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March 12, 2008 > Woman's History Month

Woman's History Month

Gems of the art world

By Anuja Seith

Art in its various form-music, dance, films or painting is the spice of life. In its celebration of Women's History month, Fremont's American Association of University Women (AAUW), a service organization, celebrates the arts through dramatic profiles of three women for their unique contributions.

This salad and desert luncheon showcases Agness DeMille, a famous chorographer of Broadway, Marian Anderson, a contralto and symbol of civil rights and painter Georgia O'Keefe. Agnes De Mille was born in Harlem and moved with her family to Hollywood when she was very young. Dance performance by Anna Pavlova inspired De Mille who became one of the first people to bring ballet techniques to musicals, and continued to be actively involved with artistic dance until her death in 1993.

While DeMille ruled with her nimble feet, Anderson who came to be known as "the Baby Contralto," won hearts of million with her melodious voice. She joined the senior choir at her church at 13 years of age and began visiting other churches accepting invitations to sing and soon became popular and began requesting five dollars per performance. She won many awards and carried national responsibilities like touring India and the Far East in 1957 as a goodwill ambassador through the U.S. State Department and the American National Theater and Academy and after that, President Dwight Eisenhower appointed her as a delegate to the United Nations Human Rights Committee. With many feathers in her cap Anderson bid adieu to the world in 1993.

O'Keefe too stole the hearts of millions but with a stroke of brush. She began painting at home and pursued her passion until 1984 when her health failed and she died two years later.

This event brings alive the life stories of these women who vanquished many hurdles to achieve their goals. "We have three actresses presenting their life while our members will narrate the monologue," said Sandy Pardini Cashmark. The members will also showcase their arts and crafts and the proceeds will go to the Tech Trek Science Camp scholarship. "All the proceeds will go to AAUW sponsored week long science camp for girls who are going to college the following year," said Cashmark. This event may be an opportunity for all art connoisseurs to travel through life journeys of these rare jewels.

Woman's History Month
Gems of art world
Saturday, March 15
11:30 a.m. to 2 p.m.
Fremont Adult School
4700 Calaveras Ave, Fremont
(510) 793-6465

Tickets: $15


Additional Sources:
http://www.okeeffemuseum.org/background/index.html
http://library.thinkquest.org/J002266F/agnes_de_mille.htm
http://www.lkwdpl.org/wihohio/ande-mar.htm

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