Recap: Second Annual Berta Golahny Awards


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CCAE Berta Golahny Awards

On Friday, March 31, 2017, the Cambridge Center for Adult Education presented the second annual Berta Golahny Awards as part of the opening reception for the Spring Art Exhibit at 42 Brattle Street in Harvard Square. The juried Golahny Awards honors outstanding artistic achievement in by students and teachers. This year the winners of the Berta Golahny Student Awards were Elizabeth Coxe, Kay Hudgins, and Judith Prager.  The recipients of the Berta Golahny Awards for the Distinguished Teaching of Art were Ellen Stutman and Brett Gamache. Both Stutman and Gamache have taught art at CCAE for many years and are accomplished artists in the Boston area.

The Spring Art Exhibit which features works by thirty nine Cambridge area artists will be open until June 2, 2017.

Since the mid-1970s, Ellen Stutman has been teaching at CCAE. Stutman teaches drawing to beginner level students who have little-to-no drawing experience, working with them to develop self-confidence in a supportive environment. Stutman describes, “I love that wonderful moment when [students] suddenly realize, “I can do this!” then the actual learning process can take place.” Her own work is inspired by nature, and she has recently been exploring a new medium with woodcuts. Stutman holds a bachelor’s degree from Smith College and an MFA in Painting and Art Education from Boston University. Recently, Stutman has been featured in Scout Cambridge magazine. Read more from the Scout here.

Brett Gamache has been teaching drawing and painting in the Studio School at CCAE since 2010. Gamache holds a BFA from Massachusetts College of Art and an MFA in Painting from the University of New Hampshire. In the classroom, Gamache focuses on how to see the subject in terms of line, shape, form, color, and composition. He often tells his students, “all art is abstract” when broken down into shapes and color relationships. Gamache has recently been painting live surfers, working quickly to capture the life, light, and excitement of the ever-changing surf. Gamache will be teaching some fun and interactive art classes as part of CCAE fundraising gala Of Course! on April 29. View more information on Of Course! here.