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.
GUESS WHO CAME TO DINNER?
Dinner: Oklahoma City University President Robert Henry and his wife, Jan Henry, were hosts for a dinner in their home honoring former Supreme Court Justice Sandra Day O'Connor. O'Connor spoke at the OCULeads Class, the President's Leadership Class.
The key: Oklahoma City Mayor Mick Cornett presented O'Connor with a key to the city.
Entertainment: OCU alumni member Kyle Dillingham performed at the dinner, as well as OCU student Eryn LeCroy.
Featured guest: O'Connor was in Oklahoma as the featured guest for this year's Henry Lecture Series at the University of Oklahoma College of Law. She also gave a fireside chat during the OU President's Associates Dinner at the Oklahoma Memorial Union Ballroom. OU President David L. Boren and OCU President Henry joined the discussion about her path to serving on the nation's highest court, about working with her fellow justices and her passion for civics education. She served on the Supreme Court for 25 years.
WEDDING THANK YOU
Party: A thank-you party for hostesses who have hosted bridal events for Juliana Samara and Spencer Simon was given in the home of Pam Shdeed. Co-hostesses were Cindy Dugger and Jamie Gaddis.
Menu: Guests were greeted with hot apple cider on the cold and snowy day. Lobster pot pies were served for lunch, and lemon mousse with berries and assorted mini-cupcakes were served for dessert.
2014 MILITARY BALL
Ball: Choctaw High Schools AFJROTC members were hosts for the annual Military Ball at the Boren Activity Center.
Saber arch: More than 200 cadets, guests and visitors were introduced at the ball. They walked through the saber arch and were greeted by a receiving line.
Dinner: It was served after the formal Presentation of the Colors, singing of the national anthem, a tribute to POW/MIAs and the invocation. There was a special cake cutting and then dancing began.