2018 Orange County Art Awards

2018 Orange County Art Awards

Your presence is requested!

This year’s Art Awards is going down in history as the Orange County Arts Council presents an evening dedicated to honoring professionals in the arts who have made significant contributions to the cultural life of our County and beyond. The evening includes a red carpet reception with music, hors d’oeuvres, dinner, beer and wine, performance by an acrobat extraordinaire, live auction and the awards ceremony.




Howard Shore

One of the world’s most respected composers, Howard Shore studied composition with John Bavicchi in Boston. A native of Toronto, he’s an officer of The Order of Canada, the second-highest honor bestowed by the Canadian government and an officer of the order of Arts and Letters in France.

In 1975, Mr. Shore became the first music director of the legendary show Saturday Night Live. His scores for The Lord of the Rings and The Hobbit films have earned him four Grammy Awards, three Academy Awards, two Golden Globes, and several festival and critic’s choice awards. These soundtracks have sold over seven million copies around the world.  His film scores also include The Departed, Hugo, Gangs of New York, and The Silence of the Lambs. Shore’s work also includes an opera, The Fly, for the Théâtre du Châtelet in Paris, 3 concertos, 2 song cycles and a Latin mass.

Mr. Shore is a resident of Tuxedo Park, as is his daughter Mae, a publisher, master printer and the proprietor of the Cheymore Gallery in Tuxedo Park.

Jonnie Wesley-Krueger

Pine Bush’s own Jonnie Wesley-Krueger heads the Wesley-Krueger Family Foundation–a local foundation that awards grants to nonprofit organizations and educational programs. With the help of the Community Foundation of Orange and Sullivan Counties, the Wesley-Krueger Family Foundation has become a monumental asset and tool in Ms. Wesley-Krueger’s quest to improve the quality of life for others. Jonnie previously served as Chair of the Orange County chapter of United Way where she launched the Orange County Women’s Leadership Fund–giving over $100,000 dedicated to enhancing financial independence for girls and women.

Dawn Ansbro

Dawn Ansbro is the Executive Director of the SUNY Orange Foundation. In this capacity, she works to provide scholarships to deserving SUNY Orange students, leads the development effort for significant projects at the college and manages the college’s Alumni Relations outreach efforts. Prior to her work at SUNY Orange, she was the Executive Director of the Orange County Arts Council where she was
responsible for helping to support, promote and unite the arts – in all its various forms – in Orange County. She has also been the Director of Organizational Development for the Lycian Centre in Sugar Loaf (now the Sugar Loaf Performing Arts Center) as well as business management, board development and fund-raising for the resident non-profit organization, Kings Theatre Company. Dawn is a 2006 graduate of the Leadership Orange program and was selected as a Woman of Achievement by the Girl Scouts Heart of the Hudson and the YWCA of Orange County in 2013. Dawn lives in Goshen and has been married for thirty years to her wonderful husband Jim. They have two daughters… Kristen, who is the Marketing Manager for Guidecraft in Tuxedo, NY and was just married on October 20th and Corinne, who is a recent graduate from the University of Hartford and is pursuing a career as a Physician Assistant.

Jessica Bessler

Youth with Exceptional Promise Award recipient and student at Warwick Valley High school

Jessica Bessler is a senior at Warwick Valley High School. A well-rounded artist even in her young age, she has strong talent in the respects of traditional media, dance, and gymnastics. Jessica has been dancing for over eight years and is trained in ballet, pointe, jazz and acro and has placed first in various state and national championships! She has also appeared in the on-stage productions Grease and Matilda as well as has had her artwork on display at the Galleria at Crystal Run. After graduating next year, she hopes to attend Fordham University to continue into a career focused on the arts.


Proceeds from the 2018 Orange County Art Awards will benefit significant programming and services including the Community Arts Grants, Orange County Film initiatives, The Students Art Celebration and Exhibition, and strategic initiatives to grow and empower the arts in Orange County.

Thank you for joining us in championing the Arts,

Orange County Arts Council


Li Liu, Handbalancer and Risley Artist

Li Liu was born in the city of Shenyang – the Liaoning Province – in the northeast of China. At the age of six, she began studying acrobatics with her father and at seven, was chosen to attend the Chinese National Circus School in Beijing. Liu traveled extensively throughout Europe, Africa and Asia for many years with The Liaoning Acrobatic Arts Troupe and performed with Circus Knie in Switzerland, Circus Krone in Germany and with countless other major shows in Italy, Holland, France, South Africa, Singapore, Japan and Indonesia.

She arrived in the US in 2000, as a featured act with Ringling Bros Barnum & Bailey Circus, and toured with them for several years. Li has been a United States citizen and working as a freelance performer since 2002. She appears regularly on the NBA and WNBA half-time circuits and is a featured performer with Princess Cruise Lines.


The 2018 Orange County Art Awards is made possible through the generous support of :

 Crystal Run HealthcareDrake Loeb PLLC, Fox + GazelleGuideCraft Toys and Furniture, Jacobowitz and Gubits, LLPM&T Bank, Mediacom Communications Corporation, Motorcyclepedia Museum, O’Keeffe and McCann, LLPOrange Bank and Trust, Orange Regional Medical CenterPKF O’Connor Davies, Storm King Art Center, Walden Savings Bank, and members like you.




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Events Calendar

all-day 2018 Special Exhibit – Peter Max... @ Bethel Woods Center for the Arts
2018 Special Exhibit – Peter Max... @ Bethel Woods Center for the Arts
Oct 23 all-day
2018 Special Exhibit – Peter Max: Early Paintings @ Bethel Woods Center for the Arts | Bethel | New York | United States
The art of Peter Max helped define the psychedelic 1960s, with its colorful imagery of gurus, sages, runners, flyers, Zen boats, snow-capped mountains, planets, stars, and sunbeams. Visitors to The Museum at Bethel Woods will[...]
all-day 4 Pastelists at 2 Alices @ 2 Alices Coffee Lounge
4 Pastelists at 2 Alices @ 2 Alices Coffee Lounge
Oct 23 all-day
4 Pastelists at 2 Alices @ 2 Alices Coffee Lounge | Newburgh | New York | United States
More than 70 works of art by the “4 Pastelists”, Judy Byrne, Cathy Cahill, Lily Norton and Cathy Prager, will be hanging at 2 Alices. All artwork is done with pastel (a pure pigment with[...]
all-day Linda Fay Berger Solo Show @ Griffith Olivero Realtors
Linda Fay Berger Solo Show @ Griffith Olivero Realtors
Oct 23 all-day
Linda Fay Berger Solo Show @ Griffith Olivero Realtors | Goshen | New York | United States
Artist and member of the Goshen Art League Linda Fay Berger is exhibiting her paintings. Viewing hours are Monday – Friday 9 AM-5 PM, Saturday & Sunday 9 AM-3 PM and by appointment.


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