Morehouse Succeeds Luftig

John Morehouse has succeeded Margot Luftig as Executive Director of the Washington Square Outdoor Art Exhibit, according to an announcement by Carl F. Lebowitz, the organization’s President. Now in its 79th year, the WSOAE is the largest and longest running outdoor art show of its kind anywhere in the country.

 Mr. Morehouse, a retired textile engineer, is a long-time member of the legendary Salmagundi Club in New York and has served on its board of directors. He has served the club for many years as chair of its Library Committee, organizing numerous special events, including library dinners, book signings, lectures and special art exhibitions in the library. He is a life-time New Yorker and alumnus of NYU’s Washington Square College of Arts & Sciences.

Ms. Luftig has served as WSOAE’s Executive Director for fourteen years and will continue in an advisory role.

The WSOAE, a non-profit organization, presents annual shows in the Spring and Fall. The Spring Show runs for three days on Memorial Day Weekend and two days on the following weekend-May 23rd, 24th, 25th, 30th and 3lst– and the Fall Show runs for three days on Labor Day weekend and two days on the following weekend (September 5th, 6th, 7th, 12th and 13th. The exhibitions take place in Greenwich Village on University Place from East 12th Street running south along the side of Washington Square Park to Bobkin Lane.

The show’s exhibiting artists are juried and encompass all of the fine arts, sculpture, photography and fine crafts. In undertaking his new position with WSOAE, Mr. Morehouse noted that the show began and flourished during the Great Depression and has maintained a tradition of quality and innovation ever since.

Registration information is available at:  or by calling or writing the organization at (212) 982 6255; Washington Square Outdoor Art Exhibit, Inc., P. O. Box 1045, New York, N.Y. 10276

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