YWCA and Pen Women celebrate variety of artists

Young Artist Award recipient Yoshiko Agresta stands next to a self-portrait she created.

Young Artist Award recipient Yoshiko Agresta stands next to a self-portrait she created.

The Greenwich YWCA and the CT Pioneer Branch of the National League of American Pen Women (NLAPW) are teaming together to celebrate professional and emerging artists.

Spring Into Summer, a month-long exhibition of work by seasoned professional women artists, writers, and composers belonging to the CT Pioneer Branch of the National League of American Pen Women, began June 1 as the featured exhibit in the YWCA’s Gertrude White Gallery.

The exhibit will last through June 27. The reception, featuring the artist members’ work, readings by letters members, and performances of compositions by music members, is scheduled for today, June 6, from 6:30 to 8:30 p.m. At the reception, three young high school students will receive special recognition for their achievements in art, letters, and music.

The Young Artist Award recipient is Yoshiko Aurelie Agresta, a graduating senior at Greenwich High School. Five of her art works will be included in the exhibition. She has used drawing, painting, printmaking, bookbinding, and computer arts alone or combined “to convey a message, emotion, or aesthetic objective,” the pioneer branch said.

She was awarded a Gold Key at the 2013 Scholastic Art and Writing Competition and has shown her art at the Bruce Museum, in Greenwich High School’s literary magazine and in the Greenwich Citizen. She has participated in numerous regional art events.

In a press release, Yoshiko gave thanks to inspiration from her mother and grandmother, both of whom are artists, and to her teachers for their encouragement. Yoshiko plans to enter college this fall, majoring in digital arts and 3-D animation.

The Connecticut Pioneer Branch of the NLAPW, founded in 1925, is the oldest branch in our state. Based in Greenwich, its members are experienced professionals from throughout Fairfield and Westchester counties. The exhibition and reception are open to the public. Food and drinks will be served at the reception.

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