Monthly Archives: March 2017

Boca Raton Pen Women Share Art and Friendship With the Local Community

The Boca Raton Branch National League of American Pen Women hosted a booth at the All People’s Day Diversity Festival on Saturday, March 18, 2017 at Pompey Park in Delray Beach, Florida. This once-a-year festival brings together the many diverse cultural groups in our community to promote appreciation of different customs and to share music, food, art, and educational activities.

For the past three years, the Diversity Festival has been a favorite outreach program for the Boca Raton Pen Women, bringing the arts to the local community.

Sheila Firestone, Marlene Klotz and Etta Schaeffer hosted a Pen Women booth titled, Become a Flower in the Garden of Friendship. Visitors who stopped at the booth received blank greeting cards to draw flowers representing themselves and write phrases of friendship. The resulting cards created a kaleidoscope of creative flowers with thoughtful messages.


This lively festival featured twenty Diversity entertainers, fifty issue-based and interactive cultural booths, health fair booths, and arts activities and workshops. It was an entertaining and educational day for children and adults.

Boca Raton Pen Women Host a Free Festival of Creative Events

The Boca Raton Branch National League of American Pen Women held a free family festival on Saturday, March 4, 2017 at the Center for Spiritual Living in Boca Raton, Florida.

A juried art show and reception, organized by artist Barb Capeletti, was the opening event of the day. The talented Pen women artists exhibited their work in the Center’s gallery. A lively reception with refreshments followed. The art will be on exhibit throughout the month of March.

Artist Prue Carrico demonstrated her exceptional drawing skills throughout the day, creating an intricate colored pencil drawing.

Pen Women authors exhibited their published books and were on site to discuss their work.

Authors Dr. Myra Levick and Carol White presented an author talk and shared insights into their work.

Carol White, novelist, essayist, and playwright, discussed her fiction. Dr. Myra Levick, a pioneer in art psychotherapy for children and author of several books and numerous journal articles on the subject, provided fascinating facts about children’s development.

Published poet Marlene Klotz led a poetry workshop for children.

Vera Ripp Hirschhorn and Dayle Herstik presented an interactive adult poetry and collage creation program. Author Meryl Davids Landau shared her expertise in publishing in a workshop on how to self publish. Brenda Dressler, who attended the workshop, said, “Meryl’s workshop on self-publishing was very informative. She reviewed resources that are available on editing, book design, printing and marketing, and her suggestions for my book were on point.”

Everyone in attendance gathered to enjoy the enactment of an original, whimsical musical story—the Peace Patch—composed by Sheila Firestone.

Peace Patch

Peace Patch






Raffle winners were delighted with many valuable prizes, including jewelry, autographed books, spa treatments, and much more. Proceeds from the raffle sales will benefit the Boca Raton Pen Women Scholarship Fund.

The closing event of the festival was Sheila Firestone’s piano concert, featuring her original music, The Grandchildren’s Suite.