(from the CLW website, clwac.org) Catharine Lorillard Wolfe (1828-1887) was a prominent New York philanthropist and art collector, and the only woman among the 106 founders of The Metropolitan Museum of Art. In addition to bequeathing her painting collection to the museum, Ms. Wolfe left an endowment to Grace Church in Manhattan to promote “women’s work.” At the urging of Rector Dr. William Reed Huntington and several parishioners, the Catharine Lorillard Wolfe Art Club was established in 1896. The purpose at the time was to provide aid, counsel and exhibition opportunities to young women artists in New York City. Through the years, the Club’s focus changed to reflect the members’ professional standing and interests. Today’s members are represented in museums, prestigious art collections, the Who’s Who series in American art and in homes around the world. Their media include oil, watercolor, pastel, graphics and sculpture.
The Club’s major event is the Annual Open Juried Exhibition held in the National Arts Club, NYC. This event provides opportunities for members and non-members alike to show their work in the heart of the world’s art capital, New York City, and over $8000 in awards is given each year. In keeping with Ms. Wolfe’s interests, the Preview Reception for the Annual Exhibit benefits a travel fund to help support curators of The Metropolitan Museum of Art as they research art collections across the country. A Museum curator also serves on the Jury of Awards for the Annual Exhibit and gives a talk at both the Preview Reception and the Awards Dinner.
In addition to the Open Juried Exhibition, the Club sponsors the Members Annual exhibition each spring. Occasional lectures and demonstrations are given and open to Members, Associates, Donors, Patrons and Benefactors.
(From Salmagundi.org website) Founded in 1871, the Salmagundi Club is one of the oldest art organizations in the United States, and housed in an historic brownstone mansion in Greenwich Village, New York City. Originating as a sketch class in Jonathan Scott Hartley’s studio, the group purchased a mid-nineteenth century brownstone house at 47 fifth Ave., NYC in 1917 as its first permanent home.
The Salmagundi Club, after having had extensive renovations last year has programs for everyone: art shows for members and non-members, concerts, a book club, art classes, lectures and demonstrations and a fabulous dining room with equally fabulous food. The Club owns a collection of over 1,500 works of art spanning its 140-year history and has a membership of nearly 850 artists and patrons. Its members have included important American artists such as Thomas Moran, William Merritt Chase, Louis Comfort Tiffany, N.C. Wyeth and Childe Hassam. Today the Club builds on this legacy by providing a center for the resurgence of representational art in America.
The Thumb-Box show of small works is on display with wonderful paintings all for sale and with excellent bargains until Jan 1.
One of the Perks to delivering papers in NYC is seeing an overview of what’s showing. I was at Gallery Henoch in Chelsea New York delivering the winter issue of art times. They show beautiful work by many different artists including Janet Rickus, Daniel Greene, Sharon Sprung and many other very fine artists. It is always a pleasure to come into this gallery.
Kaatsbaan International Dance Center (kaatsbaan.org) is “the Hudson Valley’s cultural park for dance” and one of Up-State New York’s leading dance presenters. Located on 153 countryside acres in Tivoli, New York, Kaatsbaan offers residencies to dancers, choreographers and dance companies so they can create, rehearse, and develop new productions in large professional studios surrounded by a rural campus. Performances are presented to the public in the 160-seat Kaatsbaan black-box dance theatre during the Spring and Fall seasons. On-going educational programs include the world-recognized summer intensive, Extreme Ballet®, and the Kaatsbaaan Academy of Dance. I’ve been connected to Kaatsbaan since it was just an idea of the founders Gregory Cary, Kevin McKenzie, Bentley Roton, and Martine van Hamel. Early grants were printed on an old copy machine that I passed along to them all those years ago.
Kaatsbaan’s 25th Anniversary Gala was a fabulous event. Evening Good food, a wonderful dance program that included dancers from American Ballet Theatre, ABT’s Studio Company and the Martha Graham Dance Company; and a scrumptious meal from Murray’s in Tivoli. Performances can be seen at https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCnb6LLFC749i3d3gVs5iX3g On hand to help out were students from the Hartt School, University of Hartford, CT (a Dance school Dawn Lille wrote about in Fall 2015 issue of ART TIMES http://arttimesjournal.com/dance/fall_15_dawn_lille/hartt_school_dance.html