Sep 9, 2013: Gallery Renovation

Gallery facing west.

Gallery facing west.

(By Mitch Kahn with additional photos by Cat Cooper)

It’s full speed ahead on the 2013 Gallery Renovation Project and replacement of the club’s aging heating plant. To protect parts of the club that are not included but are in the path of tools and materials going in and out, a plywood tunnel has been built from the front entrance through the main foyer and hallway to the upper gallery. Even the front stoop has been sheathed in plywood. Old windows and other details hidden during an earlier gallery renovation to maximize exhibition space are temporarily exposed.

Thanks to an additional grant from the Manton Foundation, our ancient and costly to operate and maintain oil fired high pressure steam furnace and hot water boiler will finally be replaced with a state-of-the-art gas fired low pressure recirculating hot water system headquartered in a newly constructed boiler room beneath the lower gallery. Work includes new plumbing and radiators throughout the 1854 house. The old furnace and oil tank will be removed, yielding a new storage room adjacent to the kitchen. This major capital improvement and switch to natural gas will result in significant annual savings on fuel, maintenance and repairs while the replacement of plumbing will dramatically lower the risk of leaks, which have become an all too common occurrence in recent years.

Climate in the upper and lower galleries (the 1917 extension) will be handled by a completely separate gas and electric forced air system with it’s mechanicals mounted on the roof. Ductwork in the upper gallery will be fully concealed while the lower gallery and bar will be serviced by a single duct running along one edge of the ceiling. This will free up a considerable amount of floor space formerly occupied by large radiators and eliminate the loud, inefficient and unsightly casement air conditioners currently mounted in windows and walls on both levels (see photos).

It is hoped that the successful and timely completion of these initial improvements will lead to funding for additional items on our wish list, of which the most elusive (and expensive) is, of course, an elevator.

Many more photos and details to be added in the coming weeks and months.

Apr 19: SCNY @ The New York Academy of Art Spring Open Studio

Clockwise L-R: Annie Patt, Leah Lopez, Liz Adams-Jones, Ian Factor, James Keul, James Adelman, Mitch Kahn

Clockwise L-R: Annie Patt, Leah Lopez, Liz Adams-Jones, Ian Factor, James Keul, James Adelman, Mitch Kahn

(By Mitch Kahn)

With many Salmagundians counted among it’s alumni, students and faculty, the New York Academy of Art’s Open Studio presented the perfect opportunity to meet the current semester’s MFA students and view their work. Roughly 110 students were on hand including SCNY members Ian Factor and James Adelman. James will be spending the summer in China as part of select group of exchange students.

James Adelman

James Adelman

Ian Factor

Ian Factor

James Keul, Annie Patt, Leah Lopez, ?

James Keul, Annie Patt, Leah Lopez, Joan-Marie Palmer

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 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 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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Feb 21: SCNY @ The Grand Central Academy Winter Open Studio

(By Mitch Kahn)

With so many Grand Central Academy students and alumni part of the SCNY family, it was only natural for us to cover the Academy’s first Open Studio event.