Author Margaret Wood. Courtesy Photo
MESA PUBLIC LIBRARY News:
Authors Speak Series presents “A New Mexico Centennial” Event with Margaret Wood – O’Keeffe Stories, 7 p.m. Thursday, Oct. 25 Mesa Public Library Upstairs Rotunda.
Georgia O’Keeffe is one of the world’s most well-known and beloved artists.
In 1977, Margaret Wood began a five-year stay as companion and caretaker to then 89-year-old Georgia O’Keeffe.
There were no sign posts in the village in those years, and few markers for a young woman managing the complex role as companion to a woman of O’Keeffe’s stature who nonetheless was now dependent on others to maintain the independent life she had cultivated so fiercely.
Growing and preparing food was one of O’Keeffe’s greatest pleasures. The artist mentored her young caregiver on the art of gardening and cooking.
Wood and O’Keeffe often walked the red hills of Ghost Ranch in early evenings, the place where the artist experienced true freedom.
The artist had a reputation of living a secluded life, but in fact enjoyed welcoming a host of visitors to her home.
Wood shares anecdotes about these social exchanges, along with a treasure trove of stories intimately shared in her forthcoming book, O’keeffe Stories.