Saturday, November 12, 2016

Selections from the November Newsletter:
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From Mary Lou Griffin, Diamond State Branch President: Our first Branch meeting of the season in October brought Diamond State Branch members together after the long, hot summer season. Everyone seemed happy to see each other, share new happenings and get back into the swing of Fall events. Our luncheon guest was pastel artist, Helena Van Emmerick-Finn. Helena brought and showed several prints and paintings that represent her style of work and spoke about her process as she demonstrated her development of the painting. After the demo she answered questions and we discussed other issues with pastel painting such as framing. Thank you Helena for a delightful, informative afternoon. On October 17th, Diamond State Branch Letters member Clella (C.B.) Murray hosted a book launch and signing of her mystery novel, Murder at the University, at the University of Delaware Barnes and Noble Bookstore. Murder at the University was the first murder book written in her Noir Series of mysteries but was never published until now. Others include the Chinese Treasure, A Pox on You, and XV. She also has three books in her Magic Series as well her first children's book, Dangerous Journey, which won first place in the young adult fiction section from the National Federation of Press Women. Mary Lou Griffin and Sandra Michel were happy to have had the opportunity to attend this event and support one of our Letters members. Visit her website www.clellamurray.com for book reviews and comments. Murder at the University is available on Amazon and can make a great holiday gift for mystery lovers. Proceeds from the book go to support Alzheimer's Research.



On October 17th, Diamond State Branch Letters member Clella (C.B.) Murray hosted a book launch and signing of her mystery novel, Murder at the University, at the University of Delaware Barnes and Noble Bookstore. Murder at the University was the first murder book written in her Noir Series of mysteries but was never published until now. Others include the Chinese Treasure, A Pox on You, and XV. She also has three books in her Magic Series as well her first children's book, Dangerous Journey, which won first place in the young adult fiction section from the National Federation of Press Women. Mary Lou Griffin and Sandra Michel were happy to have had the opportunity to attend this event and support one of our Letters members. Visit her website www.clellamurray.com for book reviews and comments. Murder at the University is available on Amazon and can make a great holiday gift for mystery lovers.  Proceeds from the book go to support Alzheimer's Research.
Member News
Congratulations are in order for JoAnn Balingit. October 10, 2016 the University of Delaware hosted the Arts Advocacy Awards sponsored by the Delaware Division of the Arts and the Delaware Community Foundation. The awards covered four areas of advocacy; Education, Leadership, Philanthropy and Volunteerism. JoAnn was one of 18 nominees. JoAnn did not win, but it was a great honor to be included in this very elite group.
JoAnn Balingit is a 2016 Mid-Atlantic Arts Creative Fellow, receiving funds for her writing residency this December at The Virginia Center for the Creative Arts where she will work on new poems and family essays. On Thursday November 3 her poem “Brandywine Creek Preambles” will debut at the Academy of American Poets (www.poets.org) “Imagine Our Parks” webpage. The Academy commissioned one poem from every state to celebrate the centennial of the National Park Service. JoAnn’s poem commemorates the Beaver Valley tract of First State National Historic Park. She has another poem forthcoming at Poemeleon (www.poemeleon.org).
On the First Fridays, November 4 and December 2 from 5:00 to 8:00 PM, Iris Gray Dowling will be a local guest author displaying her children's books, church program books, and local history books at Ten Thousand Villages GIFT SHOP. The Shop opens on Saturdays & Sundays, November 4 through December 11th, 9:00 to 1:00 pm at Oxford Presbyterian Church, 6 Pine Street, (Room 206), Oxford, PA.  All Fair Trade Products include Palestinian Oil & Olivewood, Threads of Hope, Philippines Rice, & Equal Exchange Coffee, tea, chocolate, and nuts.  Proceeds benefit craftsmen in 35 countries.  610.932.9640    Note:  Open Oxford's First Fridays--November 4 and December 2 from 5:00-8:00 PM.
Michele Foster, Carol Hixon and Shirley Rigby are in an abstract show at Kendall and we hang our paintings on Halloween.  Shirley is also in a show, with Kathy Ruck, in Kennett Square at the Episcopal Church of the Advent, 401 N. Union Street.  Saturday, November 12 from 10 to 3.
Congratulations to Maia Palmer on being added to the full-time staff at Archmere Academy. Maia has been a part-time art teacher for a bit more than two years. Maia will have 2 dictionary drawings in the following show:  New Wilmington Art Association's group exhibit at the Delaware Contemporary's November Art Loop on Friday, Nov. 4, 5pm-9pm

From Maria Keane