Speakers/Chautauqua Catalog

Name Ms. Deborah Blanche
Email deb@palomitaproductions.org
Phone 505/425-5004
Fax 505/425-5004
Address Palomita Productions
Box 1988 Old Town Post Office
Las Vegas, NM  87701
US
Biographical Info Deborah Blanche -- actor, writer and storyteller -- has been creating Chautauqua programs for NMHC since 1985. Deb has toured coast-to-coast with her ever-expanding repertoire of Western women.
Program Title JEANETTE RANKIN (1880-1973): The Disarming Dissenter
Character Name Jeanette Rankin
 
Program Description Jeannette Rankin was the first woman elected to the United States Congress. A Westerner from Montana, she was a leader in the struggle for women's suffrage, peace and social justice. Miss Rankin was a builder of bridges between classes, genders and diverse ideas. With story, song and dramatization, highlights of her life from 1917-1968 unfold. She answers questions, delights, provokes and challenges us to re-examine and re-affirm our common humanity.
Series Conversations With the World
Chautauqua Program Application (Booking) Click here to fill out a funding application for this program »
Program Title LAURA GILPIN, PHOTOGRAPHER (1891-1979)
Character Name Laura Gilpin
 
Program Description She packed in her equipment on horseback, made studio portraits and captured Shiprock from every possible angle. She built both photographic and personal bridges between Native people of the Southwest and the general public. Meet Miss Gilpin in 1954, then a well-known resident of Santa Fe. She narrates a slide show which includes images from her book "The Enduring Navajo." She answers questions and tells numerous behind-the-camera stories about her life and work.
Series Art, Music and Dance
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Program Title LA NINA: Nina Otero-Warren
Character Name Nina Otero-Warren
 
Program Description Born into the families Luna and Otero, Nina moved to Santa Fe as a teenager. La Nina was superintendent of schools. She was also an organizer of Santa Fe Fiesta, Indian Market, and Spanish Colonial Arts. She worked to get New Mexico women the right to vote, then ran for U.S. Congress in 1922. Meet her in 1951 for her 70th birthday as she reminisces, confides, answers and disclaims -- and even tells some stories from her book, "Old Spain in our Southwest."
Series New Mexico History and Cultures
Chautauqua Program Application (Booking) Click here to fill out a funding application for this program »
Program Title O'KEEFFE: Close Up and Faraway
Character Name Georgia O'Keeffe
 
Program Description "Who am I? What do I have to say? How can I best express it?" The artist Georgia O'Keeffe (1887-1986) continually probed into these essential human questions. Prominent in the male-dominated art world of New York City, O’Keeffe took a residence in New Mexico in the 1930’s. During the seven decades of her career she challenged herself with “what to say” that was uniquely her own. Her colors might be bright and vivid, or black and white. Her subjects were landscapes, buildings, flowers, bones, shells, leaves, trees, cityscapes, skulls, skies, clouds, doors, and various combinations and abstractions of them. All were rendered into her own stylized images in a wide variety of mediums, while she honed an image of herself as private, independent, solitary, mysterious. This Chautauqua’s intentional suspension of time and space invites the audience to have its own O’Keeffe experience through her photographs, her words, and the language that she preferred and perfected – her art.
Series New Mexico History and Cultures; American Icons; Art, Music and Dance
Chautauqua Program Application (Booking) Click here to fill out a funding application for this program »
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