The National Arts Club was founded in 1898 by Charles deKay, the literary and art critic for The New York Times as a national institution to assemble artists and patrons for maximum impact on the country's cultural life.
The prestigious club is located in the historic Tilden Mansion, a beautiful Victorian building in Gramercy Park. It is both a designated New York Landmark and a National Historic Landmark.
The club membership has included Fredrick Remington,
Daniel Chester French, Augustus Saint Gaudens, Robert Henri, William Merritt Chase, Everett Raymond Kinstler, Paul Manship, Anna Hyatt Huntington, Mark Twain, Robert Redford, Uma Thurman, Theodore Roosevelt, Woodrow Wilson and Dwight Eisenhower.
The renowned portrait painter, Everett Raymond Kinstler sponsored my membership years ago and when I'm in New York I routinely stop in for cocktails and dinner. Trish and I dined with him, his lovely wife Peggy and painter Holly Metzger at the club this week. We discussed his upcoming retrospective at the Norman Rockwell Museum in Stockbridge, MA in March which we plan to attend. Coincidentally, he had spent the day in his studio with Senator Alan Simpson, R-WY, who we had meet in Cody last month (see Sept. 25 Blog). Ray is painting his portrait for the Buffalo Bill Historical Center. We had a wonderful evening with our great friends.
|Interior view of the National Arts Club|