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Skaneateles Robinson remembered

Skaneateles Arts council honors memory of David B. Robinson M.D. for his leadership

It's official. The Skaneateles Area Arts Council formally honored the late David B. Robinson, M.D. for his tremendous leadership in the arts in Central New York.

"His impact on the artistic landscape of Skaneateles, and his stewardship of chamber music and culture in the central New York community has been outstanding," said Joe Strodel President of the Skaneateles Area Arts Council.

The Arts Council established a committee to honor David B. Robinson last fall. The committee discussed ideas with the Robinson Family, president of the Skaneateles Festival board of directors Barbara Connor, Festival Director Susan Mark, as well as the Skaneateles Library.

In an attempt to remember Robinson's work in the arts and to keep his spirit alive the SAAC commissioned a portrait of his likeness painted by Robinson's eldest daughter and Skaneateles resident, Margaret "Peggy" Manring a watercolorist of considerable merit. She did not wish to receive payment for this painting and instead turned the $1000 fee over to the Skaneateles Festival. The Skaneateles Library agreed to hang the painting in the recital hall in the upstairs of the library. This was the room where the first festival concert took place on Aug. 16, 1980.

"I'm glad the arts council did this, it is wonderful," said Louise Robinson, David's wife of 61 years.

The funds will be directed to the Festival's endowment for the annual Robinson Award.

"Thank you for this wonderfully generous tribute to David," said Susan Marks, executive director of the Skaneateles Festival. "We are going to be able to triple the amount of the award this year from $500 to $1,500."

The Festival and Arts Council will team up for a dedication ceremony when the portrait is officially installed at the library. Stay tuned for more information about this event.

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