ROWITA Awards Honor Two from Obelisk Art 450!

Caren Goldman, Executive Director, Cofounder of Compassionate St. Augustine and Jan Tomlinson Master, Obelisk Art 450 Artist
February 10, 2016

Congratulations! two of our very own St. Johns County arts champions, Recognizing Outstanding Women in the Arts (ROWITA) Award Recipients Caren Goldman, Executive Director, Cofounder of Compassionate St. Augustine and Jan Tomlinson Master, Obelisk Art 450 Artist

The St. Johns Cultural Council recently announced the names of the women selected to receive the ROWITA Award for their lifetime contributions to the arts in St Johns County, Florida.

The 2016 honorees for the eighth annual Dr. Gail Pflaster Recognizing Outstanding Women in the Arts (ROWITA) Awards are Elyse Brady, Manila Clough, Caren Goldman, Jan Tomlinson Master, JoAnn Nance, Rosamond Parrish and Shirley Williams-Collins. 

Caren Goldman wears many hats as author, award-winning journalist, freelance writer for national magazines and metropolitan newspapers, and is a respected voice on spiritual thinking and the intersections of healing, spirituality, psychology and religion. Goldman's 2011 book, Restoring Life's Missing Pieces: The Spiritual Power of Remembering and Reuniting with People, Places, Things and Self (Sky Light Paths Publishing) was named a “Best Spiritual Book" of the same year.

Goldman, executive director and cofounder of Compassionate St. Augustine, led the Obelisk Art 450 project, a 24/7 effort for 18-plus months with a grass-roots beginning, assembling a team of community leaders and ultimately leading to well-deserved international and national recognition.

The children's portion of the OA450 project is now an ongoing program, Compassion Through the Eyes of Children 2: Embracing Our Differences is launching this month and will continue to enrich and educate younger generations. 

Jan Tomlinson Master's career is as rich as the many mediums with which she has worked from linoleum block-printed fabric, antique beads, and jewelry to large-scale, public art mosaics including the historic map at our Visitor Information Center, the award-winning, 3-tiered piece with 160 species of indigenous birds at the Bird Island Park Amphitheatre, both done with OA450 artist Wendy Mandel McDaniel . . . and coordinated a student mosaic project for the fountain at Flagler College's new administration building.

As the highest scoring local artist, Master was chosen through Compassionate St. Augustine's Obelisk Art 450 public art project to represent the City of St Augustine traveling to Aviles, Spain to create an obelisk for Aviles' own Obelisk Art 450. Master also founded the 1st Children's Art Camp at the St. Augustine Art Association during the 80's, she is a partner at two Amiro Art Galleries on Aviles Street, and she teaches master classes across the U.S. 

The ROWITA Awards Ceremony will take place at 5:00 p.m. on Sunday, March 13, 2016 at the Limelight Theatre located at 11 Old Mission Avenue, St. Augustine, FL 32084. Artist Louise Freshman Brown will be the Keynote Speaker.

The event is free and open to the public, we hope to see you all there!