Georgette Sinclair’s Work to be Featured at NYC’s Salmagundi Club

By John Laing, edited by Jim Luce.

“I first met the exceptionally talented Georgette Sinclair at the Roosevelt Island Visual Artists’ Association (RIVAA) that I have watched since it formed several years ago.  When I learned that she had a show scheduled at the famous Salmagundi Club’s Patrons’ Gallery, I knew I would have to see it,” Jim Luce told me.  “Landscapes and Seascapes” featuring Georgette’s work, along with paintings by East Hampton artist Alyce Peifer, opens Friday, March 4.

“Misty Road in Vermont” by Georgette Sinclair. Photograph courtesy of the artist.

Cape Cod, Morning Rise by Georgette Sinclair. Photograph courtesy of the artist.

The Patrons’ Gallery, located on the second floor of the historic Salmagundi Club (47 Fifth Avenue, NYC), will feature paintings and pastels by New York artist Georgette Sinclair as well as East Hampton artist Alyce Peifer.  The show will run from Friday March 4 through Sunday March 13. Gallery hours are 1- 6 pm Monday-Sunday.  An opening reception for the artists will be held on Saturday, March 5, from 3 to 6 p.m.

Hay Stacks in Giverny by Georgette Sinclair. Photograph courtesy of the artist.

Georgette Sinclair’s “French Countryside” pastel, with dramatic lighting, 15” x 5”.
Photograph courtesy of the artist.

 Georgette Sinclair is inspired by the eternal poetry of nature reflected in the sheer power of beautiful color.  The ordinary becomes eloquent.  Quality of light intensifies the drama – illuminating the lyrical spontaneity of that very moment in time.


The Brittany Coast, France by Georgette Sinclair. Photograph courtesy of the artist.

Traveling extensively and painting on location throughout New England and Europe, Georgette resides and maintains studios in New York and Vermont.  She paints with pastels, oils, water colors and gouache and masters the flexibility in her delight of painting nature on site anywhere, from the sunny lavender fields of France to a tranquil winter scene peering through her window in Vermont.  Georgette is a widely exhibited award winning artist with eight solo shows.  She has had her work featured in many group shows throughout the United States and abroad (Holland) with other members of the Salmagundi Club.


“Manhattan From My Window” by Georgette Sinclair. Photograph courtesy of the artist.


Lavender Field en Provence by Georgette Sinclair. Photograph courtesy of the artist.

 Georgette acquired her passion and technique of art in her early childhood in Romania.  She continued her art studies with Richard Pionk at the Art Students League when she relocated to New York while getting a Master of Science degree at Hunter College, New York City.  She studied with master pastel painters Elizabeth Mowry and Richard McKinley after earning her Doctoral degree in Audiology at STILL University of Health Sciences, Phoenix, AZ.

Scottish Landscape by Georgette Sinclair. Photograph courtesy of the artist.

 “Landscape in Scotland” by Georgette Sinclair. Photograph courtesy of the artist.

Georgette continues to attend workshops with the Artists’ Retreat in France and with Margaret Evans in Scotland and Italy. She gave pastel workshops at the Roosevelt Island Visual Art Association (RIVAA), NY, and was invited and gave pastel demonstrations in Viry, Burgundy, France. A member of the Salmagundi Club since 2001, she is currently on the Jury of Awards for the Club; Treasurer of RIVAA (Roosevelt Island Visual Arts Association); member of PPSCC (Pastel Painters Society of Cape Cod), Massachusetts; and former member of Pen & Brush, Inc., New York City.

“Landscapes and Seascapes” will include pastels and oils of Brittany and Provence, France; Italy; East Hampton, NY; Cape Cod, MA; and various scenes throughout New England.

 “Sunrise on Gerard Drive” by Alyce Peifer of East Hampton.  24 x 18 oil on canvas.

Alyce Peifer has exhibited extensively in the North and South Fork areas in Long Island as well as New York City. The light reflected on the bays the ocean and the farm vistas are evident in her landscape and seascape paintings.  Alyce paints with other area artists enjoying the rich tradition of plein aire painting in the area.

Alyce has traveled extensively throughout Europe, Asia, and the Middle East which provides further inspiration for painting scenes and the study of reflected light. Subtle color palette, glazing, and attention to composition are hallmarks of her painting. Her paintings include scenes from her travels and of the bays, the farm lands, and the ocean included in the beautiful environs of the magnificent Hampton area.

Alyce also studies and paints portraits and still life in order to continue and enhance her study of composition and light. Alyce holds a Masters of Science in Education from Canisius College, Buffalo, NY, and has been an educator and department chair in a New York college and schools.

Alyce is currently the secretary of the Artists Alliance of East Hampton, NY, and has helped coordinate the annual Artists Studio Tour of the The Hamptons, Let’s Talk Art, and the AAEH Members Shows. She is also a member of Guild Hall of East Hampton, NY; The Water Mill Museum at Water Mill, NY; and the East End Arts Council in Riverhead, NY, where she has had her paintings exhibited in juried shows.

“Landscapes & Seascapes” will include oils of the bays, the ocean, and the farm lands around East Hampton, Wainscott, Amagansett, and Montauk NY; studies of the reflected light in The Hamptons area, and paintings of her travels, in Cairo, Egypt.

ABOUT THE SALMAGUNDI CLUB

The Salmagundi Club, originating in 1871 as a sketch class in Johnathan Scott Hartley’s studio and purchased this mid-nineteenth century brownstone house in 1917 as its second home. It was cited in 1957 for its architectural distinction by the Society of Architectural Historians and the Municipal Art Society.

Following a tradition of 137 years, the Salmagundi Club continues to serve as a center for fine artists from New York and around the country-providing exhibitions of paintings, sculpture and photography, conducting art classes and painting demonstrations and art auctions throughout the year.

All this is done in an atmosphere of conviviality that encourages discussions on art and other topics and leads to lasting friendships among both artist members and patrons. While members are mainly residents of the Tri-State area, Salmagundian’s are to be found throughout the Unites States and Canada, as well as such faraway places as London, Amsterdam and Lisbon

Originally formed as the Salmagundi Sketch Club in 1871, the Club adopted its present name a hundred years ago after Washington Irving published his potpourri of wit and wisdom called “The Salmagundi Papers.” T he name also serves as the club dining room’s famous “Salmagundi Stew.”

Through the years the Club has been the singular gathering place for such great artists as Childe Hassam, William Merrit Chase, Howard Pyle, N.C. Wyeth, Louis Comfort Tiffany, Ogden Pleisner, and many others. Honorary members have included such luminaries as Sir Winston Churchill, Buckminister Fuller, Paul Cadmus, Al Hirschfeld, Thomas Hoving, and Schuyler Chapin.

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