul, Joanelle is now back to her roots. She has always wanted to go back to painting and photography, and write a book. This trilogy of work has begun. She has found her place for awhile and feels blessed to be able to share her passion. Joanelle is a member of the Jacksonville Branch (Florida).
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Clella Murray

A native Iowan, Clella graduated with a BS in biology from Smith College and an MS in genetics and embryology from the University of Michigan. Her writing interests came to fruition after retirement with the publication of her first book, A Bite of Magic, an adult fairy tale with recipes. The latest mystery, VX: A Deadly Mist, explores the devastation of chemical weapons.
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April Myers

April Myers has been a Pen Woman for more than a decade. During this time, her NLAPW sisters inspired her to transition from an ad agency copywriter to a freelance creative, where she enjoys the great variety of projects that come her way.

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Kathleen Noffsinger

Kathleen is an award-winning watercolor artist from Deltaville, Virginia, who expresses her talent in lively watercolors of wildlife and nature. From the simple design of a wading egret to complex underwater scenes of Rockfish, Kathleen’s works are images of nature that elicit a sense of tranquility and an appreciation for the simpler things in life. She is a member of the Chesapeake Bay Branch (Virginia).
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Barbara Nuss

Known for her warm and peaceful landscapes, award-winning artist Barbara Nuss paints the countryside with picturesque vistas and charming historic towns in a classical impressionistic style. Through both plein air and studio paintings, she responds to the vanishing landscape in still undeveloped areas.
Her work has been exhibited throughout the US and in Europe, including solo exhibitions in Washington, DC, and New York City.
Her BFA from Syracuse University, a graduate year at the Schuler School of Fine Arts, and years as a commercial designer and illustrator, prepared her for a painting career. Among her numerous awards are three paintings in the Top 100 Paint the Parks and received the Best Landscape Award in the National Oil and Acrylic Painters Society (NOAPS) Best of America.
Barbara has been a Pen Woman for about 25 years and currently serves as the president of the Bethesda Branch (MD).
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Barbara O’Shea

Barbara is a member of the Greenwich Branch (Connecticut) and has served as historian. She has been active in the Greenwich Arts Community since 1992 and now serves on the Advisory Board of the Greenwich Art Council. Barbara is an award-winning photographer, and her work has appeared in numerous juried shows and exhibitions. Her passion is exploring and capturing the world and people around her in a unique and personal way. She has studied at the Maine Photographic Workshops in Rockport, Maine.
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Suzanne M. Packer

Suzanne M. Packer became the founding Director of the Cape Cod Museum of Art when moving to Cape Cod in 1983 after living in Mexico City, Mexico and London, England. The years living abroad brought a significant influence to her painting. Now her unruly Bass River Gardens and the ever changing waters of Cape Cod find their way into her work. She is a member of 21 IN TRURO, gives classes and workshops and has been honored with one-person exhibitions at the Cahoon Museum of American Art and The Cape Cod Museum of Art.

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Gayla Drake Paul

Gayla Drake Paul has been playing and writing guitar music for over a quarter of a century. Gayla’s site contains her biographical information and lyrics from her recordings as well as links to CD Baby where they are available for sale. She also has links to some of her musical associates and the equipment she uses. Gayla belongs to the Iowa City Branch of NLAPW.

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Nancy M. Petersen

Nancy centers her writing on the personal experiences of people on the Western frontier. One of her books focuses on the Platte River and another is a two-volume set on the Missouri River. Her most recent book tells the stories of mixed-blood Indian women. She enjoys sharing stories, both in print and in person, and often speaks to groups interested in Western history. A Pen Woman for more than thirty years, Nancy is a member of the Denver Branch.
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Tricia Pimental

Tricia Pimental is the author of two award-winning books: a memoir, Rabbit Trail: How a Former Playboy Bunny Found Her Way, and a novel, Slippery Slopes. Other work has appeared in the Florida Writers Association’s Collection anthologies as well as in The Florida Writer, International Living, and elsewhere.
In addition to the NLAPW and FWA, Pimental is a member of SAG-AFTRA, International Women in Portugal, and is a former Toastmaster.
She lives in southwestern Portugal, and is currently at work on a third book, A Movable Marriage. She welcomes contact at

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Jane Polkowski

Jane is a member of the Orlando/Winter Park Branch (Florida). Her website highlights the range of realistic oil paintings that she does, including portraits of humans and animals, landscape, and still life.
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Kathleen Powers-Vermaelen

Kathleen Powers-Vermaelen has an M.F.A. in Creative Writing and Literature from Stony Brook Southampton. Her work has appeared in DNA, Proteus, MotherVerse, Main Channel Voices, The Southampton Review, East Hampton Star, and in the anthologies The Best of Every Day Fiction Two and Suffolk County Poetry Review 2015. She teaches literature and writing at Suffolk County Community College and owns Paumanok Communications, a Long Island-based creative services company.

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Gainor Roberts

Gainor Roberts approaches portraits in much the same way as she approaches any work of art that she is about to create. It must be beautiful to look at, and her challenge is always to make the ordinary extraordinary, the mundane remarkable. The human face and body is fantastic no matter who is inside it! The complicated map of a face is just the beginning of a portrait, and, under the ridges and folds, there lies a breathing, thinking, feeling person that must be captured on the paper or canvas.
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Sally Ruddy 

A site filled with poetic expressionism. Sally says, “It is with a tenderness for humanity and a reverence for Nature that I create my paintings. My paintings are like poetry; you understand the ‘words,’ but sometimes they are put together in a way that surprises you.”

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Betty Saletta

Betty and her husband own and operate the Lazy S Ranch near Oakdale, California, where she has built a comfortable studio, large enough to continue exploring and expanding her horizons. Her life and her art continue to reflect her passion for the beauty and spirit of the West.
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Mary Harwell Sayler

A poet, author of twenty-five books, column writer, and member of the St. Johns River Branch in Florida, Mary has worked with other poets for over twenty years through critiques, workshops, and editorial services.
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Bernice Schachter

Bernice is a graduate of Goddard College in Vermont and holds a Master of Art in sculpture and art history. She completed a post-graduate program at California State University at Northridge in Museum Practices. She taught sculpture at The Village in Van Nuys, California, for twenty-five years and, during twenty-three summers, directed stone-carving workshops in Pietrasanta, Italy. Bernice was the president of the Laguna Beach Branch for the 2006/2007 term. She also served as president from 2002 to 2004.

Florence “Fran” Scheffler

The adventure of travel with its constantly new and changing horizons is reflected in Fran’s varied style and technique. Although her childhood was spent in Louisiana, Fran’s life has been centered in the East Coast of Florida since her teen years. With this area as a base of operations, she has traveled much of our world as an avid and interested tourist. Her work ranges from acrylic, watercolor, or resin abstracts to carefully executed representational scenics and seascapes in oil. Fran is a member of the Ft. Lauderdale Branch (Florida).
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Pat Schermerhorn

Pat is a pointillist and works with fine tip pens and colored inks. After spending thirty years in North Dakota, Pat now lives in Cody, Wyoming. The Whitney Gallery of Western Art is located there and is wonderful to see. Pat has won awards at the Pen Women National Art Shows twice in past years. Pat spent five years sketching and painting the Missouri River through North Dakota. Now she wants to do the mountains and rivers of Wyoming and Montana. Pat has been a member of the North Dakota Bismarck Branch for many years.
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Mary “Monti” Montague Sikes

Monti is an award-winning fine artist, novelist, freelance writer, and photographer. She holds a Master of Fine Arts degree from Virginia Commonwealth University. Working with acrylics, pastels, and watercolor, Monti likes to experiment with new methods to create art. She maintains a studio/gallery at Petersburg Regional Art Center and is a member and past-president of the Richmond Branch. Currently, Monti is completing the fourth book in the Passenger to Paradise series.
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Judy Slack

First and foremost, Judy is a fine artist who taught art in the public school system. She acquired her letters status in NLAPW by writing and illustrating her first children’s picture book, Crunching Carrots, NOT Candy. The book was voted as one of the top 100 books for teachers and parents by the National Education Association. She continues writing and illustrating books to educate children, their parents, and fellow teachers in hopes of helping to prevent obesity. Judy resides in central California where she is a member of the Modesto Branch.
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Linda Spencer

Linda works in oils, encaustic, acrylic, and watercolor. Her favorites are oil and encaustic. She has a line of greeting cards with words and some decoupage vases. Her most recent endeavor is fused glass jewelry. Linda is a member of the Orlando-Winter Park Branch (Florida) and is the new national art membership chair.
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Mary St. Germain

Mary is an award-winning fine artist who paints a variety of subject matter from studio still lifes to landscapes, done both in the studio and en plein air. Her creativity is always aroused by the natural organic environment that surrounds her. Employing a colorful palette and interesting brushwork, Mary’s paintings invite the viewer to enter, inhale, and respond. Mary is an active member of the Jacksonville Branch (Florida) Other professional affiliations include Oil Painters of America and Landscape Artists International.
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Sandy Stevenson

Sandy Stevenson paints spaces and places she likes to inhabit using oil, pastel, acrylic, and egg tempera to express her vision. Her body of work includes seascapes, landscapes, still life, and the figure. Some of her favorite places to depict are the Big Sur, the Southwest, and the coastline from Maine to Florida, Thailand, and China. “Each day is a new adventure bringing inspiration for exploring new challenges or revisiting old themes with new insights.”
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Joan Stier

Joan is past-president and past-treasurer of the Central New York Chapter of the National League of American Pen Woman. She is currently assistant treasurer. A self-taught artist who specializes in watercolor/ink paintings, her profits from painting were her only means of making a living until a few years ago. Joan says it has been a fun ride and if she had it to do it over, she would.
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Barbara C. Thompson

Barbara is a New York artist, writer, and music instructor for the Piano School of NYC. As a self-taught oil landscape
painter, she exhibits in NYC and galleries in upstate NY and PA. She is the author of “The Art of Reading Music for Piano
and Keyboard,” Amazon, Kindle Books, 2013. Barbara joined Pen Women in 1994, is the past Vice Pres. of the Ocala Branch in
FL, past Pres. of the Manhattan-NYC Branch, and past National Corresponding Secretary. She currently lives upstate in Goshen,
NY as a MAL, teaching, writing, and painting.

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Roxanne Tobaison

In 1979, Roxanne fulfilled her childhood dream of becoming an artist. She chose watercolor because of its spontaneity and luminosity of light. Painting affords her the opportunities to express her love of nature and her surroundings. Having lived in Florida all her life, Roxanne says her art reflects the things she knows and loves.
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Joan Verniero

Joan is an award-winning children’s book author and educator. She is a member of the Fairfield County Connecticut Branch.
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Mara Viksnins

Mara Viksnins is ultimately obsessed with the figure. “No matter
how I start a painting, whether it be with just random brush
strokes and colors or with a more realistic intent, a figure appears! I love to portray the female figure, sometimes in a mystical setting, sometimes as a nurturer or mother nature or just as an ordinary human being.”
Mara Viksnins has an Art Degree from the University
of West Florida and has studied with many prominent artists nationwide. She belongs to Blue Morning Gallery and Quayside Art Gallery in Pensacola, Fl.
Mara Viksnins is also President of the Pensacola Branch of the National League of American Pen Women. Mara was honored and represented in the NLAPW Biennial Art
Show 2012. in Washington, D.C.
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Sandra Wagner-Wright

Sandra combines her love of history and story in historical fiction about women who made a difference. Her current work in progress, RAMA: Based on a True Story, tells the tale of Pandita Ramabai, a social reformer in India, who made it her life’s work to rescue and train women and children who could not help themselves. Sandra also publishes a weekly blog built around her life as a writer, historian, and traveler. Visit Sandra’s website at Sandra has a Ph.D. in history and is a member of the Honolulu Branch.
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Carol Wallace

Carol is a gallery and commission artist, illustrator, and designer for the upscale stationery and giftware markets. She is also the founder and director of Preserve America, a national network of preservation-minded people who document historic properties in a variety of ways through a combination of artwork, writing, photography, and commerce. Carol is a member-at-large in Connecticut.
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Susan S. Weilbacher Galleries

Susan Weilbacher received her B.A. in Art Education from Florida State University. Her studies included six months in Florence, Italy, where she fell in love with the art of the Renaissance. Having lived all her life in Florida, Susan loves to paint from the great abundance of wildlife, waterlife, and scenery she finds around her.
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Diane Wilson

Diane wrote her first “book” about the adventures of a frisky, frolicking puppy named Scamp as a project in fifth grade. A career as a professional sign language interpreter for the deaf for more than twenty years has provided another avenue for expression of Diane’s creative talents. She continues to provide many companies and colleges in the Silicon Valley area with her interpreting services. Diane is the author of Awakening of a Jehovah’s Witness: Escape From the Watchtower Society
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Evelyn Wolfson

A member of the Wellesley Branch since 1978, Evelyn is now the author of more than a dozen books. She has been teaching and writing about the environment, history, and Native American life since she graduated from college. For the past thirty years, she has been a teaching specialist in Native American culture in public schools throughout Massachusetts.
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Melissa Woodburn

Inspired by using a variety of media to express statements about the rhythms and cycles of living, Melissa enjoys creating artwork that is a validation of female creativity for herself and for the viewer.
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Suellen Zima

Suellen’s website was created especially for her book, Memoirs of a Middle-aged Hummingbird. This is a true journal of her extraordinary experiences as a new immigrant in Israel and then as a teacher in several Asian countries, especially rapidly changing China, from 1983 to 2005. Not only is her long journey geographical, but there are personal, emotional, spiritual, cultural, sociological, and historical journeys interwoven throughout. Suellen is a member of the Laguna Beach Branch of NLAPW. Visit Suellen’s website and follow her blog as she wanders, wonders and writes.
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