2021 11 17
Annual library dinner.

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November 17, 2021


Salmagundi parlor and library, dinning room and bar


5:30pm : Event begins
Guests can tour the library and there will be musical performance from member Mitch Kahn in the parlor

6:30pm : Award presentation in the Main Gallery

7:00pm : Three-course sit down dinner service

G E N E R A L   I N F O R M A T I O N


After Covid-19 delays, Salmagundi library dinner has been re-scheduled to Wednesday, November 17, 2021.

The purchased tickets from the previous postponed dinner will be accepted at this dinner.

Please join us as we honor two outstanding Members of the Arts with the First W.H. Shelton Award presentation to Franklin Hill Perrell (Former Chief Curator, Nassau County Museum of Fine Art and Founder and Director of The Artful Circle) and Rebecca Shaykin (Associate Curator, The Jewish Museum and author of Edith Halpert, the Downtown Gallery and the Rise of American Art). Rebecca Shaykin will join us with pre-recorded remarks. Event begins at 5:30pm when guests can tour the library and there will be musical performance from member Mitch Kahn in the parlor, with the award presentation at 6:30pm in the Main Gallery and followed by a three-course dinner service at 7pm.

We are also unveiling the Library Commission celebrating the 150th Anniversary of the Club of two allegorical paintings, Light and Visual Perception, left door, Intelligence and Education, right door by artist Noah Buchanan winner of the commission. Also there will be an exhibition in the Library of Noah’s preparatory drawings and studies for the Library doors which he has graciously donated to the Salmagundi Club.


$125 ($70 of which is a tax deductible donation to the Library) which includes presentation, dinner and a glass of wine and will help support the Salmagundi Library and its unique collection.

Ticket price includes a Historic Digital Souvenir Booklet for all attendees: This Journal is an E-Booklet (distributed via flash drive or email) and comprised of essays on the history of the Salmagundi Library, with congratulatory digital pages devoted to the two Curators Franklin Hill Perrell and Rebecca Shaykin from artists, collectors, and patrons of American Art. Please click HERE for the Library Journal Ad requirements. Salmagundi members are welcome (and encouraged) to take out digital ads of their art in the journal).

For reservations (required), contact Melba Pagan (212) 255-7740 or email mpagan@salmagundi.org. Limited Seating. No tickets will be sold at the door. For Wait List: please contact Alexander Katlan Library Chairman at alexkatlan@aol.com.


Franklin Hill Perrell is a well-known art historian, curator, and writer. His career at the Nassau County Museum of Art in Roslyn Harbor, New York has spanned over twenty years, culminating in the title of Chief Curator. There, he curated over fifty major exhibitions, including Miro & Calder, Chagall, Picasso, School of Paris, American Realism, Pop & Op, and Surrealism. After the museum, in 2009, Perrell became the Executive Director of the Roslyn Landmark Society in Long Island, where he was responsible for the historic preservation of over two hundred landmarked houses, as well as the rescue of endangered art and architecture. In 2013, he co-founded Artful Circle with business partner and Salmagundi Artist Member Debbie Wells, which serves clients in the art community with services including curatorial, catalogue writing, design production and special event programming: lectures, museum and art gallery visits. The most recent guest curatorial project is The Seasons at the Nassau County Museum of Art (Nov 15, 2019-March 1, 2020). Perrell also currently serves on Board of Trustees of the Heckscher Museum and the National Gallery of Bermuda in Hamilton.
Rebecca Shaykin is an Associate Curator at the Jewish Museum, New York, where she organized the critically-acclaimed exhibition Edith Halpert and the Rise of American Art. The companion volume, Edith Halpert, the Downtown Gallery, and the Rise of American Art, was named one of the New York Times critics’ best art books of 2019 and won the 2019 National Jewish Book Award in the category of Visual Arts. Past exhibitions at the Jewish Museum include Helena Rubinstein: Beauty Is PowerMasterpieces & Curiosities: Alfred Stieglitz’s The Steerage; and The Radical Camera: New York’s Photo League, 1936-1951. Before her tenure at the Jewish Museum, Shaykin worked at the Elizabeth A. Sackler Center for Feminist Art at the Brooklyn Museum and the Williams College Museum of Art. She received her BA in Art History from Oberlin College and MA from the Williams College Graduate Program in the History of Art.