ACOR Executive Director Cheryl Baun announced nominations for the 2021 Arts Awards on Friday, May 21, 2021!
Jessie Taylor and Peter Bush were nominated in the category of Arts Organization & Leadership for their ongoing advocacy and production of Sloatsburg Plein Air. Now celebrating the fourth year of what has become a village-wide event. The art event was conceived to raise awareness about the rich art history of Sloatsburg, New York which dates to the 19th century. It includes the famed Hudson River School painter Jasper Cropsey and the lesser-known Jules Arnaut. Both artists painted in Sloatsburg with Cropsey doing a detailed drawing of Harmony Hall for Jacob
Sloat and Arnaut a large canvas depicting Sloatsburg as viewed from Liberty Rock.
Early 20th-century resident artists included Edith Varian Cockcroft, George Macrum, and his wife poet Grace Fallow Norton, Earl Gordon, and Kerwin Williams.
Thank you to all artists who came out to create during Plein Air 2020 and 2021! Year after year the number of local and regional artists in attendance has increased! Your participation ongoing in Plein Air energized the village and brightened up what has been a challenging year for all. As Ms. Taylor aptly noted last year, “I believe art brightens up our lives! We all need a little bright spot in our days, weeks, and months as we move forward the rest of the year.” This year’s Plein Air Juried Art Show will be presented on the Great Lawn of Harmony Hall as part of The Friends of Harmony Hall free Summer Solstice festivities on Saturday, June 19, 2 - 4 pm.
We are grateful to ACOR for the nomination and acknowledgment which also honors the dedicated work of many local residents to revitalize “Main Street” Sloatsburg and raise awareness of this important historic village!