Welcome to Georgia O`Keeffe Ceremony at Dromagh Castle on 1st May 2007
A large crowd assembled at the Castle to stay tribute to this great artist whos ancestors left the region in 1848. This was the brainchild of Kanturk solicitor who is cheftain of the O`Keeffe clan. Mr. Jogn Dillon Kanturk gave an interesting talk on the great artist. Judge Michael Pottwell unveiled a pair of Bronze Hands to the late taneiste and Judge Michael O`Leary and Mr. Dan Joe O`Keeffewelcomed the audience. It is hoped at a future date that those will be an O`Keeffe clan gathering at the castle. Minister Batt O`Keeffe took time off from his election schedule to attend.
Georgia O'Keeffe was born on November 15, 1887, the second of seven children, and grew up on a farm in Sun Prairie, Wisconsin. As a child she received art lessons at home, and her abilities were quickly recognized and encouraged by teachers throughout her school years. By the time she graduated from high school in 1905, O'Keeffe had determined to make her way as an artist.
O'Keeffe pursued studies at the Art Institute of Chicago (1905–1906) and at the Art Students League, New York (1907–1908), where she was quick to master the principles of the approach to art-making that then formed the basis of the curriculum—imitative realism. In 1908, she won the League's William Merritt Chase still-life prize for her oil painting Untitled (Dead Rabbit with Copper Pot). Shortly thereafter, however, O'Keeffe quit making art, saying later that she had known then that she could never achieve distinction working within this tradition.
Her interest in art was rekindled four years later when she took a summer course for art teachers at the University of Virginia, Charlottesville, taught by Alon Bement of Teachers College, Columbia University. Bement introduced O'Keeffe to the then revolutionary ideas of his colleague at Teachers College, artist and art educator Arthur Wesley Dow.
Dow believed that the goal of art was the expression of the artist's personal ideas and feelings and that such subject matter was best realized through harmonious arrangements of line, color, and notan (the Japanese system of lights and darks). Dow's ideas offered O'Keeffe an alternative to imitative realism, and she experimented with them for two years, while she was either teaching art in the Amarillo, Texas public schools or working summers in Virginia as Bement's assistant.
 
O'Keeffe was in New York again from fall 1914 to June 1915, taking courses at Teachers College. By the fall of 1915, when she was teaching art at Columbia College, Columbia, South Carolina, she decided to put Dow's theories to the test. In an attempt to discover a personal language through which she could express her own feelings and ideas, she began a series of abstract charcoal drawings that are now recognized as being among the most innovative in all of American art of the period. She mailed some of these drawings to a former Columbia classmate, who showed them to the internationally known photographer and art impresario, Alfred Stieglitz, on January 1, 1916.

 

Pupils of singers and band of St. Brendans school in Rathcoole

Gerard O`Keeffe, chieftan of the O`Keeffe clan and organiser of the celebration of the life of Georgia O`Keeffe, presents a painting to Anne Marie O`Leary, Dromagh Castle, who hosted the event. Also included is Maureen O`Keeffe.

Well known singer Cahir O`Doherty and Thimothy Lynch, Kanturk the Corkman Reporter

Judge Michael Pattwell gives an appreciation of the late Judge Michael O`Leary at an evening in Dromagh Castle, to celebrate the life and work of Irish/American painter, Georgia O`Keeffe.

 

Some O`Keeffes and friends enjoing the evening.

Virtuoso accordion player, Liam O`Connor, performing at a special evening to celebrate the life and work of Irish/American artist, Georgia O`Keeffe.

Liam O`Connor and Gerard O`Keeffe taking a time check.

 

 

Cahir O`Doherty entertains some guests seated in the O`Keeffe chair.

       

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