Press Release  January 17, 2020

Military Veterans Through Their own Art and Words

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Thomas Morrissey (US Army), From Both Sides

New York City, NY – Salmagundi is the oldest artist’s club in New York, founded in 1871 and housed in a jewel-box townhouse nestled between luxury Village apartment buildings at 47 Fifth Avenue.

As part of its on-going dialogue with the military community, Salmagundi is proud to present From There to Here: Military Veterans’ Experiences, a veteran-curated exhibit of military veterans’ art and words, opening on Monday, February 10, in its Patrons’ Gallery, at 47 Fifth Avenue, between 11th and 12th streets.

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Ehren Tool (US Marine Corps), Cup

To highlight and augment the exhibit, Salmagundi will host a reception on Wednesday, February 12, 6:30-8:15 PM, featuring selected poetry readings from NYC-area veterans as well as a dance performance by Exit12, an outstanding NYC-based veteran dance company.

Partnering with Omar Columbus, a U.S. Air Force veteran and NYC-based photographer, the exhibition intends to foster a better understanding and dialogue within and between the military and civilian communities.

As an advocate and participant in veterans’ arts initiatives, Mr. Columbus has brought together veteran art and experiences from the NYC-area and nationwide covering all branches of the U.S. Armed Forces across eras ranging from World War II through the present conflicts.

SCNY’s President Elizabeth Spencer notes, “Many veterans and their family members want to tell their stories, but those conversations can be difficult to start. Often, art can be a starting place to communicate with others.

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Cynthia DiDonato (US Army Wife), Night Rescue

This exhibit is a logical extension of our years-long successful sponsorship of the Coast Guard Art Program (COGAP). That program has involved many of our artist members in capturing the U.S. Coast Guard’s service, activities and history.”

The exhibit is open to the public at no charge, February 10 through February 21, 2020. The gallery hours are Monday thru Friday 1 – 6 PM, and Saturday and Sunday 1 – 5 PM.

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