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The Salmagundi Club 138th Annual Members’ Exhibition

 

The Old Melting Pots by Ellen Buselli

NEW YORK, New York (May 5, 2022)– On view from May 16 through June 9, 2022, the Salmagundi Club presents the 138th Annual Members’ Exhibition in the Skylight and Rockwell Galleries. This juried show is a popular annual tradition and most artist members submit their artwork for selection. With an incredibly vast range of work on view, this year’s exhibition includes over 100 artists. Throughout Salmagundi’s history, the annual exhibition has consistently showcased its members’ finest works of art in all media—oil, watercolor, pastel, graphics, sculpture, photography and mixed media—and this year is no exception!

Searching for the epic in the ordinary, artists look to their surroundings for a glimmer of magic. Many artists turn to still lifes, choosing to portray a magnificent bouquet of flowers, such as Yellow Tulips by Regina Guarino and Hydrangea & Celadon by Anne McGrory. Simple household objects, or an assortment of perfectly ripe fruits and vegetables, are transformed into intricate displays seen in The Old Melting Pots by Ellen Buselli, or Turnip the Beats by Susan Daly-Voss. Though some works are more contemplative and heavy with emotion, others are uplifting and whimsical in subject matter, evoking a genuine sense of humor, such as Shawn Sullivan’s Fallen Idol.

The viewer will encounter familiar interior scenes, such as Max Ginsburg’s quiet and intimate Studio Corner, or Jane Manco’s Mending with a dress hung delicately on a line, or Walter Hatke’s empty rooms patterned by shadows in Rooms on Broadway. Carefully illustrated portraits capture the depth of emotion in the face of a subject, such as in the hard lines around the soft eyes of Old Tibetan Man, by Christopher Zhang, or the subtle blush across the cheeks of Caroline by Landon Clay. In other works, subjects are depicted in moments of labor such as Transparency & Reflections by Michael Budden and Farm Chef at Work by Lily Braff, or in enjoying an activity of leisure as in Carolyn Antonucci-Almeida’s Interplay of Light and Chance and Tony D’Amico’s It’s a Long Story.

Allow your mind’s eye to travel near and far, views of cityscapes take you to new places, such as Thomas Schaller’s Footbridge China and Thomas Bucci’s North Beach and Russian Hill, or unknown paths of a far-flung setting, seen in Liz Haywood-Sullivan’s Wander with Me. Landscape paintings transport you to rocky coasts in Joseph Perez’s The Eternal Dance and Anthony Davis’s On Solid Ground. These artworks can bring you the warm glow of a sunset, seen in Joseph Mcgurl’s Evening Peace, or the sensation of expansiveness in an open field created by Diana Buitrago in View from Wethersfield Estate. Impressionistic paintings allow you to feel an exact moment in time, captured through vivid colors and percussive brushstrokes, as seen in Leif Nilsson’s Petronella at Essex and Kirk Larsen’s WSP Jazzy Afternoon. Through observation of these works, the viewer may begin to look at the objects, places, or people they encounter in their day-to-day life with a renewed appreciation for the beauty around them.

Overall, this extraordinary selection of artworks demonstrates that the membership of the Salmagundi Club is abundantly rich in talent, with both emerging and highly-acclaimed artists. This is certainly an exhibition not to be missed.

The exhibition in the Skylight and Rockwell Gallery 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.

ABOUT

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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