06 October 2008
Many American women, even today, chose a path away from a talent or discipline to focus on marriage and family, raising children and placing their highly refined skills in a creative field on the back burner. Choice. The challenge remains today for parents and professionals to seek a path, sacrifice personal and professional careers as the price for raising a family.
(My own talented mother, an hour out of New York in the 1940s, wished to dance on Broadway but chose marriage and raising five children)
...from the bluegrass state
East Market Street in the 600 block, Louisville, is a busy gallery block. For one special opening reception this past Sunday the student works of Dorothy Ekman were warmly received by a steadily revolving crowd of friends, family and gallery hoppers eager to enjoy the collection of figure studies, portraits and commercial renderings produced in the 1933-34 term while attending the Chicago Art Institute.
At 95 years and still swimming and competing (medal winner in her age class for the last Senior Olympics) Dorothy had no idea she was attending her first one-person gallery show when her daughter Paula transported her to the city for a Sunday drive.
GOOGLE C-J writer Byron Crawford at Courier-Journal for his feature column on Dorothy in 2007 for more bio.