Art of the Week (At Repose with Mitsy) and Poem of the Week (Cuba)

Art of the Week

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At Repose with Mitsy E. Marie Francis Vero Beach Branch, FL Acrylic

At Repose with Mitsy
E. Marie Francis
Vero Beach Branch, FL
Acrylic

Poem of the Week

Cuba

Amalia, but we called her Molly
The first and only Cuban I have known
She was orphaned when
Her parents died in a train wreck
She and her brother were raised by the nuns and brothers
The children were not permitted to see each other for a year
Thinking that would allow their unspeakable loss to heal
Like an unpicked scab
Her family name, unknown to me, had stature but no money, she said
Molly married a US navy man and left the island by twenty
Castro’s revolution was on its way
In the United States the soap operas taught her English
An economics course taught her capitalism
And
Amalia transformed herself into Molly
We met when teachers at a Catholic School
She taught Spanish; I taught English
I was a twenty-seven year old ex-nun fresh from the convent
Molly was a thirty-seven year old with a master’s degree in psychology
She became my counselor ex-officio
Molly transformed me.
She was outgoing and fun
She gave me permission to shake off the habits of my old life
And embrace my new life with gusto
Just as she had done for herself.
We partied with faculty and attended weddings together
We went for dinner and drinks often
One night she let down her guard
Her brother was waiting for his son’s release
He’d been imprisoned for handing out anti-Castro pamphlets on a street corner
They’d cross the Straits when the boat of opportunity sailed
As soon as her words dropped from her lips
Panic set in
Now, she had to trust me with her secret
I never spoke a word; not even to ask the outcome
Molly divorced and I married; our friendship suffered
I moved hundreds of miles away, we lost touch
But thirty years later, I wanted to mend the rift
The internet quickly gave up Amalia’s address
A letter came back
My opportunity had sailed a year too late
In 2003 Molly had died.

Descansa en paz, Amalia. Descansa en paz.

by Susan Bassler Pickford
Member at large

Art of the Week–new member Ava Cosey

Ava Cosey is a new art member and the first vice president of the recently formed Bayou City Branch (Houston, TX). Active in the visual arts scene in Houston and througout Texas, she was nominated this year for Texas State Artist by the Texas Commission on the Arts. She attended Art Advocacy Day – Texas for the Arts in Austin, Texas and the Texas Commission on the Arts Conference, visited the Capitol during the 84th Legislation and met with State Senators.

Her works are a part of permanent collections and galleries, and can be seen at her website http://www.acoseyart.com/. Scroll down for a few works featured here as the Art of the Week.

In her own words:

In 1997, I experienced an epiphany that catapulted my creative, remarkable talent.

Art rejuvenates the soul. I experience infinite inspiration and I am fascinated by the mystery of visualization and its startling effect. I am dedicated to my gift and my passion is to share my God given talents.

I work in all mediums. I use oil, acrylic, pastels, ink and mixed media. I also work with the process of monoprints, silkscreens, etchings, sculpting and fiber arts. I use vivid colors, majestic characters and universal themes in my work. I love painting meaningful images, places and things.

My goal is to capture the interest of the viewer by creating a visual story that will intrigue and invoke emotions which relates to their experiences.

Abstract Warriors Oil Painting Ava Cosey Bayou City Branch, TX

Abstract Warriors
Oil Painting
Ava Cosey
Bayou City Branch, TX

My Mind Ain't on These Beads Oil Painting Ava Cosey Bayou City Branch, TX

My Mind Ain’t on These Beads
Oil Painting
Ava Cosey
Bayou City Branch, TX

Determined Oil Painting Ava Cosey Bayou City Branch, TX

Determined
Oil Painting
Ava Cosey
Bayou City Branch, TX

Her painting, “Ancestor’s Torch” was unveiled at the Houston Community College – San Jacinto Auditorium for the nationally acclaimed Kinsey Collection, and traveled to Mississippi State University this spring as part of the Kinsey Treasures Collection. It can be seen here in the background behind speaker Morgan Freeman.

Ava Cosey's work, Ancestor's Torch with the Kinsey Treasures Collection

Ava Cosey’s work, Ancestor’s Torch with the Kinsey Treasures Collection

Art of the Week and New Member Profile

Bonnie Benschneider Olson Pikes Peak Branch, CO New Art Member

Bonnie Benschneider Olson
Pikes Peak Branch, CO
New Art Member

Continuing our series on getting to know NLAPW’s newest members, today’s Art of the Week features Bonnie Benschneider Olson of the Pikes Peak Branch, CO. Welcome, Bonnie, it’s an honor to have you as a member! Scroll down to see some of her art and read her art career.

Pastel by Bonnie Benschneider Olson Pikes Peak Branch, CO New Art Member

Pastel by
Bonnie Benschneider Olson
Pikes Peak Branch, CO
New Art Member



Contemplation of Love (1 of 20) Pastel by Bonnie Benschneider Olson Pikes Peak Branch, CO New Art Member

Contemplation of Love (1 of 20)
Pastel by
Bonnie Benschneider Olson
Pikes Peak Branch, CO
New Art Member

Pastel by Bonnie Benschneider Olson Pikes Peak Branch, CO New Art Member

Pastel by
Bonnie Benschneider Olson
Pikes Peak Branch, CO
New Art Member

Pastel by Bonnie Benschneider Olson Pikes Peak Branch, CO New Art Member

Pastel by
Bonnie Benschneider Olson
Pikes Peak Branch, CO
New Art Member

Pastel by Bonnie Benschneider Olson Pikes Peak Branch, CO New Art Member

Pastel by
Bonnie Benschneider Olson
Pikes Peak Branch, CO
New Art Member

NLAPW Pikes Peak Branch logo by Bonnie Benschneider Olson Pikes Peak Branch, CO New Art Member

NLAPW Pikes Peak Branch logo by
Bonnie Benschneider Olson
Pikes Peak Branch, CO
New Art Member

Bonnie has also recently designed a new logo for the Pikes Peak Branch!

Bonnie Benschneider Olson had an early introduction to art and photography and was supported in her interests. Her father, L H Benschneider, was a commercial photographer and teacher, her mother a Pen Woman since 1960 was a prolific painter, writer and sculptor.
Bonnie grew up in Colorado in remarkable natural surrounds. Being immersed in art and the beauty of mountains and love of animals, led her to a genuine desire to express her love of beauty with her own art. She began teaching art in her early twenties and continues to share and teach and create a wide variety of art in pastel, water color, oil, acrylics. She shares her skills with her staff and volunteers at her “memory care” day care center for seniors with cognitive challenges.

Bonnie has a degree in Fine Art and Education from the University of Colorado. She continues to study and develop as an artist through continuing study with various artists through the Colorado Springs Fine Art Center. She uses her technical skills and artistic expression to create one of a kind commissioned portraits. She is also developing several books based on her mother’s vast inventory of litergical paintings and vintage Colorado watercolors as well as her mother’s collection of Broadmoor Art Academy lithographs and her father’s inventory of Time-Life photos and Alexander Film archive photos.

Art of the Week–Street Art Critic

HONORABLE MENTION Street Art Critic Soon Yi Warren Fort Worth Branch

HONORABLE MENTION
Street Art Critic
Soon Yi Warren
Fort Worth Branch

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Art of the Week–Pink Pearl

Happy spring, everyone!

3rd Place, Pink Pearl, Valerie Lecklikner, Ft. Lauderdale, FL

3rd Place, Pink Pearl, Valerie Lecklikner, Ft. Lauderdale, FL

News: Poems of the Super Moon copies are back from the printer! If you’ve pre-ordered, expect your copy to arrive as soon as we can get the mailings processed. If you haven’t pre-ordered, order now to reserve your copy! Click here to visit our bookstore.

Art of the Week–Magnolia

Bonnie Hundley-Shoger, Sarasota Branch, Oil, Third Place

Bonnie Hundley-Shoger, Sarasota Branch, Oil, Third Place

This artwork is featured on the cover of the Pen Woman Magazine, Spring 2015 issue. To purchase this issue with more art, poetry and features, click here.
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Art of the Week–Silent Moves

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Silent Moves Michael B. Pearson, Member at Large Watercolor and Acrylic

Silent Moves
Michael B. Pearson, Member at Large
Watercolor and Acrylic

Members are eligible to enter our Vinnie Ream Competition! — see the guidelines by clicking here.