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10 July 2002

Heather: How did it happen that you decided to go to the R.I. School of Design?

Rhode Island School of Design, Providence, RI

Audrey: Maisie Kenyon said to me “Let’s go to the School of Design. They have free scholarships.” She was a beautiful girl; she was nice to me. She flunked after the first session! She married Art Harpen and that put her out of my category; the minute she married Harpen, she was out of my class. She didn’t want me to visit her.

30 October 2002

Heather: How did you get to the School of Design in Providence from Coventry? After all, those were the Great Depression Years.

Audrey: I went (both ways) on the train.  We would get off the train and walk to school. We would cross over the bridge that was right before the School of Design. We went to the edge and there was a door there to go in the School of Design.  On my way home to the train, I would buy an apple for five cents from a handsome young man standing there selling apples.

I’ll never forget the time, Maisie and I walked home from the School of Design. We did it! We went along. We tried it!*

*The distance between RISD and 742 Washington Street in Coventry, R.I. where Audrey lived was around 15 miles.
17 July 2004

Heather: Did you travel much as a child or a young adult?

Audrey: (As a child) East Greenwich, West Warwick and West Greenwich. As a young adult, I went to Providence.

Maisie said let’s go the Statehouse. At the Statehouse they had (on the wall) all these places to go. (We went) in an office and they told us what to do. Maisie said “Let’s go there (RISD)”. You could go the first year whether you had talent or not.

I could see Maisie work was not good. Her stuff was so terrible. I felt so bad for her, but I couldn’t help her and I couldn’t tell her. She did the best she could. Nobody complained. The second year her name wasn’t there on the list. I stayed there and that was it.