From left: Charlotte Binger Hasen '45; Mary Darling Hewes '56; Janine Daudon Hawke '48 and Francy Lukens Hays, Vassar '47, all daughters of Frances Day Lukens '19 and her classmates, who helped Mary Darling Hewes install an exhibit of Lukens's watercolor images.

Class of 1919 friendships endure in exhibit of historic landscapes

photoFarmhouses and street scenes that have vanished are part of more than 50 watercolor landscapes from the Caspian Lake community of Greensboro, VT painted by Frances Day Lukens ’19 between 1930 and 1960.

One of the very few women trained as architects at MIT during the years immediately following World War I, Lukens applied her schooling in design, her sense of color, and her knowledge of the built environment in her paintings of her favorite places. She had encouraged friends and former classmates at Bryn Mawr to visit and buy property in Greensboro — the daughters of Frances Clark Darling ’19, Beatrice Sorchan Binger ’19 and Margaret “Peggy” Dent Daudon ’20, Bryn Mawr alumnae themselves, still have connections to the summer community.

In honor of the centennial of Day’s birth, Mary Darling Hewes ’56 worked with Lukens’s children and grandchildren on a show of 21 paintings, held last year at the Greensboro Historical Society, that showed landscapes of the built environment and how they had changed over time. A photograph of the site, taken in 1996-97, accompanied each painting to provide a contemporary context.

Another Bryn Mawr alumna, Barbara Lightfoot Woodward ’50, was president of the Historical Society during the year of preparation and lent her enthusiastic support.

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