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

SCNY'16-COGAP Reception - 16(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.

To learn more about COGAP, CLICK HERE

June 24-25, 2016: Draw-a-thon

SCNY'16-Draw-a-thon June - 01(By Anthony Almeida)

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 28, 2016: Fleet Week Visit to the U.S.S. Bataan

SCNY'16-COGAP Fleet Week Bataan - 01(By Anthony Almeida)

Poised and ready, the U.S.S. Bataan welcomes Salmagundians with a VIP tour during Fleet Week 2016, courtesy of the U.S. Coast Guard and COGAP.

Here are some photos of encountered ship board moments.

May 11, 2016: Presidents Dinner

SCNY'16-Presidents Dinner - 72(By Anthony Almeida)

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

SCNY'16-Annual Members Show - 15(By Anthony Almeida)

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.