This April, New York City will be a little more decorative. From April 13-16, decorative artists from around the world will be demonstrating their unique crafts as part of Salon, a free event meant to share the traditions of master decorative painters.
Salon is a gathering of dedicated decorative painters from around the world who come together to exhibit their work, and discuss the craft, from old and new techniques, to products to insight from the field.
The first Salon was held in 1992 in Belgium with a small gathering of professionals. The event reconvened in 1996, and has come together in growing numbers every year since. Today, Salon is recognized as one of the most significant gatherings of decorative painters in the world.
The event has become a way for some of the most unique traditions within the field of decorative arts to be shared among artists and, ultimately, passed onto participants’ students. Participants at the Salon include teachers as well as commercial craftspeople.
The show consists of an exhibition, ongoing demonstrations of decorative techniques, as well as scheduled lectures given by world-renowned master craftspeople.
“At this year’s historical Salon event visitors can expect to see master gilding expert Charles Douglas demonstrating, and world-renowned eglomisse expert Miriam Ellnor,” comments Arlene McLoughlin, a co-host of this year’s event. “There also will be scheduled lectures on trompe l’oiel, marble and graining techniques, and ongoing mural, glazing and stenciling demonstrations.”
In addition, group murals are created and ultimately donated to a worthy cause.
“This year’s event will have two group murals dedicated to Art Deco style with a New York theme being painted live by our master artisans,” McLoughlin says.
In addition to these demonstrations, McLoughlin shares, attendees will be entertained with artists performing dance routines in contemporary and hip hop routines indicative of New York street artists.
Salon is a free event and open to the general public.
The 2017 event will be held April 13-16 at the High School of Art and Design located at 245 E. 56th Street in the heart of midtown Manhattan. The hours of exhibition are Thursday, April 13, through Saturday, April 15, from 10:00 a.m. through 5:00 p.m., and Sunday, April 16 from 10:00 a.m. to noon.