Honoring artists Manuel Bromberg and Pia Oste-Alexander

The Woodstock Artists Association and Museum (WAAM) will honor artists Manuel Bromberg and Pia Oste-Alexander for their outstanding creative accomplishments at the WAAM Benefit Splash on Saturday, June 22, 2013. The evening starts with a toast and award ceremony at 5:30 pm.

Manuel Bromberg WAAM

Manuel Bromberg

Manuel Bromberg has had an illustrious career beginning with three New Deal mural commissions and inclusion in the Whitney Museum’s Annual Exhibition of Contemporary American Painting, all before the age of 24. Two years later he was appointed by the War Department as one of a small group of artists to go to the active war theater and make a first-hand graphic account of what they experienced. Bromberg covered Omaha Beach, continuing on through the villages of Normandy, Alsace Lorraine, Rhineland/Germany, and into Paris. Bromberg was featured with other combat artist in a PBS documentary and book from 2000 entitled “They Drew Fire: Combat Artists of World War II.” While serving as a war artist, Bromberg met the future Queen Elizabeth and spent time with Picasso, Braque, and Cocteau in Paris.

Bromberg on left with Picasso

Bromberg on left with Picasso

After his discharge from the U.S. Army in 1945, Bromberg received a Guggenheim Fellowship and began his career as a college professor. While teaching in North Carolina, Bromberg became involved with in the early explorations of Buckminster Fuller’s Geodesic Dome and became Vice-President of Fuller’s company Skybreak. In the mid-1950s, Bromberg moved his family to Europe, where he received commissions from NATO. Then in 1957, Bromberg took a teaching position at SUNY New Paltz and settled his family in Woodstock, where he had spent some time around 1939. Bromberg received a Distinguished Research Fellowship award from SUNY that allowed him to fabricate his monumental scaled “Cliff Sculptures,” one of which was purchased for the collection at Storm King Art Center. His work has also been acquired by the Hankone Art Museum, Tokyo, and the Princeton Art Museum. Bromberg’s works have been exhibited throughout the U.S., the Imperial War Museum, London, and the Memorial Museum, Caen, France.

Pia Oste-Alexander

Pia Oste-Alexander

Born in Stockholm, Pia Oste-Alexander attended art schools in Sweden, Vienna, and Florence, studying mainly textiles, but also painting and printmaking. Alexander moved to Woodstock in the late 1950s and became a member of Woodstock Artists Association in 1957, where she has also had two solo exhibitions and a retrospective with her late husband, Frank Alexander.. Widely admired for her innovative collage works and white line woodblock prints, Alexander exhibits regularly at the Elena Zang Gallery  where she was one of the earliest artists in Elana’s stable. Pia’s work is included in the inventory of contemporary print artists at the Old Print Shop, NYC.  She also exhibited in England and in Japan and has won awards from the Pollock-Krasner Foundation, the Kyoto International Print Show, and the International

Print and collage by Pia Oste-Alexander

Print  and collage by Pia Oste-Alexander

Miniature Print Show, Norwalk, CT. Alexander has had two residencies at the Vermont Studio Center and teaches at the Woodstock School of Art.

Pia Oste Alexander is the epitomy of the artist-activist. She has worked as a volunteer for Family once a week for 38 years. Issues of peace and justice are very important to her and she stands firmly by her principles. She does not remain silent and her political art is eloquent and a strong voice.

Pia worked at the Woodstock Library for 27 years and has just recently retired. She is well regarded by those with whom she worked. DJ Stern sees Pia as an asset to the community and recalls that she was invariably able to answer any inquiry about art. Through her various connections and activities, Pia is very well known in town. She is one of a kind. She is generous and kind to one and all and a true egalitarian. Her family is very important to Pia. She remains true to her roots and keeps in touch with her relatives in Sweden. Her life is one of commitment: to her family, to her art, to her community and to her beliefs.

I am proud to know this modest, sweet, strong, remarkable woman. Llyn

The party continues from 6 to 8 pm with a delicious assortment of hors d’oeuvres, wine, and live music with The Dempsey Nelson Way. A special unveiling of  nearly 150  small works of art donated by WAAM and other fine local artists framed and wired, ready to hang – all for $100 each—will take place and a silent auction of over 60 items continues throughout the evening.



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