a national organization to show and promote works by professional women artists founded in 1896

Permanent Advisors/Emeritus

JoAnn Bishop—Past President and Permanent Advisor

For many years JoAnn Bishop, long time Member of the Catharine Lorillard Wolfe Art Club was the go-to person for the Club's board to reach the Metropolitan Museum of Art. She worked at the Museum and was an able intermediary when the Club needed attendance buttons, gift certificates, and other services. She lived up-town in New York City and volunteered to assist at all the Club events. She always made herself available. As president of the Club she is a no nonsense, take charge executive. The board meetings are brief and to the point. She has been able to computerize many of the Club's functions even running inter-active board meetings during the pandemic. When the Members' Exhibition had to be cancelled she immediately planned the exhibit on-line keeping with the Club's mission of publicizing women artists. 

JoAnn inherited her art talent from her Dad, choosing to attend the High School of Art and Design in New York City near her home where she studied painting and illustration. Later at Hunter College, she entered a work study program majoring in business and minoring in art, her first love. After receiving her degree she entered the Art Students League where she studied under Richard Pionk, Oldrich Telpy, and Greg Kreutz. At the League, in lieu of tuition, she served as a monitor where she would set up a still life, pose a model, and assist the instructor. After mastering the basics, she realized it was time to work independently and to find her own means of expression.

In addition to CLWAC exhibits she has shown her work at the Covello Senior Center and the University Settlement House.  Several of her paintings shown in the CLWAC's Annual Open Exhibitions depicted scenes from small spaces at the Met, where the people shown in these small acrylic paintings and the subdued lighting create an intimate mood.  More recent work in mixed media collage show a female figure with a patterned background in themes that lend the work meaning, whimsy, and mystery.  JoAnn has won many awards in her different styles, yet she trill rmeains the student experimenting with different forms of expression including digital photo images.

Jeanette Dick—Past President and Permanent Advisor

Jeanette Dick ascended to the presidency of the Catharine Lorrilard Wolfe Art Club in 2015 after serving as Awards Chair for six years. As president she initiated a complete analysis of the club’s finances and investments, streamlining all the processes. She founded the Gordon Coe Dick Memorial Award given each year at the national exhibition to a deserving pastel artist. Also, she planned and chaired a special exhibit for members and associates at the historical Deepwell’s Mansion in Smithtown, LI.

Jeanette grew up on Long Island, studied Art Education at Queens College and earned her Masters Degree in Liberal Studies at Stony Brook University. She taught art in several public schools in Nassau and Suffolk County spending her last twenty years teaching at Scraggy Hill School in Port Jefferson and coordinating an Artist in Residence program that was well received. After her retirement she was able to make a deeper commitment to her own art expression taking workshops with Christian White and Diana DeSantis. She has focused on the figure and the landscape. Using pastels and oils as her primary media, she has developed a style uniquely her own; composition, color, and design are her primary focus. Her work with the figure has a mystical poetic quality, her landscapes of the Long Island shoreline with a rich buttery texture depicted from unusual angles.

Jeanette is also an active participant in the Setauket Artists, a group of forty local artists who show their work at the Setauket Neighborhood House and other venues several times a year and was selected their Honored Artist in 2012. She has been elected to membership in the Connecticut Pastel Society and as an associate in the American Pastel Society. Jeanette has exhibited in many juried shows, galleries and museums in New York City, Connecticut, and on Long Island, winning many awards.

Eleanor Tyndall Meier—Past President and Permanent Advisor

Eleanor Tyndall Meier paints still life tableaux in watercolor within the Realist tradition. On a surface saturated with color she endeavors to establish a world of memory and tradition using objects that have passed from generation to generation; objects that possess the potential for significance because of past associations; objects that may be grand or humble, glistening or tarnished, clear or opaque. She includes things associated with life; plants, flowers, fruit, eggs, all solid forms that reflect shifting webs of shadows. Patterned fabrics animate the paintings.

Eleanor Meier is a retired high school art teacher and supervisor. She is a past president of the CLWAC, currently Membership Chair. She is an elected member of NAWA, the Salmagundi Club, and a life member of the Baltimore Watercolor Society. She exhibits at the Long Island Museum, Gallery North, The National Arts Club, and the Salmagundi Club among other venues.


Lucille Paulsen—Past President and Permanent Advisor

I create my subjects’ visual personality with my work.  My portraits are oil paintings on panel or canvas and works on paper in pastel.  I capture likeness, but also portray the attitude behind the face.  The stories of individual subjects emerge through posture, symbols, props and sometimes humor. I explore the identities of the people I represent before painting them and then establish their identities in my portraits.  Oh, and I love painting dog’s faces.

Merrilee Sett—Emeritus

Her work has had many group and solo exhibitions both in the US as well as Canada.  She has won several awards and is a Signature member with the Federation of Canadian Artists, NorthWest Watercolor Society, NorthEast Watercolor Society and a Full Member with the Catharine Lorrillard Wolfe Art Club, Audubon Society as well as N.A.W.A.

She is also a board member and painting co-chair for the annual CLWAC Members Exhibition held at the Salmagundi Club in NYC and in 2014 was juried for full membership with the Salmagundi Club.

Nature has always been Merrilee's strongest inspiration.  She is known for her delicate watercolors, but much of her recent work with watermedia is full of texture and vibrant color.

She hopes the viewer sees a more unique, creative and absorbing approach to painting.

Her paintings are in many private and corporate collections worldwide.

Advisors and Alternates

Lilian Engel

Lilian Engel’s sculpture is inspired by the connection of the human form to nature. “I use natural materials, stone, wood and metal to bring to life organic forms moving through space. 

Engel’s Sculptures have been exhibited extensively in Rhode Island and New York at URI Providence Campus, Catharine Lorillard Wolfe Art Club, Allied Artists of America, Salmagundi Club, National Association of Women Artists, and LIC Artists, as well as at Susan Eley Fine Gallery and at the Canton Museum of Art in Ohio. Her numerous awards include Council of American Artist Societies, Inc. Allied Artists of America, and Salmagundi Club and Nessa Cohen Grant from Art Students League of NY.

Education and Professional Development
The Art Students League of New York
Carving workhop, Pietrasanta, Italy
Graphic design courses, SVA
BA/Liberal Arts, Rhode Island College, Providence, RI
Certificate Graphic Arts, Center for the Media Arts, NYC

The Art Students League of New York Permanent Collection
Private collections, New York City, Seattle, Washington, Austin Texas, and Paris, France

Lillian Forziat

Lillian Forziat is a graduate of the State University of New York at Farmingdale and a Charter Member of The National Museum of Women in the Arts. She is a Board Member of the Catharine Lorillard Wolfe Art Club (CLWAC), and a Fellow Member of the American Artists Professional League (AAPL)  both in Manhattan (NYC). She is a juried member the National Oil and Acrylic Painters’ Society (NOAPS), the Rehoboth Art League (RAL), and the Art League of Nassau County (NY). She holds an associate membership in the Oil Painters of America (OPA). Lillian has served as a member of the Executive Board of the Floral Park Art League (FPAL) in New York, and as a juror.

Her oil paintings embrace a gentle juxtaposition of traditional realism and impressionism. She concentrates on capturing the beauty of everyday subjects in her still-life canvasses, and tranquil vistas in her landscapes and seascapes. With a style reminiscent of more traditional artists, her paintings strive to capture the subtle essences of both living subjects and human-fabricated objects in quiescent settings. They have received numerous accolades in nationally ranked fine art exhibitions and fine art festivals in the New York Metropolitan/Long Island region, Arkansas, Connecticut, Delaware, Georgia, Kentucky, Maine, Maryland, Missouri, Montana, New Jersey, Pennsylvania, Ohio, Rhode Island, and Virginia. They are included in many private collections throughout the United States and the United Kingdom.

Grace Scharr McEnaney

Art and design in varied forms have always been a strong interest in Grace's life.  After graduating from Fashion Institute of Technology in NYC, she began her career as a technical illustrator at Union Carbide, NY and then later independently as a graphic designer for various small Connecticut companies looking for a professional image.  Eventually Grace began changing her focus, which over time and study led to fine art painting in watercolor.  

Grace has since been honored to have received numerous awards and artist signature status for her watercolors from prominent arts organizations, and is currently teaching at The Wethersfield Academy for the Arts, CT online and privately.    

Peggy Post

Peggy Davidson Post recently moved from New York to the Monterey Peninsula in California. The change is a return to the area where she grew up, and the landscapes and seascapes that have always been in her visual library. After art school at California College of the Arts, she spent 40 years living in the East, and participated in many art exhibits through Pastel societies, The Salmagundi Art Club, and Catharine Lorillard Wolfe Art Club. Serving on the board of directors at CLWAC has been a rewarding introduction to a talented group of women she is proud to know as individuals and artists.


Sara Sweeny

Alta West Salisbury

Mary Allison Donll

Nell Witters

Eva Rappleye

Elizabeth Case

Anna G. Morse

Louise Norbury

Eleanor Gay Lee

Florence Whitehill

Charlotte Dunwiddie

Helen Slottman

Margaret Fernald Dole

Sara Boal

Winnie Borne Sherman

Sally Swan Carr

Mae Berlind Bach

Helen DeCozen

Carey Boone Nelson

Celcilia Cardman

Sybil D'Orsi

Andrea Rimberg

Nora Roth

Dorothy Dallas

Karin Strong

Jean T. Kroeber

Amy Bright Unfried

Eleanor Meier

Lucille Berril Paulsen

Joyce Zeller

Susan Parker Faith

Gaile Snow Gibbs

Jeanette Dick

JoAnn Bishop

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