The West Windsor Arts Council will honor area artist and retired arts teacher Priscilla Snow Algava on Friday, Nov. 30 at a program titled “A Night of Inspiration and Appreciation.”
The evening will showcase the artist’s life and work, some of which will be on sale, and include presentations by noted colleagues Mel Leipzig and Tricia Fagan, who will share their personal stories in relation to Algava.
“Priscilla has touched the hearts, souls and imaginations of so many people that it’s hard to describe her influence in any one way,” said a WWAC press release. “Through bright, colorful and joyful paintings, warm and spirited watercolor classes and workshops, and welcoming pop-up galleries, Priscilla has mastered the art of giving—to her family, her students, her colleagues and her community.
The WWAC recently announced a scholarship fund in the artist’s name as a way to honor Algave, who is now battling advanced endometrial cancer.
“The fund has been established to perpetuate her legacy and make it possible for individuals of all ages who wish to pursue art classes at the West Windsor Arts Center to do so despite financial obstacles,” said the WWAC release.
The arts council is officially launching the scholarship at the Nov. 30 event, which takes place from 7:30 to 9:30 p.m. at the West Windsor Arts Center.
“We are especially delighted that two of Priscilla’s colleagues will be making presentations that evening,” says Sherri Andrews, a member of the Arts Council board of directors, and a former student of Algava’s.
“To me, this event and outpouring of support speak of the supportive community Priscilla has helped us build,” Andrews said. “She is not only an intuitive painter but also a free spirit who preaches the importance of being nonjudgmental. She believes we are all artists and encourages us to turn off our inner critics.”
Andrews said that through Algava’s encouragement, she gained the confidence to submit her own work to local shows and museums. “I submitted three of my paintings to the Off the Wall Art Show at West Windsor Arts Center and all three sold. I never would have had the courage without Priscilla.
“It is important to Priscilla that other people can experience the joy and freeing feeling of painting,” Andrews said. “I encourage anyone who can to come out that night and see her bold, flowing work.”
According to the press release, “while Priscilla has always loved to paint dancers and self-portraits, her recent work has been even more impactful, at times full of grief. Painting has become a meditative practice for the artist, and she sometimes paints while at the hospital receiving cancer treatments.”
For more information, or to purchase tickets, call (609) 716-1931, or go to westwindsorarts.org/events. For those not able to attend, but who would like to contribute to the Priscilla Snow Algava Scholarship Fund, go to westwindsorarts.org/support.
Net proceeds of the event will support the scholarship fund at the arts council and a majority percentage of sales of the art will go directly to the artist.