The Trustees of the Ora Lerman Charitable Trust are proud to administer the Artistic Works of Ora Lerman and the Soaring Gardens Artists' Retreat. When the distinguished American painter, Ora Lerman, died in 1998, she left a substantial body of figurative paintings, charcoals and watercolors. She stipulated in her will that all her of her artistic output was to be put into a Trust, which arranges publications, exhibits and sales.
Ora also expressed the wish that when her husband, David Ostwald, no longer wanted to use it, Soaring Gardens, her country home and studio in the bucolic hills of Pennsylvania, should become a retreat for artists. David decided to put the farm into the Trust so that, when he is not using it, Ora's vision might be fulfilled sooner rather than later. In the summer of 2000 Soaring Gardens saw its first resident artists. The Trustees and the Board members (Gertrude Gerlach, Joan Marter, Margaret Mathews-Berenson, David Ostwald, Ann Sutherland Harris, Roberta Waddell) welcome artists' inquiries for future residencies.
Monday March 4, 2013 5:30-7:30
Hebrew Union College. One West 4th St, New York City
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"Soaring Gardens Artists's Retreat: The First Ten Years" highlights work by artists awarded residencies at the Soaring Gardens Artist's Retreat in Laceyville, Pennsylvania, from 2000-2010.
In 1973, Ora Lerman, an artist based in New York City, purchased a farmhouse in the rolling hill country near Laceyville, Pennsylvania. Inspired by a residency at Monet's home in Giverny, France, she later developed the four-bedroom farmhouse, adjoining building, and twenty-three acres of land as Soaring Gardens, a country retreat featuring two large studios, extensive flower gardens, and a pond. Today, the Soaring Gardens Artists' Retreat offers residencies to visual artists, writers and composers between May and September. Maintained by the Ora Lerman Charitable Trust, facilities include both the farmhouse and a nearby turn-of-the-century church, converted into two studios and living quarters by the painters Cornelis Ruhtenberg and Jules Kirschenbaum and gifted to the Trust in 2000.
Soaring Gardens Live!
Residency artists play, read, and discuss their work, including:
Musical Performances by Pamplemousse
Literary Readings by Helen Limon
Artist's talk by Kip Deeds
Gallery Tour by Darlene Miller-Lanning, Ph.D, Director, Hope Horn Gallery
The Hope Horn Gallery
Hyland Hall, 4th Floor, at The University of Scranton
3:00 to 5:00 p.m.
The Hope Horn Gallery is offering Drawing Workshops based on themes found in "Soaring Gardens Artists' Retreat: Ten Years." Using colored pencil , students will produce fantastic drawings of imaginary crea tures and places. School and community groups maycall to schedule times.
All events are free and open to the public.
Sunday through Friday, Noon to 4:00 p.m.
Wednesdays, 6:00 to 8:00 p.m.