By Sabina Mollot
Let it not be said that residents of Gramercy and Stuyvesant Town don’t support the arts. The annual group art show organized by Gramercy Neighborhood Associates, which ran last week from Monday to Friday at Salmagundi Club, drew a crowd of around 350 people for the reception last Wednesday.
Organizers were able to tell the size of the crowd based on a sign-in sheet and the fact that since last year’s show was jam packed, the club this year had attendees wait in line to get in once the space was filled to capacity. At that point, the line ran the entire length of the club on Fifth Avenue and 12th Street.
GNA President Alan Krevis said this year there were about 90 works on display, contributed by nearly 70 artists, mostly from Gramercy, Stuyvesant Town and Waterside as well as students from the Chelsea Drawing & Painting Workshop. The art included paintings, collages, pastels, drawings and photos.
Two jury awards were given to artists Barbara Berger for an oil painting on panel, and Blake Brasher for a large-scale mixed media work on canvas. Drury E. Trace won the audience choice award for an oil painting and Roger Rossi won best in show for an oil painting on linen.
The event’s main organizers were Krevis and GNA board member Susan Keyloun.