Margaret in 1947 in Nambe, NM,
sitting with Georgia O'Keeffe's cat while taking break from illustrating
Maria: The Potter of San Ildefonso.
Photo: Arminta Neal


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Margaret Lefranc Art Foundation


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Margaret Lefranc Art Foundation
369 Montezuma Ave., #421
Santa Fe, NM 87501
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A Lifetime of Imaging: The Art of Margaret Lefranc
is a 42-minute film comprising vignettes of Margaret Lefranc's life story, told in her own words during interviews conducted in 1995. In 2004, these interviews were edited and combined with images of the art she made from 1921 to 1998. This film is an engaging collage of elements from an extraordinary life, a life led with passionate intensity and creative resourcefulness. Determined to be an artist and experience life fully, the artist traveled far and wide, physically and spiritually, to discover the range of her talents.

Viewers of the film will hear Lefranc explain why, at the age of six, she began to express herself through art. She also speaks about her life as a student artist in Berlin and Paris from ages 12 to 27; her meeting Alfred Stieglitz at the age of 18; how, at the age of 27, she founded the Guild Art Gallery in New York, where she gave Arshile Gorky his first New York exhibition; and her life-altering move to the west, where she met D.H. Lawrence's wife, Frieda, poet W. H. Auden, anthropologist Alice Marriott and potter Maria Martinez. In addition to on-camera appearances culled from her foundation's archives, two short home recording audio voices of close friends, photographer Laura Gilpin and environmentalist Marjory Stoneman Douglas are included in the film. Margaret also talks about the art she made toward the end of her life in Santa Fe.

For those who would like to view the entire film or present it to their organization, it is available from the Margaret Lefranc Art Foundation, as is the catalogue of the same title, A Lifetime of Imaging: The Art of Margaret Lefranc. Sandra McKenzie, president and director of the Margaret Lefranc Art Foundation, is available to answer questions at the end of the film.

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