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Everett Kinstler honored at the iconic Players Club

Susan Benedetto, Everett Raymond Kinstler, and Tony Bennett. Photo: Jill Lotenberg, courtesy of The Players Club, New York.

Susan Benedetto, Everett Raymond Kinstler, and Tony Bennett. Photo: Jill Lotenberg, courtesy of The Players Club, New York.

The beautiful Players Club on Gramercy Park is New York’s oldest-lasting private club set in its original location, founded in 1847 by Edwin Booth (you may know his brother John Wilkes…who assassinated Abraham Lincoln…). The club caters to the theatrical world, but also welcomes writers, philosophers, and visual artists- one being the great American portrait artist, Everett Raymond Kinstler. (notable members of the past also include Mark Twain, Gregory Peck, Kevin Spacey, Tony Bennett, Liza Minnelli, Roger Moore, and Jimmy Fallon.)

The Kintsler Room at Players Club

The Kinstler Room at Players Club

Kinstler is known for his iconic portraits of leading figures in business, entertainment and government, including official portraits of Presidents Gerald Ford and Ronald Reagan, Katherine Hepburn, Tony Bennett and countless others. Many of these portraits can be enjoyed in a salon in The Players dedicated to the artist, aptly named The Kinstler Room.

Portrait of Tony Bennett by Kinstler

Portrait of Tony Bennett by Kinstler

Tuesday, the club honored Everett Kinstler, now in his 90th year, along with longtime friend Tony Bennett, who saluted Kinstler as part of the club’s traditional Pipe Night. An important portrait artist of our time (who has painted over 1200 portraits!), Kinstler’s work can be enjoyed by both members and guests in the stunning Kinstler room.

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