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Getting ready for the annual chili bow fiesta

Chili Bowl Fiesta

Every February WSW hosts a Chili Bowl Fiesta at the Rosendale Community Center. Over 800 bowls and tumblers are available for purchase, which are then filled with Chili donated by area restaurants. The bowls are made and decorated throughout the year by visiting artists, interns and the clay study group and staff. Family bowl making and decorating days are held in January for this annual event which is always the last Saturday in February.

 Annual Gala & Auction

Every fall WSW holds a Gala event celebrating a distinguished woman artist and an arts patron or supporter. The Gala includes a silent and live auction featuring an excellent selection of goods and services, travel adventures and entertainment options as well as a lovely dinner. Funds raised at the Gala support the Legacy Artists Residency. Past artist honorees include: Judy Pfaff, Joan Snyder, Carolee Schneeman, Mary Frank, Gillian Jagger and Barbara Leoff Burge. Previous arts supporters have been: Elana Zang, Marcuse Pfeifer, Patricia Gould-Peck, Elizabeth Merena, and Laurel and Tim Sweeney.


Wayzgoose is a traditional end of summer party that print shop owners in the 18th century held for their workers. It marked the time of the year when it became necessary to begin to use artificial lighting to be able to print a full day long. At WSW the Wayzgoose is celebrated every other year and marks the end of the Summer Art Institute and the beginning of the fall artists-in-residence program. Over the previous two years artists-in-residence and community artists are invited to create original prints, which are then available for sale at the Wayzgoose. Live music and excellent picnic fare are staples of the event.

On Line Auction

Every other spring WSW organizes an online auction of prints, photographs, artists’ books, handmade paper and ceramics donated by artist alumnae.


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    A set of three folded origami-type fortune tellers(also known as “cootie catchers”) inspired by the fortune tellers made by the generations of elementary school girls.

    Indigo Som, 1996. Buy it now.