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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, Gertrude Gerlach, Joan Marter, Margaret Mathews-Berenson, David Ostwald, Ann Sutherland Harris and Roberta Waddell) welcome artists' inquiries for future residencies. (Please go to the “Application” page.)


Panel Discussion: NYC

"MAKING IT SPECIAL: The Artist-in-Residence Experience."

A Panel Discussion at Hebrew Union College in NYC-co-sponsored by Hebrew Union College
A forum in which issues such as researching residency opportunities, finding the right resources, assessing your options and how to get the most out of your residency experience were discussed by Jennifer McGregor, Director of the Wave Hill Residency and a group of artists with experience at various residency programs. The panel was lead by Catlin Strokosh, Executive Director of the Alliance of Artist Communities.

Soaring Gardens Artists’ Retreat: The First Ten Years – An exhibition at Hope Horn Gallery at the University of Scranton

"Soaring Gardens Artists' Retreat: The First Ten Years" highlighted work by artists awarded residencies at Soaring Gardens from 2000-2010.



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