EBENEZER–Young budding artist Anderson “Andy” Flanders from Ebenezer has been accepted as a junior scholarship member of the prestigious Salmagundi Club on Fifth Avenue in New York City.
“I am now one of a small number of talented young artists between 20 and 30 years old who are now full members of the oldest art club in the United States,” Flanders (22) informed The Daily Herald in an email message from his studio in Connecticut, where he is working on his art studies, his commission work and exhibition pieces.
As a junior scholarship member, Flanders is expected to exhibit his paintings in at least two shows a year, but can submit work in every juried exhibition for all full-elected members throughout the year.
“I am expected to attend junior scholarship meetings monthly at the club in the historical art library. I have the privilege of using the club for studying, learning, attending lectures, classes, demonstrations, and even drawing in the historic rooms of the building and meeting famous contemporary artists and art students like myself,” he explained.
The Salmagundi Club is open to the public to visit and view current art exhibitions and even has a restaurant for members. The current Junior Scholarship Programme was founded in 1960 when the club was an all-male arts organisation. Women were finally accepted into the club around 1978 when Flanders’ mentor Claudia Post was one of the very first women to be accepted as a member.
Salmagundi Club is 147 years old and its past members were some of America’s finest accomplished artists of their times.
“As a native of St. Maarten, I am honoured to represent both the French and Dutch sides of my island in the Caribbean while I am studying and working as a professional artist in the USA. My gratitude to Ruby Bute, Ambassador of Art for St. Maarten, and Lasana M. Sekou, author and publisher in St. Maarten, for their interviews and recommendations into the Claudia Post Atelier in Connecticut,” Flanders said.
Master pastelist, fine art painter and portrait artist Claudia Post in Chester, Connecticut, is Flanders’ mentor and teacher.
His “Portrait of Linda” is currently on exhibit at Pastel Society of America’s 46th annual exhibition until September 31. The portrait of an elderly lady was among 180 works selected from 1,362 entries for the exhibition at Butler Institute of American Art in Youngstown, Ohio.
The former student of Sundial School and Milton Pieters College primarily makes drawings, charcoals and pastels.
Source: The Daily Herald https://www.thedailyherald.sx/islands/80445-anderson-flanders-receives-salmagundi-club-scholarship