Dual celebration of our 2013 Spring Auction award winners and Valentine’s Day.
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(By Mitch Kahn)
The Spring Auction Exhibition runs through Friday, March 8th, when the third and final group of works will hit the block.
Detailed images and descriptions can be seen HERE.
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First Auction – Wed, Feb 20th – 8 PM
Second Auction – Sun, March 3 – 2 PM
Third Auction – Fri, March 8 – 8 PM
Following a year of discussions and lobbying by club members who are loyal fans, SCNY’s first and only musical artist member, Mitch Kahn (RA-1991) brings his Manhattan based musicale home to Salmagundi.
A blend of the Café Carlyle and an old fashioned New York City piano bar, Soirées at the Salmagundi Club are a major addition to the menu, intended to bring new business into the dining room on a recurring basis. Days of the week will vary based on availability and the ability to piggy-back with other non-conflicting events such as this coming Friday’s Receiving for the Spring Auction (February 8th). The initial plan is to schedule twice monthly and adjust the frequency as needed. A weekly soirée is not out of the question if the demand is there.
The story dates back to 1989, when Mitch was introduced to Salmagundi by the late Janet Sumner, one of the club’s first women members. By day, Janet was a prominent figure in New York’s art world, having served for many years as administrator of the Washington Square Outdoor Art Exhibit and later as secretary to Aldon James, then president of the National Arts Club at 15 Gramercy Park South, a prime address where she also lived.
By night, Janet was a denizen of the dark – an ever-present patron of New York’s bustling cabarets, jazz clubs and piano rooms. It was on that circuit that she met fellow nightlife afficionado, Mitch Kahn, himself one of New York’s busiest singer-pianists and society band leaders. Instantly becoming close friends, Janet used her considerable influence to hook Mitch up with gigs at SCNY and the National Arts Club, where before long he decided he’d rather become a member than remain a hired gun.
Proceeding under the mistaken assumption that John Philip Sousa had been a “musical artist member”, Mitch applied and was voted in as such. Only years later was it realized that Sousa had been a lay member, joining Salmagundi simply to support and socialize with his artist friends, many of whom lived in the neighborhood as did he.
The Soirée: Mitch originally launched a weekly Soirée in May, 2009 at a well known midtown French bistro, continuing there for two and a half years. Many Salmagundi members went to see him and became regulars. When he pulled the plug in Nov 2011 due to irreconcilable differences with the owner, those members asked about the possibility of bringing those Soirées to Salmagundi.
Fast forward to January 2013: That world of cabaret, jazz and piano has come home to roost at Salmagundi. Every two weeks or so, the dining room will transform into a café reminiscent of an era that’s virtually disappeared from New York City. Janet is looking down, gin martini in hand, grinning from ear to ear (“Carlos, don’t forget the olives”).
Soirées will feature different musicians as well as surprise guest singers (some even surprises to Mitch). Legendary bassist, Linc Milliman, was featured at the launch on January 30th.
Seating is limited and reservations are absolutely necessary. Upcoming dates: Feb 8th, Feb 28th, Mar 15th & Mar 28th. Additional dates to be announced.
For a current schedule CLICK HERE.
January 30th Gallery: photos by Mitch Kahn and Anthony Almeida • Click on any thumbnail to open full view and use keyboard or rollover arrows to navigate.
It is a great honor to announce my election by the Board of Governors as president of Pastel Society of America. Rae Smith, PSA announced her retirement in January from the Board of Governors and the office of president. Also retiring from the Board of Governors is Brenda Tribush, PSA, who served on the board since 1996.
As treasurer of PSA since 2007, I worked closely with Rae concerning all aspects of the administrative and public duties of the president. An announcement about the appointment of the new treasurer will be forthcoming soon.
I am honored to be asked to carry on the traditions initiated by Flora Giffuni, my friend and mentor, who founded PSA forty-one years ago. It will be my pleasure to share my enthusiasm for pastel as a premier and historic medium not only with my fellow PSA members, but with all pastel artists, societies, educators, gallerists, museum professionals, patrons, members of the art writing and publishing world, as well as with the international manufacturers and retailers who provide pastelists around the world with the highest quality pigments.
If any PSA members — especially those who live in or near NYC — have energy left over after a day in the studio and have skill writing, editing, designing a Filemaker Pro database or Excel specialty doing spreadsheets, are a professional grade computer and web maven, or are willing to assist in hanging the Annual exhibition or stuffing envelopes, please drop me an email care of the PSA office. It’s going to take an army of workers to replace the energy and dedication to PSA expended by Rae and Brenda. I look forward to working with each and every one of you.
The following SCNY members contributed to this piece: Betsy Ashton, Susan Durkee, Elaine Gaskell De Spoelberch, Jeanine Jackson, Claudia Post and Cindy Wagner.
(By Mitch Kahn)
A great turnout to celebrate the award winning members of four (count ’em) exhibitions: the Black and White, Utrecht-Ampersand-SCNY Tile, Noble Nocturne and Monotype.