The National Society of Arts and Letters


Lyric Soprano Nancy Peery Marriott

to Perform in Recital

at The Lyceum


NSAL Member and Benefactor Nancy Peery Marriott is scheduled to perform at an event sponsored by The Singers’ Project, hosted by the District of Columbia Federation of Music Clubs.  Nancy has had a life-long love of music and studied at the Longy School of Music in Cambridge, Massachusetts.  She has performed at the John F. Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts, Wolf Trap, Strathmore, and as a soloist with the Mormon Tabernacle Choir.

“The Art of the Recital” Series

The Lyceum: Alexandria’s History Museum

Saturday, March 23, 2013 from 2:00 pm to 3:00 pm

For more information please visit:

The Art of the Recital


Larissa Liventals

Larissa embraces Barakeh (“Blessing”) who has been a part of her family for almost a year. On June 1, Barakeh gave birth to a little girl, al-Aasifa (“The Storm”). Both mother and daughter are being well cared for by her dear Bedouin friends in central Syria. Larissa is currently in the United States, taking a respite from her home in Damascus, where she has been teaching and working on a film project.


Washington DC Chapter Member

Catriona Tudor Erler

Elected President of NSAL’s National Organization




Serving twice as our local Washington DC Chapter President from 1992–1994 and again from 1996–1998, Catriona has once again answered the call to leadership.  During the culmination of our National Convention this past May in El Paso, Texas, chapter representatives elevated Catriona from National First Vice President to President.  An internationally recognized garden writer, photographer, and speaker, Catriona is also the author of nine garden books.


Thank you, Catriona!  We are lucky indeed!!


You can learn more about our newly elected National President

by clicking on:


Two Recently Penned Articles

in Two Virginia Lifestyle Magazines

Virginia Living, Whimsey Meadow


In Virginia Living magazine’s Whimsey Meadows, Catriona highlights the home of NSAL member Carol Lynn Forman, in which “two reluctant 18th century barns have been transformed into a modern and spacious home that pays homage to its historic provenance.”

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And in the January/February 2012 issue of Smith Mountain Laker magazine, Catriona recommends seven garden reference books worthy of the reader’s time.  Featured in the book Small Green Roofs: Low-Tech Options for Greener Living is the Annandale green-roofed, log-cabin studio built by fellow NSAL member Martie Goebel and her husband, Dr. Richard Meyer, where she makes glass beads and then turns them into jewelry.




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Julie Kent, NSAL Winner and 

Principal Dancer with American Ballet Theater

Featured in

The Washington Post – Style Section


Photo: The Washington Post


Potomac native Julie Kent and Marcelo Gomes praised in a review of

American Ballet Theater’s mixed repertory program at the Kennedy Center

Access article by clicking:

American Ballet Theatre Presents Mixed Repertory Program


Ben Lurye

Second Place Washington DC Chapter Winner

for the National Career Awards in Musical Theatre

is the current Chairman of

Wildwood Summer Theatre in Bethesda, Maryland

Ben invites everyone to visit and support

Wildwood by going to the website at:

Wildwood Summer Theatre

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The Washington Chapter

of the

National Society of Arts and Letters

is pleased to offer for sale the artwork of Frank Wright

Washington National Cathedral

Giclee print on paper

Image size: 10” x 7” for $20.00

 Ice on the Potomac

Limited edition offset lithograph

from the painting in the collection of the law firm

Wilkes, Artis, Hedrick & Lane

Edition of 500 (limited number remaining) Image size: 15″ x 30″; paper size: 20″ x 35″

Printed on 100 lb Karma Cover which is neutral pH

Lithograph signed and numbered by the artist: $250.00

Lithograph signed, numbered and remarqued by the artist: $350.00

 To purchase a print or lithograph or for more information,

please contact Jane Taylor at

Frank Wright won an award from The Washington Chapter of The National Society of Arts and Letters in 1950 with renewals in 1952 and 1953. The Chapter’s faith in his ability has been well rewarded. Frank Wright is now a prominent Washington, D.C. artist and Professor of Fine Arts at George Washington University. His works are in many public and private collections, including the Winton Blount Collection in Montgomery, Alabama; Perpetual Bank; Kiplinger Washington Editors; Charles E. Smith Companies; and Oliver T. Carr Company, all of Washington, D.C. Mr. Wright has exhibited in museums and galleries throughout the country, including the Kennedy Galleries, New York; the Southeastern Center for Contemporary Art, Winston-Salem, North Carolina; the Corcoran Gallery of Art, which gave him a retrospective exhibition in 1981, the IMF Visitors’ Center which hosted a retrospective exhibition in 1986, and The Library of Congress (1991-1992), all in Washington, D.C. His work also can be seen in the Old Ebbitt Grill restaurant on 15th Street, NW in Washington, DC For more information, visit his website at 

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