Friend of WAAM,

I want to thank you for your support of the Woodstock Artists Association & Museum this year. Your support is vital as we continue to address the many challenges and the hard work of growing the organization as a significant cultural resource – one that serves the artists, youth and art appreciating audience in our region.

What keeps an organization dynamic? What attracts new members and audiences? How do we remain sustainable and relevant? These are some of the questions that support the decisions behind the exhibitions and events that we present and the development of our programs. And it is you who make it possible for us to accomplish all that we do.

You help us to continue to improve the quality and scope of our programming and events.

  • You enable us to introduce a new lecture series on the history of the Woodstock Art Colony. The Woodstock Art Colony: The Nascent Years 1900-1930, presented by Dr. Bruce Weber was a four part lecture series that was given to standing room only attendance. We are very excited to continue this series next summer which will begin with a lecture on the founding years of the Woodstock Artists Association.
  • You support the continuation of the Radius 50 exhibition – a new exhibition forum that actively reaches out to artists within the 50 mile radius that we serve. Almost 200 artists applied to this exhibit for an opportunity to be among the 26 artists selected and to have their work represented in the accompanying color catalog.
  • You help us to continue to provide free arts programming to over 700 students in grades K-12. The Art for Education @ WAAM program includes in-school site visits, class trips to view our Permanent Collection and contemporary exhibitions, our Family Days hands-on art-making events and the exhibitions in our Youth Exhibition Space (YES Gallery).
  • You support the acquisition of new artworks to our landmark Permanent Collection that now totals over 2,200 objects. A recent purchase, through a generous donor gift, is the work of one of our founding members, Frank Swift Chase (1886-1958), Winter in Woodstock, c. 1915, oil on canvas, 24 x 30 inches, which marks a significant contribution to the representation of Chase’s work in our collection.
  • You provide the necessary funds to our Archives so that we can digitize open reel audio recordings of the 1952 art conference held in Woodstock. The conversion of these reels will allow us to share these recordings with the many researchers who access our Archives and with you in special exhibitions from the Archives planned as part of our Centennial celebration programming.

You help the WAAM to continue to grow in so many ways. And now we are poised for a significant milestone – the celebration of our centenary in 2019. We have planned a year of special exhibitions, events and programs that celebrate our community, our members and our history. We enter this very special year acknowledging the tremendous accomplishments of this organization and all who have contributed to bringing it to this watershed moment in its history.

What does WAAM look like in this next century? I hope that you will continue to be part of that answer. Please help us to reach another century of supporting and serving the artists in our region, in providing art education to the youth in our community and to presenting vibrant programs that educate, inspire and stimulate in all the ways that art so distinctly achieves this. As we come to the close of 2018 and look to the excitement of our centennial year, I’d like to ask you to please consider giving as generously as you can with a tax deductible year-end gift. I am so very grateful for every contribution.

With heartfelt thanks and my every good wish for a joyous holiday season,

Janice La Motta
Executive Director/
Curator of the Permanent Collection