…is the translation of the Indian term “Wiawaka.”
Eight women spent the week of July 3, 2016, at Wiawaka as artists in residence.
Wiawaka was founded in 1903 by philanthropists to create a retreat for women factory workers in Troy, New York. Part of the property is Wakonda Lodge, endowed and built in the early 1900s by the Trasks, the same couple that eventually founded Yaddo, the historic retreat in Saratoga for artists (of many disciplines).
We lived in Wakonda for the week; one of us (Ellen) stayed in the same room (number 18) that Georgia O’Keefe occupied during many summers.
It was a great week with great women. Here are the artists who made the Wiawaka artist in residence so special.
- Jane Bloodgood Abrams
- Judy Bennett
- Karen Williams Edelmann
- Patti Ferrara
- Ellen Hopkins Fountain
- Nancy Philo
- Jennifer Politano
I also want to thank Wiawaka’s Executive Director, Meaghan Wilkins, and the Wiawaka staff.
On Wiawaka’s grounds are three sculptures, housed amongst the birch trees: Birch Girl, Birch Women and Birch Elder. I’m dedicating my painting of Birch Woman to all these wonderful women artists whose friendship I will treasure, and to Meaghan for her support in making our residency happen.
Thank you, Women of Great Spirit! Hope to see you next year.