May 26, 2007 at the Ghent Playhouse in Ghent, NY
Emily Bolevice, HVS Class of 2000, was the recipient of the 15th-annual Henriette Reiss Award. She received a $1,500 check at the arts celebration held on Saturday, May 26th, at the Ghent Playhouse. Emily is a photography student at the School of Visual Arts in New York City, and one of her current projects explores the relationships between the natural and human-made worlds. Emily states, “I’ve always been amazed by the natural world and how it responds to humanity, development, industry and pollution.” She described these photographs, a number of which were on exhibit at the event, as “observations of the beauty of the juxtaposition of organic matter and manmade material.” The award was presented by 2005 Award winner Matthew Müller, who spoke movingly about the impact receiving this award has had on his life, influencing him to change schools and pursue a path of writing.
An Honorable Mention was awarded to Drew Wagner, class of 2007 for her works of poetry, and she recited one of her poems at the event.
The annual Henriette Reiss arts festivals have taken the artistic process itself as their theme, and this year’s attendees were given a delightful treat when David Anderson and Ashley Mayne of Walking the Dog Theater brilliantly performed the first act of The Owl and the Pussycat, a witty and hilarious Broadway play about two radically opposite personalities thrown together. Following this performance, the two actors and the director, Ted Pugh, who was also the event’s Master of Ceremonies, discussed some of the challenges encountered in staging this play, and demonstrated some of the exercises they undertook to prepare for its realization.
This exceptional afternoon finished with still one more marvelous treat: a reception of delicious food and enjoyable conversations in the warm sunshine.
Pictured to the right are Emily and Matthew Müller at the celebration.