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A Memoir
By Nancy Hopkins Reily


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Nancy Hopkins Reily writes of viewing a painting at Georgia O’Keeffe’s Abiquiu, New Mexico home on Christmas Eve, 1953. As a nineteen year old woman, Reily wondered what the painting was—an unfinished painting or a blue egg. But she realized that something important was going on in the house.

One viewing of anything can spark steps for a journey lasting a day, weeks or years. Reily takes you on her long, long journey of discovery of the painting she called “The Blue Egg.” The journey took her to the Georgia O’Keeffe Museum where she met a landowner where Georgia had walked its awe inspiring landscape in Canyon, Texas; the Yale University Beinecke Rare Book and Manuscript Library in New Haven, Connecticut; an interview with Georgia’s retired cook, Jerrie Newsom, in Jerrie’s mobile home; a visit to the Monastery of Christ in the Desert; introducing her two children to search at the Museum of Fine Arts, Houston; research that ended in the Georgia O’Keeffe Museum gift shop with on the shelves her two books on Georgia; being asked to donate her research to the New Mexico Museum of Art, Fray Angélico Chávez History Library; and the final steps of packing sixteen boxes of research to be shipped to the Fray Angélico Chávez History Library.

Through the years, Nancy’s interest in words has led to researching sixty-four lines of family genealogy before, keeping a daily journal since 1976, and simply organizing research into books on many subjects. If asked, “How long did it take to write The Blue Egg,” she replies, “My age at the time.”

Nancy Hopkins Reily was born in Dallas, Texas about mid-way between the Great Depression of 1929 and 1941 when the United States entered World War II. She was named after a McCall’s magazine story with the heroine named Nancy, a name her mother liked. With two brothers she didn’t play dolls, but played baseball and football in the neighborhood, caught fireflies at night and climbed the low branch tree in their yard. Since childhood, Reily has divided her time between Texas, Colorado and New Mexico. Her college education began at Gulf Park College, Gulfport, Mississippi and ended with a B.B.A. degree from Southern Methodist University. After college she joined the ranks of marriage, homemaker and motherhood. This led to a career of volunteering for many organizations. She is the author of Classic Outdoor Color Portraits, A Guide for Photographers; Georgia O’Keeffe, A Private Friendship, Part I, Walking the Sun Prairie Land; Georgia O’Keeffe, A Private Friendship, Part II, Walking the Abiquiu and Ghost Ranch Land; Joseph Imhof, Artist of the Pueblos with Lucille Enix, My Wisdom That No One Wants, and Half-Past Winter, all from Sunstone Press, and I Am At An Age, Best of East Texas Publishers. Reily makes her home in Lufkin, Texas.

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