Pen, Palette, Prelude

Newsletter of the NLAPW, Tampa Branch

December 2017

National League of American Pen Women, Tampa Branch Officers

President – Bonnie Phillips (813 685-5882)

VP/Programs - Barbara Routen

Recording Secretary - Judy Perez

Corresponding Secretary - Roxanne Tobaison

Treasurer – Gainor Roberts

Prospective Membership - Kat Heckenbach

Bonnie's Brush

Merry Christmas and Happy Holidays to our Tampa Branch members.

Lots happening this month with our Branch; art show and Florida Biannual. I’m looking forward to our annual Christmas party at Virginia’s the third Tuesday. Bring a dish to share and if desired, a gift to exchange related to art, music or letters.

~Don't Worry. Be Happy!



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** HOLIDAY PARTY ** Tampa Branch Monthly Meeting - 3rd Tuesday

Tuesday, Dec. 19th, 11am

301 Saint Augustine Avenue

Tampa, FL

HOLIDAY PARTY at - Virginia’s house. Music, food, fun, friends and memories will delight your creative souls. Be prepared to share your creations and ideas with everyone!

We are having a pot luck, so please bring something good to eat, something homemade is best.

A donation of non-perishable food, items that are not provided via food stamps (toothpaste, deodorant, toilet paper, etc.) and/or money will be delivered to Metropolitan Ministries, so bring what you can.

If you bring a gift, you will likely receive a gift. We usually exchange our own handy work at the Christmas party, but there is not obligation to do so.

PLEASE remember to RSVP for monthly meetings. It's important that we get an accurate head count for lunch. Thank you.

Lunch Reservation due Thursday before (12/14)

Contact: Judy Perez 813-689-1121;

  • Kat Heckenbach: Entered three pieces of artwork and Won a 2nd PLACE ribbon in Professional Acrylics at the Hillsborough County Fair Fine Art Show. Congratulations!
  • A sad passing: Well-known to many of our Tampa members, Pat Tully, 98, has passed away. She was a painter and jewelry maker and much loved for her warm spirit. View her obituary: HERE
  • Mary Ellen O'Brien: Her artwork display at the Temple Terrace Library has been extended another month!
  • Sandy Huff: Has quite an accomplishment under her belt. She has tallied 1,300 published articles!!! Wow!

Notes & Upcoming Events

  • Free outdoor Holiday movie screenings at CURTIS HIXON PARK - In joint sponsorship with the Tampa Theater (as they close for 6 weeks for renovations) the park will be showing: 12/15 - Elf, 12/16 - It's a Wonderful Life
  • The Free PNC Bank Concert Artist Series at Sykes Chapel at the University of Tampa takes place from Oct. 22, 2017-April 8, 2018. Concerts are at 2 p.m. Sundays. Visit for details.
  • A Modern Approach to Egg Tempera - One or Two Day All-Day Workshops taught by Gainor Roberts - Sunday, February 4, 2018 and Sunday, February 18, 2018, 9:30 a.m $40.00. Only $18.00 if you have your own paint and panel. For detailed information see website: HERE

  • Dec. Birthdays: 12/17 Meletha Everett, 12/22 Eleanore McDade
  • Jan. Birthdays: 1/6 Sandy Huff, 1/21 Virginia Halloway, 1/30 Claire Gardiner, 1/20 Gunni Price,

Cat's Upcoming Day Trip

I. Can't. Wait to visit the Ringing Museum of Art in Sarasota. One of my all-time favorite photographers, Alfred Eisenstaedt will be a feature exhibit from NOVEMBER 17 - MARCH 19, 2018. This holiday season is also a perfect time to visit, since John and Mabel's Ca’ d’Zan with be decked out!

Best known for his iconic V-J Day Times Square Nurse Kiss, he also photographed a series of WWII goodbyes at Pennsylvania Station in NYC

*Alfred Eisenstaedt was one of the luminaries of American photojournalism. The German-born Eisenstaedt learned his craft in Europe in the 1920s and 30s, pioneering the use of the small Leica 35mm camera to get closer to his subjects and create more candid pictures. Eisenstaedt’s skillful reportage for the Associated Press earned him praise and recognition as he recorded countless historically significant events and people around the world.

Fleeing the rise of fascism in the 1930s, Eisenstaedt came to the US where he became one of the first photojournalists of LIFE Magazine, the weekly newsmagazine that chronicled the twentieth century in pictures. His career at LIFE photographing the notable and newsworthy, spanned nearly forty years and resulted in some of the most iconic images of the era. The photographs on exhibition, part of The Ringling’s permanent collection, present subjects both notable and obscure. While only a fraction of the thousands of images Eisenstaedt created in his lifetime they offer a glimpse into the work of one of the most celebrated photojournalists.

Puppet Show Parc de Montsouris Paris 1963

In Eisenstaedt's iconic photograph below, you can see every expression in the children. Each one reacting differently to the same scene on the puppet stage. What do you think?
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Following the museum exhibit, I plan on dining at BOB'S TRAIN restaurant in Sarasota where he keeps the circus alive in two railroad cars. The owner is currently restoring several private railroad cars that belonged to John and Mable Ringling. Check out the documentary video on the website. HERE

Where Art Connects Heaven & Earth


From the brochure:

"Art carries the very essence of a civilization- it can thus bring the brilliance and wisdom of a lost culture back to life. Shen Yun takes this as its mission - to revive China's 5,000 years of divinely inspired civilization.

It's a monumental undertaking. Shen Yun pushes the boundaries of performing arts. Ancient art forms meet with innovative multimedia, all-original music, and masterful artistry. Diverse ethnic and folk traditions are beautifully evoked through dance alongside stirring legends and stories of ancient China."

For Venues & Dates, follow this link: HERE




We Are So Proud of Our Tampa Talent!


Sandy Huff:

1st PRIZE Adult Fiction – Book [Any Length] -- A Plague of Swans

3rd PRIZE Adult Non-Fiction – Memoir [less than 2,500 words] -- Hey Little Fish, Want Some Candy?

Barbara Routen:

1st PRIZE Journalism – News story [no more than 500 words] - Basketball Player Aims to Bridge Gap

2nd PRIZE Adult Non-Fiction – Memoir [less than 2,500 words]- Sailing With Dad

Dr. Sylvia Anderson Price Letters Award

Individual Achievement Award

Bette Lafferty:

1st PRIZE - Poetry free verse - The Giver of Wisdom

2017 Florida Biennial Conference Images taken by Barbara Routen

National NLAPW Gallery Submissions

You must be an active, associate or student member of NLAPW to submit work for the website.

Art: Please send your artwork for consideration for our on-line gallery to the National Art Chair, Rosie Eylens,

Letters: Please send book announcement requests to the National Letters Chair, Dr. Evelyn Bethune,

Music: Please send music member information, bios, links to music and photos for inclusion in our Music Member Profiles page in the music gallery to Dr. M.J. (Sunny), National Music Chair,

One Final Thought

With the holidays upon us, there are moments when we may feel stressed-out. Following last month's program presented by Peggy Farrell, Yoga instructor at Yoga House, I used some of her helpful breathing exercises, which really helped!

Here is a quick video to guide you. Don't worry, you won't be standing on your head. :)

May the holiday spirit fill your hearts with

Peace, Joy, Love

Merry Christmas and Happy Hanukkah!


December update: Thank you to the members who responded to the survey. Your input was invaluable. We will continue this format of the newsletter until further notice. The branch will be expensing the cost. Thank you all for your kind support for the hard work that I put into making this newsletter happen. It is a labor of love!

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