GENERAL MEMBERSHIP MEETING & ELECTIONS
Sunday, August 21, 2011 – 10:30 am
If you are a currently paid, ACTIVE artist member of the WAAM, you have the right to vote for the full slate of candidates for the Board elections.
Please review candidate statements below, print and fill out the message/ballot you received by email, and return it by mail, fax, or submit it in person at the Membership Meeting on August 21. YOU MAY NOT VOTE BY EMAIL. Please call or email if you have any questions, problems printing this ballot, or if your record of your membership status differs from ours.
BALLOT FOR ELECTION TO THE BOARD OF DIRECTORS
VOTE by placing an “x” in the space adjacent to the name.
Candidates for WAAM Board of Directors
Active Member Candidates – VOTE for 6
____Susan Asarian Nickerson*
____David Morris Cunningham
____Susan J. Neff*
Associate Member Candidates – VOTE for 1
* currently serving on the Board
Active members may vote for both Active and Associate member candidates.
2011 ELECTION WAAM BOARD OF DIRECTORS
ACTIVE ARTIST CANDIDATES
Marcello Amari (board member since fall 2007) is a photographer specializing in performance photography. He and his
wife Mimi are involved members of the WAAM and consider themselves to be typically idiosyncratic Woodstockers and
Woodstock artists. “We are grateful for its continuing existence and growth.” He feels that the WAAM provides a unique
opportunity for peer-to-peer relations, low-pressure exhibition, and the preservation of the artistic legacy of Woodstock.
Marcello would like to have the opportunity to contribute more fully to maintaining and nurturing WAAM.
Susan Asarian Nickerson (board member since 2008) lives and works in NYC and has owned property in the Woodstock /
Malden area for over 30 years. Her abstract and mixed media art has been exhibited here and abroad. She is a member of
many groups and is a director and UN representative of The Ribbon International, the largest peace arts project ever. She
has curated and juried exhibits, served on boards and benefit committees and been a panelist and co-producer of TV arts
programs. She is an artist advocate who hopes to continue this work at WAAM.
Christopher Engel has had a home in the Catskills near Woodstock since 1988. After 15 years with the New York Times
Christopher he has now been living full time in the hamlet of Halcottsville working full time as a painter. Christopher began
life in New York City after attending the Art Center College of Design in Los Angeles. Eventually Christopher left a
successful career in advertising, as an art director, to become a fine artist. He then attended the Art Students league for five
years which ended with a year of studying painting with the late abstract artist Richard Pousette Dart. Christopher has
exhibited his work in New York City, Seattle, Buffalo and Woodstock.
Kari Feuer: I am a painter and an active artist member of WAAM. I had many design businesses in the past, but chose a
few years ago to focus on art as a vocation. Currently, I am the co-chairman of the new Red Hook Community Arts
Network, which is adding venues to bring the arts and artists to Red Hook. Last year I led Art Studio Views, the Northern
Dutchess studio tour, and have served on the gallery committee at ASK for the past couple years. I have shown my work at
several galleries in the Northeast and am a member of the New York Artists Circle.
Pat Horner (board member since fall 2007) has exhibited in galleries, museums and publications internationally. She
received a BFA from the Minneapolis College of Art & Design and attended graduate school in Fine Arts at the University of
Minnesota. Her work is in many collections including the Minneapolis Institute of Art, and the Center for Photography at
Woodstock. A member of the Woodstock Artists Association & Museum since 1996, Horner has worked in the Archives, on
the Towbin Wing Exhibition Committee, was curator for the Maverick Women Exhibit and helped with several silent
auctions, the Beaux Arts Balls, and many other WAAM events. She has led talks & workshops on “Marketing & Selling
Art” and “Presentation & Marketing” at the WAAM, has served on the Exhibitions Committee since July 2007 and on several
other committees. Horner currently chairs the newly formed Events Committee.
David Marell. I am a graduate of NYU and Pratt Institute. I am a lifelong artist (LLA). In Woodstock I have had shows at
the WAAM, Center For Photography and recently participated in a pop-up show curated by Carl Van Brunt. I taught art and
art education in all grades from elementary school through graduate school, (SUNY New Paltz). I have written and
illustrated four books of poetry. During the 37 years I have lived in the Woodstock Community, I have always been an
active volunteer, and have sat on several boards. Currently I am on The Woodstock Land Conservancy, and Woodstock
Tennis Club board of directors. I believe the WAAM is a fantastic community resource, and would like to bring my
organizational skills, community knowledge, and life experience to help WAAM continue to grow and thrive.
David Morris Cunningham is a working artist/photographer living in Woodstock, NY. He was juried in as an active member
of the WAAM in 2010. David’s most recent body of work, Remembrances of Things Present, had a solo show at the WAAM
in March, 2011. In addition to the WAAM, David’s work has been shown at The Gallery for Fine Art Photography in Fort
Collins, CO; The Cabane Gallery in Phoenicia, NY; The Van Brunt Gallery in Beacon, NY; The Photoplace Gallery in
Middlebury, VT and The Living Room in Kingston, NY. He is a regular contributor to Chronogram and Roll magazines.
David’s work has also been featured in the online magazines Mooncruise and Awosting Alchemy.
Susan J. Neff (Board member since 2008) I would like to continue as a Board Member of the WAAM because I feel, as an
Active Artist Member I still have a lot to contribute to the organization. I am the Chair of the Finance Committee, a member
of the Personnel Committee and on the Awards Committee. I resided in Woodstock from 1946 to 1970 and now reside in
High Falls, NY. I have a degree in Advertising Design and have been an artist my whole life. I have worked for the Rondout
Valley Central Schools for 25 years as a high school secretary doing mainly budget work, and have been treasurer of the
high school student class and club accounts for 23 years. The WAAM has been a part of my life since I was an elementary
student in Woodstock and was included in the student exhibitions. WAAM has been and shall continue to be such a
wonderful part of Woodstock in the past and future and I would like to be a part of that.
Llyn Towner: (board member since 2008) became an Active member of the Woodstock Artists Association in 2002 and
continues to submit regularly to all shows. Llyn is a member of several professional arts organizations. She was elected to
the WAA Board of Directors in 2008, served as Secretary until December 2010, currently chairs the Governance and
Regional Committees, works on a number of other Committees and administers the WAAM Facebook page. She remains
fully committed to the WAAM and would be pleased to serve a second term.
ASSOCIATE MEMBER CANDIDATES
Vivienne Hodges (board member since fall 2007) has lived full-time in Woodstock since 1990, having worked in New York
City in banking and systems. She holds a Ph.D from Columbia University and has written and illustrated over sixty social
studies texts and served as a member of several boards. Vivienne has been Treasurer of the WAAM since 2008, she
helped develop the Investment Policy for WAAM’s endowment funds and currently heads the Personnel Committee. She
has helped write several funded grants including the IMLS grant, the JP MorganChase grant, two NYSCA grants for
WAAM’s Dialog series, and two Helen Littauer education grants. She has studied drawing and painting at the Woodstock
School of Art with Eric Angeloch and Karen O’Neill from 2000-present, painting at the Instituto Allende and Bellas Artes in
San Miguel Mexico 2001-2006, and botanical illustration offered by the Denver Botanic Gardens at San Miguel’s El Charco
Clara Steinzor (Associate Artist Member). My connection to Woodstock traces back to the age of four, when my parents
bought a weekend home in Willow. I moved here full time in 1995, wanting to return to the familiar mountains, finding the
natural beauty of the area to be both a comfort and an inspiration for artistic expression. My favorite
classes during my college years at the University of Michigan were ceramics and photography. I received a Masters degree
in Social Work in 1990. I was inspired to join WAAM in 2010 after taking a collage workshop at the WSA. I quickly realized
that I wanted to have a more active role at WAAM, and so began volunteering on intake days.
I would welcome the opportunity to further my involvement by serving on the Board. I am flexible, a team player, and have
strong interpersonal skills.