Featured art: Madonna

sculpture

“Madonna” by Renata Fackler, Central Ohio Branch

 

Two bronze sculptures by Renate Fackler, “Madonna and Baby Jesus” and “Mrs. Plank,” are featured in the Garden of Peace at St. Mary’s Church in German Village in Columbus, Ohio. The Kelley family, who are grandchildren of Mrs. Plank, are responsible for the beautiful garden and the sculptural additions that where installed in the summer of 2019.

 

Featured Poem: Something’s Missing, Something’s Gone

 

Dr. Carmen Meadows
Atlanta Branch

 

 

Carefree days outside I played 

Come cloud or sun I’d laugh and run

 

To see bugs crawl or scale a wall

I’d pick a flower build a tower

 

Something’s missing, something’s gone

 

We fell in love and made a promise 

My heart’s desire to be your wife, 

Bear your children, share my life

 

Our babies came and grew so fast 

I thought it should forever last

 

Something’s missing, something’s gone

 

We built a business, watched it grow

Had to see it crumble though

Together we could bear it strong

 

Something’s missing, something’s gone

 

Time doesn’t seem to want to brake

I watch our parents bend and shake

 

They aren’t too sure they know our face

How sad to think they’ve left the race

 

Something’s missing, something’s gone

 

Today we have the moment sure

I look into your eyes and smile 

Thankful for the time at hand

 

In love and loss we spend our days

Grateful we have passed this way

 

As I look back it’s plain to see

 

Something’s missing, something’s gone

 

If Grace is granted now as then

There’s still a bloom and call to hear

“Come play and run and laugh again”

 

All isn’t as it seems

 

The thing that’s missing’s yet to come

What seems a loss is part of all

A stone once hewn and set in place

 

All understood when face to face

 

 

 

Featured Art: The Princess and the Unicorn

The Princess and the Unicorn

“The Princess and the Unicorn” (22×18) by Patricia Lipe   
Jacksonville Branch

 

Artist’s statement

This is a painting that literally came on its own. Surrealism, perhaps? I was painting landscapes in southern France and wiped the extra oil paint with a palette knife onto an empty canvas. Later, I looked at that canvas, turned it upside down, and there they were – the princess and the unicorn.

I had seen the original unicorn tapestry in Avignon, but this rendition was not planned. I did add the dragon, however. The painting depicts good (the unicorn who represents creativity) and evil (the dragon). The princess holds up the mirror so the unicorn cannot see the “evil” lurking in the woods.

I used this painting on the cover of my book “Myth, Magic and Metaphor: A Journey into the Heart of Creativity.”

 

Featured Poem: Stay for Awhile

Patricia J. Dennis
Santa Clara County Branch, California

 

A mansion set back
White pillars standing tall

 

Framed by trees guarding all
Luscious greens so alive
Glistening clean after the rain
Sweet aroma of flowers fill the air

 

There is a swing
Do we dare
Sit and stay for awhile

 

Remembering when as a child 
We could swing forever 
And get lost in the
Sky

 

Head thrown back

 

Air blowing through our hair
Letting go of the worries 
Soaring through the air

 

Hearts full of promise
On our way to tomorrow

 

Featured Art: Little Bear

Little Bear

“Little Bear,” watercolor, 24h x 22w, by Geri McGriff Davis
Columbus Branch, Georgia

 

Geri McGriff Davis is a graduate of Auburn University with a degree in art and architecture. She also has a master’s degree in counseling and human development, focusing on art therapy. She has taught art for 45 years, from elementary to college level, as well as in her private art school.

Davis is an avid environmentalist and uses her art and lectures as means of informing the public about endangered floral species in Georgia. She has served as her branch’s president and vice president, as well as the Georgia state president and vice president.

Featured Art: Beach Glass

Beach Glass

“Beach Glass,” textile, 44h x 39w, by Bonnie J. Smith
Santa Clara Branch 

 

Artist statement

“As a textile artist, I concentrate on what I see and know. Most important to me is the terrain that surrounds me.

In the last few years, I have been concentrating on the Pacific Ocean. After taking many photographs of the ocean in its many stages, I am sometimes overwhelmed with what is hiding beneath its waves.  

I was awed with an almost aerial city view when I took a photograph from a bluff at Moss Beach. After studying the image on my computer, I wondered if I could create artwork imaging beach glass lying on the ocean floor. This became the idea for Beach Glass. I have since used a similar pattern to recreate other locations that I have come upon in my photographic journey near my home. I have now created a series of four textiles using this image, altering it to accommodate the type of fabrics and the story I tell with the finished artwork.”

 

Featured Poem: A New Beginning

Nancy Haskett
Modesto Branch, California

 

On our way to shop at the sutlers’ tents,

we pass through the artillery camp,

horses lined up on our left,

each one almost identical to the next,

dark brown glossy coats,

long black manes and tails.

Not so long ago,

these Standardbred horses

trotted and paced in harness races,

pulled carts in front of grandstands, noisy crowds,

until their stride and winnings slowed,

their futures expendable.

 

Today,

they pull limbers, caissons, cannons

in teams of four and six

at this historical reenactment;

like synchronized dancers

they move as one,

joined in harnesses that clang and rattle

as they respond to reins and commands,

rush supply wagons, Civil War ambulances,

then stand calmly when artillery concussions

shake the ground.

 

 

Some wait their turn

as we walk by,

watch with alert brown eyes

focused on the wagon and four-horse team

circling the field without them;

others stand with knees locked,

sleeping in the sun,

and now, they dream

of brave gallops into battle chaos,

smoke that fills the field,

shouts of men in blue uniforms

who have rescued them,

provided a second chance,

a new beginning

in the Union “Army.”

 

 

Artwork Wanted for the 50th Biennial Art Show

Calling all artists! We need artwork for our 50th National Biennial Art Show.
We will have a wonderful gallery space in our Pen Arts Gallery for this exhibit. It’s all coming together and I’m very excited about it. We need to fill that space with artwork. 
The submission period started on Oct. 1 and to date, only two members have entered work for the Biennial Show.
Check the art competitions page for the submission requirements. If you are having problems resizing or sending attachments with your email, ask someone you know to help you, or let me know and I will guide you through it. Once you know how to do it, it will be easier the next time. 
—National Art Chair Mary Lou Griffin

Letters Competition Deadline Extended to December 20 — Entries Wanted!

Letters Competition Deadline Extended to December 20 — Entries Wanted!

NLAPW Letters members: As our 2020 Biennial deadline approaches for letters entries, we notice an imbalance in a few categories. If you want a higher percentage opportunity to win, you might consider entering one of the following categories in which we do not have many entries: Category C: writing on wildlife or sports; Category E: sonnet; Category I: sestina; Category L: memoir excerpt; Category P: journalism. Consider sending something out today and good luck. 

—Nancy Dafoe, NLAPW Letters Chair

P.S. See instructions in the fall edition of the Pen Woman, or follow the links to your entry category here for instructions.

Featured Art: Rebirth

"Rebirth" painting

“Rebirth,” watercolor 19 (by 24) by Janine Wilson 
Yucca Branch, New Mexico

janinewilsonart.blogspot.com

 

Janine Wilson wants the world to know that the Yucca Pen Women branch in New Mexico is alive, well and growing.

Wilson started painting after retirement in 2007. After painting realistic watercolors for years, she is exploring abstract watercolor. 

“Dancing with the paint is very freeing. You follow what it wants to do,” she says. 

She painted “Rebirth” after the death of her painting mentor. The woman appeared, reaffirming the creative spirit.