Honoring this year’s 
William R. Ginsberg Stewardship Awardees
Mary Frank 
Renowned Visual Artist and Solar Cooker Advocate
Mary Frank was born in London, England, in 1933 and moved to the United States at the age of seven. In the early 1950s she began carving wood sculpture, and studied with Hans Hoffman and Max Beckmann. In 1969, she began working on large multi-part, figurative clay sculptures until the early 80’s.

Over the course of Frank’s career, she has worked in many mediums and materials, most notably with her monoprints, drawings, sculpture, painting and photography.

Mary has been the subject of numerous solo museum and gallery exhibitions over the years, including at such prestigious locations as The Metropolitan Museum of Art, The Whitney Museum, The Art Institute of Chicago, and The National Museum of American Art in Washington, D.C. (info from Elena Zang website).

When not creating beautiful works of art, Mary can be found advocating for her other passion, solar cooking.

Karl Beard
Pioneering Trail Planner for the National Parks Service’s
Rivers & Trails Conservation Assistance Program

Karl Beard, pioneering Trail Planner of the National Park Service Rivers & Trails Conservation Assistance Program (NPS RTCA) has played an instrumental role in the development of numerous trails of local, regional, national, and international significance, including The Walkway Over the Hudson, Hudson River Greenway, Shawangunk Ridge Trail, Erie Canal Trail, Wallkill Valley Rail Trail and many, many more.

A lifetime resident of Ulster County, Karl – via an RTCA technical assistance grant – is currently advising Ulster County, WLC, Kingston Land Trust and other groups in planning for Ulster County’s emerging Rail Trail Network, including: the Ashokan Rail Trail, Kingston Midtown Linear Park, Kingston Point Trail, Kingston Greenline, Wallkill Valley Rail Trail, Hudson Valley Rail Trail, Kingston O & W “Link ” Trail, and the O&W Rail Trail Alliance.

Read more about Karl here.