Their vision still inspires
Bring these American artists to life for your audience, presenting their ideas, their work, their lives — in their own words.
Combining her theatrical experience with extensive research and her love of art, Jenny Aldrich portrays five amazing women who address your audience—largely in each woman’s own words—describing the people and events that shaped their lives and their art. These unique programs have been presented at museums, colleges, libraries, and art and social organizations.
A Dramatic Portrait
Ms. O’Keeffe conducts a tour of her world, from the intimacy of her sensational flowers through the abstracts and cityscapes to the vastness of the American West. Joyful, irreverent and courageous, she discusses the New York art world in the 1920s, her breakdown, her constant battles with the critics, her “photographic portraits” by Alfred Stieglitz, and their extraordinary relationship.
... the FRIENDS inaugurated their 30th Anniversary Season with a sold-out performance of Ms. Aldrich’s “Georgia O’Keeffe: A Dramatic Portrait.”
—The Corcoran Gallery of Art
Lilla Cabot Perry:
Impressions of Monet in Giverny
Born a “Boston Brahmin” in 1848, married to an erudite, critically but not financially successful author, mother of three daughters, at 36 she decided to become a professional artist. Five years later, she was exhibiting in the Paris Salon and she met Claude Monet. They began a friendship which caused her to spend nine summers in Giverny the French village which became the “cradle of American Impressionism.”
“Mrs. Lilla Cabot Perry takes rank among the greatest modern painters.”
—Review of Exhibition at The St. Botolph Club
Outstanding performance at the major donor dinner.
—National Museum of Women in the Arts
A Visit With
Miss Cassatt will share the story of her life, her work, the ideas behind her paintings. She was the only American artist to exhibit with the French Impressionists. Known for her frankness and honesty, she describes her days as an artist in Nineteenth Century Europe, her relationship with Edgar Degas, her struggle to become accepted as an artist in America, her impact on American collections.
“Translated onto canvas the poem of the family.”
Coupures de Journaux
We will all be talking about your program for weeks to come and remembering it for a lifetime.
—Sorrento East Women’s Club
Anne Morrow Lindbergh:
An Extraordinary Life
Anne Morrow Lindbergh was the author of thirteen books, an aviation pioneer, and a feminist. Coming from a quiet, sheltered, family life devoted to education and literature, her marriage to Charles Lindbergh thrust her into a world of action and celebrity.
This program is set in 1975, and Anne has come to speak to your group on the occasion of the 20th anniversary edition of Gift From the Sea, originally published in 1955. Anne will share her Hour of Gold, the joy of flying with Charles and the exhilarating, exhausting flight to the Orient which was ended by the numbing tragedy of the kidnapping, her Hour of Lead. She explains and defends Charles’s stand with America First and their joint dedication to saving the environment. She illuminates the life that gave her the wisdom to write Gift From the Sea, which — now fifty-five years later — is still widely acclaimed.
... the audience was enchanted by Aldrich’s presentation of the story of the famed artist’s life.
—Jan Findley, Sun-Herald
Lilla Cabot Perry
Mary Cassatt tells it all:
A Circle of Artists
Meet the Cassatt who recovered from her illness, who became a feminist, who lectured young female art students. Mary Cassatt would not consider herself a “woman artist.” She was a critically and financially successful artist who exhibited with the most radical artists of her time. After World War I, she became active in the feminist cause. Feisty, irreverent and willing to sever her family ties for her beliefs, Cassatt presents other women artists — women before her time, like Sofonisba Anguissola, women she knew and admired like Berthe Morisot, women whose work she didn’t respect like Cecilia Beaux, and women whose work she didn’t understand like Veladon. She presents their work, their lives, their dedication. She shares the insights, struggles, and successes they had as prominent artists of their time.
Our nine past presidents ... told me, “There was nothing that could have been more inspiring, touching, informative, and entertaining than your ‘Visit with Mary Cassatt’”.
—Nancy Sauer, New Sarasotans
An Unfinished Woman
Lillian Hellman was a brilliant, passionate, provocative woman and an internationally acclaimed author who wrote Broadway hits and best-selling books. She was renowned as a political activist, a wit, an extraordinary hostess and a fabulous storyteller. Hellman came of age when young women began to smoke, drink and celebrate their sexual freedom. Rude, passionate, independent and eloquent, Hellman seduced men, women, audiences and critics. In an illustrious career spanning five decades, she won a permanent place in American Letters. In this intimate dramatic portrait, Hellman discusses her works, her life, her adventures, her politics and numerous love affairs—including 30-someyears with mystery writer Dashiell Hammett—with truth, lies and a delightful sense of fun.