Jan 19, 2017: Tête-à-Tête Portrait Exhibition

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The “Tête-à-Tête” Portrait Exhibition (January 16 through February 2nd, 2017), assembled by SCNY Curators Eileen Clancy and Bob Mueller and the Curators Committee, consisted of an intimate selection of works from the SCNY Permanent Collection, affording viewers an opportunity to quietly enter into a visual dialogue with these distinctive and memorable personages.

Jan 19, 2017: John Howard Sanden Retrospective Reception

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John Howard Sanden, Portraits and Paintings, Fifty Year Retrospective Exhibition, a world class exhibition of the work of one of America’s leading portrait painters is spellbinding and memorable.

In addition to the works depicting American Leaders, African Kings and figure paintings, this multifaceted event includes lectures, presentations and videos.


Jan 13, 2017: New Members and Junior-Scholarship Exhibition Receptions

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The Junior-Scholarship Exhibition and the “New Member’s Show” coalesced excitingly on January 2, 2017 in our upper and lower galleries.

Both shows were extremely well attended…The excitement of new and younger members seeing their work displayed in our world class galleries was almost palpable.

Here are some photos which just begin to depict the feeling of artistic fervor and enthusiasm which characterized the evening….Would that my camera had ears as well as a somewhat discerning eye…

Dec 15, 2016: Annual Christmas Dinner

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The annual Christmas Dinner immerses members and guests in fine art, fine fare and a spirit of togetherness. This well attended event is a joyous Salmagundi tradition which, with good feeling and camaraderie, excitingly ushers in the holiday season.

Summer 2016 at Salmagundi

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Summer 2016, with diverse, stellar exhibitions and events, proved to be an exciting time. The annual members photography exhibition, non-members exhibition and August’s Monotype Madness were just a few of this summer’s events. Add to that Roger Rossi’s 80th Birthday Bash which rocked the house and raised some greatly welcomed funds for Salmagundi, “The House that Art Built”.

Members Photography and Graphics Exhibition:

Non-Members Photography and Graphics Exhibition:

Roger Rossi’s 80th Birthday Bash

One of the highlights of the summer was celebrating our own, Leo the Lion, Roger Rossi’s 80th Birthday! The following photographs reflect only a small part of the excitement and joy we experienced on this happy occasion. Many thanks to Annie Shaver-Crandell and all the others who helped make this event a joyous and successful fund raiser.

August’s Monotype Madness

July 5, 2016: COGAP Exhibition, Reception @ Acceptance Ceremony

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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.

To learn more about COGAP, CLICK HERE

June 24-25, 2016: Draw-a-thon

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Rafters Rocked Around the Clock as Salmagundi Club hosted its summer, full to capacity, all night Draw-A-Thon.

Artists, following the call of their muse, quickly found artistic stations which allowed them to paint, draw or print– inspired by nude and costumed models, in long and short poses.

The cash bar, camaraderie ala Salmagundi and endless slices of pizza all added to the merriment of the evening.

May 11, 2016: Presidents Dinner

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This year’s President’s Dinner, honoring A. Jon Prusmack, brought a full house of Salmagundians together for a very special evening of  fun, fare and enchantment.

Jon’s spirited and colorful biographical talk, seemingly springing spontaneously from his recollections–a veritable wellspring of  rich and diverse experiences–allowed us to share the life of a man whose whirlwind journey through time was replete with creativity and accomplishment. All present were delighted by his informative and extremely humorous anecdotes describing his early life, his initial choice of art as a career, his entry into the art world and his meeting and courtship of his wife, Patti.

In 1968 Jon became a scholarship member of the Salmagundi club and soon thereafter became an artist member.

In addition to his love of art and rugby, Jon has been described as a serial entrepreneur who has built businesses in the defense industry, technology, sports, (specifically rugby), and real estate. Needless to say, we were all moved and graced by his presence.

Here at the Salmagundi Club, Jon, a Rugby enthusiast, definitely scored a goal! We will continue to celebrate him as he continues on his adventurous journey.

To further add to the delight of the evening, singers from the a cappella choral group, Thokoza, captivated  all with a diverse repertoire of songs which excitingly combined diverse elements of African traditional songs and elements of African American music

May 4, 2016: Annual Members Exhibition Reception

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Our gallery once again came to exuberant life at the 2016 Annual Members Show Reception. SCNY members and guests gather to appreciate the diverse work and celebrate award recipients.

April 20, 2016: Library Dinner Honoring Ann Fensterstock

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This year’s Library Dinner, chaired by Barbara Genko, proved to be another “not to be forgotten event!” The dining room, filled to capacity, brought Salmagundians and guests together for a memorable evening of food and camaraderie.

After dinner, attendees adjourned to the main gallery where author Ann Fensterstock gave a highly informative talk on her book, “Art on the Block,” which tracks the New York art world’s migration during the last fifty years.  Books were available for purchase and autograph by the author.

Here are some images of the event.