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Art Chairs Ruth Ann Howden and Anita Benson with Pegge Hopper and Roy Venters, Jurors

   Click here to see a photo album of the Opening and 90th Birthday Celebration   Click here to see a photo album of the art displayed and the winners

Honolulu Pen Women Combine Art Show Opening With 90th Birthday Celebration

The echo of aloha lingered in the air at the reception for “Timeless Musings”, the Biennial Art Show of the Honolulu Pen Women, on March 7, 2015. Native Hawaiian chanters Ilima Stern and friend ended their opening chant by repeating aloha three times; once for ancestors, once for the present gathering, and once for future souls. The reception also celebrated the 90th birthday of the National League of American PEN Women, Honolulu Branch, the oldest continually operating arts organization in Hawai‘i. An inspiring evening followed which included the presentation of awards, entertainment by branch members, a mini-writing competition, and a grand finale of cake and champagne.

Nearly one hundred enthusiastic participants enjoyed this opening reception. As people arrived, they were handed index cards and pencils, then encouraged to “muse” on a piece of art in the show. These musings were deposited in a hat, and during the ceremony, five were drawn from the hat and read. The audience selected the winner by applause.

The six art award winners were each honored with the presentation of an incredibly inventive, handmade “bag/lei,” rhinestone-encrusted paintbrushes, and either monetary or gift certificate prizes. The following winners were selected by two jurors from the Honolulu arts community, Pegge Hopper and Roy Venters.

First Place went to Anita Benson for her acrylic painting, “Dancing Trees;” Second Place was awarded to Baerbel Miller for "Peacock in Raw Silk,” a large fiber wall hanging; Third Place was given to Myrna L. Mild Spurrier, for "Two Bears - Blue Bears,” one of five linoleum block prints she entered.

Our specially-endowed awards were presented to the following artists: The Joyce Award to Mary Farkash for "Venetian Lace" a mixed monoprint; The Left Wing- Right Brain Award went to Chandra Miars for her oil painting, "Tree Song;" The Gloria Foss Award, designated “Best of Show,” was presented to Sabra Feldstein for an acrylic on paper triptych entitled “Formula 4 Red.”

Juror Roy Venters spoke about the selection process and expressed delight in the quality of the works submitted. He also acknowledged the memory of Gloria Foss, who was an important force in the Honolulu arts community.

Pianist Roslyn Catracchia entertained the gathering with her original compositions and a mysterious stranger sang a torch version of “Happy Birthday.”

About our jurors Pegge Hopper and Roy Venters:

Part of the First Friday art scene in Chinatown and long-established artists in Hawai’i Pegge and Roy were the judges for our "Timeless Musings." Check out Long Story - Short by PBS about Pegge Hopper at www.pbshawaii.org/longstory_guests/hopper.htm

Art Committee Co-Chairs:

Ruth Ann Howden and Anita Benson
2015 Biennial Art Show Co-Chairs


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