Thursday, March 8, 2012

Black Paris Profiles™:Velma Bury – Part 2

Last week, you learned about Velma's arrival in the south of France and how she and her late husband Pol established their home in Paris. This week, I present Velma's activities as professor and art enthusiast, and talk of her appreciations of living in Paris.


Velma at home
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Among her many activities as an art enthusiast, Velma taught a course at the prestigious Ecole des Beaux Arts for ten years. Because she knew that students would need to communicate in English for the year abroad that they were required to complete for graduation, she created a formal training course on English vocabulary in relation to fine arts and presented it to the school’s director. Her course began somewhat less than auspiciously due to some anti-American sentiment among the faculty, but it rapidly grew in popularity and became one of the most sought-after classes at the institute.


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artist said...

As an artist here in San Francisco, this was a great little (BIG) read about Velma and Pol. It makes me wish I could sit and have a talk with her when I make it back to Paris!

About Beauford Delaney said...

Thanks so much! Hope to see you here soon.