April 8, 2013

Sweet dreams are made of this

NEW YORK CITY — If New York City is in the stars, a visit to the Salmagundi Club is a worthwhile itinerary addition — and, right now, it’s a chance to see a local woman shine.

Through April 21, the club features the 146th American Watercolor Society International Exhibition in its main gallery.

This year, 10 new “Signature Members” among the esteemed ranks of artists, and Mina Angelos of Cumberland Head is one of them.


Acceptance into the American Watercolor Society is measured in years, if at all, for most artists.

Angelos’s watercolors of interiors of breakfast vignettes were her calling card into the prestigious society, founded in 1866. Former members include artists of the ilk of Winslow Homer, Louis Comfort Tiffany and Gladys Rockmore Davis.

In 2009, Angelos’s “Breakfast Time” was accepted and subsequently followed by “Set for Breakfast” in 2012 and “The Breakfast Table” this year.

Of signature members, American Watercolor Society President James McFarlane writes: “This is a highly sought after and honored level of membership. It can only be earned … Elected Signature Members are the only artists allowed to use the society’s coveted ‘AWS’ initials after their signatures.

“To become a Signature Member, an artist must be accepted into two AWS annual exhibitions. There is no time limit, and the acceptances need not be consecutive. Once the two acceptances have been earned, the artist must inform the AWS and is then invited to enter two pictures in the next exhibition.”


Angelos and her husband, Pete, their offspring, friends and extended family, including New Jersey cousins, were among the throngs at the exhibition’s recent opening reception.

“Our daughter Anna and her husband, Tor, Tostenson, and their daughter, Helen, came from New Hampshire. One of our sons, John, came from Davis, Calif. Two of our nieces (Susan Borden and Barbara Boolukos) were there. One was from Manhattan and other Maryland. It was a very exciting day.”

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