Greenwich Pen Women, a branch of the National League of American Pen Women, is a non-profit organization of women artists, writers, and musicians. We offer mutual support and exchange of ideas to encourage and inspire excellence in original creative work.

Snow Escape by Doris Mady
Photo by GPW, Libby Collins

“To be an artist is to believe in life.” **
~~~ Henry Moore


Note from our President:

Dear Greenwich Pen Women,

As I write this on December 15th, I look back at last month’s column, written just 4 weeks ago, and I realize how much the world we live in has changed in that short time. Injections of vaccine for COVID have already begun now, and the contentious election has formally been resolved in the legal way that this country expects. That is progress that we desperately needed and can celebrate as we go into the new year!

On December 9th, we had a lovely Zoom Holiday Luncheon, which prompted several members to send emails afterwards, saying how much they enjoyed hearing each person speak and feeling that the GPW is a warm and caring group.

We were honored to present this year’s Owl Award to a very surprised Ellen Hackl Hagan. To learn more about Ellen and the Owl Award clicking here. We also had a bit of a treat with some mini chocolate penguins who promised not to discuss their caloric content! Thank you so much, Leigh Grant, for suggesting this delightful treat and handling the logistics for it as well.

This year, at this time, that is clearly important to us all, as most of us deal with COVID imposed disconnection from our family and friends. Let’s look forward to better times, but let’s keep this closer connection going!


Make sure that you check out our new GPW EXPRESSIONS ON-LINE GALLERY! There will be a new show every month – are you preparing your entries now? Please make it a goal to participate!

January will bring us Diane Morello and Cathy Horn’s eagerly anticipated Zoom Memoir Writing Workshop on the 13th, which is fully subscribed as I write this, but contact Diane if you’d like to be on a waiting list.

Although the GPW traditionally does not hold programs during January and February, our branch has been extended an invitation by the PW Golden Gate, CA, branch to attend a Zoom lecture in January on Historic Artists’ Studios, which include some on the East Coast. This has come about through a former GPW member introducing me to the president of the Golden Gate branch where she is now a member. I will send full details and a Zoom link to all of our members when I have them. And other kinds of collaborations are potentially in the works as well!

In response to a request, it is also possible that I will hold another GPW Meet and Greet in January, probably in the evening, If I hear from 10 people. Only 4 have responded so far.


Please put this on your calendar: Wednesday, March 10, at 1 PM, we will be having a virtual tour of two art exhibits at the Bruce Museum, hosted by GPW member and Museum Docent Lynn Garelick. More about this in the February President’s Notes.

To start the year off, we have updated the Members Handbook. The Handbook requires a Password which is in your email. For easy access please keep both the Password and the Handbook stored in your computer.

Now, as we enter the year 2021, I think we can all agree that we look forward to conquering the COVID pandemic and the restoration of stability in our lives, our country and the world. Let’s keep our members and our members’ families in our thoughts, offering good wishes for excellent health, happiness and prosperity in 2021!


Lee Paine

GPW President Lee Paine

** The GPW website would like to thank Linda Hortick for all the research she had done gathering quotes for our website. Her help is immeasurable.

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