WAAM names its 2017 award winners


Off the Cape Cod Coast, photo by Judy Glasel.

It’s now the holiday season, and as local art aficionados await the annual 5 by 7 show at the Kleinert, the big cultural news comes from the Woodstock Artists Association & Museum’s major year end awards, presented as part of the reception for WAAM’s annual Holiday Show last Saturday, November 18.

Here’s how the five awards went down:

– The Sally Jacobs/Phoebe Towbin Award of $500, chosen by a committee consisting of the three artists given the award in the three previous years, was given to Judy Glasel with the observation that her work “reveals an Earth some of us would never otherwise see — an earth with a surprisingly intimate, awe inspiring grace…These are photographs of power and peace.”

– The $500 Yasuo Kuniyoshi Award, given to a contemporary artist who exemplified outstanding achievement over the past year and has an overall track record of excellence, was presented to recently moved-to-town multimedia and book artist Carole Kunstadt.


– The Leilani Claire Award for Outstanding Photograph of the year, a $100 award, was presented to Saugerties-based black and white master Ken Dreyfack, who serves as co-moderator of the monthly Photographers’ Salon at the Center for Photography in Woodstock.

– Writer/painter Joyce Washor Saltzman, a former textile designer, was awarded the Mary  Wilson  Award  for  Outstanding  Landscape or Still Life, a gift of $100.

– The $100 Robert Angeloch Award for Excellence in Printmaking went to Dutchess Community College professor Carol Struve.

“WAAM is delighted to continue the tradition of acknowledging the artistic accomplishment of our awardees and to offer this acknowledgement and support through the generosity of the awards established by the Towbin and Kuniyoshi families,” noted WAAM’s Executive Director, Janice La Motta.

The current Holiday Show at WAAM, along with other exhibits including a grand look at book creation by Woodstock artists over the years, will be up at the  Woodstock Artists Association & Museum, 28 Tinker Street through the end of December. For more information, see www.woodstockart.org/ or call 845-679-2940.