Friday, June 24, 2011

Three Drawings Accepted into Salmagundi Club's Annual Non-Member Exhibition

Good news!

"Elgin Marble," graphite, ©Jill Banks 2011
Three of my drawings -- including two ink washes and one graphite -- were accepted into the Salmagundi Club's Annual Juried Photography and Graphics Exhibition for Non-Members. The exhibition will be held in the lower gallery of this wonderful art club from August 9 through August 19. The exhibition will be open to the public Monday-Friday, 1-6pm and Saturday and Sunday, 1-5pm. Check first, though, before visiting ... as they also schedule special events in the space.

The Salmagundi Club is located at 47 Fifth Avenue, New York, NY 10003. The club has been a center for American art since 1871.

This is my third time being juried into the photography and graphics exhibition ... but the first time getting all three of my entries accepted. Two of my accepted entries were from the April trip to London. Each trip I've gone on so far, I put down my oil paintbrushes and pick up pencils and pen ... giving myself a chance to really take in my surroundings. It's a welcome, enjoyable change.

"Elgin Marble" was drawn in the British Museum of one of the marble statues that used to decorate the Parthenon in Greece. I drew it next to my friends from Rob Liberace's art historical tour group... and I had, with the help of husband Randy, the very best and perhaps only comfortable seat in the place. The rest of the group were sitting on the hard, marble floor and straining to see over the plentiful museum-goers.

"Kensington Gardens," ink wash and pen&ink, ©Jill Banks 2011
"Kensington Gardens" was drawn on the second to last day in London sitting on a bench next to a woman and her two daughters. I loved taking in their conversation while concentrating on my drawing. It was almost lyrical ... with their easy laughter and enjoyment of each other. Most of the fountains were not yet turned on ... throughout London during our stay. Still beautiful, though.

"Market Street Bar & Grill," ink wash and pen&ink, ©Jill Banks 2011
"Market Street Bar & Grill" is the result of drawing with my portrait-turned-drawing-around-town class that concluded this week. My class travels pretty consistently and wanted to learn this ink wash and pen&ink technique to adapt when they, too, leave their oil paints at home. The setting is the Reston Town Center in Reston, VA. So, close to home this time.

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Dorry said...

That is exciting news Jill. Congratulations! I have fond memories of Kensington Gardens so I was excited to see that was a winner.

Anonymous said...

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Jill Banks said...

Thanks, Dorry. Kensington Gardens was wonderful and it was just fun to take it all in and draw. It seems that all of London spills out into the many parks. Who needs a mansion when you can have one of those to play in?

Jill Banks said...

To Anonymous,

You're welcome to clone my article to your blog with attribution to me and link to What's the address of your blog? I'd like to read it.