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The National League of American Pen Women (NLAPW), a professional organization for women artists, composers, and writers, promotes the development of creative talents of professional women in the arts. The national organization has over 5,000 members; the Honolulu Branch has over 100 members and affiliated Friends.

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ARTIST OF THE MONTH: Ria Keltz-Remenar

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Haunting Memoirs
Mixed Medium


Homage to Georgia
Oil Paint

Mixed Medium


War does not decide who is right…War decides who is left
Mixed Medium

“For the past 15 years, I’ve mostly painted war and a few peace paintings. The peace paintings calmed me from the anxiety created by working on my war pieces. War does not decide deals mostly with Iraq and Vietnam. Those were the wars I felt in the middle of when doing this piece; my husband was badly wounded in Vietnam and eventually died of Agent Orange exposure, and my son was in both Iraq wars. Haunting Memoirs was a spontaneous childhood memory of bombs and bombed-out buildings of Berlin, which were our playground growing up. It’s also about the POWs and the MIAs, all the fathers, who never returned home. When and where I grew up, virtually no one of my generation had a father.

Homage to Georgia is a copy of one of my favorite Georgia O’Keeffe paintings from her New York era. The original is truly black and white, but mine is colorful and I used no black oil paint. The painting looks as if I am in outer space. While I generally don’t copy or even take liberty of likeness of other painters, this one “spoke” to me, especially because so very few would even suspect this to be one of her works. I so enjoyed painting this: feeling out of this cruel world creating a peaceful harmony of colors and security… When the sun shines onto the circle of light, the mood and colors change quite magically.”

~ Ria Keltz-Remenar


About the Honolulu Branch

A subsidiary of the National organization, the Honolulu Branch, known as the Honolulu Pen Women, conducts and promotes creative and educational activities in Art, Letters, and Music. Honolulu Pen Women have participated in juried art shows, published their work and had it performed, and through shared artistic experience, have developed lasting friendships.

The Honolulu Pen Women gather for lively luncheon meetings once a month, usually the first Wednesday of the month, from 11:30 A M to 2:00 PM, September through May. The agenda typically consists of a short business meeting and a program by a featured speaker. Check NEXT MEETING for meeting place, menu, and guest speaker.

Non-members interested in the arts may also attend luncheon meetings, although reservations are required. If you would like to receive notices of monthly meetings by email, please click email Your email address will only be used for this purpose.

In even-numbered years, members organize the NLAPW BIENNIAL WRITERS' CONFERENCE. These inspiring Honolulu conferences are a unique opportunity to learn from seasoned writers and published authors and are open to all interested residents and visitors.

In conjunction with the conferences, the Honolulu Branch conducts a respected literary competition: the LORIN TARR GILL WRITING COMPETITION, held in memory of writer Lorin Tarr Gill, a long-time Branch member who died in 1979. The competition is open to the public and is carried on with primary support from the Gill family.

In odd-numbered years, members organize the NLAPW BIENNIAL ART EXHIBITION. Biennial Art Shows are held at the beautiful Honolulu Country Club Art Gallery, 1690 A la Puumalu St., Honolulu HI 96818.

Who are NLAPW members?

NLAPW members are female professionals who produce creative works in one or more of these membership classifications: Art, Letters, and Music. Members form a vibrant network of writers, artists, and musicians who support each others' efforts and help promote arts in the community at large.



Ann Becker Gommers (Art)

Vice President
Marcia Zina Mager (Letters)

Shan Correa (Letters)

Recording Secretary
Mary Farkash (Art)

Corresponding Secretary
Marion Coste (Letters)

Alice Folkart



Membership Chair: Sabra Rae Feldstein (Art)

Letters Chair: TBD (Letters)

Art Chair: TBD  (Art)

Newsletter Editor: Marion Coste (Letters)

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