Omaha daily bee. (Omaha [Neb.]) 187?-1922, January 21, 1917, SOCIETY, Image 15

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Social Calendar
Monday Bridge. Miss Olga Storz, hosic.j.
Blue Goose dinner dance at Blackstone.
Omaha High school seniors bauqticlat 1'ou
tencllc. Dinner dance at Blackstone or Omaha insur
ance men. ' .
Afternoon affair for Miss Ruth Lindley and
Miss Marie Hodge, Miss Charlotte Bedwe
Dinner given by Mrs. George Sharpc for her
daughter, Mrs. Sjogren. 1
Box parties all week for Sister Mary Angela's
play at the Krug. 7
Box parties for the McCormack concert in the
Retailers' concert course at the Auditorium.
Kippa Alpha Theta meeting, Mrs. John K.
Morrison, hostess.
Clairmont Bridge club, Mrs. E. L. Champ,
Thimble club. Mrs. J. Frank Carpenter, hostess.
Informal luncheon for Mrs. Thomas Hayward
of Pittsburgh, Mrs. Albert Busch, hostess.
Winter Dancing club at Dundee hall.
Elk's formal dancing party.
Dinner at Blackstone for Prof. George R.
Grose of De Pauw university.
Afternoon bridge, Mrs. Henry Rosenthal, host
ess, i "
Box party for Archbishop Harty at Sister Mary
Angela's play at the Krug, Mrs. John Laten
ser, hostess.
Kensington for Miss Rutli Lindley and Miss
Marie Hodge, Miss Marguerite Marshall,
Box party at Orpheum for Mrs. Sjogren, Mrs.
T. G. Waite, hostess.
Cinosam Dancing club party at Scottish Rite
Pagalco club dancing party at Keep's.
Luncheon for executive officers and division
leaders of First Presbyterian Church Aid so
ciety, Mrs. W. F. Milroy, hostess.
Box parties for "Aida" by the San Carlo Grand
Opera company at the Auditorium.
Friday Night Dancing club at Druid hall.
Central High school Junior Prom at Keep's.
Box parties for "Faust," given by the San Carlo
Grand Opera company at the Auditorium.
Kensington for house guest, Mrs. T. F. Mar
shall of Carbondale, 111., by Mrs. B. F. Mar
shall. Saturday
Week-end Dancing club.
Omaha club-dinner dance.
Box parties for the opera at the Auditorium.
.Dinner dance at Blackstone.
Bridge for Miss Marie Hodge and Miss Ruth
Lindley, Mrs. Samuel Reynolds, hostess.
Delta Delta Delta meeting.
OMAHA women proved attractive subjects
for some of the paintings included in the
Art Gild's exhibition at the Darling galler
ies. Mrs. Doane Powell, wife of the presi
dent of the gild, and their baby daughter,
Jocelyn, posed for the first painting in the
group, done by Mr. Powell himself.
Miss Helen Scobie. popular society girl, the
daughter of Mr. and Mrs. J. 'H. Scobie, and Miss
Bertha Barber, a South Side school teacher, posed
for J. Laurie Wallace.
His sister, Marie, posed for Charles M. Fuchs.
Both brother and sister are now in Chicago. Little
Pauline Richey was the subject for Miss Cordelia
Johnson's "Reverie."
Talk of art somehow suggests summer and the
balmy days which freely intersperse the blustery
days of our winter Reason only serve to confirm the
suggestion. Thinlt of riding to the club in the
warm afternoon bteeze, of playing a fast game of
tennis in the heat, then of taking a canoe ami pad
1 dling out on the lake among the islands and the
reeds, drifting lazily in the sun or again riding the
waves when a miniature gale sweeps over the water,
and finally of diving and swimming in the cool
waterl Oh, wouldn't that be a "grand and glorious
feeling?" ,
Alack-a-day. it is now only January 21, and we
have only begun the slide downhill to summer. In
fact the majority of people are still planning their
winter trips in search of warmer climes. This in
far too early to be talking of summer and its plcas
4 tires: although, if the subject really needed to be dis
uisscd, we might tell about our "psendo" summers in
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I OME live years ago local artists banded to
gether and formed ay organization known as
the Omaha Art Gild. For four years, under
adverse conditions, they have held annual ex-
hibitions. This, the fifth year, witnesses a
big advance in standards. Handicapped by Omaha's
lack of exhibition facilities, the Gild has, by its per
severence, tried to show that Omaha has an organi
zation worthy of its support.
The Gild is purely local and derives its support
from its associate membership of art lovers and pa
trons. It has given home ta)ent an opportunity to
exhibit its work. By maintaining its high standard it
has inspired the artists to do better and more fin
ished work and has given Omaha people an oppor
tunity to keep in touch with and witness the prog
ress of Omaha artists. The social and business sides
of art the Gild has left entirely to other organiza
tions. The Gild has consistently maintained a construc
tive policy and has not been misled by the cubistic
and futuristic abberations. It has tried to culti
vate the people away from the "yard of roses" and
"fruit piece" tastes of the early settlers and towards
the appreciation of light and color. Encourage
ment has always been given to those students who
have striven in the right direction, on the theory
that the greatest danger to the student is in the be
lief that one or two qualities are sufficient to make
California, the south. Florida and Palm Beach, with
even a little mention of Panama, South America,
Cuba. Honolulu, Japan and the Philippines thrown
in, Omaha has, or will soon have, representatives
il all these fascinating far-away spots.
"Coming events cast their shadows before," wrote
a society editor recently, and only this morning some
one remarked that trie dullness preceding Easter is
beginning to set in. Shrove Sunday comes on Febru
ary 18 with Ash Wednesday on February ?1, usher
ing the period of penitence and fasting. Easter
gowns and bonnets may appear April 8, although
early spring garments are now becoming old.
Whether the rank and file of society observes Lent
or not, that season is generally regarded as the end
of the winter social season, even though the ther
mometer may register zero and the blizzardy winds
do blow.
This continued cold weather has put all the ponds
and lakes of the region in excellent condition for
skating and everyone seems to have gone quite mad
about the wholesome outdoor sport. Turner park
is said to be in the finest condition ever known, and
is perhaps the most popular place with society
woven, although Miller park runs it a close second
in popularity. Mrs. Frank Judson is one of the ex
pert skaters. When she was deep in the business of
managing the Brownctl Hall benefit tiancing party
at the Fontenelle she still hated to forego her skat
ing, and so one morning some of her assistants were
surprised to receive telephone messages from her
at the skating park pavilion.
Another young matron who skates daily had a
fall the other day which made her elbow similar in
appearance to a dislocated base ball. "Oh, dear,"
she moaned, "and I have to wear evening dress to
morrow evening. But," she consoled herself, "they
say the good skaters have the worst falls," and the
next day saw her skimming over the pond with a
host of other enthusiasts.
Two girls brought their dogs with them to the
skating pond and these soon. mixed up in a fierce
dog fight.- Other women drive out in state in their
motors and take along their sturdy chauffeurs to
help them over the ice. Those who go regularly say
that it is remarkable how many really older women
go. They seem to enjoy falling down even if they
never hope to be able to skate, for they come again
and again and try faithfully to learn. The private
rinks still have their share of the skaters, but it does
seem a trifle more exciting to go out to the ponds
than to stay tamely in your own back yard. Among
the almost daily visitors at Turner Park pond are
the Misses Daphne and Gladys Peters, Miss Mar
garet Bru:6, Miss Ethel Morse, Miss Mary Burkley,
Mrs. Howard Baldrigc, Mrs. Jack Kennedy, Mrs.
C. A. Hull, Mrs. E. H. Sprague, Ross Towlc,
Mrs. Wilson Low and Mrs. Ronald Paterson.
Wednesday the crowd made it an alt-day affair, for
tliry not only went early in the morning, but stayed
late withrfut going home to luncheon.
In spite ot the fact that everybody is wild about
skating, the popularity of dancing is not on the wane.
Perhaps in all its respectable life Omaha never
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a picture and that the study of the other elements
is nonessential.
Attention is paid to the smaller pictures appro
priate for the home, as it is believed that along these
lines the national taste in pictures will divulge it
self. Art is put on the plane of being an educational
factor ili the upbuilding of the community.
In connection with its publicity campaign the
Gild has recently issued a pamphlet entitled "With
out Prejudice." In it the leading fallacies of the
art world have been pointed out; the commercial
lecturer on art. in contradistinction to the artist
lecturer, is criticized, and the importance of tech
nic in art is insisted upon.
Omaha has been and is handicapped by its lack
of space suitable for exhibition purposes. The Pub
lic Library is congested and poorly lighted. The
space in the Hotel Fontenelle calls for high rental.
Two of our art dealers have galleries, but they are
small and belong to commercial institutions. It is
for the facilities of a peimanent place with adequate
room properly lighted and devoted to art purposes
that the Gild is striving.
Since its inception five years ago Doane Powell,
cartoonist for The Bee, has presided as gild presi
dent. George Barker, jr., has been treasurer and
Cordelia Johnson secretary. Serving on the directo
rate at different times have been Robert F. Gilder, H.
A. Raapke, John Bloodhart, Esther Hanson, Ruth
Tompsett, Augusta Knight, Ruth Felt, Elizabeth
danced so much. Every night some gather at the
hotels for the informal dinner dances, which are
taking the place almost entirely of dancing clubs.
This situation is different from that in other cities,
where ice skating in the rinks with enlivening music
accompanying the exercise, is practically replacing
the dance.
These ungrateful lecturers whom society patron
izes are the object of no little bitter criticism. Much
as some people admire the works of Rabindranath
Tagore, the general sentiment among Omaha society
women is that he and others of his ilk are ingrates,
in that they are willing to take all our hard-earned
Amercan dollars, and, having taken them, slander
us most unmercifully. Are we any ruder and cruder
to them than they arc to us when he visit them? is
the query.
As a variety from lectures this week we are to have
a deluge of musical events beginning Tuesday with
the John McCormack concert at the Auditorium.
Of course society people are anxious to hear the
famous Irish tenor, and the boxholders who have
attended the other numbers of the course will attend
en masse. A few arc out of the city and others will
occupy their boxes. Boxholders are Messrs. and
Mesdames Louis C. Nash, Charles Thomas Kountze,
A. L. Reed, George Brandeis, George B. Prinz,
O. C Redick, Luther L. Kountze, George A. Unas
land, Drs. and Mesdames B. B. Davis and J. E. Sum
mers. Judge and Mrs. W. A. Redick, Mrs. T. L.
Kimball and Mrs. Arthur Crittenden Smith. McCor
mack will be assisted in his concert by Donald Mc
Beath, violinist, and his pianist, Edwin Schneider.
The ever popular San Carlo Opera company
makes its third visit to Omaha the latter part of
the week. The opening performance will be the
same as last season, Verdi's "Aida," with Mary
Kaestner in the title role. Society will be glad to
hear a good performance of the German opera,
"Faust" on F'riday evening and will also take advan
tage of the opportunity to hear on Saturday after
noon the familiar "Love Tales of Hoffman." The
Saturday evening performance will be the same dou
ble that was given last year "I Pagliacci" and
"Cavalleria Rusticana." For these performances the
box holders are: Dr. C. C. Allison, Dr. J. E. Sum
mers, Messrs. G. A. Hoagland, John Lee Webster,
Clement Chase, T. F. Quinlan, J. A. Cavers, Peter
Elvad and Mrs. T. L. Kimball. Numerous large
partijs from out-of-town will attend various per
formances during the engagement.
Next Sunday afctrnoou Miss Evelyn McCaffrey
presents Katharine Kemp Stillings, the gifted young
violinist, on her first visit to Omaha, in recital at
the Metropolitan club house. The Tuesday evening
following at the Brandeis the Tuesday Morning
Musical club will give its third concert. That will
be the appearance of the Flonzaley quartet and Miss
Corrinnc Paulson. The quartet, we are told, does
not receive its name from any man who has at one
time or another directed the organization, but from
the Swiss villa of E. J. Coppet, where the four
artists first met.
21, 1917.
Awhile She Dreams Awaie"
.RifitM by J. Laurie
Ferguson. M. A. Hall, Lillian Rudersdorf, Mrs. C. I.
Rowe and Frederic Knight. J. Laurie Wallace has
served as art mentor lor t,he Gild, and bas guided it
with steady hand towards its hign ideals. . .
Omaha, as an art market in the past, has not been
a drawing icard id the producing, artjat. The per-:
sonnel of the Gild Is accordingly comprised mostly
of those engaged in other vocations. In the present
exhibition arc some twenty-one exhibitors. J. Lau
rie Wallace's study entitled "Pensive Awhile She
Dreams Awake" is undoubtedly the gem of the col
lection from every standpoint and should certainly
be acquired by the citv. The landscape, "A Perfect
Day," gives that luscious quality of light that Mr.
Wallace does so well. The portrait of Miss Helen
Scobie is Mr. Wallace at his best from a general
standpoint. Miss Augusta Knight has a new depar
ture for her, in oil, and is creditably the most pre
tentious thing she has offered so far. R. K. Gil
der's "Sunset on the Great Plains" is the krgest
picture on exhibition and makes us wonder how
he has time to tackle so imposing a subject and do
it so well. George Barker, jr., has his typically en
trancing landscapes. Mr. Fuchs shows a big advance
ment in the portrait of his sister. Cordelja Johnson
has an ambitious composition and landscape and
Doane Powell has utilized his wife and daughter for
models. New names appearing on the catalog are
Mrs. Arthur Pinto, FredericKnight, Dorothy Hall,
Pamela Sylvester and H. A. Gustav Berk.
A BUSY week stretches before the club
woman's gaze.' What witli the art exhibi
tion of the Omaha Art Gild, which she is
sponsoring s a member of the Fine Arts
society, her Powys lecture and afternoon
of Neihardt poems "made in Nebraska,"
if you please annual meetings of so important an in
stitution as the Young Women's Christian associa
tion and the South Omaha Woman's club; a meet
ing of the Nebraska Federation Scholarship trustees
fresh campaigning by the vocational guidance bu
reau, to say nothing of a meaty program of talks at
the Woman's club tomorrow her lime will be well
Further to refute the statement that they do not
sufficiently honor Nebraska's own sons and daugh
ters of artistic bent, as the Fine Arts society is
demoiistating by fostering the Art Gild exhibition,
the same organization is bringing John (iueisenau
Neihardt of Bancroft, Neb., for a reading of his own
poems F'riday at 4 o'clock at the Hotel Fontenelle.
Mr. Neihardt ranks, it is said, as one of the foremost
American poets and Nebraska may well claim him as
its own. He spent many years among the Omalia
Indians in order to learn their manners, customs and
music; indeed Bancroft is on the edge of the Omaha
Indian reservation. Mr. Neihardt has written many
poems, a number of short stories, and one uovci,
which show strength, beauty and vigorous origi
nality. He points out the wonderful opportunities
which exist in this country and its history for poetic
expression. His "Song of Hugh Glass" is a long
narrative poem of the adventurous life of the fur
trading people during the pioneer days nf the west
and in his volume of lyrics, "The Jtiest," Neihardt
has furnished an interesting psychological study in
the arrangement of the poems as a sequence, tracing
his attitude toward life as they evolve from youth
to manhood.
A change in organization was made known at
the annual luncheon of the Association of Collegiate
Alumnae yesterday at me Fontenelle. The general
association is now to take over the work of the vo
cational guidance section. An executive committee
composed of the following members will be in
charge of the work: Miss Jessie Towne, Miss Ellen
Prankish, Miss Louise Stegncr, Mrs. Paul Hoag
land and Mrs. Edgar H. Scott.
The association also plans to launch a new civics
section, and for this purpose a special meeting will
be held Thursday at the Fontenelle at 4 p. m. Mrs.
Kdgar Scott will talk on the organization of a city
club for all women under the auspices of the Asso
ciation of Collegiate Alumnae. Miss Euphemia
Johnson will suggest practical aims for the commit
tee and Miss Ada Atkinson will give suggestions for
co-operation with the civics work in the public
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"Portrait of fly Sister "
Calendar of Club Doings
Omaha W oman s club. Metropolitan clubhouse.
.':.1ll p. m.. followed by open program of
civics and civil service reform committees,
.l:.ifl p. in. ' .
Y. W. C. A. annual meeting, association build
ing, 6:J0 p. m. , ;
Child Conservation league, Dundee circle, Mrs.
J. H. Rca'ton, hostess, 2:30 p. m. , '
Chautauqua circle, Tennyson chapter, public
library, 2 p. m. , .i,; ;
Bensort P. E. 0. sisterhood, Benson chapter,
Mrs. Cf A. Tracy, hostess. ?,;30 p, in.
paughterj of, American? Revolution, Major
. Sadler chapter, jptin Cpwpej-,,Powys lecture,
PC Boyd1, theate,?). rh' vV ; ,
V. W: H; A.,; open meeting Pax ton block club
rooms, 8 p. m.
Omaha Woman's club, oratory department,
Metropolitan clubhouse, 10 a. m.; parliamen
tary practice class, 2 p. m.
Nebraska Federation of Women's Clubs, schol
arship trustees, the Fontenelle, 1 p. m.
Drama league, Blackstone hotel, 4 p, m.
South Omaha Woman's club, annual meeting,
Library hall, 2:30 p. m.
Business Women's council, courthouse, 11 to
2 p. m.
Business Woman's club; Y. W, C. A., 6:15 p. m.
P. E. O. sisterhood, Chapter B. P., Mrs. Alva
Smith, hostess, 1 :30 p. m.
Association of Collegiate Alumnae, story tell
ers' section; Mrs. V. C. Hascall, hostess, 4
p. m,.; vocational guidance section, 4:15 p. m.
Brownell Hall Parent-Teachers' association,
Browncll hall, 3 p. m.
Wednesday I
Omaha Woman's club, literature department,
Metropolitan clubhouse, 10 a. m.
Mu Sigma club, Mrs. E. W. Gunther, hostess.
9:30 p. m.
Px E. O. sisterhood. Chapter B. K., evening
party, Mrs. Leo Wilson, hostess.
Clio club, Mrs. D. W. Merrow, hostess, 2:30
p. ni.
W. C. T. U., Frances Willard union, Mrs. D. J.
Burden, 2 p. m.
W. C. T. U., Omaha union, meetings at homes
of Mrs. B. Finlayson, C. L. Smith, M. L.
Stone, E P. Sweeley and N. J. McKitrick,
2 p. m.
L'Alliance FYaticaise, Central High school au
ditorium, 8 p. m. '
Y, W. H. A. Choral society and Sewing cir-
cle, Paxton block clubropms, 8 p. m.
Thursday .
Omaha Woman's club, home economics depart
ment, Metropolitan clubhouse, 10 a. ni.
Wyche Story Tellers' league, public library,
4:15 p. in.
R'nai B'rith Ladies' auxiliary, Lyric hall, 8 p. m.
Association of Collegiate Alumnae, civics de
partment, Hotel Fontenelle, 4 p. m.
Child Conservation league, North Side circle,
Mrs. B. L. Wonder, hostess, 2 p. m.
Omalia Society of Fine Arts, Hotel Fontenelle,
3:45 p. m.
Society of American Widows, Mrs. B. C.
Turpin, hostess, 8 p. m.
Dorcas club, Mrs Joseph . Kelley, hostess,
2:30 p. m. . . ,
Episcopal Churches Women's auxiliaries St.
Barnabas church, 1 p. m.
West Omaha Mothers' Culture club, Mrs. P. F,
Ronorden, hostess, 2:30 p. m.
Scottish Rite Woman's club, reception at cathe
dral, I p. m.
Association of Collegiate Alumnae, drama sec
tion, Miss Bess Dumont, hostess, 11, a. m.
Y. W. H. A. Choral society, Paxton block
clubrooms, 8 p. m.; expression class, Mrs.
E. S. Kittcfson's studio, 7 p. m.