Byrdcliffe Awards Celebration

September 8, 2018 @ 5:30 pm – 10:00 pm
Byrdcliffe Barn
485 Upper Byrdcliffe Road
$175 for event ticket: $2,000 premium seating for 10; $1,750 standard table for 10


Saturday, September 8, 2018

· 5:30 – 7:00 pm at White Pines: Artists Happy Hour and Silent Auction
Live music, libations, and finger food
Music by Robin the Hammer and Friends

· 7:00 pm at the Byrdcliffe Barn: Dinner, Live Auction, and Special Musical Performance

· 8:30 pm at the Byrdcliffe Barn: Awards Presentation

The Woodstock Byrdcliffe Guild is honoring three exceptional creative leaders for their support and contributions to the Hudson Valley and Woodstock community on Saturday, September 8. For the last few years, the Woodstock Byrdcliffe Guild’s key annual celebration has acknowledged individuals and organizations who have made a significant creative, philanthropic, or volunteer contributions to New York’s Hudson Valley, the Catskills Mountains, and beyond.

“For the 2018 Awards Celebration, Byrdcliffe has the honor to acknowledge the creative work and services of three distinguished people: Arthur Anderson will receive the Whitehead Award for his philanthropic dedication to the arts; Donald Elder will receive the Byrdcliffe Award, for his contributions as an artist with not only local, but also national impact; and Karen Walker will receive the Carla T. Smith Award, for her many years of dedicated service to Byrdcliffe and the Woodstock community. These deserving members of our community could easily be honored in all three categories, since their contributions and talents go beyond defined parameters. We invite everyone to come and celebrate with us, and thank our supporters for continuing to make Byrdcliffe the heart of creative practice in the Hudson Valley.” – Jeremy Adams, Executive Director, Woodstock Byrdcliffe Guild

Join the Byrdcliffe family for a night of celebration and good cheer on Saturday, September 8 to honor some of Woodstock’s most vibrant artists, art supporters, and the surrounding creative community. The evening begins at the historic White Pines with an Artists’ (and art-lovers’) Happy Hour that includes libations, finger food, and live music by Robin “the Hammer” Ludwig and Friends. Robin is also our popular jewelry teacher at Byrdcliffe. The Artists’ Happy Hour will start at 5:30 pm, and is a party within a party to celebrate creativity and especially the artists who have participated in Byrdcliffe’s 100+ year old Artist-in-Residence program. As the sun sets, the celebration will move to the Byrdcliffe Barn where Celebration ticket holders will enjoy a delicious dinner and more festivities as special musical performers take the stage. The presentation of the awards will commence at 8:30 pm, closing out a night of recognition and jubilation. A silent auction and live auction will be held in support of the Woodstock Byrdcliffe Guild. Look for some unique and amazing auction items listed on

Ticket price of $175 per person includes happy hour, dinner, dessert, silent and live auction, and musical entertainment. Tickets to just the Happy Hour portion of the evening at 5:30 pm are available at $25 per person.

The Whitehead Award: Arthur Anderson
Arthur Anderson, as collector, entrepreneur, economist, and lawyer, applied a range of interests to the formation of his life work in creating the Historic Woodstock Art Colony collection. He has degrees in organic chemistry and American economic history (Brown University) and Intellectual Property law (Yale Law School). As an entrepreneur he co-founded the first full service discount stock brokerage on Wall Street, and was corporate counsel to the first commercial use of satellite distribution for cable television programming. Arthur’s interest in art and the Woodstock Colony can be traced to a painting by Salvatore Rosa, who pre-figured Hudson River School founder Thomas Cole, and to a painting by Norbert Heermann, a friend of George Bellows in Woodstock.  Comprised of 200 artists, Anderson’s study collection of 1,500 works demonstrates the breadth, depth, and impact of the Woodstock Colony on American art. A feature of the Collection is George Bellows and His Woodstock Circle. Anderson’s donation of the Historic Woodstock Art Colony collection to the New York State Museum was inspired by the Museum’s lending policy of offering exhibitions to other museums without charge. The opportunity to create an opening exhibition there became a legacy mission to bring attention to the importance of the Woodstock Art Colony in all its diverse and singular influences.

The Byrdcliffe Award: Donald Elder
Donald Elder studied at the Art Students’ League, The New York Academy of Art, Pratt Graphics Center, The Santa Reparata Art Center in Florence, Italy, and Studio Camwitzer, Valdottavo, Italy. He has been a recipient of many distinguished awards including the Pollock-Krasner Foundation Grant, Edward G. McDowell Grant, and most recently the Ulster County Executive’s Arts Award for Individual Artist. He is an abstract painter who grounds his sense of composition in representational elements and his work is in public and private collections nationally and internationally.

The Carla T. Smith Award: Karen Walker
Karen Walker is an artist and avid gardener. In the true Woodstock spirit, she has served as a volunteer for a number of organizations over the years, principal among them the Woodstock Byrdcliffe Guild. Ten years ago she volunteered to rehabilitate the design and plantings on the Village Green, where she and a small group of volunteers continue to work today. One of her favorite memories of her years at Byrdcliffe remains her time working with The Guildettes, led by then-Director Carla T. Smith. Walker says Smith’s enthusiasm for the Guild still inspires her today, along with all the wonderful board members and staff who give so much time and energy to the Byrdcliffe.

Tickets: $175 per person ($25 for just the Happy Hour); $2,000 for premium seating for 10 people; $1,750 for standard table for 10 people – please buy your tickets now!

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