From the Director


Build it and they will come…

Sometimes taking a risk reaps rewards beyond expectations. Such was the case for our inaugural “Great Lakes Bay en Plein Air” festival which concluded on June 21st. I can honestly say that it turned out to be our own “Field of Dreams.” I could not be more pleased and proud of the results and we’ve already started planning for next year’s event. How do we know we were successful?

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Book Club

August's Book:

Shaping an American Landscape: The Art and Architecture of Charles A. Platt by Keith N. Morgan

Discuss the book and enjoy coffee with Assistant Curator Eric Birkle

Tuesday, August 11th at 10am

See more upcoming books here!

Macy's Shop for a Cause




Purchase a $5 pass at SAM. All proceeds benefit the Museum.

Saturday, August 29

25% off all day!



Highlights from the Collection


Camille LambertAt the Casino by the Sea, 1915

This work, entitled At the Casino by the Sea, is an oil on canvas painting completed in 1915 by Belgian artist Camille Lambert. Although the predominant trend in the art world during the first few decades of the 20th century was for American artists to find inspiration in their European colleagues, Lambert was actually influenced by the American painter Robert Henri and his followers in the Ashcan School. In a scene depicting people departing from a casino, the artist embraces the American tradition of painting life he experiences. This quality is in holding with the Ashcan tradition of painting one’s surroundings and conveying real life experiences without embellishing them. As can be witnessed in At the Casino by the Sea, wide, sweeping brushstrokes are typical of paintings done in the Ashcan style.

The Ashcan School was an artistic movement in the United States during the early 20th century that is best known for works portraying scenes of daily life in New York, often in the city’s poorer neighborhoods. While falling into this style later in his career, Lambert’s early work was done using Post-Impressionist and Luminist techniques. Throughout his life, Lambert painted a variety of portraits, genre scenes, and watercolor seascapes. He exhibited his works at the Salon des Artistes Français in Paris, the Société Nationale des Beaux-Arts in Brussels, and at the 20th Salon in 1912.