August 16, 2008

Random Notes from the Big Apple: The Regency Hotel, the Salmagundi Art Club, and Understanding Brett Favre

Observation: My generation is over-medicated, while the younger ones are over-mediated.

For those following the John Edwards affair, I plan to visit the Regency Hotel (540 Park), the place where it all began, and report back. Hotel Chatter is on top of the hotel angle. Most speculate that the action took place in The Library.

A few days ago I walked up the lower part of Fifth Avenue and decided to stop into the Salmagundi Art Club at 47 Fifth Avenue. An historic art club founded in the 19th century by people who loved to sketch, the place, from all appearances, is still going strong. I saw their current exhibitions and was delighted to see people still making art for the sheer thrill of it. Everywhere I've lived I've seen similar art clubs , and I'm reminded that while fashions in contemporary art come and go, many still prefer traditional landscapes and still-lifes, the smell of oil paint, and the pleasures of exhibiting one's work in the company of friends. Not all clubs, however, possess a drop-dead gorgeous Old New York space on Fifth Avenue, complete with parlors, expansive galleries, a dining hall, and a tavern. The gallery is open seven days a week from 1 to 5 p.m. for the general public. Art classes are open to the public also. See their website.

As it's getting close to the start of school, it's time to resurrect the Back-to-School Art Supplies Walk.

Brett Favre, former Packers quarterback and native of Mississippi, plays in a pre-season game as a New York Jet tonight. For some native New Yorkers, southern accents are hard to understand. I will be happy to translate anything Favre says in a post-game press conference. However, if you think the Mississippi football star's accent is hard to understand, try listening to William Faulkner.

Image: Entrance to the Salmagundi Art Club, 47 Fifth Avenue. New York. So, I cheated- I WAS going to paint the entrance, but I got lazy and photoshopped a digital image. I will try to do better next time.

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