Mar 28: Spring Soirée

SCNY'13-Soirée #4-MR - 1(Photos by Mitch Kahn and Marcus Reidenberg)

Last night’s Soirée was a celebration of Spring and featured violinist/vocalist Diane Perry as well as the usual impromptu assortment of guest performers (which is a big part of the fun). Rack of lamb and chocolate covered jelly rings gave the evening a decidedly holiday flavor.

We’ll reconvene on Friday, April 12th for our next Soirée.

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National Monotype Exhibition and SCNY’s Monotype Parties Go Hand in Hand

(By Bob Mueller)

UnknownWhen one thinks of American Art and Cape Ann in northeastern Massachusetts, the initial images that come to mind are those of paintings that capture the rich maritime heritage of the area.  Towns with names like Gloucester, Rockport, Annisquam and Ipswich have been painted by many artists over the years, among them a great number of Salmagundians, the current author included.  Cape Ann also has a rich printmaking heritage that stretches back to the 1870s, and it is printmaking that is the focus of museum show now on view in that region.

The Barrington Center for the Arts located at Gordon College in Wenham, is currently the venue of a national juried monotype/monoprint exhibition organized by the Monotype Guild New England (MGNE) which opened on March 2nd.  Artists from 22 states are represented and the diversity of the 94 works selected is a glowing example of just how expressive the art of unique printmaking can be.  Juror Mark Pascale, Curator in the Department of Prints and Drawings at The Art Institute of Chicago, assembled the show from over 1.000 entries and was savvy enough to include our own monotype mavens Mr. Bob Pillsbury and Mr. Bob Mueller among them.  He even went so far as to give an award to the latter for his portrait of “Peter.”

While there was “some initial trepidation before receiving the entries,” Pascale noted, he was relieved that “their expansive approach made the process of selecting work for the show not only more interesting, but confirmed that there is a thriving community of contemporary printmakers dedicated to monotype and monoprint.”

In describing how he chose the winning prints, Pascale noted that his approach to these selections was to look for images that were powerful and direct with little extraneous content. Some of the images he chose for awards were simple and traditional in terms of technique, embodying the essential charming characteristics of monotype. Others utilized materials, layering and drawn elements in complex yet visually compelling ways.

MGNE is a non-profit organization founded in 1985 whose purpose is to foster understanding and appreciation of monotypes and monoprints. To this end, the guild sponsors exhibitions, workshops, demonstrations and other special programs for it’s members and the public.  MGNE is open to artists throughout the United States and there is no jurying requirement for membership.

MGNE’s 3rd National Juried Monotype and Monoprint Exhibition is on view through April 6, 2013. Gallery hours are Monday through Saturday 9 AM – 7 PM. Images can be seen online HERE.

A 100 page, full color catalog is available for $36.95 (CLICK HERE).

Mar 24: Spotlight on Mohammed Yousuf • Retired Century Association Comptroller, Art Collector & Salmagundian

Bonnie & Mohammed Yousuf

Bonnie & Mohammed Yousuf at the Spring 2013 auction.

(By John Morehouse)

Although Mohammed Yousuf joined Salmagundi just two years ago, he and his wife Bonnie have been an honored presence at the club for upwards of 15 years, as loyal buyers at our auctions and as attendees of countless celebratory events such as our library dinners. Their extensive art collection includes more than a dozen Salmagundians; among them Malcolm MacKenzie, Irv Docktor, John Traynor, Claudia Seymour, Don Holden, Michael Budden, Kevin McEvoy and Charlie Yoder.

It wasn’t until Mohammed (fondly called Yousuf by his friends) retired as Comptroller of New York’s Century Association, one of the oldest private clubs devoted to arts and letters in America, that he felt he would have the proper time to devote to a membership at Salmagundi. In 2011 he applied and was welcomed as a Resident Lay. Since last year he has been an integral part of the SCNY Gallery Renovation Committee, whose members include include Tim Newton, Bob Pillsbury, Claudia Seymour, engineers Lou Lalli and Gil Winter as well as project architect, Lisa Easton.

During his 37 year tenure at the Century, Yousuf oversaw a staff of almost 100 employees and helped coordinate five capital renovation projects within the landmarked McKim, Mead and White clubhouse on West 43rd Street – totaling upwards of $20 million, and which entailed working with some of the city’s most esteemed architects and engineers.

Additionally, Yousuf’s position involved oversight of the Century’s restaurant, which has one of the finest reputations in the country. Having acquired an extremely broad familiarity with chefs, menus and restaurants in the greater New York region, he’s also been sought out to serve as a consultant to other major clubs.

Most recently he was tapped by the 2013 Nominating Committee to serve as the next Chairman of Salmagundi’s House Committee, a position which, if he’s elected, would give him a chance to share his vast managerial expertise with all of us.

The Yousufs are long-term residents of Riverdale, and are avid travelers, having visited perhaps 50 countries around the world, including Albany, New York, where their daughter, son-in-law and three grandchildren live.

Mohammed and Bonnie Yousuf

Yousuf and Bonnie at the Spring Auction reception.

Mar 22: SCNY @ CLWAC @ SCNY • Awards Reception

Franke DeBevoise and Gaile Snow Gibbs

Franke DeBevoise and Gaile Snow Gibbs

(By Mitch Kahn)

The Catherine Lorillard Wolfe Art Club’s annual members exhibition has been staged in Salmagundi’s main gallery for several years and a number of Salmagundians were honored at this year’s Awards Reception.

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Mar 21: SCNY Turns out for Bob Pillsbury at the Annual Spring Landscape Exhibition at the Dacia Gallery

SCNY'13-Dacia Gallery Pillsbury - 1(Gallery Photos by Anthony Almeida)

The loyal troops gathered on the lower east side to support one of their own. Bob Pillsbury is one of several artists participating in the annual Spring Landscape Exhibition at the Dacia Gallery and during their opening reception there was just about a full quorum of Salmagundians necessary for a general membership meeting. The Dacia Gallery is located at 53 Stanton Street (917) 727-9383 and the exhibition runs through April 12th.

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Mar 16: COGAP Sponsored Acrylics Demo by Joe Gyurcsak

SCNY'13-Gyurcsak Demo - 6(By Karen Loew)

On Saturday, March 16th, COGAP hosted an SRO crowd at a materials demo given by SCNY member and resident artist for Utrecht Art Supplies, Joseph Gyurscsak. Joe’s presentation covered the use of acrylics and how they compare to oils. Lois Cremmins, Business Development Specialist at Utrecht was also on hand and attendees went home with sketchbooks courtesy of Utrecht.

SCNY'13-Gyurcsak Demo - 7Joseph Gyurcsak has studied with Scott Burdick, Susan Lyon, David Leffel, CW Mundy, Dan Gerhartz, Skip Whitcomb, Ken Backhaus, Richard Schmid, Quang Ho, Rose Frantzen and John Howard Sanden.

The Coast Guard Art Program Committee’s next event, another materials demo, is scheduled for Saturday, April 20th (2-3:30pm). SCNY artist Michael Budden will focus on oils.

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Mar 15: St. Patrick’s Day Soirée

SCNY'13-St Pats Soiree - 13(Photos by Anthony Almeida)

A grand old time was had by all at the third Soirée of the season this past Friday, March 15th. There could be no better way to celebrate St. Patrick’s Day (early) and the Great American Popular Songbook!

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Mar 15: Tango Fever • March Milonga

SCNY'13-March Tango - 23(By Mitch Kahn • Photos by Anthony Almeida)

One of the lesser known but equally artistic endeavors at Salmagundi are the monthly Milongas. These are Argentine styled social tango evenings with amenities ranging from beginner lessons and DJ’s to live music and occasional dance performances.

SCNY member Annie Shaver-Crandell has been a tango aficionado and student for many years and was instrumental bringing these evenings to Salmagundi. This has resulted in a whole new audience for our gallery, including teachers, performers and participants from Argentina, Italy, Finland, Greece, France, Israel and a multitude of other countries.

To break the ice for newcomers, each evening kicks off with a basic lesson in tango technique and etiquette. The sets are, by design, danced with different partners so that everyone gets a chance to meet all the attendees throughout the event with music alternating between a DJ and live ensemble.

Salmagundi’s milongas have featured music by DJ Lorenzo Miercoles with live music most frequently performed by the J.P. Jofre Trio. Instrumentation can include bandoneon (the buttonless cousin of the accordian that gives Argentinian tango its characteristic sound), piano, violin, cello, and guitar.

While admission is $15, Annie and her co-host and partner Daniel Dillion have continued a policy unique to the New York tango community of offering free admission to past and present military personnel as well as NYPD and FDNY.

April’s Milonga is scheduled for April 12th.

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Mar 13: March Monotype Party

SCNY'13-March Monotype Party - 18(By Anthony Almeida)

A record number of participants (24) and half as many more observers turned out for the March Monotype Party in the lower gallery. Party pix followed by images of the prints.

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Mar 11: SCNY @ Art Fair Week in NYC

Fountain Art Fair 2013 - 01

(By Mitch Kahn with additional photos by Janet Cook and Liz-Adams Jones)

With all the planets aligning in a late-winter week of art fair happenings around town, Salmagundi was well represented. Liz-Adams and Marshall Jones were part of a “popup” (UN)fair on March 4th, while Janet Cook and Max Ginsberg were represented by the Dacia Gallery at the Fountain Art Fair at the 69th Regiment Armory (March 8-10). Beth Kurtz participated in a concurrent Open Studio at the Elizabeth Foundation for the Arts.

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