First Sunrise of 2019

The year begins beautifully

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Georgia O’Keeffe and the University of Virginia

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Georgia O’Keeffe’s had given up on her dream of becoming a professional artist. But in the summer of 1912 her sisters convinced her to take a summer art class at the University of Virginia. They were living in Charlottesville at the time and her sisters enjoyed taking the summer classes that were open to women at a time when women were not permitted to be students during the regular academic year. So at their urging 25-year-old Georgia enrolled in a class taught by Alom Bement, and in that class she discovered Arthur Wesley’s Dow’s theories of modern art practice. She found the meditative techniques taught by Dow liberating and invigorating. The rest is, of course, history.

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Georgia O’Keefee 1912

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Georgia O’Keefe 1937