Every six months a new cycle of interns will call WSW home. That’s a new set of three or four people to meet, befriend, and remember each time. The turn-over may seem a little daunting, but it’s no problem for the founders of WSW – especially in the case of Barbara Leoff Burge, who goes out of her way to get to know each new face at the studio.
“Babs,” as she is known by interns new and old, frequently invites each residing group of interns over to her home for an evening of cocktails, conversation, and even some liverwurst. There, they learn a little bit about each other as one of WSW’s original co-founders shares her experiences as an artist and a stenographer. Throughout their time at the Women’s Studio Workshop, the interns form a solid relationship with Babs, with advice and support given from both sides. She makes a lasting impression, both as a friend and as an artist. Former intern Kristen Fleming refers to getting to know Babs as a “brilliant life experience.” Another intern, Rachel Kauff, states that Babs lives every aspect of her life as an artist.
At this year’s Gala, we’re honoring Barbara not only for her excellence as an artist, but for all she offers to those around her. With a reassuring presence and great energy, Barbara is someone who you will not soon forget, as any WSW intern would tell you. The Intern-Babs connection is part of what makes WSW a special place, where artists from all walks of life and every stage in their career come together in an inter-generational space of sharing.
“She told me once that an artist has the security in knowing that she makes her own world. I reckon she’s right, for I do not know many other worlds as rich and extraordinary as hers.” Rachel Kauff
If you’d like to join us in honoring Barbara at this year’s Gala, check out our website or contact us via phone at (845) 658-9133.