American Tonalist Society Show in New York City

by | Jun 8, 2019

American Tonalist Society Founders pictured form left- Daniel Ambrose, Eleinne Basa, Mary Erickson, Don Demers

American Tonalist Society Founders pictured left- Daniel Ambrose, Eleinne Basa, Mary Erickson, Don Demers

In the summer of 2016, three dear friends, Mary, Don, Eleinne and I sat around the dining room table of Nanatuck in Port Clyde, Maine discussing the contemporary plein air movement. Our talk turned towards previous schools of art that derived their inspiration from nature, and soon settled on the American Tonalist painters of the late 19th and early 20th century.

We decided to form a group dedicated to celebrating the aesthetic and contemplative ideals of the Tonalist painters. And on that summer afternoon in Maine, was born the American Tonalist Society.

On May 3, 2019 we had our inaugural exhibition, Shades of Gray, at the historic Salmagundi Club in New York City. Thirty premier artists from across America participated with 60 paintings in the show. It was a tremendous success!

Noted art historian and author of A History of American Tonalism, David Adams Cleveland presented an inspiring talk to a full house and honored us on social media with these inspiring words:

Well done for all your hard work and vision–and talent to burn. I’m so proud and happy to see a great tradition of American art reborn and refreshed in your able hands. Now it’s time for the world to know… David Adams Cleveland

David Cleveland talk at Shades of Gray, Salmagundi Club, NYC

We are producing a commemorative catalog including 10 Founders Limited Editions that feature an original drawing from each of the four founders. Only 4 are still available. Click here for details.


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