Salon 2017 Goes Art Deco in NYC

For the first time in its more than 20-year history, the International Decorative Arts Show known as Salon is making its way to the Big Apple.

Salon New York 2017 will take place April 13 through16 at the High School of Art and Design, 245 E. 56th St.  in midtown Manhattan. “This is the 22nd gathering of Salon, and it’s the first time that it’s ever been in New York City,” reports Arlene McLoughlin, who is co-hosting the event with Jeanne S. Schnupp. “The theme this year will be Art Deco. We feel this is very indicative of New York City, its architecture and the style of the Gatsby era.”

This prestigious gathering of decorative artists has graced many of the great cities of the world, including London; Paris; Tokyo; Hamburg, Germany; Bruges, Belgium; Oslo, Norway; Bergamo, Italy; and St. Petersburg, Russia. The event has previously been staged five times in the United States—in Chicago, Atlanta, Seattle, San Antonio and Alexandria, Va

A Worldwide Gathering

Artisans from more than 20 countries are expected to attend Salon, which is widely recognized as the most important gathering of decorative painters in the world. “We’re expecting a big turnout of decorative artists, faux artists, fine artists, designers and people of the trade,” Arlene says. “The skill level of the artists who are coming is exceptional. Many of them are true living masters.”

While artists must apply and be accepted in order to participate actively in Salon, the artistry on display is open to the public. “We’re inviting students from high schools and colleges to attend the event as well as anyone else who appreciates art,” Arlene reports.

Throughout the four-day event, there will be decorative arts demonstrations, artists working collaboratively on group murals, specialized lectures, master classes taught by some of the industry’s most brilliant teachers, and an ongoing product exhibition. Salon also provides plenty of opportunity for industry artists to network and interact with one another at social functions as well as during the “post-Salon” tour.

A Great Venue

The High School of Art and Design is a great venue for Salon 2017. At the school, students explore all types of artistry, including cartooning, animation, photography, graphic design, fashion, illustration, film and video, as well as academics. George Alonso, head of the alumni association, was instrumental in getting the school involved.

During the four-day event, there will be two common murals—one created by the artists of Salon and the other created by the artists in conjunction with the high school students. At the conclusion of Salon, both murals will be donated to the high school.

As has become a tradition, the event will conclude with a “post-Salon” tour of the host city. “This will include places of interest for our guests in keeping with the Art Deco theme, such as the Empire State Building and the Statue of Liberty,” Arlene explains.

For more information about Salon NYC 2017, visit the website at (You’ll know you’re in the right place when you see the Gatsby-inspired Art Deco home page). Also, learn more about the event and “like” it on Facebook at: Salon New York 2017.