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 Soaring Gardens, her country home and studio in the bucolic hills of Pennsylvania, should become a retreat for artists. Her husband, David Ostwald, put the farm into the Trust so that Ora's vision might be fulfilled sooner rather than later. In the summer of 2000 Soaring Gardens saw its first resident artists. In 2001 the Trust was gifted a small near-by Church as a second space. The Trustees and the Board members (Bill Carroll, Rene Lynch, Joan Marter, Margaret Mathews-Berenson, David Ostwald, Ann Sutherland Harris, Bill Tersteeg and Roberta Waddell) welcome artists' inquiries for future residencies. (Please go to the "Application" page.)
"Soaring Gardens Artists' Retreat: The First Ten Years" highlighted work by artists awarded residencies at Soaring Gardens from 2000-2010.