Friends of the Idyllwild Library
The Friends of the Idyllwild Library announce the return engagement of Penelope Engard this year in the first of her bi-monthly PowerPoint presentations in the library’s Community Room from 4 to 5:30 p.m. Monday, Feb. 23.
The subject of the February program is “WPA Murals.” One of the more controversial of all the New Deal programs, the eight-year operational period of the Works Progress Administration remains a landmark project, whether viewed as an aesthetic boondoggle or as a true American renaissance. In particular, the Federal Arts Project gave fiscal and motivational opportunities to nearly 5,000 artists in the years 1935 to 1943, resulting in the creation of some 2,500 mural projects in all 48 states of the union, as well as individual incentives to other media for such talents (budding, flourishing or otherwise) as Dean Cornwell, Stuart Davis, Fritz Eichenberg, Yasuo Kuniyoshi, Jackson Pollock Joseph Stella, and others.
The focus of Engard’s presentation will be those murals and artists native to California, both during the WPA years, immediately following the Second World War and into the turbulent 1960s and 1970s. Pictorial information also will be embellished by her thoroughgoing knowledge of the historical background, as evidenced from her previous series of library lectures.
Admission is free of charge (though donations to the Friends are always appreciated) and light refreshments will be available …
Soroptimist International of Idyllwild
Soroptimist International of Idyllwild is presenting a program and fundraiser on the realities of human trafficking and the sex trade in the local area, including Hemet and Riverside County. Held in conjuction with the annual Celebrating Women in the Arts, Opal Singleton, president and CEO of Million Kids, will present “Seduced: The Grooming of America’s Teenagers.” The event starts at 5:30 p.m. Wednesday, March 18, at the Rainbow Inn.
Celebrating Women in the Arts is an annual Soroptimist event. Local women artists donate original works of art for a silent auction. The proceeds of this event will be donated to Million Kids (www.millionkids.org). Wine and refreshments will be served. Tickets are $20 and are available at Muirs Mountain Realty or The Prairie Dove. All tickets and donations are tax-deductible.
For more info, contact Karen Doshier at [email protected] or 951-452-4599.