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SCNY Presidents' Dinner 2019
Upper Gallery, May 15, 2019
Wednesday: 6:30pm cocktails.
SCNY is proud to announce that Claudia Seymour and Charlie Yoder are the 2019 Salmagundi Medal of Honor recipients, the highest honor that can be bestowed upon a Salmagundian by the 147 year old Club.
About our Medal of Honor Recipients:
Claudia Seymour is a widely collected artist in oil and pastel. From 2007 through 2013 she was president of the historic Salmagundi Club in New York City, a period of great growth and renewal for the organization. Claudia is a Master Signature Member of the Pastel Society of America and has been awarded Mater Circle status by the International Association of Pastel Societies. She is also an Associate Member of the Oil Painters of America.
Her classic still lifes in oil and pastel have been shown in nearly 200 juried national and international exhibitions, and she has won numerous prizes, including first-place and best-in-show awards. She works only from life, creating scenes that portray a timeless elegance and serenity through her concentration on radiant light and her choice and arrangement of antiques and ceramics, natural objects, fabrics, flowers and plants, and other materials.
Claudia is a juried member of the Allied Artists of America, American Artists Professional League, American Women Artists, Audubon Artists, and Catharine Lorillard Wolfe Art Club. She is represented by Handwright Gallery in New Canaan, Connecticut, J.M. Stringer Gallery in Vero Beach, Florida, Susan Powell Fine Art, Madison, CT and Gladwell and Patterson, London, England.
Charlie Yoder’s paintings have a larger-than-life presence. Usually occupying the better part of a gallery wall, they command your attention with their graphic rhythm and realistic detail, offering as much intrigue and mystery as the actual scenes in real life. This is an appropriate way for the six-foot-eight artist to work, as it matches both his temperament and the dramatic light-and-shadow views of nature to which he is drawn. Facile in numerous forms of media and genres—painting, design, linocuts, monotype, silkscreen—and driven by both big-picture abstraction and close observation, Yoder has been flexible enough throughout his life to move in different stylistic directions as needed, merging various influences and discoveries until he found his artistic voice.
Yoder had a most interesting and formative experience as a young artist living in New York in the 1970s and 1980s. In addition to becoming the director of modern-art mogul Leo Castelli’s print gallery, Castelli Graphics—which sold the prints of such Pop Artists as Andy Warhol, Jim Rosenquist, Roy Lichtenstein, Claes Oldenburg, and more—Yoder was also the curator for the famous painter Robert Rauschenberg for more than ten years. He traveled with the artist around the world, installing and de-stalling his retrospectives and observing first-hand the life of an internationally recognized artist who wasn’t afraid to combine different media and color outside the lines.