On Monday, November 9th, Forman School was pleased to present the Julie Forman IV boat to internationally renowned artist Seward Johnson ’49 for his 85th birthday. A Forman alumnus and Trustee Emeritus, Johnson’s daughter, India Blake ’91, also graduated from the School.
This boat was crafted by students Charles Tyson ’16, David Wiskind ’15, Preston Novy ’16, and Tristan Jeyaretnam ’15 in the Boat Building program at Forman. Beautifully sculpted to perfection, this boat was built from red and white cedar and has a unique character and is one of a kind. This is the first “Julie boat” with a wooden frame from the Norway Spruces which were taken down to make way for the Science Center. Each vessel is named after Forman co-founder Julie Forman and includes something different than the last. This year, the students created small white oak tackle boxes and drawers with brass and leather handles. The aim for this particular boat was to make it sturdy enough “to take on a little bit of rough water on Bantam Lake and to be light enough to put on top of a car. ‘That’s a tall order, right?’” exclaimed Boat Building Instructor Wendy Welshans. But Welshans, along with her four student helpers, accomplished this goal.
Johnson was honored to receive this boat from Forman and was delighted to take his wife and muse, Cecelia, out on the pond. The Julie Forman IV was presented by Assistant Head of School for Institutional Advancement Justin Solomon, who said that Seward “believed that the boat represented the best things Forman has to offer: an opportunity for students to excel in areas they had previously not realized their potential in, and a place to find the passions that ignite us as lifetime learners and worthy members of society.”