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PRESIDENT'S GLEANINGS ABROAD
New Ideas for Industrial
"WHEN a traveller returneth home, let him not leave the countries where he hath travelled altogether behind him .... let him prick some flowers of that he hath learned abroad in-
to the customs of his own country."
PUTTING into practice this ancient sage's advice, Mrs. David Cohen, president of the Industrial Arts Society, will benefit not only her pet hobby, but the Forest Lodge Day Nursery, the Crippled Children, and five other charity committees as the result of her eleven months' sojourn in foreign places.
LITERARY luncheons, where authors are enter-
tained and five-minute speeches keep things
bright and lively, will be another innovation in- spired by being a guest at one of Christina Foyle's famous parties where the Countess of Oxford was chairman. "Myself when young," a topic that brought gales of laughter, broke the ice and made the luncheon quite a friendly affair.
A bright little menu-card with a gaily-decked chef wielding an ice-pick of enormous size lists an appetising meal.
"Cantaloup frappe, saumon froid Parisien, poulet de printemps, poele printaniere, haricot verts de Jersey, pommes nouvelle doree, parfait glace andalouse, gaufrettes cafe"
A breezy foreword on "breaking the ice" of convention abjures guests not to be like two Englishmen shipwrecked on a desert island who would not speak to each other because there had been no formal introduction.
Break the ice ... do it with a smile ...
with a casual remark. Why not say, "What
a good idea?" or, 'Will you please pass me the salt?'" ... or anything. These are all ice-breakers. And when the ice is broken, there are so many things to talk about -- the latest best-seller -- prosperity -- 95 per cent. royalties for authors -- perfect husbands and wives -- holidays -- publishers but not the weather.
Countess Morphy's chef showing how to
"break the ice."
To round it oft there was music by a school choir for poor boys, with the lovely name of St.-
Mary-of-the-Angels-Song directed by John Knighton Rollinson.
"As over 3,000 quests were present, it shows how this clever little daughter of the bookseller who has a bookstall at Charing Cross has suc-
ceeded," said Mrs. Cohen She has even sent an invitation, R. S. V. P., to Hitler and Mussolini. No I haven t heiid if thev have îeplied1 Heath Robinson dievv a pictuie instead of miking a ¿peech and the lanious Wickham Steed was made to sit down when he got excited about the Piee dom of the Pi ess and «aid we suffered fiom not having enough ol it
Mis Cohen met nnnv Austnlians when abioad Michael O Connel of Melbourne and his wile had t a with hei at Giosvenoi House wheie he showed onie of his beautiful woik His stvle Is modem and oii_.i»-nl and he is making quite a name toi himself Mis Cohen lent some of his hangings to the club Rov de Mestie_ flovvei paintings in oil and pistel weie well leviewcd at the Calmann Gallerv At Colnaghl s Lionel Lindsay had an exhibition of 37 wateicoloui diaw mgs undet the title oi Spain As I Saw It Gwen Nelson had a most successful exhibition Mis Zander was secietaij of the Exhibition of Scot- tish Ait and at the Glasgow Exhibition Mis Cohen felt it was a pity that Austialian aitists woik was not bettei auanged
The pavilion foi Austi alian exhibits was mag- nificent she said but the pictuies could hardlj be seen The model of oui Hai boin Budge atti acted ciowds'
A TWENTY-SEVEN-YEAR-OLD painter-poet,
Mervyn Peake, whose work Mrs. Cohen saw at his second one-man exhibition at the Lelcestei Galleries intrigued her very much. So much so that she would like to show them here. "But the Customs won't permit of it-he cant afford the duty."
There were no less than a dozen portraits of his wife who has the delightful name of Maeve which is Irish and according to folklore belonged
MRS. DAVID COHEN, president of the Industrial Arts Society, wearing the golden
key of her "treasure" chest.
to the first Queen of the Fairies. At the private view she wore a simple, black dress, leaving her husband, who adores bright colours, to sport copper tweeds, orange velvet tie, and bright blue shirt. He is known as the exponent of brighter dressing for men.
His verse-"Rhondda. Valley"-brought congratu- lations from poet Walter de la -Mare, and was the result of a trip to the distressed areas. For a week he slept on the vooden benches of doss houses at 4d a night, sketched the miners and their children, who adored him. His wife with the delightful name, once a sculpture student at the Westminster Art School, also paints, and gave
a show after her husband.
"I met Ethel Barrymore travelling with a num- ber of Australians in her company doing one night stands. 'White Oaks,' by de la Mazo, was taken from Newfoundland across Canada and the U.S.A., and we met them going across to Texas with the whole company, including dogs, on the train. We were entertained by radio while on the train; it happened to be a concert, conducted by Toscanmi from New York. Only a short while betöre I had been in Tribschen seeing him conduct Wagner!" commented Mrs. Cohen.
This Is but a tithe of what this indefatigable traveller has seen and done, and a pile of attrac- tive art magazines will usher in a new magazine table for the society to keep members in touch with what is happening abroad.