On March 5th, FBWEV members and volunteers attended an author’s talk on The Scarlet Sisters, Sex, Suffrage, and Scandal in the Gilded Age, a new book by Myra MacPherson. Ms. MacPherson, a best-selling author, outlined the avant-garde crusades of Victoria Woodhull and Tennessee “Tennie” Calfin. She discussed the sisters’ crusade for women’s fiscal, political and sexual independence, and made the attendees realize that their causes are still relevant/unresolved social issues today.
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FBWE Villagers were introduced to new ways of looking at American art on Feb. 20 at the Smithsonian Museum of American Art. The enthusiastic and engaging SAAM docent led Villagers through highlights of the collection – folk art, abstracts, landscapes, genre paintings — identifying a painting FDR chose to hang in the White House during the Depression, a painter whose expertise with color led to World War I camouflage, the remarkable creativity of untrained folk artists, and how art styles are in or out of vogue. The art teacher who accompanied the Villagers on the tour also added insights and fun into seeing familiar things in new ways.
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