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Dear Friends and Colleagues, now in mourning as well as in joy,
We are so fortunate to have one another, to have had the opportunity to treasure Yolanda who we are losing, and to treasure one another as we move forward in our respective journeys.  Life is a gift, to my way of thinking, and we can only embrace it and share it.  That’s what we do and Yolanda showed us that habit mightily! We must go on, make the best of our lives, and savor it all. As we all are in our own ways, I will pray tonight especially for peace and comfort for Yolanda and her family, that God hold all of them close and in love.



My dear Pen Women,

So sorry that I haven’t contacted you sooner to thank
you for all of your precious cards, flowers and the honor you gave me at your
yoga retreat. You all have been so supportive and caring and I appreciate each
and every one of you. You are all unique and beautiful people; it have been a
great pleasure to have had you in my life. I enjoy each of your very special
qualities and hold them dear to my heart.

Sorry that I could not email each of you personally, but I have been so very tired. But, know that I think of each of you often.

Thank you for all you have done for me and all you
have given to me.

I love you all,


Dear Pen Women,
As we prepare for our 58th Annual Poetry Contest Awards Ceremony and our upcoming show in Canastota, I know we do so with heavy hearts. Our dear friend and colleague Yolanda Tooley will not be present with us at those events due to complications from the cancer that she deals with so bravely each day, while surrounded by her large, loving family. We will have Yolanda with us in spirit though. So many of our new members are with us due to Yolanda’s efforts as Membership Chair. And she has always been a great champion of the Poetry Contest, so I know she will be cheering us on from home.
A huge thank you goes out to Janet Fagal and her Poetry Contest Committee who have been working very hard to put together this year’s Awards Ceremony. The  ceremony will take place on April 27, 10:30 am at the Northminster Presbyterian Church, located at 7444 Buckley Rd. North Syracuse. I hope to see you all there. We will be able to get into the building around 9:30 am, so please arrive early to help with set-up, greeting the winners families etc…and bring cookies for our refreshment table.
I would like to thank all of the Pen Women who donated books for the Hurricane Sandy Library Relief. I would also like to thank Lorraine Arsenault for opening up her yoga studio, (and our minds) to a wonderful relaxing day of Yoga. (photo included) I would say our Yoga Retreat was a great success. And we owe another thank you to Sallie Bailey, who brought  our CNY PW Facebook page back to life. For those of you  who are on FB, please join our group to see what everyone has been up to. The FB page is also a great way to advertise our organization and your own work.  By posting announcements about your professional achievements you can help to promote our local Pen Women Branch too.
The drop-off date for our exhibit at the Canastota Library is May 1, 5:00 pm – 8:30 pm…..hopefully people will drop off work a little closer to 5:00, than 8:30…we don’t plan to spend the night. If you are unable to get out there to drop off your work, please contact me and we can arrange a time to bring your work to my house and I will transport the artwork. I don’t want anyone left out due to schedule conflicts.
The theme for the exhibit is Peace – Pass It On. Writers are also included in this show; just make sure your work is framed so we can hang it.
Our reception is scheduled for May 2, at 7:00 pm and will also include a presentation by publisher Michael Czarnecki.
And last but not least, we are getting close to Pen Women election time. I would like 1 or 2 people to volunteer to be on the nominating committee. And if you are currently an officer and at the end of your 2 year term, please let me know ASAP so we can get you on the ballot. Elections will be held at our end of the year business meeting at my house, June 13, 5:00 pm.


The CNY Branch of the NLAPW is now listed on the CNY Arts Directory. CNY Arts is the new name for Cultural Resources Council. Thank you to our PR person Karen Kozicki for getting our information out there.
At this point I know the following positions are up for election:
    Committee Chair
Looking forward to seeing you all at the Awards Ceremony,
Joan Applebaum



Dear Pen Women,

Once again National has failed to confirm that everyone received their email correspondence. Hopefully they have not lost our chapter again. Pamela Walker Hart needed a transfer to the Florida Chapter and in the investigation of the procedure it came to light that National had changed it’s dues from $40 to $60 dollars per year. When I called them I learned that I should have received this information last July, but I did not. Upon talking to Wendy Harris our new state treasurer I learned that state dues will remain a $1 for this year. Florida by the way adds $15 to National for dues.  Our dues will remain at $10 over the $60 charged by National-a total of $70. I have asked that they resend the correspondence, which is included below.  For those of you who have already sent me $50 I’m sorry for the inconvenience, but I will need an additional check for $20.  For those who have not sent me your dues, please send a check for $70.  My address is  2868 Fort Scott Drive Unit 202, Arlington, VA 22202-2346.


JOAN APPLEBAUM’S  exhibit “Time Stands Still” will be on display at the Petit Library through the month of April. At her opening reception she sold one large watercolor titled “At the Bend in the River”.


Joan is busy preparing for the busy season in the Thousand Islands area where she will be exhibiting with the Bay House Artisans in Alexandria Bay, The Thousand Island Arts Center in Clayton, and the Art Association of Northern New York in Sackett’s Harbor. She will also be part of the 2nd Annual Artists Studio Tour of the US Thousand Islands Region. Since her studio at camp is a bit too small for tours, she will be showing her work at Better Farm, a sustainability education center and artists retreat in Redwood, NY. This summer Joan is scheduled to teach 2 YMCA Art Camps for kids at Stone Quarry Hill Art Park in Cazenovia, 2 adult art classes at the Y Arts Studio in Fayetteville, and 2 classes at the Thousand Islands Arts Center in Clayton.


I am pleased to say, and having lots of fun with it, that I had a poem included in last year’s anthology, The Healing Muse.  The Muse has organized three readings from the anthology, two in Aurora and one next month in Ithaca.  It’s been a really nice experience to read together with these fellow writers – all kinds of backgrounds and age groups, and talk together and interact with the audience.

Secondly, just learned that one of my haiku has won a place in the Syracuse Poster Project, coming out at a reception on 4/18.  It will be illustrated and hang in one of the downtown kiosks through the summer months.  I had this honor five or so years ago and it brought a lot of pleasure, to me, for sure, and making it fun to take friends to enjoy the kiosks, too.


I’m pleased to announce one of my poems, “King Tut’s Chariot” is now published on the NLAPW on-line magazine.

It’s about 1/2 way down the page. Here’s the link:


I have been invited back to the Adirondack Museum as an Artist in Residence July 4th thru the 8th. Along with this program  my paintings will be included in a booklet about  todays Artists working in the Adirondacks. September 14th and 15th I will return to participate in the annual Rustic Furniture Fair.  I have been busy this winter working on new paintings for Galley 3040 in Old Forge and a new gallery in Blue Mountain Lake. Also for Bald Mountain Rustics in Keene Valley.  August 14th – 18th I will participate in a week of Plein air painting sponsored by the Adirondack Art guild at Saranac Lake. This is followed with a show of the completed work on Sunday August 18th.I will be exhibiting in the Pen Women show at the Canastota library for the month of May with a originals and prints.

paintings Moose River (Spring) Jeanne Dupre


Joan Stier won first place in the North Syracuse Art Guild juried competition.


Book release party and art exhibit is Tuesday April 30 at 7 p.m. At Canastota Public Library Center St Canastota, NY.

tales-from-the-edge Image of Book: Rachael says “it is wonderful to be published on by Siggy Buckley for my novel release “The Complete Tales from the Edge of the Woods!”

photo  The Dancer (detail) by Rachael Ikins

Detail of The Dancer, Acrylic on canvas,  by Rachael Ikins Opening Soon!  Rachael Ikins at the Galleries at Mohegan Manor (Linda Bigness, Curator)  April 25th opening reception 5 PM to 7 PM with wine tasting (rsvp) Phone (315) 857-0080 Book reading and more. 

Exhibit through June 5, 2013 — at Club Sushi and Steak at Mohegan Manor.



Recent works of Encaustics sold from The MAG (store), Memorial Art Gallery, Rochester, NY.

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Summer Waltz, oil on canvas, sold recently from the Nan Miller Gallery in Rochester, NY

Other news:  Exhibiting at the Celebration of the Arts, Opening Reception is May 3rd, 9-10 pm.  See: web site for more details:


Janet Fagal was invited to speak at the Poetry Olio at the International Reading Association Convention in San Antonio, Texas on April 20. She will recite a poem and talk about her poetry work as well as highlight poets and poetry bloggers from Kidlitosphere Central. Janet has become a regular commenter at many blogs and was a guest blogger at Live Your Poem! with Irene Latham on April 7. She has her own blog plans in the works. Here is a picture from last June’s successful Poetry Night. Janet volunteered in one 3rd grade last year so that poetry could continue to be recited at State Street School. She was happy to see that those children embraced reciting with the same enthusiasm her own students had shown. She also volunteered at Jordan Elbridge Intermediate School last spring.



I’m in the Northeast National Pastel Exhibition May 4 – June 29.

Ill be at St. David’s celebration of the arts may 4 – 12.



Last year’s winners in video on You Tube

Please go to the following link to read the poems.

Syracuse Post Standard Poetry Contest Winners

Congratulations to all our winners and to the Pen Women for producing another wonderful community event.

In addition to the poetry winners a “Friends of the Arts” Award was presented to Steven Kern, Director of the Everson Museum of Art, for outstanding leadership in expanding audiences for the arts in Central New York, and a “Special Recognition Award” presented to Patricia D. Dickinson, for dedicated leadership in fostering the literary arts in the Canastota area.


  1. Wow – such impressive presentation – especially to one who couldn’t be there. Trivia: Love the batik turquoise top and the peach jacket on our members :>) – also would like to see close up of award presented to our honoree. The table looked stunning! I’m sure you all went home aglow – and – feeling like you’d been dragged through a knothole! Kudos everyone!

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  3. I think it is wonderful karmic coincidence that our first place adult winner 2013 lists as one of HER passions is poetry for children and children poets. Sort of brings our contest full circle. Hope to see as many at the ceremony as can come. Thanks to all the adults who entered and who wrote me in thanks for reaching out on a statewide level where I called for submissions. Long may the poets write on! Yolanda is one of our biggest fans and readers! Cheers and love , Rachael

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