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December 10, 2010 > Art: Believe/Achieve

Art: Believe/Achieve

By Alyson Whitaker

In 1897, three well-known professionals in the fields of writing and art were denied access to the Washington D.C. Press Club because of their gender. As a result, they formed their own organization with an initial membership of 17 women of achievement in letters, art, and music composition for networking and support. This was the birth of the National League of American Pen Women (NLAPW). Today, the group has grown to approximately 4,000 members nationwide who meet regularly to share current projects and gain inspiration from each other.

Members of the local chapter (Diablo Alameda Branch) of Pen Women are showcasing their talents at an exhibit titled "Art: Believe/Achieve" at the John O'Lague Galleria in Hayward City Hall. Their varied interests include dance choreography, textiles, watercolor and oil painting, poetry, mask making, and more.

Natica Angilly, a world-renowned choreographer, joined NLAPW over 20 years ago. She specializes in poetic dance-choreographing dance to a thought provoking or famous poem. Through the years, Angilly began creating three-dimensional masks referencing poems represented by her dance company.

Kazumi Cranney is a haiga painter. Haiga is a Japanese art form combining three traditional Japanese arts: Japanese calligraphy, written with black sumi ink; Haiku poems-short poems containing exactly 17 syllables (in Japanese) with a seasonal reference; and watercolor painting, which in this case utilizes special pigmented paints called gansai. Kazumi's haiga paintings have been displayed throughout the Bay Area and her poems have been published in numerous publications.

For Evelyn Glaubman, art has been a way to explore her own emotions, as well as express social and political problems facing society. Her "scapes, " using a variety of mediums, including ink, wash, and some acrylics as well, are heavy with emotion and expressive embodiment as she lets her unconscious flow. She was introduced to the Pen Women in the 1980's by a student of hers at Berkeley City College.

Other Pen Women represented at the exhibit are Elizabeth Hack, Leona Nichandros, Dori Pendergrass, Charlotte Severin, Pallavi Sharma, Barbara Spanski, and Tomye Neal Madison.

An Artists' Reception will be held at John O'Lague Galleria on December 17; from 5:30 p.m. to 7:30 p.m., Pen Women writers will be performing original works at the reception. Light refreshments will be served.

For more information on this or other exhibits sponsored by the Hayward Arts Council, visit their website at Additional information about the National League of American Pen Women may be found at

Pen Women Show "Art: Believe/Achieve"
Through Feb 10, 2011

Artists' Reception
December 17
5:30 p.m. to 7:30 p.m.

John O'Lague Galleria
Hayward City Hall
777 B St., Hayward
(510) 538-2787

Free, public welcome

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