113 Years Strong: A Gallery of Gems at the Annual Thumb-Box Exhibition

Salmagundi’s yearly small-works exhibition returns for another holiday season


NEW YORK, New York, (November 29, 2021) – Running from November 22 to January 1 of the new year, Salmagundi’s 113th Annual Thumb-Box Exhibition & Sale will offer small and original artworks. The annual event is one of the most anticipated fine art shopping opportunities in New York City. Over 250 ‘thumb-box’ works of art in all media are offered for purchase in the Skylight Gallery, the main gallery at the club. The event has been called the ‘biggest little art show’ of the year by its fans, who return year after year to buy works from acclaimed representational artists.

Certificate of Merit Award: #41. Diana Buitrago, “Finca Colombia”

According to Edmond Rochat, Chairman of the club’s Art Committee, “The Thumb-box show looks marvelous. It’s a cornucopia of small works that are priced to sell.”

The yearly show received the name, ‘thumb-box,’ after the compact wooden paint box artists used to carry wet panels back to their studios. Salmagundi’s thumb-box shows began in 1908. Its permanent collection contains numerous thumb-box works, which enter the collection through purchase prizes or accessioned donations.

Unlike other exhibits, the Thumb-Box Exhibition is a rotating exhibition – with each work sold, another work takes its place. Returning shoppers often find a plethora of additional works from which to choose, according to Rochat. 

The exhibition is free and open to the public. Viewing hours are 1:00 pm to 6:00 pm Monday through Friday, and 1:00 to 5:00 pm Saturday and Sunday. There will be a reception open to the public on December 2 at 6 pm, with music provided by the Skip Weinstock Trio.


Salmagundi is a non-profit 501(c)(3) professional and social club, created in 1871 by artists and patrons to support one another. It is one of America’s oldest arts organizations with more than 1,100 current

members throughout the United States and abroad. The club is open to the public  Monday – Friday 1:00 PM – 6:00 PM EST, and Saturday/ Sunday 1:00 PM – 5:00 PM EST.

The Club has continuously championed representational art from its founding with iconic members, including Thomas Moran (1837-1926), William Merritt Chase (1849-1916), Louis Comfort Tiffany (1848-1933), Emil Carlsen (1848-1932), N.C. Wyeth (1882-1945), Childe Hassam (1859-1935) and Winston Churchill (1874-1965).

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Joseph Ralph Fraia, Chair – Charity Henderson, Vice-Chair

Salmagundi Public Relations Committee

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