NOVEMBER 2012 arts award Who Deserves the Spotlight?
NOMINATE YOUR CHOICE FOR A 2013 ARTS AWARD Deadline: December 7, 2012
Please help us recognize an INDIVIDUAL or ORGANIZATION that has helped make Westchester a creative and vibrant county through the arts. Awards will be pre- sented at the annual Arts Award Luncheon in March 2013. Nomination categories include:
Artist Arts Patron Arts Organization
More than one award may be given in a particular category and previous award recipients may be nominated. Recipients are selected by an awards committee. The Arts Award program is sponsored by First Niagara.
For more information and to make your nomination, visit: www.artsw.org/artsaward
JERRY PINKNEY: MASTER STORYTELLER AND 2012 ARTS AWARD WINNER by Mary Alice Franklin
Hudson River Museum (HRM)’s current Witness: The Art of Jerry Pinkney exhibition, which runs through January 13, is the first major overview of the artist’s 50 year career.
tory and family tradition. The more than 140 watercolor
illustrations currently on display tell the story of com- munity, timeless tales and an artist who is ever-mindful of connecting the two.
The show explores rich themes such as his-
Witness traces the roots and development of Pinkney’s career through his work – most particularly his Caldecott Award-winning book The Lion and the Mouse. Walking through the exhibition, visitors will be taken back to stories of their own youth while viewing the likes of Aesop’s Fables and Hans Christian Anderson. On why he chooses to depict classic folktales and storybooks, the artist explained that “these stories have roots to them and we live in a time when we’re losing those roots. Some stories last for hundreds of years,” he continued.“The morals that are attached to them are objective, valuable and as important today as they were years ago. That’s a powerful idea.” The paint- ings contribute to the preservation of classic tales so rich in values that they enrich childrens' lives today as much as they did years ago.
Cover Illustration for Puss in Boots, by Jerry Pinkney, © Jerry Pinkney Studio. Courtesy Dial Books, November 2012
Having made his stamp on society, master story- teller Jerry Pinkney is also specifically steeped in the Westchester community and is dedicated to giving back
to it. The longtime Croton resident is a board member of the Katonah Museum of Art and a recipient of a 2012 Arts Award from ArtsWestchester.
About the award, the artist explained that “it’s always been important to me to try to use the gifts that I have to help support the community I live in.” He emphasized that “the intent was to contribute. The award symbolized acknowledgement of that intent and it validates, certain- ly, the effort that I’ve put into working with [Westchester organizations and schools].” Curated by the Norman Rockwell Museum in Stockbridge, MA, HRM in Yonkers is the only New York location for this touring exhibition.
Several workshops accompany Witness: The Art of Jerry Pinkney, including November Story Circle, where children hear tales as read by museum volunteers, and Be An Artist Apprentice where children learn to create picture book stories inspired by the artist's work.
For more information about Witness: The Art of Jerry Pinkney, visit: www.hrm.org
ARTS AWARD KICK-OFF BREAKFAST
November 8, 8:30am at the Arts Exchange 31 Mamaroneck Avenue, White Plains
Learn about the nomination process and get tips on how to apply competitively.
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