What/who: A preview party for the exhibition, “Walter Ufer: Rise, Fall, Resurrection,” was held at the National Cowboy & Western Heritage Museum. It featured the paintings of Walter Ufer, one of the “Taos Ten” early day artists in Taos, N.M. Ufer family members from Kansas, Julie Ufer Uplinger, Robert Uplinger, Great Bend, and Kara and Levi Goering, Wichita, attended the event.
Where: Examples of paintings from Native American life and the Pueblo Indians and landscapes, as well as art from his travels in Germany and Chicago are on exhibit at the museum until May 11. This is the only venue for the show, and more than 20 museums have loaned works for the exhibition.
Why: It was the premiere exhibition honoring the centennial anniversary of Ufer's first trip to Taos in 1914 and the early day beginning of the Taos Society of Artists. Fifty works by Ufer are on exhibit as well as paintings from some of his contemporaries, including Ernest Blumenschein, Victor Higgins, E. Martin Hennings, Oscar Berninghaus, Joseph Sharp, Bert Phillips, E.I. Couse, William H. “Buck” Dunton, Julius Rolshoven and Catharine Carter Critcher. Ufer students' works include those from Edmund Davison, Carl and Frank Woolsey, Mary Monrad and Frederiksen Ufer.
How: The exhibition was curated by Dean Porter, Ph.D., Director Emeritus of the Snite Museum of Art at the University of Notre Dame. He is an art historian and specialist on the Taos Society of Artists with a special focus on Ufer and Higgins.
HONORING AN HONOREE
Luncheon: Marion Paden was honored at a luncheon at The Coach House given by Joan Gilmore and Jane Harlow. Paden is one the four honorees of the Societies of Oklahoma City University's Awards of Excellence. She will receive the Dulaney-Browne Library Society Award.
Flowers: Large white hydrangeas in a blue bowl (blue and white are OCU's colors) were on the table, and Paden wore a wrist corsage of flowers.
Guests: At the party were Annie Bohanon, Linda Haneborg, Jennifer Wheeler, Ann Alspaugh, Sherry Rhodes, LuAn Cravens, Traci Cook, Beth Shortt, Sue Wehba and Kathy Williams. During toasts each guest told how they knew the honoree.
The buzz: The awards dinner is set for Feb. 27 at the Oklahoma City Golf & Country Club. The Societies is solely dedicated to honor women and volunteers who contribute to the improvement of life in Oklahoma City. It has been held each year since 1988. Other honorees this year include Linda Whittington, Anne Kraft Gray and Jenee Naifeh Lister.