Slate of Candidates Elected
February 14, 2018
Membership: Janet Abbott Fast
Newsletter Editor: Joy Brenda Burch
Neal Steele interviewed Mary Montague Sikes on February 12th about her first children's book, An Artful Animal Alphabet, featuring her writing and paintings, which was released in 2017.
Mary Montague Sikes is an award-winning author of eight non-fiction books and nine novels. Holder of a BA degree in psychology from the University of Mary Washington and a MFA in painting from Virginia Commonwealth University, she has many years of experience as a free-lance writer and photographer for local and national newspapers and for national and international magazines.
A former member of the Board of Governors of Virginia Writers Club, she is co-founder and first treasurer of Virginia Romance Writers, is a founding member of Chesapeake Bay Writers Club, and is also a founding member of Chesapeake Bay Pen Women. A past-president of the Richmond Branch, National League of American Pen Women, she has presented state and national NLAPW conference workshops. She is a past-president of Richmond Artists Association and a current member of Metropolitan Richmond Artists Association.
Sikes has shown her paintings extensively in the United States, Canada, and the Caribbean. Soon after the release of her coffee table book, Hotels to Remember that she wrote and illustrated, she was included on a Virginia Festival of the Book travel panel.
Dan is entertainment editor at The Virginian-Pilot, directing coverage of arts and entertainment and the Flavor section. In 23 years at The Pilot, he also has worked as a copy editor, copy desk chief and assistant business editor, while staying busy outside the newsroom as, at various times, a Cub Scout den leader, a youth soccer coach, a writing and editing teacher and an amateur musician trying to do right by his 1981 Gibson ES 335.