International & National Exhibitions


December 11, 2023 - January 5, 2024, Skylight Gallery


Salmagundi Club of New York City (SCNY) presents the 115th Annual Thumb-box Exhibition in the 1,887 square foot Skylight Gallery of its historic 1853 townhouse at 47 Fifth Avenue. The exhibition is the 115th time the show of small works is presented by the organization, a tradition begun by club founders in 1908.

Thumb-box paintings and sculptures are similar to what most galleries today call ‘small works,’ ‘cabinet works’ or ‘intimate works.’ with traditional rules specifying works of less than 20 x 16 inches in either direction; sculptures not exceeding 12 inches in any dimension. The yearly Salmagundi exhibition received the name, ‘thumb-box,’ after the compact wooden paint box that was used to paint outdoor locations and then to carry the wet panels back to the studio.

In the past, participants of the SCNY thumb-box show were artists like Junius Allen, R.S. Bredin, John Fabian Carlson, Antonio Cirino, John Folinsbee, Antonio Martino, Hobart Nichols, Thomas Olenchak, John Pellew, Arthur Towell, John Gale Tyler, Walter Granville Smith, and John Scott Williams to name only a few.

Barbara Berne Smith is honored that 2 of her porcelain sculptures (“Where Is Your Brother?” & “Texas Midnight”) have been juried into this prestigious exhibition. The awards jury selected "Texas Midnight" for an outstanding merit award. 

The Exhibition is free to attend and open to the public December 11, 2023 thru January 5, 2024 between the hours 1pm – 5pm.


December 21, 2023, 6:00 PM – 8:00 PM

Reception is open to the public

Tickets required to attend

Click on the link here for the Salmagundi Club website:  Salmagudi Website








Lioness Hunti
Dimensions: 10h x 22w x 11d


©2024 Barbara Berne Smith - Porcelain Animal Sculpture