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From Annie Shaver-Crandell's Studio 
October 2014 


I have lived on Bond Street in Manhattan's NoHo district for four decades. Every time I am tempted to complain about the many changes here, I have to remember to look in the nearest mirror; however, there have been a few astonishing and unprecedented sights and sounds recently.  Last Friday morning we were wakened by major squawks from a large raven perched on top of the water tank across the alley.  Doves, pigeons, sparrows and the odd purple finch -- but a raven?

Denise's Garden
And then there was the most recent film crew -- about the fifth on the block in the past two months or so. This one had the whole block barricaded for the night, and floodlit it with a fervor that resembled the light of a jaundiced moon. As I walked to my corner, a water truck passed, converting the Belgian block paving to shiny elements. The Lafayette Street corner was graced by a fake NYPD cruiser and three orange wheelbarrows full of fake snow awaiting deployment. Crew members were in shorts.  In all fairness, the security woman was nice enough about asking me to get out of view on my own block, but it was all a bit much -- definitely a "there goes the neighborhood" moment.
Film Crew
Film crew, fake snow and fake police car on
Bond Street 
On a cheerier note, here's a monotype I did last month of the Astor Place subway entrance on the IRT 6 line, uptown side. Originally put up in 1904, restored in the 1980s, this lovely structure is listed on the Register of Historic Places of New York. If you've never seen this gem, it's worth a visit. Inside, on the platform, are wonderful old faience plaques of beavers, commemorating the fur-trade-based fortune of John Jacob Astor.
Astor Place Entance

And for those of us who had never seen unpainted metalwork for this kind of structure, my best street find, from East 20th Street last summer, here's a virgin skylight frame that just been delivered curbside for installation aloft.

Copper skylight frame

And so it goes, as I make my way around the streets of Manhattan...



Alice at 100
On Saturday, September 13th at the Salmagundi Club we marked the centennial of Alice Crafts Shaver's birth.  Friends and I read from a selection of her letters.


Photos by Anthony Almeida

Alice Crafts Shaver, my mother and a great deal else, was an unpublished writer, but a prolific, articulate, witty and occasionally acerbic creator of letters, mostly to members of her extended family.


Monotype Party
Photo by Anthony Almeida

"We Could Have Danced all Night" at the August 12th Monotype Party, as we raised a glass to celebrate Annie's (Shaver-Crandell) birthday and also produced many exciting monotypes. Dance on Kindred Spirits!



Annual Sylvia Maria Glesmann Members' Exhibition
Upper Gallery, September 29, 2014 - October 10, 2014

Lavender Fields
 5 7/8 x 12 1/2", W/C and W/C Pencil.

Roses and Gravel Path, 18 x 24", oil.
This exhibition of works in all media by Salmagundi members depicting a floral or flower theme is held in conjunction with a Special Exhibition of works by Sylvia Maria Glesmann

Gallery hours: Mon-Fri, 1-6pm, Sat & Sun 1-5pm. 

SCNY Fall Auctions 2014
Lower Gallery, September 29, 2014 - October 24, 2014  
Jackie's Pasture, 6 x 12", oil

Homage to Degas: Chelsea Dogs
12 x 24", acrylic

1st Auction: Friday, Oct. 10, 2014, 7:00 PM 
2nd Auction: Tuesday, Oct. 14, 2014, 7:00 PM 
3rd Auction: Friday, Oct. 24, 2014, 7:00 PM

On view at SCNY Monday, September 29. 
Mon-Fri, 1-8pm, Sat 7 Sun 1-5pm.

Reception: Wednesday, October 8, 6-8pm.

Art will be posted online Wednesday, October 1

Four Ways to Bid: 
1)  In person. 
2)  By Absentee Ballot. Click here for the Absentee form. 
3)  Live online bidding will be accepted during the auction events. 
4)  By phone. Call the Club to register to bid from wherever you are.

Buy and own the art works of the prominent artist members of the Salmagundi Club with opening bids at 1/3rd. the price than if offered by the best galleries both in America and foreign countries.

Visit the Salmagundi Club
47 Fifth Avenue, (bet. 11th. and 12th. Sts.) 
New York, N.Y. 10003 
on the Auction nights posted above.

The Lower Gallery of the Club is now open for exhibition and advance bidding.

Also visit 
to bid on this collection or call 
212-255-7740 to place your bids  
by phone. 

Save the date:  
Salmagundi Tango, December 12 6-9:45; details in the next issue. 




When Good Things Happen to Bad Watercolors


Before (left) and after (right), Lavender Field, 10" x 14" Watercolor,
Annie Shaver-Crandell


 The Art Guild of Port Washington, 200 Port Washington Blvd., Manhasset, NY 11030

Saturday November 8: 10 am - 2 pm 

$50 Members/$65 Non-members


      A workshop focusing on strategies for salvaging watercolors that turn out not quite as you intended. We'll look at traditional correction and repair techniques, as well as gouache, watercolor pencils, and oil pastels as possible adjuncts to transparent watercolors.

      Participants should bring in some pieces that they consider failures, as well as their watercolor paints, brushes and fresh paper. Prepare to release anxiety about this wonderful medium and its friends.




Method of payment: Please send check payable to: The Art Guild of Port Washington, Inc., 200 Port Washington Blvd., Manhasset, NY 11030, or register with a credit card at  







Bluebell and Ben, acrylic, 12" x 9"


Space is currently available in small group painting classes offered at the Bond Street studio.  Monday 2:30-5:30, Wednesday 3:00-6:00, Thursday 10 am-1:00 pm.  Call or email me for details about these and private lessons.  
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Chincoteagne Fillies, monotype, 2013

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