At the April DKG Alpha Upsilon meeting, member Lela Ray presented the program “Travels to Paris, France to Study Renoir and the Impressionist Artists”.
For her introduction, she said, “Art is not what you see, but what you make others see.”
A few years ago, Lela and Dr. Ray, along with their daughter and her husband, spent two weeks visiting many beautiful sites and viewing the work of Impressionist artists in various museums.
Traveling by train, which is the fastest way to travel, they explored sites outside of Paris, traveling to places like Montmartre, where many artists live and paint their art. Another place was Chatou, a riverside town where people can swim or take a boat ride.
Lela gave each member a copy of the painting Déjeuner des canotiers, 1880-1881, by Pierre Auguste Renoir. She brought each character in the portrait to life by identifying who they were.
In the portrait, people wore different styles of hats. In the 1880s, men and women wore hats every day as an essential part of their wardrobe. For example, the top hat was a must-have for a night out in Paris, as it was a sign of elegance and refinement worn by middle-class businessmen. Women’s hats were very elaborate, sometimes with entire flower gardens or feathers decorating the brim.
Cheri McCain, Vice President, chaired the meeting. The members answered the call by naming their favorite artist. The co-hostesses were Brenda Oliver, Donna Bolton and Sandy Gibson.
Beverly Donaldson gave Inspiration on the importance of the “three Rs” of education – reading, writing and arithmetic. She pointed out how the Bible also has three Rs to observe: Read it; Remember; and respect it.
The names of three potential DKG Alpha Upsilon members have been submitted for consideration. They have been approved and will receive an official invitation to join.
An orientation session for new members and current members who need an update on the Delta Kappa Gamma International changes will be held April 25 at 4 p.m. at Russellville First Methodist Church.
Plans to honor senior girls with the highest grade point averages at DKG Alpha Upsilon member schools were discussed. Senior girls will be invited to the May 2 meeting to be held at North Highlands Church of Christ. A committee has been appointed to contact schools regarding senior girls with the highest grade point averages. Each senior girl will receive a written invitation to attend the May meeting.
At the end of the meeting, members were reminded that DKG dues will need to be paid at the May meeting and bring in donations for FAME Girls Ranch.