(By Karen Loew with photos by PA3 Steve Strohmaier, CG Public Affairs and Paul Backalenick)
Twenty six works by 24 artists of the U.S. Coast Guard Art Program (COGAP) were on view in the upper gallery from July 3rd through July 15th.
These works vividly bring to life the myriad missions performed by the U.S.Coast Guard. Subjects, to name but a few, include dramatic search and rescues, environmental protection and drug interdiction operations. Salmagundi Club artists Leendert van der Pool, Tom Hedderich, Anne Kullaf, Mara Sfara and Karen Loew had paintings included in this show. An additional 27 works from previous years were also on display. All paintings are generous gifts of the artists, who volunteer their time and talents to record through art the many missions of our Coast Guard.
The Acceptance Ceremony and gala reception was held on July 5th and attracted a full house, celebrating the program’s 35th anniversary. Since its inception, the Salmagundi Club has been its sponsor. Club president, Robert Pillsbury, presented the art, on behalf of the artists, to ADM Charles Michel, Vice Commandant of the Coast Guard. The evening was generously sponsored by the New York Council of the Navy League. It was noted that Alexander Hamilton, now the talk of Broadway, was the founder in 1790 of what is now known as the Coast Guard. Broadway show memorabilia was presented to USCG officers in attendance, by the COGAP Committee, as a remembrance of their evening at Salmagundi.
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