Archive for May, 2009

WSOAE Spring Show Prizes

May 30, 2009

On the first weekend of its Spring show, the Washington Square Outdoor Art Exhibit honored 23 artists with awards in the categories of fine arts and fine crafts. The awards totaled more than $4,000.

For fine arts and photography, the jurors included non-exhibiting artists Bernice Sokol Kramer, William Behnken and Janet Cook. For sculpture and fine crafts, the jurying was done by Monona Rossol, a WSOAE judge for many years.

Crafts and Sculpture: Jurying by Monona Rossol

Spring Show Crafts and Sculpture: Jurying by Monona Rossol

Jurying for the Spring Show: Bernice Sokol Kramer, Janet Cook and Bill Behnken

Jurying Fine Arts and Photography for the Spring Show: Bernice Sokol Kramer, Janet Cook and William Behnken

Artists and crafts people brought their submissions for jurying to New York’s famed Salmagundi Club on Saturday morning, May 23rd, and returned on the next day, May 24th, to pick up their work and to learn if they had won an award.

Link to the Photo Gallery to see the award winners.

The twenty-three winning artists are:

The Jury Prize – Best in Show

Steven Walker for his painting “Northern State”

Oils & Acrylics
Susan Grisell, 1st Prize for her painting “Grand Central”
Rochelle Weber, 2d Prize for her work “125th Street”
Steven Klein, 3d Prize for “Love Stinks”
Kate Gabrielle, 4th Prize for “The Kiss”

Sonia Grineva for: “Amalfi Coast”

Linda B. Cromer,1st Prize for “Orchids”
James Malady, 2d Prize for “Galway Bay”

Mixed Media
Michael Patterson – “Psalm 100”

Joel Beckwith, 1st Prize for “Portrait of a teacher”
David Itchkawich, 2d Prize for “Factory on Fore Street”
Emily Trueblood, 3d Prize for “Con Ed Behind Zeckendorf”

Daniel Jones, 1st Prize for “Pilings in Fog”
Michael J. Leu, 2d Prize for “Landscape XXII”
James Somers, 3d Prize for “White Flower”

Lila Turjanski-Villard, 1st Prize for “Back to Back”
Edward J. Martin, 2d Prize for “American Gothic Revisited”

Best in Crafts
Paul Musaracchia for “Mary Poppins”

Crafts – Jewelry
Rozelisa DeFabiis, 1st Prize for “Native Dream”
Alicia O’Connell, 2d Prize for “Pretty in Pink”

Crafts – Mixed Media
Richard Birkett for a multi-faceted “Thingamajig”

Crafts – Fiber
Henrietta Drewes for child’s garment “Protecting the Fairies”

Crafts – Wood
Michael Manus for “Mushroom”

Congratulations to all! To see photographs of the award winners and their artwork, click here.


Washington Square Outdoor Art Exhibit Starts This Weekend

May 22, 2009

The Washington Square Outdoor Art Exhibit Spring Show begins this Memorial Day Weekend, May 23, 24, 25, and continues on the following weekend, May 30 and 31.
Exhibition hours are noon to six pm on all days. The show takes place on the sidewalks of University Place, from East 10th Street south.

The show is now in its 79th year; come and be part of the tradition!

What About That NYS Sales Tax Certificate of Authority?

May 4, 2009

There’s no getting around it. Every exhibitor in the WSOAE needs a NYS Certificate of Authority to Collect Sales Tax, also known as NYS Form DTF-17. We are required by New York State to have a copy of your certificate on file.

You must file your application, online or paper, at least 20 days prior to the Show. Filing your application online is the fastest way to receive your certificate. There is no fee for obtaining the Sales Tax Certificate.

You can apply for your sales tax Certificate of Authority on New York State’s Online Permit Assistance and Licensing Web site at [click on Online Applications, then Taxation and Finance, Department of, then Certificate of Authority to Collect Sales Tax]

You can also fill out the form and print it at:, and mail it to NY State.

Instructions for NYS Form DTF-17 are at
It is also possible to telephone 1-800-462-8100 and request form DTF-17, publication #750. (Outside of Canada and the US, the number to call is 518-485 -6800.)