Salmagundi Club 2009 Annual
Non-Member Painting and Sculpture Exhibition
RECEPTION AND AWARD CEREMONY: 7-10-2009
The big day had arrived. Today was the Reception and Award ceremony for the '2009 Annual Non-Member Painting and Sculpture Exhibition' at the Salmagundi Club. We planned to leave early and see some of the sites in New York City before the reception which was to take place between 6:00 and 8:00 PM. Our friend Joan Shackford (president of the Cheshire Art League of Cheshire, Connecticut) accompanied us.
From Washington Square it was down to SoHo for some lunch. We enjoyed a nice meal at an outdoor Italian restaurant. We planned to visit some of the art galleries but learned that many of the had moved uptown to the Chelsea area. However, we did manage to find a few galleries to visit.
On the way back to the Salmagundi Club our group split, Jennifer, Joan and Danielle made a detour to to the bakery Magnolias, and Joshua and I went straight to the Club.
Almost like clockwork, the gallery filled at around 6:00 PM. It soon became a packed house.
Around 6:45 PM the Award ceremony started. The room was packed! The artwork at this show was exceptional and I was honored to have been accepted to be among such great artists.
Joshua spent most of his time by the jazz band. Joshua has recently been learning to play guitar and he was not going to pass up a chance to see live musicians playing up close.
A little later in the evening a close family friend who lives near the Salmagundi Club showed up. Ann Benedetto was my mothers best friend when they grew up together in Astoria. Ann lives and works in Manhattan, she owns a clothing store in Tribeca called 'ANue'.
The evening was very exciting. I met several artists and we exchanged congratulations on being in the exhibit. I was able to meet with the president of the Club, Claudia Seymore and another elected member, Christine Ivers, who I also know from the Connecticut art scene. I filled out an application for membership and submitted my portfolio, which I am hopeful will be approved. The reception ended around 8:30 PM and it was time to head back to Connecticut.
Joshua snapped these next photos as we left the city. They are quite nice so I decided to close out this journal entry using them.