The MARJORIE LAWRENCE
Project


HOT SPRINGS ARKANSAS USA

 

Photograph of Miss Lawrence by society photographer Miss Sophie Delar of New York City. National Library of Australia.

    "If you are to get to the top and remain there or near there, you must keep on studying."
              Metropolitan Opera star Marjorie Lawrence from her autobiography Interrupted Melody



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These Frequently Asked Questions have been answered by Barbara A. Sloan, Project Coordinator for the MLP:

Why are you doing this?
Because this is what artists do, and this needs to be done. Daisy McDonald and I wanted to do something for the community in which we live. When I told her about this famous opera singer that once lived here, we decided to move forward with the project.

What do you get out this?
More gray hairs.

Did you know Marjorie Lawrence?
No. Daisy knew absolutely nothing about her, but we both got to "know" her by reading the autobiography Interrupted Melody which we had borrowed from the Garland County Historical Society.

However, I did know of Miss Lawrence's work as a voice teacher. My friend Neia Paleologos was a student of hers. I was seated in the balcony during a recital at the Grand Avenue Methodist Church when Neia's contralto solo filled the church, shook the rafters, and reverberated down my spine - exactly as the diva had taught her. Neia and I were only 14 at the time.

With so many non-profit groups struggling these days, why create another one?
For that very reason. MLP hopes to raise money for the Arts in Garland County by selling limited-edition giclees and notecards of the Daisy McDonald portrait of Marjorie Lawrence performing the Immolation Scene on horseback.

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THE MARJORIE LAWRENCE PROJECT
PO BOX 123     HOT SPRINGS NATIONAL PARK, ARKANSAS     71902-0123

Artist Daisy McDonald has created a portrait of international opera star Marjorie Lawrence in her landmark performance of the Immolation Scene, the finale of Richard Wagner’s The Ring Trilogy. Wearing a black wig and white gown, the Australian soprano made operatic history during her 1936 Metropolitan Opera debut when, as the character Brünnhilde, she rode a live horse across the stage and into the funeral pyre of the beloved Siegfried.

The title of the painting refers to Miss Lawrence’s real-life battle with sudden paralysis from polio in 1941, her determination to continue her operatic career, and her hope to some day walk again. The diva’s 1949 autobiography entitled Interrupted Melody chronicles her unforeseen arrival in Hot Springs for its “healing waters” and her victorious return to the Metropolitan Opera stage.

A native of Dallas, Daisy arrived in Hot Springs in 1981 with her famous husband, the late Maurice "Nick" McDonald. Soon after her move to the Spa City, she enrolled in a six-week painting class. Not only was it love at first brush stroke, it became a whole new career for her.

The consummate professional, Daisy has received acclaim for her artwork both locally and nationally. She enjoys working in all media and styles, with subjects ranging from thoroughbreds to bathhouses to ballerinas. Notable commissions include her portrait of local hotelier Hill Wheatley and a scene from Oaklawn Racetrack for the family of former President Bill Clinton.

Webpage courtesy of AKAS II - because there's more to Art than meets the Eye! (sm)
Revised 05.03.12. Copyright 2010-2012 AKAS II. All Rights Reserved. Photo: Sophie Delar. Text: Barbara A. Sloan.