Your faithful Blog Mistress apologizes; she’s been managing various mini-crises, including the collapse of her trusty old Mac G5, which is about to be replaced by a shiny new Imac. Thus the blog is overdue for an update…so many things are going on! The Holiday Show has been a smashing success, so visit the Pictures page to see new images of the artwork. Year End Awards were given during the Reception; congratulations to the recipients!
The Mary Wilson Award for Outstanding Landscape or Still Life of the Year: Mandara Calderon
The Leilani Claire Award for Outstanding Photograph of the Year: John Kleinhans
The Sally Jacobs / Phoebe Towbin Award was given this year to Pat Horner. The Towbin Award recognizes an artist who has consistently exhibited works of high artistic merit. It was established by Phoebe Towbin in honor of her mother Sally Jacobs. The WAAM Towbin Museum Wing, built in 1992, was funded by Phoebe and Belmont Towbin. As specified by the donor, the award winner is selected by the three previous winners; in this case: Bobby Blitzer, Yale Epstein, and Franz Heigemeir.
The Kuniyoshi Fund Award was given to Polly M. Law. The Kuniyoshi Fund was established in 1968 to honor an artist in the Woodstock art community for outstanding achievement in his or her genre. The annual award memorializes Japanese-American artist Yasuo Kuniyoshi (1889-1953), a long-time Woodstock resident, known worldwide for his paintings and prints, as well as his activism on behalf of artists through Artists Equity Association and other organizations. The award winner is selected by a member of the one-time Kuniyoshi Fund Committee and members of the WAAM Award Committee.
This coming Friday, December 4, party with us during the 28th Annual Woodstock Holiday Open House from noon till 9 PM. The gift shop and galleries will be open, with a 20% discount on selected WAAM publications. Exhibitions on view: Holiday Show, plus Small Works with many works priced in the $100-200 range. Also: Craig Wood, Agnes Tomaselli, 11Pick2: 33 Artists from Today’s WAAM, and works from Onteora High School. We’ll have fun art activities for kids from 5:00 – 8:00; from 6:00 – 7:00 Jesse James and Holiday Harmonies will entertain us with live music, and from 7:00 – 8:00 sing along with Bar Scott and Friends.
Esopus Musicalia performed again last Friday evening to an enthusiastic audience. This wonderful group will return for another concert on December 18; there will be a detailed announcement closer to that date.
That’s all for now; do check the various Pages for updates!