A salon is a gathering of people who get together to discuss ideas in order to increase the knowledge of the participants. In a nutshell, it's a group of people learning through discussion and sharing.
Salons originated in 16th century Italy, and have continued in urban areas to the present. They were at their most popular in Paris during the Enlightenment period.
Salons were usually held in the homes of wealthy patrons and discussions were usually led by a prominent person whose opinions were sought after.
If you've ever seen the film, "Midnight in Paris," you've seen a salon! In that film, the protagonist is transported to 1920s Paris, and finds himself in a salon at the home of Gertrude Stein and Alice B. Toklas, where is meets Ernest Hemingway, Cole Porter, Scott and Zelda Fitzgerald, Josephine Baker, and other artists, writers, and musicians of the time, discussing what they do and sharing ideas. Check it out if you haven't seen it! It's a good film!
And stop by and visit Gallery 3West on Tuesdays and Thursdays, 6-8 pm. The more people who come, the more fun it is!