Weekends at Summit Salon
Studio/Gallery of Carolyn C.S. Kleinberger
476 Summit Avenue, Unit 4
St. Paul, MN 55102
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We are pleased to announce Weekends at Summit Salon are resuming!
Please attend only if you have been vaccinated. Masks are required.
Space is limited to 25 guests per event.
$25 per person includes appetizers and non-alcoholic beverages.
Complimentary wine will be served.
The Chauncey Griggs Mansion
476 Summit Avenue, St. Paul, MN 55102
Summit Salon is the studio/gallery of Carolyn C.S. Kleinberger
and is located in Unit 4 on the third floor.
In the first quarter of this 21st Century, we are witness to a Realist Art Movement that is gaining traction. As an Imaginative Realist painter, I am excited to reintroduce The Salon Experience in my professional art studio. I am offering two versions of The Salon Experience; a private / individual, or small group showing. The private version is for anyone interested in viewing and purchasing my artwork, the group event is to be shared and will be lead by a scholar, poet, author, artist, musician, scientist or philosopher.
The Group Salon Experience began in February of 2020 as a monthly event, but because of the pandemic we had to postpone scheduled events and reduce the amount of people in the Salon. Our first event introduced a local scholar who wrote two books on poetry and his philosophy on life. The response to his lively and engaging discussion was encouraging in addition to having a stimulating environment in which to view and discuss my latest artwork.
These Group Salon Experiences will be limited to 25 people. If you are interested in participating as a speaker,
or as a guest please contact my advocate, Joy Wolfe of Fine Art Advocates, 612-644-0756 or email her at Advocateforartists@gmail.com to schedule an in person showing or small group experience.
The History of Salons
Salons have a long and interesting history, for the most part centered in France.
For some further information on the salon in France, click here:
In the Beginning
The first fully developed salon is generally held to be that founded by Catherine de Vivonne, marquise de Rambouillet, in the 1630s at her home, the Hôtel de Rambouillet, in Paris. In her chambre bleue she orchestrated light entertainments, poetry readings, serious discussions, even dramatic productions. (1)
France – the Enlightenment and the Intellectual Run Up to the French Revolution
In 18th century France, salons were organized gatherings hosted in private homes, usually by prominent women. Individuals who attended often discussed literature or shared their views and opinions on topics from science to politics. The salons consequently became an important source of political ideas and revolutionary sentiment. (2)
French Salons, the Enlightenment, and Room for Women to Intellectually Maneuver (4)
Early French salons served as a sort of haven for exchanging and receiving information. [However,] salons were more than just a place for the exchange of information. During the 17th and 18th centuries, France was still under much male dominance. Salons served as a place for women to escape the tight structuring of French society, and seek out a place of freedom. Salons were a place where French women could not only show off their beauty and seduce others, but a place where they could also [boost] their intellectuality. (5)
Salons had a long history in Paris’ intellectual culture. These gatherings first became popular during the 17th and 18th century as a product of the French Enlightenment movement. They provided a place for scholarly discourse on philosophical and artistic topics. Historically, women were included in these spaces as hostesses, often serving to regulate the conversation and agenda of subjects discussed. Men allowed this female governance in the salons of Paris because they believed that a so-called ‘feminine touch’ would create both harmony and order. This in turn reduced the marginalization of women in the public sphere of male-dominated France, while also encouraging intellectual conversation in which women could take part. (6)
Gertrude and Leon Stein, the Lost Generation, and the Studio at Montparnasse
After moving to Paris in 1903, Stein and her brother Leo settled in Montparnasse where they gathered an art collection that would become distinguished, including works from Cezanne, Renoir, Delacroix, Matisse, Picasso, and Gaugin. Stein had a unique ability to detect talent; as Henry McBride, a well-known art critic put it, “she collected geniuses, not just masterpieces.” As a result, both of the Stein siblings quickly became prominent in the art world[, and her] apartment became famous for its salons, gatherings that brought together confluences of talent and thinking that would help define modernism in literature and art. ….
These salons first began as a result of her art collection: people would come to her apartment unannounced to see artworks by Henri Matisse and Paul Cezanne; after reaching her wits end with these impromptu visitors, Stein set Saturday evening as the fixed time for these gatherings so she could continue her own writing without being constantly interrupted by unannounced guests. Frequent attendees at the Saturday night events included Sinclair Lewis, F. Scott Fitzgerald, Pablo Picasso, Ezra Pound, Henri Matisse, and Earnest Hemingway, whom Stein mentored. These congregations could be seen as the epicenter for the Lost Generation, a place where artistic and literary ideas germinated and disseminated. (7)
(3) Id., showing Ben Franklin in attendance
(4) In this context, “women” means solely women from the upper crust of society.
(6) Caroline Nowlin, Gertrude Stein: The Opportunities of Montparnasse, https://omeka.wlu.edu/wluparis/items/show/51,