SCNY 114th Annual thumb-box

Exhibit & Sale

Date

December 12, 2022 – January 6, 2023

Location

Skylight gallery

Exhibition Hours

Monday to Friday, 1PM – 6PM
Saturday & Sunday, 1PM – 5PM

Admission

Open to the public
Free to attend

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NEW YORK’S 114 YEAR OLD PAINTING TRADITION IS NO BIG DEAL

SALMAGUNDI 114TH ANNUAL THUMB-BOX EXHIBITION AND SALE ANNOUNCED FOR 2022-2023

NEW YORK, New York (August 30, 2022)—Beginning Monday, December 12 and continuing until Friday, January 6, 2023, Salmagundi presents the 114th Annual Thumb-box Exhibition and Sale, in the 1,887 square foot Skylight Gallery of its historic 1853 townhouse at 47 Fifth Avenue. The exhibition is the 114th time the show of small works is presented by the organization, a tradition begun by club founders in 1908.

“Small works are a chance for artists to explore their greatest ideas before committing to a larger finished work,” says Jacob Collins, Realist painter and current President of Salmagundi. “The works are a small window into the artist’s thought process.”

Thumb-box paintings are similar to what most galleries today call ‘small works,’ ‘cabinet works’ or ‘intimate works.’ with traditional rules specifying works of less than 20 x 16 inches in either direction. The yearly Salmagundi exhibition received the name, ‘thumb-box,’ after the compact wooden paint box that was used to paint outdoor locations and then to carry the wet panels back to the studio.

“Small works are popular during the holidays as affordable gifts. The ability to own the best artists for less is a strong draw for collectors,” says Jessica Artman, Chairperson of the Art Committee.

In the past, participants of the thumb-box show were artists like Junius Allen, R.S. Bredin, John Fabian Carlson, Antonio Cirino, John Folinsbee, Antonio Martino, Hobart Nichols, Thomas Olenchak, John Pellew, Arthur Towell, John Gale Tyler, Walter Granville Smith, and John Scott Williams to name only a few.

Works are on sale live at the location or online through the club website. 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 pm to 5:00 pm Saturday and Sunday.

Reception is open to members and non-members of the club via RSVP on Eventbrite for free.  Limited tickets available.

Reception

December 23, 2022, 6:00 PM – 8:00 PM

Reception is open to the public
Tickets required to attend
Up to 150 people

Free soft drinks and platters
Drinks for sale in Wiggins bar
(card only, no cash)

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