Q. At what facility along the banks of the Columbia River, near Portland, Oregon, did this year's NWSSA revelers meet for their Winter Party?
A. Oregon member Kim Lewis, who works as Property Manager at Marylhurst, Oregon for the Sisters of the Holy Names, made arrangements for the 2013 Winter Party, at the Sister’s Historic Laundry Building. This 1907 building, totally renovated in 2004, housed the original boiler that provided heat for the Convent, Christie School Orphanage and Marylhurst College (now University). The nuns were the first teachers for the Oregon Trail settlers, and helped legalize private education by winning a US Supreme Court decision in the early 1930’s. Opening in 2001, the nuns sponsored the Mary’s Woods Retirement Community to be built, incorporating their own Convent into the structure. This beautiful facility now fulfills their mission for elder care to the public, providing independent living units through assisted and Alzheimer care.
Thank you, Kim for using your connections to secure this beautiful location for us. The turnout was not large, but those who traveled from Oregon, Washington and British Columbia certainly made merry.
We got two answers to our mystery woman question in the last trivia question.
Q: Can you name the standing woman and the sculpture she is working on?
A: From Frederic Chevarin:
The photo about Camille Claudel has been taken in 1887; the other lady is called Jessie Lipscomb. She was an English artist, friend to Claudel for some time. They collaborated to produce a few sculptures.
To be honest, it was easy for me to respond to the question as I have a book about Camille Claudel in French called “Camille Claudel Sa vie” by Odile Ayral-Clause Published by Bibliotheque Hazan. And I recognized the picture straight away. 100% luck ... I bought the book at the Rodin Museum, in Paris. There is a good few pages about her and Camille.
A: From Tracy Powel:
Isn't that Jessie Lipscomb? Close friend of Camille, from England, worked with her in Rodin's studio in late 1880s. Don't know what she was working on.
I guess I am just a nerd. I read a lot, and collect books on my favorite subjects, and never quit studying. It took me a while to find the specific reference to Ms. Lipscomb, I wasn't sure of the spelling and had to verify it, and got distracted by rereading a lot of other stuff about Rodin and Claudel. It’s possible that she is working on a portrait bust she did of Camille during that period, but I can't tell from the picture.
Click here to Read More about Jessie and Auguste and Camille in an article by Chip Cooper of coopertoons.com