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aelian Sculptress Exhibits Art After Fame in New York, Europe
By MARY STEIN
University students recently
made a local talent discovery when
they viewed an exhibit of Ellen
Bernkopf's sculpture here.
New Yorkers and Europeans had
made the discovery long before-
and so had the people of Palestine.
The sculptress is the wife of Dr.
Hans Bernkopf of the Hebrew
University in Jerusalem, now do-
ing virus research at the School
of Public Health. Mrs. Bernkopi
(her "art name" is Ellen Colmar)
has exhibited her work since she
was a young girl in Germany.
WHEN SHE first came to Amer-
ica in December, 1947 from Pales-
tine, an exhibit of her work had
already crossed the Atlantic and
was on display in a New York gal-
lery. Palestine had been her home
since Hitler came to power.
Here in Ann Arbor the Bern-
kopfs, with their 11-year-old
daughter Robin, have found
"much peace" after troubled
times in Israel.
Mrs. Bernkopf has had time to
teach sculpturing at a local cer-
amic studio, as well as work on ter-
racotta figures in her own studio
-the kitchen of her Catherine St.
NOT LONG AGO, she sculp-
tured the head of a University stu-
dent, Sylvia Clark, '50. The sculp-
ture was among her works on view
at a recent exhibit in the Rack-
"It did not take long to finish
the head of Sylvia-only about
eight sittings," Mrs. Bernkopf
said. "Some faces are much
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SEE THE RESEMBLANCE?-Ellen Bernkopf, (right) Israelian
sculptress now living in Ann Arbor, displays the head she modeled
of Sylvia Clark, '50. Miss Clark
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harder to translate from life
into an art form."
Miss Clark was, one of the first
Americans to serve as a model for
the sculptress, although Mrs.
Bernkopf has "translated" the
features of the many races repre-
sented in Palestine.
herself stands to the left of the
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STONE AND bronze are her fa-
vorite mediums, but she likes clay
too. "Besides, it's more convenient
and easier to obtain."
Some of her work is now scat-
tered about Palestine in the new
settlements of immigrants that
have sprung up. "People cannot
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yet afford to buy art, so I have
given away some of my work."
Before corning to the United
States, Mrs. Bernkopf taught stu-
dents in Jerusalem. Before that,
she had been a student herself in
Germany, France and Italy.
SHE LEFT Germany soon after
the Nazis took over, lived in Switz-
erland and Italy for several years,
then came to Palestine, where she
met and married Dr. Bernkopf.
She described life in Palestine
as "full of satisfactions and full
The old Arab house in Jeru-
salem that the Bernkopfs lived
in, was sturdy -- (four-foot-
thick walls)-but hard to heat.
Inconveniences mounted when
the Arabs cut off the city's
In the country's constantly-
growing settlements (25,000 immi-
grants now enter Israel each
month), the people are just get-
ting back on their feet.
BUT MRS. BERNKOPF thinks
that everything will turn out all
right-"the people have the pio-
neering instinct," she said.
"Israel's culture is already
highly developed. Many people
are interested in creative art-
though their countrymen are too
poor to support their work as
"The Hebrew University, where
science and the humanities are
taught, is not as large as many
American universities, but it is
just as modern."
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AFTER DR. BERNKOPF has
finished his work here, the family
will return to Israel. "I will miss
Ann Arbor a great deal," Mrs.
Bernkopf said, "-its people, of
course. And in a very special way,
WAA Board members voted in
Tuesday's meeting to conduct
eliminations for next spring's Lan-
Their reason for doing this was
because they had heard so much
disapproval as to the unneessary
length of the program.
Song chairmen have for the past
few years been given the oppor-
tunity to decide upon whether to
have eliminations or not and have
each time voted against such a
WAA has not yet decided just
how many groups will sing on Lan-
tern Night or how eliminations
will be handled, but they do feel
that a shortened program is ad-
Officers for next year's Wyvern
Society were elected at the final
meeting last Tuesday.
Ethel Morris of Helen Newberry
is the new president; Sally Slocum
of Collegiate Sorosis is secretary;
Jean Lange of Kappa Kappa
Gamma is treasurer and Kathie
Geigenmueller of Chi Omega is
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urged to contact their opponents
immediately, according to Nancy
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If they are not certain of who
their opponents are, they can
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an extensive summer sports pro-
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Coeds who were unable to en-
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the regular school year because
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themselves of this opportunity, she
Instruction will be available
for the first time during sum-
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rhythms especially designed for
those interested in teaching ele-
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BETWEEN 300 and 400 women
enroll in the summer physical ed-
ucation courses as compared to ap-
proximately 1,000 during the regu-
Women may register in the
courses during regular registra-
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may also enroll during the first
week of the summer session in
Barbour Gymnasium since the
classes do not begin until the
second week of school.
All women who wish to partici-
pate in the sports program must
first have a check-up at Health
Service, Dr. Bell said.
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